Michel Tamer faces investigation in the sprawling "Car Wash" corruption probe that has ensnared many of Brazil's top politicians and business leaders.
Temer was accused on Thursday of leading a sophisticated embezzlement and money laundering scheme. The Brazilian federal prosecutor's office said it would appeal the decision to free the former president.
Prosecutors allege Temer was the leader of a "criminal organisation" that diverted more than $470 million funds as part of a scheme related to the construction of a nuclear power plant.
According to the United Nations, some 1.6 million Venezuelans have fled the country since 2015 as four years of recession, hyperinflation and a collapsing economy have left millions destitute.
Across Latin America justice is increasingly wielded to settle political scores. With increasing political polarisation the rule of law is suffering which does not bode well for the long term wellbeing of Latin American nations.
Truckers angry over rising diesel prices began the strike on Monday and continued it on Friday despite an announced deal between the government and transportation unions late Thursday.
Truckers angry over fuel price hikes are striking for a fifth straight day in Brazil despite a deal reached with unions to suspend the stoppage.
Brazil's top court voted 6-5 to reject former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's petition to stay out of prison while appealing a corruption conviction. The decision means da Silva will likely soon be forced to serve his 12-year sentence.
Up to 20,000 people turned out after work in the country's biggest city, Sao Paulo, as well as a few thousand in Rio de Janeiro, demanding prison for former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for corruption.
Marielle Franco, a Rio de Janeiro councilwoman and outspoken critic of police brutality in majority black neighbourhoods, was shot in an assassination-style killing on Wednesday.
Latin America faced many problems including political upheaval, economic turmoil, natural disaster and record crime in 2017. TRT World was there to cover them all.
Convicted of corruption in Brazil's huge "Car Wash" graft scandal, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will learn on January 24 whether his appeal has been successful
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