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Rappler's latest stories on Mexico


Meeting under virus cloud, U.S., Mexican leaders hail relations

Jul 09, 2020 - 1:11 PM

At the White House, Donald Trump hails the US-Mexico relationship as 'outstanding,' and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador – a left-wing populist – adopted a conciliatory tone

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 08: President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico and U.S. President Donald Trump speak before a working dinner at the White House July 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump and López Obrador met privately in the Oval Office earlier in the day. Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images/AFP POOL / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

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

Jul 06, 2020 - 2:34 PM

The suspects are captured in a swoop by special forces, the prosecutor's office says on Twitter, calling the incident a 'heinous crime'

CRIME SCENE. Members of the National Guard walk near the crime scene where 24 people were killed in Irapuato, Guanajuato state, Mexico, on July 1, 2020.  Photo by Mario Armas/AFP

Mexico becomes 5th-hardest hit country in pandemic, surpassing France

Jul 05, 2020 - 10:05 AM

The US remains the hardest-hit country in the world, followed by Brazil, Britain and Italy

PANDEMIC. A paramedic (R) checks an elderly woman with blood pressure problems in Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico State, Mexico, on June 18, 2020 during the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

North American trade pact takes effect in pandemic-ravaged world

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:55 AM

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement replaces the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement at a time when the world is suffering from the coronavirus pandemic

US President Donald Trump holds up the signed United States - Mexico -Canada Trade Agreement, known as USMCA, during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, January 29, 2020. - The USMCA, the fruit of years of negotiation between the three key trading partners, is billed as an update to the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump had long lambasted as a job killer and threatened to scrap outright. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Mexican inmates die after drinking anti-virus gel

Jul 02, 2020 - 9:41 AM

The men thought the gel would have the same effects as an alcoholic drink, state authorities say

Ecuador's Health Minister personnel gives gel alcohol to those entering the Carondelet presidential palace, as preventive measure against the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19, in Quito, on March 10, 2020. (Photo by Rodrigo BUENDIA / AFP)

Drug trafficker arrested in Mexico over case of 43 missing students

Jun 30, 2020 - 1:02 PM

Angel Casarrubias 'was detained last Wednesday in Mexico State,' says a federal government official, who asked to remain anonymous as the person does not have authorization to speak on the matter

HOPE. Relatives of the 43 missing students of the teaching training school of Ayotzinapa walk with their portraits after a meeting with Mexico's President Manuel Lopez Obrador at the National Palace in Mexico City, on November 11, 2019. File photo by Claudio Cruz/AFP

Gun battle over El Chapo legacy leaves 16 dead in Mexico

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:10 AM

Mike Vigil, formerly of the US Drug Enforcement Agency, says Guzman's 3 sons – known as the 'Chapitos,' or little Chapos – were engaged in a fight for control of the cartel

A poster with the face of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, reading "Wanted, Again", is displayed at a newsstand in one Mexico City's major bus terminals on July 13, 2015, a day after the government informed of the escape of the drug kingpin from a maximum-security prison. Mexican security forces scrambled Monday to save face and recapture "El Chapo" as authorities investigated whether guards helped him escape prison through a tunnel under his cell. AFP PHOTO / YURI CORTEZ

Powerful quake in southern Mexico kills 6

Jun 24, 2020 - 3:28 PM

The earthquake hits at a time when Mexico is already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic

PANIC. People get to the streets in Mexico City following a quake on June 23, 2020 amid the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic.  Photo by Claudio Cruz/AFP

Powerful quake strikes Mexico, tsunami alert dropped

Jun 24, 2020 - 12:15 AM

(UPDATED) 'With all the virus problems and now the tremors, and I've just lost one child and the other is ill, so imagine (how I'm feeling),' a local woman says

AFTERMATH. People are seen outside a hospital after a quake in Mexico City, on June 23, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Rodrigo Arangua/AFP

