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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.

Mar 25, 2012

Mexican priest abuse scandals cast shadow on pope’s visit

LEON, Mexico (Reuters) – Pope Benedict’s first full day in Mexico was clouded by fresh allegations the Vatican hid evidence of sex abuse by one of the country’s most prominent Roman Catholic leaders for decades.

The authors of a new book say a trove of once-secret Vatican documents prove Church officials ignored complaints of drug use and molestation of seminarians by the late Father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Catholic order the Legionaries of Christ.

Mar 24, 2012

Pope visits Mexico pledging to fight drugs “evil”

LEON, Mexico (Reuters) – Pope Benedict arrived in Mexico on Friday promising to “unmask the evil” of drug trafficking in a country ravaged by gang violence that has killed 50,000 people in the past five years.

The pope began his three-day visit to the world’s second-most populous Catholic state in the central city of Leon, where he received one of the most exuberant welcomes of any of his foreign trips.

Mar 23, 2012

Pope pledges to fight “evil” of drugs in Mexico

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.

Mar 23, 2012

Pope arrives in Mexico talking tough on drug gangs

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.

Mar 23, 2012

Mexican faithful hope pope’s visit will ease drugs violence

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.

Mar 21, 2012

Stubborn drought expected to tax Mexico for 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.

Mar 18, 2012

Venezuelans threaten mass lawsuits for faulty breast implants

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.

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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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