Wealth disparities in the United States between white households and black and Hispanic households are greater than they’ve been in the past 25 years, a new study from the Pew Research Centre reveals.
With the currency ever so strong against the US dollar Brazilians are travelling overseas and spending as never before, according to the latest figures from the Central Bank.
Brazil is planning to set up its second scientific station in Antarctica and its first fully automatic data collecting module close to the Southern pole, revealed Jefferson Simoes coordinator of the country’s National Science and Technology Institute.
Brazil’s government managed Petrobras said its plan to more than double oil output will boost cash flow and eliminate the need to tap debt markets after about 10 years. Profits from oil sales will be enough to cover operating and debt costs starting in about 10 years, said Chief Financial Officer Almir Barbassa.
The credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s upgraded on Monday Uruguay’s rating by one notch to BB-plus, only one notch below investment grade, praising years of “prudent and consistent” economic policies in the country.
The Mexican airline Interjet has successfully conducted the first commercial bio-fuel flight in Latin America, using a jatropha-based fuel that reduces air pollution by 80%, according to company officials.
Mexico's state oil monopoly Pemex said on Monday it recently bought 825,150 shares in Repsol YPF, increasing its stake in the Spanish company to 5%. The stock purchase took place on July 13, Pemex's finance department said, without giving details of the cost of the deal.
Brazil's Real soared Monday to its highest level against the US dollar since 1999. The dollar was buying 1.53 Real at midday on financial markets, representing a 0.9% increase from Friday. The dollar closed somewhat higher at 1.54 Real but below the 1.55 of twelve years ago.
Opposition to the Isla Riesco coal-mining project in the extreme south of Chilean Patagonia suffered a setback Thursday when Chile’s Comptroller General rejected accusations of a conflict of interest at the highest level of government.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has pledged to run for re-election next year, dismissing speculation that cancer treatment would force him out of the political arena.