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Asian shares down, dollar jumps on Yellen's rate hike signal

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TOKYO Asian shares slipped on Thursday and the dollar rebounded after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signalled that the U.S. central bank is poised to pursue a path of interest rate hikes.

Brazil urged to distribute land to stop modern slavery after landmark court ruling 18 Jan 2017

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Brazil has been urged to speed up land distribution to farmers to protect them from slavery after a landmark court decision ordered the government to compensate over 100 workers enslaved at a cattle ranch.

UPDATE 1-Brazil housing starts jump 76 percent in November -report 18 Jan 2017

SAO PAULO, Jan 18 Brazil's housing starts rose in November at the fastest pace in five months, an industry group said on Wednesday, partly reflecting an improving economic backdrop and quicker issuance of permits following long delays earlier in the year.

UPDATE 1-Brazil says not worried about strong dollar as rate cuts intensify 18 Jan 2017

DAVOS, Jan 18 Brazil is not concerned about a strong dollar as prospects of an economic recovery and higher commodity prices have helped support the local currency, Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles and central bank governor Ilan Goldfajn said on Wednesday.

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Brazil prisoners clash with police where 26 inmates were butchered 18 Jan 2017

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazilian police used rubber bullets and tear gas on Tuesday to break up a renewed clash between drug gangs in a prison where 26 inmates were butchered by rivals in recent days. | Video

Brazil housing starts jump 76 percent in November -report 18 Jan 2017

SAO PAULO, Jan 18 Brazil's housing starts rose sharply in November in a sign that homebuilders are bullish on the prospects of the country's economy emerging from its worse recession on record, a real estate research report showed on Wednesday.

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Brazil's Odebrecht settling bribe cases in 12 countries 18 Jan 2017

BRASILIA Brazil's largest engineering conglomerate Odebrecht SA [ODBES.UL] plans to reach settlements in all 12 countries where it has admitted to paying bribes to obtain contracts, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

Brazil's Odebrecht settling bribe cases in 12 countries 18 Jan 2017

BRASILIA, Jan 17 Brazil's largest engineering conglomerate Odebrecht SA plans to reach settlements in all 12 countries where it has admitted to paying bribes to obtain contracts, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

Brazil Air Force to privatize air traffic control telecom system 17 Jan 2017

BRASILIA The Brazilian Air Force is planning to privatize the running of its telecom network used for defense, surveillance and air traffic control, an Air Force spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Brazil Air Force to privatize air traffic control telecom system 17 Jan 2017

BRASILIA, Jan 17 The Brazilian Air Force is planning to privatize the running of its telecom network used for defense, surveillance and air traffic control, an Air Force spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

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EU leaders welcome Brexit clarity, Merkel says EU united ahead of talks

BERLIN EU leaders on Wednesday welcomed clarity from Britain over what it wants from Brexit talks, with Germany's Angela Merkel promising a united front in what will be "very intensive" negotiations.