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Avocado Orchards Compete With Mexico's Forest Land
Mónica Ortiz Uribe

Demand for avocados in the U.S. has quadrupled in the last 20 years. America's growing love for the fruit may be harming the fragile habitat of the monarch butterfly, whose winter home is in the forests of central Mexico not far from the orchards where the avocados are grown.

Scientists Have Turned Shots of Tequila into Diamonds
Ian Sample

Farmers in Mexico have been given another reason to grow agave, the cactus-like plant used to produce the country's most potent export. In the bar room equivalent of alchemy, researchers at Mexico's National Autonomous University have turned shots of tequila into diamonds.

China Expands its Presence in Latin America
Manoel Giffoni

Following the visits several regional leaders and top diplomats to Beijing in the past weeks, the multilateral cooperation between China and Latin America continues to grow at a steady pace. Recent studies show that bilateral trade soared over 1400% in just a decade.

Environmentalist Press for More Sea Turtle Protection

The Mexican government should immediately impose regulations on the fishing industry in Baja California Sur state's Gulf of Ulloa to avoid U.S. penalties over the deaths of loggerhead sea turtles and take measures to protect the endangered species, two environmental groups said.

Mexico to Protest Pope's Purported Drugs Comment
Associated Press

Mexico will send a protest note to the Vatican over purported comments by Pope Francis worrying about a possible 'Mexicanization' of his native Argentina due to rising drug trafficking activity there, Mexican Foreign Secretary Jose Antonio Meade announced Monday.

Illnesses Spike 6 Months after Mexico Mine Spill
Clayton Conn

Farmworkers and rural residents from several communities around the Sonora State capital, Hermosillo, have started a sit-in protest in front of the state capital building, declaring that they have been affected by toxins from a mine spill that occurred in August of 2014.

Pemex Announces End of Ready-to-Use Fuel Shipping
Roberto Ontiveros

In an attempt to put a stop to fuel theft, Pemex, Mexico's state-owned oil company, has announced that it will cease shipping ready-to-use petrol and diesel through its pipelines. Pemex will reserve the use of their pipelines, which run across Mexico, for unfinished fuel only.

How Mexicans Became Hollywood's Best Directors
Ioan Grillo

Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's movie, 'Birdman' won four coveted Oscars Sunday, Best Director, Best Movie, Best Original Screenplay Writing, and Best Cinematography. The success of 'Birdman' means Mexicans have won the Best Director Oscar for two years running.

Vegas-Style Casinos Proposed for Three Mexico Cities
Anne Pérez

According to Mexican Government spokesman Eduardo Sanchez, Riviera Maya, Acapulco and Baja California have been chosen as tentative locations for the creation of Las Vegas-type casinos. The project is pending permission of local and federal authorities to begin construction.

US May Soon Allow Avocado Imports From All of Mexico
Andy Nelson

Mexican states other than Michoacan could soon be allowed to export avocados to the US. In a proposed rule published February 18 in the Federal Register, the US Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service recommends opening all of Mexico to US markets.

Mexico Hoping to Receive 500,000 Russian Tourists
Sputnik News

Ambassador of Mexico to Russia Ruben Beltran Guerrero said that Mexico is expecting to receive some 27 million foreign tourists this year, and that Mexican authorities are interested in having half a million tourists from Russia annually in four to five years.

Improving Conditions for Mexican Farmworkers
Richard Marosi

Some of Mexico's largest export farms have acted in recent weeks to improve conditions for farmworkers — installing toilets and beds, reforming pay methods and ousting stores from labor camps that charge inflated prices to a virtually captive clientele.

USA – Mexico Soccer Match Sold Out at the Alamodome
Jerry Briggs

A spokesman for U.S. Soccer said Monday that the US vs. Mexico soccer match, scheduled for April 15 at the Alamodome, is a sellout. The size of the crowd will surpass the previous San Antonio record crowd of 54,313 for Mexico vs. Korea Republic in Jan 2014, according to US Soccer.

Jordan, Mexico Resume Negotiations on Free Trade

Jordan and Mexico held the first negotiations session in Amman from February 9-10 to sign a free trade agreement between the two countries. After signing the agreement, Jordan will become the first Arab country associated with free trade agreements with all NAFTA countries.

Two New One&Only Resorts Planned for Mexico

Kerzner International has revealed plans to build two new One&Only resorts in Mexico. The properties on the country's Pacific coast will be developed in conjunction with private equity firm BK Partners. Both of the new resorts will be close to Puerto Vallarta's International airport.

Chefs in Guadalajara, Mexico Break World Taco Record

Chefs in Guadalajara, Mexico have broken a world record by making a line of tacos nearly two miles long. The team of 130 busy cooks made the row measuring in at 2757.6 metres over the course of six hours, using over two tons of pork and tortillas.

Mexico Joins 100 Million Airport Passenger Club

In 2014, for the first time, Mexico’s airports handled over 100 million passengers. Statistics from the Mexican government confirm that passenger demand grew by 8.4% last year, and as a result 100.9 million passengers passed through the almost 60 airports handling commercial airlines.

Baja California Congress May Legalize Gay Marriage

A bill to legalize gay marriage was introduced last week in Congress of the Mexican state of Baja California. The bill would amend the state constitution to remove the ban on gay marriage to comply with rulings by the federal Supreme Court that have overturned such bans as unconstitutional.

Solar Power Key to Rural Economy Restart in Border Town

Boquillas Mexico has tremendous tourism potential. But there's no power, something the town's residents say is crucial to enticing visitors. But soon an array of solar panels covering an area that's half the size of a football field will store enough power to run the town for two days.

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