Monthly Archives: August 2014

Anadolu Agency

SÃO PAULO — An open-air funeral service for Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos drew over 100,000 people onto the streets of the northeastern city of Recife, capital of the Pernambuco state, on Sunday, local media say.

Archbishop Dom Fernando Saburido led the public mass service as thousands filed past Campos’s coffin in the gubernatorial Princesses’ Field Palace, where he lay in state along with two members of his entourage who also perished in Wednesday’s plane crash.

In a highly-politicised event, dozens of senior politicians from across the political spectrum headed to Recife to pay their final respects to the former Pernambuco state governor, including his two main rivals for the presidency, the incumbent president, Dilma Rousseff, and Minas Gerais senator Aécio Neves.

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SÃO PAULO — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has declared three days of mourning after presidential candidate, Eduardo Campos, was killed in a plane crash in the port city of Santos, southeast Brazil.

In a statement President Rousseff said she would also suspend her election campaign for the same period.

Flags are flying at half-mast on government buildings across Brazil.

A further six people died and at least ten others were injured when the small private jet flying from Rio de Janeiro to the coastal city of Santos, some 50km southeast of São Paulo, crashed into a residential area after attempting to land at a nearby air base in neighbouring Guarujá.

Eyewitnesses say the plane was already on fire, and possibly upside down, before it hit the ground.

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SÃO PAULO — Israel has apologised for remarks from a foreign ministry official last month in which he referred to Brazil as a “diplomatic dwarf” over its condemnation of Israel’s military offensive in Gaza.

President Reuven Rivlin called his Brazilian counterpart, Dilma Rousseff, late on Monday to apologise for comments by Israeli foreign ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor to The Jerusalem Post on 24 July.

Rivlin told Rousseff that Palmor’s opinions “did not reflect the feelings of the country’s population towards Brazil,” according to a statement from Brazil’s presidential Planalto Palace.

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SÃO PAULO — Robin Williams, who died on Monday aged 63, wasn’t just loved in America, the UK and the rest of the English-speaking world. His genre-defying performances were adored worldwide, and Brazil is no exception.

Dead Poets Society and Mrs. Doubtfire — whose local title, Uma babá quase perfeita, translates as An Almost-Perfect Nanny  — were particular hits here.

Many in Brazil have mourned his passing with genuine outpouring of emotions, and heaped unending praise on the energetic funnyman.

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SÃO PAULO — Brazil now boasts the most multi-millionaires in Latin America and is ranked tenth in the world, according to a study reported by local media.

The study by Johannesburg-based wealth consultancy New World Wealth also showed that São Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city and business center, is the world’s 17th for multi-millionaires, defined in the report as having more than $10 million in net assets.

Currently the world’s seventh largest economy, Brazil has 10,300 multi-millionaires, of which 4,400 are concentrated in São Paulo and a further 2,200 in Rio de Janeiro, putting the “Marvellous City” in 27th position globally.

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SÃO PAULO — Brazil hosted its first-ever Refugee World Cup this week, with Nigeria taking a convincing win over Cameroon in the final.

Watch the video for interviews with refugee organisers and participants, and with the United Nations’ Luiz Fernando Godinho on Brazil’s nearly 7,000 refugees. (Click on caption button for English subtitles.)

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SÃO PAULO — Latin American countries have stepped up their diplomatic protest against Israel, ratcheting up international pressure over its military offensive in Gaza and rallying behind the Palestinians.

Five countries in Latin America — Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador and Peru — have now recalled their ambassadors to Israel for consultation: a major protest in diplomatic terms, and on Thursday, Costa Rica became the latest Latin nation to voice its concern over the “escalation of violence,” summoning the Israeli ambassador to the country for explanation.

Bolivian President Evo Morales has also declared Israel a “terrorist state” and torn up a long-standing free travel agreement between the two countries.

ALSO: Read my Op-Ed for Al Jazeera on Brazil foreign policy

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