Brazil presidential campaign ends in slugfest over corruption


BRASILIA - Presidential candidates traded accusations over political corruption on Friday night in a last ditch attempt to sway undecided voters before Sunday's election runoff in Brazil's closest race in decades.

Chiquita turns to Brazilian group after Fyffes deal collapses

- Banana producer Chiquita Brands International Inc said it would start takeover talks with Brazil's Grupo Cutrale and Safra Group after its shareholders voted against a proposed merger with Irish rival Fyffes Plc .

Deals, 24 Oct 2014

Brazil poll shows Neves leading election, at odds with major surveys

SAO PAULO - Opposition candidate Aecio Neves has a shrinking lead over President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil's presidential race, an outlying poll showed on Friday, at odds with major pollsters that report a growing lead for the incumbent.

World, 24 Oct 2014

Cutrale-Safra ups Chiquita offer ahead of Fyffes vote

SAO PAULO - Brazilian juice maker Grupo Cutrale and investment firm Safra Group raised their offer on Thursday for Chiquita Brands International Inc , a day before the U.S. banana producer's shareholders vote on a merger with Irish rival Fyffes Plc .

Deals, 23 Oct 2014

Telecom Italia closer to Brazil mobile tower sale: sources

MILAN/SAO PAULO - Telecom Italia is in advanced talks to sell the mobile phone towers of its Brazilian unit TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) and could agree a deal in weeks, three people with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters.

Deals, 23 Oct 2014

Economic bounce, tough campaign point to Rousseff win in Brazil

MATEUS LEME Brazil - President Dilma Rousseff looks positioned to narrowly win a second term on Sunday thanks to a slight rebound in the economy and her success in portraying her rival as an elitist who would take Brazil back to a more heartless era.

World, 23 Oct 2014

Brazil candidates battle for key prize: Their hometown

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil - The two candidates in Brazil's presidential election runoff on Sunday grew up just seven blocks apart, attending the same elite tennis club, watching movies at the same theater and strolling through the same leafy plazas during the 1960s.

World, 22 Oct 2014

Brazil's Rousseff pulls ahead of Neves as election nears

BRASILIA - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff pulled ahead of opposition candidate Aecio Neves in another poll on Wednesday and looks like a slight favorite heading into what is expected to be the country's tightest election in decades.

World, 22 Oct 2014

Brazil protects giant swathe of Amazon rainforest

SAO PAULO - The Brazilian government said on Tuesday it has put an environmentally rich area of the Amazon rainforest under federal protection, creating a reserve larger than the U.S. state of Delaware.

Investors skeptical of Rousseff's options for Brazil finance chief

BRASILIA - Whoever President Dilma Rousseff picks to head Brazil's finance ministry if she is re-elected on Sunday will likely get a cold welcome from investors, who are skeptical that the leftist leader will stop dictating policy herself.

World, 21 Oct 2014

Kurds reject Erdogan report of deal with Syrian rebels to aid besieged Kobani

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT - A senior Syrian Kurdish official on Friday rejected a report from Turkey's president that Syrian Kurds had agreed to let Free Syrian Army fighters enter the border town of Kobani to help them push back besieging Islamic State insurgents. | Video