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Mexico: Pemex To Compete In Country’s First Oil Auctions
Mexican state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos will take part in the country’s first two bids for oil exploration contracts, Reuters reported March 12.
Mar 12, 2015 | 21:48 GMT

Brazil: Automotive Agreement Signed With Mexico
Brazil and Mexico signed a new bilateral agreement March 9 for the automotive industry, which foresees free trade between the two countries within four years, Brazil’s Minister of Development Armando Monteiro said, Valor Economico reported.
Mar 10, 2015 | 13:04 GMT

Mexico: Oil Workers Planning Protests
Workers from state-owned energy firm Petroleos Mexicanos, known as Pemex, will protest in several areas of the country March 18 to stop the layoffs of thousands of employees, Reforma reported.
Mar 4, 2015 | 18:56 GMT

Mexico: Arrest Of Drug Lord Could Speed Up Fracture Of Los Zetas
Mexican federal troops captured Los Zetas’ top leader, Omar “Z-42” Trevino Morales, on March 4 in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon state.
Mar 4, 2015 | 17:32 GMT

Mexico: New Oil Blocks Approved For Auction
Mexico has approved the auction of nine shallow-water hydrocarbon development blocks as part of its first licensing round to allow foreign investment in the country’s oil sector, Argus reported Feb. 27.
Feb 27, 2015 | 20:56 GMT

Mexico: Attorney General Leaves Post
Jesus Murillo Karam has resigned from the post of attorney general and will be sworn in Feb. 27 as the head of the Department of Rural and Urban Development, ABC reported.
Feb 27, 2015 | 20:56 GMT

Mexico: Most Wanted Drug Lord Captured
Mexican authorities have arrested Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, leader of the Knights Templar cartel and considered the most wanted drug kingpin in Mexico, Reuters reported Feb. 27.
Feb 27, 2015 | 13:15 GMT

Mexico: China Requests Compensation For Scrapped Train Deal
China’s National Development and Reform Commission said it regretted the Mexican government’s decision to cancel a high-speed railway deal, urging it to ensure the rights and interests of Chinese companies involved in the deal, Xinhua reported Feb. 3.
Feb 3, 2015 | 12:22 GMT

Mexico: Bidding On Energy Projects Could Be Delayed
Mexican Finance Secretary Luis Videgaray said the Mexican government might delay the bidding process on some oil and gas exploration and production contracts because of falling oil prices, ABC News reported.
Jan 16, 2015 | 13:31 GMT

Mexico: Oil, Natural Gas Contracts To Be Awarded In July 2015
Mexico will select winners for 14 oil and production contracts for shallow water deposits by mid-July next year, the National Hydrocarbons Commission announced, Reuters reported Dec. 10.
Dec 10, 2014 | 22:28 GMT

Mexico: Missing Normalistas Incinerated, Officials Say
Mexican drug cartel members used a pile of tires at a garbage dump to incinerate the bodies of the 43 normalistas who went missing in Iguala, Mexico, Attorney General Jesus Murillo said, Reuters reported Dec. 7.
Dec 7, 2014 | 21:17 GMT

Mexico: Pemex Signs Memorandums Of Understanding With Chinese Firms
Mexican state-owned energy firm Petroleos Mexicanos, commonly referred to as Pemex, signed three memorandums of understanding with Chinese firms to finance oil projects, according to a Nov. 13 company press release.
Nov 13, 2014 | 22:42 GMT

Mexico: Protesters Set Fire To Ruling Party Headquarters
Protesters in Guerrero demanding justice for 43 students who have been missing since September set fire to the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s (PRI) regional headquarters Nov. 11, RT reported.
Nov 12, 2014 | 14:40 GMT

Mexico: Protestors Storm National Palace
Demonstrators protesting against the Mexican government’s response to the case of the missing 43 teaching students stormed and set fire to the national palace in Mexico City on Nov. 8, The Independent reported Nov. 9.
Nov 9, 2014 | 16:33 GMT

Mexico: President Cancels Chinese Train Contract
Late Nov. 6, Mexico withdrew a $3.7 billion contract it had awarded China earlier this week to build a bullet train between Mexico City and Queretaro city, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Nov 7, 2014 | 14:57 GMT

