Brazil’s Ukrainian diaspora offers familiar comforts for homesick refugees

GUARAPUAVA, Brazil – Far from the bomb blasts and constant sirens in her ruined home city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine, eight-year-old Arina Hashlova practices her gymnastics routine daily at her new school in Brazil. In a nearby apartment, a Ukrainian family says grace before a meal of cabbage salad, rice and fish, grateful for the food and safe haven Brazil provided them 7,000 miles from Kherson, the Black Sea port taken by Russian troops.…

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Analysis-Lula turns to party’s old guard for Brazil election battle

SAO PAULO – Brazil’s leftist former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has turned to veteran comrades in his Workers Party (PT) to run his presidential campaign, shoring up his base after appeals to the center raised tensions with the party’s old guard. Although Lula has lured moderate voters with a centrist running mate and calls for a broad center-left coalition in the October election, the most senior roles in his campaign are so far…

"Analysis-Lula turns to party’s old guard for Brazil election battle"

Brazil’s Amazon deforestation hits April record, nearly double previous peak

SAO PAULO – Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon surged to record levels for the month of April, nearly doubling the area of forest removed in that month last year — the previous April record — preliminary government data showed on Friday, alarming environmental campaigners. In the first 29 days of April, deforestation in the region totaled 1,012.5 sq km (390 sq miles), according to data from national space research agency Inpe. The agency, which has compiled…

"Brazil’s Amazon deforestation hits April record, nearly double previous peak"

Brazil’s Bolsonaro calls Petrobras profits a ‘rape’

SAO PAULO – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday urged state-run oil company Petrobras not to raise local fuel prices again, and compared the company’s profit margins to a “rape” of the country. The far-right leader said during a weekly livestream on social media that a new fuel price hike by Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as the company is formally known, could bankrupt Brazil and cause what he called a “national convulsion”. Petrobras pegs its fuel…

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro, Lula competing rallies a preview of presidential campaign

SAO PAULO – Brazilian right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro and his main rival, former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, staged competing rallies on Sunday that were expected to become previews of their campaigns for presidential elections in October. Supporters of Bolsonaro had called during the week protests against the Supreme Court, after he pardoned a congressman sentenced to eight years in prison for threatening judges. The pardoned congressman, Daniel Silveira, said in a rally…

"Brazil’s Bolsonaro, Lula competing rallies a preview of presidential campaign"

Any Bolsonaro attempt to undermine Brazil election should be met with sanctions -ex U.S. diplomat

RIO DE JANEIRO – Washington should make it clear to the “messianic” Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that any effort to undermine his country’s elections would trigger multilateral sanctions, a newly retired U.S. State Department official wrote on Saturday. The opinion piece in the O Globo newspaper from Scott Hamilton, the U.S. consul in Rio de Janeiro from 2018 to 2021 who retired from the State Department this week, is likely to irk Bolsonaro. The far-right…

"Any Bolsonaro attempt to undermine Brazil election should be met with sanctions -ex U.S. diplomat"

Bolsonaro says demonstrators expected to show support for Constitution

SAO PAULO – Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro said on Saturday that demonstrations scheduled for Sunday are not meant as protest, but to show “the desire that everyone abides by the Constitution.” The demonstrations are the latest step in the conflict between Bolsonaro and the Supreme Court after the president pardoned a federal congressman and ally who was sentenced to nearly nine years in prison by the court. The pardon and planned demonstration is likely to…

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Brazil front-runner Lula shores up party alliances for October election

BRASILIA – Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva told allies on Thursday he aims to represent a seven-party center-left coalition in his challenge to incumbent Jair Bolsonaro in this October’s election. Lula, a former union organizer leading the presidential race, has stacked his agenda with party congresses to cement that coalition, including Thursday rallies with the Brazilian Socialist Party and Sustainability Network (REDE). “To those who have not joined us yet, our arms…

"Brazil front-runner Lula shores up party alliances for October election"

Lula lead narrows, Bolsonaro rejection steady in new Brazil poll

SAO PAULO – Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s lead in the Brazilian presidential race continued to narrow, a new poll showed on Monday, although voters still overwhelmingly disapproved of how President Jair Bolsonaro has governed. The survey by pollster FSB Pesquisa found that Lula, a former union leader who was president from 2003 to 2010, had the upper hand in a first-round vote, with 41% of voter intentions, compared to 32% for the…

"Lula lead narrows, Bolsonaro rejection steady in new Brazil poll"

Exclusive-Italy’s Enel in talks to sell Brazilian distributor Celg-D, sources say

SAO PAULO – Italy’s Enel SpA is in talks to sell its Brazilian power distributor company Celg-D in a deal that may reach $2 billion, three sources with knowledge of the matter said. Among companies interested in acquiring Celg-D, which distributes power in the Brazilian center-west state of Goias and serves 3.27 million customers, are Brazilian rivals CPFL Energia SA, controlled by State Grid Corporation of China, Neoenergia SA, controlled by Spain’s Iberdrola and EDP…

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