Lucia Diaz and other volunteers have found more than 300 bodies in clandestine graves along Mexico's Gulf coast, and she embodies the trepidation, hope and fear with which Mexicans regard the proposal by President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to grant amnesty to calm gang-fueled violence. With tens of thousands of dead and missing over more than a decade of drug cartel violence, some people say the wounds are too deep to consider the idea. Diaz and others think some form of amnesty is needed if the country is ever to find peace.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police have arrested the construction supervisor who oversaw work at an elementary school that collapsed in Mexico City during a September earthquake, prosecutors said Sunday.
Mexican bread-maker Bimbo on Saturday said that it had suspended some delivery routes in the violent state of Guerrero, the latest company to scale back its operations in what was once a glamorous tourist hub. To guarantee the security of its employees, Bimbo has temporarily suspended nine routes in the resort town of Acapulco, a spokesman told Reuters. The affected routes represent less than 1 percent of the company's distribution in Guerrero, the spokesman added.
Teopantlán (Mexico) (AFP) - They know the skyscrapers of Manhattan better than this small village in rural Mexico, but these 18 children are here to meet their extended families and learn about the world their parents left behind. Born in the United States, they have made the trip without their parents, who remain undocumented immigrants and -- unlike their US citizen children -- cannot travel back to Mexico for fear of being detained and deported by American border authorities. The trip was organized by charitable organizations, which got the parents' permission to take their children out of the country.
* SCT signs alliance with the Internet Society Mexico, Jul. 20 (Notimex).- In the current six-year term, Mexico has evolved significantly in telecommunications, and the goal of Red Compartida and Red Troncal is to bring Internet to all corners of the country, to reach 92.2 million Mexicans connected, said the head of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT, for its acronym in Spanish), Gerardo Ruiz Esparza. During the signing of the Alliance for the Women in STEM Program, with the regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Internet Society (ISOC, for its acronym in Spanish), Sebastian Bellagamba, stressed that the above means that 105 million Mexicans have access to cyberspace. In a statement said that today Mexico is a leader and internationally recognized for the programs that have been implemented and that "we are leaving to fully cover the country." "We must be prepared not only to close the digital divide and the technical gap, but also to close the gap between men and women, and see where we are going and what the destination should be, not only what I am going to do, but where I am going to do it, and how should I prepare to be ready, "he said. In his opportunity, the regional director of ISOC, Sebastian Bellagamba, said that Mexico has delivered in recent years a type of connection to close the digital divide, characterized by community networks. He stressed that in addition to being a leader, Mexico is one of the first countries in the world that has a license for telecommunications, for social organizations and indigenous communities, which does not have the same conditions as for a large telecommunications operator. In turn, the president of the U.S. Mexico Foundation, Rebeca Vargas Martínez, thanked the SCT for its support and highlighted that the Women in STEM program is unique in its kind in Mexico, which aims to empower Mexican women, to recognize talent, to bring them closer to the world of science, leading them to study a STEM career. The event was also attended by the Deputy Director General of Interinstitutional Linkage and Information Integration, Susana Araceli Mata Tapia, who attended on behalf of the Coordinator of the National Digital Strategy, Yolanda Martínez, and the Coordinator of the Information Society and the Knowledge, Javier Lizárraga Galindo. The coordination of the Society of Information and Knowledge of the SCT, and the U.S. Mexico Fundation called earlier this year to the program "Mujeres en STEM (for its acronym in English Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Future Leaders", dedicated to young high school students interested in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and women professionals with teaching vocation. The objective of this program is to implement and take advantage of the remote connection technology (telephony and internet) in Mexico Connected Points in the 32 states of the country, with which the SCT contributes to boost the talent and technological entrepreneurship of Mexican children and youth. NTX/TVA/JCG
WASHINGTON (AP) - A House spending bill would provide $5 billion next year for building President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico. That's well above the $1.6 billion the Senate version of the measure provides, suggesting that a budget battle lies ahead. Trump's budget requested $1.6 billion for 2019 for the wall. A Republican congressional aide says that in conversations, the president has since asked GOP lawmakers to provide $5 billion. Democrats have enough votes in the GOP-run Senate to block any spending they oppose. Without naming a figure, Trump said in April that he would "have no choice" but to force a government shutdown this fall if he doesn't get the border security
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House spending bill would provide $5 billion next year for building President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico. That's well above the $1.6 billion the Senate version of the measure provides, suggesting that a budget battle lies ahead. Trump's budget requested $1.6 billion for 2019 for the wall. A Republican congressional aide says that in conversations, the president has since asked GOP lawmakers to provide $5 billion. Democrats have enough votes in the GOP-run Senate to block any spending they oppose. Without naming a figure, Trump said in April that he would "have no choice" but to force a government shutdown this fall if he doesn't get the border security
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Workers are struggling to remove tons of seaweed that has washed up on beaches along Mexico's Caribbean coast. The hardest hit area is the so-called “Riviera Maya” south of Cancun where resorts like Playa del Carmen and Tulum are located. Quintana Roo state officials said the mats of sargassum seaweed are likely to continue washing up on beaches at least until September. Officials said Friday that workers are removing an average of 1,100 cubic meters (1,439 cubic yards) of sargassum per day. The seaweed is not harmful, but it often smells when it decays.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the Trump administration has seen positive developments in trade talks with Mexico.