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LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Striking informal miners in Bolivia kidnapped and beat to death the country's deputy government minister after he traveled to the area to mediate in the bitter conflict over mining laws, officials said late Thursday.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Friday, with investors preferring to sit on the sidelines ahead of U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen's speech for cues on the timing of the next policy rate hike. Trading volumes and momentum also faded in the backdrop of slumping commodities, weak demand and overcapacity in emerging economies.
Brazil is a mess, economists say, with the looming presidential impeachment vote fanning tensions in a country stricken by recession, corruption and inequality. For international hedge funds, car makers and mining companies, Brazil is more than just samba, bikinis and the Olympics. It is Latin America's biggest economy, a diverse producer of goods, food and materials, and home to 200 million consumers -- an opportunity they can't ignore.