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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 »

Polls Shows Challenger Gaining Ground in Brazil Presidential Race

Polls Shows Challenger Gaining Ground in Brazil Presidential Race

Support for President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil's Oct. 5 elections dropped a percentage point to 37 percent, while voter preference for leading challenger Aecio Neves jumped from 16 percent to 20 percent, according to results of a survey published Friday. continue reading »

Brazilian President Acknowledges Inflation Poses Problem

Brazilian President Acknowledges Inflation Poses Problem

President Dilma Rousseff acknowledged that higher inflation means "not all is right" with Brazil's economy, although she said consumer prices are "under control" and rejected opposition forecasts of a crisis in 2015, the media reported Wednesday. continue reading »

Sao Paulo Rewards Citizens for Giving Police Crime Tips

Sao Paulo Rewards Citizens for Giving Police Crime Tips

The government of Brazil's most populous state will offer up to 50,000 reais ($22,200) to people who offer useful information that helps police solve crimes and locate criminals. continue reading »

Vigilantes Kill Woman in Brazil Suspected of Kidnapping Babies

Vigilantes Kill Woman in Brazil Suspected of Kidnapping Babies

A woman beaten by a mob who accused her of kidnapping a child died Monday at a hospital in the southeastern Brazilian city of Guaruja. continue reading »

600# Lion Stolen From Shelter Found Safe and Sound in Brazil

600# Lion Stolen From Shelter Found Safe and Sound in Brazil

The lion stolen last week from an animal shelter in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo was found 500 kilometers (310 miles) away in Maringa, a town in Parana state, police said. The 9-year-old lion, which was stolen last Thursday, was discovered at the preserve run by his former owner, Ary Marcos, who ordered the big cat taken because he considered himself responsible for the animal, police said. continue reading »

Brazil Invites Investors to Bid on 4G Expansion

Brazil Invites Investors to Bid on 4G Expansion

Brazil's government wants to get foreign companies to bid in the next wireless 4G auction in an effort to increase competition, Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo Silva said. The auction of 700 MHz spectrum is scheduled for August and the government expects it will generate between $3.15 billion and $3.6 billion, Silva said. continue reading »