Rate of Girls Crossing U.S.-Mexico Border Alone Outpaces Boys, Study Finds

July 25, 2014

07/25/14 The Wall Street Journal

Border - MexicoThe number of unaccompanied girls caught crossing into the U.S. at the border with Mexico has grown far more quickly this year than the number of boys, according to a Pew Research Center report released Friday.

In the first eight months of the fiscal year that started Oct. 1, the Border Patrol apprehended 13,008 unchaperoned girls from Central America, Mexico and other countries, a 77% jump over the 7,339 caught in the entire 2013 fiscal year. Significantly more boys than girls were caught at the southwest border, 33, 924 through May 31, but that figure grew just 8% in the same period.

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Mexico’s Femsa Turns to Pricing, Cost Controls to Counter Soda Tax

July 25, 2014

07/25/14 The Wall Street Journal

Coca Cola BottlesMexican beverage and convenience store conglomerate Fomento Económico Mexicano SAB  increased its operating profit during the second quarter despite a weak Mexican economy and new taxes aimed at trimming waistlines.

Femsa, which owns Latin America’s biggest bottler of Coca-Cola Co. products as well as the Oxxo convenience-store chain, said Friday that pricing and packaging strategies, together with efforts to contain costs and boost efficiencies, helped drive revenue growth in the period.

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Mexico central bank says rate hold decision unanimous

July 25, 2014

07/25/14 Reuters

Mexican pesoMexico’s central bankers were unanimous in their decision to hold interest rates at a record low earlier this month, with the majority signaling slack in the economy persists while the inflation outlook remains positive, minutes showed on Friday.

Central Bank board members voted 5-0 at their July 11 meeting to hold their benchmark rate at 3.00 percent, after delivering a surprise cut last month to underpin a weak recovery in Latin America’s no. 2 economy.

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The United States and Mexico sign statement of intent to strengthen produce safety

July 25, 2014

07/24/14 FDA

LimesThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the government of Mexico’s National Service for Agro-Alimentary Public Health, Safety and Quality (SENASICA) and Federal Commission for the Protection from Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS) signed a statement of intent forming a partnership to promote the safety of fresh and minimally processed agricultural products.

On Monday, July 21, 2014, FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., along with other FDA officials, traveled to Mexico to conduct a series of meetings with their Mexican regulatory counterparts from the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock and Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), of which SENASICA is a part, and the Ministry of Health, the parent agency of COFEPRIS, as part of their work to strengthen cooperation for produce safety.

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Mexico factory exports fall in June, marks largest drop this year

July 25, 2014

07/25/14 Reuters

manufacutiringMexican factory exports fell in June by the most since last December, casting doubt on the strength of an economic recovery in Latin America’s No. 2 economy.

Factory exports dropped 1.4 percent in June from May, the national statistics agency said on Friday, after posting gains in the previous four months.

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Obama, Mexican leader team up on border fix

July 25, 2014

07/24/14 The Hill

President Obama visits Mexico President Enrique Pena NietoPresident Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto worked to develop a strategy to address the surge of unaccompanied children from Central America entering the U.S. illegally.

Obama called Nieto Thursday, a day before he meets with leaders of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador about the ongoing border crisis.

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Mexico charges six over Michoacan children’s home abuse

July 25, 2014

07/25/14 BBC News

Street childrenA federal judge in Mexico has charged six employees of a children’s home raided by police last week.

More than 450 children and teenagers were rescued from the The Big Family Home, where they had been living in appalling conditions.

Prosecutors believe some of the children were subjected to beatings and sexual abuse.

The owner of the home, 79-year-old Rosa Verduzco, has been deemed too old and mentally unfit to stand trial.

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