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Mining giants slam Australia's 'high' taxes, costs and currency

Three of the world's biggest miners have warned that government taxes, high costs and a strong currency are putting pressure on their Australian operations, reports said Monday, as they battle falling commodity prices owing to a supply glut.

Mining giants slam Australia's 'high' taxes, costs and currency
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Brazil mobilizes 157,000 security force for World Cup

Brazil said Friday it is mobilizing 157,000 soldiers and police to ensure security during the World Cup, which opens in 20 days against a backdrop of violent protests and strikes.

Brazil mobilizes 157,000 security force for World Cup
Rocky test for unfinished World Cup kick-off stadium
Rocky test for unfinished World Cup kick-off stadium

The still-unfinished stadium hosting the World Cup opening game on June 12 held its first official match Sunday, getting off to a shaky start after delays and deadly accidents marred its construction.

Rocky test for unfinished World Cup kick-off stadium
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Bus accident kills 20 in northeast Brazil

Twenty people were killed and 17 injured when the bus they were traveling in overturned Sunday in northeastern Brazil, officials said.

Bus accident kills 20 in northeast Brazil
Clashes near Sao Paulo airport 27 days from World Cup
Clashes near Sao Paulo airport 27 days from World Cup

Dozens of protesters clashed with police late Friday, throwing fireworks and torching at least two vehicles near Sao Paulo's airport, which has just opened a new international terminal ahead of the World Cup.

Clashes near Sao Paulo airport 27 days from World Cup
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Brazil's WWII 'rubber soldiers' win compensation

Brazil's congress adopted a law Wednesday to compensate workers who say they were never paid properly after being recruited to Amazon rubber plantations to help the Allies during World War II.

Brazil's WWII 'rubber soldiers' win compensation
Petrobras probe on US refinery 'near end'
Petrobras probe on US refinery 'near end'

An internal investigation of Petrobras' controversial $1.1 billion purchase of a Texas refinery is nearing completion, the Brazilian state oil giant's chief said.

Petrobras probe on US refinery 'near end'
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Sao Paulo airport opens new terminal for World Cup

Sao Paulo's airport, one of the busiest in Latin America, opened a new international terminal Sunday -- just in time for the football World Cup.

Sao Paulo airport opens new terminal for World Cup
Sao Paulo gay march urges action on homophobia
Sao Paulo gay march urges action on homophobia

Revelers thronged central Sao Paulo for the city's annual gay pride parade Sunday amid calls to criminalize homophobic behavior.

Sao Paulo gay march urges action on homophobia
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Tug of war over stolen lion in Brazil

A male lion named Rawell is at the center of an ownership dispute in Brazil after the creature was abducted from his sanctuary and surfaced later hundreds of kilometers away.

Tug of war over stolen lion in Brazil
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Brazil remains non visa-free for Kazakhstan during FIFA World Cup

Brazill will be not be able to provide the promised visa-free enrty for Kazakhstanis for the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

Brazil remains non visa-free for Kazakhstan during FIFA World Cup
Police crack down on homeless in Sao Paulo
Police crack down on homeless in Sao Paulo

Police in Brazil cracked down with tear gas on about 1,000 homeless demonstrators in Sao Paulo who were hurling rocks, authorities said, with World Cup action here looming.

Police crack down on homeless in Sao Paulo
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Retired Brazil colonel who admitted torture found dead

A retired Brazilian colonel who last month admitted carrying out torture during the country's 1964-1985 military dictatorship has been found dead following a break-in at his suburban Rio home, police said Friday.

Retired Brazil colonel who admitted torture found dead
Brazil passes trailblazing Internet privacy law
Brazil passes trailblazing Internet privacy law

Brazil's Congress on Tuesday passed comprehensive legislation on Internet privacy in what some have likened to a web-user's bill of rights, after stunning revelations its own president was targeted by US cyber-snooping.

Brazil passes trailblazing Internet privacy law
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Brazil ex-leader Kubitschek was not murdered

Former Brazilian president Juscelino Kubitschek was not murdered by the country's military dictatorship but died in 1976 due to a car crash, a panel said.

Brazil ex-leader Kubitschek was not murdered
Football: World Cup ticketing centers open
Football: World Cup ticketing centers open

World Cup ticketing centers opened in Brazil on Friday allowing fans who have managed to purchase match tickets for the June 12 to July 13 extravaganza to claim them.

Football: World Cup ticketing centers open
Brazil names 46 suspects in money-laundering, drug probe
Brazil names 46 suspects in money-laundering, drug probe

Police in Brazil have named 46 people, including an ex-executive at oil giant Petrobras, as suspects in an alleged $4.5 billion money laundering and drug operation, officials said.

Brazil names 46 suspects in money-laundering, drug probe
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Goat to be cloned to treat rare genetic disorder

Scientists in Brazil have genetically modified a goat to produce milk with an enzyme to treat a rare genetic disorder, O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper reported.

Goat to be cloned to treat rare genetic disorder
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Sharon Stone kept overnight in Brazil hospital: media

Hollywood actress and producer Sharon Stone spent a night in a Sao Paulo hospital for treatment by an infectious diseases specialist, Brazilian media said Tuesday.

Sharon Stone kept overnight in Brazil hospital: media
Pele's hair turned into diamonds for superfans
Pele's hair turned into diamonds for superfans

Pele has unveiled an unusual line of diamonds using strands of the football legend's own hair, local media reported.

Pele's hair turned into diamonds for superfans

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