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Brazil army deploys in Rio slum as drug-related violence worsens

RIO DE JANEIRO Hundreds of Brazilian soldiers poured into Rio de Janeiro's Rocinha slum on Friday in a bid to help the cash-strapped state government quell the drug-related violence that authorities blamed for at least four deaths and several injuries there this week.

Brazil gives BRF nod to export from Mineiros plant after scandal

SAO PAULO Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture has granted BRF SA, the country's largest chicken exporter, permission to resume exports from a plant in the state of Goiás that was temporarily closed after a food inspection scandal.

Brazil's Temer says government not considering privatizing Petrobras

NEW YORK Brazil's President Michel Temer said on Wednesday state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro , a symbol of national sovereignty, would stay in public hands even as his government makes an aggressive privatization push. | Video

Hong Kong suspects false health certificates used for Brazil meat

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO Hong Kong authorities on Thursday suspended meat imports from a Brazilian exporter and two producers on suspicions that health certificates had been falsified for 10 shipments of frozen chicken feet and livestock offal.

Brazil's minister sees higher revenues from tax renegotiation

NEW YORK Federal revenues from a tax debt renegotiation program have grown substantially and the plan may come to an end in due time next week if it is not changed in Congress, Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles told journalists on Thursday.

Focus for Brazil soybean crop should be future rains not current dryness

CHICAGO Recent dry weather in some of Brazil's important farming states has raised the idea that the world’s leading exporter of soybeans might develop planting delays.

Brazil seeks to avoid Venezuela default on $5 billion contracts: paper

SAO PAULO Brazilian officials plan to visit Venezuela next week to prevent the oil-rich nation from defaulting on contracts worth as much as $5 billion after falling in arrears on a payment due to infrastructure contractors this month, newspaper Folha de S.Paulo reported on Thursday.

Brazil's central bank trims inflation forecast, sees faster growth

BRASILIA Brazil's central bank trimmed its inflation forecast on Thursday and said it expected economic growth to pick up into next year, painting a rosier picture for Latin America's largest economy as interest rates approach record lows.

Police lock fans inside ground after clashes erupt outside

SAO PAULO Brazilian police locked Santos fans inside their home stadium for 20 minutes on Wednesday after violence erupted outside the Vila Belmiro ground following the team's elimination from the Copa Libertadores.

Brazil Supreme Court sends new Temer graft charges to Congress

BRASILIA A majority of the judges on Brazil's Supreme Court voted on Wednesday to send new graft charges against President Michel Temer to the lower house of Congress, which must authorize any trial of a sitting president.

Brazil's BNDES agrees to return $50 billion to government in 2017: source

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazilian state development bank BNDES agreed to return 50 billion reais ($16.04 billion) to the National Treasury this year as requested by the government, a person with knowledge of the discussions told Reuters on Wednesday.

Brazil's new top prosecutor reshuffles 'Car Wash' investigation team

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO Brazil's new top federal prosecutor on Tuesday reshuffled the team of investigators in charge of pursuing the biggest corruption probe yet conducted in Latin America's largest nation.

Brazil's Temer at U.N. decries rise in nationalism, protectionism

UNITED NATIONS Brazilian President Michel Temer criticized a rise in nationalism around the world and said in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that protectionism was not the solution to economic difficulties faced by countries.

Approval rating for Brazil's Temer plummets: poll

SAO PAULO Approval for Brazilian President Michel Temer's government has plummeted, according to a poll published on Tuesday, as the scandal-plagued leader faces new corruption charges and struggles to push his economic reform agenda through Congress.

Brazil makes toll-road license rules more flexible - official gazette

SAO PAULO Brazil will extend the deadline for the execution of construction works foreseen in toll-road contracts, according to a decree published in the official gazette on Tuesday.

Brazil's new top prosecutor is sworn in, says will maintain graft fight

BRASILIA The new prosecutor general tasked with leading Brazil's anti-corruption drive was sworn in on Monday, and said she would continue her predecessor's campaign against graft in Latin America's biggest nation.

Brazil's inflation likely held near 18-year low in mid-September

SAO PAULO Brazil's inflation rate likely held near an 18-year low through mid-September, a Reuters poll of economists showed on Monday, sparking bets that it may end the year below the central bank's target.

Army commander dismisses general's hint at army intervention in Brazil: reports

SAO PAULO Brazil's Army commander dismissed a general's suggestion that members of the Army's High Command endorse some sort of "military intervention" if high courts fail to stem political corruption, the online services of Brazil's two biggest newspapers said.

Stronger forest protection key to Amazon replanting push - experts

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An ambitious Amazon restoration effort could help cut forest losses in Brazil - but only if it is combined with stronger policies to curb logging and agricultural expansion in forest areas, environmentalists and scholars say.

Defense for Brazil's Temer asks Supreme Court to send back new charges

BRASILIA Lawyers defending Brazilian President Michel Temer on Friday asked Supreme Court Justice Edson Fachin to send back to the prosecutor's general office the new graft charges that were presented against Temer on Thursday.

Merkel hangs on to power but bleeds support to surging far right

BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office on Sunday but will have to build an uneasy coalition to form a German government after her conservatives haemorrhaged support in the face of a surge by the far-right.