Mexico Arrests Suspect in Forced-Prostitution Ring

May 1, 2015

ABC News, 4/30/2015
mexican-flag1U.S. officials say they joined Mexican authorities last month in arresting one of the leaders of a forced-prostitution ring that used young women from Mexico in a New York City operation.

The leader, Paulino Ramirez-Granados, was arrested in the small town of Tenancingo in central Mexico, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday in reporting the detention.

Mexican federal police said they arrested Ramirez-Granados on March 31 on a warrant requesting his extradition to the United States.

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Law Will Let Some Foreign Agents Carry Weapons in Mexico

April 24, 2015

Reuters, 4/23/2015

youth with handgunMexico’s congress approved on Thursday a reform that lets some foreign agents carry arms inside the country, a significant change in a nation that has historically said the practice would violate its sovereignty.

Under the law, foreign customs and migration agents will be allowed to carry guns in previously established zones. Also, foreign leaders or heads of state will be able to enter Mexico with armed security details.

Officials say the presence of foreign agents in Mexico will speed up the joint inspection process and facilitate the flow of goods and people across borders. They also say foreign customs and migration agents at times need guns to guarantee their security given the problems of drug and human trafficking.

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Mexico Bans Poultry, Egg Imports From Bird Flu-Hit Iowa

April 22, 2015

Fox News, 4/22/2015

Mexico, the biggest buyer of U.S. chicken, has halted imports of live birds and eggs from the U.S. state of Iowa due to an outbreak of deadly bird flu there, the Mexican government said on Tuesday.

Mexico and other major countries last month imposed new export restrictions on poultry products from various U.S. states, but a new outbreak has hit top U.S. egg-producing state Iowa.

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UPDATE 4-WTO Rules against U.S. Dolphin-Safe Canned Tuna Labels

April 15, 2015

Reuters, 4/15/2015

WTO logoThe World Trade Organization found on Tuesday that U.S. rules on dolphin-safe labels for canned tuna run counter to international trade laws, siding with Mexico in a long-running dispute and opening the door to retaliation against U.S. exports.

The ruling, which the United States said it would appeal, upholds Mexico’s complaint that revamped U.S. labeling rules are still discriminatory because they disqualify Mexican tuna from bearing dolphin-safe labels, unlike other countries’ tuna.

“We recommend that the dispute settlement body request the United States bring its measure, which we have found to be inconsistent with (the WTO rules) … into conformity with its obligations,” the WTO panel said.

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Mexico Falls Short of Backing Venezuela Against US Sanctions

April 7, 2015

TeleSUR English, 4/6/2015

413px-Felipe_Calderon_sin_fondo_iMexico fell short of backing Venezuela against the recent U.S. aggressions and sanctions toward its government, saying while it respects the sovereignty of every nation, there should be a dialogue between the parties involved.

“Mexico will continue to insist that the government of Venezuela and the different opposition groups in that country establish a dialogue,” the Mexican Foreign Ministry told La Jornada.

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Mexico Easing U.S. Poultry Ban Shows Ebbing Threat of Flu

March 25, 2015

Bloomberg Business, 3/24/2015

mexico-usa-flag-montageMexico’s move to start allowing some imports of American chicken and turkey from states with commercial bird-flu cases signals that the disease’s threat to U.S. poultry exports is starting to subside.

Mexico will accept shipments of some poultry from the states if the products are destined for further domestic processing, according to an update Tuesday on the website for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Other nations may follow suit, according to Farha Aslam, a New York-based analyst for Stephens Inc.

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U.S. Trade Commission Upholds Sugar Pact With Mexico

March 20, 2015

By Anthony Harrup, Wall Street Journal, 3/19/2015

mexico-usa-flag-montageMEXICO CITY—The U.S. International Trade Commission voted unanimously Thursday to uphold an agreement that suspended duties on sugar imports from Mexico, a decision that Mexico’s Economy Ministry welcomed as positive for Mexican producers.

The USITC determined that December’s suspension agreements between the Department of Commerce and the Mexican government and sugar industry eliminated the injurious effect of imports on the U.S. domestic industry.

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