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  • BEIJING/ NAGOYA, Japan, Sept 16- Toyota Motor Corp is reconsidering a move to open a new compact car assembly plant in Mexico after company President Akio Toyoda told planners searching for a site to pause and review its rationale, executives familiar with the matter said.

  • Locals, tourists ride out Hurricane Odile in Baja Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 8:12 AM ET

    CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico— Residents and tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms overnight as a powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula.

  • Argentine debt: Appeasing the 'vultures' Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 AM ET
    A man walks past posters with pictures of Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Thomas Griesa, depicted as Uncle Sam, near the Argentine Congress in Buenos Aires.

    Sometimes the worst intentions yield the best results. And so it is, unexpectedly, with Argentine debt, says UC Berkely professor Barry Eichengreen.

  • Venezuela's newest shortage: breast implants Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 12:03 AM ET

    CARACAS, Venezuela— Venezuela's chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job. "The women are complaining," said Ramon Zapata, president of the Society of Plastic Surgeons. Only the U.S., Brazil, Mexico and Germany— all with significantly larger populations— saw more procedures.

  • BRASILIA, Sept 13- Brazil federal prosecutors have filed criminal charges against Eike Batista, accusing the fallen tycoon of market manipulation and seeking to freeze up to $1.5 billion reais worth of his financial assets and properties.

  • Problems seen with new Argentine debt payment law Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 7:38 PM ET

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina— A law designed to restructure Argentina's debt and sidestep a U.S. court ruling that pushed the government into default could be difficult to apply and worsen the country's frail economy, analysts say.

  • Mexico lifts limit on businesses' dollar deposits Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 7:14 PM ET

    MEXICO CITY— The Mexican government will no longer limit the monthly cash deposits of U.S. dollars that border businesses can make if the companies allow authorities to monitor their financial transactions and meet other requirements, the president announced Friday.

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 12- Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said on Friday limits on companies making dollar deposits in cash would be scrapped in a bid to spur trade in the border region near the United States.

  • Since entering the race in mid-August, Silva has picked a pro-agriculture congressman as her running mate, met repeatedly with agribusiness leaders and campaigned in the farm belt, eager to make allies in an industry that accounts for a quarter of Brazil's economy. The fuel price controls have gutted Brazil's once-booming sugar cane ethanol industry.

  • Southwest seeks to add flights to Costa Rica Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 10:58 AM ET

    DALLAS— Southwest said Friday that it has asked the U.S. government for permission to fly between Baltimore and San Jose, Costa Rica, as the fourth-biggest U.S. carrier continues to expand its international ambitions.

  • Mexico police chief sought in reporter attack Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 7:11 AM ET

    They say Nicasio Aguirre, the police chief in the city of Silao, ordered the attack and he is considered a fugitive. Silva covers the industrial city of Silao for the daily newspaper based in the neighboring city of Leon.

  • ArtRio international art fair opens in Brazil Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 7:07 AM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO— ArtRio, the fair that has put Rio de Janeiro on the art world's map, has opened its latest show with exhibits from 99 top galleries from Brazil and beyond.

  • *Fresnillo says it may hedge some gold output. BANGALORE/ LONDON Sept 12- Silver miner Fresnillo Plc has agreed buy Newmont Mining Corp's 44 percent stake in Penmont, their Mexican gold mining joint venture for $450 million in cash.

  • Venezuela extending nighttime border closure Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 9:31 PM ET

    CARACAS, Venezuela— Venezuela's president says the nighttime closure of the border with Colombia will continue for three more months as part of the government's campaign to combat smuggling of oil and food.

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 11- Mexico's government will present a bill to stop using the minimum wage to calculate fines, levies and contributions Finance Minister Luis Videgaray said on Thursday, paving the way for a possible increase in base pay levels.

  • Company to set $151M trust to pay for spill damage Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 5:28 PM ET

    MEXICO CITY— A mining conglomerate will set up a roughly $151 million trust to pay for damage caused when one of its mines spilled acid-laced copper sulfate and heavy metals into two rivers in northern Mexico, authorities said Thursday.

  • But she needs to route the funds through channels beyond the reach of the U.S. judge who ruled that Argentina must settle a legal fight with a group of New York hedge funds over unpaid debt from a massive 2002 default before servicing its performing debt.

  • Venezuela's oldest newspaper avoids shutdown Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 2:55 PM ET

    CARACAS, Venezuela— Venezuela's oldest newspaper says it has staved off closure by reaching a deal with a state company guaranteeing it newsprint for at least two more weeks. El Impulso announced Wednesday that it would stop circulation as of Monday because of falling advertising, mounting inflation and a lack of basic materials.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Sept 11- Argentina's Congress on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a debt bill aimed at defying a U.S. court ruling which tipped the country into default for the second time in 12 years. It also encourages investors to move their Argentine debt from the United States or other foreign jurisdictions to either Argentina or France via an exchange of debt.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Sept 11- Argentina's government is ramping up state intervention in the economy to try to prevent a new debt default from triggering a balance of payments crisis but its policies are also battering business confidence and may deepen a recession.