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David Alire Garcia

Haitian vote at least one year off, says key opposition leader

Jul 16 2021

PORT-AU-PRINCE Fair elections in Haiti cannot be held for at least a year after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise due to the influence of violent gangs and a compromised electoral council, a senior opposition leader said in an interview.

Haitians protest, pay tribute as country grapples with president's killing

Jul 15 2021

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) -Scattered protests broke out in Haiti's capital on Wednesday as gasoline shortages added to concerns over insecurity and police announced new arrests a week after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise pitched the already-troubled Caribbean nation into political chaos. | Video

Haitians apprehensive of foreign troops as government seeks U.S. help

Jul 13 2021

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) -A troubled past of foreign military intervention has made many Haitians anxious or hostile to calls requesting U.S. or other foreign troops be sent to the Caribbean nation in the aftermath of last week's assassination of the President Jovenel Moise.

Clashing visions of Mexico's GMO corn ban cloud impact

Jul 08 2021

MEXICO CITY A clash at the top of Mexico's agriculture ministry over the scope of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's push to prohibit genetically-modified corn has cast uncertainty over the farm and food industries in the country that first developed the grain.

Exclusive-Top Mexican geologist touts 'very good' Bacanora lithium deposit

Jun 29 2021

MEXICO CITY Unusually high lithium concentrations have been found in a deposit being developed by Mexico's top prospector of the white metal, the head of the country's national geological service said, while underlining the challenges to extracting it.

Mexico rejected tainted pork at U.S. border before barring Smithfield plant

Jun 24 2021

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -Mexican inspectors have rejected three pork skin cargos at the U.S.-Mexico border since April from the biggest U.S. pork plant operated by industry giant Smithfield Foods as well as another shipper, the country's health safety agency told Reuters.

Mexico rejected tainted pork at U.S. border before barring Smithfield plant

Jun 24 2021

MEXICO CITY, June 24 Mexican inspectors have rejected three pork skin cargos at the U.S.-Mexico border since April from the biggest U.S. pork plant operated by industry giant Smithfield Foods as well as another shipper, the country's health safety agency told Reuters.

Mexico stalling GMO corn permits ahead of ban, says top farm lobby

Jun 10 2021

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -Mexico is holding up import permits for GMO corn, the head of the country's main farm lobby told Reuters, saying the government intended to apply a GMO ban to the grain used in animal feed despite contradictory comments by a top U.S. official.

Mexico stalling GMO corn permits ahead of ban, says top farm lobby

Jun 10 2021

MEXICO CITY, June 10 Mexico is holding up import permits for GMO corn, the head of the country's main farm lobby told Reuters, saying the government intended to apply a GMO ban to the grain used in animal feed despite contrasting comments by a top U.S. official.

Mexico now ready to welcome private lithium miners

Jun 02 2021

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -Mexico's leftist ruling party has dropped plans to nationalize lithium production and is now pushing to welcome private investors to help develop the country's potential in the metal used to make batteries, the senior lawmaker behind the proposal told Reuters. Mexico, a major copper and silver producer, is home to large potential reserves of lithium, used in electric vehicle (EV) batteries. Most of it is in hard-to-tap clay deposits that are costly and technically difficult to mine. After touting the possibility of a state-run lithium monopoly late last year, Sen. Alejandro Armenta, chairman of the upper chamber's finance committee and a key ally of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, said he will instead author a bill to promote a regulated marketplace in the nascent sector. "We're convinced that we need private investment and we're allies of domestic investors and also foreign investors who respect us," said Armenta, attributing his new posture to having studied regulatory frameworks for lithium in other countries. Armenta said a market-friendly lithium bill will be introduced in September with the start of a new legislative session, following June 6 mid-term elections. Mexico's nationalistic president, who favors state-centric oil and power markets, said in March that his government was analyzing the possibility of taking a larger stake in lithium. He did not go into detail. In recent weeks, a friendlier message to business has emerged from officials and candidates from the ruling National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) after Lopez Obrador's clashes with business elites. Economy Minister Tatiana Clouthier told local radio last month that the government was considering a public-private partnership to develop lithium. She suggested the state might have a 51% stake, a blueprint Armenta says he also now backs. In the energy sector, private oil majors have mostly balked at joint ventures with national oil giant Pemex if the state-run company runs operations and it was unclear if lithium investors would react similarly.

World News

'Pingdemic' puts Britain's food supply under strain

LONDON (Reuters) -British supermarkets said on Thursday that some products were in short supply and petrol stations had been forced to close after the official health app told hundreds of thousands of workers to isolate following contact with someone with COVID-19.