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Navy arrests 22 Thai nationals for allegedly smuggling 32.9kg cocaine from Brazil into Nigeria

Navy arrests 22 Thai nationals for allegedly smuggling 32.9kg cocaine from Brazil into Nigeria

The Nigerian Navy has arrested 22 Thai nationals for allegedly trafficking 32.9kg of cocaine from Brazil to Nigeria.

The seafarers were arrested on-board MV CHAYANEE NAREE, by the joint team following an intelligence report it got from the UK Border Force.

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Body of missing woman found buried in a concrete wall beneath a staircase

Body of missing woman found buried in a concrete wall beneath a staircase

A missing woman has been found buried inside a wall that was smoothed over with concrete.

Joice Maria da Gloria Rodrigue, 25, a student who lived with her husband and two daughters in Sao Vicente, Brazil was reported missing on 27 September after visiting her grandfather.

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15-yr girl, dies after ‘passing out’ while having sex in car with older man

The older man, described as a “general services assistant” is not believed to have been charged with any crime because in Brazil, the age of sexual consent is 14.

A 15-year-old girl died while having sex in a car with a 26-year-old man.

Gabrielly Dickson Alves Nascimento was rushed to hospital on Thursday, July 29 after the unnamed man realised she had passed out while they were having sex.

Doctors at the the UPA Jardim Casquiero medical facility in Cubatão, São Paulo, diagnosed a cardiopulmonary arrest but were unable to save Dickson, and she died in the early hours of the following morning, July 30.

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NDLEA arrests mother of three, recovers 12 wraps cocaine inserted in her private parts

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested a Nigerian women based in Brazil on Friday, July 30, recovered 12 wraps cocaine inserted in her private parts while 88 pellets stuffed in socks where discovered hidden in her handbag.

During interrogation, Mrs. Ogbonna who is a mother of three children, a resident in Brazil, claimed she lost her husband three years ago.

She confessed she decided to traffick the illicit drug to raise money for the burial of her father scheduled for 22 July in Imo state.

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro turns to center-right senator for political Survival

Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has asked Senator Ciro Nogueira to be his chief of staff to shore up supporting Congress in the face of falling popularity and growing outrage over his handling of the world’s second-deadliest COVID-19 outbreak.

Nogueira, a leader of the center-right Progressives Party(PP), tweeted on Tuesday that he has accepted the job and is expected to be sworn in this week as Bolsonaro’s closest
minister, replacing a retired general.

He will be the first heavyweight politician to enter Bolsonaro’s inner cabinet as the embattled president seeks allies to shield himself from calls in Congress for his impeachment and a Senate investigation of irregularities in the government’s purchase of COVID-19 vaccines.

Nogueira belongs to the same PP party as
House Speaker Arthur Lira, who has refused to
take up any of the dozens of impeachment
requests filed against Bolsonaro. “The appointment solidifies the presence of this
key party in the government and gives Bolsonaro Some peace of mind, said LUcas de Aragao, a partner at Brasilia consultancy Arko Advice.

Bolsonaro has yet to decide which party he will
join to seek re-election next year and the PP wil
likely become the main component of any
coalition he will try to build, Aragao said.
Recent opinion polls show Bolsonaro’s popularity plummeting over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, as he has minimized the gravity of the situation despite the deaths of 550,000 Brazilians.

The polls also show him being defeated handily by former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva if the election were held today. To make matters worse, the Senate probe has
implicated the government’s chief whip in the
lower house of Congress, Ricardo Barros, also of the PP party, in a scandal surrounding a
purchase contract for 20 million doses of the
Covaxin vaccine made by India’s Bharat Biotech.

A health ministry whistle-blower accused the
president of ignoring warnings about the 1.6
billion-real ($316 million) deal. Bolsonaro and
Barros have denied all wrongdoing, and the
government has since canceled the contract.

Nogueira is a leader of the “centrao” or big center coalition that Bolsonaro has embraced to survive politically, even though dozens of their lawmakers have faced graft investigations.Critics say Bolsonaro has joined corrupt politicians he vowed to bring down when he campaigned for office in 2018.
In an interview on Monday, Bolsonaro said he
Would lose the support of “almost half of
Congress” if he did not deal with lawmakers
under investigation. “For now, this is what I have to work with, he told Radio Arapua.

