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Montevideo, September 21st 2018 - 06:26 UTC

Brazil

  • Sunday, August 26th 2018 - 16:48 UTC

    Massive arrests in Brazil in a coordinated crackdown on murders and femicides

    Public security minister Raul Jungmann said “What matters to us is protecting lives and above all combating femicide, this terrible and unacceptable crime”.

    More than 200 people were arrested on murder charges in a single day across Brazil on Friday in a coordinated sweep that emphasized the fight against femicide and other killings, the government said.

  • Sunday, August 26th 2018 - 03:05 UTC

    Norwegian Air planning to operate domestic flights in Brazil

    Norwegian interest was made public by Brazil’s tourism minister Vinicius Lummertz

    Low-cost Norwegian Air is interested in operating domestic flights within Brazil, a government official said, as it plans its debut in Latin America’s largest economy in March with a flight between Sao Paulo and England.

  • Sunday, August 26th 2018 - 01:05 UTC

    Brazilian politics, football and bribes, so closely interlinked

    Marco Polo Del Nero, former head of the CBF, is wanted for the 2015 Zurich multiple graft case, and in April received a life ban from FIFA

    When the former boss of Brazilian football was arrested in Zurich in a 2015 graft case that would see him sentenced to prison, his successor in the job didn't lose a minute - he got on the first plane to Rio de Janeiro and didn't look back.

  • Friday, August 24th 2018 - 09:06 UTC

    Latin American growth lowered to 1.5% this year, in a “complex global scenario”

    Latin America's economies posted solid growth of 6.2% in 2010, but then tipped into a two-year regional recession in 2015

    Latin America's economic growth is set to come in lower than expected this year, as US protectionism and widespread wariness of emerging markets put a drag on the region, a UN panel said Thursday. The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) slashed its growth forecast for the region by 0.7 point to 1.5%, saying the “complex global scenario” had dimmed the outlook since its last report in April.

  • Friday, August 24th 2018 - 08:37 UTC

    Disaster contained: Brazilian court lifts ban on products containing glyphosate

    “If the decision is maintained, Brazil would be the first country to totally restrict the use of glyphosate,” the government said in the appeal filed on Wednesday

    A Brazilian court has lifted an injunction that had suspended registration in the country of products containing the agrochemical glyphosate, Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said on Thursday on his official Twitter account.

  • Friday, August 24th 2018 - 08:24 UTC

    Brazilian currency sliding to record lows ahead of October's election outcome

    Brazil's real  was on track for a more than 5% slide for the week on Thursday, having sold off more than 24% in the year so far

    The Brazilian currency Real fell to a 31-month low versus the U.S. dollar on Thursday on jitters ahead of the country’s October election. Jitters across emerging markets caused by a stronger U.S. dollar and exacerbated by the unfolding currency crisis in Turkey already took a toll on the Brazilian unit before this week.

  • Thursday, August 23rd 2018 - 09:12 UTC

    The democratic challenge to dictatorships and xenophobia in Latin America

    The panel discussed the democratic clauses of the different institutional bodies in the continent against the erosion of the rule of law

    During the conference entitled “The democratic challenge to the autocracies of the 21st century in Latin America,” organized by the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL) on Tuesday at the Senate of Uruguay, the Government of Venezuela was described as a “dictatorship” and it was exhorted that the democratic governments of the region, especially the Uruguayan government, not be indifferent or “accomplices” against today’s Latin America’s autocratic governments.

  • Thursday, August 23rd 2018 - 09:06 UTC

    Opinion polls confirm Lula's popularity and rattles markets

    In a Datafolha poll Folha de S.Paulo and Globo TV, Lula easily led all contenders when his name was included, winning the support of 39% of those surveyed

    The popularity of imprisoned former Brazilian president Lula da Silva has grown strongly despite his corruption conviction, an election poll on Wednesday showed, a result that rattled markets and raised the possibility that Lula’s running mate could ultimately become the next occupant of the country’s presidential palace.

  • Thursday, August 23rd 2018 - 08:45 UTC

    Brazil forecasted to expand soybean acreage to a new record

    Over the past 12 years the soy area grew on average about 5% annually, with the fastest rate or growth taking place in the 2012/2013 crop year at 10.7%

    Brazilian farmers were forecast to expand the country’s soybean planted area for the 12th consecutive year amid strong demand from Asia and in spite of risks related to the exchange rate and higher freight costs. Brazil is likely to expand the area to a record 36.28 million hectares this season, which farmers will start planting around September, a 3.2% expansion from the previous cycle based on government data.

  • Wednesday, August 22nd 2018 - 08:40 UTC

    Brazil's Real plunges past four to the US dollar, first time since March 2016

    The Real weakened past four to the U.S. dollar, as investors fretted over the country's latest election polls. The benchmark Bovespa stock index slipped 1.5%

    Most emerging market currencies worldwide rallied on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump criticized the head of the Federal Reserve for raising interest rates, while Brazil's Real fell to its lowest in more than two years on political concerns.