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Murders in Mexico rose by 33 percent in 2018, breaking the record for a second year running, official data showed, underlining the task facing the new president who has pledged to reduce violence in the cartel-ravaged country. Investigators opened to 33,341 murder probes compared with the previous year’s record of 25,036, according to information from...
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During December 2018, 73.7% of Mexicans over 18 years of age felt unsafe in the place where they live, according to the National Survey of Urban Public Safety (ENSU), conducted by INEGI. This represents a 1.2% reduction compared to September 2018, when the percentage was 74.9%. This percentage is the lowest since June 2017, when...
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Accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman once paid a $100 million bribe to former Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, an ex-Guzman associate testified on Tuesday that he previously told U.S. authorities. Alex Cifuentes, who has described himself as Guzman’s onetime right-hand man, discussed the alleged bribe under cross-examination by Jeffrey Lichtman, one of...
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At least during the last three years, the data that the State Prosecutor’s Office reported to the National Public Security System were false or “made up,” said Governor Enrique Alfaro. The foregoing was detected when an audit was made between the statistics that the previous state administration sent to the National System, and the investigation...
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Mexico’s wage commission said on Monday it planned to hike the country’s minimum wage by 16 percent to around $5 a day and new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador pledged further rises to keep up with inflation. The $0.71-a-day raise, the biggest in percentage terms since 1996, followed two hikes of around 10 percent by...
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With the aim of promoting youth expression and the practice of sport, this Saturday, December 15, the Vallarta Urban Fest will take place, which aims to bring together 500 participants from different parts of the country. At a press conference, Carlos Salas Venegas and Guillermo Mendoza Pérez, organizers of the event, announced that the Vallarta...
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For some time now, President Donald Trump has been encouraging people to think of Mexico as a portal for international terrorists who “pour” into the U.S. Except, he says, for 10 who were recently caught by the U.S.: “These are very serious people.” These 10 do not exist, except as a federal statistic that Trump...
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Claudia Sheinbaum was sworn into office Wednesday as the first elected female mayor of Mexico City and immediately announced she would dissolve the riot police. “The police are there to protect the people, and we don’t need a police force to repress them,” said Sheinbaum. Sheinbaum pledged to build cable cars to impoverished slums, and...
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The US Department of State published the annual update to the Travel Alerts for Mexico on Thursday morning and classified parts of the country between level 2 and 4, recommending that people visiting Mexican territory be alert for the possibility of risks. There are no restrictions or advisories issued for Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Chapala, or...
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President Donald Trump ordered Friday that anyone who enters the U.S. illegally from Mexico by going around official border crossings is ineligible for asylum. His edict takes aim at the cherished principle of asylum, which grants haven to people who flee persecution on grounds of race, religion, nationality, political opinion and other factors. Illegal border...
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From January to September, 1,389 robberies were reported in Puerto Vallarta, 271 more than in the same period of 2017. Robberies in this number include home, business, banks, vehicles, and pedestrians. Despite the fact that the theft of pedestrians on public roads ranks fifth in terms of the rest of the other types of thefts...
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Mexico’s next interior minister plans to submit a bill to create a medical marijuana industry and allow recreational use, the Congress website showed on Tuesday, in what would be a big step by the incoming government to shake up the country’s drug war. Senator Olga Sanchez, Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s choice for interior...
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Mexico’s Supreme Court issued two more rulings Wednesday ordering that complainants in individual cases be allowed to use marijuana for recreational purposes, establishing a precedent that a blanket prohibition on pot is unconstitutional. The court found that adults have a fundamental right to personal development which lets them decide their recreational activities without interference from...
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Roughly 5,000 people, mostly from Central America’s violent and unstable “Northern Triangle” of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are reportedly making their way through Mexico with the intention of claiming asylum at the U.S. border. The so-called “migrant caravan” is attracting intense social and political attention, with U.S. President Donald Trump declaring it a “national...
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Large-scale migration; natural, environmental, health and anthropogenic disasters; the geostrategic situation; the absence of alliances in defense; the loss of governability and governance; the vulnerability in the borders, and regional conflicts are the main threats to Mexico that the Armed Forces observe in the current Military Plan of Joint National Defense. The document defines the...
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