Headlines from Mexico

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  1. Francisco Javier Hernandez Garcia, the alleged leader of Beltran Leyva cartel has been detained. Featured on the Mexican government’s list of 122 most-wanted drug traffickers, Hernandez Garcia was arrested with another man when they were found with weapons and suspected drugs in Sinaloa state.

    Read more: El Universal, Jornada, Milenio, Reuters México, Univision

  2. In the continuing case involving Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, this week actress Kate del Castillo is being pursued by Mexican authorities for her involvement with the former cartel leader. The Mexican Attorney General issued a subpoena in January for her to discuss her possible business relationship with El Chapo, and she did not respond.

    Read more: El Universal, Excelsior, Milenio, Jornada, CNN Expansión

  3. The Zika virus is rapidly spreading and Mexico is not being excluded. There are now 37 reports within the country, with four in Nuevo León, a state on the U.S. border, and 4 in the southern state of Oaxaca. The Secretary of Health reported that three of the total 37 cases were imported, one of these from Colombia, and the other 34 became sick while in Mexico.

    Read more: Excelsior, El Universal, CNN Expansión, Milenio

  4. The Congress of the Union met this week to begin the second ordinary period of the 63 legislature. They plan to discuss and vote on laws against corruption and promoting transparency, including reforms in regards to public security. Of the 500 federal delegates, 372 were present, as well as 76 of the 128 senators.

    Read more: Excelsior, Milenio, El Universal

  5. The Mexican peso fell today responding to an employment report released by the U.S. Additionally, the Mexican Stock Exchange also fell slightly after the publication of data from the U.S. showing low job creation.

    Read more: El Universal, CNN Expansión, El Financiero 

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  1. The capital of Mexico is no longer the Federal District – it is now formally known as Mexico City! Enrique Peña Nieto converted Mexico City into the 32nd entity of Mexico, with it’s own autonomy, rights, obligations, and freedoms. However, it is not a Mexican state, as it can not be a state and the capital simultaneously.Read more: CNN Expansión, El Universal, Excelsior, La Jornada, Univision

  2. The Pope is traveling to Mexico from February 12-17 and many predictions have been made about how his trip will go. From words of peace and justice to discussing human rights, this is sure to be an eventful trip for Pope Francis. Even El Paso, across the border from Ciudad Juárez, are upping security to ensure a smooth visit for His Holiness.Read more: El Universal, CNN Expansión, La Jornada, El Universal, Milenio

  3. Preliminary data showing growth in the Mexican economy at the end of 2015, beating predictions. With 2.3% growth in 2014, 2015 was expected to follow suit, expecting no more than 2.4%. However, 2015 beat the expectations with 2.5% growth.Read more: CNN México, El Universal, Reuters, El Economista, Reuters México


  4. Yahoo! has closed their offices in Mexico and Argentina. Though they could not disclose the number of people losing their jobs, they assured reports the employees were being treated respectfully. Yahoo is reducing its businesses in Latin America with the goal of global growth, and will be maintaining their offices in Brazil and Miami.Read more: El Universal, Reforma, CNN México, El Financiero, Forbes México

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1. “El Chapo” Guzmán Captured, a third time. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced on his twitter account: “Mission Accomplished: we have him.”  Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán was captured in a joint operation by the Mexican Navy and the Federal Police in the city of Los Mochis in the state of  Sinaloa.

Read more:  Reforma, La Jornada, Excélsior, El Universal, Milenio, El Economista

2. Humberto Moreira Detained in Madrid, Spain. Former Mexican governor from the state of Coahuila and former national leader of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has been arrested on corruption charges related to money laundering, embezzlement and organized criminal activity.

Read more:  Excélsior, Reforma, El Universal, La Jornada, Milenio, CNN Expansión

3. The Mexican peso falls to new record low. The Mexican peso falls to new record low of 18.12 per dollar due to uncertainty in global markets and falling oil prices. In response to the new record low, Mexico has sold $400 million dollars in two tranches as part of an auction program to shore up the Mexican peso.

