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Wednesday, June 11th 2014 - 07:12 UTC

Jennifer Lopez will perform on Thursday at the Sao Paulo opening ceremony

The singer will perform ”We Are One (Ole Ola)” together with Pitbull and Claudia Leitte

Days after reports that US/Puerto Rican singer Jennifer Lopez had canceled her performance with Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte at Thursday opening ceremony in Brazil, her representative retracted and said that she will be there, People magazine reported.

Wednesday, June 11th 2014 - 07:03 UTC

Flooding in Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, with record rainfall and rivers' swelling

In the capital Asunción an estimated 150.000 people had to be evacuated

Floods have killed nine people and driven tens of thousands of people from their homes while swelling rivers to record levels in southern Brazil and neighboring Paraguay and Argentina, authorities said Tuesday.

Tuesday, June 10th 2014 - 08:07 UTC

At least twenty world leaders will attend the World Cup; eleven the opening match in Sao Paulo

Dilma next to Ban Ki-moon and eleven other world leaders will be on Thursday at the opening ceremony

At least eleven heads of state and government have confirmed their attendance at the opening ceremony of the World Cup, next Thursday (12th), in São Paulo, and a total of 20 leaders will be watching World Cup matches.

Tuesday, June 10th 2014 - 07:57 UTC

Relief: Sao Paulo subway workers reach a tentative deal and suspend the strike

The deal hinges on retaking striking workers that had been sacked earlier in the week

Subway workers have suspended a strike that crippled traffic in Brazil's biggest city, but warned they could resume their walkout on Thursday, when Sao Paulo hosts the first game of the soccer World Cup.

Monday, June 9th 2014 - 23:22 UTC

Iguazu falls Devil's Gorge closed to the public because of rising waters

The Devil's Gorge is the main attraction of the Iguazu falls

The Iguazu National Park in Argentina has taken precaution measures and closed access to the Devil's Gorge of the world famous Iguazú falls because of an imminent rise in water levels after the Itaipu and Yacireta dams announced they will be forced to increase the outflow.

Monday, June 9th 2014 - 21:10 UTC

Clashes in Sao Paulo between striking subway workers and riot police

Demonstrators chanted “There won't be a Cup, there will be a strike!”

Police in Sao Paulo fired tear gas Monday to disperse protesters supporting a subway strike that has unleashed transport chaos three days before the Brazilian mega-city hosts the World Cup kick-off.

Monday, June 9th 2014 - 16:06 UTC

May inflation in Brazil moderates but drought-stricken food prices still impact

However in May food prices, which carry the greatest weighting in the index, showed some signs of easing back from the recent spike

Brazil's monthly consumer prices index slowed in May versus the previous month, but not as much as expected, as the impact of one of the worst droughts in decades in food prices receded only partially. The IPCA rose 0.46% compared with a 0.67% climb in April, the Brazilian Geographic and Statistics Institute, or IBGE, said.

Saturday, June 7th 2014 - 04:58 UTC

Transport chaos in Sao Paulo following second day running of metro strike

Police clashed with protestors at some closes metro stations

Police in Brazil have used tear gas to break up protesters on the second day of a metro strike that has left Sao Paulo's transport in chaos. Nearly half of the stations were closed and there was gridlock on the streets of Brazil's largest city, which will host the opening match of the World Cup next Thursday.

Friday, June 6th 2014 - 08:28 UTC

Argentina will have free national transmission of 64 World Cup matches

Argentina's team is considered among the favorite of the Cup because of the players and 'half-host'

Argentina confirmed on Thursday World Cup nationwide transmission free service both on television and radio. Channel 7, DeporTV and Radio Nacional will be responsible for delivering the service, thus fulfilling President Cristina Fernandez government’s promise of the ”World Cup for the whole country”.

Friday, June 6th 2014 - 08:16 UTC

Argentina announces auto industry accord with Brazil; May sales collapsed 40%

Honda, Volkswagen and GM have halted production or suspended workers for the rest of the month

Argentina agreed to sign a one-year deal with Brazil to regulate vehicle trade between both countries, after a meeting held between Industry Minister Débora Giorgi and her Brazilian counterpart, Mauro Borges. The agreement will be signed on June 11 in Buenos Aires.

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