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Feb 24, 2015

New York court dismisses lawsuit over Occupy Wall Street arrests

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal appeals court has dismissed a
lawsuit filed by hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters who
were arrested on New York’s Brooklyn Bridge in 2011 at the
height of the movement against income inequality and wealth
distribution in the United States.

In a ruling released late on Monday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit of
Appeals in New York reversed its own August 2014 decision
allowing the class action over alleged police misconduct to

Oct 30, 2014

Televisa launches new fixed-price home phone, Internet deal

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s Grupo Televisa is launching a new fixed-price package for an unlimited home phone and Internet service in an effort to snap up customers from billionaire Carlos Slim’s America Movil.

The package, which combines broadband with unlimited calls to fixed lines and mobiles within Mexico, the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe, will launch in Mexico City next month for 400 Mexican pesos (18.77 pounds), vice president for telecommunications Adolfo Lagos told Reuters in an interview.

Oct 3, 2014

Citi’s Mexico unit replaces CEO after costly loan scandal

MEXICO CITY, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The head of Citigroup Inc’s
Mexican unit Banamex has resigned, the bank said on
Friday, after problems this year that included a major loan
scandal that generated hundreds of millions of dollars in

In a statement, Banamex said Chief Executive Officer Javier
Arrigunaga stood down and was replaced by Ernesto Torres Cantu,
a veteran of more than 25 years at the Mexican bank who had
previously headed its banking unit.

Sep 10, 2014

Mexico’s Salinas to buy Televisa Iusacell stake for $717 million

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s Grupo Salinas said on Wednesday its chairman will buy out its partner Grupo Televisa’s (TLVACPO.MX: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) 50 percent stake in the country’s No. 3 wireless operator Iusacell for $717 million and seek a strategic partner to build up the carrier.

Televisa said separately it will make a book loss of around $320 million on the sale. It had already written down the bulk of what is a nearly $900 million loss on its original purchase.

Sep 8, 2014

Mexico’s America Movil says to hold talks with Oi over Tim bid

MEXICO CITY, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Mexico’s America Movil
plans to hold talks with Brazil’s Oi SA
over joining its bid to buy wireless operator Tim Participacoes
SA, the company’s chief financial officer said on

“Oi presented an offer for TIM and has said that they could
include other operators,” CFO Carlos Garcia Moreno said via
email. “We have decided in principle to explore this option. We
will be talking with them.”

Aug 13, 2014

Mexico to assign private oil contracts between May-Sept 2015

MEXICO CITY, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Mexico will assign oil and
gas exploration and production contracts to foreign and private
companies between next May and September under a major sector
overhaul, prioritizing areas that boost output quickly and
leaving trickier deep water for later, the country’s energy
regulator said on Wednesday.

The National Hydrocarbons Commission estimates investment by
foreign oil majors will average around $8.5 billion a year,
between 2015 and 2018, while joint ventures with state oil
company Pemex will average around $4.1 billion a year.

Jun 23, 2014

Mathews takes game away from England with classy ton

LEEDS England (Reuters) – Angelo Mathews scored a magnificent unbeaten century as Sri Lanka subjected England to a torrid session in the field, extending their lead to 318 at tea on day four of the second test at Headingley.

Mathews (149 not out) scored his fourth test century, and second of the series, as he put on 149 with Rangana Herath (48) for the eighth wicket.

Dec 12, 2013

Florida police chief steps down after civil rights lawsuit

MIAMI (Reuters) – An embattled Florida police chief has stepped down after he and more than 75 officers under his command were accused in a federal lawsuit of misconduct and civil rights abuse in a predominantly black Miami suburb.

Matthew Boyd, chief of the Miami Gardens Police Department, has “resigned effective immediately,” the city’s mayor, Oliver Gilbert, said in a statement on Thursday.

Oct 24, 2013

Atlantic hurricane season quietest in 45 years, experts say

MIAMI (Reuters) – The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season looks set to go down as a big washout, marking the first time in 45 years that the strongest storm to form was just a minor Category 1 hurricane.

There could still be a late surprise in the June 1-November 30 season, since the cyclone that mushroomed into Superstorm Sandy was just revving up at this time last year.

Oct 9, 2013

Caribbean drug trade rises under new generation of ‘Cocaine Cowboys’

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Caribbean is becoming a hot spot again for drug smuggling into the United States as a new generation of “Cocaine Cowboys” plows the seas in fast boats in search of easy entry points for illicit shipments into the world’s largest consumer market.

About 14 percent of U.S.-bound cocaine shipments – roughly 42 tons – was trafficked through the Caribbean in the first six months of this year, and Puerto Rico and the neighboring Dominican Republic are emerging as hubs of the burgeoning trade, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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