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  • Brazil presidential election much stranger than fiction

    If one were to write a fictional novel about how a frail environmental activist became a leading candidate to win BrazilĀ“s presidential election in October, editors would refuse to publish it. They would consider it far-fetched, too far removed from reality.
  • Hit movie depicts violence in Rio slums as Brazilian military mounts major anti-gang operation

    A new film depicting violent conflicts between gangs and police over control of the slums above Rio de Janeiro is breaking box-office records in Brazil. "Tropa de Elite 2," or "The Elite Squad 2," is a sequel to a 2007 film about military police special...

    Rousseff tackles economic matters in first day as Brazil's first female president

    Economist Dilma Rousseff was sworn in as the first female president of Brazil on New Year's Day, special correspondents report in the Los Angeles Times. Rousseff received the symbolic presidential sash from outgoing leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who...

    Humala claims victory in Peru elections, beating the Fujimori name

    Former Peruvian military officer Ollanta Humala has been named the winner of Sunday's presidential election, news that briefly sent Peru's stock market into a jittery plunge, reports L.A. Times correspondent Tracy Wilkinson from Lima. Humala ran strong...

    Former Brazilian President Lula gets cancer treatment

    REPORTING FROM MEXICO CITY -- Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, still one of Latin America's most popular figures 10 months after stepping down as president of Brazil, has cancer of the throat and on Monday started chemotherapy, his doctors said. Lula entered...