UPDATED: Strong earthquake strikes Mexico at night, one death reported

UPDATED: Strong earthquake strikes Mexico at night, one death reported

MEXICO CITY, Sept 22 (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck western Mexico early on Thursday, claiming the life of a woman in Mexico City who fell and hit her head as residents evacuated their homes during the country's second major temblor this week. The Mexico City government said the woman stumbled on the stairs of her home in the city's central Doctores neighborhood as quake alarms rang out and buildings began to shake. Elsewhere around the country, there were no immediate reports of serious damage, authorities said. The quake, which the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) first measured at magnitude…
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WATCH: Powerful quake shakes Mexico

WATCH: Powerful quake shakes Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck near the coast of western Mexico on Monday on the anniversary of two devastating temblors, shaking buildings and sending residents of Mexico City scurrying onto the streets for safety. Shortly after 1 p.m. local time, the quake registered at 7.6 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey hit near the coast on the border region of the states of Michoacan and Colima at a depth of around 15 km (9 miles). https://twitter.com/PMBreakingNews/status/1571929475696455680 Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said there were no immediate reports of damage in the capital after the tremors, which rumbled through Mexico on the same day as major quakes hit the…
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Mexico gives Army control of National Guard

Mexico gives Army control of National Guard

MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defiantly dismissed criticism of his security policy by domestic adversaries and the United Nations after Congress voted to give the Army control over the civilian-led National Guard. By a margin of 71 to 51, senators on Friday passed a bill ceding control of the National Guard to the Army, which has fed concerns about the militarization of public security. There were two abstentions, including the Senate leader of Lopez Obrador's leftist ruling National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), Ricardo Monreal. Mexico's lower house of Congress had approved the legislation last week. The…
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Mexico, Cuba report rare deaths of two patients with monkeypox

Mexico, Cuba report rare deaths of two patients with monkeypox

Mexico and Cuba have reported the deaths of two people who had tested positive for monkeypox, although neither country attributed the fatalities to the viral disease. The reports follow monkeypox-related deaths reported in Brazil and Ecuador in the past month, but fatalities remain extremely rare in the current outbreak. The Pan-American Health Organization has reported at least 21,200 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the Americas, and over 80 countries worldwide have reported new cases of the illness, which is endemic in parts of Africa. Mexico's health ministry on Tuesday said experts were investigating the death of an HIV-positive patient who…
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Photo Story: The Meteorite Museum in Yucatan

Photo Story: The Meteorite Museum in Yucatan

A child observes a replica of a dinosaur at the Meteorite Museum in Progreso, Mexico. The museum, equipped with virtual and augmented reality technology, allows visitors to experience prehistoric episodes such as the arrival about 66 million years ago of the meteorite that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. Via EPA-EFE/LORENZO HERNANDEZ
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Mexico records deadliest year yet for journalists, with 18 murders so far

Mexico records deadliest year yet for journalists, with 18 murders so far

This year will be the deadliest on record for journalists in Mexico, with 18 killed so far, human rights organization Article 19 said in a report issued this week. Of the 18 deaths, Article 19 had identified a potential link to their work in nine cases so far, the organization's regional director Leopoldo Maldonado told Reuters. "2022 could be the worst year in a century for the press," Maldonado said. In a little over eight months, the death toll for 2022 has already outpaced the 13 murders recorded last year and the 14 recorded in 2020. Article 19 found the…
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Mexican troops sent to border city after deadly cartel clash

Mexican troops sent to border city after deadly cartel clash

Hundreds of Mexican soldiers were sent to the border city of Juarez after a prison face-off between members of two rival cartels caused a riot and shootouts that killed 11 people, most of them civilians, authorities said. Los Chapos, members of the infamous Sinaloa Cartel formerly led by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, and local group Los Mexicles clashed in a prison Thursday afternoon, Deputy Security Minister Ricardo Mejia said. A riot then broke out, leaving two shot to death and four injured with bullet wounds, Mejia said, speaking alongside Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at a regular news conference.…
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Race against time in bid to rescue 10 Mexican miners

