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Water Heater's Rust Played Role in Iowa Family's Death

Investigators in Mexico say humidity made device deadly

(Newser) - The very thing that lured an Iowa family to a vacation in Mexico—the climate—also figured in their deaths , say investigators. The humidity on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula where the Sharp family was staying had turned the water heater in their condo rusty, and that in... More »

Yes, One Large Group of People Is Walking to the US Border

This is the 'caravan' Trump is complaining about in Mexico

(Newser) - President Trump returned to one of his favorite recent themes on Tuesday, complaining about a "caravan" of immigrants in Mexico moving toward the US border. "The big Caravan of People from Honduras, now coming across Mexico and heading to our 'Weak Laws' Border, had better be stopped... More »

Trump Hits Mexico Again: 'Our Country Is Being Stolen!'

President calls on Democrats to agree to tougher border laws

(Newser) - President Trump unleashed a Twitter attack on Mexico over the weekend, and he picked up right where he left off on Monday morning. In multiple tweets, Trump said Mexico must do more to stop "caravans of people" heading into the US, blasted Democrats for weak border laws, and again... More »

Zookeeper Killed by Lion May Have Forgotten to Shut Gate

He was killed by the animal as he cleaned the enclosure in Mexico

(Newser) - Authorities said Monday a zoo employee who was killed by a lion in central Mexico may have forgotten to shut a gate that separated the animal's feeding and sleeping areas. Mexico's office for environmental protection said an inspection of the enclosure showed no holes or breaches where the... More »

Root Cause of Iowa Family's Death in Mexico Identified

Mexican officials say water heater leaked toxic gas

(Newser) - Mexican authorities say a water heater is to blame in the deaths of an Iowa family vacationing in the Quintana Roo resort town of Tulum. An inspection over the weekend found that the water heater at the Sharp family's rented condominium was leaking gas, according to Quintana Roo's... More »

US Army Veteran Deported to 'Dangerous Area' of Border

Miguel Perez Jr. served 2 tours in Afghanistan before a drug-charge conviction

(Newser) - "This is a deplorable way to treat a veteran who risked his life in combat for our nation," is Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth's characterization of what has happened to Miguel Perez Jr . The Mexico-born 39-year-old spent roughly three decades as a legal permanent resident here, she says.... More »

Mexican Officials: Here's What Killed US Family in Condo

Autopsies find no evidence of foul play

(Newser) - Autopsies show that an Iowa family found dead this week in a Mexico condo were killed by inhaling toxic gases, the Washington Post reports. The four family members—Kevin Sharp, 41, wife Amy Sharp, 38, and their kids Sterling Sharp, 12, and Adrianna Sharp, 7—did not die by "... More »

Iowa Family Missing in Mexico Has Been Found Dead

'There was no foul play'

(Newser) - An Iowa family of four reported missing in Mexico by their family on Thursday has been found dead in the condo where they were staying, the Des Moines Register reports. The Sharp family—Kevin, 41; Amy, 38; Sterling, 12; and Adrianna, 7—flew to Cancun on March 15 and let... More »

Missing Pa. Teen, 45-Year-Old Man Found in Mexico

Kevin Esterly is being charged with interference with the custody of a child

(Newser) - Authorities say a missing Pennsylvania teenager and a 45-year-old man who frequently signed her out of school without her parents' permission have been located in Mexico, reports the AP , and the man has been arrested. The Allentown Morning Call reports US and Mexican authorities found Kevin Esterly and 16-year-old Amy... More »

Homemade Explosive Caused Ferry Blast, Mexico Says

The investigation has reportedly ruled out terrorism

(Newser) - Mexican authorities say a rudimentary or homemade explosive device was responsible for a tourist ferry blast that injured 26 people Feb. 21 in the Caribbean resort city of Playa del Carmen. But Deputy Attorney General Arturo Elias Beltran said Sunday at a news conference that terrorism and organized crime have... More »

Trump Seems to Be Budging on Tariff Exemptions

Mexico, Canada, and possibly other nations may get a break; signing expected Thursday

(Newser) - President Trump is expected to formally sign off on his steel and aluminum tariffs Thursday afternoon at a White House ceremony with steel union workers, reports the Washington Post . However, it appears the White House is giving ground on its initial defiance about exemptions. Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro told... More »

Trump's Tariff Surprise Now Has NAFTA Link

He says Mexico, Canada can avoid new taxes by renegotiating trade pact

(Newser) - President Trump suggested Monday that his plan to impose hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum might have some wiggle room, at least for Mexico and Canada. In morning tweets, Trump said the two nations could avoid the tariffs by giving ground in ongoing NAFTA negotiations, reports the Wall Street Journal ... More »

US Ambassador to Mexico Resigns

Roberta Jacobson is leaving 'with Mexico in my soul and in my heart'

(Newser) - The US ambassador to Mexico, Roberta Jacobson, is resigning from her post this spring, amid strained relations between the two countries and on the heels of other notable departures from the State Department. In a note sent to embassy staff Thursday, Jacobson, a career diplomat, wrote that after more than... More »

After Trump Call, Mexican Prez Scraps US Visit

Border wall appears to be major sticking point as Peña Nieto has yet to visit DC under Trump

(Newser) - After what the Washington Post is calling a "testy" 50-minute phone call between President Trump and his Mexican counterpart, the latter will not be visiting the former as planned. The major sticking point seems to be Trump's border wall, and Enrique Peña Nieto's refusal to pay... More »

13 Killed in Helicopter Crash After Earthquake—All on Ground

The dead, including 3 children, were spending night in open field

(Newser) - A military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from a powerful earthquake crashed Friday in Mexico, killing 13 people and injuring 15, all of them on the ground, the AP reports. The Oaxaca state prosecutor's office said five women, four men, and three children were killed at the crash site... More »

Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Hits a Mexico Still on Edge

There were no reports of damage in the immediate aftermath

(Newser) - A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook south and central Mexico Friday, causing people to flee buildings and office towers in the country's capital, where residents were still jittery after a deadly quake five months ago, the AP reports. Crowds of people gathered on Mexico City's central Reforma Avenue,... More »

Record-Setting Underwater Cave System Is So, So Long

It took years, but divers finally connect Mexico's Sac Actun, Dos Ojos systems

(Newser) - For Robert Schmittner, it was a long time coming. "I didn't rest for 14 years," the diver tells Mexico News Daily . Schmittner is the director of exploration for the Great Maya Aquifer Project, which on Jan. 10 discovered the longest underwater cave on Earth. Divers for the... More »

Dad of 2 Who's Too Old for DACA Protection Is Deported

39-year-old landscaper Jorge Garcia came to the US when he was 10

(Newser) - Jorge Garcia has lived in the US since he was 10, has paid all his taxes since he first got a job, and doesn't even have so much as a traffic ticket to his name, his supporters say—but on Martin Luther King Day, the 39-year-old landscaper and father... More »

US: 5 Mexican States Now as Dangerous as Syria for Visitors

State Department issues new 'do not travel' warning

(Newser) - The US State Department tells citizens not to visit Yemen, Syria, and Afghanistan. Five states in Mexico now carry the same "do not travel" warning, the Guardian reports. The State Department this week issued a level 4 advisory—the highest level of travel warning—against the states of Tamaulipas,... More »

Analysts: Sorry, but We May Have a Global Crisis This Year

Eurasia Group lays out a bunch of ways it might happen

(Newser) - Given that "the global order is unraveling" in "a world without leadership," Eurasia Group has some sorry news: "If we had to pick one year for a big unexpected crisis—the geopolitical equivalent of the 2008 financial meltdown—it feels like 2018." What kind of... More »

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