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Brazil Introduces New Caesarean Birth Rules

BBC – 7/7/2015 

New rules have come into force in Brazil aimed at reducing the country’s high number of cesarean births. Eighty-five per cent of all births in Brazilian private hospitals are cesareans and in public hospitals the figure is 45%.The new rules oblige doctors to inform women about the risks and ask them to sign a consent form before performing a cesarean.

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In U.S.-Brazil statement on climate change, Rousseff misses opportunity for international leadership

Steve Schwartzman – EDF, 6/30/2015

Presidents Obama and Rousseff deserve credit for putting climate change at the top of their bilateral agenda today.

Public commitment to a strong Paris outcome from two major emitters that are already taking significant action on climate is more than welcome. 67 more words

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U.S., China and Brazil Commit to New Climate Change Goals

Justin Worland – TIME, 6/30/2015

The United States, China and Brazil all made new commitments to combat climate change Tuesday, in advance of a landmark United Nations conference on the issue in December. 103 more words

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Brazil to ease Petrobras pressure with offshore oil bill

Joe Leahy – Financial Times, 7/05/2015

Brazil’s congress is likely to pass a landmark bill that could ease financial pressure on state-controlled oil company Petrobras by opening the country’s biggest offshore oil discoveries to greater foreign and private investment. 115 more words

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WikiLeaks: U.S. wiretapped Brazilian presidents

Yamiche Alcindor – USA Today, 7/04/2015

The U.S. National Security Agency wiretapped several key Brazilian government officials including President Dilma Rousseff, her secretary and her chief of staff, according to WikiLeaks documents disclosed Saturday. 75 more words

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SunEdison buys stake in Brazil’s Renova Energia for $250 million

Smiti Mittal – Clean Technica, 7/06/2015

SunEdison continues to expand its footprint into emerging renewable energy markets. The world’s largest renewable energy project developer has now acquired stake in a Brazilian renewable energy project developer. 92 more words

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Xiaomi just made a huge splash in Brazil. Now to reshape the market

Parmy Olsen – Forbes, 7/06/2015

Xiaomi has a habit of putting on larger-than-life events every time it launches a new smartphone in Asia. To the sounds of thumping, high-energy music, tens-of-thousands of “fans” who have bought tickets to attend struggle to catch a glimpse of the firm’s celebrity founder, Lei Jun. 53 more words

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