Brazil teeters, again

Amid widespread confusion and uncertainty, Brazil’s Senate apparently remains set to vote  on Wednesday to open hearings on the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. But procedural chaos and street demonstrations still swirl around the highest office.

The Washington Post reports:

Rousseff’s recourse to the dark history of military rule might seem odd in today’s Brazil, a modern democracy where the armed forces keep their distance from politics. And while legal experts disagree on the technical grounds for impeachment, her narrative has fallen flat with the majority of Brazilians who, outraged by a wide-reaching corruption scandal and a deep economic recession, want her out.

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WORLD

With his time in office counting down, President Obama will later this month become the first sitting US President to visit Hiroshima.

The President of Nigeria was apparently “shocked” after British Prime Minister David Cameron was caught on a hot mic telling the Queen that Nigeria and Afghanistan are “fantastically corrupt.” Cameron is set to host representatives of both governments this week for – yes, you guessed it – an anti-corruption summit.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, Her Maj herself got caught on a hot mic later…

 

New London Mayor Sadiq Khan won’t be anyone’s “exception”.

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SPORT

West Ham United’s final game at their Boleyn Ground stadium was delayed by 45 minutes after the bus carrying their opponents, Manchester United, was apparently attacked by some of the thousands of fans who had gathered on the streets surrounding the ground.

When it eventually kicked off, it was quite a match…

(looks like this video has now been removed)

 

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