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May 25, 2014

World Cup a minefield for Brazil’s Rousseff in election year

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) – The script was simple enough: host the soccer World Cup, win it for a record sixth time and ride a wave of national euphoria to another four years in power.

Yet Brazil’s ruling Workers’ Party may find it’s not that easy.

May 24, 2014

Brazil ready to quell protests during World Cup

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil has stocked up on riot gear and is ready to deploy police and military forces to contain anti-government protests expected during the 32-nation World Cup soccer championship starting next month, authorities said on Friday.

Brazilian officials believe the protests will be smaller than the massive demonstrations that unexpectedly erupted in June of last year during a warm-up event for the World Cup.

May 22, 2014

Brazilian leader’s rivals close gap ahead of Oct vote

BRASILIA, May 22 (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff’s main
rivals have cut her lead ahead of Brazil’s elections in October,
though she is still favored to win re-election if the race goes
to a second round, according to a poll published on Thursday.

As the campaign shifts gears and undecided voters begin to
pick candidates, Rousseff’s opponents have gained more traction
than the president from growing media exposure, making a run-off
more likely.

May 19, 2014

Scores arrested in global sweep over ‘Blackshades’ malicious software

AMSTERDAM/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Authorities arrested about 100 people as part of a global crackdown on malicious software used to infect half a million computers, U.S. and European authorities said on Monday.

The software, created by an organization called “BlackShades,” allows hackers to control other people’s computers remotely, recording keystrokes, stealing passwords and gaining access to their personal files.

May 14, 2014

Brazil Senate opens inquiry into Petrobras mismanagement, bribes

BRASILIA, May 14 (Reuters) – Brazil’s Senate opened an
inquiry on Wednesday into alleged corruption and mismanagement
at state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, a
probe that could complicate President Dilma Rousseff’s bid for
reelection in October.

A panel of senators will look into the costly purchase of a
refinery in Pasadena, Texas, for which critics say Petrobras
paid 20 times the market value.

May 9, 2014

Brazil’s Rousseff drops in new election poll, rivals gain

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Support for President Dilma Rousseff among Brazilian voters has fallen and her main rivals have gained ground, reducing her chances of an outright win in the October 5 election, a new poll by Datafolha showed on Friday.

The poll showed support for Rousseff slipped one percentage point to 37 percent, while Aecio Neves added four points to 20 percent and Eduardo Campos increased one point to 11 percent compared with its April poll, Datafolha said.

Apr 29, 2014

Brazil’s Rousseff drops in new poll, rivals gain

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Nagging concerns about rising consumer prices and a political scandal involving Brazil’s state-run oil company are taking a toll on President Dilma Rousseff’s popularity, increasing the chances that an opposition challenger can force this year’s election to a runoff, a new poll showed on Tuesday.

The survey by local polling firm MDA also showed that Rousseff’s rivals in the October election are finally starting to gain traction with voters and that the race may end up being tighter than many initially thought, though the president remains the clear favorite to win a second four-year term.

Apr 23, 2014

Brazilian Congress passes Internet bill of rights

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s Senate unanimously approved groundbreaking legislation on Tuesday that guarantees equal access to the Internet and protects the privacy of Brazilian users in the wake of U.S. spying revelations.

President Dilma Rousseff, who was the target of U.S. espionage according to documents leaked by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden, plans to sign the bill into law. She will present it on Wednesday at a global conference on the future of the Internet, her office said in a blog.

Apr 22, 2014

Brazil conference will plot Internet’s future post NSA spying

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) – A global conference in Brazil on the future of the Internet in the wake of U.S. spying revelations might be much less anti-American than first thought after Washington said it was willing to loosen its control over the Web.

Bowing to the demands of Brazil and other nations following revelations last year of its massive electronic surveillance of Internet users, the United States has agreed to relinquish oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned of Names and Numbers (ICANN), a non-profit group based in California that assigns Internet domain names or addresses.

Apr 15, 2014

Petrobras defends U.S. refinery; still calls deal ‘bad’

RIO DE JANEIRO/BRASILIA, April 15 (Reuters) – Brazil’s
state-run oil company, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, on Tuesday
defended its 2006 purchase of a refinery in Pasadena, Texas,
even as it admitted the deal caused the company to lose money.

At a day-long Brazilian Senate hearing, Chief Executive
Maria das Gra├žas Foster explained that Petrobras, as
the company is known bought the refinery in hopes of maximizing
returns on Brazilian oil shipped to the United States.