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Jonathan Watts

Jonathan Watts

    Great party, shame about the legacy
    Great party, shame about the legacy
    The Olympic torch is lit, the stadiums are mostly complete and the athletes are in the final stages of their training, but instead of celebrating...
    Rousseff’s supporters play for time
    Rousseff’s supporters play for time
    Brazil’s ruling Workers’ Party says it will fight to maintain power despite a devastating impeachment defeat for President Dilma Rousseff in the...
    Dilma Rousseff: Brazilian congress votes to impeach president
    Dilma Rousseff: Brazilian congress votes to impeach president
    Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday as a hostile and corruption-tainted congress voted to impeach her.
    Brazil's games are in a 'bad phase'
    Brazil's games are in a 'bad phase'
    After Brazil were thrashed 1-7 in the semifinal of the last World Cup, it was hard to imagine a sporting mega-event could throw up anything more...
    Bomb victims seek a world with no nukes
    Bomb victims seek a world with no nukes
    Seventy years later and more than 16 000km away, a group of atomic bombing survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki are campaigning for a...
    Peru hostages rescued after 25 years
    Peru hostages rescued after 25 years
    A Peruvian military operation has secured the release of more than a dozen people who were kidnapped by the Shining Path rebel group up to 25 years...
    Maradona echoes approval for the arrests of Fifa's 'old bastards!'
    Maradona echoes approval for the arrests of Fifa's 'old bastards!'
    “They called me mad but thankfully today the truth is out and I am enjoying it,” said Diego Maradona, who has long been at odds with the...
    Child (10) denied an abortion
    Child (10) denied an abortion
    Paraguayan authorities have ruled out abortion for a pregnant 10-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by her stepfather, unless she develops...
    Odds stacked against Brazil leader
    Odds stacked against Brazil leader
    If anything, the hurdles seem even higher than at the start of Dilma Rousseff’s first term in 2010.
    Will Brazilians say Neves again?
    Will Brazilians say Neves again?
    When Brazilian voters elect a president this weekend, their choice could not be starker. In one corner is the incumbent, Dilma Rousseff, a former...
    People's cup but politician's stage
    People's cup but politician's stage
    In football terms the jury is still out on whether Brazil 2014 will be the best World Cup ever but it is already perhaps the most globally...
    Brazil's 'chainsaw queen' has axe to grind
    Brazil's 'chainsaw queen' has axe to grind
    Outside the political hothouse of Brasilia, there are probably few who can name the head of Brazil's powerful agricultural lobby, but the woman in...