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  • China, Venezuela deepen economic ties during visit Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 3:10 PM ET

    CARACAS, Venezuela— China approved a $4 billion credit line and a flurry of new cooperative agreements Monday with Venezuela, its chief economic partner in Latin America. Chinese President Xi Jingping and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced the initiatives during a joint news conference in Caracas.

  • Bolivian president vows to expand coca crops Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 1:28 PM ET

    LA PAZ, Bolivia— Bolivian President Evo Morales has been re-elected head of the country's largest union of coca growers and promises to expand crops if he wins a third term as the nation's leader. Morales told union members Sunday that Bolivia needs a new law regarding coca production.

  • BRASILIA, July 21- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff until recently appeared to be cruising toward re-election in October but she now finds herself in a tight race as an already sluggish economy takes a turn for the worse. Frustration in Brazil's biggest cities is also mounting.

  • New Peru law weakens environmental safeguards Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    LIMA, Peru— Dozens of international groups, the United Nations, and even Peru's own citizen ombudsman are objecting to a new law that weakens environmental protections in the Andean nation even as it prepares to host international climate-control talks this year.

  • BUENOS AIRES, July 18- Argentina signed deals on Friday to borrow $7.5 billion from China at a time when the Latin American country cannot tap global capital markets because of disputes over unpaid debt. China is Argentina's second-largest trading partner after neighbor Brazil.

  • Low corn prices favor new type of ethanol in Brazil Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 4:18 PM ET

    SAO PAULO, July 18- Low corn prices in Brazil following a bumper crop are worrying farmers but providing favorable margins for an incipient corn-ethanol industry, said the manager of Usimat, the first Brazilian mill to produce the corn-based biofuel.

  • Brazil talks trade with European Commission head Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 3:59 PM ET

    SAO PAULO— Brazil's president has met with the head of the European Commission to discuss ways to potentially increase trade between Europe and South America.

  • Ex-Colombia minister ordered jailed on corruption Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 9:22 AM ET

    BOGOTA, Colombia— A close ally of former President Alvaro Uribe was sentenced in absentia Thursday to more than 17 years in prison for diverting farm subsidies in one of the most prominent corruption cases tied to Uribe's conservative administration.

  • BUENOS AIRES, July 18- Argentina on Friday will sign deals to borrow $7.5 billion from China, its Cabinet chief said, at a time when the Latin American country cannot tap global capital markets due to disputes over unpaid debt.

  • China, Russia leaders seek South American inroads Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    During overlapping visits to Latin America, the leaders of China and Russia have been welcomed with open arms by governments that are among the most hostile to Washington, including Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

  • BRASILIA, July 17- China expanded its trade partnership with Brazil on Thursday with $7.5 billion in financing for Brazilian miner Vale, the purchase of 60 passenger jets from planemaker Embraer and renewed commitment to invest in infrastructure.

  • BRASILIA, July 17- Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer agreed to sell up to 60 commercial passenger jets to China and mining company Vale received two new credit lines from Beijing, as the presidents of the two countries signed agreements to deepen commercial ties.

  • *Portugal Telecom considering lawsuit targeting BES. LISBON, July 17- Banco Espirito Santo could be sued over a loan that one of its founding family's holding companies failed to repay to Portugal Telecom, sources said on Thursday, as credit rating agencies downgraded the bank and its key shareholder.

  • *Ecuador joins Colombia, Peru in group with EU trade deals. BRUSSELS/ QUITO July 17- Ecuador sealed a free-trade deal with the European Union on Thursday, giving the Andean nation greater access to the EU's 500 million consumers and offering the EU's fragile economy another market for its cars, whisky and luxury goods.

  • China, Brazil close plane, finance, infrastructure deals Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 12:59 PM ET

    BRASILIA, July 17- China and Brazil sealed their expanding commercial partnership on Thursday with a $5 billion credit line for Brazilian miner Vale and the purchase of 60 passenger jets from Brazilian planemaker Embraer.

  • *U.S., Britain to outperform peers in industrialised world. July 17- Global growth prospects have dimmed slightly, with the United States and Britain leading industrialised economies that are not generating much inflation even after years of aggressive monetary stimulus, Reuters polls found.

  • Brazil's Embraer signs deal to send 60 E-190s to China Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    Embraer will sell 40 planes to China's Tianjin Airlines, half of which will be the re-engined model known as E-190 E2, entering service in 2018. The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd will buy 20 aircraft, following an accord in 2012 to provide leasing for Embraer planes.

  • Bolivia legalizes work by children as young as 10 Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    EL ALTO, Bolivia— Alicia weaves through El Alto's stalled traffic under a blazing sun, hawking colorful woven flowers to grumpy drivers and lovers.

  • NEW YORK, July 17- President Barack Obama aimed a direct blow at Russia's economic heart on Wednesday with sanctions on Rosneft, the flagship oil giant that generates more than 4 percent of the world's crude and over 8 percent of the country's GDP.

  • WASHINGTON, July 16- President Barack Obama imposed the biggest package of U.S. economic sanctions yet on Russia on Wednesday, hitting Russia's largest oil producer Rosneft and other energy, financial and defense firms, with what he called significant but targeted penalties.