Mauricio Savarese

  • JUDGE Aug 9, 2019

    Brazil Judge Ends Investigation of Neymar on Rape Allegation

    A Brazilian judge accepted a recommendation from prosecutors Thursday to close the investigation of soccer star Neymar on a rape allegation on the grounds of there being a lack of evidence against him. Sao Paulo state prosecutors Flávia Merlini and Estefânia Paulin announced during the day that they agreed with a July 30 decision by police not to bring charges...

  • PRESIDENT Jun 6, 2019

    Neymar Accuser in First Comments: ‘I Was the Victim of Rape'

    A woman who has accused Brazilian soccer star Neymar of raping her in a Paris hotel went on television in an interview aired Wednesday to reaffirm her allegation against him in her first public comments on the case. Talking to Brazilian station SBT, the woman described herself as an “ordinary person who works, studies; I’m a model and a student...

  • PRESIDENT Jun 6, 2019

    Neymar Accuser in First Comments: ‘I Was the Victim of Rape'

    A woman who has accused Brazilian soccer star Neymar of raping her in a Paris hotel went on television in an interview aired Wednesday to reaffirm her allegation against him in her first public comments on the case. Talking to Brazilian station SBT, the woman described herself as an “ordinary person who works, studies; I’m a model and a student...

  • Donald Trump Mar 19, 2019

    Trump Praises Brazil's Far-Right President at White House

    President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he will work to designate Brazil a “major non-NATO ally” — and maybe even full NATO membership —as he welcomed the country’s new Trump-friendly far-right leader to the White House. That’s despite the fact that Brazil doesn’t quality to join the North Atlantic alliance. Jair Bolsonaro, who’s been described as the “Trump of...

  • Donald Trump Jan 1, 2019

    Brazil's Bolsonaro Assumes Office Amid Big Hopes And Fears

    Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil’s president Tuesday, taking the reins of Latin America’s largest and most populous nation with promises to overhaul myriad aspects of daily life and put an end to business-as-usual governing. For the far-right former army captain, the New Year’s Day inauguration was the culmination of a journey from a marginalized and even ridiculed congressmen...

  • JUDGE Sep 17, 2018

    WikiLeaks Docs Show Assange Bid for Russian Visa

    Julian Assange had just pulled off one of the biggest scoops in journalistic history, splaying the innards of American diplomacy across the web. But technology firms were cutting ties to his website, WikiLeaks, cable news pundits were calling for his head and a Swedish sex crime case was threatening to put him behind bars. Caught in a vise, the silver-haired...

  • Latin America Jun 6, 2018

    Some Brazil ‘Zika Kids' Try School, Others Fight to Survive

    On Tuesdays, 18-month-old Joaquim Santos spends an hour sitting by himself in a corner of a special needs classroom in this small city in northeast Brazil, one of the country’s poorest regions and one hit hard by the Zika virus. Two harried teachers look on as other toddlers play around Joaquim, who has severe developmental delays after being born with...

  • Congress Apr 6, 2018

    Brazil Braces for Looming Arrest of Ex-President ‘Lula'

    Latin America’s largest nation prepared for what would have been unimaginable just a few years ago: the arrest of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a once wildly popular leader whose administrations were credited with bringing millions out of poverty in one of the world’s most unequal countries. Federal judge Sergio Moro, seen by many in Brazil as a...

  • Congress Apr 5, 2018

    Brazil's Top Court Rules Against Da Silva on Prison

    Brazil’s top court voted narrowly in the early hours Thursday to turn down an attempt by former President Luiz Inacio da Silva to stay out of jail while he appeals a corruption conviction, a decision that will have widespread implications in this polarized nation. After nearly 11 hours of often heated debate, the justices of the Supreme Federal Tribunal voted...

  • JUDGE Aug 25, 2017

    Dozens of Brazilian Bribery Busts Boost Electronic Bracelet Industry

    Brazil’s mega-corruption scandal that has ensnared much of its political and economic elite has one sector of its struggling economy booming: the sale of electronic monitoring bracelets. Wealthy businessmen or politicians caught up in the massive “Car Wash” investigation are often serving time at home, either by reaching plea bargains or appealing. That has made the use of bracelets much...

  • Associated Press May 19, 2017

    Brazil's President May Lead a ‘Walking Dead Administration'

    Brazil’s president is vowing to remain in power despite a damaging new corruption allegation, but Latin America’s largest nation could very well be rudderless as long as he stays at the head of what one analyst is calling a “walking dead administration.” President Michel Temer struck a defiant note Thursday, promising he would be found innocent in a Supreme Court...

  • coach Nov 29, 2016

    Chapecoense Was Gaining Respect in Brazil Before Plane Crash

    The Brazilian soccer team aboard the plane that crashed in Colombia was gaining respect and support from across Brazil even though it was a small club with a short history. Chapecoense, founded in 1973, was preparing to play in the Copa Sudamericana final, South America’s second biggest club competition after the Copa Libertadores. The team was flying to Medellin to...

  • Instagram Aug 16, 2016

    An Olympic Message to the Brazilian Bob Costas: Shut It!

    When a BBC announcer suggested that a Brazilian broadcaster needed to “shut up” at the start of a swimming race at the Rio Olympics, he was voicing the feelings of many in the host country. Considered the Bob Costas of Brazil, Carlos Eduardo dos Santos Galvao Bueno — known here simply as Galvao — is a love-him-or-hate-him announcer who is...

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