• Mexico agreed with U.S. Attorney General Barr to arrest drug capo in deal for general
    MEXICO CITY/WASHINGTON, November 21 (Reuters): Mexico has committed to the arrest of a high-level cartel leader under a deal with U.S. Attorney General William Barr to drop U.S. drug trafficking charges against a former Mexican defense minister, a senior Mexican source told Reuters. The United States dropped the case against retired General Salvador Cienfuegos this week citing "sensitive and important" foreign policy considerations that outweighed interest in pursuing
  • Strange bedfellows: Laredo's millionaires, nuns and muralists battle border wall
    LAREDO (Texas), October 5 (Reuters):  Former U.S. Border Patrol agent Daniel Perales spent hours over the years crouched at the mouth of the Zacata Creek, a tributary of the Rio Grande, listening for the snap of carrizo cane as border crossers from Mexico arrived on the northern banks. These days, he listens for the whistle of the Morelet's seedeater, a bird rare in these parts, and frets about the proposed construction of a border wall here. "It would fra
  • Mexico, plagued by cartel wars, on cusp of legal cannabis 'green rush'
    MEXICO CITY, October 1 (Reuters): For Guillermo Nieto, a Mexican businessman who grew up smoking pot, the cannabis greenhouse on his family's vast farmlands in Guanajuato state is part of a bigger dream. One that involves deep-pocketed pharmaceutical companies. Nieto and several Mexican businessmen have spent years positioning themselves for a time when the country opens up what would be the world's biggest legal cannabis market in terms of population, where the drug ca
  • Mexican president launches stinging attack on his five predecessors
    MEXICO CITY, September 15 (Reuters): Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday moved closer to an unprecedented national vote on what he describes as the corrupt rule of his predecessors, alleging they allowed massive theft of public resources over decades. Singling out the terms of former presidents going back to 1988, Lopez Obrador read out a long list of grievances, blaming them for the rampant graft and spiraling cycles of violence and inequality that ha
  • Mexico says 122,765 extra people died during pandemic in 'excess deaths' study
    MEXICO CITY, September 6 (Reuters): Mexico has recorded 122,765 deaths more than would be expected during the pandemic up to August, the health ministry said on Saturday in a report on excess mortality rates, suggesting Mexico's true coronavirus toll could be much higher. Mexico has recorded 67,326 confirmed coronavirus deaths and 629,409 cases, the world's fourth highest death toll from the virus that has infected more than 26 million people around the globe. Mexico
  • In midst of pandemic, Mexicans resume searches for the disappeared
    NUEVO LEON, Mexico, September 4 (Reuters): Using drones, shovels and picks, desperate Mexicans resumed searching for disappeared family members across remote parts of the country, restarting a torturous process that was largely halted when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March. More than 73,000 people are classified as missing in Mexico, most of whom are believed to be victims of drug cartel warfare since Mexico launched its so-called 'War on Drugs' in 2006. The searches a
  • Mexico has world's most health worker deaths from pandemic - Amnesty International
    MEXICO CITY, September 4 (Reuters): More health workers have died from the coronavirus in Mexico than any other country on the planet, Amnesty International said on Thursday, highlighting the high toll the pandemic was taking on frontline medical staff around the globe. At least 7,000 health workers around the world have died after becoming infected with the coronavirus, including 1,320 in Mexico, Amnesty said. Other countries with high mortality rates include United States,
  • Mexico's president nods to environment but favours state energy firms
    MEXICO CITY, September 3 (Reuters): On the campaign trail two years ago, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador pledged to meet Mexico's commitments on combating global warming and discussed moving the oil-producing nation away from fossil fuels with leading environmentalists, like former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. Since taking office in late 2018, Mexico's president has promoted a major reforestation program, pledged to phase out the herbicide glyphosate, and railed against fra
  • Mexican president gains popularity during pandemic: poll
    MEXICO CITY, September 1 (Reuters): Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's approval ratings have risen during the coronavirus pandemic, with a majority of surveyed voters applauding his campaign to crack down on political corruption, an opinion poll showed on Tuesday. Lopez Obrador now holds a 65% approval rate, according to a nationwide survey of 1,000 voters in face-to-face interviews conducted by pollster Parametria from Aug. 26 to 30. The rate rose from
  • Mexican president forges crucible for corruption fight, eyeing key vote
    MEXICO CITY, August 28 (Reuters): Gearing up for a key election next year, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has wielded corruption as both a stick with which to beat political adversaries, and a lightning rod to deflect criticism from his record in office. Now, videos of his brother receiving cash from a political ally have cast doubt over Lopez Obrador's upright image, undermining his argument that entrenched corruption has fed chronic gang violence and held b
