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Brazil nearing World Cup goal

Despite delays, Brazil is heading for the goal line in its World Cup preparations, President Dilma Rousseff said on Tuesday, 100 days before the start of the tournament. "Today is a very special date for all Brazilians. There are 100 days to go to the Cup and the country is in the final furlong with preparations for the grand fiesta," Rousseff said on her Twitter feed. She added the country will put on its best face, with all 12 venues from Tuesday night bathing their main public buildings and tourist attractions in Brazilian green and yellow lights.

Brazil's top court overturns some convictions in political corruption case

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's Supreme Court overturned racketeering convictions against former leaders of the ruling Workers Party on Thursday, reducing their prison sentences in the country's biggest political corruption case. The 6-5 ruling does not affect other convictions for corruption and money-laundering in the congressional vote-buying scandal that almost toppled party leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from the presidency in 2005.

Brazil federal police to stop work for two days

Brazil's federal police said Monday they will stop work Tuesday and Wednesday to demand better wages and improved security for the World Cup. "We have reached a critical situation," Jones Borges Leal, chairman of Brazil's national federation of federal police, told AFP at a protest in business hub Sao Paulo. "Tomorrow we are going to stop work throughout the country," said Borges, whose colleagues say their wages have been frozen for seven years.

Brazil's Roussef will change course if re-elected: former central bank director

By Walter Brandimarte NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former director at Brazil's central bank said he expects President Dilma Rousseff to make key changes in macroeconomic policy, including cuts in government spending, if she gets re-elected for a second term later this year.

Brazil's Rousseff favored to win 2nd term

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 18 (EFE).- President Dilma Rousseff remains the clear favorite to win a second four-year term when Brazilians go to the polls in October, according to a survey released Tuesday. The center-left incumbent leads likely main challenger Aecio Neves by a margin of 43.7 percent to 17 percent in the survey, which was carried out by pollster MDA for the National Transportation Confederation. Socialist hopeful Eduardo Campos sits in third place, with just under 10 percent.

Brazil's Lula won't rule out presidential bid in 2018

Sao Paulo, Feb 7 (EFE).- Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Friday that he does not rule out running for Brazil's highest office again in 2018. "In politics we can never say never. It's not my wish, I believe I have already made my contribution to the country. I don't know what the political circumstances will be in 2018 or what new names will be on the ballot until then - I hope there are a lot of competent people and I won't have to take part," the former head of state said.

Brazil's Lula won't rule out presidential bid in 2018

Sao Paulo, Feb 7 (EFE).- Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Friday that he does not rule out running for Brazil's highest office again in 2018. "In politics we can never say never. It's not my wish, I believe I have already made my contribution to the country. I don't know what the political circumstances will be in 2018 or what new names will be on the ballot until then - I hope there are a lot of competent people and I won't have to take part," the former head of state said.

Brazil to auction off 5 new highway concessions

Brasilia, Jan 31 (EFE).- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Friday that her administration would auction off five new stretches of highway, including the rights to operate the 14-kilometer (8.7-mile) bridge linking the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Niteroi. Last year, the government awarded five concessions to operate several stretches of highway covering a combined distance of nearly 4,200 kilometers (2,610 miles).

Rice briefs Brazilian FM on spying reforms

Brazil's Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo secured a White House explanation of new US spying policies Thursday, after his nation reacted with outrage to revelations by fugitive leaker Edward Snowden. Figueiredo was briefed on reforms of National Security Agency (NSA) eavesdropping programs proposed by President Barack Obama, by the president's national security advisor Susan Rice.

Brazil's Rousseff shuffles Cabinet ahead of mid-term elections

Brasilia, Jan 30 (EFE).- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced changes in her Cabinet on Thursday with an eye on the October elections in which some of her current ministers will run for Congress and regional government posts. Presidential chief of staff Gleisi Hoffmann and Health Minister Alexandre Padilha are stepping down effective next Monday, Rousseff's press office said. Replacing Hoffman, the press office added, "the president named the education minister, Aloizio Mercadante," while the new health minister will be physician Arthur Chioro.
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