Taxi Hits Pedestrians Near Moscow’s Red Square, Injuring 8

06/16/18 The New York Times

nissan_tsuru_taxiEight people, including two from Mexico, were injured Saturday when a taxi crashed into pedestrians on a sidewalk near Red Square in Moscow.

Russian police said the driver in the crash has been detained. Moscow’s traffic monitoring agency said the driver claimed the crash wasn’t premeditated.

Video circulating on Russian social media and some news websites showed the taxi approaching a stopped line of cars, then veering onto the sidewalk and striking pedestrians. It then hit a traffic sign and bystanders tried to wrestle the driver out of the taxi, but he broke their grip and ran away; it was not clear how he was finally detained.

The source of the video wasn’t specified, but it appeared to be a handheld recording of footage from a video monitor.

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Rains from Tropical Storm Carlotta pound Mexico’s coast

06/16/18 The Washington Post

hurricaneHeavy rain and wind from Tropical Storm Carlotta lashed Mexico’s Pacific coast southeast of Acapulco ahead of its expected landfall late Saturday or early Sunday.

Carlotta, the third named storm of the Pacific hurricane season, was meandering just off Mexico’s coast, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

It said that Carlotta had maximum sustained winds near 50 mph (85 kph), and its center was located about 70 miles (115 kilometers) south-southeast of Acapulco. The storm was drifting northward Saturday afternoon.

The hurricane center says the storm threatens torrential rains for the coastline of the southern states of Guerrero and Oaxaca, with up to 10 inches possible in some areas. Flash flooding and mudslides are also possible.

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Tropical Storm Bud heads for resorts at Baja’s southern end

06/14/18 The Washington Post

hurricaneTropical Storm Bud continued to weaken as it neared the southern end of the Baja California peninsula and its popular resorts on Thursday.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Bud’s maximum sustained winds lessened to 45 mph (75 kph) as it moved over cooler waters, a big drop from the 130 mph (210 kph) winds it had as a Category 4 hurricane Tuesday.

Forecasters said the storm was likely to lose more force, but it was still expected to be a tropical storm when it reached the peninsula’s southern tip Thursday night. Bud was then projected to cross over the Gulf of California as a tropical depression Friday and make a second landfall on the Mexican mainland Friday night.

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U.S., Mexico and Canada to Host 2026 World Cup

06/13/18 New York Times

football-ball-sport-soccer-50713.jpegMOSCOW — The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada after FIFA’s congress voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to back the tri-nation joint bid for the tournament and leave Morocco to miss out for the fifth time.

The North American bid collected 134 votes to the 65 for Morocco. One congress member voted for “neither bid.”

The 2026 event will be the first expanded tournament featuring 48 teams, up from the current 32-team tournament, which begins in Russia on Thursday.

Both bids were given a last chance to make their case with 15 minute presentations in front of congress, at the Moscow Expocentre. The north Americans pledged their tournament would generate an $11 billion profit, while Morocco, which has now failed in five bids to host a World Cup, said theirs would make five billion.

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Teen Sisters Die in Mexico Underground River Tour

05/07/2018 The New York Times

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MEXICO CITY — Two teenage sisters who went on a tour of an underground river were swept away by the current and died, authorities in southern Mexico said Sunday.

Guerrero state security spokesman Roberto Alvarez said in a statement that the sisters, aged 16 and 19, hailed from the State of Mexico. They disappeared Saturday while on the cave tour in Cacahuamilpa National Park.

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Body of Polish Cyclist, German’s Bike Found in Mexico

05/04/2018 The New York Times

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MEXICO CITY — Authorities in southern Mexico have found a body they believe is that of a Polish cyclist, as well as a bicycle and a shoe belonging to a missing German man.

The body and personal articles were found at the bottom of a 600-foot (200-meter) drop off the side of a rural highway in the southern state of Chiapas.

Assistant state prosecutor Arturo Lievano said late Thursday that DNA tests are planned to confirm the identity of the body.

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Despite Violence, Tourism Is Strong in Mexican Resort Areas

04/27/2018 The New York Times

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Travel operators bill Cancún and the adjoining Riviera Maya on Mexico’s Caribbean coast as carefree beach escapes with something for everyone from spring break partyers to families. But a wave of violence, linked to rival drug gangs, threatens travel in the region like a storm hovering on the horizon.

The local news site Noticaribe reported 14 murders in Cancún over a 36-hour period in early April, continuing a pattern of violence reported last summer. Gun deaths have also occurred in Playa del Carmen, the biggest town on the Riviera Maya, about 40 miles south of Cancún.

Travelers have not been targeted in these crimes, but a bomb that detonated in February on a ferry linking Playa del Carmen with the island of Cozumel, a popular cruise port, injured more than two dozen passengers, including tourists. It prompted the Department of State to issue a travel ban on the ferry route for government employees. Reuters later reported the bomb was a homemade device believed to be unrelated to terrorists or organized crime.

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