Race against time in bid to rescue 10 Mexican miners

SABINAS, Mexico, (Reuters) - Large pumps sucked water from a flooded coal mine in Mexico as authorities weighed whether to send divers to try to save 10 miners who have been trapped underground for more than three days. The miners became trapped at a mine in the northern border state of Coahuila on Wednesday afternoon when their excavation work caused a tunnel wall to collapse, triggering flooding in three wells. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Saturday would be "decisive" in determining whether divers could safely enter the mine. But by afternoon, Coahuila Governor Miguel Riquelme said water levels were…
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Mexican miners remain trapped in coal mine after three rescued

Mexican miners remain trapped in coal mine after three rescued

MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) - Rescuers in Mexico, including dozens of soldiers, were working desperately to reach ten miners trapped in a flooded coal mine following the collapse of an inner wall, the ministry handling the disaster said. Three miners had been rescued and hospitalized, the Security and Citizen Protection Ministry said in an update on the rescue efforts at the mine in the Sabinas municipality of the northern state of Coahuila. Television footage showed family members outside the mine clamoring for information on the missing men. "I hope we find them safe," Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said earlier on Twitter. Lopez Obrador had said nine miners…
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Mexico arrests drug lord Caro Quintero, wanted for killing U.S. agent

Mexico arrests drug lord Caro Quintero, wanted for killing U.S. agent

In a major win for Mexican and U.S. law enforcement, Mexico's Navy said on Friday it had captured notorious drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, convicted for the murder and torture of a U.S. anti-narcotics agent in 1985. The kingpin rose to prominence as a co-founder of the Guadalajara Cartel, one of Latin America's most powerful drug trafficking organizations during the 1980s, and had been among the most prized targets for U.S. officials. The U.S. government hailed the arrest, and said it would waste no time in requesting his extradition. "This is huge," White House senior Latin America adviser Juan Gonzalez…
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Mexico says U.S. will increase work visas for Mexicans, Central Americans

Mexico says U.S. will increase work visas for Mexicans, Central Americans

MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) - The United States agreed to increase the number of work visas for Mexicans and Central Americans during high-level talks in Washington this week, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said. "The number of (temporary) work visas to enter the United States will be considerably expanded," he told a regular news conference on his return from Washington where he met his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden on Tuesday. Lopez Obrador did not give details. Esteban Moctezuma, Mexico's ambassador to the United States, said in an interview with a local newspaper that visas for Mexicans will increase next year as a…
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Reporter gunned down in latest attack on Mexican journalists

Reporter gunned down in latest attack on Mexican journalists

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A Mexican reporter was killed Wednesday in one of the country's most violent northern border states, authorities and his employer said, the latest in a series of attacks in one of the world's most dangerous countries for journalists. Antonio de la Cruz, a journalist for local newspaper Expreso, was shot and killed in his home in the Tamaulipas state capital Ciudad Victoria, the paper said. His death is the second of an employee at the outlet following his colleague Hector Gonzalez's murder in 2018, according to human rights organization Article 19. Tamaulipas is a Gulf coast state, just…
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Mexican president’s party set to win most states in Sunday elections

Mexican president’s party set to win most states in Sunday elections

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's ruling party was primed to capture four more state governments after elections on Sunday, preliminary results showed, strengthening President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's grip on power ahead of the contest to succeed him in 2024. Lopez Obrador's leftist National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) and its allies were set to win gubernatorial races in the states of Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, Hidalgo and Tamaulipas, according to preliminary vote counts by electoral authorities. Opposition candidates were leading tallies in the central state of Aguascalientes and Durango in the north, broadly in line with results anticipated by opinion polls. All…
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Mexico state elections poised to bring fresh gains to president’s party

Mexico state elections poised to bring fresh gains to president’s party

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico holds six state elections on Sunday that are likely to boost President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's party, in one of the last major tests of his electoral clout before the political focus shifts to the race to succeed him. Lopez Obrador's leftist National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) and its allies are tipped to win most of the governorships up for grabs, tightening the party's grip on the political landscape against a fractured opposition. Jointly accounting for about one tenth of Mexico's 126 million population, Tamaulipas and Durango in northern Mexico, Aguascalientes and Hidalgo in the center,…
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Storm Agatha kills 3 in southern Mexico; heavy rainfall to continue

