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  • CAMPOS DO JORDÃO, Brazil, Aug 29- Finance Minister Joaquim said on Saturday he now favors reviving an old tax on financial transactions to cope with Brazil's fiscal crunch in a slumping economy, and warned that without new taxation the country could face a crisis like Greece's. Many economists believe Brazil will not see signs of a recovery until well into 2016..

  • RIO DE JANEIRO— The bottom seems to have fallen out of Brazil's economy, with the government reporting Friday that the gross domestic product plunged 1.9 percent in the second quarter alone, once again throwing the nation into a technical recession. Like most Latin American nations, Brazil has been hurt by the plunge in commodity prices and the slowdown in China,...

  • SAO PAULO— Police say they have asked prosecutors to file charges against the former head of Eletronuclear, the state-owned company that operates Brazil's two nuclear power plants, for his suspected role in a bribery scandal. A federal police spokesman who was not authorized to be quoted by name said late Thursday that the department wants prosecutors to...

  • SAO PAULO, Aug 28- Brazil's economy shrank 1.9 percent in the second quarter, sinking into a recession that has hammered the popularity of President Dilma Rousseff as she struggles to save the country's investment-grade credit rating amid a vast corruption scandal. "The drop in consumption shows the crisis of confidence the economy is facing," said Newton Rosa,...

  • SAO PAULO, Aug 28- Brazil's economy shrank 1.9 percent in the second quarter, sinking the country into a recession that has decimated the popularity of President Dilma Rousseff as she struggles to save the country's investment-grade credit rating amid a vast corruption scandal. The quarterly contraction, reported by government statistics agency IBGE on...

  • Petrobras fuel tank explodes in Brazil, killing two Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 4:42 PM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 26- A heating unit at a Petrobras depot in Brazil used to treat fuel for ocean-going ships exploded on Wednesday, killing two workers, the state-run oil company said in a statement. The blast and resulting fire broke out about 10 a.m. while workers were doing planned maintenance on the heating unit, said the press office of BR Distribuidora SA, the...

  • BRASILIA, Aug 26- Brazil's government is preparing a deal to allow construction companies implicated in a massive corruption scandal to do business again with state-run oil company Petrobras in exchange for the payment of fines and damages, a government official briefed on the matter said on Wednesday. Late last year, Petroleo Brasileiro froze payments to...

  • Rio de Janeiro city council votes to ban Uber Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 6:44 PM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 25- Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday became the latest city to move against Uber as its city council voted to ban unregulated ride-sharing services. In a statement, San Francisco- based Uber Technologies Inc said it would continue to operate normally in the city and that the vote was one against technology and the right of citizens to choose how they get...

  • BRASILIA, Aug 24- Brazil will sharply pare back the number of government ministries after years of expansion, the administration said on Monday, in a move to show wary markets President Dilma Rousseff's commitment to an unpopular austerity plan. The reduction of the cabinet posts could further complicate Rousseff's relations with political parties of her...

  • BRASILIA, Aug 24- Brazil's government announced on Monday it will slash the number of ministries and reduce its spending, in an effort to show commitment to austerity that could be politically costly for President Dilma Rousseff. Brazil's ruling Workers' Party has been criticized for bloating the size of government. The distribution of ministry jobs has been...

  • Stay away from these countries for now Sunday, 23 Aug 2015 | 6:53 PM ET
    Stay away from these countries for now

    Charles Blankley, CIO at Gemmer Asset Management, says investors should avoid countries that are commodity producers and exporters such as China, Brazil and Russia.

  • TORONTO/ VANCOUVER/ SYDNEY, Aug XX- Many of the world's junior miners are laying down their picks and shovels to start new ventures ranging from egg exporting to medical marijuana farming, as they as try to survive a crash in metals prices by shifting away from exploration. Canada made it legal to buy marijuana from licensed producers with a doctor's prescription...

  • Brazil has 2 kinds of problems, and both are bad Friday, 21 Aug 2015 | 3:03 PM ET
    Demonstrators attend a protest against Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, part of nationwide protests calling for her impeachment, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 16, 2015.

    Brazil is struggling with the confluence of two separate, but interrelated crises: one economic, and the other political.

  • SAO PAULO— The speaker of Brazil's lower house of congress on Friday strongly denied newly filed charges of corruption and said he won't resign from office. Attorney General Rodrigo Janot filed the charges Thursday against Chamber of Deputies speaker Eduardo Cunha and former President Fernando Collor, who is now a senator. In a meeting with union leaders in...

  • BRASILIA, Aug 17- McDonald's Corp, the world's biggest fast-food chain, was accused of mistreating its employees and dodging taxes on Thursday during a Senate hearing in Brazil, where politicians, union leaders and workers from five continents voiced allegations. Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc, the world's largest McDonald's franchisee and its main operator in...

  • Flamboyant Trump evolved into cautious businessman Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 11:42 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Donald Trump sells himself as a bold empire builder, the kind of businessman who could force through big changes in Washington as president. But that's not his money, "says Don Peebles, a real estate developer who oversees a $5 billion real estate portfolio. In the past decade, Trump has struck deals to put his name on at least a dozen properties built and...

  • ADDIS ABABA, Aug 20- Ethiopian Airlines is powering ahead with a plan to expand its fleet and route network after exceeding its profit target for the 2014/ 15 year, its chief executive said in an interview. Ethiopian Airlines flew six million passengers in the prior year, up from 5.22 million in 2012/ 13.. Ethiopian Airlines plans to increase revenue to $10 billion by...

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to Sept 2 Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    JAKARTA, Indonesia- Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco releases text of speech of President John Williams before the Bank Indonesia-BIS Research Conference in Jakarta- 0645 GMT. SEOUL, South Korea- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota speaks before the "Macroeconomic Policy and Price Measurement Issues in a Low Inflation...

  • SAO PAULO, Aug 19- Brazil's state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA said in a securities filing on Wednesday it was not in negotiation to pay a fine to settle criminal and civil investigations in the United States. The law firms report to Ellen Gracie Northfleet, former chief justice of Brazil's Supreme Court and Andreas Pohlmann. Gibson, Dunn& Crutcher LLP said...

  • SAO PAULO, Aug 19- Banco do Brasil SA on Wednesday raised its limits on loan exposure to the nation's largest firms, a sign that President Dilma Rousseff is again using state-controlled lenders to help stem the fallout from a deep recession. Banco do Brasil shares fell almost 5 percent in São Paulo, their biggest drop in a month, amid investor concerns that the...