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Mexican President Touts Good Ties with US in First 100 Days

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador celebrated what he called his administration's "cordial" relations with the United States on Monday as he marked his first 100 days in office.   When Lopez Obrador took office Dec. 1, many feared the leftist was headed for a certain clash with conservative U.S. President Donald Trump.   But the two have maintained civil relations, without the frequent insults and name-calling Trump had once subjected Mexico to.   Mexico has quietly cooperated… Read Full Article

Venezuela's Blackout Halts Oil Exports from Primary Port

Venezuela's state-run oil firm PDVSA has been unable to resume crude exports from its primary port since last week's massive power outage, essentially crippling the OPEC nation's principal industry, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. Power remained patchy in most of the country after a blackout on Thursday that the government of President Nicolas Maduro claimed was a U.S.-backed act of "sabotage" on the country's principal hydroelectric dam. His critics insist it is the result… Read Full Article

Amazon Domain Battle Rages as Internet Overseer Postpones Decision

Brazil on Monday thanked the global body that oversees internet addresses for extending until April a deadline for Amazon basin nations to reach a deal with Amazon.com in their seven-year battle over the .amazon domain name. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) meeting this week in Kobe, Japan, decided to put off a decision that was expected to favor use of the domain by the world's largest online retailer. Amazon basin countries Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador,… Read Full Article

Eleven Dead as Brazil's Largest City Floods

Intense floods in Latin America's business hub Sao Paulo killed at least 11 people, turned roads into rivers and tossed cars atop buildings and into trees, with authorities bracing for more rain Monday evening. Five people drowned. The others, including at least one infant, were buried alive in mudslides, according to the Sao Paulo state security secretariat. Nearly 110 millimeters — over 4 inches — of rain fell from Sunday afternoon to Monday afternoon, 70 percent of the amount expected… Read Full Article

Eurozone Delays Greece Debt Relief Over Reforms

Eurozone ministers on Monday held back granting Greece debt relief because the government failed to implement reforms promised during the massive bailout that ended last year, officials said. Greece exited its third and final international bailout in August, a turning point in its progress out of the catastrophe that engulfed the country during the financial crisis. The Greek government has still failed to complete housing insolvency rules that have raised fears in Greece for families… Read Full Article

Nasrin Sotoudeh: Iran human rights lawyer jailed for 38 years, say family

Nasrin Sotoudeh has defended women arrested for protesting against Iran's headscarf laws.

Leaders Invite NATO Secretary-general to Address US Congress

Democrats and Republicans are inviting NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to address a joint meeting of Congress next month around the 70th anniversary of the trans-Atlantic alliance. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with agreement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other members of Congress, is expected to extend the invitation, the leaders' offices said. The address is expected to be one of several events in the U.S. capital celebrating the treaty's signing in 1949,… Read Full Article

US Election Commission Fines Jeb Bush Super PAC, Chinese Company

The federal election oversight agency has levied a record fine against the Super PAC that backed former presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, who ran as a Republican in 2016, and a Chinese-owned corporation, according to a watchdog group that filed the initial complaint. The Campaign Legal Center had asked the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to impose sanctions in 2016, after The Intercept reported that American Pacific International Capital, Inc (APIC) had made $1.3 million in contribution to the… Read Full Article

Srebrenica Survivors Hope Karadzic Gets Life Sentence

Survivors of Bosnia's Srebrenica massacre said Monday they hoped a U.N. court would sentence convicted war criminal Radovan Karadzic to life in jail when he receives his final verdict next week. More than 23 years after the mass killings in Srebrenica, in which nearly 8,000 Bosnian men and boys were slaughtered by Bosnian Serb forces, the former Bosnian Serb political leader will hear a final ruling on appeal March 20. In 2016, Karadzic was convicted of genocide for his role in the July… Read Full Article

Slovenian woman's hand sawn off 'in insurance fraud'

She severed her hand with a circular saw to collect €400,000 in compensation, Slovenian police say.