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Mexico deports 2,300 Hondurans from '2020 Caravan'

Jan 28, 2020 - 4:09 PM

Mexican authorities say the deportations were carried out 'in compliance with the migration law and with full respect for human rights'

SCUFFLE. Members of the Mexican National Guard scuffle with Central American migrants - mostly Hondurans heading in a caravan to the US - in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas State, Mexico, on January 23, 2020. Photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Mexico detains 800 Central American migrants headed to U.S.

Jan 24, 2020 - 2:43 PM

The Central Americans, trekking on foot towards the city of Ciudad Hidalgo, are intercepted by troops who used tear gas and scuffled with them to halt their progress

MIGRATION. Central American migrants - heading in a caravan to the US - pray as members of Mexican National Guard prevent them to continue their way up north in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas State, Mexico, on January 23, 2020.  Photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Mexican troops block U.S.-bound caravan travelers

Jan 19, 2020 - 2:21 PM

National Guard General Vincente Hernandez tells migrants they would be allowed to cross the border into Mexico from Guatemala in a 'controlled' manner

AT THE BORDER. Honduran migrants wait to cross the international border bridge from Ciudad Tecun Uman in Guatemala to Ciudad Hidalgo in Mexico, on January 18, 2020. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Investigators to reopen case of Mexico's 43 missing

Jan 10, 2020 - 11:17 AM

The case of the 'disappeared' students from the Ayotzinapa teachers' college still haunts Mexico

HOPE. Relatives of the 43 missing students of the teaching training school of Ayotzinapa walk with their portraits after a meeting with Mexico's President Manuel Lopez Obrador at the National Palace in Mexico City, on November 11, 2019. (Photo by Claudio Cruz/AFP)

Migrant slits own throat on U.S.-Mexico border

Jan 10, 2020 - 9:33 AM

The suicide occurred after the man was denied entry to the US at the bridge between the Mexican city of Reynosa and Pharr, Texas, says officials in Mexico

BORDER. A construction crew works on the US side of the US-Mexico border fence as seen from Tijuana, in Baja California state, Mexico, on April 24, 2019. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Trump welcomes court decision allowing $3.6 B in military funds for border wall

Jan 10, 2020 - 8:48 AM

'Entire Wall is under construction or getting ready to start!' the president tweets

BUILDING THE WALL. US President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes with Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott in San Diego, California (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP)

Mexico arrests 7 suspects in Mormon family massacre

Dec 31, 2019 - 4:11 PM

The prosecutor's office says in a statement Monday, December 30, that 3 suspects were arrested on December 26 for 'probable responsibility' in organized crime

MISTAKEN? Investigators believe the cartel mistook the families for members of a rival gang, but some relatives reject that theory, saying they were deliberately targeted. File photo by AFP

Bolivia to expel Mexico ambassador, two Spanish diplomats

Dec 30, 2019 - 11:26 PM

The Mexican embassy in La Paz has become the center of the diplomatic row after it sheltered 9 or more officials from Evo Morales's former government

MEXICAN EMBASSY. A man walks past the Mexican embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, on November 29, 2019. Photo by Jorge Bernal/AFP

Bolivia says Spain 'tried to extract' wanted aide from Mexico embassy

Dec 29, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Bolivian Interior Minister Arturo Murillo argues the alleged operation of the Spanish embassy staff was a violation of Bolivian sovereignty

HEAVY SECURITY. Bolivia's police officers man a checkpoint at the main entrance of La Rinconada Development, where the residence of the Mexican embassy is located in La Paz, on December 27, 2019. Photo by Jorge Bernal/ AFP

Spain to probe Mexico embassy incident that angered Bolivia

Dec 28, 2019 - 11:09 PM

Bolivia's foreign ministry says 'people identified as staff members at Spain's embassy in Bolivia, accompanied by people with their faces covered, tried in a secretive and underhand manner to enter Mexico's diplomatic residence in La Paz.'

