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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.
3 arrested in Brazil fire that killed 231

3 arrested in Brazil fire that killed 231

SANTA MARIA, Brazil, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Three people were arrested in a fire that swept through a nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil, killing 231 people and injuring more than 100, police said Monday.
At least 232 die in Brazilian club fire

At least 232 die in Brazilian club fire

SANTA MARIA, Brazil, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The initial estimate of the death toll from a fire at a nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil, has been revised to 232 from 245, officials said.

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Lula faces probe in cash-for-votes scandal

BRASILIA, Brazil, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva faces investigation in a swirling corruption controversy that seems to be catching up with him after two years.
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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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