Mexico October factory exports soar by most in five-years

November 26, 2014

11/26/14 Reuters 

Reuters/Tomas Bravo

Reuters/Tomas Bravo

Mexican factory exports expanded by the most in over five years last month while consumer imports also rose, in a sign that a recovery in Latin America’s No. 2 economy may be gaining steam. Factory exports jumped 5.38 percent in October from September in seasonally adjusted terms off a contraction the prior month, the national statistics agency said on Wednesday, marking its biggest jump since August 2009. The rise was fueled by a 8.5 percent increase in auto exports, its best showing since February, and a 3.93 increase in non-auto factory exports. Most of Mexico’s exports are manufactured goods and nearly 80 percent of its exports are sent to the United States.

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Violence against women soars in Mexico

November 26, 2014

11/25/14 Aljazeera 

women of juarezViolence against women must stop, United Nations chief Ban Ki-Moon said Tuesday — the International Day to End Violence Against Women — as it was reported that 14 of the 25 countries with the highest rates of femicide are located in Latin America. In Mexico, over a dozen female torture victims echoed Ban’s alarm. Members of the group “Break the Silence,” which aims at raise awareness of what it calls the government’s systematic use of sexual violence, said that despite countless cases, there have only been two federal convictions for torture of women in the country’s history, Mexican news website Animal Politico reported.

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Russia, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Venezuela decide not to cut oil production

November 26, 2014

11/25/14 RT 

Oil barrelsDelegations from Russia, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Venezuela have met for the first time in such a format for talks in Vienna to discuss rapidly dropping oil prices. The group agreed to monitor prices for a year. The energy ministers have not agreed upon cutting oil production, as such agreements can only be reached during OPEC meetings, the Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez said following the talks held at the Park Hyatt in Vienna on Tuesday. He added that the group also believes the current oil prices are too low, and named a fair price at $100 per barrel.

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Killings surge in Mexico state at tip of Baja

November 26, 2014

11/26/14 Washington Post 

bajacaliforniasurThe normally bucolic, vacationer-crowded state at the tip of Mexico’s Baja peninsula has become a battleground, with dozens of killings in a power struggle following the capture of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman nearly a year ago. The bloodshed has been concentrated in La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur state. In the latest killings, two men bound, gagged and showing signs of torture were dumped onto streets in exclusive neighborhoods Sunday and another person was found shot to death Tuesday. The local newspaper El Sudcaliforniano, which puts the mounting death toll in each headline on stories about violence, has reported 46 homicides in and around the city so far this year. That doesn’t include the apparent shooting victim on a La Paz sidewalk Tuesday. Federal statistics through October counted 48 killings for the entire state.

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Mexico’s embattled government poised to unveil law and order measures

November 26, 2014

11/25/14 Reuters 

Bernardo Montoya/Reuters

Bernardo Montoya/Reuters

Following mass protests in Mexico over the apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers two months ago, the government will unveil measures this week designed to improve policing and fix a failing justice system, lawmakers said on Tuesday. Senate leader Miguel Barbosa of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution said the measures would focus on issues like streamlining the chain of command in the police as well as improving the penal system and access to justice. The government would present the plans on Thursday, Barbosa said in an interview with Mexican radio. Ricardo Pacheco, a lawmaker in the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party who heads the justice committee in the lower house of Congress, said the plan was to give the state greater powers to combat organized crime and violence.

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Cardenas leaves Mexico leftist party he founded

November 26, 2014

11/25/14 The Washington Post 

cuauhtemoc cardenasCuauhtemoc Cardenas, a pillar of leftist politics in Mexico and son of the revered president who nationalized the oil industry, resigned Tuesday from the political party he founded, citing disagreements with its leadership. The 80-year-old Cardenas, who made three failed runs for the presidency, explained his decision in a letter that was made public. Earlier this month, he had urged the Democratic Revolution Party’s national executive committee to resign over the disappearance of 43 college students in the southern city of Iguala. Federal authorities have said the mayor, a member of the party, ordered local police to intercept the students who he feared planned to interrupt a speech his wife was giving Sept. 26. Police allegedly turned the students over to a drug gang and they have not been heard from again.

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Twist of fate excludes many from Obama’s immigration plan

November 26, 2014

11/23/14 Los Angeles Times

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants 2 participate in march for Immigrants and Mexicans protesting against Illegal Immigration reform by U.S. Congress, Los Angeles, CA, May 1, 2006Enrique Zamora Lara is plain out of luck. In a perfect world, the Guanajuato, Mexico, native would be eligible for the liberating relief that President Obama’s new immigration rules will grant. He lived in the United States for 25 years and fathered three children who are U.S. citizens. He worked hard and never, he says, broke the law. Except the one about his very presence in the United States. Last year, Zamora, 50, was detained in a raid by U.S. immigration agents at the Tennessee factory where he worked. After legal actions failed, he was deported to Mexico.

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