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July 19, 2018 11:50 AM Singapore the third country to ratify CPTPP

SINGAPORE: Singapore ratified the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) today, becoming the third nation to do so after Mexico and Japan. According to the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), the CPTPP will enter into force 60 days after six of the 11 signatories ratify the agreement. "The CPTPP is an important 5

July 18, 2018 3:08 AM Mexico's next government to weigh legalising drugs

MEXICO CITY: Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has given his future interior minister "carte blanche" to explore the possibility of legalising drugs in a bid to curb violent crime, she said Tuesday. Olga Sanchez Cordero, a former Supreme Court judge tapped to lead the interior ministry, drew applause when she made the comment at a university 3

July 18, 2018 1:31 AM Thirteen dead, one missing in Mexico land struggle: Officials

OAXACA, Mexico: At least 13 people were killed and one was reported missing after a dispute between two groups over land in Mexico's southern state of Oaxaca erupted in violence, local prosecutors said Tuesday. The deadly gun attack took place Monday in Yautepec district, when members of one communal land association "were attacked" by members of a neighbouring 6

July 2, 2018 3:09 AM Marcelo won't start for Brazil against Mexico, Filipe Luis in

Marcelo will not start at left-back in Brazil's last-16 World Cup clash against Mexico, coach Tite confirmed on Sunday. Marcelo was forced off after just nine minutes of Brazil's final group match against Serbia on Wednesday and was later diagnosed with back spasms. He has returned to training but the decision has been made to keep Filipe Luis, who replaced 11

July 2, 2018 12:49 AM First woman elected Mexico City mayor: Exit polls

MEXICO CITY: Mexico City has elected a woman mayor for the first time in history, local politician and scientist Claudia Sheinbaum, according to exit polls. Sheinbaum, 56, won the election to lead North America's largest city with between 47.5 and 55.5% of the vote, according to an estimate by polling firm Mitofsky. A woman had previously served as mayor 7

June 30, 2018 6:35 AM Ibrahimovic, Villa to power MLS All-Stars against Juventus

NEW YORK: Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Spanish striker David Villa will lead the Major League Soccer All-Stars against Italian giant Juventus in the MLS All-Star Game, the league announced Friday. The select squad from the North American league for the August 1 showdown at Atlanta includes players from a record 16 nations, including five from this year's 6

June 29, 2018 2:20 AM Ramos and Faghani to take charge of first last 16 matches Saturday

Referees from Mexico and Iran will take charge of the first knock-out games of the World Cup, governing body FIFA said Thursday. Mexican referee Cesar Ramos will take charge of Uruguay v Portugal in Sochi while the meeting between France and Argentina in Kazan will be refereed by Iranian official Alireza Faghani. Both matches are on Saturday to open the round 4

June 26, 2018 7:23 AM US suspends key part of zero tolerance policy

WASHINGTON: The director of US border control has said migrant parents crossing in from Mexico illegally will for now no longer be referred for prosecution, US media reported, effectively suspending a key plank of the "zero tolerance" policy. US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, who made the announcement Monday to reporters 6

June 26, 2018 7:22 AM Candidate in Mexico vote gunned down

OAXACA, Mexico: A candidate in Mexico's elections was gunned down along with four other people on Monday as they made their way to a campaign rally, the Oaxaca state government and police said. The candidate was identified as 50-year-old Emigdio Lopez Avendano, a member of an indigenous community called Piedra Ceniza, the state justice department said. He and the four other 7

June 25, 2018 7:36 AM China's Didi steps up challenge to Uber with Australia push

MELBOURNE: Chinese ride-sharing giant Didi has intensified its drive for global business, launching in Melbourne Monday as it joins rivals Uber, Taxify and Ola in Australia's taxi market. Didi Chuxing claims to be the world's leading mobile transportation platform with more than 450 million users, and its latest expansion is part of attempts to rival 7