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Brazilians set to punish the left in polls

Brazilians furious at recession and corruption are expected to punish the long dominant Workers` Party in municipal elections Sunday amid heightened security after a series of murders of candidates.

Brazil's landless movement vows to defeat 'coup' in streets

Brasilia: Members of the MST Landless Workers Movement told Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday they would take to the streets to defeat a plan to oust her in a "coup", as they termed an ongoing impeachment effort in Congress.

Brazil impeachment protests downsized but still determined

Thousands of Brazilians took to the streets Sunday to demand that embattled President Dilma Rousseff -- facing a weak economy and calls for her impeachment -- be removed from office.

Over half of Brazilians now middle class

The number of Brazilians categorized as middle class has risen rapidly in recent years, climbing from 34 percent of the population in 2004 to 54 percent in 2011, according to a study released Thursday by consumer finance firm Cetelem BGN and the Ipsos research institute.