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Massive Brazil protest

UP to a million Brazilians marched in cities yesterday demanding President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment and blasting what they say is deep government corruption.

The marches were peaceful, with families wearing shirts with colours of the Brazilian flag and holding placards demanding Rousseff's resignation.

The demonstrations come amid an inquiry into a kickback scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras, which prosecutors call the biggest corruption case yet uncovered in Brazil.

54 die in bus crash

The death toll of a bus accident has risen to 54 while police continued their search for more victims in the rugged lands of southern Brazil.

The dead include at least eight young children, three adolescents, 24 women and 14 men, the government of Santa Catarina state said.

The bus plunged 1,300 feet down a mountain near the city of Joinville on Saturday.

Buffy actor charged

Actor Nicholas Brendon faces new charges after a second disturbance at a Florida hotel.

Brendon, who has appeared on the television series 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and 'Criminal Minds' posted $1,000 bond from the Leon County jail.

Tallahassee Police say he was charged Friday with damage to property and criminal mischief after damaging his room.

Brendon (43) told the 'Tallahassee Democrat' newspaper that he took sleeping pills and then went "into a blackout." He said he's been dealing with depression.

Teacher donates $1m

The winner of the first-ever million-dollar Nobel-style award for teaching has pledged to donate the prize fund to a school she founded 25 years ago.

Nancie Atwell from Maine in the US picked up the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, which recognises an "exceptional" individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.

Parachuting aged 100

Celebrating her 100th birthday with a parachute jump is not enough for South African Georgina Harwood - she plans to do a shark cage dive today.

Her birthday skydive in Cape Town was a tandem jump in which she was in harness with another person. Wearing a red jumpsuit, Ms Harwood was joined in the air by 15 family members and friends who participated in groups of three.

Irish Independent