Musk says he prefers ‘less divisive’ candidate than Trump in 2024

WASHINGTON – Billionaire Elon Musk made clear on Thursday that even though he wants Twitter to lift its permanent ban on former President Donald Trump, that doesn’t mean he supports Trump in a prospective 2024 presidential campaign. Musk, the world’s richest person and CEO of Tesla, is attempting to close a deal to acquire Twitter. Musk told a Financial Times conference on Tuesday that Twitter’s decision to ban Trump was “morally bad.” He followed up…

"Musk says he prefers ‘less divisive’ candidate than Trump in 2024"

Mexico president says soldiers did not confront cartel ‘to avoid deaths’

MEXICO CITY – A military convoy in the Mexican state of Michoacan did not confront the members of a drug cartel who chased them out of town in broad daylight “to avoid deaths,” the country’s president said Thursday. “Some used (the incident) to say what kind of country we live in (…) that there was no authority, how could the Army have been humiliated this way,” said President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in a regular…

"Mexico president says soldiers did not confront cartel ‘to avoid deaths’"

Mexico president will send representative in his place if nations are excluded from Americas Summit

MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Tuesday he would not attend the U.S.-hosted Summit of the Americas if all countries in the region were not invited, and would send Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard in his place. Lopez Obrador said during his regular news conference, just days after his trip to the Cuban capital Havana, that his absence at the summit in Los Angeles next month was unlikely to cause tensions with…

"Mexico president will send representative in his place if nations are excluded from Americas Summit"

Mexico City metro accident partly due to lack of maintenance, third audit finds

MEXICO CITY – An auditor’s third report on a deadly Mexico City metro accident last year for the first time identified maintenance shortcomings as one of four causes of the collapse of the rail overpass, according to an unpublished version of the study seen by . A Mexico City official familiar with the document confirmed the authenticity of the report by Norwegian firm DNV, which was produced at the behest of the city’s government to…

"Mexico City metro accident partly due to lack of maintenance, third audit finds"

Pushing productive coca seeds, Mexican cartels reshape Colombia’s drug industry

TUMACO/NORTE DE SANTANDER, Colombia – Emissaries of Mexican drug cartels are involving themselves more closely in cocaine production in Colombia, paying farmers in advance and pushing cultivation of highly-productive strains, coca growers, security officials and rights activists say. Top Mexican cartels like Sinaloa and Jalisco Nueva Generacion – which have large areas of influence within Mexico and engage in brutal violence for control of drug routes – have long purchased cocaine from Colombia’s guerrilla groups…

"Pushing productive coca seeds, Mexican cartels reshape Colombia’s drug industry"

Mexican foreign minister slams ‘extortion’ by Texas in border dispute

MEXICO CITY – Measures agreed last month between Mexican state governors and Texas to tighten border security following Texan pressure over immigration were tantamount to “extortion”, Mexico’s foreign minister was quoted as saying on Sunday. Texas Governor Greg Abbott made deals with the governors of the border states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon after enhanced Texan security checks to prevent smuggling of people and contraband had disrupted trade. The episode sparked a testy…

"Mexican foreign minister slams ‘extortion’ by Texas in border dispute"

Mexico says discussed Central America investments with Biden to curb migration

MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and U.S. President Joe Biden discussed investments in Central America to curb migration from the region, Mexico’s foreign minister said on Friday following a call between the two leaders. Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Twitter that Lopez Obrador and Biden also discussed the Summit of the Americas, set to take place in Los Angeles in June. Lopez Obrador announced earlier Friday that Ebrard would…

"Mexico says discussed Central America investments with Biden to curb migration"

Mexico foreign minister to visit Washington after Biden-Lopez Obrador call

MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday he had agreed to send his foreign minister to Washington on Monday for talks following a call earlier in the day with his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden. Lopez Obrador said in a tweet he had a “cordial” conversation with Biden, and that Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard would visit Washington to discuss the Summit of the Americas, which is due to take place in…

"Mexico foreign minister to visit Washington after Biden-Lopez Obrador call"

Biden to meet virtually with Mexican president amid immigration shift

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden will meet virtually with Mexican counterpart Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Friday as the White House faces criticism over its plan to lift COVID-era immigration restrictions at the U.S. border. The meeting comes just a few days after a federal judge ordered the Department of Homeland Security to halt its efforts to lift a public health order known as Title 42, a COVID-era policy that allows the expulsion of…

"Biden to meet virtually with Mexican president amid immigration shift"

Family buries Mexican teenager who has reignited anger over gender violence

GALEANA, Mexico – Standing atop a windswept hill in northern Mexico, surrounded by dozens of fellow mourners, Mario Escobar prepared to bury his teenage daughter, Debanhi, one of the latest victims of the country’s crisis of violence against women. “We are destroyed inside,” he said. “We had so much faith that we would find her alive, but that’s not what happened.” The nearly two-week search for the 18-year-old law student who disappeared on April 9…

"Family buries Mexican teenager who has reignited anger over gender violence"