Brazil News

Partial Collapse of Building Kills 1 in Brazil

Brazilian firefighters say a 13-story building has partially collapsed in an industrial suburb outside Sao Paulo, killing a 3-year-old girl. Fire department spokeswoman Vanessa Andrade says the concrete floor of the top story collapsed, taking with it all of the …

U.S. Halts 20 Orange Juice Shipments for Fungicide

U.S. inspectors blocked 20 shipments of orange juice, 11 of them from Brazil, the world leading orange grower, from entering the country because they contain traces of a banned fungicide, the government said on Thursday. Since inspections began for traces …

Floods Drive Thousands From Their Homes in Brazil

Civil defense officials say floods and mudslides caused by heavy rains have killed at least eight people and forced more than 13,000 to leave their homes in southeastern Brazil. The civil defense department in Minas Gerais state says Wednesday on …

Brazilian Prosecutors Seek $10B from Chevron Due to Oil Leak

Brazilian prosecutors are seeking $10.6 billion in damages from the U.S. oil company Chevron because of an oil leak at one of its offshore wells. Federal prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro state say they’re seeking the money because of environmental …

Brazil: 33 Dead in Truck-Bus Crash

Brazilian authorities say a tractor-trailor has slammed into a bus carrying sugarcane cutters, killing at least 33 people and injuring 13 others. A police spokesman says the truck driver lost control as he was rounding a corner and heading down …

Brazil Official Sees $28 Million Fine for Chevron

Rio de Janeiro state’s environment secretary says Brazil is expected to fine Chevron nearly $28 million for an ongoing offshore oil spill. Carlos Minc says the national government will also ask Chevron to pay for damages caused by the Atlantic …

Brazil Official: Chevron Unprepared for Leak

U.S.-based Chevron Corp. was not prepared for the offshore oil leak at one of its wells, the head of environmental affairs for Brazil’s federal police said Saturday. Fabio Scliar said Chevron personnel at the well told his investigators that they …

Brazil Investigates Oil Spill

Brazil’s president has ordered a full investigation into an oil spill near an offshore field operated by oil giant Chevron Corp. Dilma Rousseff said in a statement that she wants a “rigorous investigation” to determine responsibility for the spill near …

Methane Forces Closure of Brazil Shopping Mall

Officials have ordered one of Brazil’s biggest shopping malls to close due to risk of a methane gas explosion. The Sao Paulo State Environmental Protection Agency says the gas is seeping from the landfill on which the Center Norte mall …

ACE Names Farid Eid Filho Country President for Brazil

The ACE Group of insurance and reinsurance companies has appointed Farid Eid Filho as Country President for ACE Brazil. He will be in charge of leading the company’s Brazilian operations including all property and casualty and accident and health insurance …