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Analysis: Arrest of ex-army chief puts Mexican president's plans under siege

17 Oct 2020

MEXICO CITY The spectacular fall from grace of Mexico's previous armed forces supremo has raised awkward questions about the president's reliance on the military to fight drug gangs and manage an increasing portfolio of vital civilian infrastructure.

'The Godfather': Mexico's ex-defense chief helped ship tons of cocaine and heroin

17 Oct 2020

MEXICO CITY Mexico's former defense minister Salvador Cienfuegos used his power in office to protect a faction of the Beltran-Leyva cartel, directing operations against rival gangs and even finding maritime transport to ship drugs, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday.

Mexico, plagued by cartel wars, on cusp of legal cannabis 'green rush'

01 Oct 2020

MEXICO CITY For Guillermo Nieto, a Mexican businessman who grew up smoking pot, the cannabis greenhouse on his family's vast farmlands in Guanajuato state is part of a bigger dream. One that involves deep-pocketed pharmaceutical companies.

Mexico says 122,765 extra people died during pandemic in 'excess deaths' study

06 Sep 2020

MEXICO CITY Mexico has recorded 122,765 deaths more than would be expected during the pandemic up to August, the health ministry said on Saturday in a report on excess mortality rates, suggesting Mexico's true coronavirus toll could be much higher.

Mexico surpasses Italy to post world's fourth-highest coronavirus death toll

13 Jul 2020

MEXICO CITY Deaths in Mexico from the coronavirus pandemic rose above 35,000 on Sunday, with the Latin American country overtaking Italy for the world's fourth-highest death total, according to Reuters data. | Video

Coronavirus surges in Latin America as deaths surpass 100,000

24 Jun 2020

MEXICO CITY Latin America's death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 100,000 on Tuesday, according to a Reuters tally, with few signs of the outbreak easing in a region marked by crowded cities and high poverty levels.

As Mexico focuses on coronavirus, drug gang violence rises

18 Jun 2020

MEXICO CITY/ACAPULCO, Mexico The coronavirus is threatening to hamstring Mexico's fight against some of its most vicious drug gangs, as police and officials fall sick, security forces are diverted to guard medical centers and military barracks are converted to COVID-19 clinics.

Rich world's jobs crisis jolts money flows to millions

01 Jun 2020

Carlos Sosa, a Salvadoran waiter in New York, used to send up to $500 a month back home to his mother to help pay for her medical bills and food. But now, after the coronavirus hit and he lost his job in early March, Sosa has burned through his savings and the wire transfers have stopped.

Mexican funeral homes face 'horrific' unseen coronavirus toll

20 May 2020

MEXICO CITY Like many people around the world, Mexican funeral home owner Salvador Ascencio did not believe at first the coronavirus outbreak was going to be a big deal.

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