Mexico vows to take Bolivia to court over embassy spat

Dec 27, 2019 - 9:44 AM

The two countries' relations continues to turn sour after Mexico granted asylum to Bolivian ex-president Evo Morales

FEUDING COUNTRIES. Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon says they would file a complaint against Bolivia with the International Court of Justice. File photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Mexico ratifies modified North American trade deal

Dec 13, 2019 - 3:19 PM

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador tweets: 'Now it is up to the US and Canadian legislatures to do the same. It's good news'

Canadian Vice-Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland (L), United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (R) and Mexican negociatior Jesus Seade (C) show documents after signing an agreement next to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (C, behind) in Mexico City on December 10, 2019. - The United States, Mexico and Canada signed a deal Tuesday finalizing their new trade agreement after more than two years of arduous negotiations and paving the way to ratification. (Photo by RODRIGO ARANGUA / AFP)

10 million pilgrims celebrate Mexico's patron saint

Dec 13, 2019 - 1:41 PM

Catholic tradition says that the dark-skinned Virgin appeared to an indigenous man named Juan Diego on December 12, 1531, heralding the Church's arrival in the New World

DEVOTEE. A pilgrim carries a statuette of the Virgin of Guadalupe on his back during the annual celebrations at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, on December 12, 2019. Photo by Claudio/AFP

Mexico pays overweight police officers to slim down

Dec 13, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Two dozen officers grimace through their workout on the pavement of the station house yard – most with round bellies bulging beneath their drenched T-shirts

Police physical trainer Javier Ramirez (R) works with police officers at a police unit in Mexico City on December 11, 2019. 1,000 Mexico City police officers have joined a program to lose weight, improve their health and do their work more efficiently, in a country where 75% of the adults are overweight or obese. RODRIGO ARANGUA / AFP

U.S., Mexico, Canada to sign deal finalizing trade agreement

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:26 PM

'There is an initial deal between the governments,' says Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

USMCA. In this file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador attends his daily morning press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City on November 21, 2019. File photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

Trump pulls back on designating Mexico cartels as 'terror' groups

Dec 07, 2019 - 3:25 PM

This comes after a request from Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

(FILES) In this file photo US President Donald Trump pauses while speaking at the Economic Club of New York at the New York Hilton Midtown November 12, 2019, in New York, New York. President Donald Trump faces more potentially damning testimony in the Ukraine scandal as a critical week of public impeachment hearings opens Tuesday in the House of Representatives. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Mexico shootout leaves at least 14 dead

Dec 01, 2019 - 3:37 PM

The shootout in Coahuila state near the US border is between suspected drug traffickers and police

Bolivia urges Mexico embassy to hand over wanted ex-officials

Nov 29, 2019 - 7:16 AM

Bolivian Foreign Minister Karen Longaric says Mexico's refusal to hand over people accused of common crimes 'would be a very serious problem for them and uncomfortable for us'

Bolivian Foreign Minister Karen Longaric (L) and Bolivian appointed Ambassador to the US, Walter Serrate, speak during a conference with the international press in La Paz on November 28, 2019. Longaric informed Bolivia will resume diplomatic relations with Israel, which Bolivian ex-President Evo Morales had broken in 2009 in protest of Israeli attacks at the Gaza Strip. AIZAR RALDES / AFP

Former Evo Morales' officials take refuge in Mexico embassy in Bolivia

Nov 27, 2019 - 9:48 AM

Among the group is Morales' former top minister Juan Ramon Quintana, who the Bolivia caretaker government has accused of sedition and terrorism

Bolivian Minister of the Presidency Bolivian Minister of the Presidency Juan Ramon Quintana gives a press conference on November 19, 2014 during the presentation of the 2015 Dakar Rally in Paris. The Dakar Rally will start on January 4 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and will run until January 17, after 9,000 kms through Argentina, Bolivia and Chile, race organizer Etienne Lavigne announced. AFP PHOTO /FRANCK FIFE FRANCK FIFE / AFP gives a press conference on November 19, 2014 during the presentation of the 2015 Dakar Rally in Paris. The Dakar Rally will start on January 4 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and will run until January 17, after 9,000 kms through Argentina, Bolivia and Chile, race organizer Etienne Lavigne announced. AFP PHOTO /FRANCK FIFE FRANCK FIFE / AFP

