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19 Dead, Dozens Injured in Bus Crash During Pilgrimage

State officials in Mexico says it appears the bus on its way to religious site lost its brakes

(Newser) - Nineteen people died and 32 more were injured after a bus apparently carrying pilgrims to a religious site in central Mexico crashed on Friday. State officials said the bus apparently lost its brakes and slammed into a building in the state of Mexico, per the AP . Six of the victims...

Gang Forces Parents to Flee After Preschool Wins Lottery

Families were threatened in Mexico village

(Newser) - Last year, an anonymous benefactor gave a $25 ticket in Mexico's "plane lottery" to a preschool in southern Mexico. It won a prize of almost $1 million, triggering a chain of events that has left more than two dozen families afraid to return to their homes. Parents with...

Cancun Tourists Flee Beach as Gunmen Storm It, Shooting

Armed drug gang storms beach near luxury hotels

(Newser) - On Thursday gunmen stormed ashore at a beach on Mexico's resort-studded Caribbean coast and executed two drug dealers from a rival gang in front of luxury hotels. The dramatic shooting attack sent tourists scrambling for cover at the resort of Puerto Morelos, just south of Cancun, the AP reports....

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Mexico Again Marks Day of the Dead

Some had sneaked into cemeteries despite the rules

(Newser) - Mexico returned Sunday to mass commemorations of the Day of the Dead, after traditional visits to graveyards were prohibited last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the one-year hiatus showed how the tradition itself refuses to die: Most families still celebrated with home altars to deceased loved ones, and...

Migrants Break Free of City, Head to US Border

Delays in refugee paperwork leads to march of more than 2K in Mexico

(Newser) - Over 2,000 migrants, mainly Central Americans, began walking out of a city in southern Mexico on Saturday where they have essentially been trapped. The migrants walked along a highway leading west and north from Tapachula toward the US border, and pushed past a line of state police who were...

US Reopening Land Borders —for the Fully Vaccinated

Nonessential travel from Canada, Mexico will resume, provided travelers are vaccinated

(Newser) - The US will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month, ending a 19-month freeze due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the country moves to require all international visitors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Vehicle, rail, and ferry travel between the US and Canada and Mexico has been...

This Is the Largest Cuban Athlete Defection in Years

9 baseball players defect during tournament in Mexico

(Newser) - While playing in a tournament in Mexico this weekend, nine members of a Cuban baseball team defected. While Cuban athletes have a history of defecting while competing in other countries, this was the largest athlete defection in years, the BBC reports. The Cuban government confirmed the defections Sunday, calling them...

Mexico Is Giving Away El Chapo's Safehouse

Entrance to escape tunnel has been covered

(Newser) - The house former drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán fled in 2014 when Mexican marines had him surrounded underwent some changes recently as the Mexican government prepared to give it away in a national lottery. The surveillance cameras that covered every angle of the modest home's...

Wife: Cops Are Concealing Firefighter's Murder in Mexico

Elijah Snow, found dead in a hotel window, appeared to have been beaten

(Newser) - Mexican authorities said Elijah Snow, a Texas firefighter on a trip to Cancun for his 10th wedding anniversary, died when he became stuck in a small hotel window . But his wife believes police are covering up his murder. Speaking Monday on the Season 20 premiere of Dr. Phil , Jamie Snow...

Girl Taken in 2007 Is Reunited With Mother

Police say Jacqueline Hernandez was brought to Mexico by her father

(Newser) - The police department in Clermont, Fla., has taken the unusual step of releasing a photo of a mother hugging her daughter. But this was no ordinary hug. It shows Angelica Vences-Salgado embracing 19-year-old Jacqueline Hernandez in Laredo, Texas, near the border with Mexico, reports CBS News . The two hadn't...

First Came the Quake, Then the Weird Blue Lights

Residents of Mexico awed by 'earthquake lights' in the sky

(Newser) - Soon after a strong earthquake rattled Acapulco , the hashtag "Apocalipsis" began trending, notes NPR . But the reference to the apocalypse and the end of days wasn't so much about damage caused by the quake as the weird lights in the sky. See for yourself in a few of...

QAnon Follower Charged With Killing Kids Over 'Serpent DNA'

Matthew Taylor Coleman charged with Mexico murders of children aged 2 and 10 months

(Newser) - Update: The alleged QAnon follower accused of killing his two young children because he believed they had "serpent DNA" was indicted Wednesday. Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, of Santa Barbara, Calif., was charged with two counts of foreign first-degree murder of US nationals, making him eligible for the death penalty,...

7.0 Earthquake Hits Mexico Resort Town

One person reportedly killed near Acapulco

(Newser) - A powerful earthquake struck near the Pacific resort city of Acapulco on Tuesday night, killing at least one person and causing buildings to rock and sway in Mexico City hundreds of miles away. The US Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 and was centered...

Mexico Supreme Court Decriminalizes Abortion

The decision affects Coahuila immediately, but sets a precedent for the whole country

(Newser) - Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that it is unconstitutional to punish abortion, unanimously annulling several provisions of a law from Coahuila—a state on the Texas border—that had made abortion a criminal act. The decision will immediately only affect the northern border state, but it establishes "obligatory...

In Just 90 Minutes, Hope for NYT Journos in Afghanistan

The paper details the rapid help it got from Mexico

(Newser) - The New York Times on Wednesday reported that it managed to safely get a group of Afghans who worked for the paper and their relatives—24 families in all—out of Afghanistan in a "harrowing escape" that wasn't aided by the US government. Rather, the credit goes to...

SCOTUS to Biden: Reinstate Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' Policy

High court refuses to block lower court ruling

(Newser) - The Supreme Court says the Biden administration likely violated federal law in trying to end a Trump-era program that forces people to wait in Mexico while seeking asylum in the US. With three liberal justices in dissent, the high court on Tuesday refused to block a lower court ruling ordering...

Cartel: We'll Kill Journalist Unless She Gives Equal Coverage

Men claim to represent Mexico's Jalisco New Generation cartel

(Newser) - Masked men claiming to represent Mexico’s most powerful drug cartel have taken the unusual step of circulating a video threatening to kill a national television news anchor for what they viewed as unfair coverage. The video circulated Monday showed masked and heavily armed men surrounding a man seated at...

Mexico Sues United States Gun Manufacturers

Says gunmakers are responsible for huge increase in homicides as illegal guns flow in

(Newser) - Mexico wants to stop the flow of US-made guns across the border—so it's suing US gunmakers. The move, which the Guardian calls "unprecedented," does not target the US government but does target such big names as Smith & Wesson, Barrett Firearms, Colt’s Manufacturing Company, Glock,...

Nearly Half of Miss Mexico 2021 Contestants Got COVID

Beauty pageant was still held, though winner was crowned 2 days early

(Newser) - Contestants from 14 of Mexico’s 32 states at a Miss Mexico contest tested positive for the coronavirus, a health official in the northern Mexico border state of Chihuahua said Tuesday. State Health Secretary Eduardo Fernández Herrera told local media that all the contestants had all submitted negative tests...

'Portal to Hell' Emerges in Gulf of Mexico

Blaze caused by Mexican state oil company's gas leak is now out, but not before internet frenzy

(Newser) - If you happened to see "Sauron's eye " or "Cthulhu" trending Friday evening, it wasn't because some fictional entity was making headlines. It was something even more real and disturbing— a fire in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, caused by a leak from an...

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