Mexican state of Sonora approves same-sex marriage


Source: Reuters

The congress of the Mexican state of Sonora voted on Thursday to legalize same-sex marriage, meaning that about three quarters of the country’s regions have now made the practice legal.

Lawmakers in the legislature of Sonora, a large northern state that borders Arizona and New Mexico in the United States, approved the change in the law with 26 votes in favor and seven against.


Mexico highlights Cuban leader’s visit on Independence Day

Source: AP News

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The big highlight of Mexico’s Independence Day Thursday was the visit by Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador welcomed the Cuban leader on the reviewing platform for Mexico’s annual Sept. 16 military parade.


Millions of BBVA customers affected by failure of ATMs and mobile app


Source: Mexico News Daily

The biggest financial institution in Mexico left 24.1 million account holders without access to ATMs, its mobile app or in-store payments on Sunday.

BBVA México’s operating failures were first reported early in the day and continued for almost 20 hours until the late evening. Users were taken by surprise when they tried to take out cash, deposit money or make transfers and were declined. The newspaper El Universal reported that in-store payments were also affected.


Mexico City swapping Columbus statue with one of Indigenous woman


Source: Al Jazeera

A statue of Christopher Columbus that was a prominent presence on Mexico City’s most iconic boulevard will be replaced by a statue honouring Indigenous women, the city’s mayor has announced.

The 19th-century bronze statue on the Paseo de la Reforma had been taken down last year for restoration work ahead of an annual demonstration.


Moment military helicopter transporting aid for victims of Hurricane Grace crashes in Mexico – but all 15 on board miraculously survive


Source: Daily Mail

Cell phone footage has captured the moment a military helicopter that was transporting aid for victims of Hurricane Grace crashed moments after taking off in the southern Mexico state of Veracruz.

But, miraculously, 15 people traveling onboard escaped with just minor injuries.

The aircraft was also set to perform a fly over of the disaster area, and was carrying Veracruz State Secretary Eric Cisneros.


Mexican Congress approves budget after protests


11/22/19 – AP News

Mexico’s lower house of Congress approved the 2020 federal budget Friday in an all-night meeting at a convention center after protests and blockades by farm groups surrounding the Congress building.

The protests were sparked by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s policy of giving money directly to farmers and poor families rather than distributing funds through groups that claim to represent them.

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Mexico commission blames authorities in 2017 school collapse

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11/13/19 – AP News

Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission says authorities apparently acted with corruption or negligence in allowing the operation of an elementary school that collapsed in Mexico City’s September 2017 earthquake.

The governmental commission said Wednesday that authorities should offer apologies and compensation to those injured and killed in the collapse of the school during the magnitude 7.1 quake.

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Day of the Dead parade hits Mexico City as holiday expands

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10/29/19 – AP News

By Amy Guthrie

Thousands of Mexicans took to the streets of the capital to dance beside giant skulls and skeletons Sunday as Mexico City rolled out its fourth edition of a Day of the Dead parade inspired by Hollywood, part of an ever-expanding menu of festivities for the holiday.

The city once again borrowed props from the opening scene of the 2015 James Bond film, “Spectre,” in which Daniel Craig’s title character dons a skull mask as he makes his way through a crowd of revelers. Festivities in the capital have expanded in recent years to capitalize on growing interest in the holiday, with temporary art installations in public spaces and colorful weekend events. Yet another elaborate parade is scheduled to traverse the city’s iconic Reforma boulevard on Nov. 2, All Souls Day.

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3 die in wildfires in Mexico’s Baja California

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10/25/19 – AP News

Mexican authorities say three people have died in wind-whipped wildfires in the northwestern state of Baja California.

Mexico’s civil defense agency said Friday that fires near Tecate, near Tijuana and between the coastal towns of Rosarito and Ensenada had forced 1,645 people to evacuate their homes.

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Making do with less: Mexican media bruised by president’s austerity

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10/23/19 – Reuters

By Noe Torres

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office in December promising to reduce public spending to free up more resources for the poor. But his austerity drive has left media outlets reeling, and raised questions about whether Lopez Obrador is trying to influence coverage.

Between January and August, Lopez Obrador’s government spent 88 million pesos ($4.6 million) on advertising, just 3.6% of the sum spent in the same months of 2018 by his predecessor Enrique Pena Nieto, Public Administration Ministry (SFP) data show.

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