Brazil's Supreme Court Rejects Impeachment Block
Brazil's Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by President Dilma Rousseff to block the impeachment process against her.
The high court vote early Friday, following a lengthy emergency session that began Thursday, clears the way for a crucial Congressional vote on Rousseff.
With the court ruling, lawmakers in the lower house of Congress are set to vote Sunday on whether to send Rousseff to an impeachment trial. Latest counts indicate the lawmakers are close to the two-thirds majority needed to approve the motion.
If the vote passes Sunday, the Senate will have the authority to open a trial against Rousseff, who is accused of illegal government accounting tricks to boost her re-election chances.
Rousseff denies wrongdoing and has dismissed the impeachment effort as baseless.
US Defense Secretary to Visit Carrier in South China Sea
U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is visiting a U.S. warship in the South China Sea to emphasize the United States' commitment to security in that area, where territorial disputes have place China at odds with several of its neighbors.
Carter announced the visit Friday in Manila at the closing ceremonies of the U.S.-Philippines joint military exercises.
He said security in the region is like oxygen -- if there is enough of it, it goes unnoticed. But, he added, "When you don't have enough, you can think of nothing else."
Carter said activities like the joint military exercises the United States and Philippines just concluded are important to protecting security in the region. Carter said the first South China Sea joint patrol was carried out in March. Defense officials say a second joint patrol was completed in early April.
China protested Friday. Beijing said the United States is taking a "lopsided approach" favoring China's rivals for territory in the South China Sea. China claims almost the entire South China Sea, and has aggressively carried out island-building and patrols in waters that are claimed by other countries.