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Golf: Johnson four clear of McIlroy after three rounds in Mexico

(Reuters) – Dustin Johnson launched a 368-yard drive at the second hole for an eagle en route to a four-stroke lead over Rory McIlroy after the third round of the WGC-Mexico Championship on Saturday. Feb 23, 2019; Mexico City, MEX; Dustin Johnson plays his shot from the third tee during the third round of the WGC – Mexico Championship golf tournament at Club de Golf Chapultepec. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports The hot start afforded the world number three the luxury of maintaining a healthy buffer despite a double-bogey…

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Samir Flores Soberanes: Thousands march in Mexico City over activist’s murder

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A man holds a placard at the protest reading, “Samir didn’t die, the government killed him” Thousands of protesters have marched in Mexico City following the murder of an environmental activist. Samir Flores Soberanes, who was also a journalist, was shot twice in the head in his home in Amilcingo, south of Mexico City, on Wednesday. The protesters held signs saying “Samir didn’t die, the government killed him”; “Samir lives”; and “Justice for Samir”. As the march made its way through Mexico City, thousands gathered…

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Golf: Bogey-free Johnson grabs two-shot advantage in Mexico

Feb 22, 2019; Mexico City, MEX; Dustin Johnson plays his shot from the 18th tee during the second round of the WGC – Mexico Championship golf tournament at Club de Golf Chapultepec. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Reuters) – Dustin Johnson surged to a two-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and Matt Kuchar with a flawless four-under-par 67 in the second round of the WGC-Mexico Championship on Friday. The world number three wiped out Northern Irishman McIlroy’s early four-stroke advantage at the Club de Golf Chapultepec to wind up at…

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Golf: McIlroy almost aces par-four en route to Mexico lead

(Reuters) – Rory McIlroy came within a whisker of a rare hole-in-one at a par-four on Thursday as the Northern Irishman took the first-round lead at the WGC-Mexico Championship with an eight-under-par 63. Feb 21, 2019; Mexico City, MEX; Rory McIlroy plays his shot from the 12th tee during the first round of the WGC – Mexico Championship golf tournament at Club de Golf Chapultepec. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports It was McIlroy’s best score in the first round of a World Golf Championships event and earned him a…

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Golf: McIlroy almost aces par-four en route to Mexico Championship lead

Feb 21, 2019; Mexico City, MEX; Rory McIlroy plays his shot from the 12th tee during the first round of the WGC – Mexico Championship golf tournament at Club de Golf Chapultepec. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy almost aced a par-four hole en route to the first-round lead at the WGC-Mexico Championship on Thursday. McIlroy’s two-iron at the 305-yard first hole, his 10th of the day, landed on the front of the green and his ball almost grazed the cup as it trickled past. He…

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Technology 

Mexico pushes mobile payments to help unbanked consumers ditch cash

MEXICO CITY/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mexico’s new leftist government is betting on financial technology to help lift people out of poverty. FILE PHOTO: A worker moves boxes with green tomatoes through the corridors of the wholesale market “Central de Abastos” in Mexico City, Mexico January 11, 2019. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril/File Photo The administration of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador recently announced measures aimed at making financial services more affordable in a nation where more than half the population is unbanked. It is planning a digital payments system run and built by…

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Mexico border wall: US states sue over emergency declaration

A coalition of 16 US states led by California is suing President Donald Trump’s administration over his decision to declare an emergency to raise funds for a Mexican border wall. The lawsuit was filed in the court for the Northern District of California. It comes days after Mr Trump invoked emergency powers to bypass Congress and secure funding for the project – a key campaign pledge. Democrats have vowed to contest it “using every remedy available”. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said they were taking President Trump to court “to…

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Di Grassi seizes Mexico Formula E win at the line

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Brazilian Lucas Di Grassi seized a last-gasp victory in a wild finish to the Mexico City ePrix on Saturday, with Belgian Jerome d’Ambrosio returning to the top of the all-electric Formula E standings. Germany’s Pascal Wehrlein had led from pole position in a race that was red-flagged after less than five minutes when Brazilian Nelson Piquet Jr. had a big smash. Wehrlein led from the re-start but used too much energy defending on the last lap against Di Grassi and ran out of power within meters…

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Formula E: Lucas di Grassi wins dramatic Mexico E-Prix

Formula E: Last-gasp Lucas Di Grassi wins Mexico E-Prix Brazil’s Lucas di Grassi won a dramatic Mexico City Formula E-Prix after overtaking Pascal Wehrlein metres before the finish line. Mahindra Racing’s Wehrlein led for large periods but ran out of power on the final corner as Audi driver Di Grassi, 34, edged past on the inside. A five-second penalty meant German Wehrlein was demoted to sixth. BMW’s Antonio Felix da Costa finished second and Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara third. Fourth-placed Jerome D’Ambrosio of Mahindra Racing retained his overall lead in the…

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Trump insists Mexico wall will be built despite deal to end shutdown

Image copyright EPA Image caption President Trump says a wall or fence along the Mexican border is vital for US security US President Donald Trump insists the US will still build a wall along its border with Mexico, despite ending the longest-ever US government shutdown without securing funds for the project. On Twitter, Mr Trump said the deal to temporarily reopen government was “in no way a concession” on the wall. The bipartisan agreement announced on Friday covers just three weeks. Mr Trump indicated he might trigger another shutdown or…

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