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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...

Potent Mexico City earthquake was a rare ‘bending’ quake, study finds – and it could happen again

Six months have passed since a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico City, toppling 40 buildings and killing over 300, but the memory remains fresh. Condemned structures dot many neighborhoods, their facades crumbling. And after an earthquake 225 miles away in Oaxaca state shook the capital...

The 50 Cheapest Countries in the World; Costa Rica Not Among Them

On March 5, Gobakingrates.com presented the ranking of the cheapest - as in most economical - countries to live in the world. The site studied and compared 115 different countries and determined that India is the cheapest country; in Latin America the best is...

Exceptional Election in Mexico Right? Left? Old? New? Who Knows?

Mexico's July 1 presidential elections appear to be the hottest of this century. Outgoing president, Enrique Peña Nieto, is the least popular on record, violence has reached a new peak, and the future of Nafta – a linchpin of the economy since 1994 --...

Populism and Division: Latin America At The Ballot Box

It does not seem long ago that analysts were predicting a new chapter in Latin America. At the start of the 21st Century, the region's politics were entering a new dawn. For many the change was invigorating: a new socialist era in a region long-known...

Shrimp Conflict Between Mexico and Honduras Continues

It has been four months since Mexican authorities blocked shrimp imports from Honduras, with no solution in sight in the short term. Alleging the presence of the yellow head disease, a blockade has been in effect in the North American country since October 20. As a...

Slim’s Flagship Telecom Shudders Into Biggest Loss In 16 Years

Mexico's America Movil, the crown jewel of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s empire, better known as "Claro", with extensive operations in Costa Rican and Central America, reported its largest loss in 16 years in the fourth quarter, hampered by the Mexican peso’s depreciation against the...

More than 30 Million Mexicans Working in the Informal Economy

(Prensa Latina) More than 30 million Mexicans are working in the informal economy, representing 57% of the working population, according to a report spread today by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi). The Institute reported that in the fourth quarter of 2017, some...

InSight Crime’s 2017 Homicide Round-Up In Latin America & Caribbean

(Insightcrime.org) Record highs, all-time lows, and a few surprises: 2017 proved a remarkable year in terms of homicide rates for many countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. Once again, InSight Crime presents its annual homicide round-up to give a snapshot of murder rates around...

Mexican Governor Invokes Pancho Villa, Shakes Up Elections

"We want a true revolution in this country," mustachioed governor Javier Corral said in his office, hung with a large portrait of Villa, the legendary general of the Mexican revolution. Invoking Pancho Villa's revolutionary legacy and armed with a hard-hitting corruption investigation into the country's...

Researchers Propose Ecuador-Costa Rica Swimway To Protect Marine Life

A group of scientists, marine ecosystem protectors and government officials from several countries throughout the Americas are working together to create the “Galapagos-Cocos Swimway.” The swimway will be a “new type of international (marine) management” system, Carlos Chacon, Director of Pacific Network (Red Pacifico in...

Latin America has started to look seriously at Indian economy and opportunities

US. President Donald Trump has revived the Ugly Gringo fears of Latin Americans. Humiliated by Trump’s insults and anti-NAFTA stand, Mexico is keen to diversify its trade partnership. Other Latin Americans too are disgusted by the protectionist policies and Caudillo tantrums of Trump. They are...

More than 350 million Latin American voters to elect new leaders in 2018

The anti-establishment tide that has swept much of the world is set to break over Latin America in 2018. Some 350 million voters are due to head to the polls in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Costa Rica and Paraguay to elect new presidents –...

Mexico’s Presidential Front-Runner Proposes Giving Amnesty To Drug Lords

In a bid for presidency, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a leading candidate, has promised to put an end to the drug war in Mexico if he is elected. Obrador announced a willingness to open a dialogue with the cartel drug lords, proposing to grant amnesty...

Ford Reverses Plan, Announces Move to Mexico for Production of Electric Cars

Ford Motor Company has announced its line of electric cars will be assembled in Mexico rather than in its factory in Flat Rock, Michigan as originally planned. Operations will begin in 2020 in Cuatitlán, Mexico State. The company had initially said it would build the...

