Brazil: News Updates

* Microcredit program booms in Brazil's poor northeast

* Poor families have long been cut off from cheap credit

* Program is profitable, with low default rates

RECIFE, Brazil, June 24 (Reuters) - The peeling yellow cart seems like just another...

Stuart Grudgings
June 24, 2010

The Iran nuclear deal brokered by Brazil and Turkey is an important moment, as the world becomes more multi-polar and less predictable.

May 18, 2010
April 20, 2010

Outside his house by the Sao Francisco river, Emanoel de Souza toys with the skin of a crocodile he hunted a month earlier.

"There are plenty out there. You leave a cow's heart on a hook by the river, and by morning a crocodile will have bitten," he smiles.

The meat makes for a...

April 12, 2010

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Wednesday inaugurated the largest gas pipeline in South America.

The 1.38-billion-U.S. dollar Cabiunas-Reduc III pipeline was built and will be operated by state-owned oil and gas giant Petrobras.


February 4, 2010

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has cancelled his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos after falling ill with high blood pressure.

President Lula, 64, became ill as he was about to fly from the north-eastern city of Recife to Davos in...

January 28, 2010

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) -- Brazil's first working-class president got a hero's welcome at the World Social Forum, wowing 10,000 leftists with a vow to reproach the planet's business titans for causing the global meltdown when he meets with them this week at a Swiss ski...

January 27, 2010

Thousands of people have gathered in Porto Alegre, Brazil this week for the tenth annual World Social Forum. The event brings together social movements from around the world under the theme of “Another world is possible.” It’s timed to coincide with the gathering of...

January 27, 2010

The prospect of the FIFA World Cup in 2014 followed by the Olympic Games in 2016 has reignited the debate about public security in a country where there is an undeclared war taking place in the favelas between the military police, paramilitary groups, and drug traffickers, but where the...

Raúl Zibechi
January 20, 2010

In his last full year as Brazilian leader President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva still commands the political stage here, his popularity at levels most other world leaders would envy.

Now a sympathetic portrayal of his early life is showing in cinemas across the...

Gary Duffy
January 11, 2010