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Brazil hikes mining royalties to ease budget deficit

BRASILIA Brazil's government unveiled a sweeping proposal to change its mining code on Tuesday, which would boost royalties in the latest move to reduce a budget deficit amid a sluggish recovery from the country's worst recession on record.

Brazil meat plant inspectors resume protest, slowing oversight work

SAO PAULO Brazil's federal food inspectors, who claim they lack sufficient staff to ensure safety of the country's meat shipments, resumed a protest this week, slowing certification work at meatpacking companies and oversight at several ports and airports, their labor union said on Tuesday.

Sale talks for Brazil's Belo Monte dam chill over price: sources

SAO PAULO Negotiations by Norte Energia consortium to sell Brazil's Belo Monte hydropower dam have cooled due to disagreements over price and regulatory issues, three sources close to the process told Reuters.

Brazilian judge suspends fuel tax hike, government can appeal

BRASILIA A Brazilian federal judge on Tuesday suspended a large fuel tax increase announced by the government last week to reduce a budget deficit, according to a court ruling seen by Reuters.

Brazil to reclaim payments made to deceased pensioners: decree

BRASILIA Brazil's government will start to reclaim payments inappropriately made to deceased pensioners and public servants as part of efforts to meet this year's budget target, according to a provisional decree published on Tuesday.

Brazilian landless peasants invade farm owned by minister's family

SAO PAULO About 1,000 landless peasant families invaded a farm belonging to a firm owned by the family of Brazilian Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi on Tuesday, according to a statement from the group backing the occupation.

Brazil to raise mining royalties, set up new regulator

RIO DE JANEIRO/BRASILIA Brazil's government will announce an increase in mining royalties and the creation of a new agency to regulate the industry in a bid to inject new life in Brazilian mining, three sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Monday.

Exclusive: Berry borer beetle damages Brazil's coffee crop

NEW YORK/SAO PAULO Coffee growers in parts of Brazil are grappling with the worst beetle infestation in recent memory as a ban on a pesticide used for 40 years has helped the destructive insect flourish, threatening bean quality and yields.

Brazil mulls foot-and-mouth vaccine change after U.S. beef ban

SAO PAULO Brazil may change the formula of its foot-and-mouth vaccines, the country's agriculture ministry said on Monday, a move that follows a U.S. ban on imports of fresh Brazilian beef that is linked to abscesses found on carcasses.

Brazil mulls decree to unlock road infrastructure investments: paper

SAO PAULO Brazil's government is putting the finishing touches on a decree changing toll-road contract requirements in a move that could unlock billions in infrastructure investments, according to the Sunday edition of newspaper O Estado de S.Paulo.

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Swiss chainsaw attacker arrested after international manhunt

SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland Swiss police on Tuesday arrested a 50-year-old man a day after he stormed into an insurance office wielding a chainsaw and wounded two staff members, bringing an end to a two-day manhunt that had also involved German police.

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