Mexico investigators comb gully for missing 43

October 29, 2014

10/28/14 The Washington Post

UF_Forensic_ScienceForensic experts combed a gully in southern Mexico on Tuesday for the remains of 43 missing students, as frustration mounted among relatives of both the disappeared and the detained over the lack of answers more than a month into the investigation. Workers in protective gear focused on a 25-by-25 foot-square area below the ridge of the municipal dump in Cocula, a town in Guerrero state where police have been arrested and linked to the Sept. 26 disappearances. But authorities have not said so far how many bodies have been found or in what condition. Parents of the students say they were not even notified of the latest remains, discovered Monday based on the testimony of four new detainees in the case. “We’re angry and very tired,” said Mario Cesar Gonzalez, father of missing Cesar Manuel Gonzalez. “We have an overwhelming sense of helplessness.”

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Mexico’s State-Owned Oil Giant, Pemex, Is in Uncharted Waters

October 29, 2014

10/28/14 New York Times

Oil Rig 2 by Flickr user tsuda Photo by Flickr user tsudaThe computer screens lining the bubble like control room on this giant floating platform monitor pressure levels in a narrow shaft cut through bedrock to a reservoir of valuable natural gas three miles below sea level. For six months, an international team hired by a contractor for Petróleos Mexicanos, Mexico’s state-owned oil monopoly, has been drilling an exploratory well here. Now, the work is nearly done. Drill pipes are stacked like sentries. An underwater robot has been pulled back up from the deep seafloor. A wireline sensor is gathering data to determine how much oil and gas lie below. An operation like this would attract little attention in the northern part of the gulf, where dozens of deepwater platforms are part of the mosaic fueling America’s energy boom. On the Mexican side, though, the search is just beginning.

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U.N. urges Mexico to probe murder of citizen journalist

October 29, 2014

10/27/14 Fox Latino News

justice - lawThe head of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on Monday urged Mexico to investigate the murder of citizen journalist Maria del Rosario Fuentes. “It is important that the authorities do all in their power to bring those responsible for the killing of Ms Fuentes Rubio to justice, as this could help strengthen media independence and the right of information,” Unesco Director-General Irina Bokova said in a statement. Fuentes Rubio, a physician, was kidnapped Oct. 15 after leaving work at a clinic in Reynosa, a city in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, which has long been a battleground for rival drug cartels.

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Expanding Mexico City Running Out of Cemeteries

October 28, 2014

10/28/14 New York Times

grave 2 by Kelly DonlanEdgardo Galvan watched as two gravediggers shoveled muddy soil from his father’s grave until they reached a set of bones mixed with wood chips, the remnants of the coffin he was buried in seven years earlier. The gravediggers placed the bones in a black plastic bag and handed them to Galvan, who planned to cremate them and put the ashes in a small crypt the family bought in a church. “I’ve had to go through two difficult moments, first burying him and now unburying him,” the 42-year-old carpenter said as he stood in the San Isidro cemetery in the Mexico City borough of Azcapotzalco.

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Mexican authorities determining whether remains are of missing students

October 28, 2014

10/27/14 Los Angeles Times

pistolMexican authorities said Monday that they had discovered another hidden grave — this one by a garbage dump south of Iguala in Guerrero state — and are examining the remains to determine whether they are the bodies of 43 college students missing for a month. Atty. Gen. Jesus Murillo Karam indicated that information on the grave site came from four additional gang members who were captured over the weekend; two of them confessed to having had custody of a “large number” of the students, he said.

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U.S., Mexico sign deal to end sugar spat, avert import duties

October 28, 2014

10/27/14 Reuters

sugarMexico and the United States reached a deal on Monday to avert potentially steep duties on Mexican sugar imports to the United States, defusing a months-long dispute that threatened to escalate into a major trade war. In the deal hammered out hours before U.S. regulators were going to slap penalties on Mexican imports, the U.S. Department of Commerce said that Mexican and U.S. officials and Mexican sugar exporters initialed a draft agreement that would suspend both anti-subsidy and anti-dumping duties on the goods, if adopted in full.

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Men Detained Over Missing Mexican Students

October 28, 2014

10/27/14 Wall Street Journal

hands in handcuffsMexican investigators arrested four men, two of whom they said were directly involved the disappearance of 43 college students in Guerrero state, Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam said Monday. “Today we have those who took part in the disappearances of these youths,” Mr. Murillo Karam said in a televised news conference. The attorney general didn’t mention a new grave that Mexican media reported security forces had uncovered and suggested could contain the missing students. Mr. Murillo Karam didn’t take any questions. So far searchers have recovered at least 30 bodies from clandestine graves. They said they haven’t confirmed the identity of any of the bodies.

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