A Hong Kong taxi driver prosecuted for overcharging a passenger by HK$0.5 (£0.04; $0.06) has had the case against him thrown out.
The lawsuit, which was withdrawn on Thursday after the prosecution offered no evidence, lasted six months.
Tam Hoichi said the case had tired him out, and he wanted an explanation as to why he was sued.
A Rio de Janeiro court has overturned the suspension of the concession of Brazil's iconic Maracana stadium to a group of private companies.
The stadium was privatised last week, but a judge suspended the process saying the bidding was illegal.
Monday's ruling reversed this. The court said suspending the concession would cause damage to Brazil.
Revelations that Costa Rica's president used the jet of a Colombian with alleged links to drugs trafficking have led to three high-profile resignations.
The head of intelligence and security, Mauricio Boraschi, and presidential aide Irene Pacheco stepped down on Thursday. Communications Minister Francisco Chacon resigned on Wednesday.
Argentina's ex-military leader Jorge Rafael Videla has died aged 87 while serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity, local media report.
He is said to have died of natural causes in prison.
Perhaps it was the rising power of Samsung's Galaxy brand. Or maybe it was Amazon embracing Android but burying its brand in the Kindle. But whatever the reason, Google is killing off the Android brand, replacing it with a much more vendor-specific brand: Google. Can Google dump Android and still maintain its momentum?
PORT CHESTER, N.Y. — Nearly 20 years after he arrived penniless in this country from Mexico, Moises owns two restaurants, with a third on the way. He has five employees, an American wife and a stepdaughter. His food even has a following on Yelp.com.
What Moises does not have is American citizenship, or even a green card permitting him to reside legally in the United States. So he inhabits an economic netherworld, shuttling among his establishments on the bus and train because he cannot get a driver’s license and making do without bank loans or credit cards even as he files for zoning permits and incorporation papers.
MEXICO CITY — A Cuban man convicted in the United States of spying on behalf of Cuba can stay in Cuba, where he was allowed to go last month for his father’s funeral, if he renounces his American citizenship, a federal judge ruled Friday.
The man, René González, 56, has been in Cuba since April 22. He was due to return to Florida because the Justice Department had required that he serve out his three years of probation in the United States. Mr. González was released from prison in October 2011 after serving 13 years.
MEXICO CITY — The United States Treasury Department has begun investigating whether Jay-Z and Beyoncé — music’s royal couple — violated the trade embargo against Cuba by traveling to the island two weeks ago during their wedding anniversary, according to officials and a person who helped arrange their visit.
In a sudden predictable controversy that proves the embers of conflict between Miami and Havana are never far from becoming flames, Treasury officials on Monday said they were working on a response to demands for more information about the trip from two Cuban-American lawmakers from South Florida — Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, both Republicans, who appear to be using the highly photographed visit to rekindle outrage about Americans going to Cuba for fun.
Un tribunal federal de apelaciones confirmó el lunes un fallo que revocó una ley de la Florida que prohíbe a los gobiernos estatales y locales la contratación de empresas con vínculos comerciales con Cuba. La sentencia continúa impidiendo que la ley del 2012 entre en vigor.
La ley “entra directamente en conflicto con el régimen federal extensa y altamente calibrado de sanciones contra Cuba, promulgadas por los poderes legislativo y ejecutivo durante casi cincuenta años”, escribió el juez Stanley Marcus, de la Corte de Apelaciones del 11º. Circuito de EE.UU., al expresar la opinión unánime de un panel de tres jueces.
Los jueces fallaron a favor de Odebrecht USA, la firma de Coral Gables que había impugnado la ley aprobada por una mayoría casi unánime de los legisladores estatales y firmada por el gobernador republicano Rick Scott. El Departamento de Transporte de la Florida apeló la medida cautelar dictada el año pasado por el juez federal de distrito K. Michael Moore, que opinó que la legislación interfería con la facultad del gobierno federal para establecer la política exterior.
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