Storm Agatha kills 3 in southern Mexico; heavy rainfall to continue

PUERTO ESCONDIDO, Mexico (Reuters) - At least three people were confirmed dead and at least five others reported missing on Tuesday after record-breaking storm Agatha battered southern Mexico, local authorities said. Heavy rainfall in the region is expected to continue, and the remnants of the storm are likely to form a tropical depression by Friday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Aldis Lopez, 21 and Mario Cruz, 18 were the storm's first confirmed victims in the community of Santa Catarina Xanaguia in the hardest hit state of Oaxaca. "They were buried between rocks and mud," Axel Martinez, a spokesperson for the…
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EPA’s Eye In The Sky: ‘PARCUR’ Park, Mexico City, Mexico

EPA’s Eye In The Sky: ‘PARCUR’ Park, Mexico City, Mexico

An aerial picture taken with a drone that shows a general view of 'PARCUR' park, in Mexico City, Mexico. The Government of Mexico City opened the Urban Culture Park 'PARCUR', a space of more than 20,000 square meters in the emblematic Bosque de Chapultepec to practice sports such as parkour and skateboarding, as well as graffiti and rap. Via EPA-EFE/Sashenka Gutierrez
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Migrant disappearances quadruple in Mexico in 2021

Migrant disappearances quadruple in Mexico in 2021

Reported cases of missing migrants in Mexico jumped nearly fourfold in 2021 from 2020, as the country struggles to stem the flow of undocumented people from Central America to the United States, according to a report released Wednesday. The number of missing foreigners grew by 292% to 349 from 89 cases, said the report presented by the Jesuits' Missing Migrant Search Program (SJM), a human rights organization. Hundreds of thousands of migrants traverse Mexico every year hoping to reach the United States, often becoming the victims of kidnappings, murders and other crimes. "There are places where drug cartels lie in…
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Ninth journalist killed in Mexico this year as foreign criticism mounts

Ninth journalist killed in Mexico this year as foreign criticism mounts

MEXICO CITY, May 5 (Reuters) - A Mexican journalist was found dead in the northwestern state of Sinaloa on Thursday, authorities said, marking the ninth death of a media worker in a unprecedentedly bloody year for the country which has drawn international scrutiny. Luis Enrique Ramirez, a veteran journalist and columnist at El Debate, was found dead on the side of a highway, the state's attorney general said on Twitter. Ramirez's body was discovered by security forces in a black bag and wrapped in plastic, his employer said. Ramirez was a recognized figure in Sinaloa and beyond, having worked at some of…
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Outrage in Mexico after missing teenager found dead

Outrage in Mexico after missing teenager found dead

The body of a Mexican teenager who went missing this month in the northern state of Nuevo Leon has been found submerged in a cistern inside the grounds of a motel near where she was last seen alive, authorities said on Friday. Debanhi Escobar, an 18-year-old law student, vanished on April 9 amid a spate of disappearances of women in Nuevo Leon's capital Monterrey that has sparked protests and intensified international scrutiny of gender violence in Mexico. Twenty-six women and girls have disappeared in Nuevo Leon this year, and five more have been found dead after being reported missing. Feminist…
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Mexico declines to impose economic sanctions on Russia

Mexico declines to impose economic sanctions on Russia

MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) - Mexico will not impose any economic sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said. He also criticized what he called censorship of Russian state-sponsored media by social media companies. "We are not going to take any sort of economic reprisal because we want to have good relations with all the governments in the world," Lopez Obrador told a news conference. Lopez Obrador's position stands in contrast to the broad international sanctions imposed on Russia for President Vladimir Putin's actions. Russia has built strong links to various governments in Latin America, especially authoritarian administrations…
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Migrants sew their mouths shut in quest for Mexico passage to U.S. border

