1. “Patricia is the strongest weather phenomenon ever recorded in Mexico: Conagua.” ‘This is the most intense hurricane ever recorded in history’ said Roberto Ramirez, managing director of the National Water Commission (CONAGUA). Hurricane Patricia, turned into a Category 5 hurricane last Thursday night. The hurricane is expected to arrive this Friday afternoon around 16:00 – 18:00, local time. It could cause waves up to 8 m. (27 ft) and winds of 200 km/h (125 mph) in Colima, Jalisco and Michoacán
Read more: CNN México, El Universal, Excelsior
2. United States blocks Merida Initiative’s fund for Mexico over human rights. The Mexican government said it rejects any kind of unilateral practice that judges the condition of individual rights in any country. 15% of the funds renewed annually by US Congress for the Initiative are conditional on Mexico’s progress over human rights.
Read more: CNN México, El Universal, El Economista, La Jornada, Milenio
3. The Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary announced the annulment of the gubernatorial elections in Colima due interference from state officials. With 4 votes in favor and two against, the judges reached the conclusion that there had been interference by public officials in the election after they received a video. Rigoberto Salazar Velasco, the Secretary of Social Development of the state, admitted to local congress that it was his voice in the audios ordering support for the PRI candidate, José Ignacio Peralta.
Read more: Excelsior, Milenio, La Jornada, El Universal
4. ‘El Chapo is injured after fleeing special forces.’ Joaquin El Chapo Guzman was injured after capture attempt by federal forces in the Sierra Madre Occidental confirmed the Mexican government. In a statement, the security cabinet informed that Guzman Loera was not injured during a clash, but in a hasty escape.
Read more: CNN México, La Jornada, Mexico Institute
5. Special Prosecutor Office for Missing People is created. The Attorney General’s Office (PGR) formalized the creation of the Special Prosecutor Office for Missing People as a request from President Enrique Peña Nieto during his recent meeting with relatives of the missing normalistas of Ayotzinapa.
Read more: Reforma, La Jornada
6. Pope Francis will visit Mexico in 2016, the Vatican announced. Pope Francis announced that he will travel to Mexico in the first months of 2016. Mexico is the second largest Catholic country in the world. A very awaited tour, in which a stop at the Basilica of Guadalupe will not be missed. The visit was confirmed by the Vatican spokesman, Federico Lombardi, and supported by the Mexican Episcopal Conference.
Read more: Excelsior, La Jornada, El Universal