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Brazil shocks with post poll rate hike

2014-10-30 13:15

Brazil's central bank has raised interest rates, surprising investors with a move that signals President Dilma Rousseff could make more market-friendly policy changes.

Rousseff win rattles Brazil markets

2014-10-28 09:15

President Dilma Rousseff's narrow re-election victory has been met with a cold reality as Brazil's financial markets tumbled.

Brazil faces struggle to restore good times

2014-10-27 11:44

President Dilma Rousseff has narrowly won re-election but will need to restore order to public finances in her second term to get Brazil's stalled economy back.

Brazil protects giant swathe of Amazon rainforest

2014-10-22 10:04

The Brazilian government says it has put an environmentally rich area of the Amazon rainforest under federal protection, creating a reserve larger than the US state of Delaware.

Force India: Let teams choose own tyres

2014-10-20 11:07

Pirelli, earlier criticised for being too aggressive, is now taking flak for being too conservative. One team has suggested 'why not let teams choose' to spice-up Formula 1?

R720m track upgrade saved Brazil GP

2014-10-17 11:44

Brazil had to spend millions of dollars on upgrading the ageing Interlagos circuit or risk losing its place on the Formula 1 calendar, claims Sao Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad.

Brazil beef exports up on China, Russia demand

2014-10-12 15:15

Brazil beef exports have jumped, in part due to rising Russian demand as Moscow turns away from US and European sources in retaliation against sanctions.

Brazil presidential elections on the boil

2014-09-02 16:43

Incumbent Dilma Rousseff, now trailing top rival Marina Silva in Brazil's presidential race by 10%, has gone on the offensive.

Brazil arrests 8 in Amazon deforestation swoop

2014-08-29 13:08

Brazilian police say they had made eight arrests in raids to smash a gang considered the worst perpetrators of deforestation in the Amazon region.

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Silva's economic proposals for Brazil

2014-08-21 14:45

Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva has little experience with economic policy, but her advisers promise a more business-friendly approach.

Brazilians can vote for their own Obama

2014-08-20 12:38

In Brazil, where nicknames are everything, voters can now opt for a congressional candidate who goes by the name Barack Obama.

Stash of bones reveals new flying dinosaur

2014-08-14 15:09

A stash of buried bones in Brazil has allowed scientists to identify a new species of flying dinosaur that soared in the skies 66 to 100 million years ago, a study says.

Brazil presidential candidate dies in jet crash

2014-08-13 18:47

Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, a contender to unseat President Dilma Rousseff, has died after his jet crashed into a residential area.

Brazil's Neves vows to reduce inflation

2014-08-12 09:45

Brazilian opposition candidate Aecio Neves says if elected president he will adopt policies aimed at bringing the inflation rate back.

Israel apologises for calling Brazil 'diplomatic dwarf'

2014-08-12 06:04

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has apologised to his Brazilian counterpart for a remark by a foreign ministry spokesperson calling the Latin American powerhouse a "diplomatic dwarf".

Brazil overtakes US as cosmetic surgery capital

2014-08-03 22:22

Move over Beverly Hills: image-conscious Brazil has overtaken the United States as the world's capital of cosmetic surgery.

Giant anteaters kill two hunters in Brazil

2014-07-25 22:18

Giant anteaters in Brazil have killed two hunters in separate incidents, raising concerns about the animals' loss of habitat.

Your Brazilian coffee may be in jeopardy

2014-07-23 11:33

Harvest of the world's biggest coffee and sugar cane crops may be stalled by the rain that is in store for southeast Brazil, forecasters say.

China deepens ties to Brazil

2014-07-18 15:00

China has expanded its trade partnership with Brazil with $7.5bn in financing for Brazilian miner Vale, the purchase of 60 passenger jets and more.

Woeful Brazil downed by Dutch

2014-07-12 23:55

Brazil have suffered a second defeat in a row, after they were beaten by the Netherlands in the SWC third/fourth place playoff .

Maersk in $1.7bn mark down on Brazil assets

2014-07-08 16:35

The Brazilian oil and gas business firm A P Moeller-Maersk will take a $1.7bn write down over disappointing drilling results and low oil prices.

Robbers grab $36m worth of Samsung electronics

2014-07-08 05:58

Around 20 armed robbers have raided a Samsung plant in southeastern Brazil, leaving with 40 000 smartphones, laptops, tablets and other electronics worth $36m, police say.

Overpass collapse kills 2 in World Cup city

2014-07-04 08:15

An unfinished overpass being built for the World Cup has collapsed in Brazil's south-eastern city of Belo Horizonte, killing at least two people and injuring 19.

 

Brazil markets rally after post-poll slump

2014-10-29 07:38

Brazilian stocks have risen strongly, overturning losses from the previous day as traders digested the re-election of left-wing President Dilma Rousseff.

