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Brazil's farmers dump sugar for soy as trade war boosts Chinese demand


ITAÍ, Brazil Last year, Brazilian farmer Gustavo Lopes sized up his sugarcane plantation against his soybean fields.

Brazil-China joint ventures could boost soymeal trade: China diplomat

BRASILIA Chinese and Brazilian companies could form soy-processing joint ventures as a way for Latin America's largest economy to export more processed soymeal to its top buyer of raw soybeans, a senior Chinese diplomat in Brazil said in an interview.

Heineken considers closing Brazilian factories due to court dispute

SAO PAULO Heineken NV , the world's second-largest beer maker, is considering closing two factories in northeastern Brazil as "an extreme measure" after a court ordered the company to sell beer and soft drinks in the region at a money-losing price, the company said on Friday in a statement.

Brazil slams Venezuela as measles spreads across border

BRASILIA Brazil complained on Thursday that Venezuela was doing nothing to stop the spread of an outbreak of measles in Brazil and other neighboring countries that has been sparked by an exodus of Venezuelans fleeing economic collapse.

Brazil cuts deforestation emissions below 2020 targets

BRASILIA Brazil cut its greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation in 2017 to levels below its internationally agreed 2020 climate change targets, the country's Environment Ministry said on Thursday.

Brazil suffers record murder tally in 2017, ahead of election

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil had a record number of murders last year, with homicides rising 3.7 percent from 2016 to 63,880 according to a study released on Thursday, just months before a presidential election in which violence has become a key issue.

Brazil freight policy signed into law, unnerving farm groups

SAO PAULO Brazil's President Michel Temer signed into law a bill authorizing the government to set minimum truck freight prices, drawing criticism from farm groups who said the measures would drive up costs for food.

Brazil's Alckmin to follow pragmatic trade policy: running mate

BRASILIA If Brazilian presidential candidate Geraldo Alckmin is elected in October, his government will follow a more pragmatic approach to trade partners Russia and China in order to open markets for its food exports, his running mate said on Wednesday.

Brazil prosecutors file charges against GE executive

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazilian prosecutors have formally charged General Electric Co's chief executive for Latin America for alleged involvement in a healthcare cartel, officials said on Wednesday, though a judge ruled that he should be released from jail for now.

Brazil could delay public sector pay hike until 2020: source

BRASILIA Brazil's planning ministry proposed to President Michel Temer on Wednesday that public sector employee salary raises due in 2019 be put off until the following year, to help reduce the budget deficit, a government official said.

Brazil pesticide group to appeal ruling suspending glyphosate weed killer

SAO PAULO Brazil-based agrochemical companies plan to appeal a ruling suspending the use of best-selling weed killer glyphosate in one of the world's largest grain producing nations, an industry spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

Norwegian Air cleared by regulators to operate Brazil-to-London flights

SAO PAULO Norwegian Air on Wednesday received a green light to operate flights in and out of Brazil, according to a notice published in the country's equivalent of the U.S. Federal Register.

Brazil judge lifts border closure for Venezuelan immigrants

BRASILIA A Brazilian federal appeals court judge on Tuesday overturned a ruling barring Venezuelan immigrants fleeing economic and political turmoil from entering Brazil.

Brazil's JBS importing more corn from Argentina: source

SAO PAULO JBS SA, the world's largest meatpacker, is importing more corn from Argentina into Brazil for feed as rising local freight costs push up prices for the domestic crop, a person with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.

Brazil communist says she and Haddad can win race if Lula barred

SAO PAULO Brazilian lawmaker Manuela D'Avila said on Tuesday she and former Sao Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad of the Workers Party were ready to win October's presidential election if former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is barred from running.

Lula drops release petition to avoid ruling on eligibility

BRASILIA Lawyers for jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Monday withdrew a request before Brazil's Supreme Court that he be freed because it risked shutting the door on his candidacy in the October presidential election.

Brazilian judge orders border closed to Venezuelan immigrants

BRASILIA A Brazilian judge has ordered the border crossing from Venezuela closed to Venezuelan immigrants fleeing their country's economic and political turmoil but the border remained open on Monday pending an appeal by the federal government.

Brazil judge suspends use of agrochemical glyphosate

SAO PAULO A Brazilian judge has suspended the use of products containing the agrochemical glyphosate, a widely employed herbicide for soy and other crops in the country, according to legal filings.

Brazil auto exports slide 21 percent in month on Argentina crisis

SAO PAULO Brazil's auto exports tumbled 21 percent in July from a month ago, the country's automakers' association said on Monday, blaming a monetary crisis in neighboring Argentina for the shortfall and adding that it expects exports to be steady for the year, not higher as it had predicted before last month.

Brazilian right-wing candidate Bolsonaro picks army general as running mate

BRASILIA Brazilian far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday tipped as his running mate a controversial retired military general who said last year that a military coup was possible in the country.


Italy bridge collapse kills 37, national anger grows

GENOA, Italy Rescuers scoured the wreckage of Italy's bridge collapse on Wednesday as the death toll climbed to 37 and the government blamed the bridge's private owner, demanding resignations and moving to strip its toll concession. | Video