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Sep 15, 2013

Five-point plan boosts Brazil leader; social media push to come

BRASILIA, Sept 15 (Reuters) – When a Brazilian newspaper
reported last month that President Dilma Rousseff had gone for a
nighttime spin incognito around the capital on the back of an
aide’s Harley-Davidson, her favorable mentions soared on social
media.

It was just what Rousseff needed after a bad couple of
months: She had been booed at an international soccer match and
at a gathering of mayors from around the country. Worse still,
her popularity tanked following massive street protests against
corruption, poor public services and the high cost of living.

Sep 11, 2013

Brazil prosecutors seek to block Canadian gold mine in Amazon

BRASILIA, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Brazilian prosecutors want to
block the permit for a massive gold mine planned by Belo Sun
Mining Corp on the Xingu River in the Amazon, arguing
that the Canadian company has failed to study the impact on
local Indian communities, the prosecutors’ office said on
Wednesday.

The Volta Grande, or Big Bend, open-pit project is slated to
start operating in 2016 and become Brazil’s largest gold mine.
It is in the northern state of Para next to another
controversial project, Belo Monte, which is designed to become
the worlds third largest hydroelectric dam and has also been
the target of lawsuits and public prosecutors.

Sep 10, 2013

Brazilian president’s popularity rebounding from post-protest slump

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s approval ratings are recovering from a wave of popular discontent and she has broadened her lead over other possible contenders in next year’s election, a poll published on Tuesday showed.

However, her negative numbers remain high enough to force a run-off vote, which could still complicate a re-election bid.

Sep 10, 2013

Rousseff’s popularity rebounding from post-protest slump

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s approval ratings are recovering from a wave of popular discontent in June and she has broadened her lead over other possible contenders in next year’s election, a poll published on Tuesday showed.

But her negative numbers remain high enough to force a run-off vote that could complicate a re-election bid.

Sep 9, 2013

NSA spying on Petrobras, if proven, is industrial espionage: Rousseff

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Reports that the United States spied on Brazilian oil company Petrobras, if proven, would be tantamount to industrial espionage and have no security justification, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff said on Monday.

Brazil’s Globo television network reported on Sunday that the U.S. National Security Agency hacked into the computer networks of Petrobras and other companies, including Google Inc. (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), citing documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Sep 7, 2013

Brazilian protests fail to disrupt parades, soccer match

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Police used teargas to contain street protests on Saturday in several Brazilian cities, stopping demonstrators from disrupting Independence Day military parades and an international soccer game between Brazil and Australia.

The protests against corruption were much smaller than the massive demonstrations that shook Brazil in June, when hundreds of thousands took to the streets in a sudden outburst of anger against the country’s political class for mismanaging government money and failing to provide adequate public services.

Sep 6, 2013

Obama: U.S. will probe reported NSA spying on Brazil, Mexico

PETERSBURG, Russia/BRASILIA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama promised on Friday to look into a report the United States spied on the leaders of Brazil and Mexico, allegations that have caused tensions in Washington’s ties to its two biggest Latin American partners.

Obama met with presidents Dilma Rousseff of Brazil and Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico during an international summit in Russia and discussed reports that the U.S. National Security Agency snooped on their personal communications and phone calls.

Sep 5, 2013

Brazil tries to elude NSA with new cables, satellite

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Can any government escape the prying eyes of the U.S. National Security Agency? Brazil is going to try.

Angered by recent revelations that the United States spied on its emails and phone calls and even its president, Brazil’s government is speeding up efforts to improve the security of its communications – and hopefully keep more of its secrets under wraps.

Sep 3, 2013

Brazil, Mexico ask U.S. to explain if NSA spied on presidents

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil assailed the United States on Monday after new allegations that Washington spied on President Dilma Rousseff, complaining that its sovereignty may have been violated and suggesting that it could call off Rousseff’s planned state visit to the White House next month.

A Brazilian news program reported on Sunday that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on emails, phone calls and text messages of Rousseff and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, a disclosure that could strain Washington’s relations with Latin America’s two biggest nations.

Sep 2, 2013

U.S. spied on presidents of Brazil, Mexico: report

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency spied on the communications of the presidents of Brazil and Mexico, a Brazilian news program reported, a revelation that could strain U.S. relations with the two biggest countries in Latin America.

The report late Sunday by Globo’s news program “Fantastico” was based on documents that journalist Glenn Greenwald obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Greenwald, who lives in Rio de Janeiro, was listed as a co-contributor to the report.