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Mexico only allows abortion when the mother’s life is in danger or she is a victim of rape. Women who have health risks during pregnancy can apply for an abortion, even if their lives are not in danger, the Supreme Court of Mexico (SCJN) determined Wednesday. The First Chamber of the Supreme Court granted the...
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Mexico’s government ordered schools in and around Mexico City to be closed on Thursday in an extraordinary step taken due to elevated levels of pollution in the smog-wreathed capital. The education ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that the measure applies to public and private schools in the Mexico City metropolitan area, which is...
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The National Forestry Commission (Conafor) reported that 78 forest fires continue in the country, and 10 of them were recorded in protected natural areas. In its official Twitter account @Conafor, the agency reported that up to this year, 116 forest fires were recorded in 22 states of Mexico in this year, and 19 of them...
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For the first time, Mexico’s Senate has approved a law requiring written contracts, paid vacation and annual bonuses for domestic workers. The bill. already approved by the lower house, opens the way for domestic workers to be registered in Mexico’s social security system, which also provides health care. The new law will prohibit hiring domestic...
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Authorities declared an environmental emergency on Tuesday for metropolitan Mexico City, one of the world’s most populous megalopolises, as smoke from nearby wildfires pushed pollution to levels deemed potentially harmful to human health. Environmental authorities advised residents to avoid outdoor activities and exercise and remain indoors with windows and doors shut. It called for especially...
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Aztec allies ritually disfigured captured Spaniards’ remains
New research suggests an Aztec-allied town ceremonially disfigured the bodies of captive Spaniards during one of the worst defeats in the Spanish Conquest of 1519-21, experts said Wednesday. The heads of the captive Spanish women were strung up on skull racks alongside those of men. An analysis of the bones revealed the women were pregnant,...
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The inhabitants of Santiago Xalitzintla rise well before dawn to prepare their offerings to The Sleeping Woman, as they affectionately call the dormant Iztaccíhuatl volcano that hovers above their town in central Mexico. There are potatoes to fry for the feast, and heaping bunches of red carnations to lug up to the stone altar 3,800...
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More than a hundred sex workers and supporters marched in Mexico City on Wednesday, asking the government to recognize their legal status and guarantee access to HIV medication after fears of shortages under President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Sex work is legal in much of Mexico but states have different rules, and workers frequently operate...
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An Arizona couple has been rescued by investigators after being kidnapped and held for ransom in Mexico. News outlets reported Monday that the Tucson couple was rescued by members of the Sonora Attorney General’s Office investigative branch in Nogales, Mexico, and were returned to the U.S. Saturday. Authorities say the people, who were not named...
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The citizens of the largest tourist destinations in Mexico perceive more insecurity, including in Puerto Vallarta. In Puerto Vallarta, more than half of the population, 56.4 percent, feel vulnerable, contrary to 38.7 percent registered in December 2018. In the case of Cancun, the country’s largest tourist destination, 93.3 percent of the population considered their area...
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Thousands of Mexicans living with HIV or at risk of infection could be left without life-saving services after the government changed the way it funds treatment, according to public health experts and LGBT+ rights advocates. Reforms announced last month to centralize drug procurement risk sparking shortages, they say, while the government counters that it has...
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Mexico marked the 100th anniversary on Wednesday of the assassination of Emiliano Zapata, one of the main heroes of the 1910-1917 revolution who was gunned down by government soldiers over his unyielding defense of peasants. President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador particularly identifies with Zapata. Both are from southern Mexico, in a country where politics have...
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Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel addressed the Mexican Senate on Tuesday, calling on lawmakers to advance LGBT rights in the country of some 120 million people. On the third day of his first official visit to Mexico, Bettel, one of the only openly gay heads of state in the world, also spoke about the importance...
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Amazon.com Inc is now accepting cash payments at Mexico’s top corner store chain, Oxxo, the two said on Monday, opening a major channel for the e-commerce leader to reach millions of people in the country who rely heavily on cash. Oxxo, owned by Mexican conglomerate Femsa, has nearly 18,000 stores across Mexico, where nearly 60...
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Mexican authorities on Thursday raised the alert level for the Popocatepetl volcano near Mexico City to indicate increasing intensity after it started spewing steam and gas and ejected burning fragments that caused fires in surrounding pastures. Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention warned people to stay away from Popocatepetl, saying that in the previous 24...
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