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Diplomacy Ends When Ecuador Storms Embassy

Police arrest former vice president who sought asylum in Mexican Embassy in Quito

(Newser) - Mexico's government ended diplomatic ties with Ecuador after police broke into the Mexican Embassy to arrest a former Ecuadorian vice president, an extraordinary use of force that shocked and mystified regional leaders and diplomats. Ecuadorian police late Friday broke through the external doors of the embassy in the capital,...

Mob in Mexican Tourist City Beats Woman to Death

The woman was suspected of kidnapping an 8-year-old girl, who was later found dead

(Newser) - A mob in the Mexican tourist city of Taxco brutally beat a woman to death Thursday because she was suspected of kidnapping and killing a young girl, rampaging just hours before the city's famous Holy Week procession, the AP reports. On the eve of Good Friday, men walk through...

Mexican Cartel Targets Seniors' Timeshares
Powerful Mexican Cartel
Targets Timeshare Owners
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Powerful Mexican Cartel Targets Timeshare Owners

Jalisco New Generation call scam might be its most lucrative venture

(Newser) - The scam started small. After receiving a call from a supposed real estate agent offering to broker the sale of their barely used timeshare to a wealthy Mexican businessman, the US couple agreed to send a few thousand dollars across the border to settle transaction costs. Then they sent more...

Detectives Looking for Missing Students Vanish in Mexico

Male and female officers were later found safe

(Newser) - Two federal detectives have been found unharmed after they went missing in Mexico's Pacific coast state of Guerrero while investigating the disappearances of 43 students almost 10 years ago, the AP reports. Officials did not say Tuesday how the man and woman were found or whether they had been...

These 3 Nations Get an Asterisk for Spring Break

US issues travel advisories for popular destinations Mexico, Jamaica, Bahamas over safety threats

(Newser) - For those prepping for spring break, Uncle Sam is waving the caution flag. The United States has issued travel advisories for multiple destinations popular with spring breakers, along with advice on how to stay safe if you do make the trip:
  • Mexico: reports that the US Embassy and

In Mexico's 'Macho' Culture, This Election Is Very Different

Leading polls are 2 women: Claudia Sheinbaum, with 59%, and Xochitl Galvez, with 36%

(Newser) - Campaigning formally starts on Friday for the biggest election in Mexico's history. Voters will choose the president, along with the winners of 628 seats in Congress and tens of thousands of local positions, per the AP . The country of 130 million people has often been marked by its "...

In Mexico, Two Mayoral Candidates Shot Dead

Murders in Maravatio raise concerns about drug gangs trying to sway local races

(Newser) - Two candidates for mayor in the Mexican city of Maravatio have been gunned down within hours of each other, raising worries that drug gangs are trying to influence the June 2 election. Campaigning doesn't formally begin until Friday.
  • State prosecutors said Tuesday that Armando Pérez was found shot

Bishops Take Drug Cartel Matters Into Their Own Hands

Catholic clergy is trying to negotiate for peace, says Mexican government isn't doing its job

(Newser) - Four Roman Catholic bishops met with Mexican drug cartel bosses in a bid to negotiate a possible peace accord, and President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Thursday he approves of such talks. The revelation by the bishop of Chilpancingo-Chilapa, Jose de Jesus Gonzalez Hernandez, illustrates the extent to which the...

Study 'Really Rings the Alarm' About Medical Tourism Risks

12 Americans who had surgery at clinics in Mexico died in meningitis outbreak last year

(Newser) - Researchers say a study of a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed a dozen Americans last year "really rings the alarm" about the risks of medical tourism. The patients had all undergone cosmetic procedures, including liposuction and breast implants, at clinics in Matamoros, Mexico. In a study published in the...

Plane Lands on Beach, Killing Man There With Wife

The incident happened Sunday in Puerto Escondido, Mexico

(Newser) - A 62-year-old man who was on a beach in southern Mexico with his wife Sunday was killed when a plane landed nearly on top of him. CBS News reports the unidentified man died when a plane carrying four Canadian skydivers crash landed on the beach in Puerto Escondido along the...

