His role in ‘Narcos: Mexico’ nailed the real price — and victims — of the drug wars

Source: NBC News

Luis Gerardo Méndez almost didn’t get the role that has thrust him into the international limelight: an earnest but flawed police officer obsessed with the unsolved killings of young Mexican women amid drug cartel turf wars in the hit Netflix series “Narcos: Mexico.”

After a successful audition and meetings with the show’s producers, a call from his agent interrupted his premature celebrations.

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Remote US-Mexico border area sees 136% spike in illegal immigration encounters: ‘Not worth your life’

Source: Fox News

VAN HORN, Texas – “Harsh and unforgiving” — that’s how Border Patrol describes the conditions that illegal immigrants will face as they cross through west Texas. 

The Big Bend Sector covers all of Oklahoma, the Texas panhandle and parts of west Texas.

Border Patrol is seeing a lot more apprehensions in this area than ever before.

The area is dry and hot in the summer and cold and windy in the winter with hardly any water.

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Federal decree shields public projects from scrutiny, legal challenges

Source: Mexico News Daily

President López Obrador has moved to protect and fast-track the federal government’s infrastructure projects from legal challenges and scrutiny by issuing a decree that establishes them as matters of public interest and national security.

Published in the Monday evening edition of the government’s official gazette and taking effect Tuesday, the decree drew criticism from several analysts, opposition politicians and others, who broadly agreed that it is indicative of an increasingly authoritarian government and will be detrimental to transparency.

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Excessive speed likely cause of accidents that killed 7 on Mexico-Cuernavaca

8/16/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

A series of four related accidents that left seven people dead and at least 15 injured on the Mexico-Cuernavaca toll highway Sunday were likely caused by extreme speeding, the federal highways agency (Capufe) said.

In total 13 motorcycles, two tractor-trailers, a white pickup truck and at least 12 other vehicles were involved in the crashes which closed the highway for five hours in the direction of Morelos.

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Mexico builds replica Aztec temple to mark 500 years since Spanish conquest

08/11/2021

Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Mexico is building a towering replica of the Templo Mayor, the Aztec civilisation’s most sacred site, in the downtown of Mexico City to mark 500 years since the Spanish conquest of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan.

The mostly white mock temple will be on show in Mexico City’s bustling main square, the Zocalo, close to the ruins of the real Templo Mayor, where the Aztecs venerated two main deities with elaborate pageantry and sacrificial offerings.

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Mexico’s richest man to rebuild, pay for collapsed subway

07/30/2021

Source: Yahoo! News

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s richest man has pledged to rebuild and pay for a segment of a Mexico City subway line that collapsed on May, killing 26 people, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Wednesday.

López Obrador said telecom and construction magnate Carlos Slim has promised to pay for the rebuilding out of his own pocket and have it back in service in a year. One of his companies had originally built much of the section where the collapse occurred.

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Mexico’s President Says Carlos Slim Might Help Rebuild Collapsed Metro Line

06/23/2021

MEXICO CITY — The business tycoon Carlos Slim is willing to repair part of Mexico City’s subway system, the country’s president said Wednesday, after investigations found that shoddy work by Mr. Slim’s engineering firm had caused part of a metro line to collapse last month, killing 26 people.

But it was not clear whether that meant Mr. Slim would absorb any of the cost of fixing the line, which failed less than nine years after it opened.

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Mexico and Argentina recall ambassadors to Nicaragua amid Ortega crackdown

06/21/2021

Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY, June 21 (Reuters) – Mexico and Argentina have called on their ambassadors to Nicaragua to return to their respective capitals for consultations about the political situation in the Central American country, a joint statement issued by Mexico said on Monday.

“Concerning” actions by the Nicaraguan government, which has arrested several potential political rivals to President Daniel Ortega in recent weeks, have put the safety and freedom of some opposition figures and business leaders at risk, the statement said.

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The Mexico City train crash political fallout enveloped two top presidential contenders.

05/04/2021

Source: The New York Times

Their rivalry has long been a subject of speculation by pundits, and on Tuesday, two of Mexico’s brightest political stars were in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

After the deadly subway train crash in Mexico City, public anger on Tuesday turned toward the city’s mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, and a former mayor who is now Mexico’s foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard.

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Years of Unheeded Warnings. Then the Subway Crash Mexico City Had Feared.

05/04/2021

Source: The New York Times

MEXICO CITY — The capital had been bracing for the disaster for years.

Ever since it opened nearly a decade ago, the newest Mexico City subway line — a heralded expansion of the second largest subway system in the Americas — had been plagued with structural weaknesses that led engineers to warn of potential accidents. Yet other than a brief, partial shutdown of the line in 2014, the warnings went unheeded by successive governments.

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