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Trump calls new border wall a 'world-class security system'

Sep. 19, 2019 6:55 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Donald Trump signed his name on a newly constructed section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, calling it a "world-class security system" that will be virtually impenetrable. Trump toured a section of the border wall in San Diego's Otay Mesa area on Wednesday. It was a return trip...

Mexico proposes generous social budget; bets big on oil

Sep. 9, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador's proposed budget for next year would continue his commitment to social spending for the elderly and youth and funnel more resources to the state-owned oil company Pemex. But some analysts see the 6.1 trillion peso ($312 billion)...

Mexican expressionist artist Francisco Toledo dies at 79

Sep. 5, 2019 11:59 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Expressionist painter Francisco Toledo, who was well-known and respected in Mexico both for his art and his activism, has died, the country's president announced late Thursday. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wrote in his Twitter account that "art is mourning." He called the...

Mexican cartel forces gas stations to refuse army vehicles

Sep. 5, 2019 9:48 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican federal prosecutors said Thursday they have received complaints that gas stations in the northern border state of Tamaulipas are refusing to fill the tanks of army and police vehicles. The problem is centered in Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Laredo, Texas. Nuevo Laredo has...

Mexico's new drug war may be worse than old one

Aug. 30, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

COATZACOALCOS, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's drug war appears to be back — and it may be worse this time around than in the bloody years of the government's 2006-2012 offensive against drug cartels. Back then, the worst of the violence was confined to a few cities. Now it is spread out throughout the...

Mexico's "Teflon" presidency starting to show wear

Aug. 30, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's drug war has burst into flames again, the economy is flat, the health care system is creaking and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador — facing the wrath of U.S. President Donald Trump — has cracked down on Central American migrants harder than ever. Yet...

Families begin burying the 28 victims of Mexico bar fire

Aug. 29, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

COATZACOALCOS, Mexico (AP) — Anger remained high Thursday as relatives began the slow, tearful task of mourning and burying the 28 people who died horrendously when gang members set a bar on fire after blocking its exits. The families complained that criminals are out of control and making life impossible...

Mexico reaches deal with private gas pipeline firms

Aug. 27, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's president said Tuesday his government has reached a deal with private gas pipeline operators to solve a dispute over fees and payments. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador had accused private companies of taking unfair advantage of the country when the contracts were...

Mexico struggles: whether to talk to vigilantes or jail them

Aug. 22, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's government appears to be split about whether it should talk to armed vigilante groups, or treat them as criminals. President Andres Manuel López Obrador said Thursday he disagreed with his assistant interior secretary's decision to attend a ceremony with vigilantes, who...

Mexico arrests 6 police in 2015 killings of civilians

Aug. 22, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in Mexico said Thursday they have arrested six federal police officers in connection with a series of shootings in 2015 in which at least eight demonstrators died. They are the first arrests under the current administration of federal police, a force that President Andres...