Quqdratin – A total of 122 citizens have filed to run as independent candidates for federal deputies in next year’s mid-term elections next year and have met the requirements.
TeleDario – The National Banking and Securities Commission says 652 Sociedades Financieras de Objeto Múltiple (Sofom) are operating in Mexico. The institutions do not report any information to the government, a higher risk to consumers.
America Economia – A Ministry of Economy source confirmed that Toyota Motor Corp. will announce its plans for a new auto plant in Mexico in the first quarter of 2015.
Associated Press – Protesters in Mexico claim that German arms manufacturers exported rifles to a corrupt local police department implicated in the disappearance of 43 students. Germany’s government told weapons manufacturer Heckler & Koch GmbH in 2010 to cease all arms deliveries to Mexico amid concerns the guns were ending up in parts of the country where Berlin has forbidden weapons exports over human rights issues.
UTSanDiego -An updated travel warning for Mexico issued Wednesday by the U.S. State Department for the first time includes the state of Baja California Sur as an area of concern.
CBS – A 40-year-old U.S. citizen died after an officer shot him with a stun gun at the San Ysidro port of entry connecting San Diego and Tijuana,
EFE – Uber-type services and new trends such as carpooling are gaining strength in Mexico, changing the panorama of transportation and mobility and bringing criticism from taxi associations.
WSJ – Mexico ran up a $1.08 billion trade deficit in November as a drop in crude oil prices led to a deficit in petroleum products, offset by continued growth in exports of manufactured goods.
Culture Map – The latest luxury retailer to join those opening operations in Mexico is Prada, which just opened a new boutique at El Palacio de Hierro in the Santa Fe shopping district.
Univision – The body of the priest Gregorio Lopez Gorostieta, was found Thursday with a bullet in the head on a stretch of road between Ciudad Altamirano and Arcelia in Guerrero.
Terra – Construction of three runways are being considered for the first stage of the new Mexico City airport. Two would be for commercial aviation and the third for the armed forces.
El Siglo de Torreon – Through the Twitter account of the deceased star Chespirito, his widow, actress Florinda Meza, announced she will sell his houses in Cancun and Mexico City.
EuroNews – Families of 43 missing students joined protesters outside the presidential palace in Mexico for a Christmas eve prayer. Holding posters of their children they called for justice for the student teachers who went missing on Sept. 26 in a suspected massacre in the city of Iguala.
AP – A man apparently killed six children and a woman, then committed suicide at a home in the Mexico City suburb of Ecatepec, authorities said.
Goal – The last column focused on the highs in Mexican soccer during 2014. Now it is time for the lows, featuring another World Cup failure for El Tri, players stalling in Europe and a less than exciting finale to the Liga MX season.
AP – Dozens of Roman Catholic priests and hundreds of parishioners marched through Ciudad Altamirano to demand the release of a kidnapped priest and protest a series of kidnappings, killings and robberies of priests.
Reuters – Mexican Pepsi bottler Cultiba said it will cooperate with a government investigation into possible monopolistic practices in the production, distribution and sale of sugar in Mexico.