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Nov 6, 2015

Mexico targets business boom in Cuba as Castro visits

MERIDA, Mexico, Nov 6 (Reuters) – After standing by
Communist Cuba in its years of international isolation, Mexico
welcomed Cuban President Raul Castro on Friday as it seeks to
turn Havana’s thawing relations with the United States into a
major business opportunity on the island.

For the first time since Washington and Havana announced an
historic rapprochement last December, Castro visited Mexico,
where he met President Enrique Pena Nieto in the picturesque
colonial-era city of Merida on the Yucatan peninsula.

Nov 6, 2015

Mexican companies eye business in Cuba as Castro visits

MERIDA, Mexico, Nov 6 (Reuters) – After standing by
Communist Cuba during its years of international isolation,
Mexico hopes to take advantage of Havana’s thawing relations
with the United States to become a leading business player on
the island.

For the first time since Washington and Havana announced a
historic rapprochement last December, Cuban President Raul
Castro will on Friday visit Mexico, a country eager to stake its
claim as Cuba’s principal bridge to Latin America.

Oct 27, 2015

Big Chinese firm unveils plan to develop Mexican industrial park

MEXICO CITY, Oct 27 (Reuters) – State-owned China
Communications Construction Company (CCCC) reached a preliminary
accord on Tuesday to build an industrial park in Mexico that
could become one of the biggest-ever Chinese investments in
Latin America’s second-largest economy.

The government of the western state of Jalisco and Liu
Yueping, Americas chief of CCCC, signed a memorandum
in Guadalajara, the state capital, to develop the park. It could
give China a major foothold to supply the North American market.

Oct 27, 2015

Mexican state in deal with China for industrial park -sources

MEXICO CITY, Oct 27 (Reuters) – A major state-owned Chinese
company has struck a preliminary deal to develop an industrial
park in western Mexico that could be one of China’s biggest-ever
investments in Latin America’s second largest economy, Mexican
officials said.

The government of Jalisco state will on Tuesday formally
sign the agreement with China Communications Construction
Company (CCCC) to create a park to host Chinese
manufacturers, two officials from the western region said.

Oct 1, 2015

Mexico extradites two alleged drug lords to U.S. including ‘La Barbie’

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico has extradited to the United
States two high-ranking alleged drug lords, the attorney
general’s office said on Wednesday, the two most prominent to be
handed over since the escape of Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin
“El Chapo” Guzman in July.

The two men, Edgar “La Barbie” Valdez and Gulf Cartel capo
Jorge Costilla, were among 13 defendants transferred to U.S.
authorities. They were sent by plane and are wanted for various
violent crimes and drug trafficking-related offenses.

Sep 1, 2015

Mexico’s opposition plots tag team to wrestle government

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Reeling from their worst electoral drubbing in a generation, Mexico’s main opposition parties are poised to join forces in state elections to weaken President Enrique Pena Nieto’s ruling party before the next presidential election.

The center-right National Action Party (PAN) and leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) had their worst showing since 1991 in June legislative elections and are anxious to turn the tide in a record 12 races for state governor next year.

Aug 27, 2015

Mexico foreign minister takes new post, may augur presidency bid

MEXICO CITY, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Mexican President Enrique
Peña Nieto on Thursday shifted Foreign Minister Jose Antonio
Meade into a key ministry in a cabinet reshuffle that could
provide Meade with a platform to mount a presidential bid in

Meade, 46, served as finance and energy minister in the
previous government and could be an alternative candidate to the
man currently expected to lead the ruling party’s campaign to
replace Peña Nieto in 2018, Manlio Fabio Beltrones.

Jul 22, 2015

Mexico interior minister down but not out after Guzman jailbreak

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Humiliated by the escape of Mexico’s most wanted criminal from a maximum security prison, President Enrique Pena Nieto is under pressure from across the political spectrum to replace his interior minister. But party considerations may stay his hand.

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s July 11 jail break through a mile-long tunnel that surfaced right in his cell turned one of Pena Nieto’s greatest successes – the drug lord’s arrest in February 2014 – into a huge defeat.

Jul 14, 2015

Guzman escape turns up heat on Mexican president over corruption

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The dramatic escape on Saturday of the world’s most notorious drug lord has raised pressure on Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to curb corruption and the drug gangs that play an outsized and violent role in his country.

    Speaking from Paris, where he was beginning a four-day state visit just as Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was breaking out of jail, Pena Nieto called the escape an “affront to Mexico” and promised a full investigation. But skepticism is rife in Mexico.

Jul 12, 2015

Mexican kingpin ‘Chapo’ Guzman escapes prison for second time

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s most notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has escaped from a high security prison, officials said on Sunday, the second time he has given his captors the slip in 15 years.

Guzman, who once made it on to Forbes’ list of billionaires and is also wanted by the United States, was seen on video entering a shower area at 8.52 p.m. local time on Saturday (0152 GMT Sunday), Mexico’s National Security Commission said.