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President Obama’s trip to Brazil, Chile and El Salvador this weekend is the right moment to chart a new course with strategic hemispheric partners. Here’s what should be on his radar screen.

In the last two months, the world has witnessed a wave of diplomatic support for a Palestinian state from a region that is continuing to extend its foreign policy imprint: Latin America.

The post-Lula, or Dilma, era promises both change and continuity.

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has dismissed any speculation that he will take over the vacated leadership position of the Unión de Naciones SurAmericanas (UNASUR) when he leaves office in January, according to his spokesman, Marcelo Baumbach.

A survey released today by Brazilian polling agency Datafolha shows that voter support for ruling party presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff has fallen to a one-month low.

In a spell of good news for the handpicked candidate of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, an Ibope poll released yesterday shows Dilma Rousseff leading opposition candidate José Serra, 40 percent to 35 percent.

The United States today dismissed a proposed agreement between Brazil, Turkey and Iran that would allow Iran to swap enriched uranium for reactor fuel.

As próximas eleições presidenciais brasileiras não só marcarão o fim da chamada "era Lula"—quando o atual presidente Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva finaliza o seu segundo mandato, mas também será a primeira vez que o uso das redes sociais como Twitter, Orkut, Facebook e Ning será autorizado pelo Tribunal Superior Eleitoral nas campanhas políticas.


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