Tuesday, May 24th 2016 - 08:05 UTC

Macri's Argentina and Temer's Brazil seal close political and working relationship

Jose Serra, Brazil's new foreign minister shakes hands with Susana Malcorra at the San Martin Palace

Argentina and the new interim government of Brazil sealed this Monday their close relationship when foreign minister Jose Serra in a brief visit to Buenos Aires, his first overseas trip, met privately with President Mauricio Macri. . Earlier in the day the Brazilian official signed a memorandum of understanding for a bilateral mechanism of political coordination with his peer Susana Malcorra.

Tuesday, May 24th 2016 - 05:34 UTC

Temer loses top minister to Petrobras scandal: recordings expose plans to obstruct investigation

“Starting from tomorrow, I will step aside,” Juca told a huddle of reporters in Brasilia, following a day of feverish speculation about his political future.

Brazil's Planning Minister Romero Juca said on Monday he will temporarily step down after a newspaper published recordings of him discussing plans to obstruct the country's biggest-ever corruption investigation, which includes him among its targets.

Tuesday, May 24th 2016 - 05:16 UTC

Meirelles on Tuesday will announce spending cuts to contain a huge fiscal deficit

Speaking in São Paulo Meirelles said the short- and long-term measures will be aimed at helping pull Brazil's economy out of its worst recession in decades.

Brazil's government on Tuesday will announce spending curbs and other measures to reduce its rising debt burden and contain a fiscal deficit as it seeks to regain the confidence of investors, Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles said.

Tuesday, May 24th 2016 - 05:08 UTC

Brazilian Justice warns government should not interfere in trials and recommends transparency

“It is not appropriate for me to speak since I don't yet know all the details, but in matters of the justice system there should be no interference by the government”

Brazilian federal judge hearing the Petrobras case, Sergio Moro, avoided commenting Monday on the voice recording in which a minister of acting-President Michel Temer suggests ways to end the investigation into corruption at the state-run oil company Petrobras, but warned that the government should not interfere in trials, which are the responsibility of the justice system.

Monday, May 23rd 2016 - 12:14 UTC

Argentina, one of Brazil´s main foreign policy priorities, anticipated Serra who is expected in Buenos Aires

Malcorra and Serra spoke on the phone soon after Temer took office in Brazil.

Argentina will be one of the main priorities for Brazil’s interim government under President Michel Temer, declared foreign minister José Serra who is expected this Monday in Buenos Aires for his first overseas trip. He is also anticipated a review and redraw of Mercosur plus agreements with the US, European Union and Japan.

Monday, May 23rd 2016 - 11:13 UTC

Limited street protests against Temer's government in Sao Paulo and Rio

Organizers estimated 2,000 people participated in the demonstration. In Rio de Janeiro, about 1,000 protesters staged a march calling for Temer to resign.

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil's two biggest cities Sunday to protest acting President Michel Temer, trying to keep up pressure on his interim administration only 10 days after he was sworn in. A march in Sao Paulo was heading toward Temer's residence, but police blocked roads near the house, and the interim president left for the capital of Brasilia hours earlier.

Monday, May 23rd 2016 - 10:58 UTC

Temer backsteps and this Monday will reinstate the Culture Ministry

Caetano Veloso and Erasmo Carlos, pioneers of Brazil's rock music movements, held a protest concert in the Education building in Rio de Janeiro last Friday

Brazil's interim President Michel Temer will reinstate the Culture Ministry this Monday, a government official said, after an outcry from some of the country's top artists over his policy to fold it into the Education Ministry to save money

Monday, May 23rd 2016 - 10:50 UTC

New recommendations for athletes and visitors of the coming Rio Olympic Games

CDC recommends using condoms if afraid of getting Zika from sex, and athletes will have hundreds of thousands of them provided for free in the Olympic Village.

Australian athletes at this summer’s Rio Olympics will be supplied with condoms which offer “near complete” protection against the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) announced. However, the virus has been linked to a birth defect that causes babies to be born with unusually small heads.

Friday, May 20th 2016 - 16:37 UTC

US supports Temer: “there has been a clear and undeniable respect for democratic institutions”

US ambassador Michael Fitzpatrick intervened to reject the claim made by the Bolivian and Venezuelan representatives that the impeachment was a coup.

United States ambassador before the Organization of American States, OAS, dismissed the notion that a coup is underway in Brazil and openly rejected concern voiced by other member states such as Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua

Friday, May 20th 2016 - 11:16 UTC

Brazil's economic interests will prevail over ideological goals, says new foreign minister

“Diplomacy will return to transparently and firmly reflecting the legitimate values of Brazilian society and the interests of its economy” underlined Serra

The foreign minister for Brazil's new government following the suspension of president Dilma Rousseff said that Brasilia will now pursue economic interests over ideological goals. Jose Serra, nominated by acting president Michel Temer in the wake of Rousseff's suspension for an impeachment trial, signaled that Brazil would no longer be part of the loose left/leaning alliance that exists across several Latin American countries.


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