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Aug 28, 2013

Brazil hikes interest rates again to regain market confidence

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil raised its benchmark interest rate to a 16-month high of 9 percent on Wednesday, maintaining the pace of monetary tightening to fight inflation and rebuild investors’ confidence in Latin America’s largest economy.

The central bank’s monetary policy committee, known as Copom, decided unanimously for a third straight half percentage point rate hike to ease inflationary fears that have risen on the back of a plunge in the value of the local currency.

Aug 13, 2013

Kerry visit to Brazil overshadowed by NSA spying controversy

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The United States pledged on Tuesday that Brazil and other allies will get answers about American communications surveillance aimed at thwarting terrorism, but gave no indication it would change the way it gathers such information.

Secretary of State John Kerry urged Brazil not to let recent revelations of secret internet surveillance by the United States derail growing trade, diplomatic and cultural relations between the two largest economies in the Americas.

Aug 12, 2013

Spying scandal sets back U.S. chances for fighter jet sale to Brazil

BRASILIA, Aug 12 (Reuters) – U.S. hopes of clinching a
coveted deal worth more than $4 billion to sell 36 fighter jets
to Brazil have suffered a setback with recent revelations that
the United States collected data on Brazilian Internet
communications.

When U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits down with
Brazilian officials in Brasilia on Tuesday to prepare a state
visit to the White House by President Dilma Rousseff, the sale
of the warplanes will not be on the agenda, a Brazilian source
said.

Aug 7, 2013

New U.S. spying revelations coming from Snowden leaks: journalist

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Glenn Greenwald, the American journalist who published documents leaked by fugitive former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, plans to make new revelations “within the next 10 days or so” on secret U.S. surveillance of the Internet.

“The articles we have published so far are a very small part of the revelations that ought to be published,” Greenwald on Tuesday told a Brazilian congressional hearing that is investigating the U.S. internet surveillance in Brazil.

Aug 5, 2013

Brazil delays coffee price measures, growers furious

BRASILIA, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Brazil’s government infuriated
coffee producers on Monday, when it did not make an expected
announcement about price support measures, and Agriculture
Minister Antonio Andrade said the government needed more time to
weigh options.

It was not clear when the measures would be announced in the
world’s largest coffee producer. Andrade said a possible date
was Wednesday, when President Dilma Rousseff is expected to
travel to top-producing state Minas Gerais.

Jul 31, 2013

Brazil invests in Sao Paulo bus services that set off protests

BRASILIA, July 31 (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff moved
quickly on Wednesday to improve bus services in Brazil’s largest
city, Sao Paulo, where protests over a fare increase in June
triggered an outburst of national discontent that battered her
popularity.

Rousseff announced that 3 billion reais ($1.31 billion) in
federal money will be invested in creating 99 km (61 miles) of
new express lanes to speed up bus services in Sao Paulo, the
country’s financial capital.

Jul 28, 2013

Millions at Brazil Mass hear pope ask youth to change world

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Pope Francis left Brazil on Sunday with Rio still pulsating with excitement after a historic beachfront Mass for more than 3 million people in which he challenged young people to build a new world based on tolerance and love.

Rio’s famed Copacabana beach, usually the venue for scantily-clad sun-seekers and revelry, became a massive Catholic campground for the closing event of a world youth festival.

Jul 28, 2013

Analysis: Pope’s Brazil visit raises red flags for World Cup, Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – A string of organizational flaws during the visit of Pope Francis to Brazil that put him at risk and stranded thousands of visiting faithful has deepened concern about the country’s ability to host the upcoming World Cup and Olympic Games.

Even Rio de Janeiro’s mayor gave himself a failing grade in organizing World Youth Day, a biennial gathering of young Catholics that on Sunday drew some 3 million people to a seaside mass delivered by the pope on Copacabana beach.

Jul 28, 2013

Pope’s Brazil visit raises red flags for World Cup, Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 28 (Reuters) – A string of organizational flaws during the visit of Pope Francis to Brazil that put him at risk and stranded thousands of visiting faithful has deepened concern about the country’s ability to host the upcoming World Cup and Olympic Games.

Even Rio de Janeiro’s mayor gave himself a failing grade in organizing World Youth Day, a biennial gathering of young Catholics that on Sunday drew some 3 million people to a seaside mass delivered by the pope on Copacabana beach.

Jul 28, 2013

Pope urges Brazil’s youth to seek change, fight apathy

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged Brazil’s young people, who have protested against corruption in their country, to continue their efforts to change society by fighting apathy and offering “a Christian response.”

The 76-year-old pope spoke to a crowd estimated by the Vatican to be more than 2 million people gathered on Rio’s famed Copacabana beach for an evening rally where he also urged young people to shun fleeting fads and be “athletes of Christ.”