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  • MEXICO CITY, Feb 13- Mexico's largest retailer Wal Mart de Mexico blew past analyst expectations to report an 11 percent rise in fourth-quarter net profit on Wednesday, citing growth in Mexico where efficiencies and cost reductions boosted profit margins. The company known as Walmex grew its quarterly gross margin, a metric of profitability and efficiency, in...

  • *U.S. questions Maduro support in Venezuela military ranks. MONTEVIDEO, Feb 7- European and Latin American leaders called for dialog and elections to solve a deepening crisis in Venezuela on Thursday, warning against rash intervention in the country even as trucks bringing humanitarian aid lined up near the border. The group, in a communiqué after the meeting,...

  • *U.S. military ready to protect diplomats in Venezuela. MONTEVIDEO, Feb 7- European and Latin American leaders met on Thursday to seek a peaceful and political solution to Venezuela's deepening crisis, while a U.S. admiral suggested socialist President Nicolas Maduro does not have the loyalty of many within his military. Holding its inaugural meeting in...

  • MEXICO CITY, Jan 30- Costa Rica's competition regulator has rejected Wal Mart de Mexico's bid to buy a local supermarket chain, the agency's president said on Wednesday. Costa Rica's Commission for the Promotion of Competition notified Walmex in December that it opposed the deal, saying the acquisition could give the retailer enough market power to alter...

  • SEOUL, Jan 24- Kang Sung- il buys Sancho, his Pomeranian, a toy every business trip and this Lunar New Year holiday will dress him up in a new $50 suit to visit' grandma', Kang's mother. South Korea's pet industry is booming, fuelled by the same factors that have made the country's birth rate, at 1.05 births per woman, the lowest in the world: the high cost of education and...

  • MADRID, Jan 22- Spain's Telefonica is negotiating the sale of its relatively small Central American operation in a move that should allow the company to focus on core regions and reduce its large debt, it said on Tuesday. A potential deal, on which no agreement has been reached so far, could encompass all or some of the company's assets in the region, which groups...

  • *87 pct of firms to add to or keep staff due to automation-survey. BERLIN, Jan 18- Fears that robots will eliminate your job are unfounded with a growing number of employers planning to increase or maintain headcount as a result of automation, staffing company ManpowerGroup said in a survey published on Friday. "More and more robots are being added to the workforce,...

  • Star fish beach in Bocas Del Toro, Panama

    If you want to stretch your retirement dollars and enjoy outdoor activities, consider heading south. Panama, Costa Rica and Mexico are just a few of the top foreign destinations for retirees, according to International Living.

  • PARIS, Dec 27- France's Vinci is taking advantage of a Brexit hit to UK asset prices to buy a majority stake in Britain's second-busiest airport, London's Gatwick, for 2.9 billion pounds, the construction company said on Thursday. Vinci Airports President Nicolas Notebaert signalled uncertainty over Britain's departure from the European Union next March had...

  • Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks onstage during the annual Google I/O developers conference in Mountain View, California, May 8, 2018.

    Google Maps has now become the primary arbiter of place names, the New York Times reports.

  • Whether you're retiring overseas for the lower cost of living or the beautiful vistas, an unexpected bill from the IRS could crash the party. Here's how to avoid that.

  • This photo taken on November 15, 2016 shows a general view of the northern Seoul city skyline and Han river, as seen from the landmark 63 tower.

    South Korea will sign trade agreements with five Central American nations, boosting the Korean automotive and electronics sectors.

  • Tiger Shark

    A Manhattan woman died after being mauled by a tiger shark while diving with tourists off the coast of Costa Rica, USA Today reports.

  • A Bribri native worker grafts cacao plants at the Association of Small Producers of Talamanca -- one of the biggest cooperatives in Costa Rica.

    In Costa Rica, cacao is under constant threat from diseases and environmental challenges, N.Y. Times reports.

  • People gather on a street in downtown Mexico City during an earthquake on September 7, 2017. An earthquake of magnitude 8.0 struck southern Mexico late Thursday and was felt as far away as Mexico City, the US Geological Survey said, issuing a tsunami warning.

    Mexico was struck by a huge earthquake late Thursday local time, with tsunamis and at least 32 deaths reported.

  • dentist, healthcare, patient in dentist chair

    In these Latin American countries, expats have found inexpensive, high-quality dental care, International Living reports.

  • A nurse applies a vaccine against influenza in a doctor's office in Mexico City, Mexico.

    As U.S. health care costs rise, more affordable health insurance is available in these countries, International Living reports.

  • Retirees on beach

    See what International Living ranks as this year's top 5 easiest places to move abroad for retirement or just for a change of pace.

  • A woman produces cheese according to organic farming procedures at the farm La Esperanza in Platanares de Moravia, 12 km north of San Jose.

    Who knew there was so much demand for "queso" in Costa Rica? Even doctor-turned-cheese maker John Michael Arthur was surprised.

  • Living abroad retirement beach life

    See what International Living ranks as this year's top 5 easiest places to move abroad for retirement or just for a change of pace.