  • Punished for being poor? Mexico child labor case makes poverty a crime, critics say
    MEXICO CITY, August 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): The arrest of three Mexican women accused of trafficking more than 20 children from within their extended family has been criticized by rights activists, who say they are being punished for being poor. Prosecutors found the malnourished children during a raid last month on a house in Chiapas, the country's poorest state, and said they were being forced by their relatives to hawk souvenirs and other trinkets in the streets
  • Mexican drug cartel leader sentenced for journo's murder
    MEXICO CITY, AUGUST 23 (IANS): A federal judge in the Mexican state of Chihuahua has sentenced an organized crime leader to 50 years in prison for the murder of journalist Miroslava Breach, the Attorney General's Office (FGR) said. This is "the highest penalty to date and represents a precedent in investigations of crimes committed against freedom of expression", Xinhua news agency quoted the FGR as saying in a statement on Saturday. Juan Carlos Moreno, nicknamed &q
  • Mexican president volunteers to try Russian coronavirus vaccine
    MEXICO CITY, August 17 (Reuters): Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday he would volunteer to be among the first to try a Russian vaccine for the novel coronavirus if it proved effective. Moscow's decision to approve the vaccine and produce the first batches after less than two months of human testing has raised concerns among some scientists considering only about 10% of clinical trials are successful. Some scientists have said they fear Russia ma
  • Mexico's Lopez Obrador says two former presidents should testify about graft
    MEXICO CITY, August 12 (Reuters): Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Wednesday said two former presidents should have to testify about corruption after a former head of state oil firm Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) accused former officials of involvement in bribes. Former Pemex Chief Executive Emilio Lozoya on Tuesday filed a complaint saying ex-President Enrique Pena Nieto and his ex-finance minister Luis Videgaray had instructed him to direct bribes to Pena Ni
  • U.S. officials find 'sophisticated' smuggling tunnel on Mexican border
    LOS ANGELES, August 8 (Reuters): U.S. authorities have discovered an unfinished 1,300-foot (400-meter) tunnel under the U.S.-Mexico border, calling it an unusually sophisticated smuggling route complete with ventilation and a rail system. The tunnel was found on Tuesday in the desert near San Luis, Arizona by federal agents led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's investigative arm, the agency said in a press release Friday. Authorities have located hundreds of tunne
  • Mexico captures 'El Marro', cartel boss blamed for fueling violence
    MEXICO CITY, August 2 (Reuters): The Mexican Army and state security forces have captured Jose Antonio Yepez, a prominent drug gang leader blamed for helping to fuel a major surge in violence in the country in recent years, authorities said on Sunday. Widely known as "El Marro" (The Mallet), Yepez was captured in an operation carried out early on Sunday morning, according to the federal government and authorities in the central state of Guanajuato, a principal fl
  • Mexico's COVID-19 death toll now world's 3rd highest
    Mexico City, August 1 (IANS): With a total of 46,688 fatalities, Mexico now accounts for the world's third highest number of coronavirus fatalities in the world, according to the Johns Hopkins University. Previously the UK had the third highest toll, and registered 46,204 deaths as of Saturday, the University revealed in its latest update. The US currently accounts for the world's highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths at 4,562,170 and 153,314. Brazil comes in the
  • Women seeking help from violence almost doubles in Mexico lockdown
    MEXICO CITY, July 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): The number of women and children seeking help at shelters for victims of violence has surged by more than 80% in Mexico under the coronavirus lockdown, according to the country's largest network of shelters for victims of violence. The National Network of Shelters, which includes about 69 refuges across Mexico, also said the number of calls and texts it had received about family or gender-based violence had risen by 55% bet
  • Mexican cave artifacts show earlier arrival of humans in North America
    WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters): Stone tools unearthed in a cave in central Mexico and other evidence from 42 far-flung archeological sites indicate people arrived in North America - a milestone in human history - earlier than previously known, upwards of 30,000 years ago. Scientists said on Wednesday they had found 1,930 limestone tools, including small flakes and fine blades that may have been used for cutting meat and small points that may have been used as spear tips, in
  • Drug cartel ‘narco-antennas’ make life dangerous for Mexico’s cell tower repairmen
    MEXICO CITY, July 15 (Reuters): The young technician shut off the electricity at a cellular tower in rural Mexico to begin some routine maintenance.   Within 10 minutes, he had company: three armed men dressed in fatigues emblazoned with the logo of a major drug cartel.   The traffickers had a particular interest in that tower, owned by Boston-based American Tower Corp, which rents space to carriers on its thousands of cellular sites in Mexico. The cartel had