Mexico’s President Demands an Apology from Spain and the Vatican for Its Conquests Nearly 500 Years Ago

PICTURED: Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. (Marco Ugarte/AP) Five hundred years after the Spanish conquest of modern-day Mexico, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has a demand for the Spanish government: Apologize. López Obrador, who was elected last year, released a video Monday, describing a letter he wrote to Spain’s King Felipe VI. In the … Continue reading Mexico’s President Demands an Apology from Spain and the Vatican for Its Conquests Nearly 500 Years Ago

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91 People Killed, Dozens Injured After Gas Pipeline Explodes in Central Mexico

At least 91 people were killed in central Mexico after a ruptured gasoline pipeline exploded Friday evening, Omar Fayad, governor of the State of Hidalgo, said Tuesday. The death toll has risen since Sunday, when officials said the explosion had killed 79 people and injured 66. Fayad said some of the injured are minors who … Continue reading 91 People Killed, Dozens Injured After Gas Pipeline Explodes in Central Mexico

7 Men Killed in Shooting at Bar in Mexico’s Coast Resort City of Playa del Carmen

Seven men have been killed in a shooting attack at a bar in Mexico's Caribbean coast resort city of Playa del Carmen, authorities said Monday. State and local police said the attack occurred late Sunday at the "Las Virginias" bar in a low-income section relatively far from the beachside tourist zone. Six men were found … Continue reading 7 Men Killed in Shooting at Bar in Mexico’s Coast Resort City of Playa del Carmen

Six Policemen Killed After Attack by Gunmen Trying to Free a Prisoner

Six policemen in western Mexico were killed Monday when a gang of gunmen attacked them in an apparent bid to free a prisoner they were transporting, authorities said. The attack was the most serious by criminal gangs since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office Saturday, pledging to quell violence in Mexico. The attorney general … Continue reading Six Policemen Killed After Attack by Gunmen Trying to Free a Prisoner

Can Food Loving Tourists Save Mexico City’s Fertile Islands and the Farmers Who Labor There?

When he arrived at the small island in the midst of one of the world’s biggest cities, chef Gabriel Rodriguez knew that the only piece of equipment at his disposal would be a simple brick grill. He would have to use it to fire tortillas until crisp enough to carry the weight of beans, salsa, … Continue reading Can Food Loving Tourists Save Mexico City’s Fertile Islands and the Farmers Who Labor There?

Mexico’s New President Says He Will Deploy Country’s Military to Fight Crime

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador used his first full day in office Sunday to double down on promises to deploy Mexico’s military for public security to address a key concern: stemming rampant violence and rising murders. Speaking before rows of generals at a sun-drenched military installation in one of Mexico City’s toniest neighborhoods, Lopez Obrador … Continue reading Mexico’s New President Says He Will Deploy Country’s Military to Fight Crime

The Fight to Save Mexico’s ‘Water Monster’ from Pollution

Like many residents of Mexico City, my experience of the floating gardens of Xochimilco has mostly been tinged with alcohol. After all, every weekend, this Unesco world heritage site turns into a bacchanal, with groups aboard the canals’ iconic boats celebrating everything from high school graduations to engagements and weddings. But this is a weekday … Continue reading The Fight to Save Mexico’s ‘Water Monster’ from Pollution

Mexico’s New President Andrés Manuel López Obrador Creates Truth Commission, Restarts Investigation Into Disappearance of 43 Students

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico created a truth commission on Monday to re-examine the case of 43 students whose disappearance in 2014, still unsolved after a disputed investigation, has come to represent the tens of thousands of Mexicans who have vanished in more than a decade of the drug war. Just two days … Continue reading Mexico’s New President Andrés Manuel López Obrador Creates Truth Commission, Restarts Investigation Into Disappearance of 43 Students

Mexico Gives Jared Kushner Highest Honor for Foreigners Because of Role in Renegotiating NAFTA Deal

It is the highest honor Mexico gives to foreigners — the Order of the Aztec Eagle — and this week, it will be awarded to Jared Kushner. President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser is being honored for his "significant contributions in achieving the renegotiation of the new agreement between Mexico, the United States and Canada," … Continue reading Mexico Gives Jared Kushner Highest Honor for Foreigners Because of Role in Renegotiating NAFTA Deal

Mexico May be on the Edge of a Major Human Disaster

Mexico City is in the throes of a heated conflict over plans for a new international airport. It's a monster project: one of the biggest public works in Mexican history, with an initial price tag of $13.3bn. Once completed, the airport, known locally by its Spanish acronym, NAICM, will boast no fewer than six runways … Continue reading Mexico May be on the Edge of a Major Human Disaster

Mexico Couple Arrested for Transporting Body Parts May Have Committed 20 Murders

Police in Mexico are investigating a couple arrested for transporting body parts in a pram in connection with at least 10 murders. At a hearing following his arrest, the man reportedly confessed to killing 20 women in a suburb of Mexico City. Investigators have found body parts in the couple's flat and at another nearby … Continue reading Mexico Couple Arrested for Transporting Body Parts May Have Committed 20 Murders

Mexico Puts Tariffs on American Products

Mexico put tariffs on American products ranging from steel to pork and bourbon on Tuesday, retaliating against import duties on metals imposed by President Donald Trump and taking aim at Republican strongholds ahead of U.S. congressional elections in November. Mexico’s response further raises trade tensions between the two countries and adds a new complication to … Continue reading Mexico Puts Tariffs on American Products

Can Environmental Engineer Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo Fix Mexico City?

"Clau-dia! Clau-dia! Clau-dia!" The crowd swarms around the smiling woman, chanting her name as she makes her way from her car to the stage at a recent campaign rally in a ramshackle neighborhood of cinder block buildings. Voters jostle to clasp her hands, look in her eyes, and tell her about their troubles. The enthusiasm … Continue reading Can Environmental Engineer Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo Fix Mexico City?

Trump Administration Wants Migrants to Seek Asylum in Mexico Instead of the U.S.

The Trump administration wants more migrants fleeing their home countries to seek asylum in Mexico instead of coming to the U.S. border to ask for help. As a recent migrant caravan that was the subject of Twitter tirades by President Donald Trump made its way north, U.S. officials encouraged caravan participants to seek asylum in … Continue reading Trump Administration Wants Migrants to Seek Asylum in Mexico Instead of the U.S.