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Dec 27, 2011

Special Report: Federal forces sully Mexico’s war on drugs

CIUDAD JUAREZ (Reuters) – In March, municipal police officers detained the two brothers of Armida Vazquez and whisked them away in patrol cars.

Vazquez and her mother searched for Dante and Juan Carlos, cellphone shop workers in their mid-20s, and checked with the local and federal police here, to no avail. Nineteen days later, the strangled bodies of the brothers were found on the outskirts of this notoriously violent city. Witness testimony and other evidence led to three policemen, now in jail awaiting trial.

Dec 15, 2011

Corrected: Mexico drug gangs up ante with high-tech tunnels

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Reuters) – When architect Felipe de Jesus Corona built Mexico’s most powerful drug lord a 200-foot-long tunnel under the U.S.-Mexican border with a hydraulic lift entrance opened by a fake water tap, the kingpin was impressed.

The architect “made me one f—ing cool tunnel” Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman said, according to court testimony that helped sentence Corona to 18 years in prison in 2006.

Dec 11, 2011

Mexico drug gangs up ante with high-tech tunnels

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Reuters) – When architect Felipe de Jesus Corona built Mexico’s most powerful drug lord a 200-foot-long tunnel under the U.S.-Mexican border with a hydraulic lift entrance opened by a fake water tap, the kingpin was impressed.

The architect “made me one f—ing cool tunnel” Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman said, according to court testimony that helped sentence Corona to 18 years in prison in 2006.

Nov 16, 2011

Special report: Guatemala’s new leader faces questions

TZALBAL, Guatemala (Reuters)- A generation ago, high in the Cuchumatanes mountains, a tough military officer known as Major Tito was a commander during a brutal period of Guatemala’s civil war.

His beard was bushy, his hair thick and curly, and he donned a tilted red beret, a sign of his training as a Kaibil, Guatemala’s elite special forces.

Nov 10, 2011

Guatemala’s new leader faces questions about past

TZALBAL, Guatemala (Reuters) – A generation ago, high in the Cuchumatanes mountains, a tough military officer known as Major Tito was a commander during a brutal period of Guatemala’s civil war.

His beard was bushy, his hair thick and curly, and he donned a tilted red beret, a sign of his training as a Kaibil, Guatemala’s elite special forces.

Nov 10, 2011

Special Report-Guatemala’s new leader faces questions about past

TZALBAL, Guatemala (Reuters)- A generation ago, high in the Cuchumatanes mountains, a tough military officer known as Major Tito was a commander during a brutal period of Guatemala’s civil war.

His beard was bushy, his hair thick and curly, and he donned a tilted red beret, a sign of his training as a Kaibil, Guatemala’s elite special forces.

Nov 10, 2011

War, tight-knit class define Guatemalan leader’s rise

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Guatemala’s next president, retired general Otto Perez, was a small child when a CIA-backed coup overthrew reformist President Jacobo Arbenz in 1954.

The fallout has framed his military and political career.

The democratically elected Arbenz wanted to redistribute land to resolve inequalities, and the move angered United States business interests. With U.S. support, Arbenz was ousted in just nine days — and replaced by three decades of almost uninterrupted army rule.

Nov 10, 2011

Special Report: New Guatemala leader faces questions about past

TZALBAL, Guatemala (Reuters)- A generation ago, high in the Cuchumatanes mountains, a tough military officer known as Major Tito was a commander during a brutal period of Guatemala’s civil war.

His beard was bushy, his hair thick and curly, and he donned a tilted red beret, a sign of his training as a Kaibil, Guatemala’s elite special forces.

Oct 28, 2011

Mexico state oil firm Pemex posts 81 bln peso Q3 loss

MEXICO CITY, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Mexico’s state oil company
Pemex on Thursday blamed exchange rate losses and taxes for a
third-quarter loss of 81 billion Mexican pesos, its worst
quarterly performance in nearly three years.

Pemex has not posted such a steep loss since the
last quarter of 2008 when it suffered a loss of 115 billion
pesos.

Oct 13, 2011

Hurricane Jova hits key Mexican port, kills four

MANZANILLO/PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico, Oct 12 (Reuters) -
Hurricane Jova flooded the streets of Mexico’s main Pacific
port with torrential rain on Wednesday, inundating popular
beach resorts and killing at least four people in mudslides.

While Jova ravaged the coast, a tropical depression to the
southeast prompted thousands of evacuations in Mexico as well
as flooding and mudslides that have killed 18 in Central
America since the start of the week.

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      "I cover commodities and general news in Mexico and Central America and as part of the team in Latin America reported on the outbreak of swine flu, a coup in Honduras and the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. Before Mexico, I was based in Guatemala for two years."
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