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Brazil fires official after comments on illegal Amazon mining fight

11 Sep 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO A regional head of Brazil's environmental authority was fired on Wednesday, a week after being named, after he made public comments saying he would no longer burn machinery, some of it seized from illegal miners, in an area heavily affected by forest fires.

UPDATE 1-Brazil prosecutors call for arrest of Bradesco branch managers, criticize bank

28 May 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 28 Prosecutors in Brazil criticized compliance standards at Brazilian bank Banco Bradesco SA on Tuesday, after requesting that a federal court issue an arrest warrant for two branch managers allegedly involved in a vast money laundering scheme.

UPDATE 1-Brazil lower house to vote on pension reform by early July -speaker

17 May 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 17 Brazil's lower house will vote on the government's pension reform bill no later than the start of July, lower house speaker Rodrigo Maia said on Friday.

Brazil corruption probe targets FX desk of Banco Paulista

08 May 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazilian police on Wednesday arrested three executives at a small Sao Paulo bank in the latest phase of a sweeping investigation into corruption and money laundering.

Two dead after buildings collapse in militia-controlled Rio neighborhood

12 Apr 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO At least two people died and two more were injured when two unlicensed buildings in a militia-controlled outer borough of Rio de Janeiro collapsed on Friday, just days after deadly rains caused chaos in Brazil's second largest city.

Powerful, 'abnormal' rains lash Rio de Janeiro, at least six dead

10 Apr 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO Torrential rains doused Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, killing at least six people and sowing chaos in Brazil's second largest city, which declared a state of emergency after a storm that the mayor described as "absolutely abnormal." | Video

Powerful, 'abnormal' rains lash Rio de Janeiro, killing at least three

09 Apr 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 9 Torrential rains doused Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, killing at least three people and sowing chaos in Brazil's second largest city, which declared a state of emergency after a storm the mayor described as "absolutely abnormal."

Brazil evacuates towns near Vale, ArcelorMittal dams on fears of collapse

08 Feb 2019

BELO HORIZONTE/RIO DE JANEIRO Some 700 people were evacuated early on Friday from Brazilian towns near two separate tailings dams operated by Vale SA and ArcelorMittal on mounting fears of a recurrence of last month's deadly dam burst nearby.

CORRECTED-Brazil prosecutors execute search warrants in JBS parent bribery case

19 Dec 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 19 Brazil's chief federal prosecutor said on Wednesday it had search warrants for eight people involved in the case of a former minister who is alleged to have received bribes from the parent company of meatpacker JBS SA.

World's biggest oil traders paid bribes in Brazil scandal - prosecutors

05 Dec 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO Leading global oil traders Vitol [VITOLV.UL], Trafigura [TRAFGF.UL] and Glencore paid more than $30 million (£23.5 million) in bribes to employees at state-owned Brazilian company Petrobras in a scheme that may still be going on, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

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Israel's Netanyahu teetering in close election race

Israel's election remained too close to call Wednesday morning, with television stations carrying unofficial results showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tied with his main rival, former military chief Benny Gantz.