Migrants sew their mouths shut in quest for Mexico passage to U.S. border

A dozen undocumented migrants on Mexico's southern border sewed their mouths shut in a bid to convince the country's immigration authority to grant them passage toward the U.S. border. The migrants, mostly Central and South Americans, helped each other seal their lips using needles and plastic threads, leaving a small space to consume liquids and using alcohol to wipe away drops of blood from the stitches, Reuters images show. "The migrants are sewing their lips together as a sign of protest," said Irineo Mujica, an activist at the demonstration. "We hope that the National Migration Institute can see that they…
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Another Mexican journalist killed in latest violent attack on media

Another Mexican journalist killed in latest violent attack on media

A Mexican journalist was shot and killed in the southern state of Oaxaca, police said, the latest in a string of journalist deaths that have prompted U.S. lawmakers to pressure Mexico to step up protections. Heber Lopez, an independent journalist who ran NoticiasWeb, was shot and killed, police officials told Mexican news outlet Milenio. Lopez was attacked at his recording studio, outlet RCP Noticias said on social media. The attorney general for Oaxaca said two people were arrested in relation with the crime, though the investigation was still ongoing. Lopez, who worked in the port city of Salina Cruz, had…
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Mexico tops 5 million total coronavirus cases

Mexico tops 5 million total coronavirus cases

MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexico topped 5 million total confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday, registering 42,181 new cases and 573 new deaths, according to health ministry data. The overall number of confirmed cases hit 5,027,870 and the death toll in the country rose to 307,493. Photo - Members of the Celula Covid-19 patrol make sure people wear face masks in the municipality of Ecatepec, State of Mexico, Mexico. EPA-EFE/Sashenka Gutierrez
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Second journalist shot dead in a week in Mexico’s Tijuana

Second journalist shot dead in a week in Mexico’s Tijuana

A Mexican journalist was shot dead in the northern border city of Tijuana on Sunday, the state government said, becoming the second killed in the area within a week. Lourdes Mandonado, a journalist with decades of experience, was shot dead in her car in the Santa Fe neighborhood of Tijuana, the attorney general's office of Baja California said in a statement. The killing came less than a week after officials reported that Mexican photojournalist Margarito Martinez, 49, died after being shot in the head outside his home in Tijuana. A source with knowledge of the case said Maldonado had been…
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Murders in Mexico fall 3.6% in 2021, but femicides rise

Murders in Mexico fall 3.6% in 2021, but femicides rise

Murders in Mexico slightly dropped in 2021, falling 3.6% from the previous year, though femicides rose, according to preliminary government data just released. The drop in murders is a win for President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office in late 2018 pledging to bring down record levels of violence plaguing the country. Last year's decline in murders to 33,308 was the lowest total under Lopez Obrador, just below the 33,739 logged in 2018, according to figures presented by Security Minister Rosa Icela Rodriguez at a regular news conference with the president. Lopez Obrador argues the violence is a product…
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Mexico hits record in new COVID-19 cases, more than 30,000

Mexico hits record in new COVID-19 cases, more than 30,000

MEXICO CITY(Reuters) - Mexico hit a record in confirmed daily COVID-19 cases on Saturday, according to official data, posting more than 30,000 additional infections as the highly contagious respiratory disease spread in the country. The health ministry tallied 30,671 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, after registering more than 20,000 new infections on each of the previous three days. COVID-19 fatalities, however, have not shown a similar spike in recent days, with 202 confirmed deaths on Saturday. The total number of confirmed cases in Mexico since the pandemic began stands at 4,113,789, with 300,303 confirmed fatalities, the fifth highest official death…
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Mexico nears 300,000 deaths from COVID-19 as cases surge after holidays

Mexico nears 300,000 deaths from COVID-19 as cases surge after holidays

MEXICO CITY, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Mexico is likely to surpass 300,000 deaths from COVID-19 this week - the fifth highest death toll worldwide - as infections rise after the holiday season, fuelled by the Omicron coronavirus variant and largely unrestricted tourism. Infections have more than doubled to 20,000 during the last week when many U.S. tourists visited Mexico. Eleven of Mexico's 32 states decided not to resume in-person school classes this week with cases climbing fast. The arrival of the highly contagious Omicron variant reversed a downturn in infections during the autumn, when the widespread application of vaccines provided…
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Mexico’s confirmed coronavirus death toll nears 299,000

