Things Are Getting Crazy in Brazil Right Now: Here’s What We’re Reading Today

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Here’s what we’re reading today.

1. Here’s the latest from Brazil

“In the latest of a series of explosive revelations that could bring down the Brazilian government, a secretly recorded phone call between former president Luiz Inácio ‘Lula’ da Silva and his successor, Dilma Rousseff, suggests his appointment to a ministerial position on Wednesday was motivated by a desire to avoid prosecution in Brazil’s worst-ever corruption scandal.”

2. EU reaches deal to send refugees back to Turkey

“The talks were held to address the largest influx of refugees into Europe since World War II, though the more than 1 million people who have fled to there pale compared to the more than 2.7 million registered in Turkey alone. The discussions could be significant for Turkey not only in receiving financial aid to deal with this problem, but also expedite its push to join the 28-member European Union.”

3. Saddam Hussein tried to build a ‘supergun’ that could launch satellites into space

“The biggest gun ever designed could have put Iraq at the centre of space exploration, but its story is one of unfulfilled genius, military secrets and murder.”

4. Apple Encryption employees might quit if forced to unlock iPhone

“If the F.B.I. wins its court fight to force Apple’s help in unlocking an iPhone, the agency may run into yet another roadblock: Apple’s engineers.”

+1: The FBI can’t actually force Apple to rewrite iOS.

5. Hollywood is not okay with you watching movies at home

“A new startup from Napster co-founder and Facebook catalyzer Sean Parker has found its way into the not-so-rosy limelight. Screening Room would reportedly let you stream new releases to your home the same day they hit theaters. Not surprisingly, theater owners are pissed.”