Free Press Journal
  • Ready for Rio

    Rio de Janeiro : The most crisis-ridden Olympic Games in history opens here on Friday with Rio organisers hoping to draw a line under a turbulent seven-year build-up to the greatest sporting show on Earth.

  • Rousseff’s impeachment to go ahead: Brazil house speaker

    Brasilia: The impeachment of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff looked set to go ahead today, after the interim speaker of the lower house said he had reversed his earlier annulment. In the latest twist to the country’s spirling political crisis, local media said Waldir Maranhao had “reversed the decision” to cancel the April vote by lawmakers that had first begun the process. His move clears the way for Rousseff’s impeachment, after Senate president Renan

  • Brazilian Supreme Court suspends lower house president

    Brasilia: Brazil’s Supreme Court has suspend President of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha for obstructing corruption investigations against him. In a unanimous vote, 11 Supreme Court judges made the decision on an injunction filed by prosecutor general Rodrigo Janot to suspend Cunha’s office, Xinhua news agency reported. The vote was a confirmation of a preliminary decision by Justice Teori Zavaski, who ruled early in the day that Cunha should be suspended.

  • We are ‘ready to deliver history’, says Rio 2016 chief

    Athens: The city of Rio de Janeiro is “ready to deliver history” when Brazil becomes the first South American country to host the Olympic Games in August, Rio 2016 president Carlos Nuzman has said. Nuzman made the declaration in a speech to mark the handing over of the Olympic flame from Greece to Brazil at the Panathenaic Stadium here on Wednesday, which hosted the first Olympics of the modern era in 1896,

  • Brazil wrestles chaos 100 days before Olympics

    Rio De Janeiro: Brazil promises a roaring Rio Olympics party, but with 100 days to go before the sporting mega bash, the hosts are battling nightmarish political and economic gate crashers.

  • Brazil in crisis after Rousseff impeachment vote

    Brasilia: Brazil woke today to deep political crisis after lawmakers authorised impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff, sparking claims that democracy was under threat in Latin America’s biggest country.  Opposition deputies in the lower house of Congress needed 342 of the 513 votes, or a two thirds majority, to send Rousseff to the Senate, which will now decide whether to open a trial. They got there near midnight yesterday after five hours

  • Brazil’s ex-president Lula defiant after detention

    Sao Paulo: Brazil’s ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva vowed to battle his opponents in the streets in a defiant speech late Friday, hours after being briefly detained as part of a probe into a massive corruption scheme. Wearing a red shirt with his leftist Worker’s Party yellow star on his chest, Lula gave an emotional speech to supporters where the charisma and feistiness that characterised his 2003-2010 presidency were on full display.

  • Brazilian builder admits to FIFA World Cup bribes

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian construction firm Andrade Gutierrez has admitted it paid bribes to secure contracts for last year’s FIFA World Cup. According to Xinhua, local media reports said on Friday that the Rio de Janeiro-based company will pay a fine of one billion reais ($270 million) as part of a plea bargain with prosecutors.