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In Brazil on April 20, 2012 at 10:55 am

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Render of the REC Sapucaí commercial building, designed by Oscar Niemeyer. The project will be built in Rio, next to the Sambadrome (Skyscrapercity).

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MINAS GERAIS

Mining group Anglo American said it faced further potential disruption to its $6 billion Minas-Rio iron ore operation in Brazil, although it was hopeful of resuming construction activity on the site (Reuters).

Minas Gerais state is seeking an additional 1.2 billion reais (US$642.83 million) in taxes from iron ore mining company Vale, as the company’s disputes with the government mount over how much tax it should pay on its production (Reuters).

NORTH EAST

The trio that allegedly killed at least two women and ate parts of their bodies may have murdered another five people in northeastern Brazil, police said (Washington Post).

CHS Inc., the largest U.S. grain- marketing cooperative, plans to invest about $250 million in the next three years to expand in regions including Brazil and the U.S. Northwest to meet rising demand overseas. CHS, owned by 1,100 farmer cooperatives and 60,000 growers, plans to buy a port terminal in northern Brazil and build out assets inland in the next couple of years, CHS Chief Executive Officer Carl Casale said (Bloomberg).

Prisoners at a jail in north-eastern Brazil have released all the people they took hostage during a riot. Some 400 prisoners in Aracaju started a revolt over the weekend and were said to be armed with knives and three rifles stolen from a weapons room (BBC).

RIO

While the UPP (Police Pacification Unit) program in Rio has had many successes in the past few years confronting drug trafficking in the favelas, the surrounding metropolitan region has seen crime rates rise as criminals flee the city. The number of arrests in outlying areas like Niterói, São Gonçalo and Duque de Caxias has increased significantly, bringing residents to protest (The Rio Times).

The environmental license for the construction of the Metro Line 4 was approved by the directors of the State Environmental Control Commission (CECA), to build four new stations between Ipanema and Gávea. This clears the way for work to begin in the next two months, and should be completed by December 2015 (The Rio Times).

Nearly 60 archeological sites dating back 6,000 years have been unearthed during construction of a road near Rio, an archaeologist said (AFP).

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SAO PAULO

Sao Paulo state is in talks to buy forest carbon credits from the upper Amazon state of Acre that would allow Sao Paulo state to meet targets for reducing emissions, an official said. Sao Paulo, an industrial powerhouse with 40 million residents, is seeking access to emission cuts in Acre to help it reach its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 98 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2020 from 122 million tonnes in 2005 (Reuters).

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