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Brazilian Judge Blocks Lula’s Release from Prison

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Brazilian Federal Judge Sergio Moro overruled another judge’s order to release imprisoned former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, or “Lula,” on Sunday (Reuters). Lula is serving a 12-year sentence in prison for bribery, and awaits six additional trials for corruption charges (Reuters). Lula denies wrongdoing, calling the bribery accusation a “conspiracy” to bar him […]

Brazil’s Senate Approves Amended Uber Bill

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Brazil’s Senate approved legislation regulating ride-hailing phone applications, such as the popular Uber application, on Tuesday. The bill is an amended version of an earlier bill that would have required drivers to use their own cars and register with local municipalities (Reuters 1). After discussing regulations with Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, legislators removed those requirements, […]

Brazilian President Fails to Narrow Modern Slavery Definition

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A government directive by Brazil’s ministry of labor published a redefinition of “slave-like work” on Monday, October 17 (The Guardian). The International Labor Organization (ILO) expressed concerns that the new government decree “runs the risk of interrupting” the progress made by Brazil on fighting slave labor (Reuters). The original law listed four conditions to categorize […]

Latin American Prosecutors Join Forces on Odebrecht Bribes

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Odebrecht, a Brazilian construction firm, is under investigation for corruption. Prosecutors from eleven different Latin American countries have come together to create “the broadest, most rapid and effective cooperation” on the case involving the company (LAP). The Brazilian Attorney General’s Office organized the meeting with law enforcement from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Portugal, […]

Confirmed Transmission of Zika Virus from Blood Transfusion in Brazil

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Brazilian heath authorities have confirmed two cases of the Zika virus being transmitted through blood transfusions. Both cases occurred in early 2015, the first being a man with gunshot wounds and the other being a liver transplant recipient (WSJ). Both were treated in Campinas, a city near Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil (Reuters). […]