Construction work on the World Cup stadium in Curitiba Brazil is far behind schedule. FIFA is giving the city a February 18 deadline to show sufficient progress or make way or another city.
Brazilian unions backed by various social movements are striking against pension and labor reforms. Organizers claim the strike will be the "biggest in Brazil's history."
The leftist politician has defended himself against charges in the massive "Car Wash" graft scheme. Lula's alleged role divides Brazil - some hail him as a working-class hero while others praise the investigating judge.
The 'Valor Economic' newspaper has reported that executives with the Odebrecht engineering group are to sign a leniency agreement and agree to pay $2.1 billion in fines. It is the largest deal of its kind since 2008.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has said she will not step down despite allegations of corruption and an impending impeachment. Her comments come amid a massive anti-corruption crackdown in the country.
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