Federer, Zverev play in front of over 42,000 in Mexico City

Nov 25, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Roger Federer proves to be a massive crowd-puller despite missing the Davis Cup in Spain

RAKE IT IN. Roger Federer is set to earn $10 million in his five-stop Latin American tour. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Morales leaves for Mexico as Bolivia military pledges to tackle violence

Nov 12, 2019 - 7:26 AM

(UPDATED) Evo Morales leaves the country on a military plane sent for him by Mexico, which granted him political asylum for his safety

A woman removes posters of Bolivia's Evo Morales from the wall of a house in El Alto on November 11, 2019, a day after the resignation of the leftist leader as president. Morales announced his resignation on Sunday, caving in following three weeks of sometimes-violent protests over his disputed re-election after the army and police withdrew their backing. Aizar RALDES / AFP

Trump calls for 'war' on cartels as Mormons murdered in Mexico

Nov 06, 2019 - 11:28 AM

Gunmen ambush the members of the LeBaron family – a large clan of Mormons who emigrated to Mexico in the late 19th century – on a rural road on Monday

AMBUSHED. Members of the Lebaron family watch the burned car where part of the 9 murdered members of their family were killed and burned during an ambush on Bavispe, Sonora mountains, Mexico, on November 5, 2019. Photo by AFP

Trump brushes off report of smugglers cutting through border wall

Nov 03, 2019 - 10:37 AM

A cordless reciprocating saw that sells for as little as $100 can slice through the wall in minutes, the Washington Post reports

CUTTING THROUGH. Mexican security forces patrol the US-Mexico border fence in Tijuana Baja California state, Mexico, on September 18, 2019, in preparation for US President Donald Trump's visit to the border wall in Otay area following a rally in San Diego, California. File photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Day of the Dead: Mexico's colorful cult festival

Nov 01, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Death is a celebration for Mexico two nights in a year during the Day of the Dead, a traditional festival of colors and costumes

PH has most number of unsolved journalist killings – report

Oct 29, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The 2019 Global Impunity Index lists 41 unsolved media killings in the Philippines over the last 10 years

9 YEARS. Candles lit in the shape of number 9 in commemoration of the 9 years since Maguindanao Massacre. Photo by Jaira Krishelle Balboa/Rappler

'Beautiful' moments as Mexican migrants meet families on U.S. border

Oct 27, 2019 - 5:11 PM

The Ciudad Juarez-El Paso bridge becomes neutral territory for 4 hours during the event, held for the 7th time, to allow undocumented migrants to the US to see their Mexican families

HUGS, NOT WALLS. Mexican families separated by the border wall are reunited for 3hree minutes in the 7th edition of the Hugs Not Walls event organized by the Border Network for Human Rights, in front of the border wall on the Rio Grande in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico on October 26, 2019. Photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

Lost and rejected, U.S. asylum seekers find refuge in Mexico shelter

Oct 27, 2019 - 12:00 PM

With President Donald Trump’s crackdown on asylum seekers, many are stuck in a vicious cycle: traveling thousands of miles to escape violence and persecution, only to arrive somewhere faced with the same fate

Mexican town turned to war zone fears new era of narco violence

Oct 26, 2019 - 4:51 PM

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's government deploys 400 reinforcement troops to the streets of Culiacan. Not everyone is happy with the tactic.

TENSION. Heavily armed gunmen in four-by-four trucks fought an intense battle against Mexican security forces Thursday, October 17, 2019, in the city of Culiacan, capital of jailed kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's home state of Sinaloa. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Shootout leaves 9 dead in Mexico

Oct 24, 2019 - 4:41 PM

The confrontation occurs Wednesday on a highway in a rural area in the state of Guerrero, the local attorney's office says in a statement.

