Global Observer

Foreign dispatches from correspondents around the world.


Mexico dials up new market for cell phone banking

MEXICO CITY -- With a new law permitting the sale of financial services via cell phone, Mexico's banking and telecom industries see a chance to tap the millions of consumers who have a mobile phone bu...


South African rapid rail moves forward, with delays

JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa's first high speed rail line is an unusually bold and expensive undertaking for the country. But the plan has hit a few snags.


Mexico struggles to emerge from 'digital abyss'

MEXICO CITY -- Mexico is falling behind in the Internet age, with only 28 percent of the population having Internet access -- ranking behind Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Chile and Argentina.