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January 15, 2019 7:48 PM Exclusive: Brazil's Odebrecht offers debt-for-equity swap for Atvos unit

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Corruption-ensnared Odebrecht SA [ODBES.UL] has proposed that creditors take over its sugar and ethanol unit, Atvos Agroindustrial Participacoes SA, in exchange for reducing Odebrecht’s huge debt load, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter. The move is the latest sign of the radical way in which Brazilian conglomerate 2878

January 9, 2019 9:38 PM In post-Franco first for Spain, far-right party becomes kingmaker in Andalusia

BARCELONA (Reuters) - A far-right party on Wednesday took a role in the formation of a regional government in Spain for the first time since the Franco dictatorship ended in 1975. The anti-immigrant Vox agreed to support a center-right coalition in Andalusia. It became kingmaker in Spain’s most populous region - a traditional Socialist Party stronghold 124

December 26, 2018 9:35 AM Russia, Belarus fail to agree on financial compensation for Minsk: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko failed to agree on possible financial compensation for Minsk and will meet again before the end of the year, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday. The two leaders met in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss a range of issues, but did not reach an agreement 119

December 14, 2018 6:21 PM French President Macron Calls For Calm Ahead of 5th Weekend of Violent 'Yellow Vest' Protests

(PARIS) — Anticipating a fifth straight weekend of violent protests, France’s president on Friday called for calm and the Paris police chief warned that armored vehicles and thousands of officers will be deployed again in the French capital. Police chief Michel Delpuech told RTL radio that security services intend to deploy Saturday in the same numbers 82

December 13, 2018 6:30 PM Tunisia doctors protest against wage disclosure

TUNIS, (Reuters) - - Hundreds of lawyers and doctors in Tunisia protested on Wednesday against a new law that will force them to disclose their salaries as part of a government bid to raise taxes. The North African country is under pressure from foreign donors to increase tax revenues to cut a budget deficit. Parliament passed on Monday a bill which 82

December 5, 2018 5:50 PM Petrobras unveils plan to boost asset sales, deepwater investment

SAO PAULO/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4.SA) plans to raise some $26.9 billion via asset sales and partnerships by 2023 while boosting investments on the front edge of an anticipated production boom in Brazil. Petrobras intends to make $84.1 billion in investments from 2019 to 2023, above the $74.5 billion 103

December 5, 2018 10:00 AM Trump mocks Macron again over French fuel tax protests

PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has taken another swipe on Twitter at his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron prompted by Macron’s woes over violent protests against fuel taxes. “I am glad that my friend @EmmanuelMacron and the protestors in Paris have agreed with the conclusion I reached two years ago,” Trump tweeted late on Tuesday 80

December 5, 2018 12:29 AM Four Accused of Fraud as U.S. Brings First Panama Papers Charges

U.S. authorities unsealed charges against four people in connection with offshore accounts opened with the help of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca & Co., in the first U.S. criminal prosecution to emerge from the so-called Panama Papers leak. Federal prosecutors in New York charged an account manager linked to Mossack Fonseca, a lawyer, a client and his accountant 99

December 4, 2018 11:25 AM Chief at Alibaba video site Youku steps down amid corruption probe

BEIJING (Reuters) - The president of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s video streaming service, Youku, has stepped down and is believed to be talking to Chinese authorities as part of a potential corruption case, the company said on Tuesday. The abrupt departure comes amid a wider reshuffle of Alibaba executives as the company shores up its leadership following 131

December 4, 2018 4:05 AM Cambodia eases pressure on opposition, media after EU sanctions threat

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia’s parliament is reviewing a five-year ban on more than 100 members of the main opposition party, which could allow them to return to politics, following threats by the European Union to deny duty-free trading access to the Southeast Asian nation. The EU last month began a formal procedure to strip Cambodia of its “Everything 99