Mexico admits freeing Chapo's son after 'badly planned' operation

Oct 18, 2019 - 8:43 PM

(UPDATED) Defense Minister Luis Sandoval says soldiers briefly arrested Ovidio Guzman but released him after being overpowered by cartel gunmen

CULIACAN. A truck burns in a street of Culiacan, state of Sinaloa, Mexico, on October 17, 2019. Heavily armed gunmen in four-by-four trucks fought an intense battle against Mexican security forces Thursday in the city of Culiacan, capital of jailed kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's home state of Sinaloa. Photo by STR/AFP

Living on the edge: Life in the U.S.-Mexico border

Oct 12, 2019 - 7:00 PM

A tricky act: Low-income town Douglas in Arizona tries to balance federal and local concerns, as it aims to banish 'myths' about border communities

WALL. The border separating Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Mexico. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Mexico Supreme Court justice resigns over suspicious bank deposits

Oct 04, 2019 - 11:36 AM

In June, Mexican media report that Medina Mora was suspected of having made $5.2 million transfers to bank accounts in the US and Britain that were not reported in his financial declarations

The new Mexican ambassador to US Eduardo Medina Mora speaks during a press conference at the Mexican Chancellery in Mexico City, on January 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Pedro Pardo Pedro PARDO / AFP

General Motors temporarily lays off 6,000 workers in Mexico due to strike

Oct 02, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The temporary layoffs affect the Silao assembly and transmission plants in central Mexico

2 Filipino seafarers killed in Mexico bar fire

Aug 30, 2019 - 3:21 PM

The two Filipinos were among the 26 killed when gunmen barged into a bar at the Port of Coatzacoalcos, shot at customers, and set the place on fire, says the Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs

AFTERMATH. People gather outside a bar where at least 26 people were killed by a fire in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz on August 28, 2019. Photo by Angel Hernandez/AFP

Attackers kill 26 in Mexico bar fire

Aug 28, 2019 - 5:22 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Survivors say gunmen sprayed bullets as they descended on the bar, the Caballo Blanco, then blocked the exits and set the club alight

AFTERMATH. People react outside a bar where at least 26 people were killed by a fire in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz on August 28, 2019. Photo by Angel Hernandez/AFP

Journalist killed in Mexico

Aug 25, 2019 - 2:17 PM

Nevith Condes Jaramillo is the 10th journalist killed in Mexico in 2019

Mexican environmentalist stabbed to death

Aug 24, 2019 - 10:05 AM

Nora Lopez, whose work was focused on protecting the scarlet macaw, is found dead with multiple stab wounds at a hostel

Mexico march demands justice for girls allegedly raped by police

Aug 13, 2019 - 8:38 AM

Shouting 'Justice!', around 250 people, mostly women, take to the streets to protest the lack of punishment in the two cases, the latest to trigger outrage over the high rate of violence against women and girls in Mexico

A group of activists take part in a protest called by civil organizations against the police, after four police officers had been accused of raping a minor las t weekend in their patrol car in the Azcapotzalco neighborhood, in front of the Ministry of Public Security in Mexico City on August 12, 2019.  ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP

Could Mexico cactus solve world's plastics problem?

Aug 10, 2019 - 11:43 AM

A packaging material that is made from the plant has been developed by a Mexican researcher and is offering a promising solution to one of the world's biggest pollution conundrums


3 journalists slain in Mexico in a week

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:16 PM

Since 2000, around 100 reporters have been killed in Mexico

JOURNALISTS KILLED. View of bloodstain at the site where Mexican journalist Francisco Romero was murdered in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo state on May 16, 2019. RODRIGO ARANGUA / AFP

Journalist murdered in Mexico – watchdog

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:34 PM

Rogelio Barragan, director of the Guerrero Al Instante portal, is found dead on July 30 in the trunk of an abandoned car

19 Filipino sailors held in Mexico on alleged drug violations

Jul 30, 2019 - 6:44 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says no formal charges have been filed against any seafarer

U.S. Supreme Court says Trump can spend military funds on wall

Jul 27, 2019 - 12:54 PM

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the top congressional Democrats, denounce the ruling

TRIUMPH. Donald Trump gets the greenlight to spend military funds for building a wall at the US-Mexico border. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Pompeo and Mexican counterpart welcome reduced flow of migrants

Jul 22, 2019 - 8:27 AM

The meeting confirms a calmer tone in US-Mexican relations than in early June, when President Donald Trump had threatened new trade tariffs against Mexico unless it acted forcefully to slow the migrant flow

