1. German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Mexico as part of the closing ceremony of the Mexico-Germany 2016-2017 Dual Year. During her visit, Merkel discussed free trade and economic cooperation as opportunities to strengthen commercial ties between the two countries. Merkel emphasized the importance of working together to combat the root causes of migration rather than focusing on building walls.
2. A fire broke out on Wednesday at a PEMEX oil refinery in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca after a crude spill. Earlier in the week, the refinery had suspended operations due to heavy rains and flooding. Although the fire has been controlled, one worker passed away from the incident. Local neighborhoods near the refinery have been evacuated.
3. At the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America held in Miami, Florida this week (June 15-16), Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray met with leaders from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, as well as with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to discuss new strategies for fighting drug trafficking and organized crime in the region. Videgaray emphasized the importance of addressing these issues through a framework of “shared responsibility”.
4. José Octavio “N”, the alleged murderer of 11 year-old Valeria Gutiérrez, was found dead in his cell at the Neza-Bordo jail in the municipality of Netzahualcoyotl in the state of Mexico. After conducting an autopsy, the state of Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office confirmed that Octavio committed suicide by hanging himself.