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Monday, April 13th 2015 - 08:17 UTC

Uruguay/Brazil meeting to attempt an advance in Mercosur/EU trade talks

Rodolfo Nin Novoa revealed to the Uruguayan congress that this week he will be meeting with his counterpart and Mauro Vieira in Brasilia

Uruguay and Brazil foreign ministers Rodolfo Nin Novoa and Mauro Vieira will be meeting this week in Brasilia in yet another attempt to push forward the stalled negotiations for a trade agreement between Mercosur and the European Union, according to the minutes of a meeting of the Uruguayan official with members of the Foreign Affairs committee.

Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 08:06 UTC

Obama announces Brazilian president Rousseff visit to Washington on June 30

Obama made the announcement on Saturday during a bilateral meeting with Rousseff, on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City.

US President Barack Obama announced that Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff will visit Washington on June 30, almost two years after she cancelled a trip over a US spying scandal. Obama made the announcement during a bilateral meeting with Rousseff, on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City.

Saturday, April 11th 2015 - 13:05 UTC

Brazil's anti-corruption drive nets three former lawmakers

“The investigation is only beginning,” said prosecutor Carlos Fernando dos Santos Lima, adding that other Petrobras departments would be investigated.

Brazilian police arrested on Friday three former congressmen broadening their corruption investigation beyond state-run oil giant Petrobras to state lender Caixa Economica Federal and the federal health ministry.

Friday, April 10th 2015 - 05:26 UTC

Fitch Ratings lowered Brazil's investment grade outlook to negative

“Brazil's three-year growth average of only 1.5%, compared to the 'BBB' median of 3.2%, highlights the structural nature of the under-performance,”

Fitch Ratings lowered Thursday the outlook on Brazil's investment grade BBB rating to negative, warning that government efforts to turn around the economy risked getting derailed. The Brazilian economy, the world's seventh-largest, stagnated with just 0.1% growth last year as the drag of rising inflation erased the effect of hosting the football World Cup in June and July and gearing up for the Rio Olympics next year.

Friday, April 10th 2015 - 05:24 UTC

Rousseff declares Petrobras 'clean' after purging corrupt managers and practices

”Petrobras is still standing. It has cleaned up what it had to clean up and got rid of those who took advantage of their positions to enrich themselves,'' Rousseff said

Brazil's State-run oil company Petrobras has purged corrupt managers and put a graft scandal behind it, while hitting record output levels from offshore deposits, President Dilma Rousseff said Thursday. The indictment of former senior executives of Petrobras the investigation of dozens of political allies of Rousseff in the multibillion-dollar kickback scandal has thrown her government into crisis and undermined investor confidence in Brazil.

Thursday, April 9th 2015 - 04:24 UTC

Royal Dutch Shell buys BG Group for £47 Billion. Becomes main foreign oil producer in Brazil

Ben van Beurden, CEO of Shell and Andrew Gould, Chairman of BG Group shake hands as Shell and BG their takeover deal at the London Stock Exchange

Oil and gas company Shell has agreed to buy British rival BG Group for the equivalent of 70 billion dollars, making Europe's largest oil company the pre-eminent player in global natural gas and adding world-class fields in Brazil. The deal may signal a new wave of mega-mergers as the energy industry tries to adapt to lower prices.

Thursday, April 9th 2015 - 03:28 UTC

Brazilian ruling coalition members sign letter pledging to support austerity package

Rousseff's unruly coalition pledged in a letter to support her austerity package, a deal  brokered by Vice President Michel Temer as the link between Executive and congress

Brazilian congressional leaders within President Dilma Rousseff's coalition signed a joint letter on Wednesday pledging to support her austerity package, an unexpected sign that the ties with her unruly coalition are improving. The deal was brokered by Vice President Michel Temer on his first day as the official go-between tasked with mending Rousseff's tense relations with coalition lawmakers.

Thursday, April 9th 2015 - 01:35 UTC

Brazil inflation soars as electricity rates go up 22% in March and 60.42% in the last 12 months

Housing costs rose 5.29% in March from February alone, pushed up by a 22% increase in electricity rates because of a severe drought affecting hydroelectric production

Consumer prices in Brazil picked up in March, putting the 12-month rate at the highest level in more than eleven years, highlighting one of the main challenges facing Latin America's largest economy in the year ahead. The rolling 12-month IPCA was up 8.13% through March, up from 7.70% in February, remaining well above the central bank's 6.5% ceiling. In the first quarter of the year, prices have risen 3.83%, while the 12-month figure marked the highest level since December 2003, when it reached 9.30%.

Wednesday, April 8th 2015 - 18:26 UTC

Santos port soy exports expected to resume at slow pace after six-day fire

Trucks heading to the port through the city of Santos on the Anchieta Highway were prevented from entering, although they could proceed to Guaruja

Brazil’s soy exports will likely slow because a six-day fire at a nearby fuel-storage facility has restricted access to Brazil’s largest port, Santos, a port official and the soy industry association Abiove said. Authorities have agreed to restrict truck access to some terminals at the port at least through Wednesday while flames are extinguished.

Monday, April 6th 2015 - 17:15 UTC

Santos port four-day fire raging; efforts concentrated in stopping flames from spreading

Firefighters said there was little they could do to extinguish the flames before most of the fuel was consumed.

A fire at a fuel storage facility near Brazil's largest port Santos entered its fourth day on Sunday as 110 firefighters worked to stop the flames from spreading further, the local fire department said.

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