Mexico tax plan for Uber creates friction among ride hailing firms

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico on Monday detailed plans to withhold tax from drivers for ride-hailing and food delivery firms such as Uber Technologies Inc and Rappi, but China’s Didi said it would not take part in the arrangement, sparking friction within the industry. Mexico’s government has vowed not to create new taxes. But it is looking for other ways […]

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China's Huawei makes second attempt at Brazil smartphone market

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is making a second attempt at cracking the Brazilian smartphone market, the fourth-largest in the world, with the launch of two high-end handsets this month, after its cheaper offerings failed to catch on earlier in the decade. The move will take Huawei beyond its current role in Brazil as a supplier […]

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Venezuela blackout leaves streets empty, school and work canceled

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela canceled work and school on Tuesday as the second major blackout this month left streets mostly empty in Caracas and residents of the capital wondering how long power would be out amid a deepening economic and political crisis. President Nicolas Maduro’s Socialist government, which blamed the United States and the opposition for the previous power cut, […]

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In Cuba, Obama's detente becomes history as Trump threatens

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba has jettisoned rhetorical restraint toward the United States and is broadcasting footage of military defense exercises in the face of threats and new sanctions from the administration of President Donald Trump. The island nation had turned the other cheek over the last two years in the face of Trump’s efforts to end a detente initiated by […]

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Foxconn rejects Microsoft patent lawsuit, says never had to pay royalties

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan’s Foxconn (2317.TW) on Tuesday responded to a patent infringement lawsuit filed against it by Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O), saying as a contract manufacturer, it has never needed to pay royalties for the U.S. giant’s software. Microsoft filed the complaint against Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile Ltd (2038.HK) in the Northern District of California on Friday. It is claiming […]

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Thai election panel disqualifies princess as PM candidate

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s election panel on Monday disqualified the sister of the king from running for prime minister, putting an end to a stunning, short-lived candidacy by echoing King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s words that royalty should be “above politics”. The Election Commission released the official list of parties’ candidates for prime minister without the name of Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana […]

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Colombia recovers bodies of 12 African migrants drowned in accident

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s navy has recovered the bodies of 12 African migrants, including seven children, who died in a shipwreck in the Caribbean, a source from the country’s migration agency said on Thursday. The shipwreck took place early on Sunday, the source said, and its cause is unknown. The migrants were traveling without visas and were being transported by […]

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'Hola, I'm Mike Pence': U.S. VP delivers message of support to Venezuelans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence issued a video message of support to Venezuelans on Tuesday to encourage those who are protesting against President Nicolas Maduro and underline U.S. backing for opposition leader Juan Guaido. Venezuela’s opposition on Wednesday plans to hold marches nationwide as part of an annual event that marks the fall of a military government […]

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