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  • BRASILIA, Dec 22- Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff said on Monday she has no plans to replace the chief executive officer of state-run oil firm Petrobras, saying there was no evidence that senior management was involved in a graft scandal at the company. Speaking at a year-end breakfast with reporters in Brasilia, Rousseff also said she will take "drastic"...

  • BRASILIA/ SAO PAULO, Dec 19- Brazil pledged on Friday to suspend financial support for state development bank BNDES next year, marking a major policy shift that will help trim billions of reais in subsidies that have weighed down public finances. The decision was announced by Paulo Rogerio Caffarelli, the finance minister's No. 2 official, at the end of a...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Dec 19- Argentine farmers will increase protests ahead of presidential elections in October 2015 to push candidates toward reforming policies that growers say are killing their profits, said Omar Principe, the new head of one of the country's main farm groups. Principe, named head of the Argentina Agrarian Federation earlier this month, said...

  • Global oil impact: Who's hurting, happy, hopeful Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:12 PM ET

    Russia's currency has nose-dived, for instance, and investors worry Venezuela could default on its debt. The world's four biggest economies— U.S., China, Japan and that of the European Union— all benefit from lower oil prices. "Economically this is a good thing for the U.S., it's a good thing for Europe, it's a good thing for China and it's a good thing for most consumers,"...

  • Guyana warns of drop in gold production Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana— Officials in the South American country of Guyana say this year's gold production is expected to be lower than originally forecast. Miners Association spokesman Colin Sparman said Friday that hundreds of miners have abandoned the industry after suffering losses amid fluctuating prices. Gold is Guyana's main export.

  • Brazil graft cases: Beginning of impunity's end? Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:03 AM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO— A federal investigation into a kickback scheme at Brazil's state oil company has, so far, ensnared 30 executives. And in perhaps the most stunning turn of all, the oil and mining tycoon who once was Brazil's richest billionaire is on trial for something that, until recently, was not even seen as a crime: profiting from inside information.

  • SAO PAULO, Dec 18- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, dogged by a multibillion-dollar corruption scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras, vowed on Thursday to stamp out graft at the flagship firm and place it under strict corporate governance. In a speech in the capital, Brasilia, Rousseff urged Brazilians not to lose faith in the vital oil producer,...

  • BRASILIA, Dec 18- A congressional committee investigating a mushrooming corruption scandal at Brazil's state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA recommended on Thursday that prosecutors bring charges against 52 people for alleged money laundering and racketeering. It now goes before the two houses of Congress for debate and a final vote.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- A tiny mutual fund based in Miami, a clutch of cruise line operators and a Canadian natural resources company rank among the early winners in the Obama administration's surprise move on Wednesday to thaw relations with Cuba. While the Cuban economy is small, with gross domestic product of roughly $70 billion, according to the World Bank,...

  • Colombian rebels announce unilateral cease-fire Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 3:38 PM ET

    HAVANA— Colombia's largest rebel group announced an indefinite, unilateral cease-fire Wednesday, saying guerrillas will refrain from staging attacks so long as they aren't targeted by the U.S.-backed military. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia made the announcement in Cuba at the end of another round of peace talks aimed at ending Latin...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 17- Petroleo Brasileiro SA's Chief Executive Officer Maria das Graças Foster said on Wednesday that she had offered to resign because of a widening alleged bribery scandal but that Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff had turned her down. "I need to be investigated, we all need to be investigated, that takes time," Foster told journalists at...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- A tiny mutual fund based in Miami, a clutch of cruise line operators and a Canadian natural resources company are the early winners in the Obama administration's surprise move on Wednesday to thaw relations with Cuba. While the Cuban economy is small, with gross domestic product of roughly $70 billion, according to the World Bank, comparable to...

  • BRASILIA, Dec 17- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's approval rating has not suffered from a widening corruption scandal involving state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA and many Brazilians continue to trust her, a poll showed on Wednesday. Prosecutors have indicted nearly 40 people, including two former Petrobras directors and executives of...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 17- Senior management at Petroleo Brasileiro SA may have to resign to avoid further delays of the Brazilian state-run oil company's audited third-quarter earnings report, Chief Executive Officer Maria das Graças Foster said on Wednesday. Foster said she had spoken to President Dilma Rousseff about the potential resignations, including...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- The Obama administration as soon as Wednesday will announce its plans for curbing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, which the United States must do to meet its 2020 target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, people familiar with the issue said Tuesday. The government reaffirmed that goal last week at U.N. climate talks in Lima.

  • Dec 16- California pension plans would divest all assets related to the coal industry under a measure the leader of the state senate said he will propose to reduce support for an industry that critics blame for contributing to climate change. He had just returned from United Nations talks in Lima, Peru on international efforts to fight climate change.

  • Rio prosecutors file new case against Petrobras Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:30 PM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO— Officials from Rio de Janeiro public prosecutors' office said Tuesday that they've filed legal action against Brazil's scandal-mired oil company, Petrobras, as well as top builder Andrade Gutierrez. Authorities there allege top officials from Petrobras operated a kickback scheme on contracts worth upward of $4 billion, with money from the...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 16- Prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro said on Tuesday that they were seeking to indict the former chief executive officer of Brazilian state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA and a leading local construction and engineering firm for fraud. This list includes Jose Sergio Gabrielli, CEO from July 2005 to January 2012 and Renato Duque, the...

  • Goodyear to close Latin American office, move jobs Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 6:04 AM ET

    AKRON, Ohio— There's a report that Goodyear Tire& Rubber Co. plans to close an office in Argentina and move 30 to 50 jobs to Akron. DeShazior tells the Akron Beacon Journal for a story Tuesday that the office in Buenos Aires serves as a design hub in Latin America. DeShazior said Goodyear leaders shared the news with city officials Monday.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 15- Argentina has taken all the required steps so far to revamp its economic data but must still meet one more deadline as it seeks to bring the quality of its statistics in line with global standards, the International Monetary Fund's board said on Monday. The IMF, which requires accurate data to analyze the world's economies, censured Argentina...