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Mexico joins international labor agreement on maids' rights

Jul. 4, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government says it has formally adhered to the International Labor Organization’s Convention 189 on the rights of domestic workers. The Domestic Workers Convention sets out guidelines for ensuring that maids are protected from exploitation, violence or unsafe working...

Mexican soldiers kill 12 gunmen in city on border with Texas

Jul. 3, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican soldiers patrolling in the border city of Nuevo Laredo came under fire from drug cartel gunmen Friday, then killed 12 of their attackers in a gunbattle, the military said. The Defense Department said three army patrol trucks were hit by gunfire, but no troops were hurt. The...

FILE - In this this Jan. 7, 2019, file photo shows Kathy Kunkel, the Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health, waits to speak at a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M. Kunkel told the Albuquerque Journal on Friday, May, 15, 2020, she fears that she may not yet have had her toughest day yet in fighting the novel coronavirus in New Mexico, one of the poorest states in the U.S. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

Top New Mexico public heath official announces retirement

Jul. 3, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s Health Secretary Kathyleen Kunkel on Friday announced her intention to retire once the current wave of coronavirus infections subsides. Kunkel, 69, an attorney and former pediatric social worker, cited the physical and mental demands of her work at the forefront on...

A worker waters grass and plants atop recent graves in a section of the Municipal Cemetery of Valle de Chalco opened two months ago to accommodate the surge in deaths amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Thursday, July 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Mexican state eyes closing US border as Arizona cases rise

Jul. 2, 2020 10:00 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s coronavirus outbreak rose by a record 6,741 confirmed cases and 679 deaths Thursday, putting the country’s toll of 29,189 COVID-19 deaths higher than Spain’s, though the milestone was overshadowed by the resurgence in the United States. Reacting to a spike...

Mexico's top human rights official says she was threatened

Jul. 2, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The head of Mexico’s governmental human rights commission said Thursday she has received threatening telephone calls, text messages and social media postings. Human Rights Commissioner Rosario Piedra Ibarra said the threats started after she took up the case of a young man who...

Mexican soldiers seize $2.7 million in cash from US vehicle

Jul. 1, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican soldiers have seized almost $2.7 million in cash stuffed into suitcases in the back of an SUV entering Mexico from the United States, the Defense Department said Wednesday. The seizure took place last week at an incoming border inspection checkpoint in Tijuana, the city across...

FILE - In this Dec. 10. 2019 file photo, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during an event to sign an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement, at the National Palace in Mexico City. Mexico celebrated on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the implementation of the new free trade agreement with Canada and the United States that it hopes will lead to more investment in its struggling economy. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Mexico celebrates start of new trade accord with US, Canada

Jul. 1, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico celebrated the implementation of a new free trade agreement with Canada and the United States that it hopes will lead to more investment in its struggling economy. President Andrés Manuel Obrador will travel to Washington July 8-9 to meet with with President Donald Trump and...

A member of the National Guard stands watch inside the gates as state police guard the street outside, at Las Americas General Hospital in Ecatepec, a suburb of Mexico City, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Mexico City, one of the world's largest cities and the epicenter of the country's coronavirus epidemic, will begin a gradual reopening June 1, its mayor said Wednesday, even as daily new infections continued to set records. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

One year later, watchdogs criticize Mexico's National Guard

Jun. 29, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One year after it began operations, Mexico’s National Guard remains at best an enigma lacking in transparency and at worst a clever political cover to keep the country’s military in a leading domestic security role, government watchdogs said Monday. President Andrés...

Mexico says it is cracking down on piracy in Gulf

Jun. 23, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican Navy said Tuesday it is cracking down on piracy in the Gulf of Mexico that has included attacks on ships and oil platforms. Mexico was stung by a U.S. State Department travel advisory on June 17 about “armed criminal groups” in the Gulf. The Navy said it has...

Mexico's government news agency Notimex shut down by strike

Jun. 8, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s government-funded news agency, Notimex, says it will shut down temporarily starting Tuesday until an agreement can be reached with striking workers. The unionized workers went on strike earlier this year, arguing some members had been unfairly fired or harassed by...