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Brazil's 1st Woman President Is Impeached

Dilma Rousseff is out after a 61-20 vote of the senate Wednesday

(Newser) - Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's first female president, was removed from office Wednesday, the New York Times reports. The Brazilian senate voted 61-20 to impeach Rousseff, reports the BBC , covering the two-thirds majority needed. Rousseff, who was suspended in May, was accused of illegally moving government funds between different budgets to... More »

As Prez Cries 'Coup,' 'Usurper,' Brazil Weighs Impeachment

Dilma Rousseff defends herself in 4th day of trial

(Newser) - Fighting to save her job, suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff told senators on Monday that the allegations against her have no merit and that history would judge the country if she is removed from office. "I know I will be judged, but my conscience is clear. I did not... More »

Brazil Senate Suspends President

Dilma Rousseff loses impeachment vote, faces a 6-month trial

(Newser) - Will she resign? That's about the only suspense left in Brazil on Thursday after the Senate voted to proceed with an impeachment trial against President Dilma Rousseff . The move means that Rousseff will be suspended from office while a trial that could last six months gets under way, reports... More »

'Worst Crisis': Brazil Senate Poised to Decide Rousseff's Fate

Impeachment proceedings could result in Dilma Rousseff's suspension and trial

(Newser) - Last month, Brazil's Congress voted to start impeachment proceedings against its beleaguered president, Dilma Rousseff. It's now come down to the country's Senate, which will decide Wednesday if she'll be suspended and put on trial in what the New York Times calls a "watershed" vote... More »

Brazil Congress Votes to Impeach Rousseff

Senate fight looms for embattled president

(Newser) - For the second time in under a quarter century, Brazil's Chamber of Deputies has voted to open impeachment proceedings against a democratically elected leader, dealing a devastating blow to President Dilma Rousseff, whose left-leaning Workers' Party came to power 13 years ago on the promise of improving the lot... More »

Brazil Starts 'Kafka-esque' Impeachment Debate

Lawmakers who want President Dilma Rousseff out allege finance rule violations

(Newser) - The lower chamber of Brazil's Congress has begun debate on whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff , with the crucial vote slated for Sunday, the AP reports. The government had carried out an unsuccessful bid before the country's Supreme Court to try to halt the process, but that appeal... More »

Yes, Impeach Dilma: Brazil Congressional Committee

Though outcome was largely symbolic

(Newser) - A congressional committee voted Monday to recommend that the impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff move forward, bringing the possible ouster of the embattled leader a step closer. Rousseff is facing impeachment proceedings over allegations her administration violated fiscal rules to mask budget problems. Her opponents say the process is... More »

Brazil's Crazy Political Crisis Just Got a Little Crazier

Judge trying to halt president's controversial Cabinet appointment

(Newser) - Not so fast, Lula. A judge on Thursday issued an injunction to suspend Brazil President Dilma Rousseff's appointment of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as her chief of staff, reports Reuters . This was no ordinary political appointment: Lula is facing prosecution in a corruption scandal involving energy... More »

Lula's Return Rocks Brazil

Current president makes bold move for former president

(Newser) - What's happening in Brazil at the moment has accomplished the rare feat of making American politics look kind of boring. President Dilma Rousseff is facing impeachment over one scandal, and she just made an audacious move in an apparent attempt to shield former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva... More »

Some Brazilian Protesters Call on Prez to Kill Herself

200K take to the streets to protest bribery scandal, shrinking economy

(Newser) - Some 200,000 protesters made their voices heard yesterday in 200 cities across Brazil, protesting a shrinking economy and a bribery scandal involving government-controlled oil company, Petrobras, reports the Guardian . A protest in Rio de Janeiro resembled a party, with some wearing bathing suits and snapping selfies as samba music... More »

Brazil's Leftist Leader Scores Second Term

After tight race, Dilma Rousseff beats Aecio Neves

(Newser) - Brazil's left-leaning President Dilma Rousseff was re-elected yesterday in the tightest race the nation has seen since its return to democracy three decades ago, batting down a pro-business candidate's strong showing in a bitterly fought campaign . With 99.5% of the ballots counted, Rousseff, the Workers' Party candidate,... More »

Shock Result Sends Brazil Election to Runoff

Dilma Rousseff to face unexpected challenger

(Newser) - Brazil's unpredictable election took another twist yesterday, with left-leaning President Dilma Rousseff being forced into a runoff race as expected—but against a center-right challenger who only surged in the final week of the campaign. Rousseff will face Aecio Neves in the October 26 runoff vote, required as no... More »

Internet Cable Will Span Atlantic to Thwart US Spying

It will guarantee Internet neutrality: Brazilian president

(Newser) - In the wake of Edward Snowden's NSA revelations, a fuming Brazil began plotting an undersea cable to reroute Internet traffic away from the US—and the plan is one that will come to fruition. Brazilian and EU officials yesterday agreed on the installation of an undersea communications cable that... More »

Brazil: OK, We Spied on US, Too

Eyed rooms rented by US embassy in Brasília

(Newser) - In September, Brazil's president decided to skip a planned visit to the US following reports of NSA spying; now Dilma Rousseff's country is admitting it's done some spying of its own—though within its own borders and not on the scale of the NSA. A report in... More »

Great, We've Ticked Off Another Rising Democracy

US blows it with Brazil over NSA spying: Daniel Kurtz-Phelan

(Newser) - It used to be that the US would take an annual drubbing from Iran during presidential speeches before the UN General Assembly. Not so this year . Instead, that drubbing came from Brazil in what the Guardian describes as a "scathing speech" from Dilma Rousseff, who called out the NSA... More »

Brazil Snubs US Over NSA Spying

President Dilma Rousseff calls off state visit

(Newser) - Brazil has just exacted a bit of diplomatic revenge over the news that the NSA was reading the emails of President Dilma Rousseff, other Brazilians, and the state oil company Petrobras. President Dilma Rousseff has made the rare decision to scrap a state visit to Washington planned for next month,... More »

NSA Spied on Brazil, Mexico Presidents' Emails

Latin American nations unamused by latest from Snowden trove

(Newser) - The Snowden files keep on giving: Angry foreign ministers in Brazil and Mexico have summoned US ambassadors over reports that the National Security Agency spied on the presidents of both countries. A Brazilian news report revealed the alleged spying, citing documents obtained by journalist Glenn Greenwald from NSA leaker Edward... More »

Brazil Leader to Protesters: Let's Talk

But it's unclear whether Dilma Rousseff's promise of reform will quiet the storm

(Newser) - Brazil's president broke what the AP calls her "much-criticized silence" in the face of ever-growing demonstrations in a prime-time address last night, but it's unclear whether it will be enough to calm things down. Dilma Rousseff promised to meet with protesters and lawmakers to address the nation'... More »

Tiny Protests Explode as 200K Brazilians Rage

Anti-government protesters take to streets in 8 cities

(Newser) - What began as a protest over a small hike in bus fares has mushroomed into a massive protest movement sweeping Brazil. Up to 200,000 anti-government protesters marched in at least eight cities across the country yesterday, voicing their anger at corruption, high taxes, and poor public services, Reuters reports.... More »

World's 100 Most Powerful Women

Angela Merkel is No. 1, with Hillary Clinton in the second spot

(Newser) - Forbes is out with its annual list of the world's 100 most powerful women, with the top 10 a mix of mostly familiar names from the worlds of politics, humanitarianism, and tech:
  1. Angela Merkel: The German chancellor is trying to reshape the European Union.
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