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Maria Carolina Marcello

Bolsonaro extends aid to Brazilians as jobs plummet, public debt soars

Jun 30 2020

BRASILIA Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday signed a decree to extend emergency stipends to informal workers hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis, as official figures showed record deficits and mounting unemployment.

Brazil delays vote on land bill amid threat of environmental boycott

May 20 2020

BRASILIA Brazil's lower house of Congress on Wednesday delayed voting on a land bill seen by some as contributing to deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, which has dozens of European companies threatening to boycott Brazilian exports.

Brazil prepares to vote land bill despite threat of environmental boycott

May 20 2020

BRASILIA, May 20 Leaders of Brazil's lower house of Congress reached a deal on Wednesday to vote on a land bill seen by some as contributing to deforestation in the Amazon rain forest and has dozens of European companies threatening to boycott Brazilian exports.

Brazil lower house approves redirecting $1.5 bln fund to coronavirus fight

May 12 2020

BRASILIA, May 12 Brazil's lower house of congress on Tuesday approved a decree scrapping the central bank's monetary reserve fund and directing the near 9 billion reais in it ($1.5 billion) towards the fight against coronavirus.

Brazil's Bolsonaro attacks coronavirus lockdowns as supporters take to streets

Apr 19 2020

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday again attended a public rally and attacked lockdown measures meant to fight the coronavirus, as supporters of the right-wing leader joined political motorcades around the country.

Brazil's economy could recover in fourth quarter, says central bank president

Apr 18 2020

BRASILIA Brazil's central bank president Roberto Campos Neto said on Saturday that Latin America's largest economy will begin to recover from the coronavirus crisis in the fourth quarter, according to an interview in local media.

Bolsonaro, Trump talk coronavirus help as Brazil cases rise sharply

Apr 01 2020

By Lisandra Paraguassu, Maria Carolina Marcello and Ricardo Brito

Brazil's governors press Bolsonaro for more coronavirus support

Mar 26 2020

BRASILIA Brazil's governors pressed President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday for more federal support in the coronavirus battle after he blasted them as job-killers and undermined their orders with a decree keeping churches open at evangelical preachers' request.

Brazil's Bolsonaro walks back decree to suspend worker pay amid coronavirus

Mar 24 2020

BRASILIA Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was forced on Monday to walk back a decree letting companies suspend pay to workers amid the coronavirus pandemic, following barbs from congressional leaders and rising discontent over his handling of the crisis. | Video

Head of Brazil Senate says Eletrobras privatization cannot pass

Dec 20 2019

BRASILIA The Brazilian government's proposal to give up control of power company Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA via a capital increase cannot pass the Senate in its current form, the head of the upper house told reporters on Friday.

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