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Support plummets for Brazil's Rousseff: poll SAO PAULO: Public support for Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff plunged to 13 percent after mass protests over the weekend against government corruption, a new poll published on Wednesday found.The Datafolha poll underscored the swiftness of Rousseff's fall from grace since her re-election to a second term as leader of the South American powerhouse less than three months ago.The poll, taken Monday and Tuesday, showed a 10-point drop in Rousseff's already low approval ratings to 13 percent.Disapproval of her performance hit 62 percent, the highest for a Brazilian president since September 1992 on the eve of the impeachment of then president Fernando Collor de Mello, said the daily Folha de Sao Paulo, which published the poll.Collor, who is now a senator, resigned after Brazil's lower house voted to try him amid charges of corruption that fueled mass protests and a disapproval rating that hit 68 percent.It was the first time Rousseff's ...

Brazil's Rousseff's popularity slumps on economy, poll shows SAO PAULO: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's popularity fell to a new low in a poll released on Wednesday, with nearly two-thirds of respondents giving her bad marks due to a worsening economy and a corruption scandal at state-run oil company Petr?leo Brasileiro SA.Thirteen percent of respondents rated Rousseff's leftist government as "great" or "good" in the nationwide poll by Datafolha, down from 23 percent in a survey last month. About 62 percent said her government ...
Brazil's annual inflation likely rose near 8pc in mid-March BRASILIA: Brazil's annual inflation rate probably approached 8 percent in mid-March as prospects of energy rationing pushed up electricity rates, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday. Consumer prices likely rose 7.88 percent in the 12 months to mid-March, up from a 7.36 percent increase in mid-February, according to the median of 20 market forecasts for the IPCA-15 index due on Friday. If confirmed, it would be the highest mid-month inflation rate since May 2005. On ...
Brazil's Rousseff pledges talks after mass protests BRASÍLIA: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff pledged on Monday to hold talks with her growing number of critics and said her embattled government needed to show humility, a day after massive protests erupted across the country.Rousseff was narrowly re-elected less than six months ago in a bitterly fought runoff but is already facing pressure to quit over a snowballing $3.8 billion graft scandal at state oil firm Petrobras which has dragged in her ruling coalition and ...
US, Cuba resume talks amid Venezuela tensions HAVANA: US and Cuban officials met on Monday in Havana for new talks on restoring diplomatic ties, but their historic rapprochement was strained by tensions over Venezuela.The top US diplomat for Latin America, Roberta Jacobson, met her Cuban counterpart Josefina Vidal behind closed doors for a third round of talks on normalizing relations, but the atmosphere of reconciliation was marred by protests over Washington's stance on Venezuela.As Jacobson touched down in the Cuban capital late ...
Brazil prosecutors charge ruling-party treasurer with corruption SAO PAULO: Brazilian prosecutors on Monday formally charged 27 more people in a broadening corruption scandal, including the treasurer of the ruling Workers' Party Joo Vaccari and the former head of services at state-run oil company Petrobras Renato Duque.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
Bodies identified in Argentine reality TV tragedy BUENOS AIRES: Forensic experts have identified the bodies of the 10 victims killed when two helicopters filming a French reality show collided in Argentina, including three of France's top sports stars."The bodies of the eight French nationals and two Argentine pilots have been identified," the Argentine judge leading the investigation, Daniel Herrera, said Monday.The helicopters were filming an episode of "Dropped," a reality show where sports stars were taken blindfolded into inhospitable environments, when they ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-999 mln
Exports $2.064 bln
Imports $3.063 bln
WeeklyMarch 13, 2015
Reserves $16.273 bln