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By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has reiterated his support for Brazil’s incumbent president, Dilma Rousseff, to run for a second term in office in the 2014 presidential...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After weeks of celebrations and the samba school finale in Sambódromo, the big post-Carnival clean-up is underway in Rio. City officials say some 770 tons of garbage have been...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The announcement of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation shocked the Catholic world this week, and almost immediately speculation started over who would be his successor. Given Brazil is home to...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Ethanol made from sugar cane waste is set to arrive at gas stations across Brazil in 2014, in what is being dubbed the most promising development in biofuel technology in...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A fire that claimed the lives of 235 people in a nightclub in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul state in Southern Brazil, has led to an investigation into...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SANTA MARIA, BRAZIL – Arrests have been ordered for four people after a tragic fire at a nightclub in Santa Maria, in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The flames...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Interest rate cuts led by public banks in Brazil in 2012 have given a much-needed boost to small-scale businesses in terms of those looking to gain access to credit. Agência...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Brazilian government is hoping that the concessions announced for the country’s road network will spark a close contest between at least six groups, with as many as twelve companies...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Plano Nacional de Banda Larga (PNBL), the National Broadband Plan, was launched a year ago to provide millions of people in cities throughout Brazil with a 1Mb internet...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s key inflation rate, the Consumer Price Index (IPCA), ended 2012 at 5.84 percent - at the high end of the government’s target rate of 4.5 percent plus or minus...
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