RIO DE JANEIRO— Nivea dos Santos got her first job as a live-in maid at age 12, dusting, vacuuming, ironing and polishing the silver of a wealthy Rio de Janeiro family from dawn until she'd fall, exhausted, into bed. More than two decades later, Brazil has passed legislation aimed at preventing such abuses.» Read More
An acceleration could leave Argentina facing claims of up to $30 billion, more than the government holds in foreign reserves.
CARACAS, Venezuela— Come to Venezuela and you might get a longer trip than you bargained for. The U.S. Embassy in Caracas issued an advisory Tuesday urging Americans to be careful when traveling to Venezuela because of the steep drop in airline service to the South American country.
HELENA, Mont.— The trustee representing Yellowstone Club creditors offered a reward Wednesday to anyone who can help uncover property or bank accounts the luxury resort's co-founder might have hidden from bankruptcy proceedings.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina— Argentina will make its next round of scheduled debt payments, the economy minister said Wednesday as he defended a new plan to pay creditors locally and avoid the jurisdiction of a U.S. court that forced the country into default last month.
SAO PAULO/ RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 20- Brazil cut the amount of capital that commercial banks must put on compulsory deposit with the central bank in an effort to free up more capital for loans and boost a stagnant economy, the bank said in a statement on Wednesday.
MEXICO CITY— Mexico's top environmental official said Tuesday that a mining company lied about a spill of millions of gallons of acids and heavy metals that contaminated two rivers and a dam downstream. "At the start, they told us it was excessive rain" that caused the containment pond to overflow, Guerra Abud said.
MEXICO CITY— Mexico says it expects to put out for bid $4.9 billion in electrical generation and natural gas pipeline projects as part of the opening of the nation's state-run energy sector. Mexico has high electricity rates, which officials say limits the growth of some businesses.
BRASILIA, Aug 18- Marina Silva's entry into Brazil's presidential race will almost certainly force the October election into a second-round runoff and the environmentalist could even unseat President Dilma Rousseff, according to a poll released on Monday.
MEXICO CITY— Environmental authorities filed a criminal complaint Monday against a copper mine that spilled 10 million gallons of acids into two rivers that supply water to tens of thousands of people in northern Mexico.
BRASILIA, Aug 15- Environmentalist Marina Silva could defeat President Dilma Rousseff if Brazil's October election goes to a second-round run-off, according to a new poll that saw the challenger entering the race in second place.
BRASILIA, Aug 15- Environmentalist Marina Silva will enter Brazil's presidential race in a strong second place, backed by 21 percent of voters, and could overtake President Dilma Rousseff in a second-round runoff, a poll showed on Monday.
BOGOTA, Colombia— Two years after Bogota's leftist mayor suspended bullfights at the capital's history-steeped bullring, a clutch of apprentice matadors is pressing for their reinstatement with a hunger strike.
SAO PAULO, Aug 15- Whichever way Brazil's steel industry looks it sees pain. "Only a crazy person would invest in Brazil right now," CSN Chief Executive Benjamin Steinbruch told a conference in Sao Paulo this week.
BUENOS AIRES, Aug 15- Major world food supplier Argentina will send a trade delegation to Russia next week to try to increase exports to the country, which this month banned many Western products in response to sanctions over its intervention in Ukraine.
Chief Executive Emilio Lozoya said in an interview late on Thursday that Pemex was very likely to start importing light crude from the United States in the next few months, to generate more value from the Mexico's six domestic refineries.
MEXICO CITY— Mexican environmental authorities have levied a $555,000 fine against a project to build a massive trade center south of Cancun to showcase Chinese products. It was unclear whether work on the project just south of Cancun could be closed, because the case is still before the courts.
Portugal's Galp and Spain's Repsol, more exposed than most to lucrative exploration zones deep under Brazil's seabed, as well as France's Total on Angola exposure, are seen as the pick of the bunch as BP and Royal Dutch Shell suffer from weak exploration results.
PANAMA CITY— It was supposed to be a grand celebration of the engineering triumph that forged a nation.
MEXICO CITY, Aug 14- Mexican state-owned oil company Pemex expects to lift output to 2.8 million barrels a day by 2018 and is likely to start importing light crude from the United States in the next few months to refine, Chief Executive Officer Emilio Lozoya said on Thursday.
BUENOS AIRES, Aug 14- Argentina's government will use an anti-terrorism law for the first time to seek criminal charges against a U.S.-based international printing firm which closed its Argentine plant without warning, the president said on Thursday.