215 bodies found in Mexico mass graves

Jun 21, 2020 - 8:52 AM

Most of the graves were located on fenced land or abandoned farms in the towns of Zapopan, Tlajomulco, Juanacatlan, and El Salto

SEARCH CONTINUES. Mexican police members guard the area where forensic service personnel work at a clandestine grave inside a farm in Zapopan, Jalisco State, Mexico. File photo by Ulises Ruiz/AFP

India, Mexico, Norway, Ireland elected to U.N. Security Council

Jun 18, 2020 - 8:34 AM

India will now have a seat at the same table as China, just days after the two nations disputed their Himalayan border

NORTH KOREA. The UN Security Council on April 28, 2017, holds a ministerial-level meeting on the nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Photo courtesy of UN

Tourism returns timidly and cautiously to Mexico's Cancun

Jun 11, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Tourism accounts for 90% of the economy in Quintana Roo state where Cancun is located, and local authorities consider it an essential activity

Aerial view of an almost empty beach in Cancun, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, on March 28, 2020. - A significant drop in the number of tourists is registered in Mexico's resorts due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by ELIZABETH RUIZ / AFP)

Brazil reports a record 1,349 virus deaths in 24 hours

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:51 PM

Experts say under-testing in the country of 210 million people means the real numbers are probably much higher

A man wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, walks in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 16, 2020. - The Sao Paulo stock exchange closed down 13.9 percent Monday and the Brazilian real closed below five to the dollar for the first time ever in further fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP) A man wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, walks in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 16, 2020. - The Sao Paulo stock exchange closed down 13.9 percent Monday and the Brazilian real closed below five to the dollar for the first time ever in further fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP)

Mexican zoo saves animals endangered by virus crisis

Jun 03, 2020 - 11:58 AM

The deer arrive at the zoo suffering from malnutrition

TIGER. A Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) is seen at the zoo in Culiacan, Sinaloa state, Mexico, on May 26, 2020. Photo by Rashide Frias/AFP

Mexico's monthly trade deficit hits $3 billion due to virus

May 25, 2020 - 11:30 PM

Exports in Mexico fall by more than 40% in April 2020, while imports are down 30%

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY LAURENT THOMET Containers of import and export trade at the Lazaro Cardenas port, one of the biggest of the country, in Michoacan state, Mexico on December 02, 2013. AFP PHOTO/OMAR TORRES (Photo by OMAR TORRES / AFP)

U.S. borders with Canada, Mexico closed another month

May 20, 2020 - 1:25 PM

The US Department of Homeland Security says the closure, first ordered on March 20 and due to expire May 20, will be extended until June 22 and reviewed every 30 days

US Customs officers stand beside a sign saying that the US border is closed at the US/Canada border in Lansdowne, Ontario, on March 22, 2020. The United States agreed with Mexico and Canada to restrict non-essential travel because of the coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak and is planning to repatriate undocumented immigrants arriving from those countries. Lars Hagberg / AFP

Mexicans dying from adulterated alcohol as beer runs dry

May 18, 2020 - 11:15 AM

The first of at least 121 deaths in recent weeks occurs at the end of April in the western state of Jalisco

Journalist killed in Mexico, 3rd this year – official

May 17, 2020 - 12:01 PM

Mexican journalist Jorge Armenta had received threats and was under government protection before he was murdered

With prices down and jobs leaving, U.S. oil workers learn patience

May 11, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Many oil workers in Carlsbad, New Mexico, find themselves jobless as oil prices plunge

Jace Gentry, 21, from Hornbeck, Louisiana is pictured in front of his trailer on May 6, 2020 in Carlsbad, New Mexico. - Gentry lost his job in the oil fields and is headed back home to wait and see if jobs will come back. Waiting for an upturn or pulling out, a dilemma faced in recent weeks by oil industry workers in Carlsbad, in the southwestern United States, where the sharp drop in oil prices has dealt a blow to the local economy. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP)

