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Costa Rica On The Hunt For More Mexican Tourists

After nearly 100,000 Mexican tourists visited Costa Rica in 2018, this year the authorities plan to intensify the country's promotion in Mexico's main cities. According to the latest estimates, this year about 508,000 Mexicans would be considering vacationing in Costa Rica. From the Pro Imagen Group...

New Migrant Caravan Enters Mexico Undocumented Despite Humanitarian Visas

Hundreds of Central American migrants entered Mexico undocumented through an open border, in spite of the Government's offer to give a humanitarian visa to transit freely for a year in the country. Between Thursday and Friday, over a thousand Central American migrants crossed the border...

Mexico Prepares for New Migrant Exodus Heading to the US

Authorities from Mexico and Central America met Wednesday to prepare for the arrival of new migrant caravans that intend to head to the United States, Hector Gandini, the spokesman for the Mexican Ministry of the Interior said. Mexico's National Institute of Migration's commissioner, Tonatiuh Guillen,...

Mexico: Caravan Migrants Protest Closure of Shelter in Tijuana

Mexican federal police closed a migrant shelter in the border city of Tijuana Friday, prompting protests by Central Americans who remained there after traveling in the migrant caravan to the United States. Authorities in Tijuana cited sanitary reasons for the closure of the shelter named by the migrants...

Mexico’s President Is Selling Presidential Plane and Flying Commercial

Mexico's new president is selling his version of Air Force One and flying commercial instead. It's only been three days since Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office, but some of his campaign promises are already in motion. Can you imagine boarding a commercial...

Handful of caravan migrants launch hunger strike at U.S. border

TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - A handful of the thousands of Central American migrants camped out at the U.S.-Mexican border waiting to plead their case for asylum in the United States launched a hunger strike on Thursday to protest the Mexican police blocking their way. Members...

Thousands Evacuated as Guatemala Volcano Erupts Again

(TelesurTv) Authorities in Guatemala declared a red alert and evacuated around 4,000 people early Monday after the country's fiery Fuego volcano erupted for the fifth time this year, sending bursts of ash and lava down the mountain. The volcano last erupted in early November without...

Migrant caravan ignites ‘xenophobia’ in Tijuana as protesters shout ‘get out!’

Hundreds of residents of Tijuana gathered on Sunday to demonstrate against the migrant caravan, shouting "no to invasion" and "Mexico for Mexicans", while others condemned the protest, calling it racist and xenophobic. At least 3,000 migrants are in Tijuana, a Mexican city close to the...

Majority of US-Bound Migrants Refuse Asylum in Mexico

The majority of Central American migrants, who have been staying in a temporary accommodation center in Mexico City on their way to the United States have refused to receive the status of refugees in Mexico, the country’s Interior Ministry said. The migrants had also refused...

Honduran Asylum Seeker Dies in Clash with Mexican Police

Henry Diaz, 26, died Sunday after receiving a rubber bullet in the head during clashes with the Mexican Federal Police on the border between Mexico and Guatemala, reported sources from Guatemala’s National Police. Mexican Police deployed on the Mexican border in order to prevent migrants...

Mexico, Guatemala Police Suppress Migrant Caravan at Border (Photos)

Thousands of migrants have traveled in a caravan, mostly on foot, from Honduras to the Mexico - Guatemala border, the journey has stretched for over 640 kilometers (400 miles). Their hope to reach the United States, however, they are have encountered a somewhat insurmountable obstacle...

Migrant Caravan, Exodus, Rejects Mexico’s Plan to Contain Them

Participants in the 7,000-strong Migrant Caravan, or Central American Exodus as it has been branded by its organizers, have rejected a proposal by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto titled “You Are in Your Home.” The plan, which was announced Friday, sort to offer members of...

Mexico Passes New “Anti-Meme” Law that Restricts Criticism of Politicians

(Panampost) - The international wave of cyber censorship has now arrived in Latin America, via Veracruz state, in southern Mexico, this time under the guise of a new “anti-meme” law. Both civil society organizations and users of social media have argued that the “gag” strategy...

Telefonica exploring sale of Mexico, Central America units – report

Telefonica, the operator of Movistar in Costa Rica and Central America, is exploring the total or partial sale of its Mexican and Central American units with a view to urgently reducing its debt pile and boosting its share price, according to unnamed sources cited...

Mexican City Legalizes Street Sex — To Stop Police Extortion And Focus On Fighting Crime

Making love in public view has traditionally been considered offensive, but as time goes by one long-established taboo is on the way out. At least in one Mexican city. Sex in the street is no longer a daring fantasy in the Mexican city of Guadalajara...

Mexico’s President-elect Says Nobody Can Threaten His Country With Border Wall

Mexico's president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said presumably referring to United States President Donald Trump's plan to build a border wall that Mexico will not be threatened under his administration. "Our goal is to make Mexico a powerful country… Nobody will threaten us that they...

