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Brazil President Temer says pension changes remain on agenda

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SAO PAULO Brazilian President Michel Temer denied that his administration would give up on passing pension legislation that some in Congress have opposed, according to an interview published on Saturday.

Brasilia closes Latin America's largest rubbish dump

BRASILIA One thing the designers of Brazil's modernistic capital Brasilia forgot to map out in their intricate plans was where to put the rubbish.

Brazilian prosecutors ask BNY Mellon unit to return $2.5 billion to local fund

(This story corrects seventh paragraph to say 'fiduciary manager', not 'fiduciary administrator', in BNY Mellon statement.)

Petrobras owes Brazil billions, unlikely to pay in 2018, minister says

BRASILIA Brazilian state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA owes the government billions of dollars tied to offshore exploration rights but is unlikely to pay this year, a cabinet minister said.

Car plows through Copacabana sidewalk, kills baby, injures 15

RIO DE JANEIRO A speeding car plowed through evening strollers on a crowded sidewalk of Rio's famed Copacabana beach on Thursday in an apparent accident, killing an 8-month old baby and injuring 15 people, police said. | Video

China investment in Brazil hit seven-year high in 2017

BRASILIA China invested $20.9 billion in Brazil in 2017, the most since 2010 as a recession helped push down asset prices and attracted investors, according to Brazil's planning ministry.

Brazil seizes over 400 containers in fight against illegal logging

SAO PAULO Police in Brazil have seized 444 containers in an investigation into illegal logging in the country's vast Amazon, federal authorities said on Thursday, as the nation seeks to cut down on the widespread practice.

Brazilians rush to get yellow fever vaccinations amid fatal cases

BRASILIA Brazilians lined up for hours to get yellow fever vaccinations in Brazil's largest states, alarmed by the increase in the number of fatal cases of infection and a warning from the World Health Organization to tourists visiting parts of the country.

WHO recommends yellow fever shot to Sao Paulo visitors

BRASILIA The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that the whole of Sao Paulo state, which includes Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, should be considered at risk for yellow fever and recommended foreign travelers get vaccinated before visiting.

Brazil considers lifting tariff on U.S. ethanol

BRASILIA Brazil is studying the removal of a 20-percent tariff on ethanol imports from the United States, Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said on Wednesday, in a decision that could depend on Washington lifting a ban on fresh beef exports from Brazil.

Brazil economic activity expands for third month in November

BRASILIA Economic activity in Brazil expanded for a third straight month in November, the longest stretch of gains since 2014, suggesting strong momentum at the end of the year.

Brazil's Meirelles says S&P downgrade will not affect growth

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazilian Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles said on Saturday that a recent decision by Standard & Poor's to cut the nation's credit rating will not affect 2018 economic growth.

S&P cuts Brazil debt rating as pension reform doubts grow

BRASILIA Ratings agency Standard & Poor's cut Brazil's credit rating further below investment grade on Thursday as doubts grew about a presidential election in October and a push to trim its costly pension system, seen as vital to closing a huge fiscal deficit.

Monsanto looking to sell dicamba-resistant GM soy seed in Brazil

SAO PAULO The Brazilian unit of seed and agrochemicals maker Monsanto on Thursday said it will run field tests with genetically modified soy seed INTACTA2 XTEND in Brazil in the 2019-20 crop, looking to launch the variety commercially the following year.

Rio asks for federal troops to help with Carnival policing

RIO DE JANEIRO The city of Rio de Janeiro has requested backup from federal troops to enforce security during Brazil's Carnival festivities in February as it seeks to shield tourists and locals from rising crime.

Brazil curbs soy farming deforestation in Amazon

BRASILIA Brazil all but stopped growth of soy farming in newly deforested parts of its Amazon rainforest during the 2016-2017 crop year after efforts to halt purchases of beans from such areas, official data showed on Wednesday.

U.S. biggest source of illegal foreign guns in Brazil: report

BRASILIA The United States is the largest source of guns entering Brazil that end up in the hands of armed bandits and drug traffickers, according to a Brazilian Federal Police report seen by Reuters.

Brazil police request Temer answer questions in alleged graft probe

BRASILIA Brazilian police have requested that President Michel Temer answers 50 questions as part of an investigation into alleged corruption involving a decree regulating the country's ports, a government spokesman said on Friday.

Brazil expects to be declared free of foot-and-mouth with vaccination

BRASILIA Brazil expects the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to declare the country free from foot-and-mouth disease with vaccinations at a meeting in May, according to a government statement on Friday.

Shareholders in Brazil demand Petrobras match $3 billion U.S. settlement

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazilian shareholders of state-controlled Petroleo Brasileiro SA are petitioning a Brazilian court to be paid on similar terms as those given to U.S. shareholders in a $2.95 billion settlement, a lawyer told Reuters on Thursday.

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Turkish forces push into Syria, Kurdish militia says attacks repulsed

AZAZ, Syria Turkish ground forces pushed into northern Syria's Afrin province on Sunday, the army said, after Turkey launched artillery and air strikes on a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia it aims to sweep from its border. | Video