INDICE DE GALERIAS
SAO PAULO (AP) — The Brazilian government says U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has telephoned President Dilma Rousseff in an effort to ease tensions created by the disclosure that the United States collected data on billions of telephone and email conversations in Latin America’s biggest nation.
The Brazilian presidency’s website says Rousseff and Biden spoke for 25 minutes on Friday night.
After the phone conversation, Communications Minister Helena Chagas told reporters that Biden called Rousseff to offer explanations and to “express his regret over the negative repercussions caused by the disclosures.”
Chagas said Rousseff accepted Biden’s invitation to send a delegation to Washington to receive “technical and political details” about the case, but the date and makeup of the delegation had not been decided. State-run Agencia Brasil news agency said the group would be comprised of representatives of the foreign, justice and defense ministries and would go to Washington in about three weeks.
Rousseff told Biden she wants the U.S. government to “change its security policies and practices,” the communications minister said.
“The president told Biden that the privacy of Brazilian citizens and the country’s sovereignty cannot be infringed in the name of security,” she said.
The newspaper O Globo reported earlier this month that information released by the National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden showed Brazil is the top target in Latin America for the NSA’s intelligence-gathering effort aimed at monitoring communications around the world. The Brazilian government is investigating the disclosures and alleged links between Brazilian and U.S. telecommunications firms with a presence in the country.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
State and environmental leaders gathered in southern Minnesota to talk about improving the state's infrastructure.
Around the country, statistics are showing we're becoming more health conscious and both Iowa and Minnesota are setting the trend.
We’re looking into what's safe and what's not, when it comes to decorating with your pets in mind
Believe it or not those bulky winter coats can actually put your child at risk while in a car seat.
Your car isn't the only thing needing maintenance before the harsh winter, your furnace also requires seasonal TLC.
Even though Friday is the 13th, it still could be your lucky day.
Starting next year, three area counties will be depending on the same company for public transportation.