Mexico president Lopez Obrador signs vow he will not seek second term

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday put in writing a promise to never seek a second term, after critics expressed worry that a new law allowing a mid-term recall referendum could be a step toward a re-election bid. At a morning news conference, Lopez Obrador signed a document in which he vowed to step […]

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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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Mexico to send police and military force of 10,200 to murder hot spots

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico began beefing up law enforcement in its most violent districts this week, officials said on Wednesday, sending the first of 10,200 troops and police to reduce murder rates in 17 hot spots, in the first phase of a program it plans to expand. Homicides rose by one-third last year, breaking a record for the second […]

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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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Venezuela Congress declares President Maduro 'usurper' of democracy

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition-run Congress on Tuesday formally declared President Nicolas Maduro a “usurper,” whose actions would be considered null and void after he was sworn in last week for a disputed second term. U.S. President Donald Trump is considering recognizing the leader of the Congress, Juan Guaido, as Venezuela’s legitimate president, CNN reported on Tuesday, citing three unidentified […]

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Haitians abandon forgotten town, isolated for over a decade

BOUCAN FERDINAND, Haiti (Reuters) – Near the bottom of the island of Hispaniola in southeast Haiti is a forgotten village, cut off from its own country, and slowly emptying as its residents leave for the neighboring Dominican Republic. Without health services, electricity, or paved roads, Boucan Ferdinand lost its only road to the nearest Haitian town, Bois Negresse, in devastating […]

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Mexico urges regional bloc not to meddle in Venezuela

LIMA (Reuters) – Mexico on Friday called on its peers to refrain from interfering in Venezuela’s internal affairs, declining to back a regional declaration that urged Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro not to take office on Jan. 10. Mexico was the sole country in the 14-member Lima Group that opted not to sign a statement critical of Maduro, the first time […]

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