In Mexico, 'lucha libre' masks en vogue in virus fight

Apr 25, 2020 - 5:17 PM

The wrestling masks, fitted out with an added chin strap, are in demand since they cover both the nose and the mouth of the wearer, and hundreds have been sold since the outbreak began

EN VOGUE. File photo of a selection of colorful 'lucha ibre' Mexican professional wrestling masks for sale outside of Arena Mexico, Mexico City. Photo by

Mexico bans virus cremations due to search for drug war dead

Apr 16, 2020 - 10:25 AM

Victims of cartel hitmen or corrupt authorities often disappear without a trace. A wave of violence since 2006 has left more than 60,000 missing.

HOMELESS. A homeless woman sleeps outside the closed cathedral on Easter Sunday after Holy Week celebrations were canceled amid the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on April 12, 2020. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Barangay captain makes LGBTQ+ quarantine violators do lewd acts as punishment

Apr 07, 2020 - 8:12 PM

The barangay captain of Pandacaqui in Pampanga apologizes to the people who underwent different punishments for breaching quarantine protocols

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Mexican journalist shot dead in ambush

Mar 31, 2020 - 2:15 PM

Maria Elena Ferral, a correspondent for the Diario del Xalapa daily newspaper, is shot while getting into her car in Papantla

MARIA ELENA FERRAL. Image from Maria Elena Ferral's Facebook page.

Bolivia postpones election, Chile records 1st virus death

Mar 22, 2020 - 9:22 AM

Chile suffers its first death from the virus as Latin American countries step up measures to fight the deadly disease

PRECAUTION. A Bolivian migration employee wears a protective face mask to prevent the spread of the new Coronavirus, COVID-19, as he attends passengers at the El Alto International Airport, in La Paz, on March 11, 2020. Photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

U.S. and Mexico plan to close border to 'non-essential travel'

Mar 20, 2020 - 5:40 PM

The measure follows similar US moves to bar visitors from most of Europe, China and other parts of the world as its number of coronavirus cases surges

AT THE BORDER. A Mexican soldier walks between lines at San Ysidro port of entry on the US-Mexico border in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on March 19, 2020. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

'A Day Without Us': Mexican women stage protest by absence

Mar 10, 2020 - 3:18 PM

The 'Day Without Us' strike is staged to highlight the more than 1,000 women and children murdered in Mexico in 2019

View of the street painting exhibition during the Women National Strike called 'A Day Without Us' in Mexico City, on March 9, 2020. Feminist organisations have called for a day of national strike to denounce gender violence and the increasing toll of femicide. Pedro PARDO / AFP

Nadal cruises past Fritz to win Acapulco title

Mar 01, 2020 - 4:21 PM

A month after his quarterfinal exit in the Australian Open, world No. 2 Rafael Nadal bags his first 2020 crown

PERFECT. Rafael Nadal didn't drop a set in the tournament. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

U.S. court suspends its block on Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' policy

Feb 29, 2020 - 8:37 PM

'We will continue working to permanently end this unspeakably cruel policy,' says American Civil Liberties Union on the court order

'REMAIN IN MEXICO'. Migrants part of the 'Remain in Mexico' policy wait at the entrance to the Paso del Norte International Bridge on February 28, 2020, in Ciudad Juárez. Photo by Paul Ratje/AFP

Mexico confirms first 3 cases of coronavirus, linked to Italy

Feb 29, 2020 - 7:03 PM

The 3 men are all believed to have visited northern Italy, the epicenter of the virus in Europe

CORONAVIRUS. A mannequin displays a protective face mask at a shop of medical supplies in Mexico City on February 28, 2020 as the new coronoavirus, COVID-19, spreads worldwide. Photo by Rodrigo Arangua / AFP

Mexico court jails man over murder of journalist Valdez

Feb 28, 2020 - 3:30 PM

Javier Valdez Cardenas was co-founder of the weekly newspaper Riodoce and was one of the most prominent chroniclers of Mexico's deadly drug war in a state where notorious kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman once reigned