Mexico’s confirmed coronavirus death toll nears 299,000

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's health ministry reported 3,719 additional cases of coronavirus infections and 107 more fatalities, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 3,951,003 and the death toll from the pandemic to 298,777. Sunday's figures included data gathered over the course of two days. The health ministry did not publish a formal report on the latest COVID-19 developments on Saturday. Officials have said the ministry's figures likely represent a significant undercount of both COVID-19 cases and deaths. (Reporting by Dave Graham; Editing by Himani Sarkar) Photo - A man wearing a mask walks on a street during…
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Migrant truck crashes in Mexico killing 54

Migrant truck crashes in Mexico killing 54

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico (Reuters) -Fifty-four mostly Central Americans were killed on Thursday when the truck they were in flipped over in southern Mexico, in one of the worst accidents involving migrants who risk their lives to reach the United States. The trailer broke open, spilling out people, when the truck crashed on a sharp curve outside the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez in the state of Chiapas, according to video footage of the aftermath and civil protection authorities. Chiapas Governor Rutilio Escandon said 49 people died at the scene, and five more while receiving medical attention. "It took a bend, and…
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Wife of Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ to face sentencing in U.S. court

Wife of Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ to face sentencing in U.S. court

U.S. prosecutors will ask a judge on Tuesday to sentence the wife of imprisoned Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to four years in prison after she pleaded guilty to helping the Sinaloa drug cartel. Emma Coronel Aispuro, 32, pleaded guilty in June to three counts of conspiring to distribute illegal drugs, conspiring to launder money and of engaging in financial dealings with the Sinaloa drug cartel. Federal prosecutors on Tuesday also intend to ask U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras to order Coronel to forfeit $1.5 million as part of her sentence. She is scheduled to appear in federal court in Washington,…
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Curbing travel over Omicron coronavirus variant of little use -Mexican health official

Curbing travel over Omicron coronavirus variant of little use -Mexican health official

MEXICO CITY, Nov 28 (Reuters) - Mexico's deputy health secretary said measures such as restricting travel or closing borders are of little use in response to the emergence of the new Omicron coronavirus variant. Hugo Lopez Gatell, who has been the face of the Mexican government's response to the pandemic, said some of the measures other countries have taken are "disproportionate" to what the existing scientific evidence shows. "It has not been shown to be more virulent or to evade the immune response induced by vaccines," he said in a Twitter post on Saturday. "Travel restrictions or border closures are…
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At least 19 killed in bus crash in central Mexico

At least 19 killed in bus crash in central Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - At least 19 people were killed and 20 more injured on Friday when a passenger bus traveling on a highway in central Mexico crashed into a house, authorities said. The brakes on the bus, which was heading to a local religious shrine in the state of Mexico, failed, according to local media reports. State authorities did not disclose the possible causes of the accident. Assistant state interior secretary Ricardo de la Cruz Musalem said that the injured had been transferred to hospitals, including some by air. The state Red Cross said 10 ambulances had rushed to…
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Biden seeks common ground with Mexico, Canada at summit but tensions remain

Biden seeks common ground with Mexico, Canada at summit but tensions remain

WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden hosted Canadian and Mexican leaders on Thursday for the first North American summit in five years in a bid to revitalize cooperation that has been over-shadowed by tension over Biden's "Buy American" agenda and immigration. Biden met separately at the White House with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and then all three met together. The talks were aimed at finding common ground among the three neighbors bound together by the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) free trade agreement, which governs some $1.5 trillion a year in…
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U.S.-Mexico border reopens after 20 months of COVID disruption

