Despite ongoing violence that has shaken Rio de Janeiro for months, the Brazilian city on Wednesday said it expects 700,000 tourists for its world-famous Carnival celebrations this year.
Brazil posted a 4.32% of GDP primary surplus in 2006 compared to 4.83% in 2005 revealed the country's Central Bank. The savings are equivalent to 41 billion US dollars.
Brazil will pay about 11% more for natural gas from Bolivia under a deal presidents Lula da Silva and Evo Morales signed Thursday in Brazil and that could resolve a year of tense relations between the South American nations.
Brazilian state oil company Petrobras said yesterday fourth-quarter profit fell 36 percent, hit by higher production costs that its chief executive said were worrisome.
Brazil described as childish and amateur Bolivia's indication that it may cancel a scheduled presidential bilateral summit, if Brazil does not pay more for Bolivian natural gas.
Brazil will continue working to eliminate obstacles which have effects on Mercosur junior members, Uruguay and Paraguay, said the country's Foreign Affairs minister Celso Amorim.
Ahead of US President George Bush's visit, Brazil announced plans to invest almost 5 billion US dollars over the next 10 years into biotechnology research involving renewable energy, agriculture and rain forest pharmaceuticals.
Brazilian authorities have warned that up to 10.000 passengers could be stranded daily if a court ruling which for security reasons bans large aircrafts from operating in one of Sao Paulo's several airports, becomes effective next Thursday.
Brazil's government managed oil company Petrobras announced the beginning of production at the offshore Cottonwood field in the Gulf of Mexico, United States.
A health alert has been declared in Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia after an outbreak of dengue fever.