Mexico: Former Iguala Mayor, Wife Detained
Jose Luis Abarca, the former mayor of Iguala, and his wife were detained in Mexico City after hiding out from authorities since September, anonymous security officials said Nov. 4, AP reported.
Nov 4, 2014 | 15:20 GMT

Colombia: Pacific Alliance, Mercosur Begin Meetings
An informational meeting between ministers of the Pacific Alliance and Mercosur free-trade blocs will begin Oct. 31 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, Mercopress reported.
Oct 31, 2014 | 11:55 GMT

Mexico: Energy Sector Referendums Ruled Unconstitutional
Mexico’s supreme court ruled two referendums on the country’s energy sector unconstitutional, La Jornada reported Oct. 30.
Oct 30, 2014 | 20:28 GMT

Mexico: Guerrero State Governor To Step Down
The governor of Mexico’s Guerrero state, Angel Aguirre, will step down shortly over the controversy surrounding the 43 teaching students who went missing near Iguala in September, Milenio reported Oct. 23.
Oct 23, 2014 | 20:25 GMT

Mexico: Leaders in Iguala Behind Disappearances, Official Confirms
Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca, his wife and the city’s police chief — currently considered fugitives — are the probable masterminds behind the kidnapping of 43 students in Guerrero state by municipal police, Mexico’s Attorney General said Oct. 22, Reuters reported.
Oct 23, 2014 | 13:00 GMT

Mexico: Bodies In Mass Grave Not Missing Students
DNA tests have confirmed that 28 bodies found in a mass grave in Mexico’s Guerrero state do not belong to any of the 43 students who went missing from a teaching school in the city of Iguala three weeks ago, Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said, BBC reported Oct. 14.
Oct 15, 2014 | 16:09 GMT

Mexico: Juarez Cartel Leader Arrested
Mexican officials confirmed the Oct. 9 arrest of Vincente Carrillo Fuentes, also known as El Viceroy, who is the leader of the Juarez Cartel, Univision reported.
Oct 9, 2014 | 20:43 GMT

Mexico: Mass Grave Discovered
An anonymous tip resulted in the discovery of a mass grave near Iguala, Mexico, where some 15 bodies have already been recovered, BBC reported Oct. 5.
Oct 5, 2014 | 17:25 GMT

Mexico: Beltran Leyva Cartel Boss Captured, Officials Believe
Hector Beltran Leyva, the leader of Mexico’s Beltran Leyva Organization, is believed to have been captured, unnamed Mexican federal officials said Oct. 1, AP reported.
Oct 2, 2014 | 00:29 GMT

Mexico: Dam Leak Is Contaminating River, Sonora Officials Say
Mexico’s Sonora state issued an alert to the International Boundary and Water Commission regarding a dam at the Buenavista mine that is leaking contaminants into the San Pedro River, which flows northward into Arizona, El Economista reported Sept. 22.
Sep 22, 2014 | 19:03 GMT

Mexico: Pemex Granted Rights To 83 Percent Of Proven And Probable Oil Reserves
State-owned company Petroleos Mexicanos, commonly referred to as Pemex, was granted the rights to 83 percent of Mexico’s proven and probable oil reserves and 21 percent of potential oil reserves, Energy Minister Pedro Joaquin said Aug. 13, Bloomberg News reported.
Aug 13, 2014 | 19:51 GMT

Mexico: President Signs Energy Reform Legislation Into Law
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Aug. 11 signed into law 21 pieces of legislation that comprise the core of Mexican energy reform, Milenio reported.
Aug 11, 2014 | 18:32 GMT

Mexico: Reforms To Be Passed By Mid-July, President Says
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said that Mexico will approve secondary laws for telecommunication and energy reforms no later than mid-July, El Universal reported June 10.
Jun 10, 2014 | 14:36 GMT

Mexico: Nothing Will Postpone Secondary Legislation Of Energy Reform, Official Says
The secondary legislation of the Mexican energy reform is a legislative priority and nothing will postpone its approval, lower house ruling party coordinator Manlio Beltrones said, Milenio reported June 2.
Jun 2, 2014 | 14:41 GMT

