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California crash victims suspected of being smuggled across U.S.-Mexico border

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The 13 people killed in a Southern California highway crash were part of a group of nearly four dozen migrants suspected of slipping through a hole cut by human smugglers through a steel fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, federal officials said on Wednesday. Besides the dead......

Indigenous people sue retailer Casino over Amazon destruction

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PARIS (Reuters) – Indigenous peoples from Brazil and Colombia sued retailer Casino in a French court on Wednesday over the selling of beef linked to land grabbing and deforestation in the Amazon, campaigners involved in the lawsuit said. It is the first time a French supermarket chain has been taken......

Mexican president says he and Biden exchanged invitations to visit

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday that he and his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden invited each other to visit their respective countries during a virtual meeting the two held on Monday. Lopez Obrador was speaking at his regular morning news conference. Reporting by......

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog approves ethanol co Biosev acquisition by Raizen

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FILE PHOTO: Cane fields are seen in Brazil’s center-south main sugar belt in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil May 2, 2019. REUTERS/Marcelo Teixeira/File Photo SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil’s antitrust watchdog CADE approved the acquisition of ethanol producer Biosev SA by Raizen, a joint venture between Brazilian ethanol producer Cosan SA and......

Biden’s USTR pick vows to fight China’s ‘unfair’ practices

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FILE PHOTO: Katherine C. Tai addresses the Senate Finance committee hearings to examine her nomination to be United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador, in Washington, DC February 25, 2021. Bill O’Leary/Pool via REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s trade nominee Katherine Tai said on Monday she......

Biden administration to pay transportation, healthcare for families separated under Trump

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FILE PHOTO: Migrants stand in lines on the U.S. side of the Gateway International Bridge to be processed to seek asylum in the U.S., in Matamoros, Mexico February 26, 2021. REUTERS/Go Nakamura WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States could pay for transportation, healthcare, legal services, and career and educational services......

Mexican president to discuss vaccines, migration with Biden

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FILE PHOTO: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador looks on after leaving his Argentinian counterpart Alberto Fernandez (not pictured), outside the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico February 23, 2021. REUTERS/Luis Cortes MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he will discuss COVID-19 vaccines and immigration......

UK’s Prince Philip, 99, moves hospital for heart tests

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Philip, the 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth, was transferred to a different hospital in central London on Monday to have tests for a pre-existing heart condition as well as receive treatment for an infection. “The Duke remains comfortable and is responding to treatment but is......

Cloud tech use in forex trading to soar by 2025: survey

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FILE PHOTO: Saudi riyal, yuan, Turkish lira, pound, U.S. dollar, euro and Jordanian dinar banknotes are seen in this illustration taken January 6, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration LONDON (Reuters) – A bulk of the trading in the $6.6 trillion-a-day foreign exchange markets is expected to be on cloud technology over the......

Up to six cases of Manaus variant of coronavirus detected in UK

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LONDON (Reuters) – Up to six cases of the variant of coronavirus first identified in the Brazilian city of Manaus have been detected in Britain for the first time, English health officials said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Two women walk past a closed tea room, amid the outbreak of the......

Exclusive: Mexico’s president expected to ask Biden to share U.S. vaccines, say sources

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WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is expected to ask President Joe Biden to consider sharing part of the U.S. coronavirus vaccine supply with its poorer southern neighbor when the two leaders hold a virtual summit on Monday, U.S. and Mexican officials said. FILE PHOTO: Then-U.S.......

Brazil registers over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths for fifth straight day

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FILE PHOTO: Health workers transport a patient at Getulio Vargas hospital, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Manaus, Brazil, January 14, 2021. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil registered 1,386 COVID-19 deaths on Saturday and 61,602 additional cases, according to data released by the nation’s Health Ministry.......

Brazil’s capital goes into lockdown to quell COVID-19 surge

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BRASILIA (Reuters) – The governor of Brazil’s capital city, Brasilia, decreed a 24-hour lockdown for all but essential services on Friday to curb a worsening COVID-19 outbreak that has filled its intensive care wards to the brim. FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators hold banners during a protest honouring the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)......

Mexican mining chamber warns uncertainty to bring investment cuts

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s large mining sector will likely see some recovery this year after 2020’s pandemic-induced slump, but a key industry leader said he fears rising political risk will drag down growth as companies focus new investments elsewhere. Fernando Alanis, president of Mexican mining chamber Camimex, said in......

Mexico sees USMCA as tool for post-COVID economic recovery

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FILE PHOTO: A man crosses the Paso del Norte border bridge towards El Paso, Texas, U.S., as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, July 1, 2020. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican Economy Minister Tatiana Clouthier told U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a virtual meeting on Friday......

Population of Mexico’s monarch butterflies falls 26%, conservationists find

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EL ROSARIO, Mexico (Reuters) – The population of monarch butterflies that arrived in Mexico’s forests to hibernate this winter fell 26% from a year earlier, the country’s Commission for National Protected Areas and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said on Thursday. Millions of orange and black monarch butterflies migrate to......

Pain to tiled art: Argentines honor soccer star Maradona with mosaics

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BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Gonzalo López Lauch is helping bring soccer star Diego Maradona back to life, one mosaic tile at a time. The visual artist, part of a group called Comando Maradona, unveiled on Thursday a colorful mural of the Argentine player and legend who died on Nov. 25......

U.S. Secretary of State, Mexico’s foreign minister to talk Friday

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Mexico’s foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard will hold a virtual meeting on Friday morning, Mexico’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday. Blinken and Ebrard are due to discuss how to address the root causes of Central American immigration,......

Petrobras gets single offer from SBM for Mero 4 oil platform – sources

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A man walks past the headquarters of Brazilian oil company Petrobras in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 22, 2021. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petrobras received only one proposal, from Holland’s SBM Offshore, in a bid to contract construction of the Mero 4 oil......

Bank of Nova Scotia beats quarterly profit estimates

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FILE PHOTO: The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) logo is seen outside of a branch in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, February 14, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Wattie TORONTO (Reuters) – Bank of Nova Scotia beat analyst estimates for first-quarter profit on Tuesday, as it set aside lower-than-expected funds for loan loss provisions and......

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