‘Criminalization of migrants is unacceptable:’ Doctors Without Borders

09/09/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

The situation migrants face in Mexico is unsustainable and policies that criminalize them are unacceptable, according to the Mexican division of Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

The organization said in a statement that it has launched an emergency intervention in Tapachula, Chiapas, “where some 40,000 people are trapped due to the failure of the asylum system.”

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Photos of a new, sprawling Amazon warehouse in Mexico surrounded by deteriorating shacks have gone viral as the tech giant continues to expand its footprint internationally

09/08/2021

Source: Business Insider

A sprawling new Amazon fulfillment center in Tijuana, Mexico, is surrounded by deteriorating housing.

The photographer Omar Martinez captured images of the warehouse, which show a stark contrast between Amazon’s crisp, white facility and the crumbling shacks around it. They were shared widely and discussed on Reddit and Twitter.

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Missing bolts contributed to Mexico City metro collapse: Report

09/08/2021

Source: Al Jazeera

A deadly Mexico City metro collapse in May was caused in part by missing bolts in the beams of an overpass that already had deficiencies before an important earthquake, an independent auditor’s report released on Tuesday by the city government has found.

The 180-page analysis by Norwegian company DNV was the latest installment of its technical opinion on the May 3 collapse – Mexico’s biggest train accident in years.

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Powerful earthquake strikes southwest Mexico

09/08/2021

Source: CNN

A powerful earthquake struck the southwest of Mexico late Tuesday, causing widespread shaking as far away as Mexico City and killing at least one person.

The United States Geological Survey said the 7.0 magnitude quake struck 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) east-northeast of Los Órganos de San Agustín, about eight miles from the Pacific Coast beach resort city of Acapulco. It was measured at an initial depth of 7.8 miles (12.6 kilometers). At least 92 aftershocks were recorded, including one with a magnitude of 5.2, the Mexican State Civil Protection Secretariat said.

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Flooding hits Mexico hospital, killing 17 patients

09/08/2021

Source: BBC News

At least 17 patients have been killed after heavy rainfall caused flooding at a hospital in Mexico’s central Hidalgo state, officials say.

They say a river burst its banks and water then cut the power supply at the hospital in the town of Tula.

Some of the victims were Covid-19 patients who were being treated with oxygen therapy, local media report.

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Mexico’s Supreme Court Votes to Decriminalize Abortion

09/08/2021

Source: New York Times

Criminalizing abortion is unconstitutional, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, setting a precedent that could lead to legalization of the procedure across this conservative Catholic country of about 130 million people.

The unanimous ruling from the nation’s top court follows years of efforts by a growing women’s movement in Mexico that has repeatedly taken to the streets of major cities to demand greater rights and protections.

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Talos Energy files notice with Mexico over disputed oil field

09/07/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

A United States energy company has submitted notices of dispute to the federal government over a decision to take away its control of a shallow water oil field in the Gulf of Mexico.

Houston-based Talos Energy intends to fight the decision by the Energy Ministry (Sener) to designate the state oil company Pemex as the operator of the Zama field, which contains almost 700 million barrels of oil.

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Citrus exports soar 28% in first seven months of the year

09/07/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

The export of citrus fruits shot up 28.3% in the first seven months of the year in annual terms.

The value of those exports was US $912.3 million, compared to US $711 million over the same period in 2020.

Mexico is the world’s second largest exporter of lemon, with 17.7% of the value of world sales, and the fourth largest exporter of grapefruit. However, the agricultural sector commits the largest growing area of any citrus fruit to oranges.

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Mexico Is Refinancing Pemex Debt After Getting IMF Reserves

09/07/2021

Source: Bloomberg

Mexico has begun a process of refinancing state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos’s debt, after the nation received a transfer of about $12 billion from the International Monetary Fund. 

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday that refinancing had begun, and restated that he wants to use newly issued IMF reserves to pay debt, but that he couldn’t provide further details. His spokesman Jesus Ramirez confirmed to Bloomberg News that Pemex’s debt is being refinanced.

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5,000 phony license plates seized in Mexico City

09/07/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

Five thousand black market phony license plates made for states across the country were seized during four simultaneous raids in Mexico City on Friday.

In one case, plates were found in a small two-story building in Coyoacán where five members of a crime gang printed the plates, which were then sold for 3,000-6,500 pesos (about US $150-$327).

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