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  • The Brazilian group scanning WhatsApp for disinformation in run-up to elections September 26, 2018
    When a story goes viral, Comprova assigns it to a journalist to investigate if it is fake or notVoting machines rigged by Venezuela; suspicious connections with George Soros; elderly conservatives beaten up by leftwing activists; a candidate’s name spelled out in huge letters across a soy field – these are just a few of the […]
    Anna Jean Kaiser in São Paulo
  • Bolsonaro could drag Brazil back into dictatorship, cultural legends warn September 25, 2018
    Petition reflects fears over rightwing populist presidential candidate Jair BolsonaroSome of Brazil’s most celebrated musicians, writers and public intellectuals have said Latin America’s largest democracy could take an authoritarian turn if rightwing populist Jair Bolsonaro emerges victorious from next month’s presidential election. Related: 'Stop this disaster': Brazilian women mobilise against 'misogynist' far-right Bolsonaro Related: 'He's […]
    Tom Phillips in Governador Valadares
  • 'Stop this disaster': Brazilian women mobilise against 'misogynist' far-right Bolsonaro September 21, 2018
    Jair Bolsonaro, who has called women idiots and issued taunts about rape, could be the next president. For the 2.5m women who joined a new Facebook group, something had to be doneHe has mocked women as idiots and as tramps, as unworthy of rape, let alone equal pay. Within weeks he could be crowned president […]
    Tom Phillips in Recife
  • Cecilia Haddad murder: former Brazilian boyfriend confessed to killing, court hears September 19, 2018
    Mario Marcelo Santoro appears in court in Rio de Janeiro over the death of 38-year-old, whose body was found in Sydney’s Lane Cove RiverThe suspected killer of Cecilia Haddad has appeared in court for a pretrial hearing in Rio de Janeiro, where an investigator testified that the accused had confessed during informal talks with police […]
    Anna Jean Kaiser in Rio de Janeiro
  • Peru's president in high-stakes gamble to push through anti-corruption reforms September 19, 2018
    Martín Vizcarra dares opposition-dominated congress to back his stalled measures or face fresh electionsPeru’s president has launched a high-stakes gamble to push through stalled anti-corruption measures, challenging the opposition-dominated congress to back the reform or face fresh elections.Martín Vizcarra invoked a constitutional procedure which could allow him to dissolve the chamber and call new legislative […]
    Dan Collyns in Lima
  • The artist trying to change Rio's violent police force from within September 19, 2018
    Police brutality is rife in the Brazilian city, but a new project wants officers to see themselves in a different lightIn the city and wider state of Rio de Janeiro, stories of police brutality abound. In June, a security operation saw a police helicopter open fire in the Maré favela; seven people died in the […]
    Sarah Johnson
  • Fernando Haddad aims to be Brazil's new Lula – but does anyone know who he is? September 18, 2018
    Lula’s understudy is running for president, and the support of his jailed patron could prove decisiveWearing a red sweatshirt emblazoned with the image of a Brazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Fernando Haddad and his entourage piled out of a minibus and marched up the main street of the Rocinha favela, as a […]
    Dom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro
  • Brazil police seize $16m from Equatorial Guinea's VP delegation September 16, 2018
    Entourage of vice-president allegedly had millions in cash and luxury watches in luggageMore than $16m (£12m) in cash and luxury watches were seized at an airport in Brazil in the luggage of a delegation accompanying the son of the president of Equatorial Guinea, local media has reported.Teodorin Nguema Obiang, vice-president of Equatorial Guinea and son […]
    Agence France-Presse
  • Australia urges Japan to remain in IWC after its bid to lift whaling ban rejected September 14, 2018
    Japan hints it may leave International Whaling Commission after attempt to resume commercial hunting voted downAustralia has encouraged Japan to remain within the International Whaling Commission after the country’s attempt to lift a 33-year ban on commercial whaling failed to win enough votes.Japan’s so-called “way forward” proposal for the IWC to start a “sustainable whaling” […]
    Graham Readfearn
  • 'He's not perfect': why do so many Brazilians support rightwinger Jair Bolsonaro? September 14, 2018
    Although many are revolted by his racist, sexist and homophobic comments, his Trump-like his simple solutions attract plenty of admirersRecovering in hospital after he was stabbed at a campaign event a week ago, Brazil’s far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro posed for a photograph, grinning and brandishing an imaginary rifle.It was a gesture he has often […]
    Dom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro

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