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UK retail sales grow faster in July, helped by World Cup and discounting


LONDON British shoppers spent more than expected in July, after hot weather and the World Cup continued to boost food sales and other retailers offered discounts, pointing to a solid start to the third quarter for the economy.


New Mexico compound member in U.S. illegally over 20 years - government 2:23am BST

TAOS, N.M. A Haitian woman who was charged with child abuse at a New Mexico compound has been taken into custody by immigration authorities after living in the United States illegally for over 20 years, federal officials said on Wednesday.

U.S. and Mexico to announce joint plan to fight drug cartels 15 Aug 2018

CHICAGO The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Mexican authorities are planning on Wednesday to announce a new strategy to combat transnational Mexican drug cartels that will include a crackdown on their finances, a DEA official said.


Mysterious manatee deaths in Mexican wetlands spurs quest for answers 15 Aug 2018

MACUSPANA, Mexico In the swampy wetlands of southern Mexico, officials and researchers are struggling to explain the deaths of dozens of manatees, the chubby marine mammals once confused with mermaids by ancient mariners. | Video


New Mexico judge gets death threats after granting bail to Muslim compound members 15 Aug 2018

TAOS, N.M. A New Mexico judge received death threats and Islamophobic abuse on Tuesday a day after she granted bail to five Muslims charged with child abuse and accused of training children at their compound to carry out attacks, court officials said.


Off-the-grid dream becomes nightmare in New Mexico compound 13 Aug 2018

AMALIA, N.M. One of the leading members of a group prosecutors accused of abusing children at a New Mexico compound struggled with his plan to live off the grid after he underestimated a harsh mountain desert climate and settled on the wrong plot of land.

Mexican judge says probe into 2014 killings inadequate - rights centre 12 Aug 2018

MEXICO CITY A Mexican judge said the country's attorney general has not "exhaustively, adequately and effectively" investigated the extrajudicial executions of 22 people allegedly committed by the military in 2014, a human rights organisation said on Sunday.


U.S.-Mexico NAFTA talks drag on as autos sticking points emerge 11 Aug 2018

WASHINGTON Talks between the United States and Mexico over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement were set to drag into next week, as auto industry officials said on Friday that new sticking points had emerged over President Donald Trump's threat to impose steep automotive tariffs.


Police choppers thump over Mexico City as drug crime rises 10 Aug 2018

MEXICO CITY Masked police officers pointed semi-automatic rifles from a helicopter that flew low over Mexico City last week as security forces employ unprecedented heavy-handed tactics to combat a rise in levels of drug violence rarely seen in the capital.  | Video


Mexico's next president chooses unarmed lawyers, doctors, engineers to guard him 10 Aug 2018

MEXICO CITY Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday he will abandon the secret service-style protection used by his predecessor in favour of a security detail of 20 unarmed men and women, including lawyers, doctors and engineers.


Italy threatens action over bridge disaster, investors shun operator

GENOA, Italy Italy's biggest toll-road operator came under heavy stock-market attack on Thursday and the government said it could impose a heavy fine or revoke its concession over a bridge collapse that killed at least 38 people.