The U.S. consulate in Nuevo Laredo said Thursday that U.S. government personnel remained under “enhanced restrictions on their movements,” a day after gunbattles in the city across the border from Laredo, Texas left six people dead. The consulate said via Twitter it was monitoring the security situation and imposed an earlier evening curfew. Late Thursday,...
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Mexico threw troubled state oil company Pemex a lifeline in 2019 to stop $80 billion in bonds held by investors worldwide being labeled junk by credit rating agencies. Now, investors worry that the state itself is a risk for Pemex. Mexico’s creditworthiness came under increasing scrutiny in 2019, with two rating agencies flipping their sovereign...
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Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador closed out 2019 with a parting shot at his predecessors, saying imprisoned drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera had had the same power as the country’s president. In a video message from the southern city of Palenque on Wednesday, López Obrador recounted his administration’s successes in its first...
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With heavily armed state police patrolling the streets and its central plaza nearly desolate in the morning mist, the tension in the Mexican town of Nahuatzen is palpable. The hamlet is one of about 50 indigenous communities in the southwestern state of Michoacan fighting to achieve autonomy for their town or village, according to the...
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Mexico’s top financial investigator on Friday reported on the webs of corruption and money laundering that thieves, traffickers, and political figures have used to hide their wealth. Santiago Nieto, the head of Mexico’s Financial Intelligence Unit, said a federal judge took bribes to rule in favor of the violent Jalisco cartel and then used a...
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Archeologists have discovered a large palace likely used by the Mayan elite more than 1,000 years ago in the ancient city of Kuluba, near the modern-day tourist hot spot of Cancun in eastern Mexico, Mexican anthropology officials said. The remains of the six-meter high building, 55 meters (180 feet) long and 15 meters wide, suggest...
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With its reddish, pink, yellow or white hue, the Flor de Nochebuena (Christmas Eve Flower) is an infallible decorative piece that enters Christmas ornaments in Mexico and much of Central America. While in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay it is known as Federal Star, in Nicaragua and Costa Rica it is called Pastora. In Colombia and...
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On December 23, 1930, the stage to deliver toys to poor children, by the government of Mexico, was a pyramid in honor of Quetzalcoatl inside the National Stadium, located in the Roma neighborhood that was built in 1924 by José Villagrán. That year President Pascual Ortíz Rubio decreed the adoption of the figure of the...
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Christmas parties are approaching and Mexican believers are now ready to continue their traditional celebrations. These holidays have been preserved through the years with great fervor. Here we show you some of the most characteristic features of the Christmas holidays in Mexico. What are the posadas? The Christmas holidays in Mexico begin nine days before...
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The U.S. issued a travel advisory ahead of the Christmas holidays for citizens thinking about vacationing in Mexico. According to the State Department, the new advisory was needed to warn Americans about crime and kidnapping in Mexico. “Violent crime – such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery – is widespread,” the State Department said. The...
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Mexico raised its national minimum wage 20% Monday, but it still doesn’t amount to even $1 an hour. The Labor Department said the lowest legal wage will be 123.22 pesos a day starting Jan. 1, or about $6.50 at current exchange rates. That is a boost from the 120.68-peso minimum wage prevailing this year. While...
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Millions of faithful visited Mexico City’s Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe Thursday during the annual celebration of the country’s patroness. Steady streams of men, women and children arrived, many carrying portraits of the Virgin, known affectionately as “La Morena,” or “The dark-skinned.” Authorities estimated that 9.8 million people had gathered around the basilica, considered...
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