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South America drought hits corn yields

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Drought in Central and South America is affecting corn yields, a boon for U.S. corn exporters but a cause of major worries for agriculture traders in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Mexico.

Argentine government, importers on warpath

BUENOS AIRES, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Argentina's government and importers are on the warpath after President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner slapped new taxes on the traders and refused to budge in the face of furious demands for change.

Brazil modernizing navy with new inventory

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Brazil is modernizing its navy to continue expansion of the naval forces' responsibilities in regular patrolling of lakes and rivers.

S. America energy demand drives investment

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Regional growth in energy demand is driving investment, including inward cash inflows in Latin America, a trend that is likely to continue this year.

Iran seeks South American support over crisis

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won support from Latin America's left-wing populist leaders in Venezuela and Nicaragua as he set off for talks in Havana with Cuban President Raul Castro and conclusive meetings in Ecuador.

South America cool toward U.S. free trade pact pitch?

SAO PAULO, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is pitching for more trade with Latin America at a time when potential partners hope to extract maximum concessions out of Washington whom they see as needier than their booming economies.

Mercosur mulls focus on arms suppliers to fight crime, trafficking

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Latin America's increasingly ambitious Mercosur regional bloc is aiming to focus on small arms suppliers that are seen behind the continent's endemic and seemingly insurmountable problem of violent crime.
Brazil stirs up furor over giant dam, Rio de Janeiro slum

Brazil stirs up furor over giant dam, Rio de Janeiro slum

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is storing up more political trouble over police action to push through a face-lift of slums and over a giant dam project that defies a growing body of critics.

More snags in Brazil's war on corruption

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Brazil's war on corruption is hitting more snags as the influential and powerful among those accused begin to fight back against both the government and the media.
Gripen upgrade likely to heat up FX-2 race

Gripen upgrade likely to heat up FX-2 race

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Saab's upgrade of its Gripen fighter's engine gives the Swedish defense manufacturer an edge in the race to win Brazil's multibillion-dollar FX-2 fighter competition.

Judiciary, Rousseff on collision course

BRASILIA, Brazil, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Brazil's judiciary and government are on a collision course as the debate over a multibilion dollar giant dam heats up.
Obama's schedule for Tuesday, Sept. 20

Obama's schedule for Tuesday, Sept. 20

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- President Obama is in New York Tuesday, meeting other world leaders ahead of the opening of the U.N. General Session, the White House said.
Countdown to World Cup 2014 begins

Countdown to World Cup 2014 begins

RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Brazil's president this week declared the official countdown to the 2014 World Cup to be under way.

Brazil oil bonanza triggers royalties war

RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Brazil's oil bonanza is threatening to ignite a royalties war between the country's oil-producing states and other regions not blessed with hydrocarbon reserves.

Brazilians vent anger over corruption

BRASILIA, Brazil, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Brazilians' anger over corruption in government departments and the legislature spilled into the streets in an ironic twist to a campaign spearheaded by President Dilma Rousseff and increasingly seen to be spinning out of her control.
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Brazil's national flag flies over Tiananmen Square's north rostrum as Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff visits Beijing on April 12, 2011. Rousseff is on a five-day state visit to China, during which she will push for a series of trade and investment deals. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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