Brazil’s scandal-plagued President may face a reckoning as lawmakers consider impeachment

Bolsonaro’s government has been implicated in corruption allegations, resulting in a parliamentary inquiry into the government’s handling of the pandemic.

Corruption inquiries, a spreading Covid-19 crisis, plunging popularity and persistent bouts of hiccups. Brazil’s scandal-plagued President Jair Bolsonaro just can’t seem to catch a break.

The President said he’s now feeling “100% well” after his recent health scare, a consequence he says of a failed assassination attempt in 2018, telling TV Brasil, “If God wishes, I’ll fulfill this mission until the last day.”

But that last day may come sooner than expected, with a majority of Brazilians for the first time in favor of lawmakers launching impeachment proceedings against their controversial leader, according to recent polling.

While impeachment is far from certain, a poll by Datafolha found 54% of Brazilians support a proposed move by lawmakers to open impeachment proceedings against Bolsonaro. The July poll also found 51% of Brazilians considered the Bolsonaro presidency “bad” or “awful.”

Meanwhile, the country is struggling through the devastating impact of its haphazard response to Covid-19.

There have been nearly 20 million cases of the virus reported in Brazil, according to the Johns Hopkins University database, ranking it third in the world after the United States and India. The death toll has topped 544,000 and there continue to be more than a thousand deaths each day. Only around 16% of the population is vaccinated.

Bolsonaro has been at the center of the storm, having downplayed the gravity of the virus from the beginning. This week, the President criticized governors for taking restrictive measures to contain the spread.

“Many governors have closed everything. They have destroyed jobs, especially informal ones. We have around 38 million people in Brazil who live from day to day, who work in the morning to eat at night,” he said. “They have lost everything. If there wasn’t emergency aid by the federal government, these people would be condemned to starvation.”

The so-called “Trump of the tropics” has also targeted the media.

During an interview with public network TV Brasil on Tuesday, Bolsonaro criticized the Brazilian press and congratulated his government’s handling of the pandemic.

“I have a clear conscience,” Bolsonaro said. “Brazil is one of the countries that has best behaved during the pandemic, period. Congratulations to Brazil. I thank my team of 22 ministers.”

In July 2020, Bolsonaro announced he tested positive for Covid-19, following months of downplaying the virus. He and his government have resisted lockdown measures and mask-wearing. Angry citizens, political adversaries and overwhelmed local officials have pressed Bolsonaro for more federal action, even as he has publicly shrugged off those concerns.

Corruption investigations and inquiries

The Brazilian Senate inquiry into the government’s response may hobble Bolsonaro’s reelection bid if it leads to an impeachment proceeding or criminal charges.

While those outcomes are considered by political analysts to be unlikely, Bolsonaro’s future may depend on his ability to keep the peace with lawmakers responsible for such proceedings.

Senate opposition leader Randolfe Rodrigues said what started as an investigation into omissions and misconduct has now turned into a corruption inquiry.

The accusations include claims Bolsonaro and his government sabotaged isolation measures, threatened governors and mayors who applied restrictive measures, and refused to wear masks or encourage their use. Brazilians have taken to the streets in large numbers to demand a better response.

The inquiry has also uncovered explosive claims from a witness that Bolsonaro was warned a proposed vaccine deal was padded with extra cash for corrupt officials. The Parliamentary Inquiry Committee (CPI) has opened an investigation over the deal to purchase 20 million doses of the Indian-made Covaxin vaccines, for 1,000% more than the initial quoted price.

Congressman Luis Miranda, a former ally of Bolsonaro, and his brother Luis Ricardo Miranda, a Ministry of Health employee, said they warned the President of irregularities in the contract, but he did nothing to resolve the issue. Bolsonaro told Radio Gaucha, “I can’t just, when anything comes to me, take action. I meet with more than 100 people a month.”

Speaking Sunday as he was being discharged from the hospital, Bolsonaro complained the CPI is too often accusing him of being corrupt. “Do you want to oust me from the government?” he said. “Only God (can) get me out of that chair. Didn’t they understand that only God takes me out of that chair? If there is any corruption in the government, I will be the first to find out and leave it in the hands of justice.”

