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Brazilians rush to get yellow fever vaccinations amid fatal cases

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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.

Brazil doubles investigators in corruption cases against sitting politicians

BRASILIA Brazil's Federal Police have nearly doubled the number of agents assigned to investigate sitting politicians suspected of corruption in the nation's largest graft scandal ever, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.

Brazilian President Temer says has recovered after health problems

BRASILIA Brazilian President Michel Temer told journalists on Thursday that he had recovered well after health problems in recent months have seen him shuttling back and forth between Sao Paulo and capital Brasilia for medical treatment.

Brazil industry minister resigns, likely to run for Congress

BRASILIA Brazilian Industry Minister Marcos Pereira resigned on Wednesday, becoming the third cabinet minister to quit in a month.

Nine dead in latest outbreak of Brazilian prison violence

SAO PAULO Nine inmates were killed, 14 were injured, and dozens escaped in a prison riot on Monday, national news media reported, in the latest example of Brazil's continuing difficulties maintaining control over its notoriously violent penal system. | Video

Brazil backs down from naming lawmaker Fernandes as labor minister

BRASILIA Brazilian President Michel Temer decided not to appoint Congressman Pedro Fernandes as the new labor minister to avoid clashing with former President José Sarney, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Brazil government backs off weakening slave labor laws

Brazil's government issued a decree backtracking on plans to weaken the definition of slave labor in response to criticism and a court suspension of the original edict, according to the official government gazette on Friday.

Brazil's top court suspends parts of President Temer's Christmas pardons

BRASILIA The head of Brazil's Supreme Court suspended parts of a Christmas decree from President Michel Temer granting pardons to convicted criminals on Thursday, saying Temer's actions needed further examination by the court.

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Exclusive: Trump denies U.S. embassy to be moved to Jerusalem within a year

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump denied on Wednesday that the planned relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would take place within a year, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected the controversial move to happen by then.