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Brazilian same-sex couple has child by in vitro fertilization

BRASILIA — A gay couple has succeeded for the first time in Brazil in having a child through in vitro fertilization, the baby’s two fathers announced Friday. Baby girl, Maria Teresa, was born January 29 in the northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco, and her birth certificate lists both men as…

Brazilian government files lawsuit against Twitter

The Brazilian government has filed a lawsuit against Twitter and its users in a bid to stop publication of messages alerting drivers to police speed traps and drunk-driving checkpoints. The suit was filed in a federal court in the central-west state of Goias. Brazil has asked for the “immediate suspension…

Brazil to overtake U.S. as top producer of biotech crops

Brazil is on course to dislodge the United States as the world’s top producer of biotech crops in the coming years, a leading promoter of farm biotechnology said Tuesday. The US currently holds the lead with 69 million hectares (170 million acres) under biocrop cultivation in 2011, ahead of Brazil…

Three dead, 16 missing in Rio high-rises collapse

Three people were confirmed dead and 16 were still missing early Thursday after three office buildings, one of them 20 stories high, collapsed in downtown Rio de Janeiro, authorities said. Officials in Brazil’s second largest city said the three bodies were retrieved as rescue teams with search dogs and heavy…

Thousands to attend anti-capitalist forum in Brazil

BRASILIA — Tens of thousands of anti-capitalist militants, including members of Spain’s “Indignant” movement and the US Occupy Wall Street, are due to attend the World Social Forum, which opens Tuesday in Brazil. The forum is an alliance of social movements opposed to the World Economic Forum, the annual gathering…

U.S. is top 2012 property investment pick

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States will remain the top choice of most global commercial real estate investors in 2012, but the country has lost ground to Brazil which ranked No. 2 this year, according to a survey released Sunday. While the United States offers the most stable and secure option in commercial…

S. America weighs next moves over breast implants

South American health authorities weighed their next moves Friday after France recommended that 30,000 women with implants from troubled French firm PIP have them removed. Tens of thousands of women in over 65 countries around the world have the same implants, made from industrial rather than medical quality silicone. Most of them…

Ecologists fume as Brazil Senate OKs forestry reform

BRASILIA — The Brazilian Senate has passed a forestry reform bill which is backed by the country’s powerful agribusiness sector but opposed by environmentalists who see it as a threat to preservation of the Amazon. The legislation, which received 59 votes in favor and seven against in an overnight vote,…

Brazil says Amazon deforestation down to lowest level

BRASILIA — Brazil said Monday that the pace of deforestation in its Amazon region fell to its lowest level since authorities began monitoring the world’s largest tropical rainforest. The head of the National Institute of Space Research (INPE), Gilberto Camara, said deforestation dropped to 6,238 square kilometers (2,408 square miles),…

Chevron suspends Brazil offshore drilling

BRASILIA — US oil giant Chevron Corporation said on Thursday that it had suspended its current and future drilling operations off Rio de Janeiro state, following a crude oil slick in the area. The company said in a statement that while its Brazilian subsidiary had not received formal notice from…

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