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Nov 14, 2014

Mexican police play havoc with president’s security pledge

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Restoring order to a country torn apart by drug violence was Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s first promise when he took power two years ago, but corruption and police brutality have handed him the biggest crisis of his rule.

Local police abducted 43 trainee teachers in the southwestern city of Iguala on Sept. 26 and handed them over to a drug gang. The gang almost certainly murdered them and torched their bodies, the government says.

Nov 7, 2014

Mexico scraps $3.75 billion China rail deal ahead of state visit

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico has revoked a $3.75 billion high-speed rail contract from a Chinese-led consortium after its uncontested bid prompted an outcry from lawmakers, souring a state visit to China next week by President Enrique Pena Nieto.

After the contract to build the link was awarded on Monday, opposition politicians accused the government of favoring the group led by China Railway Construction Corp Ltd, the sole bidder.

Nov 4, 2014

Fugitive Mexican mayor suspected in abduction of 43 students captured

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican police have captured a fugitive former mayor and his wife who the government says were the probable masterminds behind the abduction of 43 student teachers feared massacred in September, officials said on Tuesday.

Police working with a local drug gang in the southwestern city of Iguala abducted the students after clashes there on the night of Sept. 26, sparking a huge manhunt and embarrassment for President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Oct 28, 2014

U.S., Mexico sign deal to end sugar spat, avert import duties

MEXICO CITY/WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Mexico and the
United States reached a deal on Monday to avert potentially
steep duties on Mexican sugar imports to the United States,
defusing a months-long dispute that threatened to escalate into
a major trade war.

In the deal hammered out hours before U.S. regulators were
going to slap penalties on Mexican imports, the U.S. Department
of Commerce said officials initialed a draft agreement that
would suspend both anti-subsidy and anti-dumping duties on the
goods, if adopted in full.

Oct 24, 2014

Governor of Mexican state where students disappeared stands down

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The governor of a Mexican state roiled by the disappearance of dozens of students that has sparked protests and embarrassed President Enrique Pena Nieto, bowed to pressure on Thursday and said he was standing down.

Angel Aguirre, governor of the impoverished state of Guerrero in southwest Mexico, said he was taking a leave of absence. The move is the only option open to him given he cannot resign by law. His replacement will be chosen by the Guerrero state assembly.

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.