Saturday, 19 January 2019

Tag Archives: Brazil

Brazil looks at privatizing or closing 100 state firms

BRASÍLIA: Brazil’s new government led by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro intends to “privatize or close” around 100 state enterprises to cut public debt, the government said Tuesday. The program is not expected to include Brazil’s most prestigious state-owned companies such as oil giant Petrobras or power firm Eletrobras, considered corporate ...

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Brazil to issue decree relaxing gun laws

BRASILIA: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will issue a decree next week to make it easier for citizens to own a gun, Onyx Lorenzoni, the president’s chief of staff, said Tuesday. Bolsonaro, who took office Jan. 1, is eager to issue the decree because it was one of his key campaign ...

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Gunman kills four in Brazil cathedral, commits suicide

SAO PAULO: A gunman opened fire in a cathedral in the southeastern Brazilian city of Campinas, near Sao Paulo, on Tuesday, killing four worshippers before committing suicide as police shot at him, officials said. Paramedics told media the man fired a revolver and a .38-caliber pistol inside the cathedral at ...

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Divided Brazil barrels towards uncertain presidential run-off

RIO DE JANEIRO-AFP: A deeply polarized Brazil stood at a political crossroads Monday as the bruising first round of the presidential election left voters with a stark choice in the run-off between far-right firebrand Jair Bolsonaro and leftist Fernando Haddad. Bolsonaro, an ultraconservative former paratrooper, easily beat a dozen other ...

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Rio’s 200-year old National Museum hit by massive fire

  RIO DE JANEIRO: A massive fire raced through Brazil`s 200-year-old National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, probably destroying its collection of more than 20 million items, ranging from archeological finds to historical memorabilia. The destruction of the building, once a palace for emperors that had fallen into disrepair, was ...

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Former Brazil finance minister charged with corruption

BRASILIA: Former Brazil finance minister Guido Mantega was indicted on money laundering and other charges as part of the corruption scandal that has rocked the country’s business and political elites. Mantega, 69, is accused of taking money from construction giant Odebrecht in exchange for helping to advance legislation that favored ...

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Slow sales: Volkswagen to furlough 1,000 workers in Brazil

SAO PAULO: Volkswagen AG will furlough about 1,000 workers at its largest factory in Brazil, union representatives said on Thursday, due to weaker economic growth and slumping exports to Argentina. The month-long furlough will start Aug. 21 at the VW plant in Sao Bernardo do Campo, on the outskirts of ...

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FIFA World Cup group qualifying scenarios for knockout rounds

MOSCOW: With the second round of World Cup group games completed on Sunday, qualification for the knockout rounds is now clearer. The top two teams in each group go into the last 16. In the case of teams finishing level on points, FIFA has put in place seven tie-breakers starting ...

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Neymar is star attraction as fans swarm to Brazil training

AFP RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil attracted an army of excited youngsters – including one who managed to break onto the pitch for a selfie – as they held their first training session on Russian soil ahead of the World Cup. Around 5,000 locals turned out to watch the relaxed session ...

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Brazil’s strike chaos stirs military coup talk

RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil’s army is often called to help when things go wrong, so it was no surprise to see soldiers deploy during a crippling truckers’ strike. The difference this time: loud calls for the military to take over the country altogether. Truckers launched their action 10 days ago, ...

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