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Scottish Labour rules out platform with Conservatives to fight independence

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EDINBURGH Scottish Labour would not join forces with the Conservatives in a joint campaign to defend the United Kingdom if Scotland held a second independence referendum, leader Kezia Dugdale has said.

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Carnival kicks off in Brazil despite recession, security woes 6:23am GMT

RIO DE JANEIRO Carnival festivities kicked off in Brazil on Friday, with officials in Rio de Janeiro, site of the country's best-known revelry, handing the key of the city over to "King Momo," a figurehead who traditionally presides over the partying.

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'Made in Paraguay': a cheaper label for some Brazilian manufacturers 24 Feb 2017

HERNANDARIAS, Paraguay When toymaker Estrela decided to move manufacturing capacity back to Latin America from China, it sank $2 million into a new factory not in its native Brazil - the region's largest economy - but in its tiny southern neighbor Paraguay.

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Brazil faces almost lost decade due to crisis - economists 24 Feb 2017

SÃO PAULO Brazil is likely to suffer nearly a lost decade of economic development with living standards not returning to pre-crisis levels until around 2022, economists said on Friday.

Brazil faces almost lost decade due to crisis: economists 24 Feb 2017

SÃO PAULO Brazil is likely to suffer nearly a lost decade of economic development with living standards not returning to pre-crisis levels until around 2022, economists said on Friday.

Brazil faces almost lost decade due to crisis -economists 24 Feb 2017

SÃO PAULO, Feb 24 Brazil is likely to suffer nearly a lost decade of economic development with living standards not returning to pre-crisis levels until around 2022, economists said on Friday.

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Exclusive - China's XCMG, Brazil's OAS in joint venture talks, source says 24 Feb 2017

SAO PAULO Chinese heavy machinery maker Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group Co Ltd [XCMGP.UL] is in talks with Brazilian engineering firm OAS SA [OAEP.UL] to form a joint venture for construction in Africa and Latin America, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday.

Exclusive: China's XCMG, Brazil's OAS in joint venture talks, source says 24 Feb 2017

SAO PAULO Chinese heavy machinery maker Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group Co Ltd [XCMGP.UL] is in talks with Brazilian engineering firm OAS SA [OAEP.UL] to form a joint venture for construction in Africa and Latin America, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday.

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Brazil's worst-ever recession likely extended into fourth quarter 24 Feb 2017

BRASILIA Brazil's economy probably contracted for an eighth straight quarter at the end of 2016, offering further proof that Latin America's largest economy has been in its worst recession ever, a Reuters poll showed on Friday.

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Orix sees Brazil relying more on capital markets for infrastructure 24 Feb 2017

SAO PAULO Increasing caution among state lenders should create room for capital markets instruments to help finance infrastructure projects in Brazil, providing Japanese financial services firm Orix Corp a platform to grow more rapidly in the country after a recent acquisition, a senior executive said in an interview.

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Malaysia to sweep Kuala Lumpur airport for toxic chemicals after Kim Jong Nam murder

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia will sweep one of the terminals at Kuala Lumpur international airport for toxic chemicals after Kim Jong Nam was murdered there with a nerve agent last week, as authorities said they would issue an arrest warrant if a North Korean diplomat wanted over the death did not come forward.