LEON, Mexico (Reuters) – Pope Benedict landed in Mexico on Friday promising to “unmask the evil” of drug trafficking in a country that has been wracked by a surge in gang violence over the past five years.
The pope began his three-day visit in the central city of Leon with a festive welcome from the president and traditional Mexican mariachis after making strong statements aboard his papal plane about the country’s drug violence.
LEON, Mexico (Reuters) – Pope Benedict landed in Mexico on Friday promising to send out a strong message against drug cartels in a country convulsed by a surge in gang violence over the past five years.
The 84-year-old pontiff touched down in the central city of Leon, starting a three-day visit to the world’s second most populous Roman Catholic country. En route to Mexico he pledged to “unmask the evil” of drug trafficking.
LEON, Mexico (Reuters) – Pope Benedict begins his first visit to Mexico on Friday with the Roman Catholic faithful hoping he will deliver a strong message of peace to temper a brutal drugs war in the deeply religious country.
The pope starts his three-day visit in the central city of Leon, a Catholic stronghold that has avoided the worst of the turf wars and clashes between drug cartels and security forces that have killed some 50,000 people over the past five years.
CHIHUAHUA, Mexico, March 21 (Reuters) – A severe drought in
Mexico that has cost farmers more than a billion dollars in crop
losses alone and set back the national cattle herd for years, is
just a foretaste of the drier future facing Latin America’s
second largest economy.
As water tankers race across northern Mexico to reach
far-flung towns, and crops wither in the fields, the government
has allotted 34 billion pesos ($2.65 billion) in emergency aid
to confront the worst drought ever recorded in the country.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Some 2,000 Venezuelan women are threatening to sue doctors, private clinics and distributors for faulty PIP breast implants if they do not get free replacements in one of the world’s hottest markets for plastic surgery.
The image-conscious South American country was disproportionately hit by defective breast implants sold by French manufacturer Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) and filled with dangerous, industrial grade silicone.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday he will start radiation therapy for cancer in the coming weeks, a treatment that could leave him weakened ahead of his re-election bid on October 7.
In a televised appearance from Cuba, where he is recovering from a third surgery to treat cancer in his pelvic region, Chavez spoke with his cabinet ministers to project an image he is fully in command of the government despite his illness.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Cranes tower over new apartment blocks in Venezuela’s capital where President Hugo Chavez’s government plans to house 20,000 poor families as part of a populist pre-election spending push.
Though finished, the buildings stand empty – waiting for the usual fanfare inauguration of such projects by Chavez himself.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will return home next week from Cuba where he is recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous tumor, Colombian leader Juan Manuel Santos said on Wednesday.
Although the socialist leader’s return will calm anxious supporters and put him back at the helm of government, Chavez still faces the tricky prospect of radiation treatment as he heads into the campaign for an October 7 presidential vote.
BRUSSELS/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Oil consuming nations have no need to release stockpiles as they do not face a supply crunch, EU officials and the agency for consumers said on Wednesday after Washington announced it may use stocks to stem soaring gasoline prices in an election year.
Oil prices hit a 10-month high last week in dollar terms and an all-time high in euros and British pounds amid fears over a loss of Iranian oil supplies and a Israeli attack on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear installations.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico may be sitting on a vast untapped reserve of shale oil just south of the Rio Grande, but state monopoly Pemex is showing little urgency to exploit their share of the bounty.
While U.S. energy companies are racing to drill more wells in the oil-rich Eagle Ford shale play that geologists say extends well south of the border, Mexican energy officials and Pemex executives appear unrushed.