Chile: Pacific Alliance To Hold Talks With Mercosur
The Pacific Alliance member states agreed to hold a round of informational talks with Mercosur member states and other countries from the region, according to an announcement June 2, Mercopress reported.
Jun 2, 2014 | 11:27 GMT

Mexico: 7.5-Magnitude Earthquake Hits In Guerrero State
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 hit Mexico’s Guerrero state April 18, Reuters and AP reported on Twitter.
Apr 18, 2014 | 14:54 GMT

Mexico: Police Arrest Top Cartel Figure
Mexican police on April 16 said they have captured Arnoldo Villa Sanchez, the second highest-ranking member of the Beltran Leyva cartel, AP reported April 17.
Apr 17, 2014 | 09:14 GMT

France: President Hollande Visits Mexico
French President Francois Hollande arrived in Mexico on April 10 for a two-day diplomatic visit, AFP reported.
Apr 10, 2014 | 15:34 GMT

Mexico: Sinaloa Chief ‘El Chapo’ Arrested
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the leader of the Sinaloa Federation, was arrested overnight Feb. 22 by U.S. and Mexican authorities at a hotel in Mazatlan, AP reported.
Feb 22, 2014 | 16:20 GMT

Mexico: Major Cartel Figure Reportedly Arrested
Mexican security forces on Jan. 30 arrested Ruben Oseguera Gonzalez, known as El Menchito, who is believed to be the second most powerful figure in the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion, AFP reported Jan. 31.
Jan 31, 2014 | 09:57 GMT

Mexico: Deal Reached With Vigilante Groups
The Mexican government on Jan. 28 said it has reached an agreement with the leaders of Michoacan state’s self-defense groups, AP reported.
Jan 28, 2014 | 09:37 GMT

Mexico: Majority Of States Approve Energy Reform
The 17th state legislature gave its approval for Mexico’s energy reform legislation early Dec. 16, El Universal reported.
Dec 16, 2013 | 15:59 GMT

Mexico: Stolen Radioactive Material Found
Mexican authorities on Dec. 4 recovered a truck and the radioactive medical equipment it had been carrying when stolen from a gas station in Tepojaco, Hidalgo state, on Dec. 2, according to Juan Eibenschutz, the director general of the National Commission of Nuclear Safety and Safeguards, AP reported.
Dec 5, 2013 | 00:17 GMT

Mexico: Truck Carrying Radioactive Material Stolen
A truck containing potentially dangerous radioactive material used in medical treatment was stolen in Mexico, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Dec. 4, AFP reported.
Dec 4, 2013 | 10:43 GMT

Mexico: Military Takes Control Of Port
Nov 5, 2013 | 09:48 GMT

Mexico: 13 Killed In Matamoros
Nov 4, 2013 | 11:10 GMT

Mexico: Tropical Storm Approaches Southern Pacific Coast
Tropical Storm Raymond is expected to make landfall late Oct. 21 or early Oct. 22 on Mexico’s southern Pacific coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, AP reported Oct. 20.
Oct 20, 2013 | 15:12 GMT

Mexico: State Oil, Electricity Firms Will Not Be Sold Or Privatized
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto emphasized that under his energy reform proposal, state oil firm Petroleos Mexicanos and the Federal Electricity Commission will not be sold or privatized, El Economista reported Aug. 12.
Aug 12, 2013 | 17:55 GMT

Mexico: Pena Nieto Introduces Energy Reform Plan
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto presented a proposal to overhaul the country’s restrictive energy regulations and attract international oil firms, the Wall Street Journal reported Aug. 12.
Aug 12, 2013 | 17:39 GMT

Mexico: 22 Killed In Police, Gang Clashes
Violent clashes between armed gangs and Mexico’s security forces in Michoacan killed 22 people July 23, Reuters reported.
Jul 24, 2013 | 04:55 GMT

Mexico: Senior Zetas Leader Captured
Stratfor sources have confirmed that senior Los Zetas leader Miguel “Z-40” Trevino Morales was captured in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas state, and is being transferred to Mexico City.
Jul 15, 2013 | 23:35 GMT

