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Soy and copper surge boosts South America, but bonanza unlikely to repeat super boom of 2000s

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Finally some good news, something reasonably solid to hold on to. The pandemic took a particularly heavy toll on Latin America: on health, with one of the world's highest mortality rates among the population; and on the economy, with one of the harshest recessions and one of the slowest recoveries.

However, today the region's south is in for a positive surprise: a growing range of commodities, including copper and soybeans, have surpassed pre-pandemic prices in recent weeks, opening up an unexpected escape route from the crisis. The challenges are tremendous, but things at . . .

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