The president of Brazil's Senate resigned Tuesday while fighting allegations of corruption. Senator Sen. Renan Calheiros, a key ally of President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, retained his position as a senator but announced he was resigning the presidency in what analysts said was a gambit to avoid expulsion from the Senate.
Brazil will propose the creation of a South American Defence Board which would enable the region to think in the common future, of a very rich region that must be well defended, said Brazilian Foreign Secretary Celso Amorim.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) published its bi-annual Food Outlook forecasting that world meat production during 2007 will reach 278.3 MMT, which is 1% above 2006.
United Nations High Commissioner Louise Arbour is expected to address conditions in Brazil's prison system and the Government's efforts to promote and protect human rights during her first visit to the country next week.
Brazil's armed forces, the largest military in Latin America, are badly equipped, demoralized over pay and stuffed with generals, according to a report by the latest edition of news magazine Veja.
Brazil's government oil corporation Petrobras has plans to invest 2 to 3 billion US dollars to begin prospecting in the giant deposit of Tupi which has recoverable reserves in the range of 5 to 8 billon barrels of crude and natural gas.
The day after President Lula da Silva said that God is Brazilian, following the discovery of massive new oil reserves offshore, Petrobras reported that the country's domestic oil output fell 2.3% in October from September in its fourth straight monthly drop totaling a steep 5% below year-ago levels.
A minke whale that had strayed deep into the Amazon rainforest has been found dead. The 5.5 meters whale was believed to have become lost in the Amazon's many tributaries after leaving the Atlantic more than 1.600 kilometers away.
An 18-foot minke whale ran aground on a sandbar in the Amazon jungle some 1,000 miles from the ocean, Brazilian media reported Friday.
Participants at the United Nations Internet Governance Forum, which has brought some 1,700 delegates from government, civil society and the private sector to Rio de Janeiro this week, called today for Internet access for the next billion people.