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Mexico Steps Back From Telecom, Internet Limits
Mark Stevenson

Mexico's governing party appeared to step away on Wednesday from a proposal that would authorize officials to block Internet and telecommunications signals, pulling back a day after anti-censorship protests that ended in clashes in downtown Mexico City.

US Approves Sale of Black Hawk Helicopters to Mexico
Andrea Shalal

The US State Department has approved the potential sale of 18 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to Mexico - a deal valued at $680 million. The United States Congress was notified about the deal last Thursday and has 30 days to block the sale, although such action is rare.

195 Mexicans Finish This Year's Boston Marathon
Diego Sancho

Boston's triumphant return to marathon glory had its fair share of Latino participants this year. Out of the 36,000 competitors participating in this year's event, 242 of them were Mexican. According to official results, 195 of them managed to cross the finish line.

'Incidental Catch' of Dolphins Improving in Mexico
Circe Vargon

The UN Food and Agricultural Organization said that Mexico is advancing in making its fishing industry more sustainable. In fact, Mexico has received an award for its efforts in preventing incidental catch - including the freeing of dolphins caught in tuna nets.

Ingrid, Manuel Retired From List of Hurricane Names
John Thomas

The World Meteorological Organization’s hurricane committee recently announced that the names Ingrid and Manuel, the two storms that caused death and destruction in Mexico last year, will no longer be used in future hurricane seasons of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Key Hurdle Cleared for Cross-Border Airport Terminal
Elliot Spagat

An agreement has been reached with US Customs clearing the way for construction of the cross-border airport terminal connecting San Diego and Tijuana. The agreement requires the investor group to pay for the inspection facilities and inspectors' salaries at the new terminal.

Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute Replaced by INE
Allan Wall

Mexico's IFE (Federal Electoral Institute) has been dissolved and replaced with the INE, (National Electoral Institute) conveniently housed in the same headquarters building. The IFE held its last session on April 4th, 2014. A few hours later, the INE was sworn in.

Mexico Sues Four of its States Over Education Reform
Richard Dangler

The Mexican government has filed complaints with the Supreme Court against Oaxaca, Chiapas, Michoacan, and Sonora. The lawsuits allege that local legislators in those states have not modified their education systems to comply with last year’s nationwide education reform.

Mexico Pet Industry Booms Amid Rising Middle Class
Isaac Garrido

Over the last decade, the growth of Mexico's middle class has created a new market for fancy goods and services for pets including boutiques and spas. It's a startling cultural shift in a country where a dog's life has long meant days chained to the roof of the house.

Rare Oarfish Sighting Along the Mexican Coastline

A video of a 15 foot long oarfish swimming along the Mexican coastline is making a big splash in the marine world. This prehistoric-looking creature that can grow up to 36 feet in length and is characterized by its shiny, iridescent blue skin and vibrant red dorsal fin.

Mexican Oil Reform Could Take Years to Materialize
Jennifer Booton

As Mexico works to denationalize its oil and gas market after 7 decades, billions of dollars of profits are waiting to be scooped up. However, swaths of people still oppose the change, and faced with cost and political challenges, the reform could take years to materialize.

Non-Profit Helps Mexico's Female Golfers Reach LPGA
David Hinojosa

Lorena Ochoa's rapid rise up the LPGA Tour ranks opened golf for young girls in Mexico. The success of this iconic champion from Guadalajara also shone a spotlight on the problems faced by aspiring female golfers from Mexico who wish to follow in her footsteps.

Special New Series 'Treasure Hunt Mexico' Announced
Herbert J. Kellner

The new original TV series 'Treasure Hunt Mexico' introduces recreational treasure hunters to the best places where treasure can be found, targeting areas such as islands formerly used as hiding places by famous pirates, old gold mines, mystic towns, rivers, and ruins.

Peña Nieto Unveils Holy Week Highway Safety Program
Maurilio Soto

During the opening ceremonies of the newly renovated stretch of the Jerez–Tlaltenango highway in Zacatecas, Peña Nieto launched a federal plan to provide for the safety of Mexican nationals and foreign visitors as they travel on the highways during these Holy Week holidays.

Mexico's Rapid Shift to Green Energy Showing Flaws
Jen Wilton

Mexico has the world's fastest-growing wind power industry, making it an important study in the global transition towards renewable energy. In the Isthmus region of Oaxaca, this growth has been accompanied by ongoing social unrest - jeopardizing the future of these projects.

In Mexico, Artists Can Pay Taxes With Their Artwork
Eva Hershaw

Mexico's 'Pago en Especie' program — the only one of its type in the world — allows artists to pay federal income taxes with their artwork. The program was hatched in 1957, during the so-called 'Mexican Miracle,' a 40 year period that saw sustained annual economic growth.

Linda Neil Presents Buying Mexico Real Estate Webinar
John K. Glaab

On Wednesday, April 23rd at 7:00 pm CDT, Linda Neil of The Settlement Company will be giving an informative online presentation on acquiring real estate in Mexico. She will give an overview of the market, as well as discuss the key issues associated with the purchase process.

Mexico Overtakes Japan as No. 2 Car Exporter to US
Laurent Thomet

Mexico's auto industry has reached a major milestone, overtaking Japan as the number two car exporter to the US in the past three months. Analysts expected this landmark by the end of the year, but Mexico exported almost 20,000 more cars in the first quarter of this year.

Mexican Police Issue 'Ransom Ware' Virus Warning
Associated Press

Police in Mexico City have issued a warning about a new type of 'ransom ware' virus that can take over computers' cameras and make the user think they are under surveillance. The virus infects computers generally after they view or download sexually explicit material.

Derelict Market Transformed into Majestic Hideaway
Kaitlyn Schaeffer

The first market in Toluca, Mexico closed in 1975, leaving the beautiful 'Art Nouveau' style building with no purpose. That is until a local artist came up with an ingenious plan to transform the dilapidated building into the majestic hideaway now known as 'Cosmovitral.'

Hippest Winery in Mexico is Made of Recycled Boats
Maanvi Singh

A lot of artists find inspiration in unlikely places. Architects Alejandro D'Acosta and Claudia Turrent, a husband and wife team who have secured a niche designing upscale wineries in Baja's Guadalupe Valley, most often find theirs digging through dumpsters and junkyards.

Mexico Rejects Holy See's UN Review Recommendations
Sofia Vazquez-Mellado

Mexico's Government released a report rejecting the Holy See’s recommendations to 'respect and defend life from its conception to natural death,' and to preserve and protect 'marriage as the conjugal union of a man and a woman' made during the UN’s Universal Periodic Review.

Jalisco Deputy Seeks to Prohibit Animals in Circuses
El Debate

A Federal Deputy from the state of Jalisco, announced she would be submitting an initiative to reform the Federal Wildlife Law to ban animal from circuses. The initiative adds to the growing support throughout the country for banning performing animals in Mexico’s circuses.

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