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South Africa poultry group calls for probe of forced labor in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - South Africa's poultry industry body has asked the government to investigate allegations of forced labor in the sector in Brazil, the world's largest poultry exporter.

Brazil likely to limit cuts to local content requirements in oil contracts

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil will likely limit planned cuts in local content requirements for future oil exploration and production contracts in a move aimed at appeasing local suppliers and to pave the way for an extension of customs breaks for oil companies.

Passing pension bill in 2018 would be hard: Brazil minister

BRASILIA Brazil's planning minister on Monday acknowledged the possibility of delaying a key vote on a bill cutting social security spending to 2018 but said its approval would be difficult then, an election year.

Passing pension bill in 2018 would be hard, Brazil minister says

BRASILIA Brazil's planning minister on Monday acknowledged the possibility of delaying a key vote on a bill cutting social security spending to 2018 but said its approval would be difficult then, an election year.

Venezuelan migrants pose humanitarian problem in Brazil

BOA VISTA, Brazil Last August, Victor Rivera, a 36-year-old unemployed baker, left his hometown in northern Venezuela and made the two-day journey by road to the remote Amazonian city of Boa Vista, Brazil.

Brazil's PSDB picks Sao Paulo Gov. Alckmin to lead it into 2018 race

BRASILIA The centrist Brazilian Social Democracy Party, or PSDB, elected four-time Sao Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckmin as its leader on Saturday, making him its most likely presidential nominee in next year's elections.

Petrobras eyes adjustments in fuel pricing to fight importers

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil's state-controlled oil company Petrobras could make more adjustments to its fuel pricing policy as a way to better fight fuel importers for market share, its executive manager for fuel sales said on Friday.

Brazil's president loses minister as PSDB party quits coalition

BRASILIA Brazilian President Michel Temer accepted the resignation on Friday of his minister of political affairs, whose party is abandoning the ruling coalition to ready for the 2018 election.

Norway cuts payments to Brazil after Amazon forest losses rise

OSLO Norway has slashed its annual payments to Brazil to protect the Amazon rainforest by 60 percent to $42 million after a rise in forest destruction in 2016, but welcomed signs that losses have slowed this year, Norway's Environment Ministry said on Friday.

Brazil president sees lower house pension reform vote December 18 week

SAO PAULO Brazilian President Michel Temer said on Friday that the pension reform bill that is "indispensable" to reduce the nation's budget deficit must be voted on this year in the lower house of Congress before the 2018 election year.

Temer, congressional leaders delay Brazil pension vote

BRASILIA Brazil's President Michel Temer has agreed with congressional leaders to delay a key vote on pension legislation in the lower house until the week of Dec. 18, the speaker of the body, Rodrigo Maia, said on Thursday.

F1 bosses recommend new security measures for Brazil

PARIS Formula One bosses have recommended new security measures for the Brazilian Grand Prix after team staff were robbed at gunpoint when leaving the circuit last month.

Brazil cuts rates to all-time low, hints at smaller February cut

SAO PAULO Brazil's central bank cut interest rates to an all-time low on Wednesday and hinted at another, smaller reduction in February, but urged caution as major fiscal reforms hung in the balance.

Monsanto will prevail in Brazil patent dispute, South American CEO says

SAO PAULO U.S. seeds company Monsanto Co is confident Brazilian courts will uphold its Intacta RR2 PRO soy seed patent despite a challenge from grain growers in the state of Mato Grosso, the company's chief of South American operations said on Wednesday. The Brazilian patents office, known as INPI, had conducted a rigorous analysis before granting the technology patent protection, Rodrigo Santos, chief executive officer of Monsanto's South American operations, said on Wednesday.

Brazil, U.S. identify molecule to help fight citrus greening disease

SAO PAULO Researchers have identified the molecule that attracts the insect that transmits citrus greening disease, a development expected to help farmers control a plague that has destroyed trees in growing regions of Brazil and the United States.

Wal-Mart to integrate physical, online units in Brazil

The Brazilian unit of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has decided to integrate its physical retail and e-commerce activities, as well as expand its so-called online marketplace operations, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

JPMorgan, Santander partner in asset management in Brazil

SAO PAULO The asset management arms of Banco Santander SA and JPMorgan Chase & Co have signed a partnership in Brazil, both companies said in a statement on Tuesday.

Brazilian prosecutor accuses ex-minister, congressman of money laundering: media

SAO PAULO Brazil's prosecutor general officially presented money laundering and criminal association charges against six people, including a former federal minister and a congressman, Brazilian media reported on Monday evening.

Support for Brazil's pension reform more organized: lawmaker

BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO The government of Brazil's President Michel Temer is far from assembling the coalition needed to pass a landmark pension reform, but potential supporters of the measure are now more organized, a key legislator said on Monday.

Siemens, Brazilian prosecutors eyeing settlement over bribery lawsuit: newspaper

RIO DE JANEIRO German industrial group Siemens AG is negotiating a settlement worth more than 1 billion reais ($307 million) with Brazilian state prosecutors over a civil case related to probes into whether bribes were paid to win train contracts, according to a Monday newspaper report.

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EU tells Netanyahu it rejects Trump's Jerusalem move

BRUSSELS/CAIRO Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case to Europe to ask allies to join the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but met a firm rebuff from EU foreign ministers who saw the move as a blow against the peace process. | Video