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BRAZIL’S LULA MUST START PRISON TERM, SUPREME COURT RULES

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will be imprisoned while he appeals his corruption conviction, the country’s Supreme Court has ruled.

He is facing 12 years in jail on charges of accepting a bribe but had asked to remain free during his appeal.

Lula claims the charges are politically motivated, and designed to prevent him from running for president in October.

He has a lead in opinion polls. His Workers Party said the ruling was a “tragic day for democracy and Brazil”.

The Supreme Court judges ruled against him by six to five after a marathon session, which ended in the early hours of Thursday.

TIANGONG-1: DEFUNCT CHINA SPACE LAB COMES DOWN OVER SOUTH PACIFIC

China’s defunct Tiangong-1 space lab mostly broke up on re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere above the South Pacific, Chinese and US reports say.

It re-entered the atmosphere around 00:15 GMT on Monday, China’s Manned Space Engineering Office said. Tiangong-1 was launched in 2011 to carry out docking and orbit experiments.

It was part of China’s efforts to build a manned space station by 2022, but stopped working in March 2016. The rather vague “above the South Pacific” is the line from space officials. Continue reading

HOW BRAZIL HAVE CHANGED SINCE THEIR 7-1 DEFEAT

Brasilien Belo Horizonte Fußball WM Halbfinale Deutschland vs Brasilien (picture-alliance/AP Photo/N. Pisarenko)

When Germany host Brazil in an international friendly in Berlin on Tuesday, it will be the first time that the two teams have faced each other since the Germans embarassed Brazil 7-1 in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup.

For Tite, Brazil’s national team coach, the crushing defeat at the Mineirao stadium in Sao Jose in eastern Brazil still stings.

“The 7-1 at the World Cup is like a ghost,” Tite said in an interview published in this Monday’s edition of the German sports publication Kicker. “It’s present, people still talk about it, but the more you talk about it, the less this ‘ghost’ disappears … [Tuesday’s friendly] won’t just be a sporting challenge, but a huge emotional challenge too”.

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