01 Oct 2018

NAFTA deal now USMCA: US and Canada agree to replace trade pact

The leaders of Canada, Mexico, and the United States are touting the successes of the two recently-secured trade deals that will replace NAFTA and be known as the USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement). The U.S. and Canada only just reached a deal late on Sunday, which will reportedly increase U.S. dairy

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25 Sep 2018

Venezuela’s Maduro accuses Chile, Colombia, Mexico of helping drone attack

Having arrested at least one in connection with the failed suicide drone attack against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan government has accused the governments of Chile, Colombia and Mexico of supporting the attackers through their embassies, asserting what he claimed to be “convincing” evidence of Chilean, Colombian, and Mexican

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17 Aug 2018

US, Mexico plan to target drug cartels’ $29bn fortune

U.S. and Mexican law enforcement are increasing collaboration on efforts to target cartel finances, estimated to have around $29 billion in annual revenue. Cartels have been linked to around 150,000 murders since 2006.  Source: US, Mexico plan to target drug cartels’ $29bn fortune | USA News | Al Jazeera

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24 Jul 2018

Airlines report reduced demand for Mexico amid safety concerns for travelers

Airlines have witnessed a drop in demand for flights to Mexican beach resort destinations over recent months due to ongoing security concerns from vacationers. Delta Air Lines president said that weakness in Mexican markets have been offset by Central America and the Caribbean, which has recovered from last year’s hurricanes

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17 Jul 2018

Colombia, U.S., Mexico, Panama cooperating to combat the Venezuelan government’s illicit financial networks

Isolated by sanctions over human rights violations, drug trafficking, and corruption, Venezuela has developed a web of illicit financial networks that have helped keep President Maduro’s government in power. Colombia, the US, Mexico, and Panama have recently begun coordinating efforts to combat these illicit networks. The Venezuelan government has also

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11 Jul 2018

Radioactive material stolen from vehicle in Mexico City

A container of Iridium-192, a radioactive material used in construction and manufacturing, was stolen from a supplier’s vehicle in a borough outside of Mexico City. There have been a number of similar thefts in Mexico in the past few years and, while most of the materials have been recovered, they

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10 Jul 2018

15 Die in Attacks on Bars in Northern Mexican Industrial City

At least 15 people were killed when gunmen, presumably members of the Gulf cartel, coordinated attacks on five bars in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, allegedly linked to the Cartel del Noreste, an splinter group from the Zetas cartel. It is uncertain how the new Mexican president will react

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06 Jul 2018

Drone activity soaring at the US-Mexico border

Drone sightings at the U.S.-Mexican border are on track to double during fiscal year 2018 over the previous year. Only 1 of the 36 sightings from this year has resulted in a drone seizure, and the one seizure was attributed to counter-surveillance operations by narcotics smugglers. The U.S. Customs and

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02 Jul 2018

Mexico election: historic landslide victory for leftist Amlo

Leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador has won the Mexican presidential election in a landslide victory, collecting over 53% of votes while the second place candidate received around 22%. During his campaign, President Obrador stressed that he would “rule for the poor” while dealing toughly with corruption and decreasing the

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15 Jun 2018

Mexico facing unprecedented wave of political violence ahead of elections

Violence connected to Mexico’s upcoming July 1 elections has resulted in the murder of 113 political candidates and 8 journalists since fall of 2017. Due to the size of the country and the 3,400 seats being contested, the country has been unable to provide sufficient security for candidates and their

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