Mexico: Earthquake Causes Power Outages In Capital
After a 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit Mexico City on June 16, causing power outages across the city, Reuters reported.
Jun 16, 2013 | 11:44 GMT

Mexico: Open Access To U.S. Security Agencies Ends
Apr 30, 2013 | 04:35 GMT

Mexico: Death Toll In Pemex Blast Increases
At least 32 people have been confirmed dead from the Jan. 31 explosion at Mexico City’s Pemex Tower, the headquarters of the state-owned oil company, with another 121 people injured, Pemex CEO Emilio Lozoya said Feb. 1, Reuters reported.
Feb 1, 2013 | 18:35 GMT

Mexico: Explosion Rocks Pemex Headquarters
At least one person was killed and another 20 were injured in an explosion on the ground floor of the Pemex Tower, the headquarters of Mexico’s state-owned oil company, in Mexico City on Jan. 31, Milenio and Reuters reported.
Jan 31, 2013 | 23:17 GMT

Mexico: President Outlines Six Security Actions
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto presented six action points for security and justice in his government to the National Public Security Council on Dec. 17, Milenio reported.
Dec 17, 2012 | 20:50 GMT

Mexico: Army Deploys To Juarez
Mexican army forces are deploying to Juarez to respond to an increase in attacks targeting municipal police that left three police officers dead, Mexico’s Excelsior reported Dec. 13.
Dec 13, 2012 | 16:59 GMT

Mexico: U.S. Marijuana Legalization Could Change Anti-Drug Strategies
The decision by voters in Colorado and Washington state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana has left Mexican President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto and members of his incoming administration needing to reformulate their anti-drug strategies in light of what one senior aide said was a referendum that “changes the rules of the game,” The Washington Post reported Nov. 8.
Nov 9, 2012 | 05:54 GMT

Mexico: New Law Against Money Laundering
Mexican President Felipe Calderon signed a new anti-money laundering bill into law Oct. 16.
Oct 17, 2012 | 01:36 GMT

Mexico: President-Elect May Present A Bill To Allow Privatization Of Oil Firm
Oct 12, 2012 | 16:55 GMT

Mexico: President-Elect Meets With Merkel
Mexican President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Oct. 11 to discuss economics and sustainable energy development, El Universal and Milenio reported.
Oct 11, 2012 | 16:52 GMT

Mexico: Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano ‘El Lazca’ Likely Dead – Navy
Oct 9, 2012 | 04:33 GMT

Mexico: Troops Deployed To Capital’s Outskirts
Approximately 1,000 soldiers as well as federal and local police were deployed late Sept. 20 to the streets of Nezahualcoyotl, a city on the eastern flank of Mexico City, Reuters reported.
Sep 20, 2012 | 19:30 GMT

Mexico: President-Elect Announces Plans For Strategic Alliance With Colombia
Mexican President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto announced his plans to increase strategic ties with Colombia after his term begins in December in order to strengthen the two countries’ cooperation in the fight against crime and drug trafficking, El Financiero reported Sept. 18.
Sep 18, 2012 | 18:22 GMT

Colombia: Mexican President-Elect To Visit
Mexican President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto will meet with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Sept. 18 in Bogota, El Economista reported Sept. 17.
Sep 17, 2012 | 18:55 GMT

Peru, Mexico: Presidents To Meet On Summit Sidelines
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala and Mexican President Felipe Calderon will meet on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit of Leaders in Russia, Informador reported Sept. 5.
Sep 5, 2012 | 19:32 GMT

Mexico: Gulf Cartel Leader Captured
Mexican marines captured Gulf cartel leader Mario Cardenas in Tamaulipas state Sept. 3 and presented him to the media in Mexico City on Sept. 4, Reuters reported.
Sep 4, 2012 | 20:41 GMT

Mexico: Government Green-Lights Non-Hydraulic Shale Oil Extraction
Mexico will allow the United States’ Chimera Energy Corp. to deploy a new, non-hydraulic shale oil extraction technology in the country’s Chicontepec Basin, UPI reported Aug. 29.
Aug 30, 2012 | 00:52 GMT

