Mexico warns of coronavirus rebound from big holiday crowds

Mexico is doubling down on its public health message to avoid big crowds to avert a second wave of coronavirus infections as annual festivities approach, including the Day of the Dead, that traditionally draws hundreds of thousands of people nationwide. The Nov. 1-2 Day of the Dead celebration blends Catholic rituals and the pre-Hispanic belief...
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U.S. borders with Canada, Mexico to stay closed to non-essential travel until Nov. 21

The United States’ land borders between Canada and Mexico will remain closed to all non-essential travel until Nov. 21, the U.S. Homeland Security Department said Monday. The extension comes as the United States remains one of the worst-affected countries in the world and is reporting the second-highest number of new cases daily. “To continue to...
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In a pandemic year, Mexico’s Day of the Dead will be more subdued

Marigolds, known in Mexico as “the flower of the dead” for a scent believed be strong and sweet enough to attract souls and draw them back, are generally all around by mid-October as the Day of the Dead approaches. But with the country exceeding 85,700 official deaths from the coronavirus pandemic this year, the bright,...
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Mexico’s ex-defense chief helped ship tons of cocaine and heroin, charges say

Mexico’s former defense minister Salvador Cienfuegos used his power in office to protect the Beltran-Leyva cartel, directing military operations against rival gangs and even finding maritime transport to ship drugs, U.S. prosecutors said. Cienfuegos, arrested at Los Angeles airport on Thursday, took bribes in return for protection that included warning cartel members about U.S. investigations,...
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U.S. detains Mexico’s ex-defense minister on DEA warrant

U.S authorities detained the defense minister for Mexican ex-president Enrique Pena Nieto at Los Angeles airport on Thursday on a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) warrant, a DEA spokeswoman told Reuters. As defense minister General Salvador Cienfuegos was a powerful figure in Mexico’s drug war in which the army battled cartels across the country. Several...
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Man shelters 300 dogs from Hurricane Delta in Mexico home

As the dangerous Hurricane Delta closed in on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Ricardo Pimentel opened his home — to about 300 dogs. There were plenty of other critters too: Dozens of cats were harbored in his son’s room; his daughter’s room served as a refuge for chicks, bunnies and even a hedgehog; a patio became a...
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Mexico experts find 2,000 ruin sites near Maya train route

Experts in Mexico said Wednesday they have detected more than 2,000 pre-Hispanic ruins or clusters of artefacts along the proposed route of the president’s controversial “Maya Train” project on the Yucatan peninsula. The discovery of sites using LiDAR elevation mapping technology could slow down the already disputed project, which opponents contend also threatens indigenous communities...
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‘It’s a madhouse!’: Tourists pile into Cancun airport after hurricane hits

Tourists from around the globe thronged Cancun’s international airport on Thursday, shunning social distancing norms, a day after Hurricane Delta hit the Mexican beach resort and forced mass evacuations, hotel closures and flight cancellations. The terminal building seethed with thousands of cramped tourists, crying babies and even barking dogs. The screen board, flanked by a...
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Mexico’s Cancun braced for possibly ‘catastrophic’ Hurricane Delta

Mexicans formed long lines at supermarkets near Cancun on Tuesday to stock up in preparation for a forecast hit overnight from powerful Hurricane Delta, while the resort ordered hotels evacuated on its famed Caribbean shoreline. The Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of intensity was about 215 miles (345 km) east of Cozumel...
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Mexico unveils private-backed $14 billion investment plan to lift ailing economy

Mexico’s government presented an almost $14 billion infrastructure investment plan on Monday as President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador seeks to repair rocky relations with business leaders and lift the struggling economy. The package, mostly privately financed, is the first clear sign of corporate bosses’ readiness to invest under Lopez Obrador since the coronavirus pandemic plunged...
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Mexico City shooting leaves 6 dead, 4 injured

A shootout between rival gangs in Mexico City left six people dead and four wounded, and police in the north-central state of Guanajuato found two heads and bags of severed body parts scattered on roadsides in two cities there. The violent and fast-growing Jalisco cartel has been expanding into both Mexico City and Guanajuato, though...
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Mexico expected to pass law before December for recreational use of marijuana

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...
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