Mexico: Sikh actor barred from flying to US ‘because of turban’

2/09/16 BBC News

airportA Sikh actor has claimed he was barred from boarding an Aeromexico plane because of his turban.

Indian-American Waris Ahluwalia, who is also a designer, said he was prevented from boarding after he refused to remove his turban in public.

The incident happened during additional security checks before a flight from Mexico City to New York.

Aeromexico said it had complied with security protocols and it regretted any “inconvenience”.

He posted a picture of the ticket on his Instagram account. It carried an “SSSS” stamp, an acronym for Secondary Security Screening Selection, an airport measure that selects passengers for additional screening. The selection is said to be random.

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Former Mexican President: We’re Not Paying for a ‘Stupid’ Wall

2/09/16 NBC News

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A former Mexican president had some tough words when asked about GOP candidate Donald Trump’s much-touted plan to build a border wall that he says will be paid for by Mexico.”We are not going to pay any single cent for such a stupid wall! And it’s going to be completely useless,” said former Mexican president Felipe Calderón when asked about this at the AmCham Egypt for Business Conference on Sunday.

“We are not going to pay any single cent for such a stupid wall! And it’s going to be completely useless,” said former Mexican president Felipe Calderón when asked about this at the AmCham Egypt for Business Conference on Sunday.

Calderón had harsh words about the Republican presidential race during his conversation with CNBC’s Hadley Gamble, saying it was “incredible” that quite an “admirable society” like the U.S. had candidates like Trump.

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Mexico Names New Heads of Pemex, Health, Social Security

2/8/2016 ABC News

120px-PemexA U.S.-educated economist took up the reins of state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos in one of several Cabinet changes announced Monday by President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anaya was sworn in as head of the oil company better known as Pemex, which has been hit hard by the plunge in global crude prices as Mexico embarks on an ambitious overhaul of its energy sector.

He replaced Emilio Lozoya, who had been at the post since 2012. Lozoya’s tenure was marked by an explosion at Pemex headquarters that killed 37 people in January 2013, shortly after he took office, and rising fuel thefts from Pemex pipelines.

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Mexico: Baby Murdered with Parents Stirs Anger, Outrage

2/4/2016 NBC NewsOaxaca

Laying between his father’s torso and left arm, a seven-month-old baby is seen in a bloodstained white onesie, his mother face down by their side.

That’s the picture that has gone viral and is causing anger and outrage on social media. It was taken Friday January 29, 2016, shortly after the three were murdered outside a convenience store in the city of Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca state, Mexico. NBC News is not showing the picture due to its graphic nature.

Oaxaca authorities identified the father as 24-year-old Juan Alberto Pano Ramos, who was carrying his son Marcos Miguel Pano Colón. The mother was identified as 17-year-old Alba Isabel Colón.

The authorities are still investigating the murders and whether they are gang- or drug-related.

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Why North America Needs to Pivot to North America

2/1/2016 The World Post

North AmericaThe foreign ministers of North America recently met in Québec with little fanfare. Yet, at a time of growing global disorder and uncertainty, North America is the strategic foundation from which the three nations secure their prosperity and safety.

Some $2.7 million in trade passes between the U.S. and its two neighbors each minute — that’s more than $3.5 billion a day. Mexico and Canada are the two largest export markets for the U.S., buying a third of all its exports. Millions of jobs depend on the trade and investment networks across our region, and the potential for added growth is enormous. A recent study by McKinsey predicts that if we keep working to improve the competitiveness of our North American market our economies could add 7.3 trillion dollars in GDP by 2040. And, if we seek better security against terrorism, we need to coordinate even better amongst ourselves to stop terrorists before they reach our borders and airports. Despite the huge value of regional cooperation, policymakers and politicians have given and give surprisingly little attention to strengthening North America’s foundations, let alone recognizing the importance it already plays in our common well-being and security.

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Headlines from Mexico

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  1. The capital of Mexico is no longer the Federal District – it is now formally known as Mexico City! Enrique Peña Nieto converted Mexico City into the 32nd entity of Mexico, with it’s own autonomy, rights, obligations, and freedoms. However, it is not a Mexican state, as it can not be a state and the capital simultaneously.Read more: CNN Expansión, El Universal, Excelsior, La Jornada, Univision

  2. The Pope is traveling to Mexico from February 12-17 and many predictions have been made about how his trip will go. From words of peace and justice to discussing human rights, this is sure to be an eventful trip for Pope Francis. Even El Paso, across the border from Ciudad Juárez, are upping security to ensure a smooth visit for His Holiness.Read more: El Universal, CNN Expansión, La Jornada, El Universal, Milenio

  3. Preliminary data showing growth in the Mexican economy at the end of 2015, beating predictions. With 2.3% growth in 2014, 2015 was expected to follow suit, expecting no more than 2.4%. However, 2015 beat the expectations with 2.5% growth.Read more: CNN México, El Universal, Reuters, El Economista, Reuters México


  4. Yahoo! has closed their offices in Mexico and Argentina. Though they could not disclose the number of people losing their jobs, they assured reports the employees were being treated respectfully. Yahoo is reducing its businesses in Latin America with the goal of global growth, and will be maintaining their offices in Brazil and Miami.Read more: El Universal, Reforma, CNN México, El Financiero, Forbes México

Yahoo Downsizes In Latin America, Closes Mexico And Argentina Operations

1/28/2016 TechCrunch

Ahead of its Q4 earnings and news of a bigger restructuring, Yahoo is downsizing in its regional operations, specifically in Latin America. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Yahoo has closed its offices in Mexico City and Buenos Aires, Argentina. But it’s not pulling out of Latin America altogether: the company is keeping teams in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Coral Gables, Florida.

“Yahoo is focused on maximizing growth. With that in mind, we communicated to employees in Argentina and Mexico that we will be closing our offices there,” a Yahoo spokesperson said. “Our impacted employees will be treated with respect and fairness through this transition. Latin America is an important region for Yahoo and we will continue to invest in the people and products there. Our teams in Brazil and Coral Gables (Miami) will remain vital to the company. (Attributable to a Yahoo spokesperson)

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