Dilma Rousseff calls for unity after Brazil win

2014-10-27 12:43

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff has narrowly won re-election to a second term, calling for unity after the most divisive race since the return to democracy.

Brazil campaign ends in slugfest over corruption

2014-10-25 11:33

Brazil's presidential candidates have traded accusations over political corruption in a last ditch attempt to sway undecided voters before an election runoff in the country's closest race in decades.

Poll: Brazil's leader gains ground in tight race

2014-10-21 11:17

Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff is gaining ground over her rival in a tight re-election race, although the contest remains in a technical tie, a poll shows.

Pirelli U-turns on Brazil tyre selection

2014-10-18 09:20

Pirelli, F1's tyremaker, has bowed to pressure from drivers who recently demanded softer compounds for the Brazilian GP that will be raced on a newly resurfaced track.

12 Brazilian prison guards taken hostage in uprising

2014-10-14 10:37

At least 12 guards and dozens of inmates have been held hostage amid a prisoner uprising in southern Brazil, during which some of the incarcerated were tossed from the roof.

SA, Brazil expand tourism relations

2014-09-26 11:23

South Africa has tourism agreements in place with all BRICS members, with the latest signed as South African Tourism opened a new office in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Over $30bn a year in dirty money exits Brazil

2014-09-08 09:30

Over $30bn in dirty money linked to crime, corruption and tax evasion is flowing out of Brazil each year.

Brazil enters recession in pre-election blow

2014-08-29 15:39

Brazil has suffered a recession in the first half of the year as investment plunged and the country's hosting of the World Cup suffocated economic activity.

2 inmates beheaded in Brazil jail riot

2014-08-25 10:31

Inmates rioting for better facilities in a Brazilian jail have killed four fellow prisoners, decapitating two of them, and took two guards hostage, officials say.

Brazil's slump hits job market

2014-08-22 19:30

Many of Brazil's biggest retailers, homebuilders and carmakers are cutting jobs as economy teeters on the edge of recession.

How to greet people when travelling abroad

2014-08-20 15:54

Travelling to a different country soon, but not quite sure how to say ‘howzit’ to potential new foreign friends? Here’s your guide.

Brazil praised for saving forests

2014-08-18 11:40

Brazil has made good progress in safeguarding the Amazon rainforest but Indonesia's plans for its forests could face setbacks under a new government, a study says.

Brazil president declares mourning after rival's death

2014-08-13 21:31

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has declared three days of national mourning and suspended her re-election campaign after one of her opponents died in a plane crash.

Brazilian bid challenges big banana merger

2014-08-12 10:45

Two Brazilian companies have made a $611m offer for US banana giant Chiquita Monday that could derail Chiquita's merger with European rival Fyffes.

Brazil pushes for solar energy

2014-08-12 08:17

Grappling with its worst energy crisis in more than a decade, Brazil is making its first big move to develop a solar power industry that could help reduce its dependence on hydro power.

Russia food ban offers new hope for Brazil

2014-08-08 09:07

Russia's ban on many western food products presents a massive opportunity for meat and grain exports from agricultural powerhouse Brazil.

Isolated indigenous communities under threat

2014-07-30 13:55

Indigenous people in the most remote regions of South America are under threat from development, a regional human rights body has warned, urging that inhabitants these areas be left alone.

GM plans to put Brazil workers on paid leave

2014-07-25 10:30

General Motors is planning to put nearly a fifth of its workers at a factory in Brazil on paid leave, amid falling output in Latin America's largest economy.

Brazil eyeing Japan's help in oil project

2014-07-20 11:12

Brazil plans to use Japanese technology in building a floating structure and ships for its huge offshore oil development project, according to media reports.

Brics bank: SA to host African hub

2014-07-16 09:25

South Africa will be the home of an Africa Regional Centre, the Brics group of emerging powers has announced at the unveiling of a $100bn development bank.

Ghana refutes grounds for Brazil asylum requests

2014-07-11 18:25

Ghana's government has denied there was "religious conflict" in the country, after dozens of Ghanaian football fans sought asylum in Brazil during the Soccer World Cup.

Amazon rainforest grew after climate change

2014-07-08 11:54

The Amazon may have been grassland until a natural shift to a wetter climate about 2 000 years ago let the rainforests form, according to a study that argues that the rainforest is older.

Endangered Amazon Indians 'forced' to make contact

2014-07-04 09:50

A group of Indigenous people from the Amazonian rainforest has made contact with for the first time with outsiders, according to advocacy group.

Belgium strike late to sink US

2014-07-02 01:02

Extra-time goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku have sealed a thrilling victory for Belgium over a spirited US.

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