Read more: Reforma, Milenio, El Economista, CNN Expansión, El Universal

4. New Presidential Airplane “Jose Maria Morelos y Pavón” to arrive in Mexico. President Enrique Peña Nieto’s new plane will arrive in the next few weeks. Despite of the controversy generated by its purchase, the Administration has decided to retain ownership of the aircraft based on the results of the study conducted by the company Ascend Flightglobal Consultancy.

Read more:  CNN Expansión, Reforma, El Economista, CNN,

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1. Political Reform of the Federal District is approved.  In a historic event, the Chamber of Deputies approved the Political Reform of the Federal District to change the official name of the capital to Mexico City, establish its own constitution and change the current boroughs into territorial boundaries governed by a mayor and councilors.

Read more: ExcélsiorReformaEl UniversalLa JornadaMilenioCNN MéxicoEl Economista

2. Piña and  Laynez are the new ministers of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation. The Senate of the Republic assigned Lucía Piña Hernández and Javier Laynez Potisek as the new ministers of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation for a period of 15 years. 

Read more: El Universal, Excélsior, Reforma, Reforma, Milenio, La Jornada 

3.  President Enrique Peña Nieto proposes Force Disappearance Law. President Peña Nieto sent two initiatives to Congress this past Thursday, December 10th: The General Law to Prevent and Punish Crimes relating to Force Disappearances and the General Law to Prevent, Investigate and Punish Crimes on Torture and Cruel and Inhuman Treatment. According to the Presidency, the first law has five axes, including the creation of a National Search System, whose main function would be to coordinate the Federal and Regional Attorney General’s Offices and provide guidance on how to act quickly and appropriately in the first hours after the disappearance. 

Read more: Reforma; El Universal; ExcélsiorJornadaMilenio

4. Judge denies arrest of Arturo Escobar. A federal judge denied the arrest warrant against the former undersecretary of the Interior and former Green Party leader, Arturo Escobar, in the case where he is accused of distributing Platinum Rewards cards in the last federal election.

Read more: ReformaExcélsiorMilenioEl UniversalLa Jornada

5. Citizens say NO to Chapultepec Cultural Corridor in public consultation.  Cuauhtémoc borough residents rejected the city government’s project Chapultepec-Zona Rosa Cultural Corridor. 22,730 citizens participated in the public consultation – only a 10 percent participation rate as 227,000 ballots  were printed. 63.4 percent  said NO, 35 percent said Yes and the rest were invalid ballots.

Read more: Excelsior; Reforma; Milenio



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1. PEMEX launches first gas station in the U.S. This past Thursday, December 3rd, Mexican Petroleums (PEMEX) began its venture into the global market by launching its first gas station in Houston, Texas. Pemex plans to open five gas stations in the U.S. as a pilot test for the company.

Read more: CNN Expansión; El Economista; El Financiero; Excélsior; La Jornada; Reforma

2. Mexico’s Senate Approves Energy Bill. The  Senate of the Republic approved this past Tuesday, December 1st, the Energy Transition Bill. The bill seeks to regulate the use of sustainable energy and obligations in the field of clean energies and emission cuts.

Read more: El Universal; Excélsior; Reforma; El Economista

3. The debate on the use of marijuana will begin in January 2016.  Mexico’s Interior Minister, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, called for a ‘comprehensive and transparent’ national debate on the use of marijuana. For this reason, five regional forums will be held. One of the forums will discuss the possible impact of the legalization of marijuana vis-a-vis violence in the illicit drug market and the criminal phenomenon across the country. The analysis will also be carried out hand in hand with International Organizations in order to gather hard data and provide empirical evidence. The results of this consultation will be then sent to Congress.

Read more: La Jornada, Milenio, Excélsior; El Universal; Reforma; El Universal 

4. Teachers in Guerrero to take the teacher performance test. More than 2,000 teachers from the 7 regions of Guerrero arrived to the headquarters “Mundo Imperial” in Acapulco to take the teacher performance test. Additionally, almost 6,000 members of Mexico’s federal and state security forces were deployed to safeguard the headquarters where the evaluation took place. The performance test is at the core of Peña Nieto’s education reform but has been reluctantly accepted by the CNTE, a national teachers union.

