Drug Lord’s Associate Arrested in Northern Mexico

February 25, 2015

Fox News Latino, 2/24/2015

hands in handcuffsThe suspected regional boss of the criminal organization run by drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero was arrested by federal forces in the northern Mexican state of Sonora, the federal government said.

Oscar Pascual de la Rocha Rivera, a close associate of Caro Quintero, was captured in Hermosillo, the capital of Sonora, on Sunday during “an operation, without the need to fire any shots,” federal security agencies said in a joint statement.

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Mexico Proposes Allowing Foreign Agents to Bear Arms

February 25, 2015

Enrique Pena NietoReuters, 2/24/2015

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed a reform on Tuesday that would authorize foreign immigration and customs agents to carry arms while in the country, an issue that has long been a source of friction with the United States.

In 2011, an unarmed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent was killed when his car was ambushed by drug gang members in central Mexico.

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In Mexico, Protesters Drive Bus into Police Lines; 12 Injured

February 25, 2015

Fox News, 2/25/2015

guerreroProtesters drove a bus into police lines in the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco, injuring at least seven officers, according to Mexican federal officials.

The Interior Department said that five protesters also were injured in the confrontation Tuesday evening, which came after thousands of protesters had tried to block entrances to the Acapulco airport, prompting police to ferry tourists to the terminal in trucks.

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Mexico’s Foreign Direct Investment Falls in 2014

February 25, 2015

Anthony Harrup, 2/24/2015

hand shakeMexico received $22.6 billion in foreign direct investment last year, including $5.6 billion in the fourth quarter, far short of the record investment received in 2013, according to preliminary numbers reported by the Economy Ministry on Tuesday .

Foreign direct investment was lower than the $42.1 billion reported for 2013, when the amount was boosted by $13.2 billion with Anheuser-Busch InBev’s buyout of the half of brewer Grupo Modelo that it didn’t already own.

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Mexico Complains About Remarks Attributed to Pope Over Drug Image

February 24, 2015

Reuters, 2/23/2015

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Reuters/Tony Gentile

aid on Monday it would send a letter to the Vatican to complain about remarks attributed to Pope Francis about the risk of Argentina suffering a criminal “Mexicanization” due to the spread of drug gangs there.

Mexico’s Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade said his government had expressed concern that the country was being “stigmatized” as a land of drug traffickers in an email attributed to Francis published in Argentina over the weekend.

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Mexico Fields Unflattering Comments From ‘Birdman’ Director, Others

February 24, 2015

By Tracy Wilkinson, 2/23/2015

mexican flagFrom the Oscars in Hollywood, to the pope in Rome, Mexico is receiving some rather unflattering attention, a reversal of the image that the government has spent millions to cultivate.

It started as a celebration of Mexicanness, with Academy Award glory being heaped on Mexican director Alejandro G. Iñarritu, who took three Oscar statuettes in Sunday night’s ceremony. It turned when he made a plea for better treatment of Mexican immigrants and took a sharp dig at President Enrique Peña Nieto.

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How Birdman Director’s Speech Shocked Mexico

February 24, 2015

BBC News, 2/23/2015

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Lots has been written about diversity in the US film industry after last night’s Oscars – but across the border in Mexico, the ceremony set off a very different political storm.

After his film Birdman won best picture last night, Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu took the stage. “I want to dedicate this award to my fellow Mexicans, the ones who live in Mexico,” he said. “I pray that we can build the government that we deserve.”

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