Volaris Costa Rica To Open Three New Low-Cost U.S. Routes In 2018

With a year's operation under its belt, connecting Costa Rica with Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua, Volaris Costa Rica is now setting its eyes on the United States. The airline says it is working on obtaining permits for three new routes to the United...

Why Story of Russia’s Meddling in 2018 Mexican Vote Causes Laughter

The rumors of Russia's alleged intention to interfere in the 2018 Mexican presidential elections are completely groundless and ridiculous, Carlos Figueroa Ibarra, researcher at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, told Sputnik, dropping a hint as to who could be behind the rumors circulated...

October is Mexico’s bloodiest month on record

With an average of 69 killings per day, 2017 looks set to be Mexico's most violent year, and October its bloodiest month.   Mexico is on course to break a grisly record. With a body count of 2,371, there were more murders in the country this October...

NAFTA Unlikely To Hurt Mexico-U.S. Security Ties, But Election Might

(Reuters) - Mexico’s threats to weaken U.S. narcotics and migration co-operation if NAFTA dies are pure bluster, Mexican and U.S. officials say, with next year’s election posing a far greater challenge to future collaboration. Mexican officials have threatened to strike back if U.S. President Donald...

Number of Women Jailed in Mexico Increases Due to Drugs

(Prensa Latina) The number of women jailed in Mexico for crimes associated with drug trafficking increased in recent years. The Equis, Justice for Women organization, presented a report on this issue, in which it warns that between 2014 and 2016, the number of women incarceration...

Is the Impact of Violence in Mexico Similar to War Zones?

The impact that drug-related violence has on citizens in Mexico is similar to what people living through war experience, according to the president of the Red Cross, in a controversial comparison that has been made before. In an October 21 interview with El Universal, Peter Maurer...

Dental Tourism Industry Exploits Workers in Mexico

The town of Los Algodones in Mexico is nicknamed “Molar City”. It has a population of just 6,000 people and, shockingly, it has more than 500 practising dentists. This has produced an intense clustering of dental clinics within a four block radius. Many of these...

Storm Doesn’t Detain World Cup Qualifier. Game On Saturday!

  Good news for futbol (soccer) fans, storm or no storm, nothing will detain Costa Rica's national team from taking the field to make the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifying official. The game that was supposed to be played tonight, Friday, in Costa Rica at...

“MigrantApp” – Smartphone App For Migrants – Being Tested In Central America, Mexico

In San Jose, Costa Rica, on Friday the UN Migration Agency, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) activated the "MigrantApp application", a smartphone app that provides true, safe and free information in three languages about government, private and civil society services that provide protection...

Deadly Earthquake Could Cost Mexico US $10 Billion, One Percent of Its GDP

The September 19 earthquake that hit Mexico could cost the country up to one percent of its Gross Domestic Product, according to an estimate by the United States Geological Survey, with the impact of the damages reaching as high as US $10 billion. Jaime Reusche,...

Report from Mexico earthquakes: spotlight falls on politicians in aftermath of latest tragedy

(Q24N) I was in Mexico City on September 7 when the biggest earthquake in a century to hit my home state, Chiapas, was felt. I was in a cantina. Everyone kept drinking. Mariachis kept singing. “Another mezcal,” said someone close by. As soon as...

Violence in Mexico Boosts Demand for Women-Only Taxi Service

Laudrive, a private taxi service created and operated by women in Mexico, has seen its demand increased by 60 percent in just one week after a young woman named Mara Castilla was murdered by a Cabify driver in the state of Puebla. Currently, the service,...

7.1 Quake Kills And Crumbles Buildings in Mexico

(AP) — A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 104 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped. Scores of buildings collapsed into mounds of...

Mexican and Central American Independence: A Historic Backdrop for Present Challenges

On September 15th, five Central American nations — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua — will celebrate 193 years of independence. On this day in 1821, Central American leaders accepted a plan drafted by the Mexican Agustin de Iturbide, declaring the five...

Deadly quake, Hurricane Katia a one-two punch for Mexico

JUCHITAN, Mexico (AP) — One of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Mexico and a raging hurricane dealt a devastating one-two punch to the country, killing at least 61 people as workers scrambled to respond to the twin national emergencies. The 8.1 quake off...

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