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.
Former Brazilian President Lula is actively campaigning for another term from prison. His supporters contend his conviction is political, and they have set up a protest camp outside his detention facility in solidarity.
With a tribunal deadline looming, the Workers Party in Brazil has named former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva's running mate Fernando Haddad as their presidential candidate. Lula was ruled unable to run from prison.
It was billed as a sign of social democratic solidarity in times of rising right-wing populism: The former leader of Germany's SPD has paid a surprise, and controversial, visit to Brazil's jailed ex-President Lula.
With six months to go until Brazil's presidential elections, the judiciary is taking a tough stance against corrupt politicians. Political outsiders are set to benefit in the upcoming vote. Thomas Milz reports from Rio.
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