Ana Flores Salazar Was Third Journalist Killed in Mexico in 2016

2/11/2016 NBC News

censorshipMexico is reeling from the news that the body of reporter Anabel Flores Salazar was found a day after an armed group kidnapped Monday her from her home in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. The 32-year-old mother of two was a crime-beat reporter for newspaper El Sol de Orizaba and is the third journalist to be killed in Mexico in 2016.

The journalist was found on the side of a highway in the neighboring state of Puebla. The Attorney General of the State of Veracruz issued a statement confirming that Flores Salazar was identified by family members.

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Money-Laundering Woes Push Mexico Into Dollar-Transfer Business

2/12/2015 Bloomberg

mexican pesosMexico’s government is taking an unusual step to weather a U.S. money-laundering crackdown that threatens to hobble dollar-fueled businesses from Tijuana beauty salons to Cancun hotels: It’s getting into the dollar-transfer business.

The country’s central bank will soon unveil an electronic system designed to ease U.S. dollar transfers between Mexican businesses, said Banco de Mexico spokesman Ricardo Medina. The network will let businesses send U.S. currency to each other through a clearinghouse overseen by the central bank and moving through a bank in the U.S., according to a central bank official familiar with the program, who said the system could be introduced as soon as next month.

The move addresses a growing problem in Mexico: Several foreign banks have cut ties with Mexican counterparts in recent years. Bankers and officials in Mexico fear further barriers to financial flows between their country, Latin America’s second-largest economy, and the U.S., its biggest trading partner. Large swaths of Mexico’s $1.3 trillion economy rely on the dollar, from manufacturers in border zones such as Ciudad Juarez to travel-industry businesses in spots like Puerto Vallarta.

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El Chapo Could Be Tried in Brooklyn Court for Drug Trafficking, Official Says

2/11/2016 New York Times 

Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán
Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán

If Mexico agrees to extradite the notorious drug trafficker known as El Chapo to the United States, he would be tried in federal court in Brooklyn, a law enforcement official said on Wednesday.

The drug kingpin, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, has been indicted in Brooklyn as well as Chicago, Manhattan, Miami and other cities where his cocaine ring is said to have extended in the United States.

WPIX-TV in New York City reported on Wednesday that Brooklyn would be the likely location for Mr. Guzmán’s trial.

A 2014 indictment filed in Federal District Court in Brooklyn charged that Mr. Guzmán, who was recaptured in January after a daring escape from prison last summer that embarrassed the Mexican authorities, helped run the world’s largest drug-trafficking organization, called the Sinaloa cartel.

The majority of the drugs trafficked by the cartel were imported into the United States, according to the indictment, which also charged another of its suspected leaders, Ismael Zambada García. The authorities have said that they believe the cartel may have been the largest supplier of cocaine to the New York City area for years.

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Mexico missing students: Knowns and unknowns

2/10/2016 BBC News

the_week_that_was_from_latin_america_and_caribbean_40482081On the evening of 26 September 2014, a group of 43 Mexican students disappeared in south-western Guerrero state. Their relatives have been searching for them ever since. There have been three investigations into the events that night and a fourth is still under way. Their findings have differed widely. Below we look at what is known and what is not known about the missing 43.

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Mexico prison riot leaves ‘dozens dead’ in Monterrey

2/11/2016 BBC News 

prisonDozens of people are reported to have been killed in a riot and a fire at a prison in northern Mexico.

Some inmates are also said to have escaped from the Topo Chico prison near the city of Monterrey.

Smoke could be seen billowing from the complex, Mexican broadcaster Televisa reported.

Streets outside the jail were blocked by families worried about relatives inside. Riot police were holding the crowd back.

Officials have so far made no comment and it was not immediately clear how many people had died. Televisa put the toll at 30, while Milenio TV said 50 people had been killed.

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Mexico’s Explanation For The Missing 43 Students Simply Can’t Be True, Forensic Experts Say

2/9/2016 Huffington Post

15424774877_785a4e19a8_nThe bodies of Mexico’s missing 43 students were not incinerated at a trash dump in the town of Cocula, as President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration has maintained since November 2014, according to an independent forensic analysis presented Tuesday in Mexico City.

The study by the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team pokes further holes into the Mexican government’s largely discredited explanation of the students’ disappearance at the hands of police in the city of Iguala — an event that triggered an international protest movement against violence and impunity in Mexico.

Mexico’s former Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam first said in November 2014 that authorities had established that the missing students were abducted by local police, who handed them over to members of the Guerreros Unidos drug gang. The government said the gang members then took the students to a trash dump in the nearby town of Cocula, executed them and incinerated their bodies.

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Three arrested in murder of baby and his parents in Mexico

2/10/2016 CNN

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(CNN)Mexican authorities have arrested three suspects in the case of a 7-month-old baby who was shot and killed along with his parents as they left a convenience store in the city of Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca state.

The Oaxaca State’s Attorney’s Office identified the suspects as Juan Antonio Lopez Lopez, Arturo Arzate Vargas and Oscar Silver Idael Olmedo Lopez. They were detained in a Monday night raid on a house in Oaxaca state.

The case caused fury and great indignation in Mexico. The picture of the dead baby in a bloodstained white onesie, lying head down between his father’s torso and left arm, went viral. The young mother, wearing denim shorts and a red blouse, lies in the background, also dead.

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