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Brazil's former president Jair Bolsonaro during a protest where he called his supporters to gather, as police investigate him and his cabinet for allegedly plotting a coup after the 2022 election, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, February 25, 2024.

REUTERS/Carla Carniel

Brazil’s former president shows he still has clout

He may be barred from electoral politics for the next six years because of convictions for abusing his power. He may be facing a flurry of serious legal charges over his alleged attempts to foment a coup last January after losing his 2022 re-election bid.

But in a deeply polarized country, Brazil’s firebrand former rightwing president Jair Bolsonaro is still immensely popular. Over the weekend he showed it, calling tens of thousands of protesters into the streets of São Paulo, the country’s business capital and most populous city. Among them were a number of lawmakers and even the state governor of São Paulo.

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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro attends an Air Force ceremony in Brasilia, Brazil January 4, 2019.

REUTERS/Adriano Machado

Police seize Bolsonaro’s passport, arrest top aides over alleged coup

Brazilian authorities on Thursday named former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro a target of their inquiry into an alleged coup to keep him in power following his 2022 election loss. Four people were arrested, and 33 search warrants were executed in Thursday’s operation, and the former president was ordered to surrender his passport.
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Photo taken on Sept 6, 2023 shows US dollar bills

Photo by Costfoto/NurPhoto via Reuters

Hard Numbers: US inflation exceeds expectations, Bombardier pivots to Pentagon, Brazil postpones new visa system, African immigrants lead employment ranks in Canada

3.4: US annual inflation was 3.4% through December, higher than analysts had expected, driven by costs for housing and energy. Core inflation – which removes more volatile fuel and food prices – rose at 3.9%, down from 4% in November, but still slightly higher than predicted. And with that, the mic now passes to Canada, which reports its own December price data next week. The last Canadian readout, from December, was also exceeded forecasts, coming in at 3.1%.

3: Jet manufacturer Bombardier has won a contract to supply the Pentagon with three business jets for conversion into a prototype spy plane. The win is doubly sweet coming just weeks after the Canadian government nixed the Montreal-based company from a similar deal that went to US rival Boeing.

90: Brazil has postponed by 90 days the launch of a new eVisa system for travelers from the US and Canada. The online platform aims to simplify the visa process, but Brasilia decided to push the start date from Jan. 10 to April 10 to avoid “interfering with the flow of tourists” during Brazil’s high season. Great, we’ll see you with your chunky old non-eVisas at Carnival in February then, eh?

67.7: A government study of the labor force among Canadian permanent residents from several regions of the world found that African immigrants had the highest employment rate with 67.7% actively working. Asia was close behind with 66.3%, followed by Latin America with 66%. North America and Europe were tied in last place with 56.6%. Africa has led the list every year since 2019, the first year included in the study.

A goose named Piu-Piu walks near security agents while helping vigilance patrols around the Penitentiary Complex near Florianopolis, Santa Catarina State, Brazil December 15, 2023.

REUTERS/Anderson Coelho

Brazil’s new prison guards may … honk

“Geese agents” have been enlisted to replace dogs guarding the perimeter of a prison in Brazil’s southern state of Santa Catarina. While this isn’t the first time a prison has goosed up security – geese, after all, know how to fight – modern surveillance and humans tend to do a better job.
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Captain Christine Sinclair plays her final international game as she retires from Canada's national women's soccer team after a friendly match against Australia in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Dec. 5, 2023.

REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier

Hard Numbers: Soccer legend retires, First Nations vote, Trains chug toward zero, Brazil beckons

48,112: Canadian women’s soccer legend Christine Sinclair closed out her career in style this week, leading the national team to victory over Australia before 48,112 adoring fans in Vancouver. Sinclair’s 190 goals scored in international matches are the highest total notched by any woman or man who has ever played the game.

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Kids, it's time to party with.. Jair Bolsonaro!!
Kids, it's time to party with.. Jair Bolsonaro!! | PUPPET REGIME

Kids, it's time to party with.. Jair Bolsonaro!!

The former Brazilian president now sells Bolsonaro-themed birthday party packs -- in real life! But what happens when Puppet Regime invites him to host an ACTUAL party?

Watch more PUPPET REGIME!

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FILE PHOTO: Brazilian president Lula da Silva hugging Ursula von der Leyen the President of the European Commission at the 3rd EU-CELAC Summit in Brussels, Belgium on 17 July 2023.

Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Reuters

EU and Mercosur near trade deal (at last)

It has been a long four years since the free trade deal between Brussels and Latin America’s largest trade bloc was agreed in principle, but all sides now, finally, look close to signing on the dotted line.

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Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev speaks during a military parade of his armed forces in Nagorno-Karabakh region's capital city on November 8, 2023.

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan/Handout via REUTERS

Hard Numbers: Azerbaijan targets journalists, Brazil feels the heat, deadly stampede hits the Republic of Congo, flooding kills in Somalia

2: Two journalists investigating government corruption in Azerbaijan were arrested this week, the latest in a long trend of crackdowns on dissent under the rule of the Aliyev dynasty. Police arrested Abzas Media’s editor-in-chief, Sevinj Vagifgyzy, and director, Ulvi Hasanli. Abzas Media has been digging into how senior government officials and the family of President Ilham Aliyev have generated their wealth. Rights groups have condemned the arrests.
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