He fled Guatemala looking for a better life. But he and 18 others were killed en route to the US.

He fled Guatemala looking for a better life. But he and 18 others were killed en route to the US. COMITANCILLO, Guatemala – In early January, Marvin Alberto Tomás woke up here in his hometown, eager to start the long journey to America he hoped would provide a better life for his mother and four little sisters. Instead, the nearly 2,000-mile trip through two countries would end with his death. Tomás, 22, nicknamed "El Zurdo" or "Lefty," was one of 19 migrants whose charred bodies were found J

He fled Guatemala for a better life in the US. Instead, he found despair and death in Mexico

He fled Guatemala for a better life in the US. Instead, he found despair and death in Mexico COMITANCILLO, Guatemala — In early January, Marvin Alberto Tomás woke up here in his hometown, eager to start the long journey to America he hoped would provide a better life for his mother and four little sisters. Instead, the nearly 2,000-mile trip through two countries would end with his death.

How Mexican drug cartels are using TikTok to entice young people into organized crime

How Mexican drug cartels are using TikTok to entice young people into organized crime In a one-minute TikTok video last fall, drug traffickers on a rigid inflatable boat yelled to the pilot to speed up as a Customs Surveillance Service vessel of Spain took chase. The viral video, which got more than 1 million views, looked like a scene from the Netflix “Narcos” series. But it was a real, high-speed chase in the cartel drug wars.

How Mexican drug cartels are using TikTok to entice young people into organized crime

How Mexican drug cartels are using TikTok to entice young people into organized crime In a one-minute TikTok video last fall, drug traffickers on a rigid inflatable boat yelled to the pilot to speed up as a Customs Surveillance Service vessel of Spain took chase. The viral video, which got more than one million views, looked like a scene from the Netflix “Narco” series. But it was a real, high-speed chase in the cartel drug wars. Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate thei

Festival organizers apologize after packed parties without social distancing or masks in Mexico

(CNN) — The organizers of a "international arts, music and cultural festival" have apologized after images and video posted on social media revealed packed crowds of partiers without masks in Mexico's hipster resort town of Tulum. With art installations and trancey electronic music sets that echoed Burning Man, yoga workshops and "food and wine happenings," the five-day Art With Me festival drew hundreds of attendees in mid-November. Tickets, priced in the hundreds of dollars, had sold out weeks earlier.

Mexico signs deal for 35 million doses of Chinese Covid-19 vaccine

Mexico’s Health Ministry has signed a deal to buy 35 million doses of China’s CanSino Biologics vaccine, according to Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard in a tweet posted late Wednesday. Ebrard had said previously that Mexico hoped to make the deal official this week. Mexico has confirmed nearly 1.2 million coronavirus cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. The country has reported the word's fourth-highest death toll from the virus, with more than 111,000 fatalities.

Health care workers in Mexico will receive top priority in vaccination program

Mexican officials announced Tuesday that health care workers will receive top priority when the country’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign begins this month, with other vulnerable populations following in the coming months. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told reporters the country will receive 250,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in December, the majority of which will be given to health care workers in Mexico City, the center of the country’s outbreak. In January, February, and March an additional 1 million doses of that same vaccine will arrive each month. Ebrard added an additional 12 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine will arrive in April. That will be enough to vaccinate roughly 7.6 million Mexicans, given the Pfizer vaccine’s two-dose requirement.

Key cartel witness found dead before drug agents could fly him to U.S.

Carlos Almada Castrillo, head of Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación operations in Mexico's second-largest city, could have been a key witness for U.S. prosecutors as they work to topple the global drug empire. But he was found hanging in a Mexican jail cell in March. Investigators and experts tracking drug cartel developments say the 27-year-old's death is likely a murder disguised as a suicide to prevent him from testifying in the U.S., both a senior official with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Admin

The strange story of Mexico's presidential plane lottery

(CNN) Sixteen immaculately dressed children walked onstage Tuesday in Mexico's National Lottery building, a few yelling the day's winning numbers in a distinct staccato. The Shouting Children of the National Lottery are a tradition in Mexico. But this was a lottery like nothing the country has ever seen -- the short story behind it involves nearly a decade's worth of allegations of corruption, a $218 million plane, a politician who tries and fails to sell that plane, and of course...

Noticias coronavirus 26 de agosto: México reporta más de 5.200 nuevos casos de covid-19

México registró 5.267 nuevos casos de covid-19 y 626 muertes relacionadas con el virus el miércoles. Esto eleva el total del país a 573.888 casos y 62.076 muertes. México ha reportado el tercer número más alto de muertes por coronavirus, solo detrás de Estados Unidos y Brasil, según la Universidad Johns Hopkins. Dentro de América Latina, México ha tenido el tercer número más alto de casos totales, después de Brasil y Perú.

More than 1,300 healthcare workers have died from Covid-19 in Mexico

More than 1,300 healthcare workers have died from coronavirus in Mexico since the start of the pandemic, the country's Health Ministry reported on Tuesday. The ministry also reported 4,916 new Covid-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the total number confirmed in the country to 568,621. A further 650 fatalities were also confirmed, taking the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in the country to 61,450, including 1,320 healthcare workers.

Mexico reports more than 3,500 new coronavirus cases

Mexico’s health ministry has reported 3,541 new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the total number in the country to 563,705. The ministry also reported 320 new fatalities, taking the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in the country to 60,800. It comes as the US ambassador to Mexico warned against nonessential travel on the US-Mexico border. Nonessential travel between the US and its two closest neighbors — Canada and Mexico — has been blocked amid spikes in confirmed coronavirus cases in the US. Ambassador Christopher Landau said on Twitter Monday there were significant delays at some border crossings at the weekend for those attempting to enter the US from Mexico.
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