U.S.-Mexico border reopens after 20 months of COVID disruption

TIJUANA, Mexico, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Dozens of crossings at the Mexico-United States border reopened to non-essential travel on Monday after a 20-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though life is not quite back to normal yet along the 2,000 mile (3,200 kilometer) frontier. Ahead of reopening, hundreds of cars formed lines stretching back kilometers from the border at the Mexican city of Tijuana, while queues at pedestrian crossings grew steadily. Still, differing rules over coronavirus vaccines threaten to hold up family reunions, while the prospect of some curbs easing has also encouraged migrants to try their luck seeking…
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Conviction of Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ should be thrown out, lawyer argues

Conviction of Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ should be thrown out, lawyer argues

A lawyer for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman urged a U.S. appeals court on Monday to overturn the Mexican drug kingpin's conviction, citing juror misconduct and the jail conditions that Guzman experienced. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan appeared receptive to the argument that Guzman's trial judge in Brooklyn should have inquired into whether jurors improperly followed the case in the media during the blockbuster trial. It was less sympathetic to a claim that Guzman's conviction was tainted by 2-1/2 years of solitary confinement in the since-closed Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, which his lawyer Marc Fernich called a…
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Photo Story: Giant skulls honour Frida Kahlo for the Day of the Dead in Mexico

Photo Story: Giant skulls honour Frida Kahlo for the Day of the Dead in Mexico

People attend the 'Fridacraneos' exhibition, at the Monument to the Revolution, in Mexico City, Mexico.  The life and work of Frida Kahlo, one of the most beloved Mexican artists in the world, was the inspiration for the exhibition 'Fridacraneos' that is exhibited these days in the streets of Mexico City on the Day of the Dead. Photo - EPA-EFE/Sashenka Gutierrezz
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Mexico denies permit for new GMO corn variety, first time ever

Mexico denies permit for new GMO corn variety, first time ever

Mexican health safety regulators have rejected a new variety of GMO corn for the first time, according to German conglomerate Bayer which makes the grain and blasted the decision, saying it was looking into its legal options. Mexico, birthplace of modern corn, has never permitted the commercial-scale cultivation of GMO corn but has for decades allowed such varieties to be imported, mostly from U.S. farmers and overwhelmingly used to fatten livestock. Mexican regulators did not confirm the decision and also did not reply to several requests for comment. Regulators must approve each new variety developed by seed companies before crops…
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Venezuelan leader Maduro lands in Mexico ahead of Latin American leaders’ summit

Venezuelan leader Maduro lands in Mexico ahead of Latin American leaders’ summit

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrived in Mexico City on Friday, Mexico's foreign ministry said, ahead of a summit of a recently elected "pink tide" of leftist Latin American leaders. The socialist leader will attend a meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), a regional body that Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez helped set up in 2011. The CELAC summit will also convene the "pink tide" leaders whose elections boosted left-wing movements across the region. Maduro's arrival in Mexico comes hours after his vice president, Delcy Rodriguez, landed in Mexico City to represent…
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Photo Story: The Anniversary of El Grito in Mexico

Photo Story: The Anniversary of El Grito in Mexico

A general view of the Zocalo Square during the ceremony for the 211th anniversary of the 'Cry of Independence' (El Grito) in Mexico City, Mexico, 15 September 2021, marking the start of Independence Day celebrations. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador re-enacted the 'Cry of Independence' (El Grito) for the second consecutive year without the presence of citizens in the Zocalo in central Mexico City due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Via nEPA-EFE/SASHENKA GUTIERREZ
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Mexican authorities rescue 22 foreigners kidnapped in a hotel

Mexican authorities rescue 22 foreigners kidnapped in a hotel

Mexican authorities rescued 22 foreigners, most of them Cuban and Haitian, who were earlier in the day kidnapped when gunmen stormed a hotel in the central state of San Luis Potosi, the region's attorney general said. The gunmen also kidnapped 16 Mexicans when they ransacked the Sol y Luna hotel in Matehuala, about 195 km (120 miles) north of the city of San Luis Potosi, the regional capital. The Mexicans were released earlier but the foreign nationals had to be rescued in a remote area by the road between Matehuala and the regional capital, Arturo Garza Herrera, the attorney general…
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‘Apocalypse’: rare lightning adds to quake awe in Mexico

