Jan 15, 2015

Facebook founder in Colombia to promote affordable Internet

Improved Internet access can be a force for peace, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday during a trip to Colombia to promote his project to boost Web availability for the two-thirds of the world not yet connected. The project, dubbed “internet.org” and launched with ...

Dec 11, 2014

Global homicide rates drop but nearly 500,000 slain in 2012: U.N.

Global homicide rates have plunged 16 percent since the beginning of the century, but nearly half a million people were still murdered worldwide in 2012, a UN report said Wednesday. Some 475,000 people were murdered around the globe that year, with the highest murder ...

Japan Inc. seeks to recover influence in Brazil as China looms

Aug 4, 2014

Japan Inc. seeks to recover influence in Brazil as China looms

In the 1950s, Japan helped Brazil establish industries such as steelmaking and initiated key purchases of Brazilian iron ore. Now the Asian nation is seeking to regain influence in Latin America’s largest economy, where China is the No. 1 trading partner. Japan has signed ...

Abe leaves Mexico, heads for Trinidad and Tobago

Jul 28, 2014

Abe leaves Mexico, heads for Trinidad and Tobago

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Mexico Sunday, having struck a series of energy deals, and headed for Trinidad and Tobago, his next stop on a tour of Latin America. The Japanese leader and his wife received a red-carpet sendoff flanked by soldiers at the ...

Jul 25, 2014

Mizuho to loan $500 million to Petrobras

Mizuho Bank plans to extend $500 million in loans to state-owned Brazilian oil firm Petrobras, informed sources said Friday. The move comes as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leaves Friday for a five-nation Latin American tour that will include Brazil. Mizuho and Petrobras will sign ...

Jul 24, 2014

Abe to push for stronger economic ties on Latin American trip

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be looking to strengthen economic ties with five Latin American nations, including Mexico and Brazil, during an overseas swing that starts Friday. Abe will also seek support from Latin America for Japan’s bid for a nonpermanent seat on the ...