King invites Mexico to use “vast potential” of relations with Spain

June 30, 2015

06/30/15 Fox News Latino

spain mexicoKing Felipe invited Mexico on Monday to take advantage of “the vitality and vast potential” of its relations with Spain, in order to strengthen ties that go beyond the spheres of politics and trade.

Felipe VI delivered that message to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on the first day of his state visit to Mexico, together with Queen Letizia.

Peña Nieto, accompanied by first lady Angelica Rivera, welcomed them at a very solemn event.

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Mexico Media Round-Up: Another Violent Month

June 30, 2015

06/60/15 Forbes

crime and drugsDuring June, 2015 Mexico’s went to the polls for mid-term elections and also witnessed a number of grisly organized crime related attacks. In May 2015 Mexico saw a month on month increase in murders for the first time in over three years, a sign that president Enrique Peña Nieto’s security strategy may not be working as smoothly as expected.

On June 1 I tweeted this article I wrote for Americas Quarterly. In the article I explain, that as organized crime groups have threatened and killed political candidates and radical protest groups promised to disrupt the election, the southwestern state of Guerrero presented unique challenges for Mexico’s June 7 mid-term election. “Security problems are certainly not isolated to Guerrero, but Guerrero does present a unique profile of challenges. The state is home to a mix of drug trafficking groups, their offshoots and affiliated street gangs, as well as militant teachers groups and armed leftist guerrilla groups,” I explained.

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Transgender immigration detainees may be housed by gender

June 30, 2015

06/30/15 Associated Press

prison cell blockSANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Immigration authorities will consider housing transgender detainees based on the gender they identify with in the wake of criticism about detention conditions for the population, officials said on Monday.Detention staff should consider transgender detainees’ preferences when making decisions about housing and clothing and what pronouns should be used, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in new guidelines for the treatment of transgender detainees.

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IACHR: Mexico slow to grant access to soldiers in missing students case

June 30, 2015

06/30/15 Fox News Latino

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The group of Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, or IACHR, experts investigating the disappearance of 43 education students in southern Mexico last year said Monday that the government was acting slowly in granting access to soldiers from the 27th Battalion based in Iguala.

The five members of the group said in a press conference in Mexico City that they received a response from the government on Sunday that said “the state continues analyzing the source of the request.”

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US now has more Spanish speakers than Spain – only Mexico has more

June 30, 2015

06/30/15 The Guardian

dictionary_spanish_englishThe United States is now the world’s second largest Spanish-speaking country after Mexico, according to a new study published by the prestigious Instituto Cervantes.

The report says there are 41 million native Spanish speakers in the US plus a further 11.6 million who are bilingual, mainly the children of Spanish-speaking immigrants. This puts the US ahead of Colombia (48 million) and Spain (46 million) and second only to Mexico (121 million).

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Mexico Won’t Be Sending Anyone To Miss Universe Pageant After Donald Trump’s Comments

June 30, 2015

06/30/15 Huffington Post

beauty queen crownMEXICO CITY, June 29 (Reuters) – Mexico will not send a contestant to this year’s Miss Universe pageant after part owner and TV personality Donald Trump made comments insulting Mexicans, Mexican broadcaster Televisa said on Monday.
Televisa and former Miss Universe Lupita Jones organize a pageant to select a Mexican candidate for the contest.
U.S. broadcaster NBC has also said it would no longer air the pageant after Trump described migrants from Mexico as drug-runners and rapists. Trump made the comments when he announced earlier this month he was seeking the Republican nomination for the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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Officials hint at possible win for Uber in Mexico City

June 29, 2015

06/29/15 U-T San Diego

Mexico City TaxiMEXICO CITY (AP) — Times are tough for Uber in many parts of the world, from a recent California ruling that its drivers cannot be classified as contractors to a Paris taxi protest that became a riot and led France’s president to promise a crackdown. But the smartphone-based ridesharing app may soon get some good news in Mexico City. Ahead of a city government decision on its future, Uber recently got a ringing, though nonbinding, endorsement from the influential Federal Commission on Economic Competition. Even Mexico City’s Human Rights Commission has weighed in favoring the service.

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