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  • SAO PAULO, June 30- Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has started making devices in Brazil for sale locally, promising to dramatically undercut rivals on price in the first big step beyond Asia for the world's most valuable technology start-up. Xiaomi's global vice-president, Hugo Barra, said at a launch event on Tuesday that the entry-level Redmi 2 smartphone...

  • NEW YORK— Fallout from Donald Trump's remarks about immigrants from Mexico continued Tuesday as a TV company backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said it was scrapping a project in development with the outspoken mogul, and Mexico announced it won't be sending a contestant to the Miss Universe contest, which Trump partly owns. NBC followed suit on Monday...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Argentina— Argentina and Brazil are greeting news that they will soon be able to export fresh beef into the United States after a longtime ban. Exports of fresh beef from Argentina to the three North American countries could be worth about $280 million, said Economy Minister Axel Kicillof. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant...

  • MEXICO CITY— Online retail giant Amazon has opened its Mexico site for business, offering free delivery on orders of over 599 pesos. A statement posted on the Amazon.com. mx site Tuesday said "we are launching in Mexico with more categories, more items and more functions than any other international Amazon website has featured at launch." Among its Mexico...

  • —after NBC dumped the real estate mogul Monday over comments he made about immigrants during his recent presidential campaign kickoff speech. But as he launches his 2016 presidential bid in earnest, his latest comments— that some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the country and are rapists— offended many, were denounced by Mexican-American groups...

  • MEXICO CITY— Mexican media giant Televisa says it will no longer broadcast the Miss Universe Pageant or engage any other communication project with Donald Trump. He advocated building a wall along the United States' southern border. NBC also ended its relationship with Trump on Monday.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, June 29- Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras slashed its long-term spending plan to the lowest level in eight years on Monday as new management moved to reduce the industry's largest debt burden and restore confidence after a devastating corruption scandal. Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as the company is formally known, will invest $130.3...

  • CHICAGO, June 29- Fresh beef from Brazil and Argentina will be allowed into the United States under amended regulations that specify conditions to mitigate risk of foot-and-mouth disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said on Monday. Brazil and Argentina also need to meet food safety standards before being...

  • LONDON, June 29- Britain on Monday accused Argentina of a politically motivated and illegal attack on the nascent oil industry around the disputed Falkland Islands, after Buenos Aires said it would seek to seize the assets of drillers operating in region. He said Argentina was conducting a "flagrant and unacceptable campaign to strangle the Falkland Islands...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, June 29- Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras slashed its long-term spending plan to the lowest level in eight years on Monday as new management moved to reduce the industry's largest debt burden and restore confidence after a devastating corruption scandal. Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as the company is formally known, will invest $130.3...

  • DUBLIN, June 29- A Boeing 787 Dreamliner en route from Mexico City to Paris made an emergency landing at Ireland's Shannon Airport on Monday and all 193 people on board disembarked safely, a spokesman for the airport said on Monday. Mexico's Aeromexico said in a statement that an alert in the cargo hold of the flight caused it to divert, and a spokesperson later...

  • Officials hint at possible win for Uber in Mexico City Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 12:03 AM ET

    MEXICO CITY— Times are tough for Uber in many parts of the world, from a recent California ruling that its drivers cannot be classified as contractors to a Paris taxi protest that became a riot and led France's president to promise a crackdown. But the smartphone-based ridesharing app may soon get some good news in Mexico City. Even Mexico City's Human Rights...

  • Brazil's finance minister suffers pulmonary embolism Saturday, 27 Jun 2015 | 1:47 PM ET

    SAO PAULO— Brazil's Finance Ministry says Minister Joaquim Levy suffered a pulmonary embolism Friday night but was recovering and was expected to fly New York to accompany President Dilma Rousseff on her official visit to the United States. Levy's press office said he was hospitalized in Brasilia after complaining of chest pains. Levy crafted the fiscal...

  • BRASILIA, June 27- Brazilian Finance Minister Joaquim Levy told reporters he was fine as he left a Brasilia hospital early on Saturday, after he was treated for a minor pulmonary embolism. A source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters that, as of midday on Saturday, Levy would still fly as planned to New York that evening to accompany President Dilma...

  • BRASILIA, June 27- Brazilian Finance Minister Joaquim Levy told reporters he was "fine" upon leaving a Brasilia hospital early on Saturday, and a finance ministry spokesman said Levy had suffered a slight pulmonary embolism. A person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters that as of midday on Saturday, Levy would still fly as planned to New York that...

  • BRASILIA, June 27- Brazilian Finance Minister Joaquim Levy left a Brasilia hospital early on Saturday, saying he was fine, following a newspaper report that he had suffered a pulmonary embolism. Levy was due to accompany President Dilma Rousseff over the weekend on an official visit to the United States that begins in New York, before moving to Washington and...

  • BRASILIA, June 26- Brazilian Finance Minister Joaquim Levy has been hospitalized in Brasilia with a pulmonary embolism, the O Globo newspaper reported on Friday, citing hospital sources. A Finance Ministry spokesman was not immediately available for comment and other official sources in Brasilia did not have information about the hospitalization.

  • Mexicans bash Trump pinata, call him imbecile Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 4:54 PM ET

    MEXICO CITY, June 26- Few presidents of Mexico have managed to unite the country in the way Donald Trump did after he launched his U.S. presidential bid last week with a string of broadsides against America's southern neighbor. "Imbecile," "racist," "absurd" and "ignorant" were some of the less vulgar words used by prominent Mexicans about Trump after the flamboyant real...

  • CURITIBA, Brazil, June 26- In a nation where the elite have enjoyed relative impunity, a new generation of police and prosecutors in Brazil are bent on using the country's largest-ever corruption investigation to send the message that no one is above the law. And they gave the moniker Operation' Erga Omnes,' Latin for' For everyone' to a raid that jailed one of the...

  • MEXICO CITY— AT&T Inc. plans to invest about $3 billion to build up its recently acquired Iusacell mobile phone network in Mexico. Iusacell announced Thursday that the plan will extend voice and data services to cover about 100 million people in Mexico by 2018.. AT&T said in January that it plans to create the first North American mobile service area covering...