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Mysterious manatee deaths in Mexican wetlands spurs quest for answers

In the swampy wetlands of southern Mexico, officials and researchers are struggling to explain the deaths of dozens of manatees, the chubby marine mammals once confused with mermaids by ancient mariners. Fishermen who navigate the muddy waters inland from the coast of Tabasco state have discovered since May at least 28 dead West Indian manatees,...

Incoming Mexican president will take new approach to drug war

Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will review security agreements with the United States, including the $2.9 billion Merida Initiative, and wants to refocus aid to social and economic projects, a senior security aide said on Friday. “When the time comes, we will review initiatives such as Plan Merida,” said Alfonso Durazo, who will head...

12-year old boy becomes UNAM’s youngest university student

At 12 years of age, children in Mexico usually complete their primary education. But Carlos Santamaría school began to bore him from the second year, so he decided to go further and pursue university studies as a listener at age 8 at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Today Santamaría is the youngest student...

Mexico’s president-elects vows to end the use of fracking

Mexico’s president-elect said Tuesday that he will end fracking, the oil and gas extraction method that has just begun to take root in areas of the country’s north. Asked about the potential risks of fracking at a news conference, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said, “We will no longer use that method to extract petroleum.” Mexico...

All 103 passengers survive plane crash in Mexico

An Aeromexico jetliner taking off in a blustery storm smashed down into a nearby field but skidded to a stop virtually intact, and all 103 people aboard were able to escape advancing flames before fire engulfed the aircraft. Passengers expressed gratitude to be alive, but many were extremely shaken after the crash Tuesday afternoon. “It...

Popocatépetl volcano sends ash over 5 municipalities

The national coordinator of Civil Protection, Luis Felipe Puente, informed through his Twitter account that the Popocatépetl volcano presented activity. Around 3:00 AM on Tuesday morning, Popocatépetl exploded sending ash 2 kilometers high. The fall of ash caused by volcanic activity is recorded in Amecameca, Acuautla, Ecatzingo, Ozumba and Tepetlixpa. Puente called on the population...

Mexico sends second team of forest fighters to Canada

To increase its capacity to respond to forest fires in Canada, the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC) requested 102 more Mexican fighters, adding 207 elements from Mexico to those assigned to support Canada. The new group consists of two technicians for the management, combat, and suppression of forest fires and 5 brigades, with 20...

Mexico sees 16 percent increase in murders this year

Homicides in Mexico rose by 16 percent in the first half of 2018, as the country again broke its own records for violence. The Interior Department said over the weekend there were 15,973 homicides in the first six months of the year, compared to 13,751 killings in the same period of 2017. The number is...
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