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May 8, 2012

Mexico lawmakers flag $30 bln Pemex loss in audit

MEXICO CITY, May 8 (Reuters) – Mexican lawmakers are calling
for an official probe into how state oil monopoly Pemex
accounted for a suspected $30 billion loss in 2009 which an
audit showed the company later booked as assets.

Esthela Damian, an opposition congresswoman who heads the
accounting oversight committee, said she is asking federal
authorities to investigate irregularities in Pemex’s accounts.

May 7, 2012

Mexico’s Pena Nieto draws fire but survives debate

MEXICO CITY, May 6 (Reuters) – Mexico’s presidential
front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto was forced onto the defensive on
Sunday by his rivals who accused him of corruption, lies and
being a pawn of the media during televised election debate.

Pena Nieto, of the opposition Institutional Revolutionary
Party (PRI), has led opinion polls for months and his two main
opponents repeatedly turned on the 45-year-old, albeit without
airing any new accusations against him or his party.

May 4, 2012

Bodies of 23 found dumped near U.S. border in Mexico drug war

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The bodies of 23 people were found hanging from a bridge or dismembered in ice boxes and garbage bags in northeastern Mexico on Friday, in an escalation of brutal violence involving rivel drug gangs on the U.S. border.

In a first incident, the bodies of five men and four women were found hanging from a bridge in Nuevo Laredo, in Tamaulipas state just across the border from the Texas city of Laredo.

May 4, 2012

Nine bodies hung from bridge in northern Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Nine bodies, some bound and blindfolded, were found hanging from a bridge over a highway in northeastern Mexico early on Friday, in an escalation of brutal attacks right on the U.S. border where rival drug gangs are fighting for control.

The victims were five men and four women, said the police in Nuevo Laredo, in Tamaulipas state just across the border from Laredo, Texas. Police could not confirm who was responsible for the gruesome murders but a message found with the bodies indicated it may have been an attack by the Zetas cartel against the rival Gulf cartel.

Apr 12, 2012

Mexico’s Pemex files fresh suit in stolen fuel case

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s state oil company Pemex has filed a fresh lawsuit against a dozen oil companies including units of Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), alleging they sold fuel stolen by drug gangs, U.S. court filings show.

Pemex PEMEX.UL filed the new complaint in a court in the Southern District of Texas on April 10, after a judge ruled Mexico’s oil monopoly could not add the Shell subsidiaries and other companies, including ConocoPhillips (COP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), to an original claim filed in 2010.

Apr 9, 2012

Mexico’s ruling party closes ranks around candidate

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s ruling party overhauled its candidate’s struggling presidential campaign on Monday, unveiling a new team and promising a more aggressive strategy to woo undecided voters after a string of public missteps in the first official week of the race.

Josefina Vazquez Mota, aspiring to become Mexico’s first woman president in the July 1 election, said her conservative National Action Party, or PAN, had been bogged down by infighting following a drawn-out primary.

Apr 4, 2012

Mexican conservatives revamp presidential bid

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Conservative candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota will re-jig her campaign to become Mexico’s first woman president in an effort to close a yawning gap with the opposition front-runner, only five days after the race officially began.

Gustavo Madero, chairman of the ruling National Action Party, or PAN, announced the changes in the election strategy following splits within the party and a series of campaign mishaps as the vote looms just 12 weeks away.

Apr 3, 2012

Mexico ruling party’s campaign off to shaky start

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The presidential campaign of Mexico’s ruling party candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota is off to a rocky start after a union protest forced the cancellation of one political rally and attendees streamed out of another this weekend.

Then on Monday, the first woman candidate for president of Mexico’s main political parties, felt ill at an event, interrupted her speech several times and sat down shaking visibly after an strong earthquake rocked the Mexican capital.

Mar 28, 2012

Phone tapping scandal envelops Mexican ruling party candidate

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s ruling party presidential candidate has been forced on the defensive after a leaked recording emerged in which she appeared to accuse the government of spying on her phone calls.

In what seems to be a conversation between Josefina Vazquez Mota and a campaign official, she blames members of President Felipe Calderon’s cabinet for taping her calls, fueling talk of divisions in her party’s faltering bid to retain the presidency.

Mar 27, 2012

Phone tapping row envelops Mexican ruling party candidate

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s ruling party presidential candidate has been forced on the defensive after a leaked recording emerged in which she appeared to accuse the government of spying on her phone calls.

In what seems to be a conversation between Josefina Vazquez Mota and a campaign official, she blames members of President Felipe Calderon’s cabinet for taping her calls, fueling talk of divisions in her party’s faltering bid to retain the presidency.

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