Exclusive: Brazil wants Venezuela election if Chavez dies – sources | Reuters

January 14, 2013 5:34 pm0 comments
Exclusive: Brazil wants Venezuela election if Chavez dies – sources | Reuters

(Reuters) – Brazil is urging Venezuela’s government to hold elections as quickly as possible if President Hugo Chavez dies, senior officials told Reuters on Monday, a major intervention by Latin America’s regional powerhouse that could help ensure a smoother leadership transition in Caracas. Brazilian officials have expressed their wishes directly […]

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BBC | Brazil Mensalao trial: former Lula aide Dirceu jailed

November 13, 2012 2:52 pm0 comments
BBC | Brazil Mensalao trial: former Lula aide Dirceu jailed

The Supreme Court in Brazil has sentenced a former top aide of ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to 10 years and 10 months in jail. Jose Dirceu, 66, was found guilty of setting up an illegal scheme that used public funds to pay coalition parties for political support. Dirceu […]

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FT: Lula to Chavez: time to start preparing for succession

October 19, 2012 4:22 pm0 comments
FT: Lula to Chavez: time to start preparing for succession

High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2012/10/19/lula-to-chavez-perhaps-its-time-to-start-preparing-for-succession/#ixzz29mJq1p8u Hugo Chávez has talked of staying in power until 2021, even 2031 – much to the despair of […]

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Fox News: Brazil Sends Troops to Borders in Anti-Crime Push Against Drug Trafficking

August 8, 2012 10:57 amComments Off
Fox News: Brazil Sends Troops to Borders in Anti-Crime Push Against Drug Trafficking

SAO PAULO –  Close to 9,000 Brazilian troops are heading to its borders with four neighboring countries as part of a big two-week anti-crime operation. Army, navy and air force personnel have been deployed along Brazil’s frontiers with Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia and Uruguay, the Defense Ministry said on its website […]

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ABC News: Venezuela Officially Joins Mercosur Trade Bloc

August 1, 2012 7:16 amComments Off

Venezuela was officially welcomed into the Mercosur trade bloc Tuesday, giving that nation’s leader Hugo Chavez a long-awaited political prize and strengthening links among the region’s agricultural and energy powerhouses. The inclusion of Venezuela also deepens a political rift within the South American trade group. Paraguay, which long blocked Venezuela’s […]

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Fox News: Chavez Says Joining Mercosur a Boon for Venezuela

July 31, 2012 9:45 amComments Off

CARACAS, Venezuela –  During a trip to Brazil, Venezuela President Hugo Chávez joining the South American trade bloc Mercosur will be a boon for Venezuela and should help the country’s businesses boost international sales. Chávez urged Venezuelan business leaders, some of whom are concerned about reducing tariffs, to support the […]

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