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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil will have to pay R$1,200 (US$220) to each low-income resident of the northern state of Amapá recently affected by widespread blackouts, a federal court ruled on Friday, November 13th.

The northern state, with a population of 750,000, has been plagued by blackouts that have not been fully resolved for more than 10 days.

The judge also ordered electrical utility Linhas de Macapá Transmissora de Energia S.A to end the blackout, under the potential penalty of 50 million reais if it fails to do so.

Earlier this week, electric service . . .

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