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Mexico takes step towards legalizing marijuana

Mexico - Mexico took a step closer to legalizing marijuana for recreational and medicinal use on Thursday as the Senate approved a bill aimed at reducing violence linked to drug trafficking.

US to drop drug charges against Mexican ex-defense chief

New York - The US Department of Justice announced plans Tuesday to drop drug trafficking and money laundering charges against a Mexican ex-defense minister in US custody so that Mexico can do its own probe and potentially prosecute him.

Pandemic-hit Mexico marks somber Day of the Dead

Mexico - In Mexico death is usually a cause for celebration during the Day of the Dead festival, but this year parades are canceled and cemeteries closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ex-defense chief's arrest hits US-Mexican ties

Mexico - The United States's shock arrest earlier this month of a former Mexican defense minister on drug trafficking charges has triggered a diplomatic row that experts say could jeopardize the countries' cooperation in fighting powerful cartels.

In land of 'manana,' pandemic sparks rush for wills

Mexico - Fear of dying from the coronavirus led Laura Villa to finally get around to doing what many Mexicans had put off until the pandemic struck -- making a will.

As pandemic rages, Mexicans pray to death 'saint'

Mexico - Their arms raised towards the sky, worshippers of Mexico's "saint" of death pray before a giant cloaked skeleton asking for protection from the coronavirus and its devastating economic fallout.

Mexico urges Austria to return Moctezuma's headdress

Mexico - Mexico's president said Monday that he had given his wife the "almost impossible mission" of persuading Austria to return a feather headdress said to have been worn by Aztec emperor Moctezuma.

Mexican pot campaigners take fight to Senate's doorstep

Mexico - A thriving marijuana garden has become a symbol of a Mexican legalization campaign and an oasis for cannabis smokers -- right outside the Senate in the heart of the capital.

Mexican Mennonites learned of pandemic through rare online foray

Arroyo Del Agua - When an isolated Mennonite community in the deserts of northern Mexico timidly opened up to the outside world through the internet, it discovered that a pandemic was sweeping the planet.

Mexico orders arrest of soldiers over case of 43 missing students

Mexico - Mexico has ordered dozens of military personnel to be arrested for suspected involvement in the disappearance of 43 students from a teacher's college six years ago, in an unresolved case that outraged the country.

Fear of hospitals means some Mexicans 'prefer to die at home'

Mexico - By the time 61-year-old Mexican mechanic Martin Urdiain finally decided to go to hospital to seek treatment for the coronavirus, it was already too late. He died the next day.

Mexican school owner convicted over quake deaths

Mexico - A Mexican court has found the owner of a school that collapsed in a 2017 earthquake guilty of culpable homicide over the deaths of 19 children and seven adults.

Mexico holds symbolic raffle for unwanted presidential jet

Mexico - Mexico held a symbolic raffle Tuesday for a luxury presidential jet that President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador calls an "insult" to the people and which has yet to find a buyer.

Mexico asks Israel to detain ex-investigator in student case

Mexico - Mexico said Monday that it had asked Israel to detain a former top investigator into the murky disappearance of 43 students in 2014 in a case that shocked the country.

Robot eases loneliness of Mexican virus patients

Mexico - A robot at a hospital in the Mexican capital is providing a lifeline for coronavirus patients separated from their relatives and reducing the risk of infection for medical workers."Hi, I'm LaLuchy Robotina! What's your name?" the 1.4-meter-tall (4.

Desperation and violence in Panama migrant camp

Marragant - Desperation is palpable in La Penita, an indigenous community in the Panamanian jungle province of Darien where 1,500 migrants have been blocked by the coronavirus pandemic from heading towards the United States.

Journalists in southern Mexico 'live in terror' of gangs' violence

Mexico - Mexican journalist Julio Cesar Zubillaga shudders when his young daughter asks him why "they" want to kill him.

Prosecutors accuse ex-PEMEX boss of taking $10.5m bribe

Mexico - Mexican prosecutors accused the former boss of state oil company PEMEX of accepting a bribe worth more than $10 million from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht at his trial in Mexico City on Wednesday.

Corruption trial of ex-PEMEX boss begins in Mexico

Mexico - The former boss of Mexican state oil giant PEMEX went on trial on Tuesday, accused of taking bribes to fund a presidential campaign, official sources said.

Struggling Cirque du Soleil returns to Mexico

Playa Del Carmen - Using face masks, sanitizing gel and social distancing, Cirque du Soleil artists in Mexico practise before a performance -- a rare sign of hope for the famous Canadian circus company.

Washington visit 'very intense': Mexican president

Mexico - Mexico's president said Thursday his visit to Washington to meet US President Donald Trump was "very intense" and important for both countries.

Mexican police arrest 3 over rehab center attack that left 27 dead

Mexico - Mexican police have arrested three men over a bloody gun attack on a drug rehabilitation center that left 27 people dead, the local prosecutor's office said Sunday.

Mexico's finance minister tests positive for virus

Mexico - Mexico's Finance Minister Arturo Herrera revealed on Thursday he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, just three days after he met with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador."I have very minor symptoms.

Mexico quake death toll rises to 10

Mexico - The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck southern Mexico has risen to ten, the federal government said Wednesday.The 7.

Court halts Mexico's 'Maya Train' over indigenous health rights

Mexico - A Mexican court has ordered the suspension of work on the "Maya Train," a controversial railroad through Mayan lands in the country's southeast, after an indigenous community filed an injunction.The $6.

Mexico's Lopez Obrador says he will meet Trump in July

Mexico - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday he expects to meet with US counterpart Donald Trump in early July to kick-start the new North American trade deal.

Mexico ready to sell gasoline to Venezuela for 'humanitarian' reasons

Mexico - Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday his government was ready to help ease Venezuela's gasoline shortage for humanitarian reasons despite pressure from the United States.

Mexico says 1,200 citizens died in US from coronavirus

Mexico - More 1,200 Mexicans have died of the novel coronavirus in the United States, Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday, adding that another 12 citizens around the world have also fallen victim to the deadly virus.

Final farewells at Mexican cemetery lose luster over coronavirus

Mexico - The peculiar nature of the job means they have more work than ever right now. But Mexico's gravediggers and crematorium workers say they are paying a heavy price for constant exposure to other people's grief during the coronavirus pandemic.

'Recycles' help shield Mexico health workers from COVID-19 stigma

Mexico - Daniela Chavez, a doctor, took up cycling to work after she felt discriminated against by a taxi driver.
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