North America

Mexico Supreme Court Rules Anti-Gay Terms Are Hate Speech Not Protected By Freedom of Expression

March 9, 2013

“The court ruling says that “even though they are deeply rooted expressions in Mexican society, the fact is that the practices of the majority of society can’t validate the violations of basic right.””

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Mexican Authorities Arrest 21 Suspects in Connection to Drug Cartel-Linked Attacks on Journalists and Politicians

March 9, 2013

“Prosecutors in the northern state of Durango said the kidnap-killing of a local politician in February was among the gang’s alleged crimes. The victim, Mario Alberto Landeros, had been planning to run for mayor of a city in the state.”

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Analysis: Mexico’s Anti-Corruption Effort Making Significant Waves

February 28, 2013

“The Mexican president is preparing to launch a series of ambitious measures that aim to overhaul taxes, open up state oil giant Pemex to more private capital and ease tycoon Carlos Slim’s tight grip on Mexico’s telecommunications industry.”

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Mexico Arrests Head of Teachers’ Union For Embezzling $200 Million From Union Funds

February 27, 2013

“Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said that Elba Esther Gordillo, who has led the 1.5 million-member National Union of Education Worker for 23 years, was detained in Toluca on Tuesday on charges that she embezzled about $200 million from union funds.”

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Human Rights Watch Report: 249 Disappearances in Mexico Constitute a Major Crisis

February 20, 2013

“A Human Rights Watch report released Wednesday calls Mexico’s anti-drug offensive “disastrous” and cites 249 cases of disappearances, most of which show evidence of having been carried out by the military or law enforcement.”

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Mexico Arrests 6 Suspects Who Confessed to Raping 6 Female Tourists in Acapulco

February 17, 2013

“Mexico has arrested six men who confessed to the rape of six female Spanish tourists in Acapulco, a crime that drew global attention to the popular Mexican resort.”

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World’s Richest Men Carlos Slim and Bill Gates Open Agricultural Research Center in Mexico

February 17, 2013

“The new complex will double the center’s capacity to develop better seeds and more productive farmers in the developing world, officials said.”

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Autopsy: Mexican Teen Shot At Least 7 Times From Behind By U.S. Border Patrol Agents

February 7, 2013

“Following the shooting, Mexican authorities condemned the U.S. Border Patrol’s use of lethal force and called for a timely and transparent investigation.”

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TransCanada CEO Urges the U.S. State Department to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline Permits

February 7, 2013

“During a visit to Washington, TransCanada chief executive Russ Girling also said that his company was exploring other routes to get the Canadian oil to world markets, including a possible retrofit of a natural gas pipeline to eastern Canada.”

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Canada Drops Penny From Its Currency System

February 6, 2013

“The cost of the metal that goes into a penny has surged in recent years, making the coin’s production more expensive than its face value.”

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United States and Mexican Tomato Growers Reach Preliminary Agreement to Continue Bilateral Trade Relations

February 4, 2013

“The draft agreement substantially raises the minimum “reference” price at which Mexican tomatoes can be sold in the United States and accounts for changes that have occurred in the tomato market since the original agreement, Sanchez said.”

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Death Toll at Mexico’s State Oil PEMEX Building Reaches 36

February 4, 2013

“Rescue workers had been digging through the last sections of the building’s basement and could soon call off their search. One person was reported still missing.”

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UPDATE: PEMEX Oil Company Building Explosion in Mexico Kills At Least 33 People

February 1, 2013

“Officials have been unable to say how many people may still be trapped in the wreckage of the office block, which remains cordoned off. A military paramedic at the scene said there were likely many and expected the death toll to keep rising.”

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Report: 30 People Trapped in Debris Following Explosion at PEMEX Oil Headquarters in Mexico

February 1, 2013

“The Interior Ministry said it was uncertain of the exact number of people trapped because many were outside having lunch when the explosion occurred about 3:45 p.m. local time in a basement parking garage next to the iconic, 51-story tower of Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex.”

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Mexico Interior Minister: Explosion at State Oil PEMEX Kills At Least 14 People and Injures 100 Others

January 31, 2013

“Media reports said machinery inside the building had apparently exploded. But an ambulance service official at the scene, who asked not to be named, said it was caused by a gas leak.”

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