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Ex-Pemex CEO Denies Allegations of Involvement in Brazil Scandal

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by loveshloveearth@gmail.com

In a report this week, Brazilian magazine Veja cited court documents suggesting the former Pemex CEO allegedly requested a $5 million illegal payment to Odebrecht, Latin America’s biggest construction company, to obtain benefits in Mexico. Veja says it based its reporting on portions of a plea-bargain agreement between prosecutors and a former top executive at […]

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Brazil makes biggest rate cut since 2009 to fire up economy

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by loveshloveearth@gmail.com

Brazil’s central bank made its deepest cut to interest in nearly eight years on Wednesday and signaled it might continue its aggressive easing to revive an economy still reeling from its deepest recession ever. In a unanimous vote, the central bank’s 9-member monetary policy committee, known as Copom, decided to reduce its benchmark Selic rate […]

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Brazil graft probe sparks hopes of change, fears of chaos

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by loveshloveearth@gmail.com

For some in Brazil, the decision by a Supreme Court judge to place many top politicians under investigation for suspected corruption, including leading contenders in next year’s presidential race, clears the way for a new era in politics. The sweeping probe ordered by Justice Luiz Edson Fachin encompassed all the likely presidential candidates from Brazil’s […]

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Brazil judge targets dozens of politicians for ‘corruption’

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by loveshloveearth@gmail.com

A Brazilian judge has revealed the names of dozens of politicians to be investigated over alleged involvement in a huge bribery scandal. Judge Edson Fachin unveiled his extensive list on Tuesday, after much speculation in the country’s media. It includes almost a third of President Michel Temer’s cabinet and Rio de Janeiro’s mayor during the […]

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Brazil corruption probe sends shivers across Latin America

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by loveshloveearth@gmail.com

Brazil’s Supreme Court has ordered an investigation into 74 new politicians, including a third of current President Michel Temer’s cabinet. This follows information obtained as part of a plea bargaining deal with the former president of Brazil’s largest engineering company, Odebrecht. The probe has shaken the region’s political establishment as a multinational investigation into who […]

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Attacks on refugee homes double in Austria as accommodation firebombed and sprayed with Nazi graffiti

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by loveshloveearth@gmail.com

Attacks on refugee accommodation have doubled in Austria, seeing homes firebombed, vandals spray Nazi graffiti on walls and a man threaten to “get a gun and shoot the dogs”. The interior ministry revealed the figures at the request of an MP, who said the vast majority of cases were motivated by hatred and called for […]

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Skier back from Austria with a gold

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by loveshloveearth@gmail.com

Amy Baker Chris Westcott of Albany won gold at the Special Olympics Winter Games in Austria in March. He’d hoped for a medal but didn’t think he’d win gold. When the “fitness mad” skier and karate practitioner Chris Westcott won gold, it was not only his first time competing at the Special Olympics World Winter […]

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Kiwi Life: From Zell am See, Austria to New Zealand

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by loveshloveearth@gmail.com

Zemira Semmal Zemira describes her first vivid sunset experience in Queenstown, which included fish and chips, as “pure magic”. Austrian Zemira Semmel has found Kiwis are more focused on “making eternal memories” than material things. What’s your name and where are you from? My name is Zemira and I am from Zell am See in […]

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Lack of German means Turk must vacate Austrian kebab stand

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by loveshloveearth@gmail.com

WIENER NEUSTADT, Austria — Alihan Turgut has dished out falafel for more than a decade to the townsfolk of Wiener Neustadt, and many call him one of their own. But “Kebab Ali” now stands to lose his stand at the main marketplace — and with it his livelihood. Turgut is paying the price for something […]

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Passengers bound for Manchester stranded in Austria overnight after plane was grounded

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by loveshloveearth@gmail.com

Holiday passengers bound for Manchester were stranded overnight in Austria when their jet was grounded. All 250 passengers and crew had to be taken off the Thomson flight, due to fly from Innsbruck, when an electrical fault was discovered on the plane just before take-off on Saturday afternoon. Engineers could not fix the problem until […]

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