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Brazil prosecutors open money-laundering probe into president's son

Feb 21 2019

BRASILIA The senator son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is under investigation by federal authorities for money laundering in connection to unexplained increases in his net worth, the prosecutor general's office said on Thursday.

Brazil's Bolsonaro fires senior minister, investor sentiment sours

Feb 18 2019

BRASILIA Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday fired one of his most senior aides and cabinet members, Gustavo Bebianno, amid a scandal involving campaign financing for some of his party's congressional candidates.

Vale declares force majeure on some contracts after deadly dam burst

Feb 05 2019

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO Brazilian miner Vale SA on Tuesday declared force majeure on some iron ore contracts after a court-ordered halt to a mine responsible for nearly 9 percent of its output following a dam burst which likely killed more than 300 people.

Brazil minister proposes tougher laws to stem deadly crime wave

Feb 04 2019

BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO Tougher sentencing and a clampdown on political corruption and organized crime groups are part of the new Brazilian right-wing government's proposal unveiled on Monday to tackle rampant crime in a country with the world's highest number of murders.

Bolsonaro ally wins Senate leadership, smoothing legislative path

Feb 02 2019

BRASILIA An ally of Jair Bolsonaro won a fraught vote for the head of Brazil's Senate on Saturday, a boost for the far-right president's legislative efforts to open the economy, tackle crime and enact socially conservative measures.

Brazilian top court judge reopens probe into Bolsonaro's son

Feb 01 2019

BRASILIA A Brazilian Supreme Court justice reopened a probe on Friday into suspicious cash payments involving President Jair Bolsonaro's son Flavio, reviving an investigation that has dogged the president's first few weeks in office.

Brazil weakens law aimed at holding government to account

Jan 24 2019

BRASILIA Brazil's new far-right government on Thursday gave hundreds more public servants the power to keep official records from the public for decades by labeling them "secret" and "ultra-secret."

UPDATE 1-Brazil aims to pass pension reform by mid-year -source

Jan 23 2019

BRASILIA, Jan 23 Brazil's new government expects to win congressional approval for reform of the country's costly pensions system by the middle of this year, a senior Economy Ministry official told Reuters on Wednesday.

In Davos, Brazil's Bolsonaro to tout reforms, trade liberalization

Jan 18 2019

BRASILIA Brazil's president will outline his government's economic reform agenda and plans to increase trade with the rest of the world during a speech at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos next week, one of his aides told Reuters on Friday.

At Bolsonaro son's request, Brazil top court suspends probe of his ex-driver

Jan 17 2019

BRASILIA Brazil's supreme court on Thursday ordered Rio de Janeiro state prosecutors to temporarily suspend a probe into suspicious payments made by the former driver of President Jair Bolsonaro's son, whose lawyers requested the injunction.

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