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Sao Paulo Suffers Record 214-Mile Traffic Jam

Sao Paulo Suffers Record 214-Mile Traffic Jam

Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest metropolis and one of the host cities for this summer's soccer World Cup, suffered a record traffic jam with 344 kilometers (214 miles) of streets where traffic was slowed almost to a standstill, officials said. continue reading »

Brazil Awards Galvao Engenharia With Highway Concession

Brazil Awards Galvao Engenharia With Highway Concession

Brazilian firm Galvao Engenharia was awarded a 30-year contract Friday to operate a 624.8-kilometer (388-mile) stretch of the BR-153 federal highway linking northern Brazil's Tocantins state with Goias, in the center of the country. continue reading »

Brazil Gov’t to Spend $216 Million on Conservation Efforts in Amazon

Brazil Gov’t to Spend $216 Million on Conservation Efforts in Amazon

Brazil plans to spend 477 million reais (about $216 million) to bolster monitoring and conservation efforts in protected areas in the Amazon, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said. continue reading »

Dilma Rousseff Sees Support Rising in Brazil

Dilma Rousseff Sees Support Rising in Brazil

Incumbent President Dilma Rousseff has a lead of 20 percentage points over her main challenger in the race for Brazil's Oct. 5 elections, a poll released Thursday shows. continue reading »

Sao Paulo’s Public Transportation Workers Go on Strike

Sao Paulo’s Public Transportation Workers Go on Strike

A surprise protest by public transportation workers on Tuesday paralyzed 14 of Sao Paulo's bus terminals and left thousands of residents in Brazil's largest city stranded while trying to return home at the end of the workday, authorities said. continue reading »

Brazilian Farmers Receive $70.5 Billion Credit Line from Government

Brazilian Farmers Receive $70.5 Billion Credit Line from Government

President Dilma Rousseff announced Monday that the government will make available to Brazil's farmers and ranchers a 156.1 billion reais ($70.5 billion) credit line, a hike of 14.7 percent over the previous season. continue reading »

Brazil’s Economic Forecast for 2014 Revised Downward

Brazil’s Economic Forecast for 2014 Revised Downward

Private sector analysts have revised their 2014 growth forecasts for Brazil's economy downward to 1.62 percent from 1.69 percent last week, the Central Bank said Monday. continue reading »

Church Bus Catches Fire in Colombia, Killing 30 Mostly Children

Church Bus Catches Fire in Colombia, Killing 30 Mostly Children

At least 30 people, most of them children, burned to death and another 14 were injured when a bus caught fire in the northern Colombian town of Fundacion, authorities said. continue reading »

Brazil Prison Uprising Ends, Inmates Release Family Hostages After Demands Met

Brazil Prison Uprising Ends, Inmates Release Family Hostages After Demands Met

Inmates at the maximum security prison in the city of Aracaju, the capital of the northeastern Brazilian state of Sergipe, on Sunday released 125 relatives and four prison guards they had been holding hostage for the past 26 hours, authorities said. continue reading »

Police Strike Leads to Looters Targeting Stores in Brazil

Police Strike Leads to Looters Targeting Stores in Brazil

Recife, one of the Brazilian cities that will host World Cup matches, was hit by a wave of looting early Thursday amid an illegal strike by police demanding pay hikes, officials said. continue reading »

Portugal Investigating Brazil Coach for Tax-Fraud

Portugal Investigating Brazil Coach for Tax-Fraud

The head coach of Brazil's national soccer team, Luiz Felipe Scolari, is under investigation in Portugal for "alleged fiscal infractions," the Iberian nation's Attorney General's Office said Wednesday. continue reading »

Brazilian Experts Forecast Gradual Economic Recovery

Brazilian Experts Forecast Gradual Economic Recovery

Brazil's finance minister said Wednesday the global economy has begun to recover and that will give the South American country a boost and enable it to continue to grow at a modest clip. continue reading »

Dilma Rousseff Guarantees Right to “Peaceful Protest” During World Cup

Dilma Rousseff Guarantees Right to “Peaceful Protest” During World Cup

President Dilma Rousseff repeated Tuesday that Brazil is "a democratic country" and that its government guarantees the right to "peaceful protest" during the World Cup soccer competition, which begins June 12. continue reading »

Brazil’s Economic Forecast Revised Upward

Brazil’s Economic Forecast Revised Upward

Private sector analysts have revised their 2014 growth forecasts for Brazil's economy upward to 1.69 percent from 1.63 percent last week, the Central Bank said Monday. continue reading »

Experts Say World Cup Visitors Should Not Fear Dengue Contact

Experts Say World Cup Visitors Should Not Fear Dengue Contact

A study by Brazilian experts calculates that, in the worst case scenario, just 100 of the 600,000 foreign tourists who will visit Brazil during the World Cup soccer tourney scheduled to begin in June, or less than 0.02 percent of the total visitors, will contract dengue during their stay in the country. continue reading »