Read more: Milenio; Reforma; Excelsior; El Universal; La Jornada

5. Presidente Enrique Peña Nieto calls on COP21 to fight climate change and to consolidate a sustainable development. The Mexican President also appealed for unity to move towards low-carbon economies. He also reiterated Mexico’s support for the French government after Paris was struck by a series of terror attacks last month.

Read more: Excelsior; El Universal; Reforma; SRE


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1. Peña Nieto promotes an agenda for robust and inclusive economic growth to the G20. The President of Mexico participated in the first working session of the G20 summit where he stressed Mexico’s strong commitment to sound public finances.

 Read more: Excélsior, La Jornada, Milenio, El Financiero, Milenio, El Universal

2. APEC Summit concludes as Mexico seeks to strengthen Mexico’s relationship with Asia Pacific. Mexico is a global actor: Peña Nieto. “Mexico is a country that is not isolated from the world and that is the reason why Mexico is participating in global summits.” President Peña Nieto stressed that these relations can be beneficial for the economy of all Mexicans.

Read more:  El Universal,  Excélsior, El Economista, Milenio , Excélsior, Jornada

3. Senate of the Republic approves Federal Law of Transparency. The Senate approved the Federal Law of Transparency and Access to Public Information, in which 261 new obligations are contemplated for the three government branches, autonomous bodies, political parties and unions. 88 senators voted in favor, 3 voted against and 3 abstained.

Read more: La Jornada, Milenio, Reforma, Excélsior, CNN México

4. The Secretariat of Public Education (SEP) reported a 97.83% level of participation in the exam of teacher evaluation. 1,377 teachers were unable to fulfill this requirement due to blockades by the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) . The evaluation exam for these teachers has been rescheduled for November 21st and November 22nd.

Read more: El Universal, Milenio, El Financiero, Excélsior, CNN México



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1.  Enrique Luis Graue Wiechers announced as UNAM’s new president.  Enrique Luis Graue Wiechers  will be the new president  of the National Autonomous University of Mexico from 2015 – 2019. The Governing Board  announced on Friday, November 6th  the election of the director of the Faculty of Medicine, Enrique Luis Graue, as José Narro’s successor. Narro will leave his office on November 16, 2015.

Read more: Reforma, El Universal, El Financiero, Milenio, Excelsior

2. Pope Francis will visit Chiapas, Michoacán, Chihuahua and Mexico City: Secretariat of Foreign Affairs. The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Claudia Ruiz  Massieu, confirmed that Pope Francis will visit the states of Chiapas, Michoacán, Chihuahua and Mexico City during this trip in February, 2016. At the same time, Massieu stressed that Pope Francis will meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto. Pope Francis will visit both the northern and southern borders of Mexico and he is expected to address the issue of migration.

Read more:  Reforma, La Jornada, CNN Expansión, El Financiero

3. Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies approves the Expenditure Budget of the Federation for 2016. The Chamber of Deputies overwhelmingly approved the Expenditure Budget of the Federation for next year with 441 votes in favor, 38 against and 7 abstentions.

Read more: Excelsior, Reforma , La Jornada, Milenio, El Universal 

4. Agustin Basave is the new national president of the PRD. Augustine Basave Benitez and Beatriz Mojica Morga became the new national leaders of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD). The National Council of the PRD elected both Augstin Basave and Beatriz Mojica as President  and Secretary General respectively with 295 votes, out of the 304 members who attended the assembly.

Read more: Reforma, Excelsior, Aristegui Noticias, Milenio, El Financiero

5. INE removes registration from the Labor Party (PT). The General Executive Board of the National Electoral Institute (INE) agreed to remove the Labor Party’s registration. The decision was made after the PT failed to accumulate 3% of the national vote required during the past June elections.

Read more: Excelsior, Reforma, Milenio, Aristegui Noticias