Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A ferryboat collided with a bridge pillar in Brazil's Amazon region April 6, causing the span's central roadway to plunge into the Moju River along with two cars and cutting a highway to one of the country's busiest ports, authorities said.

BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — Firefighters on Jan. 28, carefully moved over treacherous mud, sometimes walking, sometimes crawling, in search of survivors or bodies, four days after a dam collapse that buried mine buildings and surrounding neighborhoods with iron ore waste.

SAO PAULO (AP) — A mining dam collapsed in southeastern Brazil on Jan. 25, flooding a nearby community and raising fears of widespread contamination. Brazilian mining company Vale SA said in a statement that it didn't yet have information on deaths or injuries at the dam in Minas Gerais state, but said that tailings have reached the community of Vila Ferteco and an administrative office.

Caterpillar's ability to power the world's infrastructure, their cutting-edge products and solutions and world-class operational performance are only possible because they say their team goes above and beyond to exceed customer expectations. And the Caterpillar team in Curitiba, Brazil, is no different.

The new John Deere Worldwide Parts Services Regional Distribution Center (RDC) is officially open in south Florida. The 115,000-sq.-ft. facility in Miami will serve all Latin America countries, except Brazil, Argentina and Mexico, which currently have in-country RDC locations.

For three years, Brazilians have become used to waking up to images of top politicians or captains of industry being perp-walked to police cars, the result of an ever-widening investigation into the sale of favors by the political elite that led to charges against the president.

Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht was ordered on April 17 to pay $2.6 billion in fines to settle charges it bribed officials in a dozen countries. The payout order, by U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie in Brooklyn, came after U.S. and Brazilian authorities determined after a plea agreement was reached in December that Odebrecht could not afford to pay more than that amount.