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For months now, his name has been at the centre of corruption allegations...But Lula da Silva has avoided court.... until now The former president has been charged with obstructing the enquiry into corruption at PetrobrasHe allegedly tried to buy the silence of a former director of the brazilian oil company....accusations that come from former ally and politician Delcidio do Amaral, who will also stand trial for his involvement in the graftLula has denied any wrongdoing; on Friday his spokesperson issued a statement calling the charges flimsy DLS "the charges are based uniquely on (evidence from) a plea bargain.Lula has never opposed the investigations."In the past two years over a hundred people have been arrested in an investigation that has uncovered a web of bribery and mismanagement at the state oil company Petrobrasan estimated 8 billion dollars was allegedly funnelled to top executives and politicians over a decade...accusations which have damaged the former president's record popularity:VOX"I think he is guilty. He evidently conspired with companies to remain in power. But he must be judged by the law, not by us.""I think Lula is a sort of Al Capone. We all know he did many bad things but unfortunately they only got him for obstructing justice... which is very little if you look at all the things he did."This indictment is another blow to Lula's Workers Party ... His successor Dilma Rousseff is facing possible impeachment for allegedly manipulating government accounts... Her trial is set to conclude end of August

Lula on trial

For months, his name has been at the centre of corruption allegations.

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A huge blow for Russian athletes.... After years of tough training.. It's now almost certain they'll not be allowed to compete in this summer's Olympic games.Sebastian COE - President of International Association of Athletics FederationsThe IAAF council was unanimous that RUSAF had not met the reinstatement conditions and that Russian Athletes could not credibly return to international competition without undermining the confidence of their competitors and the public.President Putin has suggested the decision was down to an anti-Russian sentiment... But few believe that Moscow had nothing to do with coordinating, aiding, or at least turning a blind eye to doping..In a bid to improve relations with the International Association of Athletics Federations the Russian sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, is said to have confessed to problems left-over from the cold war.5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rune Andersen, Independent Chair of IAAF inspection team:"I think that the decades of doping regime in Russia and the Soviet Union is quite clear and I don't think anybody denies that, in conversations with minister Mutko he has admitted that they have inherited a doping culture from the Soviet Union." The IAAF decision came as no surprise after the latest report from the World Anti-Doping Agency..It said hundreds of attempts to carry out drug tests on Russian athletes this year had been thwarted, with drug testers facing intimidation and threats from armed Russian security forces while athletes continue to evade doping control officers.Tere is one last glimmer of hope for some Russian athletes however.. On Tuesday international sports officials will meet to decide whether to allow individuals to compete if they have met all the testing requirements and not tested positive for a banned substance.

IAAF extends ban on Russian athletes ahead of Rio Olympics

The world athletics governing body on Friday unanimously voted to extend the ban on the doping-tainted Russian federation, but left the door ajar for some of…

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