Reuters – A vicious Mexican drug gang forced some members to eat the hearts of murder victims as part of a gruesome initiation rite to root out infiltrators, a government security official said on Tuesday, citing witness testimony.
Reuters – Mexican miner Penoles said on Tuesday that it did not know when production would restart in its Naica lead, silver and zinc mine, which was flooded on Jan 1.
EFE – A “rosca de Reyes” ring-cake measuring 4,721 feet and weighing more than 10 tons was sliced up Monday as part of the Three Kings Day festivities in the Mexican capital’s Zocalo square, where the tasty bites were handed out to the holiday crowds.
USAToday – Newly opened beach resorts in Mexico are continuing the trend of offering all-inclusive vacations, in which one price covers accommodations, food and drink and most activities. Here are six standouts to visit this year.
EFE – Residents seized four people after they were discovered robbing a home in the La Cantera neighborhood of Tehuacan. A crowd of some 100 people stripped the four and began beating them with sticks and metal pipes. One of the four suspects died of his injuries.
Plastics News – Seven factors will affect Mexico’s plastics industry either positively or negatively in 2015, according to a consultant Eduardo de la Tijera Coeto.
AP – An official in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas has resigned three weeks after U.S. prosecutors said over $1.1 million found in his Texas bank account was linked to bribes. Homero de la Garza Tamez said he resigned as social development secretary to take care of personal affairs.
Terra – Different versions cast doubt on the facts concerning the clash between suspected members of a criminal group and federal agents and the Mexican army in Apatzingan, the number of deaths and the way combatants were killed.
Radio Formula – An Arctic cold front will flow across the border from the north today, Wednesday, bringing the potential for heavy rain in eastern states, especially San Luis Potosí, Hidalgo and Veracruz.
Informador – After a negative start of the year, in which the Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV) fell almost 5.0 percent, the market rebounded Tuesday with a gain of 0.56 percent.
El Dario de Yucatan – Thirty hectares in Teotihuacan have been reforested with maguey plants in a $254,000 effort to train and mentor 60 producers from six municipalities to practice sustainable agriculture.
Televisa – An arrest order was leveled against Rafael Antonio Olvera Amezcua, principal shareholder of Ficrea in conjunction with an investigation into illegal procedures and organized crime.
Reuters – Brent crude oil recovered slightly after falling below $50 a barrel for the first time since May 2009 on Wednesday, as traders re-assessed their books after a sharp slide since the start of the year on a growing supply glut and weak global demand.
BBC – The wife of the former mayor of the Mexican city where 43 students went missing has been charged with organized crime and money laundering. Prosecutors say Maria de los Angeles Pineda’s brothers were in a drug gang that operated in Iguala, Guerrero.
They said police handed the students over to the drug gang after clashes in September. The gang then killed them and burned their bodies.
Maria Pineda and her husband Jose Luis Abarca were arrested in November. He has been charged with organized crime, kidnapping and murder.
The students’ disappearance sparked nationwide protests and has rocked the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto.
Al Jazeera – Coinciding with President Enrique Peña Nieto’s trip to Washington, activists ramped up pressure Tuesday on the United States to withdraw support from an administration they allege is riven with corruption and frequently colludes with the drug cartels it is supposed to be fighting.
Bloomberg – Companies listed on Mexico’s benchmark IPC index squirreled away the most cash in at least a decade last year as economic stagnation and oil’s decline leave executives wondering when growth will finally accelerate.
Plastics News – Driven by surging Mexican factories, North American light-vehicle production for 2014 is headed for the second-highest level on record by the time the final numbers are counted.
Yahoo Travel – Punta de Mita, Mexico, is only 30 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, but it’s a whole different kind of scene. The quiet, secluded area is a mix of rustic beachfront towns and fancy five-star resorts, sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Madre mountains.
Bloomberg – U.S. President Barack Obama is counting on Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to pressure Cuba to make democratic reforms, now that the White House has moved toward normalizing relations with the island nation.