Poll shows Lula and Silva tied in 2018 Brazil presidential vote

SAO PAULO – Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva would tie with Marina Silva in the runoff stage of the 2018 presidential elections, a poll published on Monday by the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper showed, though high rejection rates suggested strong voter disdain against politicians amid recent scandals. The Datafolha poll asked voters about eight combinations of 12 potential candidates in a first-round vote. Lula, a member of the leftist Workers’ Party, takes…

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Corruption charges against Brazil’s Temer expected to come in waves: source

– Brazil’s top federal prosecutor will level corruption charges against President Michel Temer one at a time instead of making all the accusations at once, a strategy aimed at weakening his defense, a source with direct knowledge of the process told on Friday. Under Brazilian law, any criminal charges against a sitting president must be approved by two-thirds of the lower house of Congress in order for the Supreme Court to put a leader on…

"Corruption charges against Brazil’s Temer expected to come in waves: source"

Brazil defends beef after ‘system-wide problem’ prompts U.S. ban

CHICAGO/BRASILIA – Brazil scrambled to shore up its beef industry’s reputation on Friday after the United States blocked shipments of fresh cuts, saying it found abscesses in the meat and signs of systemic failure of inspections in the world’s largest beef exporter. Officials in Canada and the European Union also said they had rejected some shipments of Brazilian beef in recent months. Brazil’s government and meat industry said most problems stemmed from vaccinations and were…

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Official says Eletrobras CEO to stay despite controversial remarks

RIO DE JANEIRO – Eletrobras’ chief executive, Wilson Ferreira Jr, will remain in the post at the state-controlled holding company despite controversial remarks he made about some of the company’s managers, Deputy Energy Minister Paulo Pedrosa told on Friday. Newspaper O Estado de S.Paulo on Thursday posted on its website a recording of comments made by Ferreira during a meeting with union leaders in which he criticized some managers at Eletrobras and said they were…

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Brazil blocks JBS deal, seeks asset freeze amid corruption probe

BRASILIA – A Brazilian judge has blocked JBS SA’s planned sale of a South American unit while the attorney general’s office urged the company’s assets be frozen, in signs of fallout from a corruption probe involving the controlling shareholders of the world’s No. 1 meatpacker. Federal Judge Ricardo Leite blocked JBS’s $300 million sale of the unit to rival Minerva SA , citing a corruption scandal ensnaring JBS’s controlling Batista family, court documents seen by…

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Brazil Attorney General asks assets of JBS, owners be frozen

BRASILIA – Brazil’s Attorney General’s office requested on Wednesday that the state auditing court freeze the assets belonging to JBS SA and its controlling shareholders, in the latest round of jostling between the government and the world’s No. 1 meatpacker. Under terms of the request sent to the court known as TCU, the Attorney General’s office is seeking to guarantee the reimbursement of about 850 million reais ($255 million) in damages suffered by state lender…

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Norway warns Brazil that funds to safeguard rainforests at risk

OSLO – Norway has warned Brazil that funds to help protect the Amazon rainforest under a billion-dollar program are in jeopardy because more forests are being destroyed, a Norwegian government letter showed on Wednesday. Brazil’s President Michel Temer will meet Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Oslo on Friday to discuss cooperation including Norway’s program to help Brazil’s efforts to restrict logging and the clearance of forests by farmers. Wealthy from producing oil and gas,…

"Norway warns Brazil that funds to safeguard rainforests at risk"

Brazilian police deliver graft investigation against Temer

BRASILIA – Brazil’s federal police on Tuesday delivered to a top court justice the bulk of their investigation into allegations that President Michel Temer took bribes in exchange for political favors doled out to the world’s largest meatpacker, JBS SA. The document, made public by the top court, is a significant step in the investigation, which is widely expected to lead to Brazil’s top federal prosecutor lodging corruption charges against Temer by the end of…

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Roving vans in Japan provide mobile banking, food from home for Brazilian community

OIZUMI, Japan – Japan’s nearly 200,000-strong Brazilian immigrant community live in pockets scattered across the middle of the country, clustered around auto parts factories or warehouses where they have jobs. To reach them, Brazilian companies have adopted mobile businesses, sending vans around the countryside selling traditional pastries, Portuguese language magazines and other goods from home. Perhaps most visible are the blue and yellow vans from state-owned Banco do Brasil , which often park near the…

"Roving vans in Japan provide mobile banking, food from home for Brazilian community"