JUSTICE. In this file photo taken on May 16, 2017 a makeshift altar with a cup of coffee, water glass and newspaper headlining the story of slain Mexican journalist Javier Valdez is pictured in a cafe previously frequented by Valdez in Culiacan, Sinaloa State, Mexico. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Rejected by Jamaica, Caymans over virus fears, cruise ship docks in Mexico

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:06 AM

'We cannot act inhumanely. Imagine the desperation," says Mexico's president, referring to the 6,000 people aboard

DOCKED. MSC Meraviglia cruise ship (L) is seen in Cozumel, Mexico, on February 27, 2020. Photo by Jose Castillo/AFP

Pentagon shifts $3.8 billion to Mexico border wall construction

Feb 14, 2020 - 10:35 AM

The move takes to $9.9 billion the total the Pentagon has been forced by President Donald Trump to reallocate to the barrier, after Congress repeatedly blocked funding

THE WALL. In this file photo taken on March 13, 2018 US President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes with Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott in San Diego, California. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump signs long-awaited North American trade deal

Jan 30, 2020 - 1:00 AM

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, crafted over years of negotiation between the the 3 countries, replaces the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA

SIGNED. US President Donald Trump signs the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, known as USMCA, during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, January 29, 2020. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Mexico deports 2,300 Hondurans from '2020 Caravan'

Jan 28, 2020 - 4:09 PM

Mexican authorities say the deportations were carried out 'in compliance with the migration law and with full respect for human rights'

SCUFFLE. Members of the Mexican National Guard scuffle with Central American migrants - mostly Hondurans heading in a caravan to the US - in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas State, Mexico, on January 23, 2020. Photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Mexico detains 800 Central American migrants headed to U.S.

Jan 24, 2020 - 2:43 PM

The Central Americans, trekking on foot towards the city of Ciudad Hidalgo, are intercepted by troops who used tear gas and scuffled with them to halt their progress

MIGRATION. Central American migrants - heading in a caravan to the US - pray as members of Mexican National Guard prevent them to continue their way up north in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas State, Mexico, on January 23, 2020.  Photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Mexican troops block U.S.-bound caravan travelers

Jan 19, 2020 - 2:21 PM

National Guard General Vincente Hernandez tells migrants they would be allowed to cross the border into Mexico from Guatemala in a 'controlled' manner

AT THE BORDER. Honduran migrants wait to cross the international border bridge from Ciudad Tecun Uman in Guatemala to Ciudad Hidalgo in Mexico, on January 18, 2020. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Investigators to reopen case of Mexico's 43 missing

Jan 10, 2020 - 11:17 AM

The case of the 'disappeared' students from the Ayotzinapa teachers' college still haunts Mexico

HOPE. Relatives of the 43 missing students of the teaching training school of Ayotzinapa walk with their portraits after a meeting with Mexico's President Manuel Lopez Obrador at the National Palace in Mexico City, on November 11, 2019. (Photo by Claudio Cruz/AFP)

Migrant slits own throat on U.S.-Mexico border

Jan 10, 2020 - 9:33 AM

The suicide occurred after the man was denied entry to the US at the bridge between the Mexican city of Reynosa and Pharr, Texas, says officials in Mexico

BORDER. A construction crew works on the US side of the US-Mexico border fence as seen from Tijuana, in Baja California state, Mexico, on April 24, 2019. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Trump welcomes court decision allowing $3.6 B in military funds for border wall

Jan 10, 2020 - 8:48 AM

'Entire Wall is under construction or getting ready to start!' the president tweets

BUILDING THE WALL. US President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes with Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott in San Diego, California (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP)

Mexico arrests 7 suspects in Mormon family massacre

Dec 31, 2019 - 4:11 PM

The prosecutor's office says in a statement Monday, December 30, that 3 suspects were arrested on December 26 for 'probable responsibility' in organized crime

