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Feb 19, 2013

Brazil’s Rousseff says extreme poverty almost eradicated

BRASILIA (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday raised the monthly stipend of 2.5 million people living below the poverty line to make good on her promise to eradicate extreme poverty in Brazil, a nation with enormous income gaps between rich and poor.

She said she has almost met her anti-poverty target halfway through her four-year term, though Brazil’s last census points to 700,000 Brazilian families who still live in extreme poverty but are not registered on government social programs.

Feb 4, 2013

Brazilian Congress elects leaders probed for corruption

BRASILIA (Reuters) – In a country that has taken big strides toward greater transparency in government in recent years, the Brazilian Congress is out of step.

The lower chamber of Congress voted overwhelmingly on Monday for Henrique Alves to become its speaker, even though he is under investigation for graft. The selection of Alves came after the Senate chose a new leader who is also accused of corruption.

Jan 28, 2013

FIFA warns Brazil against delays in World Cup preparations

BRASILIA (Reuters) – With just 500 days to go until the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil, soccer’s world governing body FIFA warned that the hosts cannot afford any further delays in getting their venues ready.

The global soccer tournament, followed by the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro two years later, will test Brazil’s aspiration to become a developed nation. But delays in building stadiums and preparing hotels and airports to receive more than half a million soccer fans could turn the event into an embarrassment.

Jan 28, 2013

Soccer-FIFA warns Brazil against delays in World Cup preparations

BRASILIA, Jan 28 (Reuters) – With just 500 days to go until the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil, soccer’s world governing body FIFA warned that the hosts cannot afford any further delays in getting their venues ready.

The global soccer tournament, followed by the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro two years later, will test Brazil’s aspiration to become a developed nation. But delays in building stadiums and preparing hotels and airports to receive more than half a million soccer fans could turn the event into an embarrassment.

Jan 9, 2013

Ghosts of 2001: Brazil worries about another energy crisis

BRASILIA, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Brazil looks less vulnerable
today to an energy crisis similar to one in 2001 that cut output
at factories, lopped about a percentage point off economic
growth, and led millions of people to spend their nights by
candlelight.

Still, the risk of a major disruption remains – in part
because the South American economic powerhouse has grown so much
since then.

Jan 8, 2013

Brazil energy crisis could wreck Rousseff’s economic agenda

BRASILIA, Jan 8 (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff cut
short her vacation on Tuesday to deal with a budding energy
crisis that could wreck her efforts to restore vitality to
Brazil’s economy this year.

Rousseff denies there is any risk of electricity shortages
or rationing stemming from a historic drought that has left
hydroelectric dams short of water. But some independent analysts
disagree, saying it depends on whether summer rains finally
arrive in coming weeks.

Jan 7, 2013

Brazil’s hot, dry summer may lead to energy rationing

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil is facing the possibility of widespread energy rationing for the first time since 2001 due to a hot, dry summer that has deprived hydroelectric dams of the water they need and driven up power consumption in stifling cities.

Electricity experts say that even if the country escapes rationing it may have to make up for the shortfall by resorting to increased use of thermo-electric power – which is more expensive, and could undermine President Dilma Rousseff’s plans to lower energy rates this year.

Jan 7, 2013

Brazil faces risk of energy rationing due to dry summer

BRASILIA, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Brazil is facing the risk of
widespread energy rationing for the first time since 2001 due to
a hot, dry summer that has deprived hydroelectric dams of the
water they need and driven up power consumption in stifling
cities.

Electricity experts say that even if the country escapes
rationing it may have to make up for the shortfall by resorting
to increased use of thermo-electric power – which is more
expensive, and could undermine President Dilma Rousseff’s plans
to lower energy rates this year.

Dec 18, 2012

Analysis: Rousseff price controls fail to stoke Brazil investment

RIO DE JANEIRO/BRASILIA (Reuters) – When President Dilma Rousseff took office just under two years ago, she pledged to “eliminate the obstacles that still inhibit the dynamism of our economy.”

At the time, Brazilians could be forgiven for believing her. Latin America’s largest economy was rebounding from the global financial crisis, growing at an annual rate of 7.5 percent.

Dec 14, 2012

Brazil leader’s popularity hits high despite stalled economy

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s approval rating is at an all-time high, despite a stalled economy and political scandals that have tarnished the reputation of her ruling Workers’ Party, an opinion poll published on Friday showed.

Rousseff’s personal approval rating rose slightly to 78 percent, from 77 percent three months ago, according to the CNI/Ibope poll. Approval of her left-of-center government was unchanged at 62 percent, the poll showed.