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Four Killed, Two Inmates Beheaded in Brazil Prison Riot

Inmates rioting for better facilities in a Brazilian jail killed four fellow prisoners, decapitating two of them, and took two guards hostage, officials said Sunday.

The uprising took place in the Cascavel state correctional center in the southern city of Parana that currently holds 1,140 inmates, according to Elson Faxina, a state judicial spokesman.

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Lebanese Man, 40, Killed in Brazil

A 40-year-old Lebanese expatriate was killed in Brazil by an unknown assailant as he was heading to his work, media reports said on Sunday.

According to Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3), Ramzi Jaber, who hails from the southern village of Mhaibib in the town of Marjeyoun, was killed by an unknown assailant on the Ponte de Amizade bridge, which connects the Brazilian city of Foz do Iguaçu and the Paraguayan city of Ciudad del Este.

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Brazil Announces New $4.5-bn Credit Stimulus

Brazil's central bank said Wednesday it would ease banks' reserve requirements for the second time in less than a month, freeing up $4.5 billion to stimulate lending and boost the sluggish economy.

Under the new rules, banks will be allowed to use up to 60 percent of reserves for credit operations, an increase from the 50-percent limit announced on July 25.

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Silva Could Win Brazil Vote after Running Mate's Death

Environmentalist Marina Silva could unseat incumbent Dilma Rousseff in Brazil's presidential elections in October, a poll found Monday, reflecting an altered political landscape since Silva's running mate was killed in a plane crash.

Silva, a 56-year-old former environment minister, has moved into second place ahead of the October 5 first-round vote and would defeat Rousseff in an October 26 runoff, the poll by Datafolha found.

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Brazil Vote Veers into Unknown with Candidate's Death

The death in a plane crash of Socialist Party candidate Eduardo Campos has put an unpredictable spin on Brazil's presidential elections, opening the way for a popular environmentalist to challenge incumbent Dilma Rousseff.

The top two candidates, Rousseff and Social Democrat Aecio Neves, halted their campaigns as Brazil began a three-day period of national mourning for Campos, a 49-year-old former governor who had been running third in opinion polls when his jet crashed Wednesday en route to Sao Paulo.

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Brazil Presidential Candidate Campos Dies in Jet Crash, Rousseff Declares Mourning

Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, a contender to unseat President Dilma Rousseff in October elections, died Wednesday when his campaign jet crashed in the city of Santos, killing all seven people aboard.

Campos, a 49-year-old socialist who had been running third in the polls, was flying to Sao Paulo to record a TV segment when his Cessna 560XL slammed into a gymnasium and several houses, breaking into pieces and igniting a large fire.

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Police Take Down Rio Gang Accused of Torture, Extortion

Police in Brazil dismantled a well-armed gang accused of extorting, torturing and killing poor residents of Rio de Janeiro, state security authorities said Thursday.

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Japan PM Leaves for Latin America, Caribbean

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday left on a five-nation tour of Latin America and the Caribbean that will reportedly see a major Japanese bank extend a $500 million oil exploration loan to Brazil.

The visit comes as Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up a nine-day Latin American tour, as the Asian powers eye the region's fast-growing economies and vast natural resources.

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Small Paraguay Plane Kills Three during Emergency Landing

A small plane making an emergency landing in Paraguay crashed into a motorbike, killing three people while the pilot survived and fled, police said Wednesday.

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Brazil President's Lead Narrowing ahead of October Vote

Leftist incumbent Dilma Rousseff maintains a lead ahead of Brazil's October presidential elections but could face a second round dead heat against her main rival, said a poll out Saturday.

Rousseff, who succeeded Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva four years ago to keep the Workers Party (PT) in office, would currently receive 32.2 percent of the vote, down from 31.6 in June, a Sensus Institute survey for news digest Istoe showed.

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