Parts with passports: how free trade drives GM’s engines

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11/18/19 – Reuters

By Nick Carey

Long before the pistons for General Motors Co V-6 engines reach the U.S. No. 1 automaker’s Romulus, Michigan plant, they are seasoned international travelers.

Powdered aluminum from Tennessee is shipped to Pennsylvania and forged at high temperatures into connecting rods for the pistons, which are then sent to Canada to be shaped and polished. They are then shipped to Mexico for sub-assembly and finally the finished pistons are loaded onto trucks bound for Romulus to become part of a GM V-6 engine.

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Former Bolivian president Morales heads to Mexico for asylum

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11/12/19 – Reuters

By Daina Beth Solomon

Bolivia’s former president, Evo Morales, was flying to Mexico on Tuesday after fleeing his South American homeland, seeking refuge under a leftist government that has supported the veteran socialist in the wake of a disputed election.

Bolivia’s first indigenous president came under Mexico’s protection after he departed Bolivia late on Monday on a Mexican Air Force jet, Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said.

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Mexico asks FBI to help probe killing of Americans

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11/10/19 – Reuters

By Dave Graham, Julia Harte, Julia Love

Mexico on Sunday invited the FBI to participate in the investigation of an attack in its north that killed nine dual citizens of the United States and Mexico.

The Foreign Ministry said it made the invitation through a diplomatic note to the U.S. embassy in Mexico.

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Argentine, Mexican leaders meet on trade and cooperation

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10/04/19 – AP News

By Peter Orsi

Argentine President-elect Alberto Fernández met with his Mexican soon-to-be counterpart Monday seeking to boost bilateral and regional cooperation in his first foreign trip since winning election last month.

Fernández said topics of discussion with Andrés Manuel López Obrador in their private conversations at Mexico’s National Palace included improving what he described as a deteriorated commercial relationship and mutual concerns over political upheaval in countries like Chile and Ecuador. He said they barely touched on the political standoff in Venezuela because both men’s stances are well-known.

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Mexico says timetable slipped slightly for U.S. to ratify trade deal

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10/31/19 – Reuters

By Frank Jack Daniel

The timetable towards ratification of a new North American trade deal has slipped slightly but the pact could still pass the U.S. Congress by year end, a senior Mexican trade official said on Thursday.

Speaking in Washington, Deputy Foreign Minister for North America Jesus Seade said his predicted timeline had “extended a little” for Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives to agree on what changes they would like to see to the agreement.

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London police detain jailed former Mexican governor’s wife; faces extradition trial

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10/29/19 – Reuters

By Anthony Esposito

Police in London on Tuesday detained Karime Macias, the wife of a disgraced former Mexican state governor who is serving a 9-year jail sentence for money laundering and links to organized crime, a spokesman for Mexico’s attorney general’s office said.

Macias will now face an extradition trial in Britain, the spokesman said.

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Mexican ex-border state governor extradited to US

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Mexico says it has extradited a former governor of the border state of Coahuila to face money-laundering and fraud charges in South Texas.

Jorge Juan Torres López had been indicted in 2013 in Corpus Christi on charges of money laundering, conspiracy, wire fraud and bank fraud.

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Ethanol trade team from Mexico visits Nebraska to understand US ethanol industry

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10/25/19 – High Plains Journal

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A delegation of 19 industry leaders from Mexico were in Nebraska recently to gain a better understanding of the U.S. ethanol sector. FroThe delegation toured all facets of Nebraska’s ethanol industry, from cornfield to fuel retailer.

 

On the first day of their trip, the group was provided with an overview of Nebraska’s agricultural and ethanol industries before they traveled to Giltner and visited Hunnicutt Farms. At the farm, the team learned about corn, seed corn, popcorn and soybean production. Through the discussions, the delegation was introduced to cutting-edge technologies in American agriculture and were able to better understand how some farmers utilize irrigation equipment.

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IMF says it will remain ‘strong partner’ of Mexico

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10/20/19 – Reuters

By Anthony Esposito and Lizbeth Diaz

The International Monetary Fund will remain a “strong partner” of Mexico, the organization’s managing director, Kristalina Georgieva, said on Sunday following a meeting with the heads of the Mexican Finance Ministry and central bank.

“The Fund will continue to be a strong partner as Mexico seeks to deliver economic stability and prosperity for all Mexicans,” Georgieva said on Twitter.

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Record Year at Pharr Bridge

 

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10/21/19 – The Monitor

By Mitchell Ferman

The lines at the bridge lasted more than 10 hours at times. “It was bad,” Martin Arteaga said in early April, after crossing a load of bell peppers over the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge in his truck from Mexico.

It was the beginning of a slog of a spring at the Pharr bridge, when trucks and passenger vehicles sat on the 3.2-mile span in jammed lines that President Donald Trump threatened to close at the border in late March. Not long after, hundreds of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers were reassigned from ports of entry to assist Border Patrol agents with immigration duties.

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