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In Brazil on March 25, 2011 at 11:09 am

POLITICS

President Dilma Rousseff announced the launch of a nationwide program for the prevention of breast and cervical cancer. The government will invest 4.5 billion reais (2.7 billion U.S. dollars) for the program. The federal government will provide free cervical smear exams for all women aged 25 to 59 in Brazil, as well as free mammogram in public hospitals (Xinhua).

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INTERNATIONAL

As soon as Carnival was over, Rio de Janeiro started to look forward to its next big spectacle: a visit by Barack Obama. The previous day, spent in Brasília with the Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, had been billed as about trade—the United States is exporting more and more to Brazil, and hopes that demand in booming economies like Brazil’s will help it out of recession. But Rio was to be about fun, and about connecting with the Brazilian people rather than just with politicians (The Economist).

President Obama’s trip to multiracial Brazil is providing a case study in how America’s first African-American president approaches the matter of his race: Let the symbolism speak for itself (The New York Times).

President Dilma Rousseff and U.S. President Barack Obama made it clear they hope to strengthen relations between the two countries. Obama, on his first presidential Latin American tour, praised Brazil as a model of democracy and complimented the country’s flourishing economy during his visit (The Rio Times).

The two largest economies in the Western Hemisphere signed a trade and economic cooperation agreement to boost commerce by expanding trade and remove non-tariff barriers (The Rio Times).

The United States president, Barack Obama, expressed his “appreciation”, during his meeting with president Dilma Rousseff, for Brazil’s aspiration to become a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, according to a Joint Statement signed by both presidents during Obama’s first visit to Brazil (Senado Federal).

As he praised the visit of the United States president Barack Obama to Brazil, senator Eduardo Suplicy (PT-SP) suggested Obama to announce the end of the economic embargo against Cuba, while in Brazil (Senado Federal).

President Obama and newly inaugurated Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff  expanded a Memorandum of Understanding on Biofuels, and agreed “that the two countries have converging interests in energy-related matters, including in oil, natural gas, biofuels and other renewables. President Obama stated that the United States seeks to be a Strategic Energy Partner of Brazil (Biofuels Digest).

The United States must pay more importance to its strategic alliance with Brazil if it really wants to benefit from Petrobras’ recently discovered deep-water oil and natural gas reserves in the Atlantic Ocean, the company’s CEO, Jose Sergio Gabrielli, said (MercoPress).

Brazil reaffirmed the significance of Mercosur for President Dilma Rousseff administration’s foreign policy and underlined the strategic relation with Argentina, Brazil’s main associate in the trade block (MercoPress).

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DEFENSE

Embraer Defense and Security signed a contract with DRS Defense Solutions for designing, developing, testing, and producing the KC-390 Cargo Handling and Aerial Delivery System (CHS/ADS), as well as providing its after-market support. The work will be performed by DRS Training & Control Systems in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, in the U.S. (Embraer).

President Barack Obama made a strong pitch for the Boeing F-18 jet fighter in a meeting with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, but she did not indicate if her government had decided to buy the U.S.-made plane, the White House said (Reuters).

SCIENCE & RESEARCH

Surprised scientists have discovered the remains of a saber-toothed vegetarian. The leaf-crunching animal — about the size of a large dog — lived 260 million years ago in what is now Brazil, researchers report in Science. Its upper canine teeth were nearly 5 inches long (Washington Post).

The educational and scientific exchange between Brazil and the United States was intensified during the visit by US President Barack Obama. Two agreements were signed: the first will allow federal scientific training agencies in both countries to identify priority research areas for both sides. The other one intensifies academic exchange (Portal Brasil).

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