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Spain hunts driver who killed 13 in Barcelona, says foils bomb plot

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BARCELONA Spain mounted a sweeping anti-terror operation on Friday after a suspected Islamist militant drove a van into crowds in Barcelona, killing 13 people before fleeing, in what police suspect was one of multiple planned attacks. | Video

Brazil to swap environmental fines for recovery works 2:41am BST

BRASILIA, Aug 17 Brazil will allow environmental transgressors to exchange millionaire fines for recovery works at a discount, the environment minister said on Thursday, in a bid to reduce litigation and raise funds for projects in times of austerity.

UPDATE 1-Brazil to ask for WTO panel on Bombardier subsidies 17 Aug 2017

BRASILIA, Aug 17 Brazil will ask the World Trade Organization on Friday to set up a dispute settlement panel to rule on its complaint that Canada has hurt Brazil's commercial jet industry by subsidizing CSeries planes made by Bombardier Inc, the foreign ministry said.

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Peru minister warns of new drug hotspot at border with Brazil, Colombia 17 Aug 2017

LIMA A new cocaine-producing hotspot is taking root in Peru near its border with Colombia and Brazil, and local authorities worry that dissident FARC guerrillas may join forces with drug traffickers there, Peru's defence minister said Thursday.

Brazil coffee co-op Cooxupé cuts view for output in south Minas 17 Aug 2017

SAO PAULO, Aug 17 Brazil's Cooxupé, the world's largest coffee cooperative, on Thursday reduced its view for the output in the region where it operates, in the south of Minas Gerais state, citing unfavorable weather and the berry borer beetle infestation.

UPDATE 1-Brazil economic activity index up more than expected in June 17 Aug 2017

SAO PAULO, Aug 17 Economic activity in Brazil expanded at a faster pace than expected in June, the latest in a batch of reports suggesting an economic recovery may be taking hold.

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U.S. VP Pence urges Latin American nations to isolate North Korea 17 Aug 2017

SANTIAGO U.S. Vice President Mike Pence urged Brazil, Peru, Chile, and Mexico to break ties with North Korea on Wednesday, adding that "all options" are on the table with regards to the Asian state. | Video

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Petrobras Argentina sale under scrutiny in Brazil 17 Aug 2017

BRASILIA Brazilian prosecutors plan to investigate last year's controversial sale of the Argentine subsidiary of Petrobras, Brazil's state-controlled oil company, a lawyer representing some Petrobras shareholders said on Wednesday.

UPDATE 3-Petrobras Argentina sale under scrutiny in Brazil 17 Aug 2017

BRASILIA, Aug 16 Brazilian prosecutors plan to investigate last year's controversial sale of the Argentine subsidiary of Petrobras, Brazil's state-controlled oil company, a lawyer representing some Petrobras shareholders said on Wednesday.

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More government action needed to meet looser Brazil fiscal goals: Reuters Poll 16 Aug 2017

SAO PAULO Brazil must raise taxes and sell assets to meet fiscal targets even after loosening its goals, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday, highlighting the government's struggle to maintain its commitment to austerity.

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U.S., Japan step up defence cooperation to counter North Korea

WASHINGTON The United States and Japan will step up their defence cooperation to deal with the threat from nuclear-armed North Korea as tensions in East Asia remain high, officials from the two allies said on Thursday. | Video