Lula diagnosed with throat cancer

Lula diagnosed with throat cancer

SAO PAULO, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been diagnosed with throat cancer and is to be treated with chemotherapy, hospital officials said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011.
By United Press International
Gripen upgrade likely to heat up FX-2 race

Gripen upgrade likely to heat up FX-2 race

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Saab's upgrade of its Gripen fighter's engine gives the Swedish defense manufacturer an edge in the race to win Brazil's multibillion-dollar FX-2 fighter competition.

Brazil moves ahead with smart grid plans

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Brazil is moving ahead toward expansion of a smart grid network in the country despite huge disparities in the quality of housing available to Brazilians.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011.
By United Press International

Judiciary, Rousseff on collision course

BRASILIA, Brazil, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Brazil's judiciary and government are on a collision course as the debate over a multibilion dollar giant dam heats up.
Lula's flawed leadership laid bare by leaks

Lula's flawed leadership laid bare by leaks

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Outgoing Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, lionized at home and abroad through eight years of leadership, has had his reputation questioned in leaked cables that cited corruption, cronyism and weakness on crime.

Rousseff, Serra in Brazil runoff

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Leftist Dilma Rousseff will face centrist Jose Serra in a runoff since results showed neither received a majority in Brazil's presidential elections Sunday.
Clown's congress election bid irks Brazilian politicians

Clown's congress election bid irks Brazilian politicians

RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- A professional clown's bid to get elected to Brazil's congress has angered politicians who see Tiririca's parliamentary ambitions as an affront to their vocations, but most Brazilians have other thoughts.
Lula's press-bashing set to tarnish image

Lula's press-bashing set to tarnish image

RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva put his "father figure" reputation on line in an unusually harsh criticism of the press for pointing out corruption and irregularities attributed to the ruling Workers Party aides.

Brazil politicos use old generals' law to stifle satire

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Brazil's press and creative industry are up in arms, albeit in a sort of deferential way, over politicians' attempts to use an old draconian law from the country's dictatorial past to stifle satire before the Oct. 3 presidential election.

Brazil's presidential race a close contest

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 9 (UPI) -- The outcome of Brazil's presidential election Oct. 3 is now seen less likely to be exactly as President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva wished it to be -- his protege Dilma Rousseff installed as his successor and inheritor of his populist legacy.

Brazil feels the heat from Eurozone woes

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 24 (UPI) -- Brazil is feeling the heat from the eurozone crisis with the first impact showing up as lower foreign direct investment into the country, Central Bank figures showed.

Scores missing in Brazilian floods

SAO PAULO, June 22 (UPI) -- The president of Brazil says his government is preparing a provisional measure to help flood victims in Alagoas and Pernambuco rebuild their homes.

Chavez hopes for Lula's help with Mercosur membership

BRASILIA, Brazil, April 29 (UPI) -- After numerous false dawns, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has pinned hopes on Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva smoothing the path for his country's full membership of Mercosur before leaving office next year.
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Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
WAP2002121009-WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI)--Brazilian President-Elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks at the headquarters of the AFL-CIO in Washington D.C. on Dec. 10, 2002. jg/John Gillis

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Portuguese pronunciation:   audio (help·info); born 27 October 1945), known popularly as Lula, served as the 35th President of Brazil from 2003 to 2010.

A founding member of the Workers' Party (PT – Partido dos Trabalhadores), he ran for President three times unsuccessfully, first in the 1989 election. Lula achieved victory in the 2002 election, and was inaugurated as President on 1 January 2003. In the 2006 election he was re-elected for a second term as President, which ended on 31 December 2010. He was succeeded by his former Chief of Staff, Dilma Rousseff.

He is often regarded as the most popular politician in the history of Brazil and, at the time of his mandate, one of the most popular in the world. Social programs like Bolsa Família and Fome Zero are hallmarks of his time in office. Lula played a prominent role in recent international relations developments, including the Nuclear program of Iran and global warming, and was described as "a man with audacious ambitions to alter the balance of power among nations." He was featured in Time's The 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2010, and has been called "the most successful politician of his time."

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