Argentina goes for second-hand jets for air force

BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- As compromises go, Argentina is buying used French Mirage jets from Spain rather than pour scarce cash into an ambitious but more desirable acquisition of new aircraft.

Brazil's drive for clean politics comes at cost

BRASILIA, Brazil, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff pledged to clean the country's politics when she took office Jan. 1, 2011, but her actions are having some unpredictable consequences.
Brazil's president calls for end to Internet spying in U.N. speech

Brazil's president calls for end to Internet spying in U.N. speech

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The president of Brazil used her speech at the United Nations Tuesday to scold the United States over its international intelligence activities.

Brazil's soybean bonanza hampered by choking ports

RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Brazil is set to overtake the United States as the world's largest soybean producer but its exporters face a potentially crippling bottleneck -- congested ports.
Brazilian president postpones state visit over NSA concerns

Brazilian president postpones state visit over NSA concerns

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has postponed a state visit in Washington due to "concerns" over U.S. intelligence gathering in Brazil, the White House said.

Cyberdefense moves open Latin American opportunities

BUENOS AIRES, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Brazil will help Argentina organize and coordinate cyberdefense development in the two countries' military infrastructures, opening new opportunities for Brazilian business.

Brazil poverty overshadows hype over World Cup, Olympics

SAO PAULO, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Brazil's sharp income disparity, highlighted by Pope Francis and charities, is raising anxieties about next year's World Cup and summer Olympics two years later.
Brazilian lawmakers to interview Snowden over spying allegations

Brazilian lawmakers to interview Snowden over spying allegations

BRASILIA, Brazil, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Brazilian lawmakers say they plan a trip to Russia to meet with Edward Snowden over reports of U.S. spying on Brazil's president and the national oil company.

Obama pledges probe of reported NSA spying on Brazil, Mexico

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- President Obama pledged Friday to investigate a report that the United States spied on Brazilian and Mexican leaders.

Brazilian senator says report of NSA spying 'difficult to imagine'

BRASILIA, Brazil, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The chairman of the Brazilian Senate's Foreign Relations Committee says he was stunned about allegations of the United States spying on his country.

Despite hiccups, Latin America heading for growth

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Brazil may be slowing down and Argentina may be struggling with its foreign currency holdings, but Latin America on the whole is heading for strong growth, new research indicates.

Brazil struggles to overcome pre-Cup bottlenecks

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Brazil is struggling to overcome major bottlenecks in administration and infrastructure as it opens sale of tickets for next year's FIFA World Cup.

Brazil air force future in balance amid cutbacks, delays

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- It began as an ambitious multibillion dollar plan to give Brazil a brand-new air force to suit its status as an aspiring regional power, but nearly eight years on the acquisition program has hit more delays.

Brazilian infrastructure problems multiply amid labor unrest

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Labor unrest and popular protests threaten to derail Brazilian plans to have the country's infrastructure ready for the soccer World Cup next year and the summer Olympics in 2016.

Airport workers' strike has little impact on Brazilian airports

SAO PAULO, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Striking airport workers in Brazil slowed traffic near airports, but little impact on takeoffs and landings around the country, aviation officials said.

Pope Francis heads back to Vatican after Brazil trip

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 28 (UPI) -- Pope Francis jetted back to the Vatican Sunday night, hours after leading an estimated 3 million faithful in a mass held on a Rio de Janeiro beach.
Brazil's Dilma Rousseff damaged by protests, trade slump

Brazil's Dilma Rousseff damaged by protests, trade slump

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 25 (UPI) -- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has seen a dip in approval ratings blamed by opponents on wasteful state spending and by business on trade policies.
Pope prepares for visit to shrine where explosive device was found

Pope prepares for visit to shrine where explosive device was found

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 23 (UPI) -- A small explosive device was found near a religious shrine in Brazil that Pope Francis was to visit Wednesday, military police in Sao Paulo said.

Mercosur mired in row over Paraguay's suspension

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, July 18 (UPI) -- Latin America's leading trade bloc Mercosur emerged from its latest summit conference in the Uruguayan capital more divided than before the talks began.

Street protests spread chaos across Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 11 (UPI) -- Protesters brought Brazil's main highways to near standstill amid continuing popular anger over alleged misuse of public funds and neglect of basic services.

Troubled Brazil won't recruit Cuban doctors

BRASILIA, Brazil, July 10 (UPI) -- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, facing unprecedented popular opposition, has dropped plans to import doctors from Cuba to meet shortfalls in the country's health services.

Brazil blames Argentina for delaying EU trade accord

BUENOS AIRES, July 8 (UPI) -- Argentina's fraught politics are under spotlight after Brazilian agribusiness leaders blamed Argentine government policies for delays in concluding a free trade deal with the European Union.

Brazil's Congress rejects controversial amendment

BRASILIA, Brazil, June 26 (UPI) -- Brazil's Congress Wednesday rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that was at the heart of protests across the country the past two weeks.
Brazilian president proposes reforms to end protests

Brazilian president proposes reforms to end protests

BRASILIA, Brazil, June 25 (UPI) -- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff proposed a series of five reforms in an effort to end protests sweeping the country the past two weeks.

Protests go on in Brazil

SAO PAULO, June 23 (UPI) -- Brazilians took to the streets for another round of protests, despite President Dilma Rousseff's effort to address their demands, officials said.
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