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Brazil police raid homes of two members of Congress in bribery probe
BRAS�LIA (Reuters) - Brazilian police raided the offices and homes of two members of Congress on Wednesday in the latest corruption probe as the government makes a last-ditch effort to vote on an overhaul of the country's costly pension system.
It's a rum thing: Madeira's lost spirit gets a boost
FUNCHAL, Portugal, Dec 13 (Reuters) - The Portuguese island of Madeira is best known for its eponymous fortified wine, but it was not always king of drinks alone -- there was rum, too.
Saudi Aramco signs $10.4 billion worth of MOUs with companies
DAMMAM, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi Aramco [IPO-ARMO.SE] signed on Wednesday agreements with foreign and local companies worth at least 39 billion riyals (8 billion pounds).
Dec 13 (Gracenote) - Standings from the NBA on Tuesday
UPDATE 2-EU stalls on new Mercosur trade offers, delaying deal -source
BUENOS AIRES/BRASILIA, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Trade talks between the European Union and South America's Mercosur bloc will likely extend into next year after European negotiators said they needed more time to respond to improved offers, a source close to Mercosur negotiators said on Tuesday.
Brazil appeals court schedules early decision on Lula appeal
BRASILIA (Reuters) - A Brazilian appeals court on Tuesday said it would decide on Jan. 24 on an appeal by former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva against a corruption conviction that could bar him from running in the 2018 presidential race.
Overconfidence, poor training sank El Faro: U.S. Safety Board
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The sinking of the U.S. freighter El Faro in 2015 with the loss of 33 lives came after an overconfident captain set the ship and its poorly trained crew on a collision course with a hurricane, the National Transportation Safety Board said in its final report on Tuesday.
Colombian ex-official sentenced to jail for Odebrecht bribes
BOGOTA (Reuters) - A Colombian judge sentenced a former vice-minister of transport to five years and two months in prison on Tuesday after the ex-official admitted to taking millions of dollars in bribes from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.
EU-Mercosur trade deal not likely this year: source
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The European Union and South American bloc Mercosur are unlikely to reach agreement on a trade deal this year because EU negotiators want to wait until next year to discuss improved offers, a source close to Mercosur negotiators said on Tuesday.
U.S., EU, Japan slam market distortion in swipe at China
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The United States, European Union and Japan vowed on Tuesday to work together to fight market-distorting trade practices and policies that have fueled excess production capacity, naming several key features of China's economic system.
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