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Brazilian tycoon Batista investigated for financial crimes: reports

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil´s federal police have opened an investigation into former billionaire Eike Batista for financial crimes, including insider trading, manipulation of markets and money laundering, Brazilian media reported on Friday. If the police probe leads to criminal charges against Batista, it would be yet another major blow for a businessman once hailed as Brazil's model entrepreneur and symbol of its economic success.

Disapproval of Brazil's president grows ahead of election

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Disapproval of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is steadily mounting less than six months away from an election in which she is still favored to win a second term, according to a poll published Thursday. Rising inflation and a slow-moving economy have undermined her popularity to the point where more Brazilians now disapprove of the way she is governing their country than those that think she is doing a good job, the Ibope polling agency said.

Brazil's leader holds wide lead six months from election: survey

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Despite a mushrooming scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras and bad news on the economic front, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff is still the hands-down favorite to win the elections in October, according to a new poll on Wednesday. If the vote were held today, Rousseff would win 40 percent of the ballots, while her two main rivals put together would get only 24 percent, not enough to force a run-off, the poll showed.

Brazil's Rousseff looks weak, but so do her election rivals

By Brian Winter SAO PAULO (Reuters) - With Brazil's economy struggling, a scandal at its state-run oil company and nearly three-quarters of voters saying they want change from their government, President Dilma Rousseff looks vulnerable in her bid for re-election this October. But for her to lose, somebody else has to win. And her two main rivals have big, potentially fatal flaws of their own.

Petrobras yields documents in money-laundering probe

Brazil's Petrobras has turned over documents sought by authorities investigating an alleged $4.5 billion money-laundering operation, the latest in a series of problems to plague the state oil giant. Petrobras CEO Graca Foster supplied federal police with the documents Friday. In addition, a total of 23 search and arrest warrants were issued Friday, to be carried out in the Brazilian cities of Sao Paulo, Campinas, Rio de Janeiro, Macae and Niteroi.

Petrobras yields documents in money-laundering probe

Brazil's Petrobras has turned over documents requested in an investigation into a $4.5 million money-laundering operation, the latest in a series of problems to plague the state oil giant. Petrobras CEO Graca Foster supplied federal police with the documents Friday. "A number of documents were recovered and more than 70,000 reais ($31,500, 22,700 euros) was seized," the police said, adding that further details would not be released until a final report on the operation is filed.

Actress Sharon Stone released from hospital in Brazil

Sao Paulo, Apr 10 (EFE).- Actress Sharon Stone has been released from the Syrian Lebanese Hospital in Sao Paulo, where underwent treatment for an unspecified illness, Brazilian media reported. The 56-year-old actress was released from the hospital on Tuesday night, media reports said. A hospital spokesman declined to confirm for Efe whether the actress was at the medical facility on Wednesday and did not confirm that Stone was ever hospitalized.

Actress Sharon Stone released from hospital in Brazil

Sao Paulo, Apr 10 (EFE).- Actress Sharon Stone has been released from the Syrian Lebanese Hospital in Sao Paulo, where underwent treatment for an unspecified illness, Brazilian media reported. The 56-year-old actress was released from the hospital on Tuesday night, media reports said. A hospital spokesman declined to confirm for Efe whether the actress was at the medical facility on Wednesday and did not confirm that Stone was ever hospitalized.

Britain's Osborne unveils Brazil investment push

British finance minister George Osborne unveiled plans Monday to ramp up exports to Latin America, as he embarked on a visit to World Cup and Olympic hosts Brazil. Despite the Latin American giant of some 200 million being the world's seventh-largest economy, Brazil was the destination of just one percent of British exports last year -- leaving Britain trailing behind EU neighbors Germany, France and Italy.

Britain's Osborne unveils Brazil investment push

British finance minister George Osborne unveiled plans Monday to ramp up exports to Latin America, as he embarked on a visit to World Cup and Olympic hosts Brazil. Despite the Latin American giant of some 200 million being the world's seventh-largest economy, Brazil was the destination of just one percent of British exports last year -- leaving Britain trailing behind EU neighbors Germany, France and Italy.
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