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  • CURITIBA, Brazil, Aug 3- Brazil's federal police on Monday arrested former government minister Jose Dirceu, one of the most senior members of the ruling Workers' Party to be jailed so far in a probe of alleged corruption at state-run oil company Petrobras. Federal prosecutor Carlos Fernando dos Santos Lima said during a press conference that Dirceu was one of the...

  • BRASILIA, Aug 3- Brazil's federal police on Monday arrested former government minister Jose Dirceu, ensnaring the most senior member of the country's ruling party yet in a massive investigation into alleged corruption at state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA. Police will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. Brasilia time to provide further details.

  • Mexico City officials said Sunday they are pursuing all lines of investigation in the death of Ruben Espinosa, whose tortured body was found along with four slain women in an apartment in Mexico's capital. Espinosa fled Xalapa, the capital of the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz, for Mexico City in June after he said that unknown people were following him, taking his...

  • A bank note with the face of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and the word "devaluated" at a market in Caracas.

    Venezuela's civil strife appeared to deepen over the weekend, with at least one man killed and 60 others arrested during riots, local media reported.

  • MEXICO CITY— Mexico's largest pet store chain has agreed to stop selling 47 species of birds and other animals native to Mexico, 18 of which are considered at risk or in danger of extinction. The Maskota store chain also has agreed with the government to stop selling 154 non-native species, 138 of which are considered invasive if released into the environment.

  • BRASILIA, July 31- Brazil's antitrust regulator CADE and federal prosecutors signed a leniency deal on Friday with engineering company Camargo Correa aimed at obtaining evidence of alleged price-fixing of contracts to build a nuclear power plant. Camargo Correa was the first of Brazil's construction firms to have its top executives convicted of...

  • MEXICO CITY— Residents of a heavily Indian area have approved the installation of a huge wind power project in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southern Mexico, the Oaxaca state government said Friday. The company behind the project and the Oaxaca government teamed up to offer residents an average 45 percent reduction in power costs. Hundreds of wind power...

  • QUITO, July 31- Ecuador's state oil company Petroecuador has signed a crude oil supply agreement with a division of Thailand's state-run PTT under which the Andean country will receive a $2.5 billion up-front payment, according to a statement from the company. Petroecuador International Trade Manager Nilsen Arias confirmed the deal to Ecuador's El...

  • MEXICO CITY, July 31- Mexican energy infrastructure firm IEnova, a unit of U.S.-based Sempra Energy, said on Friday it will buy out the 50 percent stake in the pipeline company Gasoductos de Chihuahua owned by Mexican state-run oil company Pemex. Gasoductos de Chihuahua's assets include three natural gas pipelines, including part of the cross border Los...

  • July 31- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is investigating the latest outbreak of cyclosporiasis in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been notified of about 358 confirmed cases of the infection until Thursday, the FDA said in a statement on its website. Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Kroger Co are pulling some cilantro...

  • Brazil's Petrobras receives more than $20 million Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 11:44 AM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO— Brazil's state-owned oil company has received the equivalent of more than $20 million that was recovered as a result of an investigation into a corruption-kickback scandal engulfing Petrobras. The Federal Prosecutor's Office says in a statement that 69 million reals were returned to Petrobras on Friday. The statement says the amount...

  • BRASILIA, July 31- Two senior executives at Brazil's state-run power company Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA told Reuters on Friday that they had requested leave as a corruption investigation sweeps the country's largest electric utility. Valter Cardeal, head of generation at the holding company known as Eletrobras, and Adhemar Palocci, head of planning...

  • Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks to the media following a meeting with UN chief Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations headquarters in New York on July 28, 2015

    Venezuelans are struggling to call abroad as telephone carriers fall behind on payments to international partners amid a currency crisis.

  • Caracas shopkeeper Wilmer Ruiz realized last week that he couldn't call his family in Cuba or a friend who immigrated to Ecuador. Both countries have been staunch allies of Venezuela's 16- year socialist revolution. Internet calling services like Skype go only so far toward resolving the issue.

  • July 30- Barrick Gold Corp agreed on Thursday to sell 50 percent of its Zaldivar copper mine in Chile to copper miner Antofagasta Plc for $1 billion in cash, and both parties stressed that this was just the start of more cooperation. Both Barrick and Antofagasta said the deal was a launch pad for future co-operation, likely in Chile where Barrick owns large, unbuilt...

  • CARACAS, Venezuela— Venezuela's largest food distributor on Thursday denounced the government occupation of a Caracas warehouse amid accusations that the company is hoarding goods. Soldiers took over the warehouse complex used by Empresas Polar late Wednesday just as Venezuela's federation of brewers announced that Polar's beer manufacturing...

  • Mexico ups dollar auction to $200 million to boost peso Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 2:58 PM ET

    MEXICO CITY— Mexico's central bank said Thursday it will increase dollar auctions from $52 million to $200 million per day through the end of September to stabilize the badly weakened peso. The Bank of Mexico also announced it would lower the level of currency market volatility needed to trigger the auction of an additional $200 million.

  • SAO PAULO, July 30- Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA said on Thursday it will delay development of a military cargo jet and forgo $300 million of revenue this year due to Brazil's weaker currency and defense spending cuts, triggering the biggest drop in its shares in nearly four years. Embraer now plans to deliver its first KC-390 cargo aircraft to the Brazilian...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, July 30- Vale SA, the world's biggest iron ore producer, returned to profit in the second quarter, bolstered by higher output and cost cuts as it kept up pressure on Australian rivals in its fight for market share. A big part of the improved result was a reduction in cash costs, with Vale lowering its cost of producing a tonne of iron ore to $15.8 per tonne,...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, July 30- Vale SA, the world's biggest iron ore producer, returned to profit in the second quarter, bolstered by higher output and cost cuts as it kept up pressure on Australian rivals in the fight for market share. A big part of the improved result was a reduction in cash costs, with Vale lowering its cost of producing a tonne of iron ore to $15.8 per tonne,...