Mexico

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Construction Uncovers Surprise: Mammoth Bones

Workers in Mexico find remains of about 60 of the giant creatures

(Newser) - Archaeologists have found the bones of about 60 mammoths at an airport under construction just north of Mexico City, near human-built "traps" where more than a dozen mammoths were found last year. The discoveries reveal how appealing the area was for mammoths. The National Institute of Anthropology and History... More »

Virus Kills Feared Gang Leader

Scores of other cases reported in same prison

(Newser) - Mexican gang leader Moises Escamiilla May—also known as "Fat May"—has died from COVID-19 in a maximum security prison. The 45-year-old kingpin of the "Old School Zetas" group, part of the Los Zetas cartel, was 12 years into a 37-year sentence for crimes including his role... More »

Skeletons Found in Mass Grave Depict 'Grim Period'

Remains found in Mexico City were likely those among first group of slaves from Africa

(Newser) - In the late 1980s, archaeologists unearthed three skeletons in a mass grave in Mexico City, at the former site of a 16th-century hospital that served indigenous people. What made these skeletons stand out was their teeth, which were filed into shapes much like those found in people from parts of... More »

Robbers Flee by Air After Gold Mine Raid

Light plane landed while bandits subdued guards

(Newser) - A gold mine in Mexico's violence-plagued Sonora state faced robbers arriving from both land and air this week, authorities say. Alamos Gold, a Canadian mining company, says five armed robbers subdued security guards as they were loading gold/silver alloy bars from the Los Mulatos mine onto a plane Wednesday... More »

Corona Has Stopped Brewing Beer

Grupo Modelo suspends production after Mexico shuts nonessential services

(Newser) - Corona is once again making headlines, and we're not talking about the virus. Well, we kind of are. Per AFP , Grupo Modelo—the Mexican brewer that owns Corona beer, as well as the Modelo and Pacifico brands—on Thursday suspended production at its 11 breweries in Mexico through the... More »

Mexico Rattled by President's Handshake

Andrés Manuel López Obrador traveled to El Chapo's hometown, greeted his mother

(Newser) - Mexicans may not want to imitate the behavior of their president. Just one day after the country's deputy health minister urged the population to stay at home, Andrés Manuel López Obrador traveled to Badiraguato, well known as the birthplace of El Chapo. He made his visit on... More »

Placido Domingo Hospitalized in Mexico

Opera singer's coronavirus worsens, but he's said to be responding to treatment

(Newser) - Just over a week ago, Placido Domingo felt it his "moral duty" to inform the world he'd tested positive for the coronavirus, though he said he was in relatively "good health" despite a fever and coughing. Since then, his condition has worsened enough that he was forced... More »

2 Big Moves in Virus Fight: Mexico and Medical Supplies

US and Mexico close border, Trump invokes Defense Production Act for critical medical gear

(Newser) - President Trump got into a testy exchange with a reporter at a Friday news conference about the coronavirus pandemic, but there were other developments at the presser:
  • Trump's action: The president invoked the Defense Production Act to get needed medical supplies such as ventilators and masks on the front
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'Remain in Mexico' Policy Will Continue

SCOTUS allows controversial policy to stay in place for now

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would allow the Trump administration to continue enforcing a policy that makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for US court hearings, despite lower court rulings that the policy probably is illegal, the AP reports. The justices' order, over a dissenting vote by Justice Sonia... More »

Art Critic Pushes Back After Her Soda Can Destroys $19K Art

Glass sculpture shatters at Mexico City art fair; Avelina Lesper says it was an accident

(Newser) - You don't want to be "that guy" (or gal) when you're at an art fair—you know, the one who causes a $19,000 glass sculpture to shatter into a zillion pieces when you place your soda can on or near it. Unfortunately for Avelina Lesper, she... More »

Another Monarch Butterfly Activist Has Been Found Dead in Mexico

Human rights, environmental organizations are calling for 'justice'

(Newser) - The day after the funeral of a renowned monarch butterfly activist who was found dead in Mexico last week , the body of a second activist was found. Raúl Hernández Romero, who worked as a tour guide at a Michoacán butterfly sanctuary, left work as usual on Jan.... More »

Butterfly Activist's Body Found After 53 Cops Detained

Mexico gang had threatened Homero Gomez

(Newser) - The body of a renowned butterfly expert in Mexico was found in a rainwater tank Wednesday—and few people think he got in there by himself. Homero Gomez, 50, was the manager of a butterfly sanctuary in Michoacan state, which has been wracked by cartel violence, the New York Times... More »

Border Wall Section Topples Into Mexico

Officials cite wet concrete, high winds

(Newser) - A newly installed section of border wall toppled over onto the Mexican side amid high winds Wednesday. Steel barriers had been erected between Mexicali and Calexico, Calif., but a concrete base had not yet cured when the 30-foot-high panels fell onto trees lining a parallel street, reports the Guardian . "... More »

7.7 Quake Triggers Tsunami Threat

Buildings shook as far as Miami

(Newser) - The US Geological Survey says a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica on Tuesday, the AP reports. It was centered 86 miles northwest of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and 87 miles west-southwest of Niquero, Cuba. It hit at 2:10pm EST and the epicenter... More »

Border Patrol Bulldozes Iconic Garden

Seems smugglers were using the garden to sneak through

(Newser) - The Border Patrol, reacting to a breach it discovered in a steel-pole border wall believed to be used by smugglers, gave activists no warning this month when it bulldozed the US side of a cross-border garden on an iconic bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the AP reports. On Saturday, after... More »

Mexico Breaks Up Migrant Caravan

800 people were rounded up after crossing border

(Newser) - Eight hundred Central American migrants were rounded up and hauled onto buses by Mexican national guardsmen and immigration agents after crossing into the country early Thursday and walking for hours along a rural highway. The migrants had stopped for the day at a shaded crossroads when hundreds of national guard... More »

Thousands of Migrants Try Pushing Across Bridge

Mexico closes border point after scuffle on bridge between Guatemala and Mexico

(Newser) - Mexican authorities closed a border entry point in southern Mexico on Saturday after thousands of Central American migrants tried to push their way across a bridge spanning the Suchiate River between Mexico and Guatemala, the AP reports. Normally, migrants who want to request asylum in Mexico are allowed to freely... More »

They Went to Mexico to Collect Rent. Then They Vanished

Bodies believed to be missing California couple discovered in Tijuana, son-in-law arrested

(Newser) - They went to Mexico to carry out their landlord tasks and never came home. Now, bodies found buried in mud at one of their properties are believed to be those of Jesus Guillen, 70, and his 65-year-old wife, Maria Lopez, authorities say. Per KFMB , the couple traveled to Tijuana on... More »

He Gave It His All in the Ring. It Killed Him

Mask-wearing Mexican pro wrestler 'La Parka' dies at age 54 after October in-ring injury

(Newser) - A horrific in-ring accident in October reportedly left a Mexican pro wrestler paralyzed—and now he has succumbed to his injuries. Per the New York Daily News , "La Parka" (real name Jesus Alfonso Huerta Escoboza), known for donning elaborate costumes and masks, most notably ones depicting skeletons, died Saturday... More »

Mayor on Mexico School Shooting: 'So, So Sad'

6th-grader dies after shooting teacher to death, injuring 6 others in private school in Mexico

(Newser) - A shooting at a private school in Mexico has left two dead (including the shooter) and six injured, officials say—and the shooter is said to have been an 11-year-old 6th grader who came to school with two guns. CNN reports the attack took place at the Cervantes de Torreon... More »

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