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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 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.

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.

Brazil election jitters may hit investments in 2014: source

By Alonso Soto and Luciana Otoni BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's presidential vote will likely delay some investment decisions this year but spending on infrastructure is expected to remain strong, a senior government official told Reuters. Although President Dilma Rousseff is the favorite to win the October 5 general election, many investors could withhold funds until the next government outlines its plans for the following four years, which could hamper the country's already slow economic growth.

Brazilian leader Rousseff slips in poll on economic woes

By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Support for President Dilma Rousseff is slipping among Brazilian voters who are increasingly pessimistic about their country's economy and disappointed with her performance, according to a poll published on Saturday. While Rousseff is still on track to win re-election outright in elections on October 5, she has lost six points among potential voters since last month, a survey by local Datafolha polling firm said.

Underdog for Brazil's presidency bets on post-World Cup surge

By Anthony Boadle and Jeferson Ribeiro BRASILIA (Reuters) - Aecio Neves is running for president of Brazil and promising to turn the page on 12 years of leftist government. But he has a problem. Despite being the grandson of a famous politician and the leader of Brazil's main opposition party, seven out of 10 Brazilians have never heard of him. Unfazed, he says that will change after Brazil finishes hosting the soccer World Cup in July and the presidential race kicks off in earnest in the Brazilian media.

Brazil's Lula urges Venezuelan to pursue talks with "democratic" opposition

Caracas, Mar 12 (EFE).- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made public a letter sent to him by former Brazilian head of state Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in which he emphasizes the need for dialogue "with all democrats" at a time when the Andean country is facing a wave of protests. In the missive, which was sent on March 5, the one-year anniversary of the death of Maduro predecessor Hugo Chavez, Lula recalls that he was always united with the late president in "the battles for a fairer and more sovereign Latin America."

Brazil's ruling party offers "continuity with changes"

Sao Paulo, Mar 7 (EFE).- Brazil's governing center-left Workers Party will pursue an agenda of "continuity with changes" if - as expected - President Dilma Rousseff wins a second term in the October elections, party chairman Rui Falcao said here Friday. "We are victims of our own success, because we create the conditions for the populace to want change," Falcao said during the latest installment of the EFE Breakfast discussion series, sponsored by Spanish tech giant Indra.

Venezuela owes Brazilian construction firms more than $2 bn, daily says

Sao Paulo, Mar 5 (EFE).- Venezuela's government owes as much as $2.5 billion to Brazilian construction companies carrying out infrastructure and sanitation projects in the neighboring country, Sao Paulo business daily Valor Economico said Wednesday. Brazilian builders' combined portfolio of projects in Venezuela is valued at some $20 billion and, according to sector sources, several of those companies have been affected in recent days by serious payment delays.
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