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Jun 5, 2013

Brazil calls in army to defuse conflicts over Indian lands

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff’s government said on Tuesday it would send 110 federal troops to the Brazilian farm state of Mato Grosso do Sul to try to prevent more violence between Indians claiming their ancestral territory and ranchers.

The government has been struggling to defuse tensions with indigenous tribes over farmland in several states as well as over hydroelectric dams in the Amazon.

Jun 4, 2013

Brazil tries to defuse conflicts with Indians over land, dams

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO, June 4 (Reuters) – President Dilma
Rousseff’s government sought on Tuesday to defuse mounting
conflicts with indigenous groups over its decision to stop
setting aside farm land for Indians and plans to build more
hydroelectric dams in the Amazon.

The government flew 144 Munduruku Indians to Brasilia for
talks to end a week-long occupation of the controversial Belo
Monte dam on the Xingu river, a huge project aimed at feeding
Brazil’s fast-growing demand for electricity.

Jun 1, 2013

Indians invade Brazilian farm again, set fire to fields

BRASILIA, May 31 (Reuters) – Brazilian Indians reoccupied a
disputed rural property and set fire to fields on Friday, a day
after they were violently evicted in a growing conflict over
land ownership in southern Brazil’s farm belt.

The land dispute turned bloody on Thursday when a Terena
Indian was shot dead during the eviction by riot police, who
used tear gas to dislodge some 200 natives from the cattle ranch
owned by a former congressman, Ricardo Bacha.

May 31, 2013

Biden says U.S. and Brazil ready for deeper relationship

BRASILIA (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden wound up a visit to Brazil on Friday saying it was high time the two largest economies in the Americas became closer partners in trade, investment and energy.

“We’re ready for a deeper, broader relationship across the board on everything from the military to education, trade and investment,” Biden told reporters after meeting with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

May 26, 2013

Neymar booed by rivals at last game for Santos

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s hottest soccer talent Neymar got booed by rival fans in his last appearance for Santos on Sunday, a day after confirming his move to Barcelona next season.

Neymar failed to inspire his team in a goalless draw against Flamengo in their opening match of the Brazilian championship played in the new World Cup stadium in Brazil’s capital.

May 26, 2013

Soccer-Neymar booed by rivals at last game for Santos

BRASILIA, May 26 (Reuters) – Brazil’s hottest soccer talent Neymar got booed by rival fans in his last appearance for Santos on Sunday, a day after confirming his move to Barcelona next season.

Neymar failed to inspire his team in a goalless draw against Flamengo in their opening match of the Brazilian championship played in the new World Cup stadium in Brazil’s capital.

May 21, 2013

Brazil offers better terms for infrastructure investors

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil is sweetening terms for major infrastructure contracts to whet investor appetite and draw private capital and expertise needed to upgrade its deficient roads, railways and ports, the man in charge of planning the projects said on Tuesday.

Bernardo Figueiredo said Brazil needs to double its current level of investment in infrastructure to at least 80 billion reais ($39.2 billion) a year if it wants to resolve a transport crunch that has stymied the economy in recent years.

May 20, 2013

Brazil’s stadiums ready for World Cup soccer warm-up in June

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff took a swipe at the naysayers on Monday as she officially inaugurated the last of six stadiums that Brazil will use next month to host a warm-up for the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament.

“The pessimists said the stadiums would not be ready in time, but we are showing them today that we can deliver high-quality stadiums,” Rousseff said in a speech in Recife before opening the 46,000-seat Arena Pernambuco outside the northeastern Brazilian city.

May 17, 2013

Brazil port modernization bill clears Congress

BRASILIA, May 16 (Reuters) – Brazil’s Congress approved
legislation on Thursday that opens up state-owned ports to
private investment and lifts restrictions on the building of
private ports in a bid to eliminate serious bottlenecks
strangling the country’s export growth.

The reform bill, which may yet change if President Dilma
Rousseff decides to veto parts of it, is an effort to make
Brazil’s clogged, costly and badly managed ports more efficient.
That, backers believe, can help restore robust growth to
Brazil’s once-booming economy.

May 9, 2013

Brazil’s big government seen as good for politics, bad for economy

BRASILIA (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff added a new minister to her Cabinet on Thursday, further enlarging a federal government whose rapid growth since her leftist party came to power a decade ago has increased Brazil’s heavy tax burden.

Rousseff, who is seeking re-election next year, swore in Guilherme Afif Domingos to head the newly created Ministry of Micro and Small Businesses, the country’s 39th ministry.