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  • 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,...

  • 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 cutting and keeping 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...

  • *Brazil, Argentina seen offering soybeans in peak U.S. season. SINGAPORE/ BEIJING, July 30- South America's soybean exports are on track to dominate sales to top buyer China for a record period this year, threatening to displace U.S. exports during what is traditionally the peak sales time for rival North American shipments. For more than a decade, China has sourced...

  • BRASILIA, July 29- Finance Minister Joaquim Levy's role as Brazil's dominant economic policymaker is slipping as he tries to push through unpopular austerity measures aimed at saving the country's investment grade rating. To make things worse, Standard& Poor's on Tuesday threatened to strip Brazil of its coveted investment-grade rating, raising pressure...

  • SAO PAULO, July 29- Brazilian federal police are investigating potential irregularities in a military program that aims to build a nuclear-powered submarine in partnership with France by 2023, newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported on Wednesday. Former President Luiz Inacio da Silva's government agreed in 2008 to purchase five submarines, including a...

  • Brazil police arrest 2 for alleged bribery scheme Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 12:46 PM ET

    The Federal Prosecutor's Office says in a statement that police on Tuesday detained Othon Luiz Pinheiro da Silva, president of Eletronuclear, a subsidiary of Brazil's electric utilities company, Eletrobras. According to the prosecutor's office, Silva, who is on leave as Eletronuclear's chief executive officer, received 4.5 million reals in bribes from...

  • BRASILIA, July 29- Finance Minister Joaquim Levy's role as Brazil's dominant economic policymaker is slipping as he tries to push through unpopular austerity measures aimed at saving the country's investment grade rating. To make things worse, Standard& Poor's on Tuesday threatened to strip Brazil of its coveted investment-grade rating, raising pressure...

  • UPDATE 1-UN sees Latin America barely growing in 2015 Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 10:46 AM ET

    SANTIAGO, July 29- Latin America is expected to register anemic 0.5 percent growth in 2015, down from a prior estimate of 1.0 percent, the United Nations' regional arm said on Wednesday, as China decelerates and investment falls. The economy of regional powerhouse Brazil will likely contract 1.5 percent, while Mexico is seen growing 2.4 percent, the Santiago-...

  • SAO PAULO, July 29- Brazilian federal police are investigating potential irregularities in a military program that aims to build a nuclear-powered submarine in partnership with France by 2023, newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported on Wednesday. Former President Luiz Inacio da Silva's government agreed in 2008 to purchase five submarines, including a...

  • BRASILIA, July 29- Brazil's central bank was poised to maintain its aggressive pace of interest rate hikes on Wednesday after a steep cut in fiscal savings targets weakened the real currency and stirred doubts about the government's commitment to help contain price increases. The Brazilian real has slid nearly 4 percent against the U.S. dollar to its weakest...

  • BRASILIA, July 29- Brazil's central bank is widely expected to raise its policy interest rate on Wednesday after a steep cut in fiscal savings targets weakened the real currency and stirred doubts about the government's commitment to help contain price increases. Standard& Poor's threat on Tuesday to strip Brazil of its coveted investment-grade rating in...

  • TV depiction of Colombia's only saint angers her devotees Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    BOGOTA, Colombia— For weeks, billboards on buses and television spots have been announcing what promises to be Colombia's next big prime-time sensation. But the planned debut Wednesday of a TV soap opera dramatizing the life of Colombia's only Roman Catholic saint is shrouded in controversy after devotees of the missionary nun known universally as Madre...

  • LIMA, July 28- Southern Copper Corp said on Tuesday its net income dropped 12.6 percent drop in the first half of the year due to the slump in global metal prices, but it said it was well-positioned to weather the "temporary downturn". "Even though the current economic scenario is affecting metal prices, we believe this is a temporary headwind that will eventually...

  • *Protesters block Codelco mine access roads across Chile. SANTIAGO, July 28- A week-long strike by Codelco contract workers in Chile briefly stopped work at its second-largest copper mine on Tuesday, as Codelco Chief Executive Officer Nelson Pizarro negotiated with companies that employ the striking workers. Its small Salvador mine, which produced 54,000...

  • UNITED NATIONS, July 28- Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro said he asked U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon for U.N. mediation in his country's century-old border dispute with neighboring Guyana. Guyana is a small former British colony of around 740,000 people on the northeast shoulder of South America.

  • S&P revises Brazil's outlook to negative Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 2:14 PM ET

    SAO PAULO— Standard& Poor's Ratings Services said on Tuesday it has revised the outlook for Brazil's foreign-currency debt from stable to negative. The ratings agency said in an emailed statement that it has kept Brazil's BBB- long-term foreign-currency sovereign credit rating and the country's BBB+ long-term local-currency sovereign credit rating.

  • SAO PAULO, July 28- General Motors Co plans to double its investment in Brazil to 13 billion reais through 2019 and introduce a new family of vehicles into the country, the U.S. carmaker's executives said on Tuesday. Speaking at a press conference in Sao Paulo, Jaime Ardila, the head of GM in South America, said the company's investment in Brazil would be aimed at...

  • GM to double Brazil investment through 2018 Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 1:01 PM ET

    SAO PAULO, July 28- General Motors Co plans to double its investment in Brazil to 13 billion reais through 2018 and introduce a new family of vehicles into the country, executives at the U.S. carmaker said on Tuesday. Speaking at a press conference in Sao Paulo, Jaime Ardila, the head of GM in South America, said the company's investment in Brazil would be aimed at...