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  • BRASILIA, April 27- Brazil's government plans over time to remove tariffs on high-end capital goods in a bid to boost productivity and breathe life into its flailing economy, an adviser to President Dilma Rousseff told Reuters. Strategic Affairs Minister Roberto Mangabeira Unger, a Harvard philosophy professor tasked by Rousseff with laying out a new...

  • BRASILIA, April 24- Brazil is unlikely to have new railway projects in its plan to lure private investment to improve the country's aging infrastructure and aid the stagnant economy. Although the concession plan is expected to be smaller than the three previous ones in 2012, 2013 and 2014, President Dilma Rousseff hopes fresh investment will help offset the...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, April 24- Petrobras' decision to take a massive $17 billion write-down to account for overvalued assets and corruption-related costs is only the start of a broad overhaul needed to revive Brazil's troubled state-owned oil company. While many have focused on the $2.1 billion, or 12 percent of the write-down, related to money siphoned off in a...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, April 24- Petrobras' decision to take a massive $17 billion write-down to account for overvalued assets and corruption-related costs is only the start of a broad overhaul needed to revive Brazil's troubled state-owned oil company. While many have focused on the $2.1 billion, or 12 percent of the write-down, related to money siphoned off in a...

  • BRASILIA, April 24- Brazilian interest rates are set to rise sharply again next week, a Reuters poll showed on Friday, as the central bank attempts to boost its inflation-fighting credentials even as signs of a recession continue to grow. Forty-two of the 48 economists surveyed in the poll expect policymakers to raise the benchmark Selic rate by 50 basis points...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, April 23- Executives at Brazil's Petrobras on Thursday sought to move on from a giant corruption scandal that has plagued the state-run oil company, outlining a back-to-basics recovery plan that left some investors hoping the worst was over. On a call with investors the day after publishing long-delayed audited results for 2014, Chief...

  • BRASILIA, April 23- Royal Dutch Shell Plc has taken into account the risks presented by the Petrobras graft scandal to its expanding operations in Brazil and is confident the Brazilian state-run oil company will emerge stronger, Shell's CEO said on Thursday. Van Beurden briefed Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff for 1-1/ 2 hours on Thursday on his company's...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, April 23- Shares in Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras fell 5 percent on Thursday, a day after it reported the largest loss ever on $17 billion in charges, giving investors a deeper look at the fallout from a huge corruption scandal. Preferred shares pared losses after a sharp opening selloff in Sao Paulo as traders weighed the greater...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, April 22- Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras reported its biggest-ever loss on Wednesday, the result of a 50.8- billion-real write-down in the wake of a massive corruption scandal. A widening international probe of contract fixing, bribery and political kickbacks at the company, formally called Petroleo Brasileiro SA, led to lengthy...

  • BRASILIA, April 22- Brazil is considering freezing more than 80 billion reais in government spending this year, but some in the administration fear such aggressive belt-tightening could leave the economy in disarray, a senior official told Reuters on Wednesday. Faced with a stagnant economy, the government of left-leaning President Dilma Rousseff is...

  • Judge Sergio Moro also convicted black-market money dealer Alberto Youssef for laundering bribe money and sentenced him to nine years and two months in prison. It was initially the arrest of Youssef and then of Costa in March last year that set off the multibillion-dollar political kickback scandal, Brazil's biggest ever. Since the arrests of Youssef and...

  • ITABORAƍ, Brazil, April 20- For the 20 men hanging on at the Pousada do Trabalhador, a 600- bed boarding house on the dusty outskirts of this boom town northeast of Rio de Janeiro, the dream that Brazil's oil wealth would bring a better life was over. The men are the latest victims of Brazil's biggest-ever corruption scandal, a multi-billion dollar graft scheme...

  • President Dilma Rousseff's austerity measures to bring government finances under control have also gained traction in Brazil's divided Congress. Five-year local rates have dropped 64 basis points to 12.57 percent over the same period, part of a broad rally in Brazil's local currency-denominated debt. "Some things should do better now, particularly if you...

  • CURITIBA, Brazil, April 15- Brazilian police on Wednesday arrested the treasurer of the ruling Workers' Party Joao Vaccari, moving an investigation of rampant corruption at state-run oil company Petrobras closer to President Dilma Rousseff's inner circle. Vaccari's arrest could bring the investigation closer to the president if the money allegedly...

  • CURITIBA, Brazil, April 15- Brazilian police on Wednesday arrested the treasurer of the ruling Workers' Party Joao Vaccari, moving an investigation of graft and political kickbacks at state-run oil company Petrobras closer to President Dilma Rousseff's inner circle. He said all campaign donations to the Workers' Party from the construction and engineering...

  • SAO PAULO, April 14- A corruption probe at Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras is likely to promote less government intervention and more transparency, economists and analysts said on Tuesday. The investigation could, however, also stir more political infighting, extend the scandal to other state companies and even put the brakes on an expected economic...

  • SAO PAULO, April 13- Petrobras hopes to release third-quarter and full-year 2014 financial results after a board meeting on April 22, after more than five months of delays in the wake of a corruption scandal that has spread to the highest levels of government. The excess funds might have been funneled to political parties, including President Dilma Rousseff's...

  • ITU, Brazil, April 13- The Brazilian iPhone was meant to mark a new era. Foxconn has created only a small fraction of the 100,000 jobs that the government projected, and most of the work is in low-skill assembly. That Brazil has so little to show for the Foxconn investment underscores the shortcomings of its industrial policy, defined by costly tax incentives that...

  • PANAMA CITY, April 12- Cuba and the United States just made history. At a time of multiple risks to his foreign policy record- from Iran's nuclear program and the war in Syria to Russian involvement in Ukraine and the violence of Islamic State- getting on well with Cuba looks relatively easy. "I think there is a strong majority both in the United States and in Cuba that...

  • GOIANIA, Brazil April 10- The Brazilian economy will likely shrink this year, but the South American country could return to growth in 2016 if it succeeds in boosting investor confidence with its austerity drive, the International Monetary Fund said on Friday. The IMF lowered its 2015 forecast for Brazil's economic performance to a 1 percent contraction from...