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  • Falkland Islands’ fears for Russia-backed invasion Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 10:05 AM ET

    The U.K. has sent extra military support to the Falkland Islands, amid concerns that it faces an increased risk of attack from Argentina.

  • BOGOTA, Colombia— A vibrant stream of giant murals greets people heading in from Bogota's main airport or walking down the cobblestone streets of colonial downtown. Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro responded by decriminalizing graffiti painting and even offered several public buildings as canvases. Bogota's laissez-faire attitude toward graffiti contrasts...

  • CARACAS, Venezuela— Venezuela is launching a probe into large offshore bank deposits amid a spate of reports that at least $2 billion was siphoned off by corrupt, top-level officials at state-run oil company PDVSA. Chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz's announcement Tuesday was the socialist government's first response to the determination this month by the...

  • SAO PAULO, March 24- The Obama administration has again invited Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff for a state visit to Washington, a diplomatic breakthrough that both sides hope will lead over time to greater trade between the two biggest economies in the Americas. The dust-up led one former top aide to President Barack Obama to describe Brazil and the United...

  • Mexico's Baja farmworkers strike for better conditions Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 2:15 PM ET

    SAN QUINTIN, Mexico— Workers at large, export-oriented farms in the Mexican border state of Baja California have led a week of violent protests over low pay, abuses and poor conditions, threatening a harvest that supplies millions of dollars worth of tomatoes, strawberries and other crops to the United States. Many of the workers are migrants from southern...

  • DIARY-Emerging Markets Economic Events to April 6 Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    MAKATI CITY, Philippines- Asian Development Bank to release Asian Development Outlook Report 2015- 0130 GMT. MANILA- Philippines Investment Forum 2015. Philippines President Benigno S Aquino III, Philippines Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Philippines Central Bank Amando M Tetangco Jr are the key speakers. PRAGUE- Czech Republic Finance Minister...

  • NEW YORK, March 23- IRB Brasil RE plans to grow more aggressively in Latin America and Africa as part of an expansion that may require Brazil's largest reinsurer to seek an initial public offering or tap an outside partner before 2018, Chief Executive Officer Leonardo Paixão said on Monday. In Brazil, infrastructure projects from factories to shipbuilding...

  • Brazil court accepts charges in corruption case Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 5:17 PM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO— A Brazilian judge on Monday accepted federal prosecutors' corruption charges against the treasurer of the ruling Workers' Party in connection to a sprawling graft scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras. Federal magistrate Sergio Moro, in the southern state of Parana, said in an email that party treasurer Joao Vaccari Neto was among 27 people...

  • MEXICO CITY, March 23- General Motors Co will build its next-generation Chevrolet Cruze small car in Mexico, the company said on Monday. It is the first time the Cruze will be made in Mexico, according to a GM spokeswoman in Mexico, and production will be mainly for the domestic market. The Cruze is currently imported to Mexico from GM's plant in South Korea, she said.

  • TOKYO/ MEXICO CITY, March 22- Toyota Motor is finalising plans for its first passenger car assembly plant in Mexico that could be approved by its board as early as next month, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. Toyoda last year asked planners scouting for a site in Mexico to hit' pause' and review the rationale for the project, executives familiar...

  • BOGOTA, Colombia— The new labeling of the world's most-popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that is the cornerstone of the U.S.-backed war on drugs. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a French-based research arm of the World Health Organization, has reclassified the...

  • Brazil judge accepts charges against 11 companies Saturday, 21 Mar 2015 | 3:27 PM ET

    Among the companies charged are Germany's Siemens, CAF of Spain, Mitsui of Japan, Bombardier of Canada and Alstom of France. Brazil's antitrust agency, the Administrative Council for Economic Defense has said that the companies used several anticompetitive strategies, such as the prearrangement of offers tendered in bidding processes.

  • 2016 athletes' village set to become luxury housing Saturday, 21 Mar 2015 | 2:10 AM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO— Developers brag that the athletes' village for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics will rival a five-star resort. "All of the visitors here, the ex-athletes and athletes who know many villages, say this village is amazing," said Mauricio Cruz Lopes, the chief executive officer of Ilha Pura, in an interview with The Associated Press. Cruz, who called this the...

  • SAO PAULO— Brazil's attorney general said Friday he will ask Congress to approve a series of anti-graft measures to combat the "plague that is corruption." Rodrigo Janot made the proposal just two days after President Dilma Rousseff announced similar measures in the wake of last weekend's massive rallies calling for her impeachment and protesting rampant...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Argentina— Argentine President Cristina Fernandez says the country will oblige Citibank to pay bondholders despite a New York federal court ruling forbidding the bank to do so. During a speech Friday, Fernandez said the government would protect the rights of bondholders and force the bank's Argentine subsidiary to make the payments in...

  • BUENOS AIRES, March 20- Argentine farmers have stockpiled more than twice as much soy this year than last, defying a government desperate to increase export tax revenue needed to finance rising state spending ahead of the October presidential election. Growers say the increase in soybean reserves, to 7.4 million tonnes from 3.4 million, comes from a 12- percent...

  • From Beijing to Rio de Janeiro and in the French terroir itself— over a thousand chefs across five continents minced their steak tartars, salted their foie gras and flamed their creme brulees simultaneously for the Thursday night event launched by the French Foreign Ministry and master chef Alain Ducasse. "At this very moment, the whole world has the pleasure of...

  • What's China up to: World banker, economy   Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 8:17 PM ET
    What's China up to: World banker, economy

    Ron Napier, head of Napier Investment Advisors, discusses news that China will lend Venezuela around $10 billion in coming months and discusses how the country is coping with the persisting slowdown.

  • Mexico mining groups says 3 kidnapped miners were slain Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 8:10 PM ET

    MEXICO CITY— A Mexican mining industry group says three miners were killed earlier this month in the southern state of Guerrero. The three employees of the Los Filos gold mine in the mountains of Guerrero had been reported kidnapped. The Mexican Mining Chamber said Thursday that the killings "disturb the healthy development of the mining industry in Guerrero."

  • Economic downturn pushes Brazilians into informal economy Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 11:12 AM ET

    BRASILIA, March 19- Mounting job losses are pushing more and more Brazilians into the informal economy as self-employed workers, leaving them vulnerable to what could be the country's worst recession in 25 years. Self-employed workers, most of them earning no more than about $450 a month, now represent 19.5 percent of employees in Brazil's main cities- the...