Direct foreign investment in Mexico falls 49%

Bloomberg – Direct foreign investment into Latin America and the Caribbean fell 16 percent last year, with investment into Mexico tumbling 49 percent, while Brazil declined 2 percent. Investment into Chile, the region’s wealthiest nation, rose 14 percent over the same period, the only major country in Latin America to see an increase.

Man gets 241 years for horrifying crimes against girls

Daily Mail – A Mexican man has been jailed for 241 years for keeping his lover and two teenage girls captive for five years, and committing a horrifying string of crimes against them. Dubbed ‘Mexico’s Fritzl’, Jorge Iniestra Salas repeatedly raped the girls, beginning when they were just 12 and 14 years old.

14 FIFA officials arrested on corruption charges

FIFA officials held over alleged corruption; World Cups also probed.
FIFA officials held over alleged corruption; World Cups also probed.

By Martin Rogers and Kim Hjelmgaard / USA Today

U.S. prosecutors allege that “two generations of soccer officials” used partnerships with sports marketing executives to solicit $150 million in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for, among other things, their support for the sites of FIFA World Cup events, from qualifiers to the 2010 World Cup.

A 47-count indictment was unsealed in Brooklyn, charging 14 defendants — nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives — with racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering and bribery, among other offenses, in connection with a near quarter-century scheme to enrich themselves through their management of the sport.

With soccer officials from all over the world congregating in Zurich this week to attend the annual FIFA Congress, Swiss authorities arrested seven suspects charged in the indictment. Federal investigators were also conducting a search at CONCACAF headquarters in Miami.

FIFA is world soccer’s governing body; CONCACAF is a regional confederation that encompasses North and Central America and the Caribbean.