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Nov 18, 2011

Mexico names intelligence chief interior minister

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico picked the head of the national intelligence agency as the country’s new interior minister on Thursday, beefing up the job’s security profile as the government attempts to bring violent drug cartels to heel.

Alejandro Poire, director of the Center for Research and National Security (CISEN), succeeds Francisco Blake, who was killed in a helicopter crash on Friday.

Nov 17, 2011

Special report: In Acapulco, it’s mayhem by the beach

ACAPULCO, Mexico (Reuters) – This city of dazzling hotels and sunlit beaches rose to fame as a playground of Hollywood stars. Today, Acapulco has now earned a very different reputation-for gangland decapitations, kidnappings and extortion.

As Mexico’s drug war grinds on, killings in Acapulco have almost tripled this year to nearly 900, making the Pacific resort one of the most violent cities in the world and the second-deadliest in the country. The endless reports of slayings have kept the drug chaos on the front page even as killing slows in some parts of Mexico, where in 2010 the war claimed a record 15,273 lives.

Nov 9, 2011

Mexican president’s sister offers party hope in vote

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s embattled ruling conservatives will enter the 2012 election year with renewed hope if the president’s older sister can pull of an unprecedented win in a state ballot on Sunday.

Luisa Maria Calderon’s capture of the governor’s office of Michoacan would throw sand in the eyes of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the favorites to take the presidency in 2012.

Oct 26, 2011

Mexican presidential hopeful vows drugs war shift

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A leading presidential candidate of Mexico’s ruling party said on Wednesday he would break with government policy and withdraw the army from the fight against drug gangs if he wins the election in 2012.

Santiago Creel, a former interior minister belonging to the conservative National Action Party (PAN), told Reuters that President Felipe Calderon’s military strategy had served its course and that he would change “everything” as leader.

Oct 16, 2011

Mexico opposition may work with criminals: Calderon

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Felipe Calderon has said politicians in the main opposition party may consider deals with criminals, opening an inflammatory new front in the nation’s presidential election campaign.

Calderon’s blunt remarks about the centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which is favored to win the July 1, 2012 election, are unusual in a country where the president is expected to stay largely aloof from party politics.

Oct 10, 2011

Mexican presidential favorite targets monopolies

MEXICO CITY, Oct 10 (Reuters) – The frontrunner to be
Mexico’s next president on Monday pledged to crack down on
monopolies, boost the country’s tax take and overhaul
state-owned oil monopoly Pemex if he wins a 2012 election.

Outlining his economic priorities for the first time,
Enrique Pena Nieto promised to maintain macro-economic
stability, double spending on infrastructure and face down the
challenge posed by India and China to Mexican firms.

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.


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.