Top Adviser to Former Brazilian President Gets 10 Years for Corruption Charges
Brazil's Supreme Court sentenced former president Luis Inácio "Lula" da Silva's chief of staff José Dirceu to 10 years and 10 months in jail and a $330,000 fine. Dirceu was found guilty of setting up an illegal scheme that used public funds to pay coalition parties for political support. The former adviser maintained that the scheme never existed, and accused Brazil's conservative media of bias against the left-wing government.
Yale University Returns 35,000 Archeological Pieces to Peru
The last of the artifacts taken from Peru by the U.S. archeologist who discovered Machu Picchu have been returned by Yale University. The pieces had been taken from the ancient city by archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911. A deal was signed in 2010 after Peru took legal actions against the university in order to recover the Incan treasures. The best pieces will now be on display in a newly built museum in the nearby city Cusco.