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EMERGING MARKETS-Brazilian equities down amid crippling truckers' strike

Brazil's Bovespa equities index fell over half a percent on Friday, as a truckers' protest entered its fifth day, hobbling a wide range of industries from aviation to agribusiness. Negotiators for several truckers groups protesting high fuel prices had agreed on Thursday to suspend a nationwide highway blockade after the government vowed to subsidize and stabilize diesel prices, which may cost the state some 5 billion reais ($1.37 billion) this year. But

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Trump eases firing of federal workers, cracks down on unions

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump on Friday signed three executive orders designed to make it easier to fire federal government workers and to crack down on the unions that represent them, drawing immediate criticism from a group representing federal employees.