MISTAKEN? Investigators believe the cartel mistook the families for members of a rival gang, but some relatives reject that theory, saying they were deliberately targeted. File photo by AFP

Bolivia to expel Mexico ambassador, two Spanish diplomats

Dec 30, 2019 - 11:26 PM

The Mexican embassy in La Paz has become the center of the diplomatic row after it sheltered 9 or more officials from Evo Morales's former government

MEXICAN EMBASSY. A man walks past the Mexican embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, on November 29, 2019. Photo by Jorge Bernal/AFP

Bolivia says Spain 'tried to extract' wanted aide from Mexico embassy

Dec 29, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Bolivian Interior Minister Arturo Murillo argues the alleged operation of the Spanish embassy staff was a violation of Bolivian sovereignty

HEAVY SECURITY. Bolivia's police officers man a checkpoint at the main entrance of La Rinconada Development, where the residence of the Mexican embassy is located in La Paz, on December 27, 2019. Photo by Jorge Bernal/ AFP

Spain to probe Mexico embassy incident that angered Bolivia

Dec 28, 2019 - 11:09 PM

Bolivia's foreign ministry says 'people identified as staff members at Spain's embassy in Bolivia, accompanied by people with their faces covered, tried in a secretive and underhand manner to enter Mexico's diplomatic residence in La Paz.'

Mexico vows to take Bolivia to court over embassy spat

Dec 27, 2019 - 9:44 AM

The two countries' relations continues to turn sour after Mexico granted asylum to Bolivian ex-president Evo Morales

FEUDING COUNTRIES. Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon says they would file a complaint against Bolivia with the International Court of Justice. File photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Mexico ratifies modified North American trade deal

Dec 13, 2019 - 3:19 PM

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador tweets: 'Now it is up to the US and Canadian legislatures to do the same. It's good news'

Canadian Vice-Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland (L), United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (R) and Mexican negociatior Jesus Seade (C) show documents after signing an agreement next to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (C, behind) in Mexico City on December 10, 2019. - The United States, Mexico and Canada signed a deal Tuesday finalizing their new trade agreement after more than two years of arduous negotiations and paving the way to ratification. (Photo by RODRIGO ARANGUA / AFP)

10 million pilgrims celebrate Mexico's patron saint

Dec 13, 2019 - 1:41 PM

Catholic tradition says that the dark-skinned Virgin appeared to an indigenous man named Juan Diego on December 12, 1531, heralding the Church's arrival in the New World

DEVOTEE. A pilgrim carries a statuette of the Virgin of Guadalupe on his back during the annual celebrations at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, on December 12, 2019. Photo by Claudio/AFP

Mexico pays overweight police officers to slim down

Dec 13, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Two dozen officers grimace through their workout on the pavement of the station house yard – most with round bellies bulging beneath their drenched T-shirts

Police physical trainer Javier Ramirez (R) works with police officers at a police unit in Mexico City on December 11, 2019. 1,000 Mexico City police officers have joined a program to lose weight, improve their health and do their work more efficiently, in a country where 75% of the adults are overweight or obese. RODRIGO ARANGUA / AFP

U.S., Mexico, Canada to sign deal finalizing trade agreement

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:26 PM

'There is an initial deal between the governments,' says Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

USMCA. In this file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador attends his daily morning press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City on November 21, 2019. File photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

Trump pulls back on designating Mexico cartels as 'terror' groups

Dec 07, 2019 - 3:25 PM

This comes after a request from Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

(FILES) In this file photo US President Donald Trump pauses while speaking at the Economic Club of New York at the New York Hilton Midtown November 12, 2019, in New York, New York. President Donald Trump faces more potentially damning testimony in the Ukraine scandal as a critical week of public impeachment hearings opens Tuesday in the House of Representatives. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Mexico shootout leaves at least 14 dead

Dec 01, 2019 - 3:37 PM

The shootout in Coahuila state near the US border is between suspected drug traffickers and police