I. The total number of homicides in the first half of this year is about 16% more than in the same period in 2015. The rise in homicides seems likely related to another criminal dynamic in Mexico: The fragmentation of the major criminal organizations that once operated in the country.
II. The Finance Ministry announced last month that the cost of premium gasoline per liter would increase 2.4 percent in July, while unleaded gasoline would increase 1.8 percent for the month. An additional fuel price increase of 3 percent in August for unleaded gasoline was announced yesterday.
III. According to the 2012 National Health and Nutrition Survey (ENSANUT), 51.9 percent of sexually active females aged 12 to 19 have become pregnant in their teens or younger. A new report: “Maternity childhood” by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has found that one in three pregnant women in Mexico are under the age of 20, revealing that Mexico is the leading nation in teen pregnancies with a rate of 64.2 teen pregnancies per thousand births.
IV. Hillary Clinton’s nomination at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) has been followed-up throughout the week and covered in detail by Mexico’s main newspapers.