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.

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

India's Aditya Birla bids for Lafarge-Holcim assets: sources

MUMBAI - India's diversified Aditya Birla Group has submitted a bid for the Brazilian and the Philippine assets of cement industry leaders Lafarge and Holcim , two persons directly involved in the transaction said.

Deals, 21 Oct 2014

Polls shows Rousseff gaining momentum as Brazil election nears

RIO DE JANEIRO/BRASILIA - President Dilma Rousseff is gaining momentum but remains locked in a dead heat with challenger Aecio Neves ahead of Sunday's runoff to Brazil's presidential election, two surveys showed on Monday.

World, 20 Oct 2014

Brazil's Lula back campaigning for Rousseff - and maybe himself

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil - He remains the one true rock star of Brazilian politics, introduced to an adoring crowd of thousands over the weekend as "our eternal president."

World, 20 Oct 2014

Brazil's Rousseff on the offensive a week from runoff vote

BRASILIA - Opposition candidate Aecio Neves is heading into the final week of Brazil's presidential race with a razor-thin lead in polls, but it's the incumbent Dilma Rousseff who appears to be gaining momentum in the homestretch.

World, 19 Oct 2014

Cutrale-Safra not considering raising Chiquita offer, source says

SAO PAULO - Brazilian juice maker Grupo Cutrale and investment firm Safra Group are not considering raising their $14-per-share definitive offer for Chiquita Brands International Inc , a source familiar with the situation told Reuters on Friday.

Deals, 17 Oct 2014

Chiquita board rejects Cutrale-Safra offer, may weigh improved bid

SAO PAULO - The board of Chiquita Brands International Inc on Thursday said a takeover bid by Brazilian juice maker Grupo Cutrale and investment firm Safra Group was "inadequate," and again recommended shareholders back a tie-up with Irish rival Fyffes Plc .

Deals, 16 Oct 2014

Attack on parliament, killing of soldier stun Canada's capital

OTTAWA - A gunman attacked Canada's parliament on Wednesday, with shots fired near where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking, and a soldier was killed at a nearby war memorial, stunning the Canadian capital. | Video