China Is No Longer America's Top Source of Imports

Mexico is now

(Newser) - America has a new top source of imports, and it's not located an ocean away. According to data released Wednesday, the US now imports more from Mexico than from China, reports the New York Times . It's the first time China has been out of of the top spot...

Travelers Stuck on Plane for Hours Applaud Rebel Passenger

Man turned over to Mexican cops after walking onto wing; others say he did it 'to protect everyone'

(Newser) - At first it sounds like a typical case of bad behavior aboard airplanes. The Mexico City International Airport acknowledged in a statement Friday that a man had opened an emergency exit and walked out on a wing of a plane that was parked and waiting for takeoff on Thursday. The...

Court: Mexico's Lawsuit Against US Gun Makers Can Proceed

$10B suit had been thrown out by lower court

(Newser) - A lawsuit filed by Mexico against American gun manufacturers can proceed, a federal appeals court panel ruled Monday, reversing a lower court's decision. The $10 billion lawsuit filed in 2021 was thrown out by a Federal District Court judge in 2022 but the three-judge US Court of Appeals for...

Lonely Giraffe Heads Out on Road in Search of Sun, Pals

Benito sets out for a new zoo after outcry from animal rights activists

(Newser) - A giraffe named Benito started a 40-hour road trip Monday to leave behind the cold and loneliness of Mexico's northern border city of Ciudad Juarez to find warmth—and maybe a mate—in his new home 1,200 miles to the south, the AP reports. A campaign by animal...

Farmers Killed 10 Gang Members, Won't Be Charged

Prosecutors find Texcapilla's farmers were defending themselves from murderous extortionists

(Newser) - Mexican villagers who killed gang members with sickles, machetes, and shotguns won't face charges after prosecutors concluded they acted in self-defense. Residents of Texcapilla had been "under constant threat" from members of the Familia Michoacana gang, according to prosecutors. The gang, which had long taken "protection money"...

Poinsettia Namesake Comes With Thorny Past

US official Joel Roberts Poinsett spotted the plant in Mexico 200 years ago, popularized it in the US

(Newser) - Like Christmas trees, Santa, and reindeer, the poinsettia has long been a ubiquitous symbol of the holiday season in the US and Europe. But now, nearly 200 years after the plant with the bright crimson leaves was introduced north of the Rio Grande, attention is once again turning to the...

New Wrinkle in Border Surge: Migrants as 'Influencers'
Migrant Surge at Border
Is 'Unprecedented'
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Migrant Surge at Border Is 'Unprecedented'

More migrants are documenting their journey on social media, helping fuel the record numbers

(Newser) - "Wearily" is the word used by the Washington Post to describe how Troy Miller, the acting head of the US Customs and Border Protection, spoke. With good reason: "The numbers we are seeing now are unprecedented," he says of the illegal crossings at the border. Agents are...

ACLU Moves Fast to Try to Block Texas Border Law

SB4 allows police to arrest migrants who enter the US illegally

(Newser) - Civil rights organizations on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging a new Texas law that would allow police to arrest migrants who cross the border illegally and permit local judges to order them to leave the country. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Austin, came less than 24 hours after...

After Deaths, CDC Issues Disease Alert
After Deaths,
CDC Issues
Disease Alert

After Deaths, CDC Issues Disease Alert

Five cases were reported of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, three of them fatal

(Newser) - After several cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever were reported in Southern California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning about the tick-borne illness. Five people have been hospitalized since July after being in a Mexican border city in recent months, the Washington Post reports, four...

Woman Killed in Shark Attack Off Mexico

26-year-old was swimming with her daughter in Melaque

(Newser) - A Mexican woman died after she was severely bitten in the leg by a shark in the Pacific Ocean off the beach town of Melaque, authorities said Sunday. Rafael Araiza, the head of the local civil defense office, said the attack occurred Saturday a short distance from the beach in...

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