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Oct 15, 2014

Guatemala may weigh softer drug punishments in liberalization push

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Guatemala will weigh easing punishments for minor narcotics-related offenses as part of a push to liberalize drug policy and explore regulating production of opium poppies and marijuana for medical use, President Otto Perez said.

Shortly after taking office at the start of 2012, Perez, a conservative retired army general, surprised many of his Latin American peers by proposing legalization as a means of curbing the power of criminal gangs and the deaths they cause.

Oct 14, 2014

U.S. should stump up billions to curb Central America migration: Perez

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – The United States should provide billions of dollars to help Central American nations curb the flow of illegal migrants, Guatemalan President Otto Perez said, and his government warns the problem will get worse if Washington fails to help.

Fleeing violence, trying to reach relatives already in the United States or seeking jobs, record numbers of child migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have been stopped at the southern U.S. border this year, causing widespread alarm.

Oct 10, 2014

Analysis – Missing students and murders eclipse reforms push in Mexico

IGUALA Mexico (Reuters) – For nearly two years, President Enrique Pena Nieto has sought to direct the Mexican public’s gaze onto his efforts to open the economy and away from the brutal gang violence that blighted his predecessor’s government.

But shocking abuses by security forces are overshadowing his economic reforms and threaten to ruin his efforts to recast Mexico as a country of progress and promise for investors.

Oct 10, 2014

Missing students and murders eclipse reforms push in Mexico

IGUALA Mexico (Reuters) – For nearly two years, President Enrique Pena Nieto has sought to direct the Mexican public’s gaze onto his efforts to open the economy and away from the brutal gang violence that blighted his predecessor’s government.

But shocking abuses by security forces are overshadowing his economic reforms and threaten to ruin his efforts to recast Mexico as a country of progress and promise for investors.

Oct 7, 2014

Mexican students recall clashes with police as massacre probed

AYOTZINAPA Mexico (Reuters) – Mexican police killed three trainee teachers, shot another in the head and another in the face, and herded dozens more into police trucks to what investigators fear was a massacre on a remote hillside, survivors of the incident say.

On the night of Sept. 26, officers that a state prosecutor says have links to a violent criminal gang in the southwestern city of Iguala pursued about 80 members of a nearby teaching college well-known for its left-wing radicalism, witnesses said.

Oct 7, 2014

Mexico’s president vows to find miscreants responsible for massacre

CHILPANCINGO Mexico (Reuters) – Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto vowed on Monday to hunt down those responsible for the apparent massacre of dozens of students in the southwest of the country that authorities say involved local security officials.

The students went missing after they clashed with police in Iguala in the volatile, gang-ridden state of Guerrero on Sept. 26. A mass grave was found near the town over the weekend, full of charred human remains.

Oct 6, 2014

Mexico security officials likely conspired in massacre: state government

IGUALA Mexico (Reuters) – Missing students were likely among charred corpses found in mass graves in southwest Mexico and local security officials are suspected of conspiring with gang members to kill them, authorities said on Sunday.

Several investigators said they feared the victims were among dozens of students who went missing after they clashed with police in Iguala in the volatile state of Guerrero on the night of Sept. 26.

Oct 5, 2014

Mexico massacre victims feared to be missing students

IGUALA Mexico (Reuters) – Bodies found in mass graves in southwestern Mexico are feared to be those of students who went missing last month after they clashed with corrupt local police, authorities said on Sunday.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, local officials said that at least 34 bodies had been buried at the site.

Oct 5, 2014

Mass graves with charred victims found in southern Mexico

IGUALA Mexico (Reuters) – Authorities have found mass graves with the charred remains of up to 20 people in the restive southern Mexican state of Guerrero, at a time when police are scouring the area for nearly four dozen missing students after a rash of violence.

The remains were buried on a hillside up a rocky dirt track on the outskirts of Iguala in six suspected graves, which were still fresh, a local official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Sep 23, 2014

Mexican state likely to change marijuana law this year, says ex-president

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A Mexican state could approve medicinal use of marijuana by the end of this year, paving the way for further steps toward legalizing the drug, former Mexican President Vicente Fox said on Monday.

Political pressure inside Mexico to liberalize its stance on marijuana has been rising since the U.S. states of Washington and Colorado legalized possession and sale of the drug for recreational use in 2012.