Ex-government leaders begin prison terms in Brazilian corruption case

SAO PAULO, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Two former Brazilian government officials have become among the first of 25 people convicted in a major bribery scandal to report to prison, officials say.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013.
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Latin America's commodities-fueled growth slowing

BRASILIA, Brazil, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- As the IMF and the World Bank see Latin American economic growth faltering and a recovery unlikely before 2014, a dim outlook for Brazil is emerging as the biggest surprise of all revised projections from the two international bodies in Washington.
Brazil's Dilma Rousseff damaged by protests, trade slump

Brazil's Dilma Rousseff damaged by protests, trade slump

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 25 (UPI) -- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has seen a dip in approval ratings blamed by opponents on wasteful state spending and by business on trade policies.

Street protests spread chaos across Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 11 (UPI) -- Protesters brought Brazil's main highways to near standstill amid continuing popular anger over alleged misuse of public funds and neglect of basic services.

More delays in Brazil air force upgrades

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 9 (UPI) -- Piecemeal upgrades to Brazilian air force inventory are threatening to overshadow the Latin American country's most important -- and most delayed -- plan to discard aging war jets and replace them with a brand-new inventory.

Venezuelans wait for hours to view Chavez

CARACAS, Venezuela, March 8 (UPI) -- Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela's interim president Friday in Caracas, three days after his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, died of cancer.

Finmeccanica's India troubles poorly timed

SAO PAULO, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Italian aviation manufacturer Finmeccanica's troubles in India over an alleged bribery scandal are poorly timed amid ambitious plans for expansion in Latin America.

All-Brazilian heavy oil output under way

PORTO DO RIO GRANDE, Brazil, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- An all-Brazilian heavy oil operation is under way with every stage of the extraction, output, storage and supply reported to have been conducted with local expertise.

Lula faces probe in cash-for-votes scandal

BRASILIA, Brazil, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva faces investigation in a swirling corruption controversy that seems to be catching up with him after two years.
Latin America looks to more engaged Obama

Latin America looks to more engaged Obama

BRASILIA, Brazil, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Latin American leaders and the media want re-elected U.S. President Barack Obama to engage more constructively with the continent on both political and economic fronts.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.
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Paraguay hopeful of return to Mercosur

ASUNCION, Paraguay, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- President Federico Franco said Paraguay's restoration to Mercosur was only a matter of time because countries that engineered the suspension need it back.
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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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