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Mar 25, 2014

Brazil’s president under fire for Petrobras Texas refinery deal

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Opposition legislators asked Brazil’s top prosecutor on Tuesday to investigate President Dilma Rousseff’s role in the purchase of a Texas refinery by Brazil’s state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4.SA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) which critics say was way overpriced.

Rousseff, who chaired the company’s board at the time, last week said her approval of the 2006 purchase was based on a “flawed” and “incomplete” executive summary.

Mar 22, 2014

Brazil to declare no-fly zone over World Cup stadiums

BRASILIA, March 21 (Reuters) – The Brazilian Air Force will declare no-fly zones over World Cup stadiums to prevent terrorist attacks during this year’s soccer tournament, but there’s a catch: it can’t shoot down intruders, for now.

By law, Brazil’s military can only shoot at unresponsive civilian planes on drug trafficking routes near its borders, but not over densely populated urban areas where games will be played in 12 cities.

Mar 20, 2014

Brazil’s president holds wide lead ahead of re-election bid -poll

By Anthony Boadle

BRASILIA, March 20(Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma
Rousseff is holding on to her wide lead over potential rivals
and would win a second term outright in the Oct. 5 general
election, according to a poll published on Thursday.

Despite Brazil’s lackluster economic performance and
stubbornly high inflation on her watch, Rousseff would be
re-elected in the first round if the vote was held today, the
Ibope poll showed.

Mar 19, 2014

Brazil to drop local data storage rule in Internet bill

BRASILIA, March 18 (Reuters) – Brazil will drop a
controversial provision that would have forced global Internet
companies to store data on Brazilian users inside the country to
shield them from U.S. spying, a government minister said on
Tuesday.

The rule was added last year to proposed Internet governance
legislation after revelations that the U.S. National Security
Agency had spied on the digital communications of Brazilians,
including those of their President Dilma Rousseff and the
country’s biggest company Petroleo Brasileiro SA.

Mar 13, 2014

Brazil’s president faces revolt by coalition allies

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The rift between President Dilma Rousseff and her main political allies widened on Wednesday one day after they voted in Congress to look into bribery allegations leveled at Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras.

Disgruntled congressmen from coalition parties summoned an array of Rousseff’s cabinet members to appear before various congressional committees in a new display of discontent.

Feb 24, 2014

Poll shows Brazilians are souring on hosting World Cup

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The number of Brazilians who favor hosting the World Cup has fallen to an all-time low just four months before kick-off, with many criticizing the soccer tournament as a waste of money that would be better spent elsewhere, a poll showed on Monday.

The survey by local pollster Datafolha showed that only 52 percent of Brazilians favored hosting the World Cup, down from a high of 79 percent in November 2008, a year after Brazil was chosen as the venue for the 32-nation event.

Feb 18, 2014

World Cup protests, inflation cast shadow on Rousseff’s re-election hopes

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Protests during the World Cup and the rising cost of living could undermine support for Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff and endanger her chances of re-election this year, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Rousseff remains the clear front-runner to win the October 5 vote, according to a survey by local polling firm MDA. Her personal approval rating slipped to 55 percent this month from 58.8 percent in November, when MDA last conducted a poll. At that time, her popularity was recovering from a sharp decline following massive protests against corruption and poor public services.

Feb 17, 2014

FIFA expects Brazil police to bring violent World Cup protests under control

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Faced with the specter of street protests disrupting this year’s World Cup, soccer’s governing body FIFA expects host country Brazil to deploy police if necessary to contain violent demonstrators and guarantee access to stadiums.

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, who is touring some World Cup host cities this week, said Brazilians are democratically entitled to stage peaceful protests during the global sporting event.

Feb 17, 2014

Brazil official urges Cuiabá to ensure stadium ready for World Cup

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s government on Monday urged officials in Cuiabá to do whatever is necessary to get its stadium ready in time for this year’s World Cup soccer tournament, following a prosecutors’ report that an October fire at the venue caused far more damage than previously disclosed.

Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo downplayed the severity of the October 25 fire at Cuiabá’s Arena Pantanal, which he described as “small,” but he acknowledged that prosecutors in Mato Grosso state, where the stadium is located, have demanded a new, independent evaluation of its safety following the report of structural damage there.

Feb 10, 2014

Brazil water project, long delayed, gets election year boost

CABROBO, Brazil, Feb 10 (Reuters) – In 2006, then President
Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva, a native of Brazil’s historically
drought-plagued northeast, pushed through an idea that
long-suffering residents of the region had been hearing about
for more than a century.

At last, he promised, Brazil would channel water to the
sun-baked region from the São Francisco, the country’s
second-longest river. By 2010, he said, water would be pumped
over hills and into a 477 kilometer-long network of canals,
aqueducts and reservoirs to quench thirsty cities and farms in
four states.