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Scientists: Mexican monarch butterfly numbers at record low

By Jo Tuckman, The Guardian This year’s 59% drop in the wintering population in central Mexico marks the sixth decline in the past seven years The colonies of migrating monarch butterflies that spend the winter in a patch of fir forest in central Mexico were dramatically smaller this season than…

U.S. extends travel warning to Mexico over violence

(Reuters) – Spreading drug violence, kidnappings and carjackings in Mexico have led the State Department to increase the number of places it says Americans should avoid for safety reasons for the second time in less than a year. A travel advisory issued this week urged U.S. citizens to avoid all…

Mexicans flood home for Christmas, wary of crime

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans and Central Americans have been clogging crossings at the US-Mexico border, braving bandits and corrupt authorities in a perilous migration south to be home for Christmas. This year, travelers are taking greater precautions to avoid being robbed or kidnapped as they…

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