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Exclusive: Mexican central bank in talks with Amazon about new mobile payments

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s central bank is in talks with Amazon.com Inc to launch a new government-backed mobile payment system that would allow consumers to pay for online purchases using QR codes, the bank’s head of payments said. The logo of Amazon is seen on the door of an Amazon Books retail store in New York City, U.S., February 14, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid It would be the first time the world’s largest online retailer offers such scanning technology in Mexico and could eventually open a new customer base in…

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Nick Kyrgios lacks respect, says Rafael Nadal after Mexican Open defeat

Nick Kyrgios is ranked 72 in the world Australia’s Nick Kyrgios “lacks respect for the public, the rival and himself”, says world number two Rafael Nadal. The 17-time Grand Slam champion lost a dramatic second-round match to world number 72 Kyrgios 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (8-6) at the Mexican Open in Acapulco. Kyrios served underarm late on during the match against the Spaniard. Nadal said: “He’s a player who has the talent to win Grand Slams – a player who can fight for the top rankings, but there’s a reason…

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Mexican Open: Johanna Konta, Cameron Norrie & Rafael Nadal win

Cameron Norrie lost in the second round of the Rio Open last week Britain’s Cameron Norrie and Johanna Konta both won to reach the second round of the Mexican Open. Norrie, 23, beat Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka 6-2 2-6 6-2, while Konta, 27, overcame Germany’s Laura Siegemund 6-3 6-2 in Acapulco. Spain’s Rafael Nadal beat Germany’s Mischa Zverev 6-3 6-2 in his first match since losing the Australian Open final in January. Nadal has reached the Mexico Open final in his three previous appearances. “I’m happy for the victory. It’s never…

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Lifestyle 

Star of Mexican film ‘Roma’ prompts raw discussion of race, class

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The Oscar-nominated film “Roma,” which chronicles the life of a young housekeeper in 1970s Mexico, has put an uneasy focus on the nation’s sharp class, ethnic and racial divisions, leading to mixed reactions to the indigenous woman cast in the starring role. Mexican actor Yalitza Aparicio, who is nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for “Roma,” poses for a portrait in West Hollywood, California, U.S., February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni Yalitza Aparicio, who is nominated in the Best Actress category in Sunday’s Academy Awards, has…

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El Chapo trial: Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán found guilty

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Guzmán was extradited to the US in 2017 Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has been found guilty on all 10 counts at his drug trafficking trial at a federal court in New York. Guzmán, 61, has yet to be sentenced but the verdict could mean life in jail. The Mexican was accused of being behind the all-powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, which prosecutors say was the biggest supplier of drugs to the US. He was arrested in January 2016 after escaping from a Mexican…

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El Chapo ‘paid $100m bribe to former Mexican president Peña Nieto’

Image copyright Getty/ EPA Image caption Former Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto (L) and Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman (R) Former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto accepted a $100m (£77m) bribe from drug cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, a witness has testified. Alex Cifuentes, who says he was a close associate of Guzman for years, told a New York City courtroom that he had told authorities of the bribe in 2016. Guzman is accused of being behind the Sinaloa drug cartel, which prosecutors say was the largest US drug supplier.…

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Sports 

Holy guacamole! Mexican fuel shortage threatens Super Bowl snack

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Super Bowl fans may have to go without guacamole this year if avocado farmers in Mexico cannot send their fruit to the United States because of a prolonged fuel shortage. FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a freshly picked avocado at a plantation in Tacambaro, in Michoacan state, Mexico, June 7, 2017. Picture taken June 7, 2017. REUTERS/Alan Ortega/File Photo Like clockwork, Mexican producers ship thousands of tonnes of avocado to the United States in early February every year, where guacamole is a staple living room snack…

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Trump threatens to shut Mexican border in demand for wall funding

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Migrants from Honduras tried to enter the US illegally on Thursday by jumping a border fence Donald Trump has threatened to shut down the border with Mexico over illegal immigration if Congress fails to fund his proposed wall. “Either we build (finish) the Wall or we close the Border,” the US president tweeted after nearly a week of deadlock in Washington over the federal budget. Confirming the threat to close the border was real, the White House said negotiations with Congress had stalled. The dispute…

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The Searchers: Mexican women who look for the dead

Image copyright ALEJANDRO CEGARRA More than 37,000 people have been reported missing in Mexico since 2006, according to official government figures. Many have disappeared without a trace, leaving behind relatives desperate to know what happened to them. In the northern state of Sinaloa, one mother took matters into her own hands, picking up a shovel and digging for remains whenever she got tip-offs about clandestine graves. Photojournalist Alejandro Cegarra has documented her search and those of some 30 women who have since joined her. Image copyright ALEJANDRO CEGARRA Retired teacher…

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