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Brazil to reinstate protection for Amazon reserve

BRASILIA Brazil will reinstate a mining ban in a vast area of the Amazon rainforest, the government announced on Monday, in an about-face that is a victory for environmentalists who feared deforestation.

Brazil house speaker says Temer charges must be taken together

BRASILIA The speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress, Rodrigo Maia, said on Monday that two new charges against President Michel Temer in a corruption case should be considered together when they reach the floor of the chamber on Tuesday.

Brazil oil auction to gauge investor appetite amid reforms

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil's oil auction this week will test whether a raft of market-friendly reforms under President Michel Temer can tempt investors back to a sector tarnished by a corruption scandal at state-controlled oil firm Petróleo Brasileiro SA.

Economists expect Brazil 2017 inflation to be below official target

SAO PAULO Economists expect Brazil's inflation rate to end 2017 below the government's target range for the first time ever, according to a central bank survey on Monday.

Brazil army deploys in Rio slum as drug-related violence worsens

RIO DE JANEIRO Hundreds of Brazilian soldiers poured into Rio de Janeiro's Rocinha slum on Friday in a bid to help the cash-strapped state government quell the drug-related violence that authorities blamed for at least four deaths and several injuries there this week.

Brazil gives BRF nod to export from Mineiros plant after scandal

SAO PAULO Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture has granted BRF SA, the country's largest chicken exporter, permission to resume exports from a plant in the state of Goiás that was temporarily closed after a food inspection scandal.

Brazil's Temer says government not considering privatizing Petrobras

NEW YORK Brazil's President Michel Temer said on Wednesday state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro , a symbol of national sovereignty, would stay in public hands even as his government makes an aggressive privatization push. | Video

Hong Kong suspects false health certificates used for Brazil meat

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO Hong Kong authorities on Thursday suspended meat imports from a Brazilian exporter and two producers on suspicions that health certificates had been falsified for 10 shipments of frozen chicken feet and livestock offal.

Brazil's minister sees higher revenues from tax renegotiation

NEW YORK Federal revenues from a tax debt renegotiation program have grown substantially and the plan may come to an end in due time next week if it is not changed in Congress, Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles told journalists on Thursday.

Focus for Brazil soybean crop should be future rains not current dryness

CHICAGO Recent dry weather in some of Brazil's important farming states has raised the idea that the world’s leading exporter of soybeans might develop planting delays.

Brazil seeks to avoid Venezuela default on $5 billion contracts: paper

SAO PAULO Brazilian officials plan to visit Venezuela next week to prevent the oil-rich nation from defaulting on contracts worth as much as $5 billion after falling in arrears on a payment due to infrastructure contractors this month, newspaper Folha de S.Paulo reported on Thursday.

Brazil's central bank trims inflation forecast, sees faster growth

BRASILIA Brazil's central bank trimmed its inflation forecast on Thursday and said it expected economic growth to pick up into next year, painting a rosier picture for Latin America's largest economy as interest rates approach record lows.

Police lock fans inside ground after clashes erupt outside

SAO PAULO Brazilian police locked Santos fans inside their home stadium for 20 minutes on Wednesday after violence erupted outside the Vila Belmiro ground following the team's elimination from the Copa Libertadores.

Brazil Supreme Court sends new Temer graft charges to Congress

BRASILIA A majority of the judges on Brazil's Supreme Court voted on Wednesday to send new graft charges against President Michel Temer to the lower house of Congress, which must authorize any trial of a sitting president.

Brazil's BNDES agrees to return $50 billion to government in 2017: source

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazilian state development bank BNDES agreed to return 50 billion reais ($16.04 billion) to the National Treasury this year as requested by the government, a person with knowledge of the discussions told Reuters on Wednesday.

Brazil's new top prosecutor reshuffles 'Car Wash' investigation team

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO Brazil's new top federal prosecutor on Tuesday reshuffled the team of investigators in charge of pursuing the biggest corruption probe yet conducted in Latin America's largest nation.

Brazil's Temer at U.N. decries rise in nationalism, protectionism

UNITED NATIONS Brazilian President Michel Temer criticized a rise in nationalism around the world and said in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that protectionism was not the solution to economic difficulties faced by countries.

Approval rating for Brazil's Temer plummets: poll

SAO PAULO Approval for Brazilian President Michel Temer's government has plummeted, according to a poll published on Tuesday, as the scandal-plagued leader faces new corruption charges and struggles to push his economic reform agenda through Congress.

Brazil makes toll-road license rules more flexible - official gazette

SAO PAULO Brazil will extend the deadline for the execution of construction works foreseen in toll-road contracts, according to a decree published in the official gazette on Tuesday.

Brazil's new top prosecutor is sworn in, says will maintain graft fight

BRASILIA The new prosecutor general tasked with leading Brazil's anti-corruption drive was sworn in on Monday, and said she would continue her predecessor's campaign against graft in Latin America's biggest nation.

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Trump: military option for North Korea not preferred, but would be 'devastating'

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump warned North Korea on Tuesday that any U.S. military option would be "devastating" for Pyongyang, but said the use of force was not Washington's first option to deal with the North's ballistic and nuclear weapons program. | Video