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  • SAO PAULO, Feb 27- The leader of a truth commission investigating abuses during Brazil's 1964-85 military dictatorship lambasted German automaker Volkswagen AG at a hearing on Friday for providing what he called "unsatisfactory" testimony regarding its alleged ties with the regime. In a contentious, nearly three hour-long session, Sao Paulo state...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 27- Striking truckers lifted their blockade of dozens of highways in Brazil after police began fining and arresting protesters, though strike organizers said they had no plans to end their stoppage now in its 10th day. Brazil is the world's No. 2 soy producer and a top global supplier. Silos at Paranagua, Brazil's second-largest soy export port, now...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 27- Brazil's embattled state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA said on Friday that the director of its corporate-services division will take a 90- day leave of absence for health reasons. Dutra, a former Brazilian Senator, served as Petrobras' chief executive officer for two and a half years from 2002 to 2005 and president of Brazil's...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 27- Striking truckers lifted their blockade of dozens of highways in Brazil on Friday after police began fining and arresting protesters who have slowed grain deliveries in the commodities powerhouse. But silos at Paranagua, Brazil's second-largest port for soy exports, now have enough soybeans to keep filling ships until March 3, rather than...

  • BRASILIA, Feb 27- Brazilian Finance Minister Joaquim Levy unveiled changes to payroll and export tax benefits on Friday that should help bolster fiscal savings, the latest measures in an austerity push aimed at improving public finances. Levy said in a news conference in Brasilia that a reduction in payroll tax breaks for certain companies would generate...

  • Private equity tops a list of potential investors in a sector that represents 10 percent of Brazil's gross domestic product and shows promise of growth but is hobbled by aging infrastructure, a dearth of qualified staff and rising costs. Two of those sources said a proposal by Carlyle Group LP to pay as much as 2 billion reais for a 30 percent stake in Rede D'Or...

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1600 GMT / 11:00 a.m. ET Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 11:37 AM ET

    WASHINGTON- U.S. economic growth brakes more sharply than initially thought in the fourth quarter as businesses slow their pace of stock accumulation and the trade deficit widens, but the underlying fundamentals remain solid. CHICAGO- Moody's Investors Service cuts Chicago's already-weak credit rating one notch to Baa2, citing the city's growing costs...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 27- Striking truckers lifted their blockade of dozens of highways in Brazil after police began fining and arresting protesters, though strike organizers said they had no plans to end their stoppage now in its 10th day. Brazil is the world's No. 2 soy producer and a top global supplier. Silos at Paranagua, the second-largest soy export port in Brazil,...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 26- Brazilian truckers continued a nine-day-old strike on Thursday, unmoved by an initial government offer to meet some of their demands or by threats of hefty fines. The strike, which spread from a few road blocks on Feb. 18 in the main soybean state of Mato Grosso to 91 blockades across nine states on Thursday, has caused lines at filling stations and...

  • SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil, Feb 26- Workers at a General Motors Co car factory in Brazil ended a six-day strike on Thursday after the company dropped plans to lay off 800 employees, the union said, ending the latest labor standoff in the troubled Brazilian auto industry. The re-elected leadership, which also organized a strike against planemaker Embraer SA last...

  • Judge orders suspension of WhatsApp in Brazil Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 1:54 PM ET

    SAO PAULO— A judge says he has ordered the suspension of the globally popular instant messaging system WhatsApp across Brazil because it has allegedly failed to help in an investigation. WhatsApp does not have an office in Brazil so the judge's order was delivered to cellphone operators. WhatsApp is owned by Facebook Inc., which last year paid nearly $22...

  • Brazil's government told truckers and transport companies late on Wednesday it would extend a year of free financing for vehicles from a state development bank and help truckers and transport companies work out a framework for setting freight rates. Although the flow of trucks was normal in Brazil's richest state of Sao Paulo, which guaranteed normal...

  • Volkswagen, Embraer summoned in Brazil dictatorship probe Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 11:46 AM ET

    SAO PAULO, Feb 26- A "truth commission" investigating crimes during Brazil's 1964-1985 military dictatorship has summoned Germany's Volkswagen AG and five local companies to testify whether their collaboration with the regime led to rights abuses. The other companies are Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer SA, industrial firms Grupo Aliperti and Cobrasma SA,...

  • Strike ends at General Motors plant in Brazil Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 10:42 AM ET

    SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil, Feb 26- Workers at General Motors Co's Brazilian car factory ended a six-day strike on Thursday after the company agreed to drop plans to lay off 800 employees, the union said. Stoppage days will not be deducted from wages and the company vowed not to retaliate against workers who walked off the job in the longest strike GM has faced in...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 26- Shares in Brazil's Vale SA plunged 5 percent on Thursday as the miner posted full-year net income well below analyst forecasts due to a weaker iron ore price and Brazilian currency. The halving of iron ore prices has hit the world's largest producer of the steelmaking ingredient as increased output from Australia coincided with slower...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO— Judicial officials have requested the removal of the magistrate overseeing the trial of former billionaire Eike Batista after he was caught driving a Porsche he'd ordered seized from the fallen magnate, the Federal Prosecutors' Office said. With a fortune estimated at $30 billion, Batista clocked in at No. 7 on the Forbes' billionaires list and...

  • SAO PAULO— The government and truck drivers unions have reached an agreement meant to end the weeklong protests by Brazilian truckers, but many drivers continued to block roads on Thursday, causing shortages of gasoline and other products. The Transportation Ministry said the government agreed Wednesday night to avoid fuel price increases for at least six...

  • It is still unclear whether the late night offer will satisfy the strikers, whose actions have disrupted food and fuel supplies in 10 of Brazil's 26 states. Highway operator Rota do Oeste in Brazil's top soybean state of Mato Grosso, where the strike started, said truckers are expected to maintain road blockages through the night. The truckers' strike has added to...

  • Feb 25- Soybean export premiums at the U.S. Gulf Coast were flat to weaker on Wednesday, easing in tandem with a lower CIF barge basis and pressured by seasonally slowing demand for U.S. supplies, traders said. *Soybeans were loading on at Brazil's large Santos and Paranagua ports on Wednesday after truckers had blocked access earlier this week, but access to Parana...

  • Agriculture Minister Katia Abreu said after a meeting with truckers in Brasilia on Wednesday afternoon that she was confident both sides would reach agreement. Truckers and transport companies failed to reach an agreement over freight rates by the end of the government-led talks Wednesday evening, said Blairo Maggi, a prominent senator from the leading...