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Oct 3, 2011

Key political risks to watch in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, Oct 3 (Reuters) – A mounting drugs war death
toll, deadlock in Congress and fears of a U.S. economic
slowdown are clouding the outlook for Mexico ahead of a
presidential election next July.

DRUGS WAR

Anger is growing about the roughly 42,000 lives that have
been lost since President Felipe Calderon launched a war on
drug cartels in late 2006, and violence has spun out of control
in large areas along the U.S.-Mexico border. [ID:nN15124805]

Sep 23, 2011

“Poor” start to jungle protection plan: Ecuador

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rich nations are failing to do enough to compensate Ecuador for not tapping billions of dollars worth of oil from the biologically diverse Yasuni jungle reserve, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said on Friday.

Ecuador launched its Yasuni project last year to protect the area’s rich flora and fauna, seeking some $3.6 billion in donations by 2024 from developed nations and foundations for leaving an estimated 846 million barrels of oil in the ground.

Sep 21, 2011

Peru rate policy doesn’t need change -cenbank gov

NEW YORK, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Peru’s central bank governor,
Julio Velarde, said on Wednesday he does not see a need to
change current interest rate policies despite the global
economic slowdown.

“There is no need to act now, it might change if the
situation deteriorates,” Velarde told journalists when asked if
he saw the need to change interest rates due to the global
economic slowdown.

Sep 20, 2011

Palestinians, U.S. at odds over U.N. bid for statehood

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The Palestinian foreign minister said on Tuesday he was confident most U.N. Security Council members would endorse Palestinian statehood but the United States underscored its pledge to veto the move despite the risk of diplomatic fallout.

Diplomats still hope to avert the political crisis looming over this year’s meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, but Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said he thought at least nine of the 15 members of the Security Council would back the Palestinian bid.

Sep 20, 2011

Palestinians confident on U.N. vote, but veto looms

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The Palestinian foreign minister said on Tuesday he was confident the U.N. Security Council would vote to recognize Palestinian statehood and urged the United States to reconsider its veto threat as efforts to resolve the impasse appeared deadlocked.

As diplomats scrambled to contain a political crisis looming over this year’s meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said he believed at least nine of the 15 members of the Security Council would endorse the Palestinian move.

Sep 20, 2011

Mexico president hints legalizing drugs may be needed

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Monday turned up pressure on the United States to curb demand for illicit drugs, hinting that legalization of narcotics may be needed to weaken the drug cartels.

Mexico, which has been racked by a bloody conflict between the government and drug cartels, is paying the price for its proximity to the United States, Calderon said in a speech to the Americas Society and Council of the Americas in New York.

Sep 13, 2011

Mexican presidential front-runner exits comfort zone

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – If looks alone decided Mexican presidential elections, front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto could take the next nine months off and win at a stroll.

Regularly voted Mexico’s most handsome politician, Pena Nieto has no clear policy agenda and rarely talks about his plans, prompting accusations he is all show and no substance: a “meringue” cooked up by the media, as one opponent put it.

Sep 2, 2011

Mexico’s Calderon defends war on drug cartels

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Friday mounted a forceful defense of his crackdown on drug cartels, saying the conflict that has cost thousands of lives was the only way to beat the “cancer” attacking Mexico.

Calderon is under growing pressure to end the violence that has killed more than 42,000 people in less than five years, and he devoted nearly half of his annual state of the nation address to rebuffing critics of his army-backed offensive.

Sep 2, 2011

Factbox: Key political risks to watch in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A mounting drugs war death toll among ordinary civilians, political inertia and fears of a U.S. economic slowdown are clouding the outlook for Mexico ahead of a presidential election next July.

DRUGS WAR

Anger is growing about the 42,000 lives that have been lost since President Felipe Calderon launched a war on drug cartels in late 2006, and violence has spun out of control in large areas along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Aug 30, 2011

Analysis: New nadir in Mexican drugs war puts PAN in trouble

MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) – Hopes that Mexico’s conservative ruling party would usher in an era of clean government and establish order have given away to despair as drugs war violence increasingly hits ordinary civilians.

At least 52 people died last week when an arson attack by suspected drug cartel members gutted an upscale casino in the prosperous northern city of Monterrey, a bastion of President Felipe Calderon’s National Action Party, or PAN.