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Monday, April 14

Forbes / Reuters Forbes.com: Brazil, Peru to build bridge toward trade deal: "Toledo and Lula also signed an agreement to build a 160-yard bridge over the Acre River from the Brazilian city of Assis Brasil to Inapari in Peru by 2004. Apart from its obvious symbolic value, the bridge could increase trade between the two countries, which totaled $653 million in 2002, and provide a route for Brazilian goods to get to the Pacific." For decades, the lack of a land route between Peru and Brazil was due to the political aim of keeping a buffer between the two countries. Environmentalist also wanted to keep settlers out of the deepest Amazon.

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