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Jun 19, 2014

Brazil leader’s popularity slips, still favoured to win 2nd term

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s popularity has continued to fall, though the left-leaning leader is still favoured to clinch re-election in a probable second round of vote, according to a new poll published on Thursday.

For the first time since massive protests broke out a year ago against inadequate public services and corruption, more Brazilian disapprove than approve of her government, including its signature poverty reduction policies.

Jun 19, 2014

Brazil leader’s popularity slips, still favored to win re-election

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s popularity has continued to slip, though the left-leaning leader is still favored to win re-election in a possible second round of vote, according to a new poll published on Thursday.

Backing for Rousseff’s re-election in October stands at 39 percent of eligible voters. Her main challenger Aecio Neves has the support of 21 percent, while Eduardo Campos has 10 percent, showed the survey by the IBOPE polling institute.

Jun 17, 2014

Biden ‘confident’ relations with Brazil can be repaired

BRASILIA (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday he was confident relations with Brazil were on the road to recovery after he assured President Dilma Rousseff that Washington has changed the way it conducts electronic surveillance.

U.S.-Brazil relations have been largely on ice since documents leaked last year by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden showed that Washington had spied on Rousseff and other world leaders.

Jun 16, 2014

Biden in Brazil to see World Cup, heal strained ties

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden heads to Brazil on Monday, hoping to do more than just watch Team USA play Ghana in the World Cup.

Biden will also try to turn the page on chilly U.S. relations with President Dilma Rousseff, who was outraged by revelations last year that the National Security Agency spied on her and other Brazilian officials.

Jun 13, 2014

Brazil’s president says World Cup jeers will not hurt her

BRASILIA (Reuters) – A defiant President Dilma Rousseff shot back at her detractors on Friday, saying she will not be cowered by the jeers and insults she endured at the World Cup’s opening match.

Visibly angered by the rude welcome, the Brazilian leader said the “verbal aggression” was nothing compared with the physical abuse she withstood four decades ago when she was tortured at the hands of the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil at the time.

Jun 10, 2014

FIFA says Brazil not footing World Cup operational costs

BRASILIA (Reuters) – World soccer’s governing body FIFA defended itself on Tuesday from criticism that it is making big bucks from the most costly World Cup in history at the expense of the Brazilian people.

FIFA said in a statement that it has covered the entire $2 billion (1.19 billion pounds) operational costs of the World Cup with money from the sale of World Cup TV and marketing rights, and not a cent will be footed by Brazilian taxpayers.

Jun 10, 2014

Soccer-FIFA says Brazil not footing World Cup operational costs

BRASILIA, June 10 (Reuters) – World soccer’s governing body FIFA defended itself on Tuesday from criticism that it is making big bucks from the most costly World Cup in history at the expense of the Brazilian people.

FIFA said in a statement that it has covered the entire $2 billion operational costs of the World Cup with money from the sale of World Cup TV and marketing rights, and not a cent will be footed by Brazilian taxpayers.

Jun 6, 2014

Brazil’s Rousseff loses voter support on economic woes

BRASILIA (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff has lost ground among voters on worries about Brazil’s faltering economy ahead of the Oct. 5 election, which will likely go to a tighter second-round vote, according to a poll on Friday.

Almost one third of Brazilian voters are not backing any candidate as yet, a sign of widespread discontent with Brazil’s political class as a whole, a survey conducted this week by polling firm Datafolha found.

Jun 5, 2014

Factbox: Brazil’s World Cup infrastructure: still a work in progress

By Anthony Boadle

(Reuters) – Brazil has come through with only half of the infrastructure improvements it had planned to modernize the country before the start of the World Cup at a cost of 25.8 billion reais ($11.3 billion).

The shining 12 soccer stadiums are ready to field players from 32 nations, even though three are not entirely finished and six will have no wi-fi service. Only a few airports have been upgraded and just a third of the urban transport projects aimed at easing congested city traffic have been delivered.

Jun 5, 2014

Brazil’s World Cup infrastructure: still a work in progress

June 5 (Reuters) – Brazil has come through with only half of the infrastructure improvements it had planned to modernize the country before the start of the World Cup at a cost of 25.8 billion reais ($11.3 billion).

The shining 12 soccer stadiums are ready to field players from 32 nations, even though three are not entirely finished and six will have no wi-fi service. Only a few airports have been upgraded and just a third of the urban transport projects aimed at easing congested city traffic have been delivered.