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Former Brazilian first lady dies

SAO PAULO, June 25 (UPI) -- Ruth Cardoso, a former first lady of Brazil who died of an apparent heart attack, was laid in state Wednesday as part of a national day of mourning.

Cardoso to Lula: Don't seek re-election

BRASILIA, Brazil, June 30 (UPI) -- Former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso implored his successor to stop thinking about re-election and concentrate on his job.

Brazil: President's approval plummets

SAO PAULO, June 5 (UPI) -- Approval for Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is at 35 percent, a 10 point drop from five months ago, Datafolha polling firm reported Sunday.

Brazil: Gov. lauds Cardoso as successor

SAO PAULO, June 3 (UPI) -- The governor of Sao Paulo and possible presidential hopeful said he would be honored if Brazil's ex-President Fernando Henrique Cardoso succeeded him.

Brazilian leader strikes back at Cardoso

BRASILIA, Brazil, May 23 (UPI) -- The leader of Brazil's ruling Workers' Party, or PT, lashed out Monday at former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso for his criticism of the government.

Brazil's Lula defends his travels

ACRA, Ghana, April 12 (UPI) -- Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is defending his penchant for overseas travel, saying diplomacy is done "eye to eye."

Brazil: Presidential approval declines

BRASILIA, Brazil, March 22 (UPI) -- Approval for the administration of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has fallen four percentage points since November, a new poll shows.

Paper still likes Bono for World Bank job

LOS ANGELES, March 15 (UPI) -- Despite his endorsement of Colin Powell for World Bank president, U2's Bono is still a good choice for the job, the Los Angeles Times editorialized Tuesday.

Brazil: Pre-campaign rhetoric fires up PT

BRASILIA, Brazil, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Leaders in Brazil's ruling Workers' Party accused former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso of indulging in a little pre-campaign rhetoric.

Brazil: Leading opposition form alliance

BRASILIA, Brazil, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Two of Brazil's leading political opposition parties will form an alliance in an attempt to defeat President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in the 2006 elections.

Panel to U.N.: Open deliberations

UNITED NATIONS, June 21 (UPI) -- A blue-ribbon panel recommends the United Nations open up its decision-making processes to more than just governments.

Brazil still violating children rights

SAO PAULO, June 11 (UPI) -- Despite professed efforts to protect its children, Brazil is still violating their rights, local news sources reported Friday.

Brazil's ruling party strikes back

BRASILIA, Brazil, May 7 (UPI) -- Brazil's ruling Workers' Party struck back in a nighttime ad blitz following its resounding defeat in the Congress earlier this week. Appealing to the millions of Brazilians who tune into the nation's popular evening "novelas," or soap operas, Workers' Pa

Brazil's former president denies he'll run

BRASILIA, Brazil, April 16 (UPI) -- Brazil's former president squashed rumors Friday that he would pursue a third term in 2006.

Brazil's government launches counterattack

BRASILIA, Brazil, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Brazil's government launched a political counterattack Tuesday, calling for an investigation into an opposition party's previous presidential campaigns.

Latin American markets roundup

NEW YORK, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Latin American stocks saw another record week, as progress on pension reform in Brazil, a seemingly quick recovery in Argentina and optimism in Mexico sent shares up.
BRADLEY BROOKS, UPI Business Correspondent

Brazil: Official backs off 'coward' slam

BRASILIA, Brazil, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Brazil's president didn't have any particular leader in mind when he said his predecessors were "cowards," an administration spokesman said.

Brazil's president lashes out at critics

SAO PAULO, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Brazil's president took his predecessors to task Thursday, saying previous leaders "were cowards and didn't have the courage to do what needed to be done."

Brazil's Lula lashes out at predecessor

SAO PAULO, June 17 (UPI) -- Reacting to criticism from his predecessor, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Tuesday he received a "broken" country.

Brazil's Lula heads for Middle East

SAO PAULO, June 10 (UPI) -- Brazil's President said Tuesday he will visit the Middle East later this year and defended the creation of a Palestinian state.

IMF: Brazil needs expanded investment

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 20 (UPI) -- Brazil needs a long-term strategy to attract foreign capital if it wants to extend its economic upswing, the International Monetary Fund's No. 2 official told top executives.
BRADLEY BROOKS, UPI Business Correspondent

Heated debate over Brazil's interest rates

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 15 (UPI) -- Top officials in Brazil''s new government are clamoring Thursday for a cut in a key interest rate, which they say is too high to allow economic growth.
BRADLEY BROOKS, UPI Business Correspondent

One year later, Brazil back in bond market

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 29 (UPI) -- Analysts say Brazil will sell upward of $1 billion in bonds Tuesday, marking the country's first entry into the international market in more than a year.
BRADLEY BROOKS, UPI Business Correspondent

Brazil stumping for credit in New York

NEW YORK, April 15 (UPI) -- Brazil's finance minister told officials from top banks attending an economic summit Tuesday that Brazil was worthy and ready to receive renewed international credit.

Analysis: Nationalization watch in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The U.S.-based power company AES is facing a $329 million debt payment this Friday to Brazil's state development bank. If it fails to meet the payment, investors fear that the government could renationalize AES utility subsidiaries in the country.
BRADLEY BROOKS, UPI Business Correspondent
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