phones and spyware

Rights groups claim spyware not probed

In US, officials believe Mexico wants to whitewash the case

Activists, human rights lawyers and journalists targeted by cell phone spyware are demanding an independent investigation, charging that the federal government has failed to investigate the case. The Prodh human FULL STORY

Molar City, Baja California.

Dental tourism in MX: there’s risk and reward

It comes down to finding a dentist who can do good work

Thousands of Americans and Canadians travel to Mexico every year to get dental work done for much less than it would cost them at home. Some return home completely satisfied FULL STORY

The field where the body was found yesterday.

Missing Juárez boy found dead in field

Seven-year-old was in an area that had been previously searched

The autistic seven year-old boy who went missing on January 21 in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, was found dead yesterday in a cotton field, a few paces from his last known FULL STORY

Funds were allocated to repair hurricane damage at Guerrero schools in 2013 and 2014 but much remains unspent.

17,000 dead people got welfare in 2016

Audit reveals the 2016 payments totaled almost 66 million pesos

Being dead is not necessarily a barrier to receiving welfare payments from the federal government. The Secretariat of Social Development (Sedesol) made support payments to 17,674 deceased people in 2016, FULL STORY

The vehicle in Sunday's accident in Tláhuac.

Five children die in 12-year-old’s joyride

Car was traveling at 150 km/h when it struck a tree

A 12-year-old-boy was at the wheel of a car that was traveling at 150 kilometers an hour when it crashed into a tree in the south of Mexico City Sunday, FULL STORY

federal auditor's office

Auditor flags spending of 104 billion pesos

Most of the spending irregularities corresponded to states, municipalities

The federal auditor’s office (ASF) has identified irregularities in the spending of 104.2 billion pesos (almost US $5.6 billion) in 2016. Most of the money — more than 98.1 billion FULL STORY

Missing in Jalisco.

Missing men’s family flees home in fear

Relatives suspect Jalisco cops involved in disappearance of Italians

Authorities said yesterday they are investigating whether police were involved in the disappearance of three Italian citizens in Jalisco last month. The general secretary of the Jalisco government, Roberto López, said FULL STORY

The Logos Hope and volunteer crew members.

Floating book fair makes Mexico stops

Carrying 5,000 books, the Logos Hope will visit Mexico's east coast

The world’s largest floating book fair will dock at the Mexican ports of Veracruz, Tampico, Coatzacoalcos and Progreso during a four month-visit in national waters. The ship Logos Hope, operated FULL STORY

Students practice dodging bullets in Guerrero.

In Guerrero a variation on emergency drills

Primary school in state capital held gunfight drills yesterday

Students everywhere are familiar with emergency drills — for fires, earthquakes and disasters in general. But in Mexico they practice gunfight drills. Students at an elementary school in Guerrero participated FULL STORY

Russia and Mexico

Trump’s racist view of Russia and Mexico

One is held in high regard, the other more like a shithole

I first came to Mexico in 1964 and have visited probably a dozen times. With each succeeding visit, I’ve seen the country grow richer and more developed, expanding its educational FULL STORY

Sailfest boats in Zihuatanejo.

Zihuatanejo event raises record funds

The annual regatta known as Sailfest also attracted a record number of boats

The 17th annual Zihuatanejo Sailfest raised a record 2.1 million pesos (close to US $113,000) and drew 42 boats for the benefit of marginalized children in the Pacific coast resort FULL STORY

Robles: funds diverted at department she heads.

Audit: 1.3bn pesos to bogus companies

Auditor detects diversion of funds at departments headed by current secretary

The Federal Auditor’s Office (ASF) has detected the diversion of more than 1.3 billion pesos (US $69.5 million) from two government departments while they were headed by current cabinet secretary FULL STORY

A crime scene in Guerrero.

18 gangs are fighting for control in Guerrero

But only six have a presence nationally, says security chief

Security officials have identified 18 active criminal gangs fighting for territorial control in Guerrero, 12 of which are homegrown and six are national, said the state’s security chief yesterday. Security FULL STORY

Human remains are among discoveries in the Sac Actun cave.

Human remains found in underwater cave

Flooded Yucatán Peninsula caverns yield discoveries dating back to Ice Age

Archaeologists exploring the world’s largest underwater cave have found ancient human remains among almost 200 discoveries that date back to the last Ice Age. A team of experts from the FULL STORY

Supporters and beneficiaries of the daycare center and school that receive aid from the music festival.

San Miguel festival offers 3 days of music

Magic Town Music Festival features several musical genres

Everything from folk to Latin funk will be heard in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, when the Magic Town Music Festival kicks off for the fifth FULL STORY

From left, Anaya, AMLO and Meade: presidential candidates.

Six appear to be in running for president

López Obrador, Anaya, Meade officially declared presidential candidates

The three leading presidential hopefuls formally accepted their parties’ nominations yesterday, while three independent candidates are poised to join them on the ballot for the July 1 election. Andrés Manuel FULL STORY

El Cabildo Amatal in Chiapas.

Reserve suffering from lack of protection

Garbage, sewage and other factors are hurting protected area in Chiapas, experts charge

A natural protected area in southern Chiapas appears to be protected in name only as some 60 clandestine garbage dumps, 57 sewage outlets, illegal human settlements and heavy industrial activity FULL STORY

Screenshot from the video of the two agents.

Bodies identified as those of two agents

They are believed to have been killed by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel

Federal authorities have determined that two bodies found inside an abandoned vehicle in Nayarit were those of two Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC) agents kidnapped February 5. Octavio Martínez Quiroz and FULL STORY

The toll booths at Las Cañas.

Carjacking ordeal for tourists in Michoacán

Armed robbers took their vehicles and belongings on Siglo 21 highway

Details have emerged of a terrifying carjacking ordeal that a family of United States citizens endured in Michoacán earlier this month. A couple from Santa Cruz, California, their three-year-old son FULL STORY

A worker at the Cequent factory in Reynosa.

Economic engine runs to the tune of gunfire

As drug cartels fight it out in Reynosa, the economy chugs along

Cartel violence is common in Reynosa but despite the frequent shootouts that leave residents living in fear, the northern border city is one of Mexico’s economic powerhouses. Reynosa is home FULL STORY

Striking health care workers march recently in Oaxaca.

Union announces end to month-long strike

But dissidents have vowed to continue their strike at some Oaxaca hospitals

Just over one month after an estimated 20,000 health care workers went on strike in Oaxaca, the protests have ended and most were to return to their workplaces today. The FULL STORY

A bread-maker whose oven was destroyed in Friday's quake.

Aftershocks continue after Friday’s quake

The biggest measured 6.0 but no further damage has been reported

Aftershocks continue to be felt after Friday’s earthquake in Oaxaca, the biggest measuring 6.0 at 12:56am CT today. Its epicenter at 32 kilometers southeast of Pinotepa Nacional was close to FULL STORY

Funeral services for victims of Friday's helicopter accident.

‘Why didn’t they come during the day?’

Darkness was factor in helicopter crash that killed people taking shelter from earthquake

Dust and lack of light were factors in the crash Friday of an armed forces helicopter that killed 13 people in the town of Santiago Jamiltepec, Oaxaca. National Defense Secretary FULL STORY

Stolen fuel on its way to market.

Pipeline fuel theft is profitable, efficient

Gangs can make up to 250,000 pesos a week, says security consultant

Gangs of thieves who steal fuel from Mexico’s state-owned pipelines work with such expertise and efficiency that they can make profits of up to 250,000 pesos (US $13,400) a week, FULL STORY