He has accused the CPI of ignoring other allegations of corruption across Brazil to focus on him and his government. “They want to accuse me of genocide. Now, tell me in what country people have not died? This CPI has no credibility,” Bolsonaro said. The President added he is “sorry about the dead, but people who were healthy had little chance of dying.”

Impeachment risk

Political analyst Marco A. Teixeira told reporters that while unlikely, Bolsonaro may be at risk of impeachment. The Getulio Vargas University (FGV-SP) professor said while it’s not yet clear where the inquiry will lead, Bolsonaro’s government is compromised.

“It is a different situation from the last election, because he is already being judged and has pending explanations to give to society. He lost the position of opposition. He can no longer say that he ‘will do it’ because he is already in government,” Teixeira said.

“Now his story is that he is not allowed to do anything by the Supreme Court and the Congress. … He has a narrative for each occasion,” Teixeira added.

Da Silva has hinted at a presidential run in 2022 after his convictions for corruption and money laundering were annulled in March, effectively restoring his right to run for office.

Da Silva has savaged the efforts of the administration to contain the outbreak, saying “there is no control in Brazil.” He described lockdowns as “necessary” — restrictions that Bolsonaro has frequently rejected.

“(Bolsonaro) prefers to wake up at 4 o’clock in the morning, tell his lies through his mobile phone, through the social media, and we have been producing fake news as we’ve never seen in the history of Brazil, and he’s not dealing seriously,” da Silva has said.

Vying for votes

Bolsonaro — much like Trump during his reelection campaign — has been seeding doubt about the electronic voting machines used in Brazil, the very same system by which he and his sons were elected. He’s been pushing for the country to use printed ballots only, touting unproven claims previous elections were rigged using electronic voting.

Teixeira explains Bolsonaro’s recent health scare may work in his favor in terms of his popularity. He suggests supporters will rally around the President as they did at the time of his failed 2018 assassination attempt. An injury from that attempt has led to his current medical issues.

Bolsonaro’s eldest son, Sen. Flávio Bolsonaro, tweeted about his father’s recent hospital stay, “President @jairbolsonaro evolved for the better, he woke up in a good mood and, if he continues like this, he won’t need to undergo surgery! Thank you all for your prayers! #WhoOrderedTheBolsonaroAssassination.”

“Bolsonaro’s health problem creates a smokescreen that gives his family a kind of ‘revival’ from the stab he suffered four years ago, showing an instrumentalization of something that had significant weight in the past elections and that can affect voting intention for next year,” Teixeira said.

Arriving at the hospital last week, Bolsonaro said Brazil is on “the path to prosperity” and thanked supporters for their prayers.

‘Law & Order: SVU’ guest actor indicted for murder of a man in ‘brazen afternoon shooting

Isaiah Stokes, an actor who appeared in one episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” has been indicted on a second-degree murder charge, the Queens County, New York, District Attorney’s Office said on Friday.

Stokes, 41, is accused of firing a gun into a parked car in Jamaica, Queens, on February 7, hitting Tyrone Jones, according to the district attorney’s office news release.

Jones, 37, died from his injuries, it said.

“Gun violence is all too prevalent in our neighborhoods. We will not allow it to become the norm,” District Attorney Melinda Katz said in the release, calling it a “brazen afternoon shooting.”

Stokes was arraigned Friday on one count of murder in the second degree and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.

AMB has reached out to Stokes and his representation for comment. It is unclear whether he has a defense attorney.

According to the district attorney’s office, surveillance footage of the incident allegedly shows Stokes “exiting a vehicle parked near the intersection of Linden Boulevard and 200th Street and then approaching the driver’s side window of a white Jeep Grand Cherokee” before firing into the car.

If convicted, Stokes faces up to 25 years to life in prison, according to the DA’s office. Stokes’ next court date is scheduled for Monday, July 19.

Stokes has appeared in a number of television shows since 2006, including “Rescue Me,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Americans,” according to IMDB.com. He most recently appeared in the series “Power” in 2019.