Rodrigo Viga Gaier

Brazil's Bolsonaro says aid for poor to rise nearly 60% due to food costs

Jun 16 2021

BRASILIA Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said in a TV interview that his government would raise monthly payments under a popular welfare program to 300 reais from 190 reais starting in December.

Soccer-Rio mayor warns city could cancel Copa America games

Jun 04 2021

RIO DE JANEIRO A potential increase in COVID-19 cases in Rio de Janeiro could force the city to abruptly cancel matches in this month’s Copa America, Mayor Eduardo Paes warned on Friday.

Two die after building collapse in Rio neighborhood

Jun 03 2021

RIO DE JANEIRO A residential building in a working class part of Rio de Janeiro collapsed on Thursday, killing at least two people and underlining the precarious state of many structures in parts of the city where authorities say organized crime is heavily involved in construction.

Brazil's worst drought in almost a century to impact river navigation - minister

Jun 02 2021

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil's worst water crisis in almost a century will impact river navigation and make transportation of goods more expensive in the world's largest exporter of commodities ranging from soybeans to coffee and sugar.

Petrobras resumes BR Distribuidora sale as stock hits target -sources

May 21 2021

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil's oil producer Petrobras plans to dump its remaining stake at gas station chain BR Distribuidora this year, in a deal that could raise more than 8 billion reais ($1.5 billion), three sources with knowledge of the information told Reuters.

Rio police draws international ire as 25 killed in drug gun battle

May 07 2021

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) -At least 25 people were killed in a shootout between suspected drug traffickers and police in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, one of the state's deadliest police raids, police said. | Video

At least four groups register for Rio sanitation auction, source says

Apr 28 2021

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 28 At least four potential bidders have registered for the auction of concessions managed by Rio de Janeiro state water and sewage utility Cedae, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.

Exclusive: Brazil studies subsidizing domestic fuel with oil auction proceeds -source

Apr 14 2021

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil's government is considering using some of the proceeds from an upcoming oil auction to create a fund that would protect domestic consumers from swings in fuel prices, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

At Brazil's Petrobras, a 'Spartan' military man takes the reins

Apr 12 2021

RIO DE JANEIRO For many investors, the appointment of former army general Joaquim Silva e Luna as the new chief executive of Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras was unexpected - and unwelcome.

Brazil's Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro ease restrictions despite record COVID deaths

Apr 09 2021

SAO PAULO Brazil's Sao Paulo state and the city of Rio de Janeiro are easing restrictions on hospitality businesses and other activities, authorities said on Friday, even as Latin America's largest country continues to break its own grim records for daily COVID-19 deaths.

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Iran election set to hand presidency to hardline judge

Iranians choose a president on Friday in a contest likely to be won by a judge fiercely loyal to the religious establishment, although large numbers of people are expected to ignore the vote due to discontent with economic hardship and hardline rule.