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  • SAO PAULO, May 29- Panama's Copa Airlines plans to expand its route network out of Latin America despite the challenges it currently faces in Brazil, the region's biggest market, the company's chief executive officer said on Friday. The carrier, a subsidiary of Copa Holdings SA, sees further potential in a business model built on linking small and mid-sized Latin...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO/ BRASILIA, May 29- The Brazilian government is looking beyond fiscal austerity to avoid a recession, Finance Minister Joaquim Levy said on Friday, signaling what could be a new phase in the administration's strategy to pull the economy out of its lull. Picked by President Dilma Rousseff to undo many of the policy missteps threatening Brazil's...

  • BRASILIA/ RIO DE JANEIRO, May 28- Brazil's central bank risks causing unnecessary damage to a struggling economy if it raises interest rates even more in coming weeks, a growing number of economists and business leaders warn. Brazil's rate hike cycle, the most rigorous among major economies in 2015, is an effort to tamp down inflation, currently running at above 8...

  • BRASILIA, May 27- Brazil's Senate on Wednesday approved an austerity measure that cuts pension benefits as part of President Dilma Rousseff's drive to reduce a widening fiscal deficit and regain investors' confidence in the once-booming economy. On Tuesday, the Senate approved a similarly watered-down version of another measure curbing unemployment...

  • SAO PAULO, May 27- Russia on Wednesday banned the import of meat from 10 Brazilian processing plants starting on June 9, but the world's top beef exporter said the ban will not impact trade. Russia, the second biggest importer of Brazilian beef in 2014 after Hong Kong and a major importer of the country's pork, regularly bans imports from Brazilian meat packers.

  • SAO PAULO, May 27- Brazil is considering an expanded role for private companies in nuclear power generation, as it looks to meet rising electricity demand and provide backup for a hydro system pushed to its limits, Energy Minister Eduardo Braga said on Wednesday. Braga, who calls nuclear power "a necessity but not a priority," wants up to four new reactors to provide...

  • SAO PAULO, May 26- A Brazilian judge sentenced a former international director at state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA to five years in prison for money laundering on Tuesday, the second company executive convicted in an ongoing corruption probe. Federal Judge Sergio Moro said there was ample evidence that the former director, Nestor Cervero, set up a...

  • SAO PAULO, May 26- A Brazilian judge sentenced a former international director at state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA to five years in prison for money laundering on Tuesday, the second company executive convicted in an ongoing corruption probe. Federal Judge Sergio Moro said there was ample evidence to support charges by prosecutors that the former...

  • SAO PAULO, May 26- Brazil will likely experience a moderate El Nino by the end of the year, bringing steady rain to the country's main grain producing regions and sustained drought in the arid north, the national meteorological institute, Inmet, said. El Nino can lead to scorching weather across Asia and east Africa, but heavy rains and floods in parts of South...

  • LOS ANGELES— It's a meet-and-greet worthy of an A-list star. "A year ago, I went to New York and tried to get a book publisher to take a meeting with me," said Graham, who represents Franta and other mega-popular YouTubers. Here we are a year later at Barnes& Noble in Los Angeles with a New York Times best-selling author who is a client.

  • BRASILIA/ RIO DE JANEIRO, May 22- Brazil will freeze 69.9 billion reais worth of spending on investment, education and health programs this year, limiting outlays in a bid to convince investors that President Dilma Rousseff is committed to saving the nation's investment-grade rating. Still, most analysts believe the freeze will not be enough to meet Brazil's...

  • *Bundesbank chief says can't always be about buying Greece time. RIGA, May 22- European leaders told Greece on Friday to return to the negotiating table for "intensive work" to wrap up a reform agreement before cash runs out, sidestepping Athens' demand for a comprehensive, long-term solution to its troubles. The leaders offered help, but told Tsipras to get back to...

  • NEW HAVEN, Conn.— Two former Wesleyan University students pleaded not guilty Friday to federal charges they distributed synthetic party drugs that resulted in on-campus overdoses and sent 11 people to hospitals. The defendants, Zachary Kramer, 21, of Bethesda, Maryland, and Eric Lonergan, 22, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, appeared in federal court in New Haven.

  • PARIS— The Eiffel Tower closed to the public for most of the day Friday as workers protested a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors daily. The walkout came a day after Paris authorities announced that crime against tourists in the French capital had dropped this year thanks to reinforced police...

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to June 1 Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    ANKARA- Central bank of Turkey to hold monthly monetary policy committee meeting. PRAGUE- International Monetary Fund holds a press conference at the end of its annual mission to the Czech Republic- 1315 GMT. BRASILIA- International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde visits Brazil to participate in a central bank seminar about inflation targeting.

  • Mercedes-Benz fires 500 workers at Brazil truck plant Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 7:09 PM ET

    SAO PAULO, May 19- The Mercedes-Benz truck unit of Germany's Daimler AG said on Tuesday it had dismissed 500 workers at a Brazilian truck plant and is putting about 7,000 others on paid leave as it suspends production in the face of plunging sales. Truck sales in Brazil tumbled about 40 percent in the first four months of this year compared with the same period of...

  • SAO PAULO, May 19- Whirlpool Corp and Anheuser-Busch InBev on Tuesday started selling a countertop appliance that makes soda, juice and coffee with single-serve capsules, marking the start of a joint venture worth more than $70 million. Last year, the Coca-Cola Co invested an initial $1.25 billion in Keurig Green Mountain Inc as part of a plan to sell its soft...

  • On his first official trip to Latin America, Li saw a raft of agreements signed, ranging from a $1 billion purchase of passenger jets made by Brazil's Embraer to the lifting of an import ban on Brazilian beef and a long-discussed plan to build a railroad over the Andes to the Pacific. The fund was another sign of China flexing its financial might in Latin America, a...

  • BRASILIA, May 19- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will push trade, finance and investment deals worth tens of billion of dollars on Tuesday to help Brazil upgrade its dilapidated infrastructure and boost a slumping economy. On his first official trip to Latin America, Li will meet President Dilma Rousseff and attend the signing of a raft of agreements ranging from a...

  • Chinese PM starts South American investment tour Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 12:09 AM ET

    BRASILIA, Brazil— China's Premier Li Keqiang and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff agreed on Tuesday to embark on studies for an ambitious railway linking Brazil's Atlantic coast with a Pacific port in Peru, and announced billions in other investments and trade deals. "A new path to Asia will open for Brazil," said Rousseff. "We're moving into a different era,...