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Oct 4, 2013

Brazil electoral court rejects new opposition party

BRASILIA (Reuters) – In a decision that could boost President Dilma Rousseff’s chances of re-election next year, Brazil’s electoral court ruled on Thursday that her main potential rival failed to gather enough signatures to register her new party in time.

Environmentalist Marina Silva has until Saturday to decide whether to run on the ticket of an existing party to make her second bid for president next October.

Oct 2, 2013

Brazilian police stop Indians from storming Congress

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian police used pepper spray to stop hundreds of protesting Indians from storming Congress on Wednesday, clamping down on the second day of indigenous rights marches.

Tribes across Brazil blocked highways and occupied government offices to oppose what they see as a steady undermining of their rights to ancestral lands by farmers supported by politicians in disputes that have occasionally turned violent.

Sep 27, 2013

Brazil’s railroad plan has yet to leave the station

BRASILIA, Sept 27 (Reuters) – More than a year has passed
since Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced an ambitious
plan to raise billions of dollars to lay much-need railroad
tracks across this continent-sized nation.

Not a single mile has been laid, however. Investors are
balking at the push to build some 10,000 km (6,000 miles) of
track because they worry that government policies might not make
it worth their while.

Sep 18, 2013

Brazil’s top court OKs retrials in landmark corruption case

BRASILIA, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Brazil’s top court voted
narrowly on Wednesday to allow retrials in the country’s
biggest-ever political corruption case, a decision seen by many
as a major setback for efforts to hold Brazilian officials
accountable for wrongdoing.

The ruling could save Jose Dirceu, the political leader in
the so-called “mensal√£o” or monthly payment scandal, from going
to prison. Dirceu was chief of staff to former president Luiz
Inacio Lula da Silva when a scheme to pay legislators a regular
allowance in exchange for support was uncovered in 2005.

Sep 17, 2013

Brazil’s Rousseff calls off state visit to U.S. over spying

BRASILIA, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma
Rousseff has called off plans for a state visit to Washington in
October because of revelations that the United States spied on
her personal communications and those of other Brazilians.

Rousseff’s decision, which came despite a 20-minute
telephone call from President Barack Obama on Monday night in an
attempt to salvage the trip, is a big blow to relations between
the two biggest economies in the Americas.

Sep 15, 2013

Five-point plan boosts Brazil leader; social media push to come

BRASILIA, Sept 15 (Reuters) – When a Brazilian newspaper
reported last month that President Dilma Rousseff had gone for a
nighttime spin incognito around the capital on the back of an
aide’s Harley-Davidson, her favorable mentions soared on social
media.

It was just what Rousseff needed after a bad couple of
months: She had been booed at an international soccer match and
at a gathering of mayors from around the country. Worse still,
her popularity tanked following massive street protests against
corruption, poor public services and the high cost of living.

Sep 11, 2013

Brazil prosecutors seek to block Canadian gold mine in Amazon

BRASILIA, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Brazilian prosecutors want to
block the permit for a massive gold mine planned by Belo Sun
Mining Corp on the Xingu River in the Amazon, arguing
that the Canadian company has failed to study the impact on
local Indian communities, the prosecutors’ office said on
Wednesday.

The Volta Grande, or Big Bend, open-pit project is slated to
start operating in 2016 and become Brazil’s largest gold mine.
It is in the northern state of Para next to another
controversial project, Belo Monte, which is designed to become
the worlds third largest hydroelectric dam and has also been
the target of lawsuits and public prosecutors.

Sep 10, 2013

Brazilian president’s popularity rebounding from post-protest slump

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s approval ratings are recovering from a wave of popular discontent and she has broadened her lead over other possible contenders in next year’s election, a poll published on Tuesday showed.

However, her negative numbers remain high enough to force a run-off vote, which could still complicate a re-election bid.

Sep 10, 2013

Rousseff’s popularity rebounding from post-protest slump

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s approval ratings are recovering from a wave of popular discontent in June and she has broadened her lead over other possible contenders in next year’s election, a poll published on Tuesday showed.

But her negative numbers remain high enough to force a run-off vote that could complicate a re-election bid.

Sep 9, 2013

NSA spying on Petrobras, if proven, is industrial espionage: Rousseff

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Reports that the United States spied on Brazilian oil company Petrobras, if proven, would be tantamount to industrial espionage and have no security justification, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff said on Monday.

Brazil’s Globo television network reported on Sunday that the U.S. National Security Agency hacked into the computer networks of Petrobras and other companies, including Google Inc. (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), citing documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.