NASA Spaceflight – Arianespace lofted a pair of Mexican satellites into space on Wednesday, with DirecTV-15 and SKY Mexico-1 set enjoying a ride uphill on the Ariane 5 rocket.
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.
Reuters – Mexico is working hard to prevent outbreaks of a bird flu epidemic that has stricken the U.S. poultry and egg industry, an agriculture ministry official said, responding to comments by a world health official who said that Mexico was particularly vulnerable.
Daily Mail – Riot police were engulfed in flames when angry protesters in Mexico hurled Molotov cocktails eight months after 43 student teachers were allegedly handed over to a drugs gang by corrupt officers.
Hollywood Reporter – Writer-director Alonso Ruizpalacios’s “Gueros” won five of Mexico’s Ariel Awards on Wednesday night, including best picture, director and first work. Gueros is a black-and-white road movie set against a backdrop of Mexico City student protests in 1999.
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.
TeleSur – After being accredited as an election observer Tuesday, 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu Tum was hospitalized Wednesday in Mexico City, suffering a dramatic drop in blood pressure.
New Scientist – Wild weather in Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Alaska could be the first signs of the havoc that El Niño is likely to wreak this year. El Niño occurs when warm water wells up from the depths of the Pacific Ocean and spreads east.
Reuters – Mexican fixed-line operator Axtel said it had reached an agreement with Telefonica’s Mexico unit to end disputes related to interconnection services from between 2005 and 2011.
Televisa – OHL President Juan Miguel Villar Mir told shareholders that he regrets the behavior of employees in Mexico and alleged a defamation campaign that included illegally tapped phone calls that have been manipulated.
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.
Reuters – President Barack Obama’s plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation was dealt another setback on Tuesday when a U.S. appeals court refused to lift a block put in place by 26 states that argued Obama overstepped his authority.
AP – A fugitive former Los Angeles police officer charged with killing a man during an off-duty fight was captured by security forces in Ciudad Juarez and deported back to the U.S.
WSJ – Free-speech advocates are challenging a ruling against Google Mexico that they say would allow politicians and business moguls to abuse the so-called right to be forgotten by wiping out Internet links that cast them in a negative light.
AFP – Wild weather killed at least 28 people in the United States and Mexico, and Houston’s mayor warned more flooding could be in store. The US states of Texas and Oklahoma and northern Mexico, have borne the brunt of several days of violent weather.
Reuters – Mexico’s Communications and Transport Ministry said it will ask the Public Administration Ministry (SFP) to audit its contracts with builder OHL Mexico, which has lately become embroiled in a corruption scandal.
Economic Times – Mexico is in talks to buy 50 more Caracal military helicopters from Airbus Helicopters a source familiar with the negotiations said.
UAToday – Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto received a grand welcome in Mexico City with a ceremony at the capital’s National Palace as the European leader and his Mexican counterpart sought to strengthen bilateral ties.
NYT – Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission has opened an investigation into the killing of 42 people last week in a confrontation with the federal police.
Paste Magazine – Over the past decade, Mexico has seen an explosion of cervezas artesanales. Here are five breweries you’ll definitely want to seek out next time you head south of the border.