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Wednesday, April 16th 2014 - 04:39 UTC

Vice-president Biden will visit Brazil and attend a US national team game

The Vice-president with the World Cup at the State Department

United States Vice President Joe Biden is planning to be among the crowds at this summer's World Cup soccer tournament. The White House announced Monday that Biden would travel to Brazil for the event in June. He also plans to attend a U.S. national team game.

Wednesday, April 16th 2014 - 04:36 UTC

Warnings of 'catastrophic' Chikungunya epidemic; fears it could spread during the World Cup

The virus is transmitted by the same dengue Aedes aegypti mosquito

A team of French and Brazilian researchers warn that chikungunya virus is poised to invade, and become epidemic in the Americas according to research published ahead of print in the Journal of Virology.

Saturday, April 12th 2014 - 08:12 UTC

Police and squatters clash in Rio do Janeiro next to the Maracana stadium

In anticipation of the World Cup Brazil has stepped up security efforts in the metropolis

A dozen people were hurt and 27 arrested Friday in clashes between police and some of the roughly 5,000 squatters occupying a vacant industrial property in Rio do Janeiro, Brazil's second-largest city. Militants among the squatters set fire to several vehicles including a police patrol as they sought to remain on the site in the impoverished Engenho Novo neighborhood just steps away from the iconic Maracana stadium.

Friday, April 11th 2014 - 22:01 UTC

Olympic Committee top official sent to Rio to tackle delays in the 2016 Games

”We will do everything possible to make these Games a success” pledged IOC president Bach

The International Olympic Committee is sending its executive director Gilbert Felli to Brazil next week as part of a series of emergency measures to tackle the delays threatening the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. The announcement was made by IOC president Thomas Bach.

Friday, April 11th 2014 - 08:38 UTC

Water rationing round the corner for the metropolis of Sao Paulo, admits major utility

The Cantareira reservoir is at just 12.7% of its capacity, with no rain in sight and 20 million thirsty

The metropolis of Sao Paulo may have to ration water this year if reservoir levels are not replenished, Brazil's largest water and sewage utility said, an increasing possibility as the southeast region heads into its dry season.

Friday, April 11th 2014 - 08:30 UTC

Brazil says there is enough coffee to supply exports and domestic market

Nathan Herszkowicz, executive director of Abic: “We don't want to over-dramatize the situation”

Brazil has enough coffee stocks to supply exports and domestic demand this year even though a severe drought will result in a lower-than-expected harvest, the nation's coffee industry association Abic said on Thursday.

Thursday, April 10th 2014 - 06:28 UTC

Brazil's March inflation marks the steepest increase for the month since 2003

Food and fuel were some of the items with the most influence

Brazil’s rate of inflation in March picked up at the quickest pace in 11 years for that month, challenging the central bank’s plan to stop raising interest rates soon and complicating President Dilma Rousseff chances of re-election.

Wednesday, April 9th 2014 - 06:48 UTC

Osborne launches with Mantega Brazil/UK 'economic and financial dialogue'

Besides Mantega the chancellor also met central bank president Tombini and will visit the Sao Paulo stock exchange on Wednesday

Finance minister Guido Mantega and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced on Tuesday in Sao Paulo the launching of the Brazil/UK Economic and Financial Dialogue to strengthen bilateral trade and cooperation, and investment in infrastrucutre, according to a joint release.

Wednesday, April 9th 2014 - 06:37 UTC

Chancellor welcomes insurer’s plans to boost Brazilian activity

Lloyd's, with headquarters in Rio do Janeiro, is Brazil second largest insurer with a 12% market share

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne welcomed the decision by insurer Hiscox to join the Lloyd’s Brazil reinsurance platform during his current trip to Brazil. This will allow Hiscox to grow its Brazilian business, enabling it to talk directly to potential customers and better understand the local market.

Tuesday, April 8th 2014 - 18:17 UTC

Airport chaos anticipated for Brazil's World Cup as terminals remain unfinished

A temporary canvas terminal will be used instead of a planned airport expansion to receive fans in Fortaleza

As if problems with the delayed stadiums was not enough, and with less than 10 weeks until the start of the World Cup, work on crucial new airport terminals has fallen behind in most of the dozen Brazilian host cities, heightening the risk of overcrowding and confusion during the tournament.

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