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Marcelo Odebrecht, CEO of Brazilian construction group Odebrecht. ©Reuters/Enrique Castro-Mendivil
Odebrecht wins auction for part of key Brazil highway

Engineering giant Odebrecht on Wednesday won the right to operate a 855-kilometer (534-mile) stretch of highway in Brazil's key central grain-producing region of Mato Grosso, authorities said.

Odebrecht wins auction for part of key Brazil highway
More than a million Xbox One consoles sold on launch day
More than a million Xbox One consoles sold on launch day

Microsoft on Friday crowed that more than a million Xbox One consoles were snapped up within 24 hours in 13 countries after hitting shelves for the first time in the morning.

More than a million Xbox One consoles sold on launch day
Chef Alex Atala: Brazil's taste ambassador
Chef Alex Atala: Brazil's taste ambassador

Brazilian chef Alex Atala, widely seen as one of South America's culinary wizards, is making his name by highlighting the little-known cuisine of the Amazon region.

Chef Alex Atala: Brazil's taste ambassador
Venezuelan president tries out new emergency powers
Venezuelan president tries out new emergency powers

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro exercised new emergency powers for the first time Thursday, signing decrees limiting business profit margins and tightening regulation of imports.

Venezuelan president tries out new emergency powers
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World's biggest fruitcake brings sweet reward in Nicaragua

About three hundred kids staged a fundraiser in Nicaragua on Sunday and smashed a sweet Guinness Book record, baking the world's largest fruitcake.

World's biggest fruitcake brings sweet reward in Nicaragua
Bieber's concert gear impounded in Argentina
Bieber's concert gear impounded in Argentina

Justin Bieber's concert gear has been seized in Argentina in a legal scuffle with a photographer, the latest in a series of incidents trailing the Canadian teen idol's South American tour.

Bieber's concert gear impounded in Argentina
Amid poison claims, ex-Brazil president exhumed
Amid poison claims, ex-Brazil president exhumed

The remains of Joao Goulart, ousted as Brazilian president ahead of the 1964-85 military dictatorship, were Wednesday exhumed to determine if he was poisoned.

Amid poison claims, ex-Brazil president exhumed
Big animals crucial for soil fertility: study
Big animals crucial for soil fertility: study

The mass extinction of large animals in the Pleistocene era caused today's dearth of soil nutrients, scientists said Sunday, and warned of further damage if modern giants like the elephant disappear.

Big animals crucial for soil fertility: study
Bolat Mankenov. Photo courtesy of astanaarlans.com
Boxing: Kazakhstan's Astana Arlans to fight Argentina Condors in WSB play-off

Kazakhstan's Astana Arlans – Argentina Condors fight will be held in Argentina on March 23.

Boxing: Kazakhstan's Astana Arlans to fight Argentina Condors in WSB play-off
Selling of flowers in Almaty. ©Yaroslav Radlovsky
3 million flowers delivered to Almaty for March 8

Flowers are mostly supplied from the Netherlands, Germany, France, Israel, Ecuador, Kenya and Colombia to Almaty.

3 million flowers delivered to Almaty for March 8
Tennis: Shvedova advances to quarterfinals of WTA Brazil Cup Doubles
Tennis: Shvedova advances to quarterfinals of WTA Brazil Cup Doubles

Kazakhstan's Shvedova and Spain’s Anabel Medina Garrigues won over Caroline Garcia/Muguruza Blanco Garbine duo in the Brazil Cup.

Tennis: Shvedova advances to quarterfinals of WTA Brazil Cup Doubles
Polina Kozedub. Photo courtesy of mrsmultiverse.com
Kazakhstan beauty became third in Miss Multiverse pageant

According to Kazakhstan's Polina Kozedub, it was all of a sudden, when she got an invitation to the pageant six days before the event.

Kazakhstan beauty became third in Miss Multiverse pageant
8-y.o. Alua Kargabayeva from Almaty (first left) became second at Little Princess international-2012 beauty pageant. Photo courtesy of the pageant's organizers
Kazakhstan girl became 2nd at Little Princess International pageant

Besides the title of the Vice-Princess, 8-y.o. Alua Kargabayeva got an invitation to Hollywood and a certificate for the Best Original Show.

Kazakhstan girl became 2nd at Little Princess International pageant
3 Kazakhstan off-roaders and one truck to participate in Dakar-2013
3 Kazakhstan off-roaders and one truck to participate in Dakar-2013

Three Kazakhstan off-road vehicles will participate in this year's rally along with the Kamaz truck that won bronze last year.

3 Kazakhstan off-roaders and one truck to participate in Dakar-2013
Whaling nations defeat proposed Atlantic sanctuary
Whaling nations defeat proposed Atlantic sanctuary

Japan and its allies shot down a Latin American-led proposal Monday to create a sanctuary for whales in the southern Atlantic Ocean, reigniting international tensions over Tokyo's whaling.

Whaling nations defeat proposed Atlantic sanctuary