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  1. Newly appointed José Antonio González Anaya will be CEO of Mexico’s state owned Oil Company Pemex. José Antonio González Anaya has had a long standing career in the state’s finance ministry as well as the head of the social security institute. Pemex , the state’s energy giant, continues to struggle with collapsing oil prices and declining production.
    Read more: Jornada, Milenio, CNN Expansión, CNN Expansión
  2. The upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Mexico marks the sixth Latin American country Pope Francis will have visited since his pontificate began in 2013. Francis will be visiting the Mexico City, Morelia, and Juárez.
    Read more: Jornada, Univision, Milenio, CNN Espansión
  3. The case of the missing 43 Student from Ayotzinapa continues as the Team of Argentine Forensic Anthropology has not found scientific evidence to establish any link between the remains recovered in the Cocula dump and the missing students, revealing holes in the Mexican State’s investigation of the case.
    Read more: El Universal, Milenio,
  4. In less than an hour, 49 prisoners were killed in a deadly riot at the Topo Pico Prison near the state’s capital Monterrey on the night of Wednesday 2/10. Information has been scarce, but sources claim that it was initially a fight between two gang leaders which spiraled into a massive riot. Relatives of prison members know little about what is going on and are unaware of the state of their relatives.Read more: El Universal, Jornada, Milenio, CNN Expansión
  5. The Mexican Peso fell 1.5 percent since Thursday 2/11 which had led to  losses among the world’s most-traded currencies. Market assets were swept up in a global selloff of all but the safest securities. Global equities tumbled toward a bear market as investors lost faith in the central banks’ ability to support the worldwide economy.Read more: Reuters México, Milenio , CNN Expansión

Ana Flores Salazar Was Third Journalist Killed in Mexico in 2016

2/11/2016 NBC News

censorshipMexico is reeling from the news that the body of reporter Anabel Flores Salazar was found a day after an armed group kidnapped Monday her from her home in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. The 32-year-old mother of two was a crime-beat reporter for newspaper El Sol de Orizaba and is the third journalist to be killed in Mexico in 2016.

The journalist was found on the side of a highway in the neighboring state of Puebla. The Attorney General of the State of Veracruz issued a statement confirming that Flores Salazar was identified by family members.

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5 facts about Mexico and immigration to the U.S.

2/11/2016 Pew Research Center

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants participate in march for Immigrants and Mexicans protesting against Illegal Immigration reform by U.S. Congress, Los Angeles, CA, May 1, 200Pope Francis is expected to make immigration a major theme of his visit to Mexico. By traveling northward across Mexico, he intends to symbolically retrace the journey of Mexican and Central American migrants traveling to the United States. After the pope leaves Mexico City, his route will begin in the southern state of Chiapas, which shares a long border with Guatemala, and end in Ciudad Juárez, located across the U.S.-Mexico border from El Paso, Texas, a longtime entry point to the U.S.

U.S. immigration from Latin America has shifted over the past two decades. From 1965 to 2015, more than 16 million Mexicans migrated to the U.S. in one of the largest mass migrations in modern history. But over the past decade, Mexican migration to the U.S. has slowed dramatically. Today, Mexico increasingly serves as a land bridge for Central American immigrants traveling to the U.S.

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Francis’s Visit to Mexico Comes as Country Struggles With Many Ills

2/12/2016 New York Times

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MEXICO CITY — For more than a century, the Mexican government has treated the Catholic Church with a deep suspicion, if not outright hostility. Battles have literally been fought between church and state, while anticlerical laws stayed on the books until just a couple of decades ago.

But gauging by the Mexican government’s enthusiasm ahead of Pope Francis’ visit, the popular leader’s arrival may do more than offer salvation for the masses. It might also provide a much-needed boost to the government’s flagging credibility — or so it hopes.

To welcome the pope when he arrives on Friday night, the first lady produced a song in his honor. For the first time, the president will welcome a pope in the National Palace. Francis will receive a key to Mexico City, which placed a giant billboard along the airport highway that perhaps most accurately sums up the sentiment: “Pope Francis, Mexico City is your home.”

While Pope John Paul II remains a revered figure in Mexico, having visited the nation five times during his papacy, the new pontiff offers a profile that few Latin American governments can resist: a Spanish speaker beloved by many.

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How the Virgin of Guadalupe embodied Mexican identity and inspired millions, including Pope Francis

2/12/16 Los Angeles Times

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Before his journey to Mexico, Pope Francis had a favor to ask.

Before his first trip as pontiff to a place with more Catholics than any other Spanish-speaking country, where he will surely be mobbed by the thousands night and day, the pope requested something likely to be in short supply — a few minutes alone.

His only company will be perhaps the most revered religious artifact in the Western Hemisphere, a piece of fabric bearing the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

The request for a few minutes by himself with the image was a stunningly personal one from the pope. But he knows the Virgin well, he said, because she has seen him through difficult times.

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Money-Laundering Woes Push Mexico Into Dollar-Transfer Business

2/12/2015 Bloomberg

mexican pesosMexico’s government is taking an unusual step to weather a U.S. money-laundering crackdown that threatens to hobble dollar-fueled businesses from Tijuana beauty salons to Cancun hotels: It’s getting into the dollar-transfer business.

The country’s central bank will soon unveil an electronic system designed to ease U.S. dollar transfers between Mexican businesses, said Banco de Mexico spokesman Ricardo Medina. The network will let businesses send U.S. currency to each other through a clearinghouse overseen by the central bank and moving through a bank in the U.S., according to a central bank official familiar with the program, who said the system could be introduced as soon as next month.

The move addresses a growing problem in Mexico: Several foreign banks have cut ties with Mexican counterparts in recent years. Bankers and officials in Mexico fear further barriers to financial flows between their country, Latin America’s second-largest economy, and the U.S., its biggest trading partner. Large swaths of Mexico’s $1.3 trillion economy rely on the dollar, from manufacturers in border zones such as Ciudad Juarez to travel-industry businesses in spots like Puerto Vallarta.

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Jose Antonio Meade on Combating Poverty in Mexico

2/11/16 Harvard Political Review

13317170344_3f13f47d5c_oHarvard Political Review: In the last five years, you have been in four different Secretary positions—Energy, Finance, Foreign Affairs, and now Social Development. What is next? What is the biggest challenge for you in 2016?

Jose Antonio Meade: I believe public service is a vocation, a vocation that has a path and a journey. And many times, in politics as well as in life, what matters is the journey. If one is preoccupied with the final destination, one runs the risk of not only losing focus on the journey but of not enjoying or taking advantage of it, even deviating from the said journey. That, for me, as a life lesson has always been important. Today, who I am, is the secretary of social development, a fascinating institution, an institution that allows me to touch lives and to transform the stories of families. I hope that what is next is a remembrance of good management of the secretariat [of social development].

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