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EXCLUSIVE Mexico postpones low sulfur diesel rule until 2025, ministry says

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MEXICO CITY, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Mexico on Friday delayed for three years a rule mandating that new trucks and buses use low-sulfur diesel, arguing the fuel is not currently available everywhere in the country, according to an environment ministry official and a document seen by Reuters. COMARNAT, a government......

EXCLUSIVE Governments turn tables on ransomware gang REvil by pushing it offline -sources

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Oct 21 (Reuters) – The ransomware group REvil was itself hacked and forced offline this week by a multi-country operation, according to three private sector cyber experts working with the United States and one former official. Former partners and associates of the Russian-led criminal gang were responsible for a May......

Fire devastates Honduras’ Caribbean resort island of Guanaja

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TEGUCIGALPA, Oct 2 (Reuters) – A huge fire destroyed or damaged more than 200 houses and businesses on the Honduran island of Guanaja on Saturday, forcing hundreds of residents to flee for safety and ravaging the tourism-dependent resort, relief authorities said. Dramatic video footage shared on social media showed rows......

Global COVID-19 deaths hit 5 million as Delta variant sweeps the world

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Oct 1 (Reuters) – Worldwide deaths related to COVID-19 surpassed 5 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, with unvaccinated people particularly exposed to the virulent Delta strain. The variant has exposed the wide disparities in vaccination rates between rich and poor nations, and the upshot of vaccine hesitancy......

Mexico launches reform to put state in charge of power market

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Bill aims to concentrate regulatory power with state Bill seeks to reserve future lithium extraction for the state Lopez Obrador faces challenge getting law through Congress MEXICO CITY, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Mexico’s leftist government on Friday pitched a constitutional reform to bolster state control of the electricity market, seeking......

Equity, bond funds see inflows as markets hit rough patch – BOFA

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., September 29, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid LONDON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Global equity and bond funds saw modest inflows at the expense of cash and gold funds even as global markets hit a rough......

‘We get by day to day’: Argentina’s high poverty rate dips as pandemic eases

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BUENOS AIRES, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Eduardo David Rodriguez takes bags of fruit and vegetables to sell at a fresh produce market in Buenos Aires twice a week to make ends meet for his family. They barely do. Rodriguez, like some four in 10 Argentines, lives below the poverty line,......

Bout manipulation existed at Rio 2016 Olympics, says independent report

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2016 Rio Olympics – Boxing – Quarterfinal – Men’s Fly (52kg) Quarterfinals Bout 247 – Riocentro – Pavilion 6 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 17/08/2016. The hands of an official are seen during the bout. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra Sept 30 (Reuters) – A bout manipulation system existed in boxing at......

Death toll in Ecuador prison riot rises to 116, six decapitated

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QUITO, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The death toll from a riot at one of Ecuador’s largest prisons rose to 116, President Guillermo Lasso said on Wednesday, adding that he would send additional security forces and free up funds to avoid a repeat. Another 80 inmates were injured during the Tuesday......

Besieged by seaweed, Caribbean scrambles to make use of the stuff

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PUERTO MORELOS, Mexico Sept 29 (Reuters) – As the sun rises in Mexico’s Quintana Roo state, home to the white sandy beaches of Cancun and Tulum, Rear Admiral Alejandro Lopez Zenteno readies his sailors for another day of dragging rafts of brown seaweed to shore and out of view of......

Petrobras eyes Brazil price hikes despite political pressure

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People walk in front of the Brazil’s state-run Petrobras oil company headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 16, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes//File Photo Sept 27 (Reuters) – Brazil’s state-run oil company, Petrobras (PETR4.SA), is considering raising fuel prices as the prices of some petroleum derivatives are out of line with......

APPEC Colombia’s Ecopetrol sees crude export share to Asia rising -CEO

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The entrance of Ecopetrol’s Castilla oil rig platform is seen in Castilla La Nueva, Colombia June 26, 2018. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez/File Photo SINGAPORE, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Asia will increasingly be a strategic market for Colombia’s majority state-owned energy company Ecopetrol (ECO.CN), its president and chief executive officer Felipe Bayón said......

Mexico to resume voluntary flights for migrants who want to return to Haiti

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Migrants from Haiti, who returned to the Mexican side of the border to avoid deportation, queue for breakfast at a shelter set by the National Migration Institute (INM) in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, September 25, 2021. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril MEXICO CITY, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Mexico’s government said on Sunday that it......

Hamilton takes his 100th F1 win with victory in Russia

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Sept 26 (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton became the first Formula One driver to win 100 races with a victory in Russia that sent him back on top of the championship. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished second, after starting in last place, to limit the damage with Hamilton now two points......

U.S. border agents briefly detain 14 Mexican soldiers in El Paso

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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents escort Mexican soldiers detained after crossing the boundary and entering the U.S., at the Cordova of the Americas international border bridge, in El Paso, Texas, U.S., September 25, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer MEXICO CITY, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Fourteen Mexican soldiers were detained early Saturday morning......

Belize says dollar bond purchase offer gets robust demand

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Sept 24 (Reuters) – Belize has received tender orders on its Sept. 13 purchase offer equal to around 84.38% of the aggregate principal amount of its outstanding dollar bonds due 2034, and it will give bondholders more time to submit orders, the government said on Friday. “The government of Belize......

El Salvador to begin giving third dose of COVID-19 vaccine

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A healthcare worker prepares a dose of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a drive-in vaccination center in San Salvador, El Salvador, July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas SAN SALVADOR, Sept 24 (Reuters) – El Salvador will begin administering a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to various groups including the elderly,......

Ecuador’s Lasso proposes economic reforms to reactivate economy

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Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso speaks during the annual gathering in New York City for the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, U.S., September 21, 2021. Spencer Platt/Pool via REUTERS BOGOTA, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Ecuadorean president Guillermo Lasso on Friday proposed new labor regulations......

Brazil approves COVID-19 booster shots for healthcare workers

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Brazil’s Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga attends a news conference at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, July 29, 2021. REUTERS/Adriano Machado BRASILIA, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Brazil has approved booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines for “health professionals,” with preference given to the Pfizer (PFE.N) shot, Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga said......

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