‘Apocalypse’: rare lightning adds to quake awe in Mexico

A rare natural light show flashed across the night sky during a powerful earthquake that shook Mexico City and beach resort Acapulco late on Tuesday, adding to a sense of doom as startled residents rushed into the streets. Twitter users posted dozens of videos of the phenomenon, prompting a trend under the tag Apocalipsis, which is Spanish for Apocalypse, the biblical term used to denote the end of the world. The 7.0 magnitude quake, which hit 11 miles (17.7 km) northeast of Acapulco in southwestern Guerrero state killed one man and damaged buildings in the holiday getaway but did not…
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Mexico’s top court decriminalizes abortion

Mexico’s top court decriminalizes abortion

Mexico's Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Tuesday that penalizing abortion is unconstitutional, a major victory for advocates of women's health and human rights, just as parts of the United States enact tougher laws against the practice. The decision in the world's second-biggest Roman Catholic country means that courts can no longer prosecute abortion cases, and follows the historic legalization of the right in Argentina, which took effect earlier this year. Arturo Zaldivar, president of the Mexican Supreme Court, hailed the decision as "a watershed moment" for all women, especially the most vulnerable. The vote by the 10 judges present stemmed…
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UPDATED: Strong Acapulco quake aftershocks unnerve Mexican resort’s residents

UPDATED: Strong Acapulco quake aftershocks unnerve Mexican resort’s residents

Shaken residents slept in cars and on the streets of Mexico's famed Acapulco beach resort early on Wednesday, as a series of strong aftershocks rippled through the city after a powerful earthquake that killed one man. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit 11 miles (17.7 km) northeast of Acapulco in southwestern Guerrero state late on Tuesday. It damaged the control tower at the beach resort's international airport, cracked walls in a hospital attending COVID-19 patients and triggered landslides and gas leaks. https://twitter.com/saudova/status/1435439602312040452 However, the quake did not cause major destruction, according to initial reports by authorities. In Acapulco, dozens of cars…
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New migrant caravan sets off for U.S. from southern Mexico

New migrant caravan sets off for U.S. from southern Mexico

A migrant caravan of around 400 people, including many children, set off from the southern Mexican city of Tapachula for the United States on Saturday, just a couple of days after security and migration officials dispersed another large group. Mostly comprising Central Americans and Haitians, the caravan left at around 7:30 a.m. local time from a park in Tapachula where they had been staying, ignoring an earlier attempt by security forces to make them give up, a Reuters witness reported. Many in the group, which included Venezuelans and other South Americans, said they were fleeing poverty and violence at home…
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Photo Story: One dead, five missing after Pemex offshore platform fire

Photo Story: One dead, five missing after Pemex offshore platform fire

A view of the fire on an oil platform in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche state, Mexico. At least one person died and five more are missing due to a fire that erupted on an offshore platform run by Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) in the southern Gulf of Mexico, the Mexican state oil and gas company said on Monday. Three Pemex workers were injured and another was in a state of nervous shock, the company said in a statement. In addition, one Pemex worker died in the incident, it added. Three workers of a contracting firm, Mexican oil services company COTEMAR, were…
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Hurricane Grace unleashes severe flooding in Mexico, killing eight

Hurricane Grace unleashes severe flooding in Mexico, killing eight

Hurricane Grace pummeled Mexico with torrential rain, causing severe flooding and mudslides that killed at least eight people after becoming one of the most powerful storms in years to hit the country's Gulf coast. Grace was blowing maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour (201 km per hour), a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, when it slammed into the coast near the resort of Tecolutla in Veracruz state in the early morning. The state government said eight people were killed, including six from a single family. All but one of the victims died in Xalapa, the…
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Grace becomes major hurricane, barrels toward Mexico’s Gulf coast

Grace becomes major hurricane, barrels toward Mexico’s Gulf coast

TECOLUTLA, Mexico, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Hurricane Grace rapidly intensified into a major hurricane on Friday night as it barreled towards Mexico's Gulf coast, threatening to lash the oil-producing state of Veracruz and central Mexico with strong winds and heavy rains. By Friday night, Grace was blowing maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour (195 km per hour), with higher gusts, making it "a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale," the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCPAT2+shtml/210258.shtml. Grace was about 105 miles (165 kilometers) north of Veracruz, moving west at 10 mph (17 kph), the Miami-based…
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Mexico’s confirmed coronavirus cases top 3 million

