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  • Venezuela says oil exports fell in 2014 to 2.33 mln Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 6:17 PM ET

    CARACAS, Jan 20- Venezuela's oil exports fell to 2.33 million barrels-per-day in 2014, from 2.43 million the previous year, Oil Minister Asdrubal Chavez said on Tuesday. OPEC member Venezuela, which is reeling from the plunge in global crude prices since mid-2014, is counting on joint ventures in the heavy-crude Orinoco region to boost output in future years.

  • Alitalia's new strategy envisions new routes from Rome to Dusseldorf, San Francisco, Beijing, Santiago, Chile, among other cities, and extra flights to New York, Chicago, Rio de Janeiro and Abu Dhabi, Etihad's hub. Strategy focuses on three Italian hubs: Milan's Malpensa airport for increased long-haul flights; Milan's Linate for more connections to partner...

  • SAO PAULO, Jan 19- Rolling blackouts swept across parts of Brazil on Monday as the grid operator ordered select power cuts to avoid a larger crisis, drawing attention to a fragile electric system that is buckling under the strains of record-breaking heat and dryness. Grid operator ONS said it orchestrated 2,200 megawatts of controlled outages in eight states...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 19- Three workers were seriously hurt in an explosion on Sunday at Petrobras' 323,000- barrel-a-day Landulpho Alves Refinery outside the northeastern city of Salvador, the second serious accident at Brazil's second-largest refinery in a week. The union will stage a wildcat protest strike until Tuesday morning, Cedro Silva, a director of...

  • *Workers suffered burns to 10-75 percent of bodies. RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 19- Three workers were seriously hurt in an explosion on Sunday at Petrobras' 323,000- barrel-a-day Landulpho Alves Refinery outside Salvador, Brazil, the second serious accident at Brazil's second-largest refinery in a week. Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as state-run Petrobras is formally...

  • NEW YORK— Conservative distrust of Pope Francis, which has been building in the U.S. throughout his pontificate, is reaching a boiling point over his plan to urge action on climate change— and to do so through a document traditionally used for the most important papal teachings. And he said he wanted his encyclical out in plenty of time to be absorbed before the next...

  • SAO PAULO, Jan 16- Brazilian police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of people protesting an increase in transit fares in Sao Paulo, the country's biggest city, on Friday, raising fears of more disruption after a similar demonstration turned violent last week. About 3,000 people gathered at Sao Paulo's main thoroughfare on Friday, according to local police...

  • CARACAS, Venezuela— When Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro returns from an urgent fundraising trip that has taken him to seven nations, he'll find his oil-dependent economy teetering on the edge and desperate countrymen searching empty store shelves for basic goods. But never before have we had an economic, political and social crisis at the same time, "said...

  • SAO PAULO— Workers at the Brazilian subsidiary of German automaker Volkswagen say they have ended the strike they started 10 days ago to protest the dismissal of 800 workers. The metalworkers union in the Sao Paulo suburb of Sao Bernardo Do Campo says on its website that the strike was called off after the company reversed the layoffs. The union says work will...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Jan 16- The company that led the breakneck expansion of Argentine soy cultivation over the last two decades has quietly reduced the area it farms by more than half as inflation, trade restrictions and high taxes drain growers' profits. Los Grobo, once known as the South American country's "King of Soy" has abdicated that throne in favor of what company...

  • SAN CRISTOBAL, Jan 16- Masked youths are once again blocking streets and burning tires in the Venezuelan city of San Cristobal, the epicenter of last year's massive anti-government protests. The groups are small and the unrest contained, but dissent is rising in this volatile Andean city, a barometer of frustration with nationwide shortages that are putting...

  • LIMA, Peru— Thousands of Peruvians marched in at least 11 cities Thursday night to protest against a new law that strips workers between ages 18 and 24 of some labor rights, and some of the demonstrations turned violent. In Lima, some of the more than 5,000 marchers clashed with tear gas-hurling police, pelting them with sticks and stones and setting fire to trash in...

  • Target workers, shoppers, dismayed at Canada pullout Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 1:57 PM ET

    TORONTO, Jan 15- Employees at Target Corp stores in Canada said they were stunned by the U.S. retailer's decision on Thursday to pull out of Canada, believing business had improved after an admittedly disastrous launch less than two years ago. I thought it was getting better, "said one Toronto Target employee who would only give her first name, Lima, for fear of...

  • *Faltering euro zone and China, disinflation biggest risks. BENGALURU, Jan 15- Global economic growth will be modest at best in the coming year as weak inflation persists, Reuters polls showed on Thursday, while a faltering euro zone and China could restrain it further. Economists polled over the past week by Reuters say the biggest risk to the global economy this...

  • SAO PAULO— Brazil on Wednesday for the first time approved the use of a marijuana derivative to treat people suffering from severe seizures and other conditions. Cannabidiol is not produced in Brazil and the agency said it will draw up legislation permitting it to be imported. Last month, the Federal Medical Council that regulates the medical profession in...

  • World's newest airliner begins first commercial flight Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 12:39 AM ET

    DOHA, Qatar— The world's newest jetliner, the Airbus A350, took to the skies Thursday carrying its first paying passengers from the Gulf Arab nation of Qatar. The Qatar Airways flight departed the Qatari capital of Doha in the morning and landed around 12:30 p.m. local time in Frankfurt, Germany. Thanks to its lower operating costs, the jet, marketed by Boeing as the...

  • BOGOTA, Jan 14- Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg launched a free Internet application in Colombia on Wednesday as part of a drive to bring developing markets online, but remained mute on when and if the company would look to move into China. Colombia is the first nation in Latin America and the fourth in the world to receive the new Internet.org...

  • BOGOTA, Colombia— Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg traveled to Colombia on Wednesday to bring his global Internet-access initiative to Latin America. In an event with President Juan Manuel Santos, the billionaire explained how even low-end mobile phone users in Colombia will now be able to access for free a limited number of websites thanks to a partnership...

  • BOGOTA, Jan 14- Facebook Inc on Wednesday launched a mobile phone application that gives Colombian users free access to a handful of online services, broadening Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg's effort to boost Internet usage in developing markets. Colombia is the first nation in Latin America to receive the new Internet.org service, in partnership...

  • BOGOTA, Jan 14- Facebook Inc on Wednesday launched a mobile phone application that gives Colombian users free access to a handful of online services, broadening Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg's effort to boost Internet usage in developing markets. Colombia is the first nation in Latin America to receive the new Internet.org service, in partnership...