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  • Left-leaning President Cristina Fernandez unveiled on Tuesday measures that would see the South American country make payments on debts held under foreign legislation in Argentina and push bondholders to bring their notes under Argentine law.

  • SAO PAULO/ BRASILIA, Aug 22- Many of Brazil's biggest retailers, homebuilders and carmakers are cutting jobs as Latin America's largest economy teeters on the edge of recession, a fresh blow to President Dilma Rousseff's re-election bid.

  • But the judge declined to hold Argentina in contempt despite the urging of the two leading holdout creditors, saying such a finding would not "add anything to the scales" to encourage a settlement.

  • Venezuela proposes fingerprinting grocery shoppers Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 3:15 PM ET

    CARACAS, Venezuela— Venezuelans could soon have to scan their fingerprints to buy bread. President Nicolas Maduro says a mandatory fingerprinting system is being implemented at grocery stores to combat food shortages by keeping people from buying too much of a single item.

  • HOUSTON/ CARACAS, Aug 21- Venezuela's shipments of crude oil and fuel to its allies have fallen to a five-year low as a weak economy hits its ability to uphold accords that former President Hugo Chavez struck to lower energy costs for friends and expand his diplomatic clout.

  • Amazon starts selling physical books in Brazil Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 12:14 PM ET

    SAO PAULO— Online retailer Amazon has started selling physical books in Brazil, two years after it began selling books in digital format in Latin America's biggest country. In a statement posted on the company's website, CEO Jeff Bezos says Amazon's new service will offer more than 150,000 titles in Portuguese starting Thursday.

  • NY judge scolds Argentina, but no contempt order Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 11:58 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday said Argentina's plans to evade his orders by failing to make required payments to U.S. bondholders is illegal and cannot be carried out, but he stopped short of finding the South American nation in contempt of court. District Judge Thomas Griesa called Argentina's actions toward U.S. bondholders "lawless."

  • HOUSTON/ CARACAS, Aug 21- Venezuela's shipments of crude oil and fuel to its allies have fallen to a five-year low as a weak economy hits its ability to uphold accords that former President Hugo Chavez struck to lower energy costs for friends and expand his diplomatic clout.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- The U.S. judge who barred Argentina from servicing its debt until it settled with investors demanding full payment on their bonds scheduled a new hearing on Thursday, after the country unveiled plans to sidestep his ruling that led it to default for the second time in a dozen years.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- A U.S. investment fund pressing for full repayment on Argentine debt is urging a U.S. judge to consider declaring Argentina in contempt after Buenos Aires announced plans to skirt court rulings that pushed it into default.

  • Brazil expands labor rights for domestic workers Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO— Nivea dos Santos got her first job as a live-in maid at age 12, dusting, vacuuming, ironing and polishing the silver of a wealthy Rio de Janeiro family from dawn until she'd fall, exhausted, into bed. More than two decades later, Brazil has passed legislation aimed at preventing such abuses.

  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to Sep 3 Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    Aug 21- For other related diaries, please. NEW DELHI- Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will attend a banking event in New Delhi. NEW DELHI- RBI Deputy Governor Rama Subramaniam Gandhi will participate in a panel discussion on G20- 0830 GMT.

  • SAO PAULO, Aug 20- Thrust by tragedy into the center of Brazil's presidential race, environmentalist Marina Silva is riding a groundswell of anti-establishment anger but her chances hinge on expanding her coalition and winning over mainstream voters and business leaders.

  • An acceleration could leave Argentina facing claims of up to $30 billion, more than the government holds in foreign reserves.

  • US warns travelers of canceled Venezuela flights Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:30 PM ET

    CARACAS, Venezuela— Come to Venezuela and you might get a longer trip than you bargained for. The U.S. Embassy in Caracas issued an advisory Tuesday urging Americans to be careful when traveling to Venezuela because of the steep drop in airline service to the South American country.

  • Argentina defends plan to pay creditors outside US Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:38 AM ET

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina— Argentina will make its next round of scheduled debt payments, the economy minister said Wednesday as he defended a new plan to pay creditors locally and avoid the jurisdiction of a U.S. court that forced the country into default last month.

  • SAO PAULO/ RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 20- Brazil cut the amount of capital that commercial banks must put on compulsory deposit with the central bank in an effort to free up more capital for loans and boost a stagnant economy, the bank said in a statement on Wednesday.

  • BRASILIA, Aug 18- Marina Silva's entry into Brazil's presidential race will almost certainly force the October election into a second-round runoff and the environmentalist could even unseat President Dilma Rousseff, according to a poll released on Monday.

  • BRASILIA, Aug 15- Environmentalist Marina Silva could defeat President Dilma Rousseff if Brazil's October election goes to a second-round run-off, according to a new poll that saw the challenger entering the race in second place.

  • BRASILIA, Aug 15- Environmentalist Marina Silva will enter Brazil's presidential race in a strong second place, backed by 21 percent of voters, and could overtake President Dilma Rousseff in a second-round runoff, a poll showed on Monday.