Martínez at work with his cochineal dye.

Artist recognized for his use of insect dye

Alejandro Martínez has developed 15 different tones using cochineal carmine

A painter’s interest in pre-Hispanic pigments has led him on a path of rediscovery and international outreach. Alejandro Martínez Hernández, 46, began using the natural dye carmine almost 10 years FULL STORY

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Regulation coming for growing fintech sector

Supporters say bill will mean improved access to banking for millions of Mexicans

Draft legislation to regulate Mexico’s growing financial technology (fintech) sector has been approved by the Senate and will be considered by the lower house in 2018. If signed into law, FULL STORY

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The vehicle in which the suspected vigilantes were traveling.

4 suspected vigilantes arrested in Sinaloa

They have been linked to recent beatings of young delinquents

Four presumed vigilantes have been arrested in Sinaloa in connection with the public beating of alleged petty criminals in the streets of Culiacán. The four men were arrested on the weekend FULL STORY

Tourism Secretary de la Madrid: alcohol not tainted.

US begins tracking tainted booze reports

Canadian traveler alleges boyfriend was drugged, robbed in Riviera Maya

The United States government has started tracking reports of blackouts and injuries related to potentially tainted alcohol in Mexico, which several tourists allege they have been served at resorts in FULL STORY

Straw-covered classrooms in San Mateo del Mar.

‘Government promises but never delivers’

Citizens erect temporary classrooms in Oaxaca to get their children back in school

Tired of waiting for the government to rebuild a school damaged in an earthquake September 7, parents in San Mateo del Mar, Oaxaca, built one themselves. Some 400 students at FULL STORY

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Playa Blanca in Tijuana: closed to swimmers.

High pollution levels close Tijuana beaches

Tests reveal bacteria levels that are unsafe for swimming

For the second time in less than two months three Baja California beaches between Tijuana and Rosarito have been closed due to high levels of pollution. San Antonio del Mar, FULL STORY

Firefighters remove an injured passenger from the bus that was struck by a train today

2 killed, 15 injured after bus loses to train

Driver attempted to beat a train to a crossing in Jalisco

It would be impossible to say how many drivers in Mexico win when racing trains to a level crossing, but it is a well reported fact that there are many FULL STORY

Smoke was visible from a long way after the explosion.

6 killed in explosion at fireworks factory

The blast was one of several that have occurred over the last few weeks

A gunpowder blast at a fireworks factory killed six people yesterday in the state of México, and injured several more. As the clock struck 11:00am in the ejido of San FULL STORY

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Pemex executive is Odebrecht casualty

Fired and fined for corruption related to refinery construction contract

A wide-reaching corruption scandal involving Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht has claimed its first casualty from within the state oil company Pemex. The Secretariat of Public Administration (SFP) dismissed company executive FULL STORY

In Querétaro, no more bags.

Municipality is first to outlaw plastic bags

In Querétaro, stores will not be permitted to provide disposable bags to customers

Plastic bags will be banned in the municipality of Querétaro beginning April 1 next year, making it the first municipality in Mexico to implement the measure. The prohibition is part FULL STORY

Displaced citizens in a Chiapas camp say they will stay.

Court ruling fails to end territorial dispute

Displaced Tzotzil indigenous people vow to remain in camps, call ruling 'a government lie'

A ruling handed down by an agrarian court looks unlikely to end a longstanding territorial dispute in the mountains of Chiapas that has displaced thousands and indirectly caused the death FULL STORY

Senators discuss new security bill.

Security bill passed after marathon debate

United Nations expresses regret over passage of legislation

The role of the military in public security tasks such as patrolling the streets and conducting criminal intelligence work is one step closer to being formalized after an 11th-hour vote FULL STORY

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Jailed union boss gets a Christmas present

Esther Gordillo gets house arrest just as her party joins PRI candidate's campaign

It might well be coincidence but just as the New Alliance Party joined José Antonio Meade Kuribreña’s presidential campaign, the party’s founder and former leader was granted her longtime wish FULL STORY

More snow will be coming to northern regions.

Cold, white Christmas forecast in some areas

Heavy rain forecast this weekend in Nuevo León

Weather forecasters are predicting a white — and cold — Christmas in northern regions of Mexico. Residents of Nuevo León in particular are in for a rare meteorological phenomenon that FULL STORY

Stein: even greater chance of big earthquake.

Greater chance of big earthquake next year

'Earthquakes beget earthquakes,' says seismologist

Increased stress along Mexico’s seismic faults caused by September’s two large earthquakes may have more than doubled the chance of another powerful quake striking next year, a noted seismologist suggested FULL STORY

A house built with structural panels made by Bryant's company.

US citizen arrested on six felony counts

Man sent back to US after being arrested in Oaxaca

A United States citizen living and working in Oaxaca has been arrested and returned to the U.S. where he was wanted for fraud and other charges. James Bryant, who had FULL STORY

Only 5% of agricultural workers in Mexico are white, while almost 30% of white-collar workers are.

People with white skin better off in MX: study

Darker-skinned Mexicans are not as well educated and earn less

For centuries, the United States has been engaged in a thorny, stop-and-go conversation about race and inequality in American society. And from Black Lives Matter demonstrations to NFL players protesting FULL STORY

A woman who died in a Chiapas camp was buried yesterday.

Death toll hits 8 as Chiapas ruling issued

Ruling went in favor of the alleged aggressors in the territorial dispute

The death toll among Tzotzil people displaced by a longstanding territorial dispute in the mountains of Chiapas has risen to eight, while an agrarian court ruled yesterday in favor of FULL STORY

La Comer has opened two new upscale stores.

New food stores in Puebla, Nuevo Vallarta

La Comer and City Market cater to higher-income consumers

Upscale food retailer La Comer, which says it is enjoying an “outstanding” year, has opened its latest new stores in the cities of Puebla and Nuevo Vallarta. The company’s marketing FULL STORY

Cracks have appeared in many homes; some are in danger of collapsing.

Victims twice over in not so ‘model’ estate

Hurricane victims were promised high-quality construction, but they didn't get it

Four years after Hurricane Ingrid and tropical storm Manuel battered the southern state of Guerrero, some residents affected by the disasters have become victims for a second time. Torrential rains FULL STORY

bp gas station

BP on track to have 500 stations next year

3 new stations opened in Nuevo León this week, giving the company 100 in total

The British multinational oil and gas company BP opened its 100th gas station in Mexico this week with three new outlets in Monterrey, Nuevo León, and reaffirmed its intention to FULL STORY

Sandoval: abortion is the cruelest crime.

Abortion, executions both acts of barbarity

Controversial cardinal speaks out on 'sins' of abortion, feminism and more

Abortion is a crime committed with the same barbarity as a narco execution, according to Roman Catholic Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez. The staunch pro-life cardinal and former archbishop of Guadalajara FULL STORY

The garbage transfer station in Malinalco.

Garbage transfer site not legal: residents

Open-air transfer station in Malinalco, México state, an environmental hazard, critics say

Eight years on, residents of the colonial town of Malinalco in México state, declared a Pueblo Mágico seven years ago, continue to fight the allegedly illegal installation of a garbage FULL STORY

A house is demolished after it sustained earthquake damage in September.

Reconstruction to take all of next year: Murat

It will cost 8 billion pesos to repair damages in 56 municipalities

Reconstruction work in Oaxaca following extensive damage caused by earthquakes in September will require all of next year, the governor of the southern state remarked yesterday. Alejandro Murat said that FULL STORY