DW – Gunmen in Mexico have beheaded a musician and killed his wife and child, possibly linked to a dispute between rival gangs. The multiple murder was the second in less than a week in Oaxaca state.
EFE – President Enrique Peña Nieto said that the members of Mexico’s delegation to the Rio Olympics would project a new image for a country striving to create greater opportunities for its people.
CNN – President Barack Obama has invited one of Donald Trump’s fiercest global critics for talks a day after the businessman formally accepts the Republican presidential nomination. Obama will be receiving Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in the Oval Office today (Friday) for talks on trade, climate change and countering drug trafficking.
Fusion – HBO Latin America has tapped one of Mexico’s most famous YouTubers to star in the country’s first late night satirical news show which will premiere tonight (Friday).
Vice News – A Mexican journalist who covered crime for a local newspaper has become the 17th journalist killed in Veracruz in the last six years. Attackers shot 48-year-old Pedro Tamayo multiple times in front of his wife and two children, just steps away from his home.
Tamayo had received death threats for his reporting in an area controlled by the Zetas drug cartel, known as Tierra Blanca. He initially fled to Oaxaca, but returned when Veracruz authorities promised to investigate his case and provide him with police protection. But that did not stop attackers from shooting him eight times.
Bloomberg – Mexico’s consumer prices rose more than expected in early July, led by gasoline and transportation, lifting the annual inflation rate to the highest level since February.
Vice News – Walking into the Guachochi jail — located in the mountains of Chihuahua — turns upside down most preconceived notions of Mexican prisons. There are no tell tale signs of overcrowding, domination by internal mafias, endemic corruption, or the underclass of prisoners incarcerated for trivial crimes.
Instead Guachochi has empty beds and a reputation for being filled with inmates convicted of serious crimes who neither consume drugs nor seek to bribe guards. All of the 253 prisoners are indigenous, most of them with Rarámuri roots, but it is also possible to find primas, tepehuanes, and guarijíos — Chihuahua’s other three ethnic groups.
NBA – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Zignia Live announced that the Phoenix Suns will take on the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs in the first consecutive regular-season games in Mexico Jan. 12 and 14, respectively, at the Mexico City Arena. The games will mark the first time the league hosts two regular-season contests in Mexico in the same season.
Financial Post – Canadian mining company Agnico Eagle said on Wednesday that a group of armed men stormed one of its mines in northern Mexico, injuring a security guard and making off with a haul of silver and gold.
NYT – They are all over Mexico City, mainly on sidewalks but occasionally in the middle of the street: green rectangles and circles, as small as a window fan or as large as a trampoline, each with four white arrows directed toward a white dot in the center. They are a way to organize and account for people in life-or-death emergencies like earthquakes.
Maxim – Cabo’s Las Ventanas al Paraiso, already one of Mexico’s poshest resorts, has just opened a new $35,000 per night private mansion that’s now the most expensive, exclusive and luxurious escape in the country, as well as one of the world’s most expensive hotel accommodations.
Reuters – Mexican glass manufacturer Vitro said it had agreed to purchase the flat glass unit of U.S. company PPG for around $750 million, giving it a foothold in the U.S. and Canadian markets.
WSJ – The Mexican government launched its second round of oil auctions, offering 15 exploration and production blocks in shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico as it seeks more private investment to raise the country’s oil reserves and output.
Inhabitat – One of the newest buildings to join Mexico City’s skyline is more than just an iconic landmark—the mixed-used tower is also impressively seismic-resistant and energy efficient.
Automotive News – Mexico, with the second-largest economy in Latin America and more than 110 million people, at times was lucky to sell a million new vehicles a year locally while it exported twice that number. With sales sometimes running lower than they were 10 years earlier, economists spoke of a “lost decade.”
Now, the narrative has flipped. With signs of a plateau in new-vehicle sales in the U.S., Mexico’s auto exports were down more than 5 percent in the first half of the year, according to industry data.
Platts – Mexican miner Minera del Norte (Minosa), a subsidiary of steelmaker Altos Hornos de Mexico (Ahmsa), has initiated operations at two new iron ore mines near its Hercules mine.
Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto has apologized for a damaging conflict of interest scandal in 2014 surrounding his wife’s purchase of a $7 million luxury home from a government contractor.
Peña Nieto made what was an unusually frank apology for a Mexican leader over the scandal as he signed into law a new anti-corruption system that the government hopes will boost its credibility in the run-up to the 2018 presidential elections.
Addressing political leaders at the unveiling of the new anti-graft rules that increase oversight of politicians, Peña Nieto admitted the scandal had damaged the Mexican people’s faith in the presidency and the government.
“For this reason, with all humility I ask your forgiveness,” he said. “I reiterate my sincere and profound apology for the offense and indignation I have caused you.”
The president stressed he had not broken the law, and pledged to redouble efforts to fight graft in Mexico.
Reuters – A 5.0 magnitude earthquake shook southern Mexico City on Tuesday morning, according to a preliminary report by the U.S. Geological Survey, but it was not immediately clear if there were any injuries or damage.
The Guardian – Mexico’s impoverished masses were up to 33.6% richer in 2015 than the previous year, according to the state-run statistics service. But the change owes less to a sudden increase in actual wealth and wellbeing for the country’s poor than to unannounced changes in the methodology for measuring household earnings.
San Diego Union-Tribune – Not everyone who gets apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border is from Mexico. In the first six months of the year, 264,165 people were apprehended somewhere along the Southwest border, and 49.6 percent of them were from Mexico, according to data from the U.S. Border Patrol.