Costa Rica Exports to Nicaragua plummeted 51% in June

Exports to Nicaragua plummeted 51% in June says the Promotora del Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica (Procomer) - Foreign Trade Ministry. Francisco Gamboa, executive director of the Chamber of Industries of Costa Rica (ICRC) said that "analyzing the data published on Monday by Procomer, we,...

Islam on Lands of Ancient Maya: Closer Look at Muslim Community in Mexico

Few would be surprised at seeing a girl wearing a hijab in Mexico’s San Cristóbal, as for more than 20 years there have been Muslim communities living there. Today the city may be considered the unofficial center of Muslims in the state of Chiapas. The...

Mexican Authorities to Create Transnational Anti Gang Center

(Prensa Latina) Mexican authorities will create a Transnational Anti-gang Center (CAT) in Chiapas, in the south of the country, it was reported. The entity aims at identifying the gang members and study their movements, especially towards Tapachula, an area they are trying to control. According to...

Fierce Opposition to the Pacific Alliance Continues

Entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector in Costa Rica are maintaining their position against an eventual incorporation into the commercial block, the Alianza del Pacífico (AP) - Pacific Alliance  - made up of Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile. The sector affirms that it will not allow...

Latin America’s largest solar park turns Mexican desert green

Driving through the endless dunes and cacti of the Chihuahuan desert in northern Mexico, a shimmering blue field suddenly appears on the horizon -- not a mirage, but the largest solar park in Latin America. This silent stretch of sand in the state of Coahuila...

Latin America One of Three Regions With Persistent Deforestation

Latin America is one of three regions where deforestation continues, according to The State of the World’s Forests 2018, published today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO. The FAO report indicates that between 1990 and 2015, the world's forests decreased...

DIS Security Guard Linked To International Drug Trafficking

A man surnamed Segura Jiménez, 49, a security guard of the Directorate of Intelligence and National Security (DIS) was arrested by the OIJ for being a suspect in international drug trafficking. The arrest occurred on Wednesday morning in San Jerónimo de Desamparados. The operation was...

Colombia invited to join OECD; third Latin American member with Mexico and Chile

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced on Friday that Colombia would be officially invited to join the group. The Paris-based economic organization was founded in 1961 and has traditionally included industrialized nations, though in recent years it has extended its membership...

US Easing of Gun Export Controls Could Send New Wave of Arms to Latin America

(Insightcrime.org) US President Donald Trump has proposed a new reform that would ease firearm export controls for US weapons manufacturers, which could increase the already high number of US-sourced firearms used in criminal activities in Latin America. The proposal, published May 14, would shift authority...

Latin American elections mean volatility for emerging markets investors

Latin America has election fever. El Salvador held parliamentary and mayoral votes in March, Costa Rica elected a new president in April and Paraguay held general elections two weeks ago. Venezuelans go to the polls in two weeks’ time, Colombians a week later, and...

Salma Hayek Calls for Male Stars to Get Pay Cut

Mexican-American actress Salma Hayek, a vocal campaigner against sexual harassment in the movie industry, said on Sunday male stars should get less pay as way to even things up with chronically underpaid women. A day after joining dozens of other female movie makers, including Jane...

‘Breathtaking homicidal violence’: Latin America in grip of murder crisis

Latin America has suffered more than 2.5 million murders since the start of this century and is facing an acute public security crisis that demands urgent and innovative solutions, a new report warns. “The sheer dimensions of homicidal violence are breathtaking,” says the report by...

US-China Trade War May Boost Mexico, Central America Apparel Makers

Apparel makers in Mexico and Central America could benefit from the US's $50 billion of proposed tariff hikes on Chinese imports if retailers boost sourcing south of the border, industry experts say. "If Chinese imports become more expensive for American retailers they could buy more...

The world’s largest Coke bottler is shutting down operations in one of Mexico’s most violent states

The world's largest bottler of Coke, Coca-Cola Femsa, shuttered its operations in a town in southwest Mexico on Friday, saying the shutdown was prompted by constant aggression from organized-crime groups. Attacks on big companies and multinationals have been rare in Mexico in the decade since...

Catch an Early Wave! Buy a Home in One of the World’s Best Affordable Beach Towns

Somewhere between whipping up batches of fresh (and medicinal) mint mojitos in your cramped city apartment after work and getting sunburned on exotic beaches during your two measly weeks of vacation a year, a lightbulb switches on. Why not live the tropical life all...

Google Brings Free WiFi to Mexico, First Stop in Latin America?

MEXICO CITY - Alphabet's Google said on Tuesday that it will launch a network of free Wi-Fi hotspots across Mexico, part of the search giant's effort to improve connectivity in emerging markets and put its products in the hands of more users. Google Station, an...

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