SAO PAULO, March 22 Petróleo Brasileiro SA raised on Wednesday a goal for asset divestitures and partnerships for this and next year to $21 billion from $19.5 billion previously, a sign Brazil's state-controlled oil company plans to expand ventures with peers in segments from refining to oil exploration. In a presentation detailing fourth-quarter results, Petrobras said cash and equivalents are expected at $19 billion by year-end, compared with about $22 billion last year.
Petrobras estimates $8.8 billion worth of debt amortization scheduled for this year, down from an $11.5 billion estimate made at the end of 2015.
(Reporting by Guillermo Parra-Bernal and Gustavo Bonato Editing by W Simon)
UPDATE 1-Brazil's Temer calls graft charge a 'fiction' as crisis deepens
BRASILIA, June 27 President Michel Temer called a corruption charge filed against him by Brazil's top prosecutor a "fiction" on Tuesday, as the nation's political crisis deepened under the second president faced with possible removal from office in just over a year.
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