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Corporations push back against Mexico’s proposed junk-food tax

Via lobbying and full-page newspaper advertisements, big companies and health advocates are pressing lawmakers in a fight over soda and junk-food taxes to curb Mexico’s obesity epidemic. The Senate is debating legislation that would impose a five-percent tax on high-calorie snacks such as sweets and potato chips as well as…

Immigration activists will attempt to cross back into US from Mexico

At 1 p.m. Monday, Rocio Hernandez Perez and 29 other young people will walk in a convoy across the bridge over the Rio Bravo and head for the Nuevo Laredo border crossing between Mexico and the US. Dressed uniformly in graduation caps and gowns in the style of American students,…

Man tries to float from Mexico to U.S. on duffel bag filled with pot

Border Patrol agents arrested a man who they said tried to float from Mexico to the U.S. on a duffel bag filled with marijuana. Agents said Monday the man was stopped about a mile north of the border near San Diego after they heard reports Sept. 19 of someone swimming…

Hurricane Ingrid slides toward Mexico

Tropical Storm Ingrid has become Hurricane Ingrid, and is heading for Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The category 1 hurricane has maximum sustained winds of about 80 miles per hour and is likely to grow stronger over the next two days before making landfall Monday, the…

Over 1,000 flee homes in south Mexico over violence

Some 1,000 people have fled their homes in southwestern Mexico after gunfights erupted in their villages and criminal groups threatened them, officials said Thursday. Residents of three villages in the state of Guerrero abandoned their homes Wednesday after an unspecified number of people were wounded and houses were set ablaze,…

Reporter offers reflection on violence and resilience in his tale of two Mexicos

Finally tonight, to Mexico, and a personal look at the United States’ neighbor to the south through the eyes of a journalist. Margaret Warner has more. MARGARET WARNER: Mexico is a country of riches and…  …

Tropical storm threatens to hit Mexico’s southern Pacific coast

Tropical Storm Barbara picked up steam off Mexico’s southern Pacific coast on Wednesday, threatening to make landfall with hurricane strength in a rural fishing region. Authorities closed four ports and urged residents to stay indoors, although television images showed people walking outside in coastal towns of the state of Oaxaca…

G20 ministers to seek trade increase at Mexico meeting

MEXICO CITY — G20 economy and trade ministers will meet next week in Mexico to seek a boost in trade as part of efforts to tackle Europe’s debt crisis, Mexican officials said Thursday. The Group of 20 is “committed to the opening of markets and a multilateral trade system based…

Strong 6.9-magnitude quake strikes off Mexico

A strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Mexico’s Pacific coast early Thursday, according to the US Geological Survey, with no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The earthquake hit around 12:15 am (0715 GMT) in the Gulf of California, 133 kilometers (82 miles) northeast of the town of Guerrero Negro in…

Organized crime blamed for 160,000 business closures in Mexico in 2011

Insecurity created by organized crime in Mexico forced the closure of more than 160,000 companies in 2011 alone, according to the country’s employers confederation Coparmex. The warning, late Tuesday, came amid raging gangland-style violence across swaths of the country which is blamed for some 50,000 deaths since 2006. “Organized crime…

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