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U.N. environment chief calls for full probe into Brazil land activists' murders

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The escalation of violence against land rights activists in Brazil is of "deep concern", the United Nations' environment chief said on Wednesday, calling for a full and impartial investigation into the recent killings of three of them.

Brazil prosecutors say Windows 10 settings violate local laws

SAO PAULO Federal prosecutors in Brazil asked a court on Wednesday to force Microsoft to change its default installation process for Windows 10, which they said violated several local laws by collecting user data without their "express consent."

Amazon.com plays catch-up in Brazil as local rivals thrive

SAO PAULO Claudia Maria de Oliveira is leery of online shopping. But while browsing social media recently, the 49-year-old Brazilian spotted a bargain-priced sandwich press from local retailer Magazine Luiza SA .

GM banks on Chinese vehicle family to boost Brazil sales

DETROIT/SAO PAULO General Motors Co is planning for long-term profitability in South America built on the back of draconian cost cutting during Brazil's recession and the same low-cost vehicles it is developing for Chinese consumers, which are due to hit dealerships in 2019.

Unfazed by Brazil's army, Rio drug gangs willing to wait out occupation

RIO DE JANEIROLeaders of Rio de Janeiro's heavily armed drug gangs agree on at least one thing with the head of Brazil's army: An ongoing military intervention cannot solve the soaring crime and violence that is roiling the seaside metropolis. | Video

Corn fields in parts of Brazil at risk due to dry weather: report

SAO PAULO Some cornfields in the southern part of Brazil are at risk of losses due to the lack of rains, with the worst in Paraná, Brazil's second-largest corn-producing state, grains consultancy AgRural said on Friday.

Rush to house record number of Venezuelan refugees as rainy season looms in Brazil's north

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Brazilian authorities and aid groups are rushing to help tens of thousands of Venezuelan refugees before the start of the rainy season in northern Roraima state this month, even as government leaders clash over a request to close the border.

Makeup courses for blind Brazilian women boost self-image

SAO PAULO No mirrors needed by these women when they apply eye-liner, mascara and blush brushes. They can't see their faces. | Video

EU bans 20 Brazilian meat plants, hits 35 percent of exports

BRUSSELS/SAO PAULO Europe's decision to ban meat imports from several Brazilian suppliers affects 30 to 35 percent of the country's exports to the bloc and will force companies to find new markets while officials work to reverse the measure, Brazil's Agriculture Minister said.

Brazil anti-corruption judge embraced by party, eyeing presidential race

BRASILIA Top members of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) gushed on Thursday over their newest member, potential presidential candidate and former Supreme Court Justice Joaquim Barbosa, whose debut in a national poll stoked hopes for his potential.

EU to ban imports from 12 Brazil-based BRF plants: draft document

SAO PAULO The European Union intends to ban imports from 12 Brazilian plants operated by food processor BRF SA, which were previously authorized to export meat to the bloc, according to a draft document of the decision seen by Reuters on Thursday.

Brazil's ABPA says 12 BRF plants affected by EU poultry ban

SAO PAULO A Brazilian trade group said 12 plants operated by food company BRF SA have been targeted by a European Union ban on poultry imports from the South American country.

Brazilian state prosecutor opposes Total drill plan at mouth of Amazon

BRASILIA The public prosecutor's office in the northern state of Amapá recommended on Wednesday that Brazil’s environmental regulator Ibama deny French major Total a license to drill for oil near the mouth of the Amazon.

Jailed Lula's likely heir tries to keep Brazil's left together

SAO PAULO The most likely political heir to jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva insists the leftist leader is still the Workers Party's candidate for the October elections, but he is preparing to step into the role.

Petrobras CEO Parente accepts invitation to be BRF chairman

SAO PAULO The chief executive of state-run oil firm Petrobras, Pedro Parente, said he had accepted an invitation to become chairman of Brazil's BRF, confirming earlier reports that sent the food processing firm's shares up on hopes of a swift resolution to leadership tussles.

Brazil lifts embargo on some BRF plants ahead of potential EU ban

SAO PAULO Brazil's largest chicken processor BRF SA has been allowed to resume production at nine plants that export to the European Union, the Ministry of Agriculture said on Wednesday, a day before a potential EU ban related to a food safety scandal.

Brazil's Goldfajn says steep yield curve not due to inflation

NEW YORK Brazilian Central Bank Governor Ilan Goldfajn said on Tuesday the steep yield curve of Brazilian bonds was not due to inflation or inflation expectations.

Land activist and descendant of slaves slain in Brazil's Amazon

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A land rights activist and descendant of slaves has been shot dead in Brazil's Amazon, authorities said, raising concerns of increased violence tied to property disputes.

Brazil secures WTO backing in dispute with Canada's Bombardier

GENEVA/BRASILIA Brazil has secured World Trade Organization backing to press its claims against Canada in a dispute over what it says are unfair subsidies for Bombardier Inc's CSeries jets, a preliminary WTO ruling published on Tuesday showed.

Brazil Senator Neves to stand trial for corruption, court rules

BRASILIA Brazil's Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered that Senator Aecio Neves should stand trial on corruption and obstruction of justice charges, a fresh blow to the one-time presidential candidate and former centrist party leader.


Exclusive: U.S. team in refugee camps investigating atrocities against Rohingya

WASHINGTON/COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh The U.S. government is conducting an intensive examination of alleged atrocities against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, documenting accusations of murder, rape, beatings and other possible offenses in an investigation that could be used to prosecute Myanmar's military for crimes against humanity, U.S. officials told Reuters.