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  • BUENOS AIRES, Sept 7- Argentina's central bank chief, Juan Carlos Fabrega, met his Chinese counterpart on Sunday to discuss how a currency swap worth billions of dollars will be put into action, the Argentine monetary authority said.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 7- Brazil's October presidential race has been shaken up by a corruption scandal allegedly involving state-run oil firm Petrobras and dozens of lawmakers, with both leading candidates forced onto the defensive after colleagues were implicated.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 2000 GMT/4 PM ET Sunday, 7 Sep 2014 | 4:08 PM ET

    LONDON- The British government is scrambling to respond to a lurch in the opinion polls towards a vote for Scottish independence this month by promising a range of new powers for Scotland if it chooses to stay within the United Kingdom.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 7- Brazil's October presidential race has been shaken up by a corruption scandal allegedly involving state-run oil firm Petrobras and dozens of lawmakers, with both leading candidates forced onto the defensive after colleagues were implicated.

  • Brazil lawmakers named in suspected kickback Saturday, 6 Sep 2014 | 1:47 PM ET

    SAO PAULO— An imprisoned former director of the country's state-controlled Petrobras oil company has named more than 30 lawmakers allegedly involved in a suspected money laundering and kickback scheme involving company contracts, Brazil's leading newsweekly said Saturday.

  • BOGOTA, Sept 5- Colombia's coffee production will be between 11.5 million and 12 million 60- kg bags in 2014, up from a previous estimate of 11.4 million bags, the head of the farmer-funded growers' federation said on Friday, thanks to good weather and tree renovation.

  • SANTIAGO, Sept 5- Chilean diversified retailer Cencosud posted a healthy increase in sales during the second quarter despite decelerating economic growth in some of its main markets. The result was partially offset by lower revenues in Argentina due to the devaluation of the local currency, Cencosud said on Friday.

  • Soybean planting in Brazil's leading agricultural states is only allowed after Sept. 15, following a period of three months in which the land must be left fallow to avoid the spread of disease in the tropical soil.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Sept 5- Many investors are interested in swapping global Argentine bonds for paper governed by local law, the government said on Friday, a day after the Senate approved the proposed debt exchange as a way to circumvent U.S. court rulings.

  • SANTIAGO, Sept 5- Chile's economy grew in July at its slowest pace in more than four years but above market forecasts, its central bank reported on Friday, raising the possibility that a slowdown may be close to touching bottom.

  • SAO PAULO, Sept 4- Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff said she would make changes in her cabinet if elected for a second term after a reporter asked her on Thursday if she planned to replace Finance Minister Guido Mantega.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Sept 4- Argentina's Senate on Thursday passed a bill aimed at circumventing U.S. court decisions regarding its defaulted debt by changing payment jurisdiction, sending the proposal to the lower house Chamber of Deputies for final approval. The chamber, like the Senate, is controlled by government allies who are expected to vote the bill into law.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Sept 4- Argentina's Senate on Thursday passed a bill aimed at circumventing U.S. court decisions regarding its defaulted debt by changing payment jurisdiction, sending the proposal to the lower house Chamber of Deputies for final approval. The chamber, like the Senate, is controlled by government allies who are expected to vote the bill into law.

  • Argentina swap plan gets cold reception in New York Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 3:06 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 4- Argentina's plan to emerge from its second default in 13 years by swapping defaulted debt for new local-law bonds is receiving a cold reception in New York, where officials from the country's finance ministry are meeting with investors.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Sept 4- Argentina's Senate on Thursday passed a bill aimed at circumventing U.S. court decisions regarding its defaulted debt by changing payment jurisdiction, sending the proposal to the lower house Chamber of Deputies for final approval. The chamber, like the Senate, is controlled by government allies who are expected to vote the bill into law.

  • Brazil's maternal milk banks model for globe Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 12:04 AM ET

    "Brazil is really the world leader in milk bank development," said Dr. Lisa Hammer, a University of Michigan pediatrician who was part of a team visiting the Rio de Janeiro- based network last week.

  • BRASILIA, Sept 3- Brazil held interest rates steady for a third straight time on Wednesday, signaling it is in no rush to help an economy that fell into recession just weeks before a heated presidential election.

  • CARACAS, Sept 3- President Nicolas Maduro has reshuffled his cabinet in a bid to boost his popularity but shows no sign of revamping Venezuela's troubled economy, meaning prospects of gasoline price hikes and a unification of Byzantine currency controls have dimmed.

  • CARACAS, Sept 3- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has reshuffled his cabinet in a bid to boost his popularity but shows no sign of revamping the troubled economy, meaning prospects of gasoline price hikes and a unification of Byzantine currency controls have dimmed.

  • CARACAS, Sept 2- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday named geophysicist Eulegio Del Pino to lead state oil company PDVSA, pushing oil czar Rafael Ramirez from a job he had held for a decade. Asdrubal Chavez, cousin of the late president Hugo Chavez, also replaced Ramirez as oil and mining minister.