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Mar 6, 2013

Mexico’s “game-changing” telecom reform due in days: party leader

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s phone and television markets, long dominated by Carlos Slim and his rivals, are facing a game-changing shakeup that could be announced in days, according to one of the political leaders tasked with drafting the reform.

“This (reform) changes the whole board game,” Gustavo Madero, chairman of the conservative opposition National Action Party (PAN), told Reuters in an interview.

Mar 5, 2013

Mexico wants U.S. ties to focus on economy, education, not drugs

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico must give greater priority to economic cooperation and education in relations with the United States rather than allowing the fight against organized crime to take center stage, a senior Mexican official said on Monday.

Mexico has spent the past six years locked in a bloody fight with powerful drug cartels whose killings, kidnappings and extortion have marred the country’s image, particularly in the United States, where it ships nearly 80 percent of its exports.

Feb 27, 2013

Mexican union boss arrest sounds warning to reform foes

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The arrest of Mexico’s best-known trade union leader on fraud charges has thrown down the gauntlet to powerful interests standing between President Enrique Pena Nieto and his plans to shake up Latin America’s second-biggest economy.

For a generation, even presidents shied away from taking on teachers’ union boss Elba Esther Gordillo, making her Mexico’s most prominent female politician and a formidable enemy to those who accused her of fostering corruption rather than education.

Feb 27, 2013

Analysis: Mexican union boss arrest sounds warning to reform foes

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The arrest of Mexico’s best-known trade union leader on fraud charges has thrown down the gauntlet to powerful interests standing between President Enrique Pena Nieto and his plans to shake up Latin America’s second-biggest economy.

For a generation, even presidents shied away from taking on teachers’ union boss Elba Esther Gordillo, making her Mexico’s most prominent female politician and a formidable enemy to those who accused her of fostering corruption rather than education.

Feb 11, 2013

Our turn next for pope, say Latin Americans

MEXICO CITY, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Latin America senses an
opportunity to break Europe’s grip on the papacy as Pope
Benedict’s decision on Monday to step down stirs hopes the
world’s biggest Roman Catholic bloc may finally get to lead the
Church.

Home to 42 percent of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics,
Latin America far outweighs Europe’s 25 percent, although the
Church has for years been losing ground to Protestant and
evangelical rivals across the region.

Feb 4, 2013

Three decades on, survivors of worst Pemex blast still want answers

SAN JUAN IXHUATEPEC, Mexico, Feb 4 (Reuters) – As Mexico
waits for news of what caused a deadly blast at the headquarters
of state oil giant Pemex last week, survivors of the worst
explosion in the company’s history three decades ago still
wonder what exactly happened then and what became of their
friends.

On Nov. 19, 1984, a liquid petroleum gas (LPG) plant blew up
in this town on the northern edge of Mexico City, consuming
hundreds of people in a firestorm so powerful the sky could be
seen glowing red at the other end of the capital.

Feb 1, 2013

Mexico Pemex blast death toll rises to 32, cause unclear

MEXICO CITY, Feb 1 (Reuters) – The death toll from an
explosion at the Mexico City headquarters of Mexican state oil
company Pemex has risen to 32, but the cause of the incident is
still unclear, the company said on Friday.

Scenes of confusion and chaos after the explosion at the
downtown tower, which also injured more than 100, dealt another
blow to Pemex’s image as Mexico’s new president courts outside
investment for the 75-year-old monopoly.

Feb 1, 2013

Mexico rescue workers search for survivors after Pemex blast kills 25

MEXICO CITY, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Emergency services worked
into the early hours of Friday to find people trapped in rubble
under state oil company Pemex’s headquarters in Mexico City
after an explosion that killed at least 25 people and injured
more than 100.

Scenes of confusion and chaos at the downtown tower dealt
yet another blow to Pemex’s image as Mexico’s new president
courts outside investment for the 75-year-old monopoly.

Dec 11, 2012

Mexican president confident of key reforms in 2013

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Monday he is confident that reforms to shake up state oil giant Pemex and the country’s tax regime, key planks of his drive to accelerate economic growth, will be approved in 2013.

The youthful Pena Nieto took office on December 1 pledging to fire up the economy after years of underperformance, during which it fell behind its big Latin American peer Brazil.

Dec 6, 2012

Ancestral Russia lures land-hungry Mexican Mennonites

CUAUHTEMOC, Mexico (Reuters) – More than a century after Mennonite farmers left Russia for North America in search of new lands and religious freedom, hundreds of their descendants in Mexico are thinking about completing the circle.

Shortage of farmland, drought and conflict with rivals have made some Mennonites in northern Mexico wonder if the best way of providing for their families is to go back to the plains of eastern Europe their ancestors left in the 19th century.