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Brazil-U.S. venture to build second corn ethanol plant in Mato Grosso

SAO PAULO FS Bioenergia, a joint venture between Brazilian and U.S.-based investors, said on Tuesday it will build its second corn-based ethanol plant in Brazil's top grains-producing state of Mato Grosso.

Nestle set to launch first organic products in Brazil in coming weeks

SAO PAULO Nestle SA will launch its first organic food line in Brazil in the coming weeks, an executive told Reuters, as the world's biggest food company makes a global push to capture growing interest in healthy and organic products.

Brazil's lower house greenlights security intervention in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil's lower house early on Tuesday approved a decree that authorizes the federal government to intervene in security in the crime-plagued state of Rio de Janeiro, sending the bill to the Senate for final approval.

Brazilian rule changes may allow telecoms firms to unload assets

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA Brazil's major telecoms operators stand to free up hundreds of millions of dollars to invest in technologies like 4G and broadband by unloading unwanted assets, as a push by the sector to overhaul decades-old rules shows signs of paying off.

Brazil government acknowledges pension bill going nowhere

BRASILIA Brazil's political affairs minister Carlos Marun said on Monday that passage of a bill to overhaul the country's costly social security system has effectively ground to a halt in Congress and would become a campaign issue in this year's election.

Exclusive - Brazil sees $309 million from sale of pre-salt oil, gas in 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil expects to raise 1 billion reais ($309 million) this year through the sale of 5 million barrels of oil and gas from the country's offshore pre-salt layer, oil and gas secretary Marcio Felix told Reuters.

Brazil prison rioters free hostages, guards take control

RIO DE JANEIRO Prisoners who rioted in an overcrowded Rio de Janeiro prison and took 18 hostages have released all the captives and the facility is under the control of guards, authorities said Monday.

Brazilian inmates riot, take hostages in Rio de Janeiro prison

SAO PAULO Inmates of a heavily overcrowded prison in metropolitan Rio de Janeiro took prison guards hostage during a riot that had not been controlled by Sunday night, authorities said.

Apollo buys 20 percent stake in Brazil restructuring firm

SAO PAULO Apollo Global Management LLC has agreed to acquire a 20 percent stake in Brazilian special situations investment firm Starboard Restructuring Partners, the two firms said in a statement on Friday.

Brazil army ordered to take over security in violent Rio de Janeiro

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil's federal government on Friday ordered the army to take over command of police forces in Rio de Janeiro state in a bid to curb violence driven by drug gangs, who have "virtually taken over" Rio's metropolitan area of 12 million people, President Michel Temer said in announcing the decree. | Video

Brazil's Temer says Rio army intervention will not stop pension reform

BRASÍLIA Brazil's President Michel Temer on Friday said the fact his administration decided to approve an intervention in Rio, with federal troops boosting security, will not stop the negotiation process and eventually the vote on the pension reform.

Samba school with anti-graft message triumphs at Rio Carnival

RIO DE JANEIRO Decrying rampant corruption and social problems in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro's Beija-Flor samba school clinched first place on Wednesday after a two-night parade showdown that crowned Carnival festivities in the sweltering city.

Brazil to increase army presence on border with Venezuela

BRASILIA Brazil's government will declare an emergency in its northern border state of Roraima to boost funding and troops to help control an influx of Venezuelan refugees into the country, Defense Minister Raul Jungmann said on Wednesday.

Brazil will not shut border to Venezuelans, seeks to organize flow

SAO PAULO Brazil will not block Venezuelans from entering the country through the border in the northern state of Roraima, but has launched a task force to organize the flow and provide resources for cities and states dealing with the refugees.

Carnival lights up Rio despite crime wave, yellow fever scare

RIO DE JANEIRO Carnival festivities took over Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, as revelers danced and drank at block parties with names like "fire in the underpants," despite an extended crime wave in the city and a spike in yellow fever cases throughout Brazil. | Video

Brazil's Supreme Court asks police head to clarify comments on Temer

SAO PAULO Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Luis Barroso asked on Saturday for the head of the Federal Police to clarify comments he made in a Reuters interview published a day earlier regarding an investigation of President Michel Temer.

Exclusive: Brazil police see no evidence in port bribery case against president

(Corrects Feb 9. story lead to remove reference to shelving the investigation)

Exclusive: Amazon eyes new warehouse in Brazil e-commerce push - sources

SAO PAULO Amazon.com Inc is looking to lease a 50,000-square-meter warehouse just outside Sao Paulo, people familiar with the matter told Reuters, as it steps up its push into Latin America's biggest retail market, Brazil.

Brazil's Temer blasts Venezuela for refugee exodus

BRASILIA Brazilian President Michel Temer criticized the leftist government of neighboring Venezuela on Friday for leading that country into a crisis that is causing an exodus of refugees into northern Brazil.

Brazil to deploy more troops on Venezuela border amid refugee crisis

BOA VISTA, Brazil The Brazilian government will deploy more troops on its border with Venezuela and start relocating tens of thousands of Venezuelan refugees who have fled into northern Brazil, Defense Minister Raul Jungmann said on Thursday.

More bombs hit Syria's Ghouta after heaviest death toll in years

BEIRUT Pro-government forces pounded Syria's eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, killing at least 66 people after the enclave's heaviest one-day death toll in three years, a monitoring group said. | Video

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