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Brazil police arrest ex-finance minister Palocci in graft probe: source

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazilian police on Monday arrested Antonio Palocci, a former finance minister and presidential chief of staff in recent leftist Workers Party governments, in the latest phase of a sweeping anti-corruption probe, prosecutors said in a statement.

Local candidate killed in Rio suburb, highlighting crime woes

RIO DE JANEIRO A candidate for town council in upcoming municipal elections was shot to death in a Rio de Janeiro suburb on Sunday, the latest in a wave of killings of local politicians in the city's outskirts in recent months.

Brazil Supreme Court OKs probe into allegations citing Temer

SAO PAULO Brazil's Supreme Court on Friday approved a preliminary investigation into plea bargain deal allegations from former Transpetro head Sergio Machado that President Michel Temer had solicited campaign donations in 2012 that had illicit origin.

IATA slams 'catastrophic' tax haven ruling in Brazil

(Story corrects name of IATA official to Cerda from Cerba in paragraphs 4, 11, 13)

Less growth in Brazil soybean area not a huge liability: Braun

CHICAGO Although Brazilian soybean plantings are poised for the smallest year-on-year increase in a decade, supply concerns are not warranted - yet.

Order blocking permit for ThyssenKrupp Brazil mill lifted

RIO DE JANEIRO A Brazilian judge on Thursday lifted an injunction blocking Rio de Janeiro from granting an operating license for ThyssenKrupp AG's Cia Siderurgica do Atlantico steel mill, saying there were no irregularities in the 11-year permit process.

Brazil police arrest former finance minister in Petrobras probe

SAO PAULO Brazilian police arrested former Finance Minister Guido Mantega on Thursday as a sweeping corruption investigation struck further at the heart of the Workers Party (PT) that ran the country for 13 years.

Brazil's inflation eases, bolstering case for rate cut

BRASILIA Brazil's inflation rate eased more than expected in mid-September as food prices fell, underscoring bets on an imminent interest rate cut by the central bank.

Brazil to use repatriation funds to avert spending freeze: source

BRASILIA The Brazilian government will use the proceeds from an amnesty program legalizing Brazilians' undeclared foreign assets to avoid a spending freeze this year, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday.

Brazil prosecutors say Eike Batista not target of current probe

SAO PAULO Brazilian commodities tycoon Eike Batista is not a target of the current phase of a sweeping corruption probe, but his voluntary testimony was key to the arrest of former Finance Minister Guido Mantega, investigators said at a news conference on Thursday.

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Air strikes pound rebel-held Aleppo districts

BEIRUT Dozens of air strikes hit rebel-held areas of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo overnight, a monitor and defense worker said, continuing a fierce air campaign by Syrian government and allied forces since a ceasefire broke down almost a week ago.