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SAO PAULO, April 24- Brazil is investigating a potential case of atypical mad cow disease, the agriculture ministry said on Thursday, just over a year after several countries banned Brazilian beef imports when a similar case of the disease was confirmed.
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay— Uruguay's government is still writing the rules for its legal marijuana market, two weeks overdue now, and President Jose Mujica has asked that no details be released until the regulations are published Friday or Monday.
Repsol's board and shareholders already agreed to accept the package of dollar-denominated bonds, accepting less than half what Repsol President Antonio Brufau said the company's 51 percent stake was worth.
BRASILIA, April 24- Brazil's Supreme Court upheld late on Wednesday an opposition request for a congressional inquiry into alleged corruption at state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, a ruling that could upset President Dilma Rousseff's re-election plans.
CAMPINAS, Brazil, April 23- Brazil's third-biggest airline, Azul Linhas Aereas, unveiled plans on Wednesday to add 11 wide-body jets from European planemaker Airbus to start service to the United States. The selection of Airbus planes, first reported on Tuesday by Reuters, is another blow to U.S. rival Boeing Co in Latin America's biggest market.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina— If the latest development in culinary social media catches on, the trendiest restaurants may no longer be restaurants. Cookapp, which recently moved its headquarters from Buenos Aires to New York City, works like a matchmaker, arranging intimate gourmet dinners between strangers.
CARACAS, Venezuela— Staring through a glass storefront at the Sambil shopping mall, Aleimar Sanchez sees more than a struggling business in the near-empty shelves of a Casio electronics store. Since its inauguration in 1999, Caracas' biggest mall has been a hive of frenzied shopping, a glitzy counterpoint to the anti-capitalist tirades of the late Hugo Chavez.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana— People in the South American country of Guyana are pressuring the government to improve its 911 emergency system amid accusations that numerous calls about serious incidents are going unanswered.
SAO PAULO— Brazil's president signed into law on Wednesday a "Bill of Rights" for the digital age that aims to protect online privacy and promote the Internet as a public utility by barring telecommunications companies from charging for preferential access to their networks.
*But has set up Singapore desk, hopes for more business in SE Asia. HONG KONG, April 23- The harsh climate for metal brokers is getting worse amid rocketing costs for trading which some firms have been passing on to customers, said an executive at a unit of Japan's Mitsubishi Corp..
CHICAGO, April 22- Two Brazilian soybean cargoes initially sold to China have been switched to the United States, according to port and shipping data updated on Tuesday, the first clear evidence that the U.S. is absorbing some of China's excess Brazilian purchases that were at risk of default.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina— An Argentine prosecutor is pursuing a criminal investigation against the owners of the social network Taringa! and another website for downloads that he says violate the intellectual property of the late writer Jorge Luis Borges.
SAO PAULO/ BRASILIA, April 22- A global conference in Brazil on the future of the Internet in the wake of U.S. spying revelations might be much less anti-American than first thought after Washington said it was willing to loosen its control over the Web.
MEXICO CITY— Novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez left behind an unpublished manuscript that he chose not to print while he was alive, an editor told The Associated Press on Tuesday as the writer's compatriots held a musical tribute to him in his native Colombia. Garcia Marquez died at his Mexico City home on April 17.
*Eli Lilly buys Novartis' animal-health arm for $5.4 bln. PARIS, April 22- The purchase of Novartis' animal-health business will strengthen Eli Lilly's hand in emerging markets, tapping into growing demand there for protein-rich diets and household treatments for pets, a senior executive at the U.S. group said.
April 22- For other related diaries, please. MANILA- Asian Development Bank will launch its latest Asian Economic Integration Monitor, a semiannual review of Asia's regional economic cooperation and integration. COLOMBO- Sri Lanka Central Bank announces interest rate decision- 0130 GMT.
WASHINGTON— The U.S. Supreme Court appeared to be searching for a middle ground Monday in the decade-long battle between Argentina and holders of its defaulted bonds.
LIMA, Peru— The clock has run out for an estimated 40,000 illegal gold miners who had until Saturday to legalize their status in a region of southeastern Peru where fortune-seekers have ravaged rainforests and contaminated rivers.
RIO DE JANEIRO, April 18- Brazils federal police have opened an investigation into former billionaire Eike Batista for financial crimes, including insider trading, manipulation of markets and money laundering, Brazilian media reported on Friday.
CONAKRY, April 17- Guinea's government has accepted a report recommending the cancellation of two iron ore concessions held by BSG Resources and its joint venture partner, Brazilian miner Vale, a spokesman said on state television on Thursday.