Fox Sports – Mexico are feeling good right now. They got four points from two away matches against the United States and Panama to start World Cup qualifying, but there are still eight matches to play. Juan Carlos Osorio is well aware of that, and that El Tri need to continue improving so they can make a deep run at next year’s World Cup.
Reuters – Juan Jose Esparragoza Monzon, son of notorious drug lord Juan Jose Esparragoza, alias “El Azul”, is missing from prison in Culican and is presumed to have escaped.
AP – Mexico said Thursday it is moving aggressively to diversify its agricultural imports and exports amid trade uncertainty with the United States, by far its largest commercial partner, under President Donald Trump.
Fox News – A driver entering the U.S. from Mexico was arrested Tuesday after customs officials discovered four Chinese immigrants stuffed in the trunk of his car. The man was crossing through the San Ysidro border crossing in San Diego.
Reuters – Mexican presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has filed a complaint with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights against U.S. President Donald Trump’s planned border wall and his administration’s treatment of immigrants.
Miami Herald – A group of Cuban migrants detained in the southern Mexico city of Tapachula have accused authorities of beating and mistreating them after they staged a hunger strike — some by sewing their lips together — to demand their release.
The Mexican government has signed an agreement with a private organization to provide thousands of jobs for repatriated citizens as the United States moves to boost deportations of immigrants in that country illegally.
Reuters – Some 3,500 Haitians are now in the border cities of Tijuana and Mexicali, according to Mexican government data. Amid the hammering of tools and the swell of songs from their homeland, dozens of Haitians are working to build the “Haitian Villa” on the western flank of Tijuana.
Bangkok Post – China Southern Airlines will offer a new flight option from Bangkok to Mexico City, one that will significantly cut travel time between both ends. The airline, Asia’s largest, said the shorter travel time — 7-14 hours shorter than flights by other operators — is possible with the launch of a new service to the Mexican capital on April 10.
Fox News – The U.S. State Department is warning college students across the country not to spend spring break in certain parts of Mexico, where rampant crime has made travel dangerous for Americans.
News 24 – Mexico’s state-run oil company says four people have died from an explosion at a fuel storage and distribution depot in the central state of Guanajuato.
Men’s Journal – The Tarahumara, a tribe of northwestern Mexico known for their long-distance running prowess, have been struggling in the face of displacement. A relentless five-year rain shortage has decimated crops, depleted seeds, and stripped the soil’s nutrition. Last year, thousands of people were forced to leave the canyon to job hunt or sell their belongings for corn and beans.
By Jose de Cordoba and Juan Montes / Wall Street Journal
One day last October, the governor of Veracruz state was scheduled to appear on a morning news program. He never showed up.
Instead, Javier Duarte disappeared, the same day authorities asked a judge for a warrant to arrest him. Many in Mexico think he was tipped off.
Duarte has since been charged with racketeering and using illegally obtained funds. Investigators believe he used front men and a web of phantom companies to divert public funds and acquire real estate in Mexico, Houston and Miami. With Veracruz state’s affairs in disarray, federal and state auditors said $2.5 billion spent by his administration was unaccounted for.
Duarte, who before vanishing denied wrongdoing in a series of media interviews, has become the public face of corruption in Mexico and an embarrassment to the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party. Its hopes for retaining power in elections next year are hampered by the alleged financial malfeasance not just of Duarte but of half a dozen other former state governors.
On Sunday, the acting governor who filled in after Duarte’s disappearance was detained and accused of helping him flee.
The mystery of Duarte’s disappearance has riveted Mexicans’ attention even with the strong news focus this year on issues that could affect their lives and economy: the trade and border policies of U.S. President Donald Trump. Long after those controversies have receded, many in Mexico say, their country will still need to get a handle on its deep-seated corruption problem if it is to become a fully modern country. Prince-like state governors often answerable to no one pose a continuing threat to Mexico’s economic health and struggle to establish universal rule of law, political analysts say.
Financial Times – The Mexican peso pushed higher on Wednesday after Donald Trump’s top trade adviser, Peter Navarro, issued upbeat remarks on the country, toning down the administration’s often heated rhetoric regarding America’s neighbor to the south.
NYT – A mass grave discovered in the Mexican state of Veracruz contained more than 250 human skulls, most likely the victims of criminal drug cartels. Veracruz, on Mexico’s Gulf coast, has been the epicenter of battles among the country’s drug gangs. The remains found at the site indicated that the victims might have been killed years ago.
Newsweek – Latin America is now the most dangerous place in the world for environmental activists, according to a 2016 report by Article 19, a British human rights group. More than 122 activists were killed in 2015, one of the deadliest years on record, according to the most recent study from Global Witness, another nongovernmental organization. Mexico has emerged as one of the most perilous countries in the region.
NYT – It was around 4:45 p.m. on Monday when the first sign emerged that Mexico had lost its protest over the way it was eliminated from the first round of the World Baseball Classic. For that was when Venezuela, and not Mexico, took the field at Estadio de Béisbol Charros de Jalisco y Atletismo for pregame stretching and batting practice.
AP – For Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron, returning to film in his native Mexico was an itch that took 16 years to finally scratch. Cuaron has now wrapped shooting on “Roma,” a 1970s period piece about a year in the life of a middle-class family that is infused by the director’s experiences as a child and his Mexican identity.
WSJ – Retailer Wal-Mart de Mexico said it plans to increase its capital expenditures by a fifth this year, with investments in opening and remodeling stores and bolstering the firm’s logistics and online commerce. The unit, also known as Walmex, said it would invest 17 billion pesos ($863 million) this year, 19% more than in 2016.
Newsweek – Though President Donald Trump has said he wants to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, his company received three trademarks from Mexico The trademarks, valid until 2026, reportedly add to another license the Trump Organization received from Mexico and cover a wide range of businesses from construction to hotels to insurance.