Brazil's Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a corruption case against former Cabinet members in a 2005 bribes-for-votes scandal that seriously damaged the reputation of the president's party.
An initiative by Rio de Janeiro state government to withdraw from Brazil's nation-wide treaty exempting taxes on investments in oil exploration has become a major concern for the country's oil sector, said industry sources on Monday.
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says he will not seek a third consecutive term as Brazil's leader, but will try to influence the choice of his successor who might come from outside his ruling party.
Brazil's government has promised to investigate allegations that its policy of settling landless communities in the Amazon is encouraging deforestation. Greenpeace has claimed that some of these areas are being exploited by logging companies, after what it says was an eight-month investigation.
The main runway at Brazil's biggest international airport was shut today and will remain closed for almost two months while construction crews rebuild the tarmac to improve safety.
The Brazilian Petroleum Institute, Pro-Natura International hosted the first Brazilian workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which is part of a 3-year programme sponsored by the UK Government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Brazil's government owned oil company Petrobras announced plans to invest 112 billion US dollars in production, exploration and related activities in Brazil and overseas during the next five years.
Destruction of Brazil's Amazon rainforest has dropped by nearly a third during the last year to its lowest rate in the last seven years, according to government figures.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva offered Nicaragua technical assistance in producing ethanol after talks Wednesday in Managua with the country's president, Daniel Ortega. Brazil will seek to contribute to growth, development and social justice in Nicaragua, Central America's poorest country, Lula da Silva told reporters.
The Airbus that crashed in Sao Paulo last month killing 199 people showed no sign of mechanical fault, a representative for the European aircraft manufacturer told the Brazilian Congress this week.