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Lopez Obrador visits “El Chapo’s” Home Town

Lopez Obrador visits “El Chapo’s” Home Town

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador visited the birthplace of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, on Friday, calling for peace and reconciliation days after a U.S. jury convicted the kingpin. Speaking to a crowd in Badiraguato, a mountainous municipality of Sinaloa long associated with cartels, Lopez Obrador said people must not be “stigmatized.” “(The people of) Badiraguato are

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“El Chapo” Guzman convicted

“El Chapo” Guzman convicted

Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was convicted Tuesday of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation after a three-month trial packed with Hollywood-style tales of grisly killings, political payoffs, cocaine hidden in jalapeno cans, jewel-encrusted guns and a naked escape with his mistress through a tunnel. Guzman listened to a drumbeat of guilty

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Mexican church says 152 priests removed in last 9 years for abuse

Mexican church says 152 priests removed in last 9 years for abuse

The head of the Mexican Bishops’ Conference says that 152 Roman Catholic priests have been removed from the ministry over the last nine years for sex abuse offenses against “youth or vulnerable adults.” Archbishop Rogelio Cabrera says some of the priests have been prosecuted and sent to prison but did not specify how many. Cabrera

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American Bitcoin supporter killed in Acapulco

American Bitcoin supporter killed in Acapulco

A Bitcoin and cryptocurrency analyst called John Galton died as a result of an attack in Mexico.  John Galton was at Copacabana Hotel in Acapulco when he was shot dead. According to John’s partner, Lily, the gunmen went straight for John and his friend Jason Henza. However, the latter was able to go to a hospital and survive the shooting.

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AMLO launches ambitious forestry, orchard plan

AMLO launches ambitious forestry, orchard plan

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) launched an ambitious forestry program Friday to plant fruit and timber trees, as well as cacao and coffee, on nearly 1.5 million acres (570,000 hectares) in the country’s south. The government program will pay farmers a wage of about $250 (pesos) per month to care for plots averaging about 6

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Mexico, Spain discuss differing stances toward Venezuela

Mexico, Spain discuss differing stances toward Venezuela

The leaders of Mexico and Spain said Wednesday they hope to be in a position to mediate a dialogue to resolve the political crisis in Venezuela, but also revealed differences in their approach. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador repeated Mexico’s policy of non-intervention during a joint news conference with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

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Canadian auto workers seek boycott of GM vehicles from Mexico

Canadian auto workers seek boycott of GM vehicles from Mexico

The Canadian Auto Workers Union is asking people in Canada and the U.S. to boycott General Motors vehicles made in Mexico. Unifor is asking people not to buy trucks or SUVs with vehicle identification numbers that start with the number three, which signify that they are made in Mexico. Unifor says it will publicize the

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Mexico homicide cases rise by 15% in 2018

Mexico homicide cases rise by 15% in 2018

Homicide cases in Mexico rose by 15%  in 2018, law enforcement agencies reported this week. Government figures show prosecutors opened 28,816 investigations in 2018, compared to 25,036 the previous year. Each case may involve more than one victim, so the total number of homicides is likely to be higher. The increase was led by dramatic

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Alejandro Gertz Manero is the new Attorney General

Alejandro Gertz Manero is the new Attorney General

Mexico’s Senate elected veteran lawyer Alejandro Gertz Manero on Friday as the new Attorney General, a post that is now more independent and runs for a nine-year term. Gertz Manero was selected overwhelmingly by the Senate from a slate of possible candidates proposed by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO). Previously, the President had named

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Soriana’s Co-owner found dead

Soriana’s Co-owner found dead

Carlos Martin Bringas, Businessman and Co-owner of Soriana, was found dead in his car at the Mieleras Park in Torreon. Sounds of gunfire were heard around noon today and a body was found inside a Touareg. The person was found in the driver’s seat with a gunshot on the left side of his head while the

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Crime-fighting National Guard wins lower house approval

Crime-fighting National Guard wins lower house approval

Legislators have overwhelmingly voted for the creation of a new 60,000-member national guard, a proposal embraced by leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as a crucial tool in the fight against organized crime. The proposal was approved on Wednesday by about three-quarters of the lower house of Congress, 362 votes in favour and 119 against, with changes

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Drug trafficker tells of bribe to Peña Nieto

Drug trafficker tells of bribe to Peña Nieto

A Colombian drug trafficker testified Tuesday that Mexican cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman boasted about paying a $100 million bribe to the former president of Mexico to call off a manhunt for the notorious kingpin. Alex Cifuentes spoke about the alleged bribe to former President Enrique Peña Nieto while being cross-examined at Guzman’s murder

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AMLO declares gains in fight against fuel theft

AMLO declares gains in fight against fuel theft

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador(AMLO)  stopped short Monday of declaring victory over Mexico’s fuel theft scourge but said the government was making progress amid frustration over gas shortages. Long lines continued at gas stations in many parts of the country, but Lopez Obrador asked for patience and said things would soon be getting back to

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Mexico widens pension program to all country’s elderly

Mexico widens pension program to all country’s elderly

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has expanded nationwide a program that provides pensions to Mexicans over age 68, an extension of an effort that he began in Mexico City while Mayor of the capital in 2000. Lopez Obrador said Sunday that the elderly will receive 2,550 pesos — about $134 Us dollar — every two

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2 detained after Aeromexico flight stuck on Oakland tarmac

2 detained after Aeromexico flight stuck on Oakland tarmac

Two passengers on an Aeromexico flight were detained Thursday and others called 911 to say they were being held against their will as the plane sat for hours on the tarmac at Oakland International Airport, officials said. Flight 622 from Guadalajara was scheduled to land at San Francisco International Airport but was diverted due to

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