AP – Authorities in northwestern Mexico say eight adults and two children were killed when a bus carrying a group of evangelical Christians went off a mountain road and crashed down about 45 metres (about 150 feet) into a ravine. All but three of the other 29 people on board suffered injuries.
ABC – Jennifer Clement, one of Mexico’s most popular writers says she sees “no way out” for the little girls targeted by drug and sex traffickers in her country unless there is serious action from outside Mexico.
Business Insider – The links between bloodshed in Mexico and US drug consumption are extensive. For Mexico’s most violent state, Guerrero, surging heroin use in the US has fed a cycle of violence that has killed and harmed thousands.
San Diego Union-Tribune – Menacing, crudely written signs hung from highway bridges or left with mutilated corpses have delivered the message: Mexico’s fastest-growing drug trafficking group, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación, is now in Tijuana — and fighting to expand its influence.
El Financiero -Pemex could report its first loss before taxes and duties for 2015. Macario Schetinno, economic and political analyst, predicted a loss of 120 billion pesos ($6.6 billion) when the oil company released its annual report today.
MNR Daily – The wife of the notorious drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has broken her silence and appeared on a Mexican television for the first time. In an interview broadcasted by Telemundo, Emma Coronel Aispuro stated that she fears for the life of her husband.
Donald Trump’s rhetoric about Mexico got a tongue-lashing Thursday, with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden calling it “dangerous” and a Mexican ex-president dropping the F-bomb against his border wall plan.
Speaking during a visit to Mexico City, Biden told President Enrique Pena Nieto that there has been “a lot of damaging and incredibly inaccurate rhetoric” in the US election, but that most Americans do not share those views.
“I feel almost obliged to apologize for some of what my political colleagues have said about Mexico, about the Mexican people,” he said.
While Biden did not identify any candidates by name, Trump has used the strongest words against Mexico’s government and immigrants during the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Vicente Fox, Mexico’s president from 2000 to 2006, had harsher words, telling the US television network Fusion: “I am not going to pay for that fucking wall. He should pay for it. He’s got the money.”
The billionaire real estate mogul hit back on Twitter, writing: “Vicente Fox horribly used the F word when discussing the wall. He must apologize! If I did that there would be a uproar!”
Another former Mexican president, Felipe Calderon, also lashed out earlier this month, telling CNBC that the Mexican people “are not going to pay any single cent for such a stupid wall.”
Reuters – Mexico’s Grupo Televisa reported a 37 percent drop in profit in the fourth quarter compared to the same period a year earlier. Net profit in the October to December period was 1.571 billion Mexican pesos ($91 million).
Reporters Without Borders – Another journalist was murdered last weekend, the fourth since the start of the year. The victim was Moisés Dagdug Lutzow, a Tabasco radio journalist who had received many threats.