SAO PAULO, Brazil - Anti-graft protests swept Brazil's main cities as some 200,000 demonstrators marched through the streets against alleged mis-governance, forcing President Dilma Rousseff Tuesday to acknowledge the need for better public services and effective administration. The assurance from Rousseff came a day after biggest protests rocked at least ten Brazilian cities, including Sao ...
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FIFA president Sepp Blatter denied that the Confederations Cup and World Cup are the causes for mass protests across Brazil. Demonstrations, which began last week in response to rise in public transport fares, have turned into a nation-wide rally against bad governance and corruption, reports Xinhua. Many marchers expressed their anger at the billions of dollars spent on new football stadiums ...
Brazil plans to produce vaccines against the influenza H1N1 virus, Health Minister Alexandre Padilha said. Nationwide production of the vaccine will help the country have an easier and faster access to the drug in case of an epidemic, he said Tuesday. "When Brazil has the technology, no economic crisis, exchange rate fluctuations, nor unilateral decision from a company can put patient ...
Brian De Palmas Femme Fatale is a tour de force of giddy-enthralling cinematic trashiness. Its a true return to a form for an old master who is constantly threatening to mellow and go soft, a highly self-conscious meditation on both De Palmas inspirations and himself. Its everything De Palmas detractors hate about him and his fans love about himit thumbs its nose at convention, laughs at l ... ...
Protestors have reportedly hacked the official website for the Brazil Football World Cup 2014 and replaced the site with a video of a violent police response to a peaceful protest. According to News.com.au, the FIFA website was replaced with an embedded YouTube video, showing protesters marching, before riot police release tear gas and fire on the protesters with rubber bullets. The report ...
President Dilma Rousseff has proposed a new regulatory framework for mining in Brazil, one of the world's biggest producers of iron, bauxite, gold, nickel, manganese and other minerals. Rousseff said her plan calls for a new government agency that would regulate mining activity and create a new concessions regime. The new concessions "will run for 40 years, extendable for another 20", and the ...
The director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation says the agency is occasionally using drones over the U.S., but did not say what the purpose of the surveillance is. The U.S. for years has used drones to monitor activity along its southern and northern borders. But at a congressional hearing Wednesday, FBI chief Robert Mueller said the agency is deploying drones over the U.S. for ...
LONDON -- The British government warned on Wednesday that future combat operations could become more difficult after a court ruled that families of three soldiers killed in Iraq could sue the military for failing to protect troops on active duty. Britain's Supreme Court upheld the claim of relatives that the Human Rights Act applied to troops serving in battle abroad, and rejected the ...
Preamble: The "festival of champions" continues, in a decidedly unfestive atmosphere, with hundreds of thousands of Brazilians taking to the streets to protest against government misrule, financial chicanery and police brutality, while Sepp Blatter tells them to pipe down and quit ruining his appetite with their spoilsport bleating. So in deference to King Blatter, let's pretend ...
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Our nuclear programmes are completely transparent. But we are ready to show greater transparency and make clear for the whole world that the steps of the Islamic Republic of Iran are completely within international frameworks. The sanctions are unfair, the Iranian people are suffering, and our (nuclear) activities are legal. These sanctions are illegal and only benefit Israel.
Iran's president-elect was speaking after his historic election victory.
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