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Mexico Covid death toll leaps 60% to reach 321,000
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Mexico Covid death toll leaps 60% to reach 321,000

Mexico’s government has acknowledged that the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic now stands above 321,000, almost 60% more than the official test-confirmed number of 201,429. Mexico does little testing, and, because hospitals were overwhelmed, many Mexicans died at home without getting a test. The only way to get a clear picture is...

Officials head to Guatemala and Mexico amid rise in migrants at US border
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Officials head to Guatemala and Mexico amid rise in migrants at US border

The Biden administration announced on Monday that two senior officials will travel to Mexico and Guatemala to discuss the increase in migrants attempting to enter the US. Emily Horne, a spokesperson for the national security council, said Roberta Jacobson, special assistant to the president and coordinator for the south-west border, “will travel to Mexico to engage with Mexican government...

Mexico security forces’ seizures of fentanyl rise by 486% this year
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Mexico security forces’ seizures of fentanyl rise by 486% this year

Seizures of the synthetic opioid fentanyl by Mexican security forces have increased by at least 486% in 2020, the country’s defence secretary has announced. Mexico’s military and police forces seized an estimated 1.3 tons of the synthetic opioid this year, compared to 222 kilograms in 2019. Luis Cresencio Sandoval, the country’s defence secretary, said the increase was...

Mexico: assassin shoots former state governor in restaurant bathroom
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Mexico: assassin shoots former state governor in restaurant bathroom

The former governor of Mexico’s violence-wracked western state of Jalisco has been shot dead in a restaurant bathroom in the popular beach resort of Puerto Vallarta. Aristóteles Sandoval was dining with four others when at around 1.40 on Friday he got up from the table and went to the toilet, where the killer shot him in...

Mexico: new security law strips diplomatic immunity from DEA agents
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Mexico: new security law strips diplomatic immunity from DEA agents

Mexico’s congress has approved a new national security law restricting the activities of foreign law enforcement officers, in a move which critics say will endanger intelligence sources and threaten the future of international anti-narcotics operations. The law passed on Tuesday strips foreign agents of diplomatic immunity and requires foreign officials in the country to share any intelligence they have...

Mexico’s president won’t congratulate Biden on election win until legal challenges over
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Mexico’s president won’t congratulate Biden on election win until legal challenges over

Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said on Saturday he would not congratulate a winner of the US presidential election until legal challenges are concluded, in an apparent bid to avoid friction with Washington during the transition. Democrat Joe Biden won the election on Saturday after a victory in the battleground state of Pennsylvania put him over the...