1. The Mexican economy expanded 2.4 percent in the first quarter of 2018, compared to the same period last year, driven mainly by primary activities, according to the National Institute of Statistics, Computer Science and Geography (INEGI). Compared to the last quarter of 2017, Mexico’s Gross Domestic Product grew 1.1 percent from January to March 2018, the Institute added.
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2. The Mexican Central Bank revealed that remittances to Mexico from the United States rose by 3.96 percent in March. Mexicans living in the United States set an all-time record for the month of March, sending USD$2,620.58 million to their families.
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3. The Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights estimates that the number of people forced to flee their homes due to violence between 2006 and 2017 amounts to 329,917. The displaced individuals have fled the states of Guerrero, Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Chiapas, and Oaxaca.
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4. After being accused of orchestrating a murder, the Mayor of Tlalquitenango, Enrique Alonso Plascencia, has been released from prison. Judge Alejandra Trejo concluded there was not enough evidence to prosecute. Alonso Plascencia was accused of being the mastermind of a murder carried out by seven people, detained on April 20 and believed to be members of Los Rojos, a criminal organization.
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5. Teachers affiliated with the National Educational Workers Coordinator have organized labor stoppage in states like Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Michoacan. They are marching and blocking public areas and demanding a roundtable discussion with the Federal government in order to repeal the education reform.
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