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Brazil's FX-2 jet fighter purchase decision put off again

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 17 (UPI) -- Brazil's long-delayed FX-2 fighter purchase program has been delayed again, leaving all three leading contractors guessing the outcome, whenever it happens.

Brazil beefs up security before pope's visit, World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 17 (UPI) -- Brazil is beefing up national security in preparation for the July visit of Pope Francis, FIFA World Cup next year and the Olympics in 2016.

More delays in Brazil air force upgrades

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 9 (UPI) -- Piecemeal upgrades to Brazilian air force inventory are threatening to overshadow the Latin American country's most important -- and most delayed -- plan to discard aging war jets and replace them with a brand-new inventory.

Ending poverty by 2030 'within our grasp'

WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- Extreme global poverty can be wiped out "within a generation," but climate change could wipe out all forms of progress, the World Bank chief said in Washington.

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Rain, landslides kill 16 in Brazil

PETROPOLIS, Brazil, March 19 (UPI) -- Heavy rains Monday caused landslides that killed at least 16 people in Petropolis, Brazil, 40 miles north of Rio de Janeiro, officials said.

Venezuelans wait for hours to view Chavez

CARACAS, Venezuela, March 8 (UPI) -- Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela's interim president Friday in Caracas, three days after his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, died of cancer.

Brazil's submarine project well on way

RIO DE JANEIRO, March 4 (UPI) -- Brazil's plans to build its first nuclear submarine within 10 years are well on way to implementation despite skepticism about the Latin American country's technology transfer partnership with France.

Big-spending Brazil battles inflation

BRASILIA, Brazil, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Big-spending Brazil is battling renewed inflationary threats to its booming economy as state spending on World Cup and Olympics and related infrastructural projects kicks in.

Deal in works for Russian artillery buy

BRASILIA, Brazil, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- The Brazilian military appears moving toward procurement of five anti-aircraft defense systems from Russia this year.

Brazil forces head south to quell violence

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Brazil has sent elite federal police forces to strife-torn Santa Catarina in the south to contain violence ordered by drug lords from their prison cells.

Finmeccanica's India troubles poorly timed

SAO PAULO, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Italian aviation manufacturer Finmeccanica's troubles in India over an alleged bribery scandal are poorly timed amid ambitious plans for expansion in Latin America.

All-Brazilian heavy oil output under way

PORTO DO RIO GRANDE, Brazil, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- An all-Brazilian heavy oil operation is under way with every stage of the extraction, output, storage and supply reported to have been conducted with local expertise.

30,000 march for Brazil nightclub dead

SANTA MARIA, Brazil, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Some 30,000 people marched past the Brazilian nightclub where 231 people were killed in a blaze, police said, while four men linked to the fire were in custody.

Slow progress in Latam, EU trade talks

SANTIAGO, Chile, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Argentine protectionist tendencies and Brazil's economic downturn seem set to determine the direction of a much delayed trade deal between South America's Mercosur trade bloc and the European Union.
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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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