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Mexico to help "El Chapo" family seek US humanitarian visas

Feb. 22, 2019 3:35 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday that he has instructed his government to assist the family of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in seeking humanitarian visas to visit the convicted drug trafficker in the United States. During a visit last week to Guzman's hometown of...

Mexican Senate approves quasi-military National Guard

Feb. 21, 2019 6:56 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Senate voted unanimously Thursday to approve a more civilian-oriented version of the militarized National Guard that the government wants to use to combat a rising wave of crime. Senators want to avoid militarizing law enforcement, but President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wants...

Auditors: $167 million misspent in Mexico airport project

Feb. 20, 2019 11:36 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican federal auditors say they have found $167 million in mismanagement and questionable expenses at a now-cancelled project to build a new Mexico City airport. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had been criticized for cancelling the $13 billion project, which was about half...

Financial questions hound 2 of F1's 3 races in North America

Feb. 20, 2019 6:51 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two of Formula One's three races in North America are facing financial issues that are raising concern about their future. Organizers of the U.S. Grand Prix won't be reimbursed at least $20 million from the state of Texas for the 2018 race after missing a paperwork deadline set by law....

Mexico activist killed days before pipeline referendum

Feb. 20, 2019 1:27 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A community activist fighting against a plan to build a gas pipeline through his central Mexico town was killed Wednesday, three days before a scheduled public referendum on the energy generation project. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador condemned the murder of Samir Flores...

Mexico to close infamous island penal colony, region's last

Feb. 18, 2019 10:25 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico will close its infamous Isla Marias prison, the last island penal colony in a hemisphere once dotted with remote island jails like the one depicted in the movie "Papillon." President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday that Mexico will relocate about two-thirds of the 659...

Mexican president announces bailout for cash-strapped Pemex

Feb. 15, 2019 5:06 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced a $3.9 billion bailout for the country's cash-strapped, state-owned oil company Friday and promised it an additional $1.6 billion in revenue, making it a rescue package of up to $5.5 billion. Lopez Obrador has made rescuing...

In El Chapo's state, people see little change with verdict

Feb. 14, 2019 2:40 PM EST

CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — U.S. officials are hailing the conviction of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman as a victory for the Mexican people, but in the drug lord's home state of Sinaloa, cradle to his powerful cartel, many residents say they don't expect violence and trafficking to abate. As news that the Sinaloa...

Combative Mexican union leader forms new labor federation

Feb. 13, 2019 8:01 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican union leader known for his combativeness announced a new labor federation Wednesday and said 150 unions have joined, the latest sign that the country's long-dormant labor movement might be awakening. Miners' union leader Napoleon Gomez Urrutia said the umbrella organization is...

Mexico leader: Chapo verdict shows money can't buy happiness

Feb. 13, 2019 11:44 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sees the conviction of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman as a moral lesson. Lopez Obrador said Wednesday: "Let this serve as a lesson to show that money doesn't buy true happiness." Guzman was convicted in New York Tuesday of drug...