Milenio -The director of the Escuela Normal Ayotzinapa Isidro Burgos, Jose Luis Hernandez Rivera, denied involvement in the disappearance of the 43 normalistas as accused by Felipe Rodriguez Salgado, alias Brush.
Reuters – Mexican construction Vesta is holding a global equity offering today, Thursday, expecting to gain about $227 million. The resources will be used to boost growth.
Excelsior – An exchange of letters trading accusations by former President Felipe Calderon and former IMSS director Juan Molinar has aggravated the division in the PAN.
One day after Molinar defined Calderón as “an isolated character” responsible for “continuous defeats,” the former president, in a letter from Haiti, said Molinar is “bitter” and accused him of complicity with those in the current leadership of the PAN.
Dario – The US mobile phone company TracFone, owned by Mexico’s America Movil, agreed to refund $40 million to customers who bought prepaid data plans advertised as unlimited but had ceilings.
Terra – The US dollar is offered at a maximum price of 14.94 pesos, four cents higher compared to the close of the previous day, and acquires a minimum of 14.06 pesos in Mexico City banks.
El Economista – The Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) postponed the publication of the new call for tender for the development of high speed train (TGV) Mexico-Queretaro (scheduled for today), to have more time to analyze comments that have been received from companies interested in the pre bases and “strengthen” the process.
By Randal C. Archibold / New York Times
Four months after the abduction of 43 rural college students shook the nation and set off a political crisis, Mexico’s attorney general on Tuesday officially declared the students dead, saying confessions and forensic evidence supported the theory that their bodies were incinerated near a garbage dump.
The attorney general, Jesús Murillo Karam, delivered a detailed account of the case that did not divert much from what was previously known. Yet he went beyond hints that the students had been killed to declare that after an “exhaustive, serious” investigation, “the evidence allows us to determine that the students were kidnapped, killed, burned and thrown into the river.”
Murillo Karam, in what appeared to be an effort to convince an increasingly skeptical public that investigators had solved the crime, showed photographs of charred remains, snippets of videotaped confessions and the crime scene. He also disclosed that nearly 100 people had been arrested, 39 confessions obtained and thousands of fragments of human remains recovered.
Over somber music, he played a short video account of the night of the crime, based on what investigators had learned.
The case has led to a series of mass protest marches, most recently on Monday, and raised doubts about the rule of law in Mexico. It has helped send President Enrique Peña Nieto’s approval ratings plummeting to levels not seen by a Mexican president in two decades.
AP – The number of Monarch butterflies that reached wintering grounds in Mexico has rebounded 69 percent from last year’s lowest-on-record levels, but their numbers remain very low, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
Reuters – Mexico is not planning to extradite to the United States captured drug lord Joaquin Guzman because he will first have to serve out jail time at home, an official at the federal attorney general’s office said.
EFE – Mexico ran a trade deficit of $2.44 billion last year, a rise of 106 percent over the 2013 figure. Mexican exports in 2014 totaled $397.55 billion, up 4.6 percent from the previous year, while imports climbed 4.9 percent to $399.98 billion.
Reuters – Mexico’s federal transparency body said it had initiated proceedings to impose sanctions on the Mexican unit of Google Inc for possible breach of the country’s data protection law.
AP – A Frenchwoman who became a cause celebre in her country after she was jailed for kidnapping in Mexico is suing a former Mexican president, other ex-officials and a major TV network.
Huff Post – U.S. News & World Report’s travel editors combed through guest reviews, expert recommendations and industry accolades to determine the top places to stay in Mexico. From cliffside escapes to urban boutiques, this impressive group of properties reflects the diversity of high-end hotels across Mexico.
National Geographic – Mexico City’s Galaxia subdivision was built in an era when the middle class aspiration was to own a certain type of single family house with room for a car. But as times and needs change, so does the city, morphing into a new landscape that reflects modern needs.
Sentido Comun – Petroleos Mexicanos announced that it has begun implementing a new system for recording and pre-assessing suppliers and contractors to build a reliable supply chain and allow better combat fraud irregularities and practices.
The announcement was made by the company just a couple of days after the Reuters news agency disseminated an extensive investigation that showed various irregularities in the structure of procurement and contracting of the Mexican state oil company.
Sentido Comun – Volaris said it will open three new routes to connect two new destinations, the cities of Torreón and Durango, with Guadalajara and Tijuana.
Sentido Comun – United Airlines opened new headquarters in Mexico City at Avenida Paseo de la Reforma 250, 18th floor. An office for ticket sales will be on the ground floor.
Televisa – The coordinator of PAN deputies, Ricardo Anaya, called for unity and putting aside internal disputes, including with former President Felipe Calderon and current leader Gustavo Madero.
Reuters – Mexican stocks fell on Tuesday after the release of unexpectedly weak data on investment plans in the United States, Mexico business partner, that disappointed participants.
The Dragon Mart, a trade mart being built in the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo with Chinese investment, has been ordered to shut down due to environmental damage caused by the project.
The project, located in the El Tucan district of the city of Benito Juarez, was ordered to close down following a visit by federal environmental inspectors who determined that developers had failed to comply with orders recently issued by officials, the director of the Profepa environmental protection agency, Guillermo Haro, said in a press conference.
Developer Real Estate Dragon Mart was building the trade mart in a jungle area that is home to wildlife and a coastal ecosystem that are “all protected” by environmental laws, Haro said.
The project “has affected the area’s biodiversity” and the “productive capacity of the forest lands,” the Profepa chief said.
The developers of the Dragon Mart project planned to build 722 residential units and 20 warehouses, as well as 3,000 spaces for businesses, on 204 hectares (503 acres).
Dragon Mart was designed to be an exhibition center for merchandise from China, providing an opportunity for companies from the Asian nation to make contacts in Mexico and Central America.