Eleven British police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man wrongly suspected of being a suicide bomber will not face disciplinary action.
Brazil's government owned petroleum company Petrobras announced the discovery of natural gas reserves in the Espirito Santo Basin in the country's southeastern coast.
Animal health authorities in Brazil have been told in no uncertain terms that the EU will impose a total ban on imports of beef by the end of the year unless standards of welfare, traceability and residue testing match those of Europe.
With a strong message against abortion Pope Benedict XVI arrived Wednesday in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo for a five day visit to the world's most populous Roman Catholic nation. This is his first visit to Latin America since becoming Pope in April 2005.
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Monday he would discuss social policies with Pope Benedict on his visit to Brazil this week and urge the Catholic Church to work more closely with the government to fight poverty.
Benedict XVI said Sunday his trip to Brazil will be an effort to promote the Church's evangelization so that Latin America will more and more be the continent of hope.
Brazil President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has authorised the country to break the patent on an AIDS drug made by Merck & Co - importing a generic version from India instead. It's the first time Brazil has bypassed a patent to acquire cheaper drugs for its AIDS prevention program.
Brazil will increase the use of nuclear energy if it cannot build enough hydroelectric plants, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Thursday.
Brazilian stocks climbed Thursday to a new record pushing the benchmark Bovespa index above 50,000 for the first time. The index of most-traded shares on the Sao Paulo exchange rose 746.68 or 1.5% to 50,218.22.
Pope Benedict XVI urged on Wednesday prayers of support for his trip to Brazil next week, his first pilgrimage to Latin America and an effort to strengthen a church battling to retain its predominant role in the region.