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2006-03-29 16:02:43

BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - An investigative committee will call for the indictment of more than 100 people but exempt Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in its final report on a corruption scandal involving the ruling party, its author said on Wednesday. The scandal, in which the Workers' Party used illicit funds to finance campaigns and allegedly bribe legislators, broke out in June and threatened to overwhelm the government. Since then it has subsided and resurfaced...

2005-12-09 14:08:52

By Andrew Hay BELEM, Brazil (Reuters) - The confessed killer of a 73-year-old American nun who defended the poor in Brazil's Amazon rain forest told a court on Friday that he shot her because he feared for his life. Raifran das Neves Sales told the court in the Amazon city of Belem that he killed the rain forest activist in self-defense after mistaking her Bible for a gun, not in a contract killing as he had previously stated. The nun, Dorothy Stang, was shot six times on a jungle...

2005-11-07 10:36:46

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Unions representing nearly all of bankrupt auto parts maker Delphi Corp.'s U.S. hourly workers said on Monday they have formed a coalition to fight proposed wage and benefit cuts they called an assault on working families. The United Auto Workers, IUE-CWA, United Steelworkers, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, International Association of Machinists and the International Union of Operating Engineers said they formed the coalition Thursday. "We are...

2005-07-21 17:24:41

BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva replaced two more ministers on Thursday to shore up crumbling support in Congress as a bribes-for votes scandal rocked his party and government. Lula has now reshuffled 10 ministry posts since early June when the ruling Workers Party (PT) was accused of bribing right-wing lawmakers to back government legislation -- sparking Brazil's worst political crisis in over a decade. Former PT ministers have reoccupied posts...

2005-07-19 22:18:56

By Ricardo Amaral and Natuza Nery BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - A congressional probe into a bribery scandal on Tuesday focused on a businessman's loans that may be tied to the votes-for-cash case paralyzing the administration of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Bank records show an advertising executive made loans to people linked to the ruling Workers' Party and its allies, according to three members of the inquiry and a parliamentary aid. Workers' Party leaders deny the funds were...

2005-07-09 13:51:22

By Mauricio Savarese SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - The head of Brazil's ruling Workers' Party resigned on Saturday amid a snowballing political scandal that is likely to hurt President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's re-election chances next year. The worst political crisis in Brazil at least since Lula took over in January 2003 involves accusations that the president's Workers' Party bribed lawmakers for their support. Brazilian magazines have published reports over the past week saying...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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