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  • July 20- From the heart of the U.S. big farm belt to Colombia, Vietnam and Indonesia, livestock producers are snapping up wheat damaged by bad weather or low in protein, providing pigs and poultry with grain more often milled for making bread. Farms in the United States, the Black Sea region, Europe and Australia have had bumper harvests, which are likely to push global...

  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 20 BEIJING- World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim to visit China. THURSDAY, JULY 21 JAKARTA- Indonesia central bank rate decision- 0700 GMT. PRETORIA- South African Reserve Bank rate decision- 1300 GMT.

  • SAO PAULO, July 19- Brazil's telecommunications industry watchdog Anatel proposed on Tuesday a list of four candidates to become the in-court administrator of phone carrier Oi SA, which last month filed for the nation's biggest-ever reorganization. Brasilia- based Anatel picked Alvarez& Marsal Holdings LLC, BDO LLP, Deloitte& Touche LLP and...

  • Federal Supreme Court President Ricardo Lewandowski said in a decision that it seemed "scarcely reasonable or proportional" for a judge in Rio de Janeiro state to have ordered the indefinite suspension of the messaging app until it revealed encrypted messages pertaining to a confidential case. Still, the criminal judge left some 100 million Brazilian users...

  • MEXICO CITY— The Mexican government announced plans Tuesday for an auction of exploration and shared-production rights on 15 blocks of potential oil fields in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell said that the blocks are expected to start producing oil by 2020 and that investment in the projects could reach...

  • SAO PAULO, July 19- Brazil's state-controlled Petróleo Brasileiro SA is inclined to restart the process of selling part of BR Distribuidora SA, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said, as a recent bidding round put a low price tag on the fuel distribution unit. The three bidders were global energy and commodity trading company Vitol BV and...

  • SAO PAULO, July 19- A Brazilian judge ordered an indefinite suspension of Facebook Inc's WhatsApp on Tuesday after it failed to cooperate in a criminal investigation, the third such incident involving the popular phone messaging app since December. The office of Judge Daniela Barbosa Assunção de Souza in the state of Rio de Janeiro said the order, affecting...

  • July 19- Wilson Barreto was blinded by a Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia bomb attack in Bogota when he was 19 years old. Now, he is featured in a documentary naked, standing in Bogota's Bolivar Plaza with more than 6,000 other Colombians from all sides of the civil war, which began in the early 1960 s. Also appearing in the documentary is María del Pilar...

  • SAO PAULO, July 19- A Brazilian judge ordered wireless phone carriers to block access to Facebook Inc's WhatsApp indefinitely, starting on Tuesday, the third such incident against the popular phone messaging app in eight months. The decision by Judge Daniela Barbosa Assunção de Souza in the southeastern state of Rio de Janeiro applies to Brazil's five...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO— The chief justice of Brazil's Supreme Court quickly struck down a lower court decision that had blocked the WhatsApp messaging service nationwide for several hours Tuesday, affecting almost 100 million users. Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski ruled on a motion filed by a political party seeking to have the Rio de Janeiro judge's order thrown...

  • TUESDAY, JULY 19 LONDON- International Monetary Fund publishes update to World Economic Outlook, including new UK growth forecasts- 1300 GMT. ANKARA- Turkey central bank monetary policy meeting- 1100 GMT. PRETORIA- South African Reserve Bank starts its three-day monetary policy committee meeting.

  • MEXICO CITY— Anti-poverty groups in Mexico accused the national statistics agency Monday of arbitrarily changing the way it measures income surveys so poverty appears to be less of a problem. The statistics agency, known as the INEGI, defended the changes, saying it "improved" the way it measures income because it suspected people were underreporting what they...

  • LIMA, July 18- A World Bank panel rejected a lawsuit filed against Peru which charged the nation with failing to clean up pollution tied to a smelter, the government said on Monday, but the company bringing the suit pledged to refile it immediately. New York- based Renco Group Inc sued Peru for $800 million in 2011, accusing it of failing to clean the soil around the La...

  • MONTERREY, Mexico, July 18- Mexican conglomerate Alfa posted a 70.9 percent drop in profits in the second quarter, dragged down by a depreciation in the peso currency, the company said on Monday. Net profit at Monterrey- based Alfa was 817.3 million pesos, sharply down from 2.81 billion pesos in the same quarter of last year, the company said in a statement.

  • LIMA, July 18- A World Bank panel has rejected an $800 million lawsuit filed against Peru for allegedly failing to clean up and take legal responsibility for pollution tied to a smelter in the South American nation, the Peruvian government said on Monday. New-York- based Renco Group Inc sued Peru in 2011, accusing it of failing to clean the soil around the La Oroya...

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Residents along the U.S.- Mexico border are feeling ignored in the midst of a U.S. presidential election in which immigration, border security and a proposed wall are being hotly debated, a poll released Monday suggests. According to the poll, 86 percent of border residents in Mexico and 72 percent of those questioned in the U.S. were against...

  • SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela— Tebie Gonzalez and Ramiro Ramirez still have their sleek apartment, a fridge covered with souvenir magnets from vacations aboard, and closets full of name brand clothes. So when the Venezuelan government opened the long-closed border with Colombia this weekend, the couple decided to drain what remained of the savings they put away...

  • SAO PAULO, July 18- Most Latin American stocks and currencies rose on Monday as traders unwound safety bets after a military coup attempt in Turkey proved unsuccessful. "After a busy and somewhat fraught end to the trading week, markets are relatively calm as the situation in Turkey stabilizes," Scotiabank analysts wrote in a client note. Power utility Light SA,...

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    Colombia's oil-reliant economy appears to be navigating global uncertainty that has hammered places like Venezuela and Brazil.

  • SAN ANTONIO DEL TACHIRA, Venezuela— Almost 100,000 Venezuelans, some of whom drove through the night in caravans, crossed into Colombia over the weekend to hunt for food and medicine that are in short supply at home. It was the second weekend in a row that Venezuela's socialist government opened the long-closed border with Colombia, and by 6 a.m. Sunday, a line of...