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Feb 6, 2015

Mexico sees Pacific trade pact in first half of 2015

MEXICO CITY, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Mexico expects negotiations
toward a 12-nation Asia-Pacific trade pact to be finalized
during the first half of this year, Foreign Minister Jose
Antonio Meade said on Friday.

Mexico had previously said a deal on the Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP) could be concluded in mid-March, though
negotiators are still going over several issues including
wrangling between the United States and Japan over agriculture.

Feb 5, 2015

Preview – Lisbon derby regains its relevance at last

LISBON, (Reuters) – On Sunday evening the busy streets of Lisbon will fall silent as, for the first time in several seasons, the two giants of the capital meet on almost level terms once again.

With Benfica’s six-point lead over Porto in the Primeira Liga under threat after a less than convincing start to the second half of the season, third-placed Sporting have an opportunity to inch closer to the top of the table.

Jan 7, 2015

Mexico’s Pena Nieto plans no mea culpa in house scandal: spokesman

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto, embroiled along with his wife and finance minister in a scandal over homes bought from and financed by a government contractor, plans no mea culpa, his spokesman said on Tuesday, dismissing any conflict of interest.

In November, the government abruptly canceled a $3.75 billion rail contract awarded to a consortium that included a unit of a group headed by businessman Juan Armando Hinojosa, which owned a luxury house that Pena Nieto’s wife was acquiring.

Dec 7, 2014

Tests confirm remains of one of 43 abducted Mexican students: source

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Tests have identified the remains of one of 43 trainee teachers abducted 10 weeks ago in southwestern Mexico, a source close to the investigation said on Saturday, apparently confirming a feared massacre the government has blamed on drug gang henchmen.

The brazen attack has sent shockwaves through Mexico, shining a spotlight on the nexus between impunity, corruption and drug gangs that has blighted Latin America’s No.2 economy for years.

Nov 18, 2014

German auction house says putting Hitler watercolour on market

NUREMBERG, Germany (Reuters) – A 1914 watercolour by Adolf Hitler to be auctioned on Saturday could fetch up to 50,000 euros ($62,685) given strong global interest, a German auction house chief said on Tuesday.

Auctioneer Kathrin Weidler said the painting entitled “Standesamt und Altes Rathaus Muenchen” (Civil Registry Office and Old Town Hall of Munich) is one of about 2,000 works Hitler painted from about 1905 to 1920 as a struggling young artist.

Nov 14, 2014

After slam dunk, NBA eyes growth in Mexico but no franchise yet

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Delighted following a packed house at Wednesday’s regular clash between the Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves, the NBA is eyeing further growth in Mexico next year but any eventual franchise south of the border is still some ways off.

Some 19,000 fans whooped and cheered as the two National Basketball Association teams racked up more than 200 points between them, with messages in Spanish that translated to “Did you see that?” and “Incredible!” blaring across giant screens showing slam dunks and a wealth of three-pointers.

Oct 13, 2014

Migrants snared in multi-million dollar kidnap racket on U.S.-Mexico border

REYNOSA Mexico (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Central American migrants are being kidnapped, abused and extorted by Mexican gangs just yards from the United States in a growing racket that may be worth up to $250 million a year.

Arriving in ragtag border towns like Reynosa, Mexico’s migrant kidnapping capital where police in armored vehicles patrol the streets and daytime shootouts are commonplace, migrants are picked off buses by gangs who federal authorities say are in cahoots with local officials.

Oct 12, 2014

Insight – Migrants snared in multi-million dollar kidnap racket on U.S.: Mexico border

REYNOSA Mexico (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Central American migrants are being kidnapped, abused and extorted by Mexican gangs just yards from the United States in a growing racket that may be worth up to $250 million a year.

Arriving in ragtag border towns like Reynosa, Mexico’s migrant kidnapping capital where police in armored vehicles patrol the streets and daytime shootouts are commonplace, migrants are picked off buses by gangs who federal authorities say are in cahoots with local officials.

Oct 7, 2014

Mexico tax probe targets evasion; deal near with global firm

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican tax authorities are looking to ramp up a tax avoidance probe of major multinationals to scour for evidence of evasion, officials said on Tuesday, adding that they were close to a deal with one firm.

In January, Mexico said it had launched a probe of 270 companies, with a focus on seven, for allegedly exploiting legal tax loopholes that have leaked income out of Mexico for years.

May 15, 2014

Heat fight back to secure Eastern final spot

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Miami Heat fought back from eight points down in the final three minutes to beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-94 and secure a place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals for the fourth straight year.

Reigning champions Miami claimed the series 4-1 but for a long time it looked as if they were going to suffer their first home loss of the postseason as Joe Johnson inspired the Nets with a game-high 34 points.