POMPEO AND EBRARD. A handout photo released by the Mexican Foreign Ministry showing Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard (R) shaking hands with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a private meeting in Mexico City on July 21, 2019. - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Mexico City as part of his four-nation tour of Latin America, where he is expected to press US efforts to curb immigration as President Donald Trump takes controversial measures to deter and remove mostly Central American migrants who are seeking safety in the United States. Handout photo by Mexican Foreign Ministry/AFP

White House moves to block asylum for migrants crossing Mexico

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:27 PM

A new rule redefining asylum eligibility – to take effect on July 16 – is the latest attempt to stem the flow of undocumented migrants into the country, and comes amid White House frustration at Congress's failure to change asylum laws

ASYLUM APPLICATION. US Democratic Senator Cory Booker (C) stands at the Paso del Norte-Santa Fe International Bridge while helping a group of migrants to apply for political asylum in the United States, in Ciudad Juarez, Chiahuahua state, Mexico on July 3, 2019. Photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

Last ever VW Beetle model rolls off Mexican production line

Jul 11, 2019 - 7:10 AM

A Mariachi band plays as German auto giant Volkswagen launches the final edition of its iconic 'Beetle' car from its Mexican factory

FINAL EDITION. A Volkswagen 'Beetle', the final edition of the iconic car, is pictured inside the factory in Puebla, Puebla State, Mexico, on July 10, 2019. Photo by Juan Carlos/AFP

Mexico finance minister quits over Lopez Obrador 'disagreements'

Jul 10, 2019 - 11:47 AM

In a video, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says (Carlos Urzua) 'doesn't agree with the decisions we're taking'

Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (L) speaks during a press conference next to his appointed Finance Minister Carlos Urzua, at their party's headquarters in Mexico City on July 23, 2018.  Pedro PARDO / AFP

Mexico rescues 25 kidnap victims in call center

Jul 04, 2019 - 9:09 AM

Law enforcers free 25 people who were kidnapped from a call center in the Mexican resort city of Cancun

RESCUED. Members of the Mexican Navy and police guard the offices of the local attorney after 25 kidnapped people were rescued in Cancun, Quintana Roo state, Mexico on July 3, 2019. Photo by Elizabeth Ruiz/AFP

Father, daughter drowning fuels anger at Trump migration policies

Jun 27, 2019 - 7:25 AM

The intertwined bodies in the viral photo are those of asylum-seeker Oscar Alberto Martinez, 25, and his 23-month-old daughter, Valeria. They drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico into Texas.

The corpses of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Martinez (L) and his daughter Angie Valeria (R) are transported to the forensic service in Matamoros, Tamaulipas State, Mexico on June 26, 2019, after they were found drowned. - The poignant pictures of Ramirez and his daughter, discovered face-down on the banks of the Rio Grande between Mexico and the United States, shocked the world on Wednesday and has sparked outrage back home in El Salvador, where around 200 migrants like them leave for the United States daily, preparing to take similar risks. (Photo by Marco Rodriguez / AFP)

U.S. border chief quits amid outcry over child detainees

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:56 AM

John Sanders, appointed to the post just two months ago, says in a letter obtained by several US media outlets that he planned to step down as acting US Customs and Border Protection commissioner on July 5

Migrant children from different Latin American wait to receive food at the Casa del Refugiado, or The House of Refugee, a new centre opened by the Annunciation House to help the large flow of migrants being released by the United States Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement in El Paso, Texas on April 24, 2019. The 125,000 foot space will accomodate about 500 migrants, with plans to expand for up to 1,500. While this is larger then other centres in the El Paso area, Father Ruben Garcia the director of Annunciation house says that they will still rely on churches around the community for help housing migrants. According to the CBP, border patrol agents apprehended 92,607 people along the southwest border in March, up from 66,884 in February. US President Donald Trump, who has made immigration the core of his message to his conservative base, said on Twitter that "a very big Caravan of over 20,000 people" is making its way through Mexico toward the United States. Paul Ratje / AFP