1. The joint-bid of Mexico, Canada, and the United States to host the 2026 World Cup, was selected by FIFA’s congress this week. The bid, called “United 2026,” is the first tri-nation hosting of the football tournament. It will make Mexico the first country to have hosted the World Cup three times, albeit only 10 games will be held in Mexico in 2026.
2. Mexico saw two more assassinations of local level candidates this past week. They add to a total of 113 candidates murdered since September. International institutions and organizations, such as the European Union, have started to pay attention and voice their concerns regarding the levels of security afforded to candidates in Mexico.
3. Hurricane Bud intensified to become a category 4 hurricane, although experts foresee that it will weaken before making landfall. The hurricane is expected to impact six Mexican states: Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan, Nayarit, Sinaloa and Durango.
4. The third presidential debate took place this Tuesday in Merida, receiving many negative reviews. According to Reforma, the third debate had the lowest viewership of the three debates. El Pais, declared that “no candidate won, democracy lost”. In the end, most experts concluded that the debate would not have a significant impact on the election results.
5. Edgar Valdes Villarreal, better known as “La Barbie”, a drug lord in the Beltran-Leyva Cartel, was sentenced to 49 years in prison in the United States under charges of drug trafficking and money laundering. He was also fined $192 million USD, which prosecutors say is a conservative estimate of the value of the cocaine Valdez imported into the United States.