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Teachers on strike clash with police in Mexico City protest

Anti-riot police raided Mexico City’s historic center to remove striking teachers on Friday, using water cannons and tear gas to clear the area while protestors responded with firebombs. Hundreds of officers flooded the Zocalo square after some 200 protestors disobeyed a deadline to vacate the area to make room for…

A dirty job in Mexico City: sewer diver

Deep below the streets of Mexico City, Julio Cesar Cu is hard at work swimming in dark sewer waters in a diving helmet and dry suit, surrounded by rats, feces and condoms. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it. For the past 30 years, the 53-year-old has…

Mexico City mulls legal marijuana ‘clubs’

The Mexico City council is considering the legalization of cannabis plants and the creation of private marijuana smoking “clubs” as it mulls controversial legislation to liberalize consumption, lawmakers said. The capital hosted a three-day forum on drug policy amid a growing debate in Latin America over the course of the…

Striking teachers block access to Mexico City airport

Thousands of teachers severely disrupted access to Mexico City’s international airport, forcing some travelers to abandon cars and roll suitcases on foot during a protest against education reform. The striking educators descended on the capital this week from across the country, staging sit-ins at the chamber of deputies and senate…

Anxious families await body identification from Mexico mass grave

Families of 12 young people who were kidnapped from a Mexico City bar in May waited anxiously Friday to learn if a mass grave near the capital contained their sons and daughters. Investigators found seven decomposed bodies on a ranch southeast of the city Thursday and dug through the night…

Mass grave site found near Mexico city

Mexican authorities are investigating whether human remains found in a park outside the capital belong to 12 young people whose kidnapping in May shocked the city, officials said Thursday. Mexico City’s top prosecutor, Rodolfo Rios, said the remains of seven people have been recovered since the search began Wednesday and…

U.S. airlines delay flights to Mexico City as volcano spews ash

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Four U.S. airlines temporarily suspended flights to and from Mexico City on Thursday after a volcano 50 miles from the capital spewed ash, a spokesman for the city’s international airport said. Three to eight flights on American Airlines, U.S. Airways, Delta Air Lines and Alaska Air…

Mexico City pushes car-sharing to remedy chronic traffic jams

Car sharing: The next big thing in traffic-clogged Mexico City? (via The Christian Science Monitor) Car traffic on the streets of Veracruz, Mexico, November 2011. Diego Solorzano, a young entrepreneur, launched the country’s first car share initiative last June as an alternative to traffic-clogged Mexico City, something ‘in between public…

Famous Mexican gay couple leads the way on gay adoptions

They are perhaps Mexico’s best-known gay couple: one a soap opera actor, the other a theater producer. They were happy enough just being together, until things got better and they could wed. And while it has not been easy, even though they had the law on their side, now Felipe…

18 dead after gas tanker explodes in Mexico City suburb

A gas tanker exploded in a Mexico City suburb on Tuesday, killing at least 18 people, wounding 36 others and damaging several homes and cars, an official said. The blast rocked a neighborhood of Ecatepec, north of the Mexican capital, in the early hours of the day, affecting 15 cars…

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