Ex-government leaders begin prison terms in Brazilian corruption case

SAO PAULO, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Two former Brazilian government officials have become among the first of 25 people convicted in a major bribery scandal to report to prison, officials say.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013.
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Latin America's commodities-fueled growth slowing

BRASILIA, Brazil, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- As the IMF and the World Bank see Latin American economic growth faltering and a recovery unlikely before 2014, a dim outlook for Brazil is emerging as the biggest surprise of all revised projections from the two international bodies in Washington.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Brazilian vice president out of hospital

SAO PAULO, July 7 (UPI) -- Brazilian Vice President Jose Alencar was released from the hospital after receiving treatment for acute abdominal pains.

Poll: Spaniards dislike Venezuela's Chavez

MADRID, May 30 (UPI) -- Spaniards dislike Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez most among world leaders, including U.S. President George W. Bush, a poll indicated.

Lula: Brazil, Spain rift will be solved

RIO DE JANEIRO, March 20 (UPI) -- Brazil's president says he is certain his country's dispute with Spain regarding the deportation of Brazilian citizens could be resolved.

Brazil: Thousands converge on crash site

SAO PAULO, July 30 (UPI) -- Thousands of Brazilians converged on the site of a deadly plane crash to remember the 199 people killed when a plane skidded off the runway this month.
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