Brazil's freed leftist leader Lula calls to continue 'the fight'

Recife (Brazil), Nov 18 (AFP) Brazil's left-wing leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva urged his followers to continue "the fight" Sunday evening at his first major rally since his release from prison a week ago.

"The fight isn't over," the former president chanted to several tens of thousands of cheering supporters in the northeastern city of Recife.

In swipe at US, BRICS hit out at protectionism

BRASILIA, Nov 15 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Five of the biggest emerging economies railed against protectionism as they vowed to overcome “significant challenges” facing multilateralism, in a swipe at US tariffs and unilateral action.

The joint declaration by BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – came on the second day of the annual gathering, which Brazilian host President Jair Bolsonaro used to boost ties with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

Indian PM Modi meets Chinese Prez Xi in Brazil; discusses trade and investment

Brasilia, Nov 14; PTI/GANASHAKTI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held in-depth talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping here and the two leaders have agreed to maintain close contact on matters relating to trade and investment to further deepen and add new vigour to India-China relations.

During the meeting held on the margins of the 11th BRICS Summit on Wednesday, prime minister Modi said there was a "new direction and new energy" in bilateral ties after their second informal summit in Chennai last month.

Full text of BRICS Summit Brasilia Declaration

BRASILIA, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- Following is the full text of the 11th BRICS Summit Brasilia Declaration released on Thursday:


11th BRICS Summit


1. We, the Leaders of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People's Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa met on 14 November 2019 in Brasilia, Brazil, at the Eleventh BRICS Summit, which was held under the theme "BRICS: economic growth for an innovative future".

BRICS business leaders call for stronger economic cooperation

BRASILIA, Nov 14 (NNN-Xinhua) — Business leaders from the BRICS bloc of emerging economies called for stronger integration among member countries to deepen economic cooperation amid rising protectionism.

Integration “is a necessity and a historic trend, and there is no way to stop it,” Xu Lirong, a Chinese member of the BRICS Business Council, said at this year’s BRICS business forum.

Brazil's freed leftist leader Lula rallies supporters

Sao Bernardo do Campo (Brazil), Nov 10; AFP/GANASHAKTI: Brazil's left-wing leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva returned to his trade union stronghold on Saturday, delivering a fiery speech to throngs of celebrating supporters a day after walking free from jail.

Reveling in the adoration of his followers at the metalworkers' union he once led, Lula attacked his arch-nemesis President Jair Bolsonaro, who hours earlier had called him a "scoundrel," and those who jailed him last year for corruption.

Brazil top court’s ruling could free ex-President Da Silva

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s Supreme Court delivered a narrow decision Thursday night that could release almost 5,000 inmates still appealing their convictions, including jailed former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

The court decided in a 6-5 vote that a person can be imprisoned only after all appeals to higher courts have been exhausted.

The decision appears to cover Da Silva and others convicted in cases arising from the sprawling “Car Wash” corruption investigation, which has ensnared dozens of top politicians and business leaders in Latin America’s biggest nation.

Brazil mining regulator says Vale ‘negligence’ cost lives

BRASILIA, Nov 6 (NNN-TELESUR) — Brazil’s mining regulator blasted iron ore miner Vale SA for failing to disclose problems with a mining dam before a deadly collapse in January, saying this kept the agency from taking actions that could have saved lives.

The dam in Brumadinho collapsed and flooded a nearby company cafeteria and the surrounding countryside with mining waste, killing more than 250 people. It was Vale’s second deadly dam collapse in less than four years.

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