Mexico’s confirmed coronavirus cases top 3 million

Mexico reported 22,711 more coronavirus cases, according to health ministry data, pushing the total number of confirmed cases over 3 million. Mexico also reported an additional 727 fatalities, bringing the overall death toll to 246,203. All told, Mexico has now registered 3,020,596 coronavirus infections, the ministry said. Photo: View of a statue adorned with a facial mask in Guadalajara, Jalisco state, Mexico. EPA-EFE/Francisco Guasco
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Ranks of Mexican poor swell to reach nearly half the population

Ranks of Mexican poor swell to reach nearly half the population

Mexico's poverty rate grew to nearly 44% at the end of last year, government data just released showed, worsened by an economic slump as the coronavirus pandemic led to steep budget cuts, business closures and layoffs. Some 3.8 million more Mexicans fell below the official poverty line in 2020 to reach a total of nearly 56 million, compared with the end of 2018 when President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office on a pledge to prioritize the needs of the poor. Mexico's population of about 126 million is the largest among Spanish-speaking countries, second only to Brazil in Latin America.…
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Mexico sues U.S. gun makers

Mexico sues U.S. gun makers

Mexico sued several gun makers in a U.S. federal court on Wednesday, accusing them of reckless business practices that supply what it called a "torrent" of illegal arms to violent Mexican drug cartels, leading to thousands of deaths. The lawsuit alleges that units of Smith & Wesson, Barrett Firearms, Colt's Manufacturing Company, Glock Inc, Sturm, Ruger & Co and others knew their business practices had encouraged illegal arms trafficking into Mexico. The lawsuit cites weapons that had entered Mexico used in notorious shootings, noting that Colt's .38-caliber "Emiliano Zapata 1911" pistol is engraved with the image of the Mexican revolutionary,…
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Mexico in talks to produce Italy’s GRAd-COV2 COVID-19 vaccine

Mexico in talks to produce Italy’s GRAd-COV2 COVID-19 vaccine

Mexican authorities said they are in talks with Italian health authorities and Italian biotech firm ReiThera about the possibility of producing the GRAd-COV2 COVID-19 vaccine in Mexico. Deputy Foreign Minister Martha Delgado traveled to Italy to speak with Francesco Vaia, director of the Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute of Infectious Diseases, and ReiThera executives to discuss the option of producing the vaccine in Mexico, the Mexican Foreign Ministry said. The ministry reiterated Mexico's plan to participate in GRAd-COV2's Phase III trials, which will require 6,000 volunteers in the country, but did not specify a timeline. Italy's hopes of producing its own…
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Photo Story – Feminists protest in Mexico City over teacher’s death

Photo Story – Feminists protest in Mexico City over teacher’s death

A view of a policeman's helmet, which was painted during a protests by feminist groups and relatives of Susana Garrido, in Mexico City, Mexico, 18 July 2021. Feminist collectives and relatives of Susana Garrido, a young teacher murdered in Mexico City last April allegedly at the hands of her former partner, held a march this Sunday to demand justice for this femicide. VIA EPA-EFE/Sashenka Gutierrez
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Mexico to step up border vaccinations to get frontier back to normal

Mexico to step up border vaccinations to get frontier back to normal

Mexico aims to roll back pandemic-induced restrictions on its shared frontier with the United States by speeding up vaccinations ofits border population against COVID-19, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said. Ebrard, Security Minister Rosa Icela Rodriguez and other officials met with U.S. Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mayorkas in Mexico City, and the foreign minister said he had set out his government's plan to hasten vaccinations. Writing on Twitter, Ebrard said Mayorkas indicated that his priorities were facilitating trade, tourism and travel. "We were in agreement," Ebrard said, noting that vaccinations were being accelerated to get back to normal in the…
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