AMERICAS

The irreplaceable scientific treasures lost in Brazil’s National Museum blaze

A recent fire has destroyed some of South America’s oldest fossils, as well as irretrievable recordings of native languages no longer spoken

Petrobras scandal

Odebrecht bribe scandal reveals depth of corruption in Latin America

Construction firm has reached global settlement to end investigations in the US, Brazil and Switzerland

Anísio Jobim prison mutiny

Decapitations and butchery, as Brazilian jail riot leaves at least 50 dead

Rival gangs escalate ongoing struggle within prison system for control of drug trade in north of country

BRAZIL

Brazil’s Lula to stand trial over corruption case at state oil firm

Former president says he is subject of a politically motivated “witch hunt” over Petrobras scandal

LATIN AMERICA

Brazil prosecutors want preventive detention for Lula da Silva

Ex-president is a flight risk and could hinder money-laundering investigation, say his accusers

LATIN AMERICA

Former Brazilian president’s home searched by police in Petrobras probe

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva taken away for questioning as part of anti-corruption investigation

LATIN AMERICA

Homicides in Brazil reach historic high

Newly released figures from 2012 show 42,416 deaths from incidents involving firearms