Mexico: Los Zetas Split Confirmed
According to Mexican intelligence, Los Zetas is divided between factions supporting either Heriberto “El Lazca” Lazcano Lazcano or Miguel “Z-40” Trevino Morales, the head of Mexico’s Attorney General’s office said Aug. 28, Milenio reported.
Aug 28, 2012 | 18:58 GMT

Mexico: Police Officers Detained In Shootings Of U.S. Embassy Employees
Twelve Mexican federal police officers have been detained in the investigation into how two U.S. Embassy employees were wounded in an Aug. 24 attack outside Mexico City, Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales said Aug. 27, Reuters reported. The officers have not been charged with any offense, but a judge has ordered that the officers remain in custody for 40 days while prosecutors investigate possible abuses of authority.
Aug 27, 2012 | 21:05 GMT

Argentina: Mexico Launches Dispute Before World Trade Organization
Aug 27, 2012 | 15:48 GMT

Mexico: U.S. Government Employees Shot By Police
Aug 24, 2012 | 21:01 GMT

Mexico: Shot U.S. Government Employees Hospitalized
Aug 24, 2012 | 17:54 GMT

Mexico: 2 U.S. Government Employees Shot
Aug 24, 2012 | 17:30 GMT

Mexico: Suspected Gulf Cartel Leader Arrested
Aug 21, 2012 | 18:17 GMT

Mexico: Government To Invest $8 Billion To Tap Eagle Ford
Aug 20, 2012 | 18:50 GMT

Russia: Gazprom Registers Trademark In Mexico
Aug 17, 2012 | 20:41 GMT

Mexico: Sinaloa Cartel Operator Arrested
Aug 17, 2012 | 16:40 GMT

Guatemala: Country Has Become Drug Producer – Interior Minister
Aug 15, 2012 | 15:48 GMT

Mexico: Explosion At Refinery
Aug 14, 2012 | 15:02 GMT

Spain: Police Arrest 4 Sinaloa Cartel Members
Spanish authorities arrested four members of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel in Madrid, Reuters reported Aug. 10, citing the Spanish Interior Ministry. Among those arrested was Jesus Gutierrez Guzman, cousin of the cartel’s leader Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman. The cartel was trying to create a European operation based in Spain, the ministry said.
Aug 10, 2012 | 13:32 GMT

Mexico: Yo Soy 132 Members Take Over Toll Booths
Members of the Yo Soy 132 movement took over some toll booths in Mexico’s Veracruz state, allowing drivers to pass without paying fees, Milenio reported Aug. 9. Supporters of presidential runner-up Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called for the measure and were stationed next to booths to prevent fee collection.
Aug 9, 2012 | 19:18 GMT

Mexico: Perception Of Public Safety Rises
Aug 2, 2012 | 18:28 GMT

Mexico: Economy Grows 4 Percent
Jul 31, 2012 | 14:01 GMT

Mexico: Federal Investigation Agency Dissolved
Jul 27, 2012 | 01:34 GMT

Mexico: Pemex Forecasts Production Recovery
Jul 20, 2012 | 20:41 GMT

Mexico: IMF Forecasts Stronger Economic Growth
Jul 16, 2012 | 18:25 GMT

Mexico: Canadian Firm Suspends Work At Silver Mine
Jul 11, 2012 | 19:34 GMT

Mexico: Institutional Revolutionary Party Likely Falls Short Of Majority – Officials
Jul 10, 2012 | 18:59 GMT

Mexico: Navy Seizes 3.8 Tons Of Marijuana
Jul 10, 2012 | 18:41 GMT

Mexico: Annual Inflation Accelerates
Jul 9, 2012 | 19:10 GMT

Mexico: No Drug Legalization – Peña Nieto
Jul 9, 2012 | 18:58 GMT

Mexico: Bombing Retaliation For Gang Arrests – State Attorney General
Jul 3, 2012 | 20:55 GMT

Mexico: Peña Nieto Wins Presidency – Electoral Institute
Jul 2, 2012 | 05:21 GMT