Construction deficiencies behind deadly Mexico City subway collapse, report finds

The investigation, carried out by Norwegian risk management firm DNV, suggests that deficient welding of metal studs, which apparently were not well connected to steel beams supporting a concrete slab and the elevated train rails, was among a number of issues that contributed to the May 4 incident. The report said missing metal studs in some sections of the structure, different kinds of concrete used for the slab and unfinished or badly welded joints were some of the other factors that caused t

Mexico's President loses grip on power in midterm elections marred by violence

The defeat will prevent President Andrés Manuel López Obrador from passing major legislative and constitutional reforms without the help of opposition parties. However, his ruling coalition is still expected to maintain a simple majority. López Obrador's left-leaning political party, Morena, won about 35% of the vote. Morena and its governing partner, Partido Verde, are expected to win between 265 and 292 of the 500 seats in the lower house, according to preliminary figures from the National El

Drug cartels attack enemies and spread terror with weaponized drones in US, Mexico

Drug cartels attack enemies and spread terror with weaponized drones in US, Mexico LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It began as a routine operation: Mexican police were clearing blockades placed by organized crime groups in El Aguaje, a western Mexico town that has become a battleground for drug cartels. Suddenly, authorities said, a drone flew over, dropping a gunpowder bomb and wounding two members of the Michoacán state police force in the arms and legs. The attack in April underscored an emerging danger

Drug cartels attack enemies and spread terror with weaponized drones in US, Mexico

Drug cartels attack enemies and spread terror with weaponized drones in US, Mexico It began as a routine operation: Mexican police were clearing blockades placed by organized crime groups in El Aguaje, a Western Mexico town that has become a battleground for drug cartels. Suddenly, authorities said, a drone flew over, dropping a gunpowder bomb and wounding two members of the Michoacán state police force in the arms and legs. The April attack underscored an emerging danger in the international

Mexico City subway overpass collapses, killing at least 24 and injuring dozens

The subway was traveling on an elevated and outdoor portion of the city's rapid transit system on the newest Line 12, also known as the Golden Line, when a portion of the overpass collapsed, Mexico's Secretariat of Risk Management and Civil Protection said. CCTV surveillance footage shows the moment of the collapse directly over a street with moving cars, followed by a cloud of dust and debris. The incident happened at 10:25 p.m. local time, according to Mexico City's Interior Minister Alfonso

How a powerful gang leader became a victim of Mexico's bloody cartel wars

How a powerful gang leader became a victim of Mexico's bloody cartel wars At his peak, he was known as "El Cholo," a prominent gangster and presumed head of the Nueva Plaza Cartel, a criminal organization based in Guadalajara, Mexico. But in the end, he was simply Carlos Enrique Sánchez, his body left wrapped in plastic on a park bench in downtown Tlaquepaque, the Mexican state of Jalisco — yet another casualty in Mexico's bloody cartel wars. A former member of the notorious Jalisco New Gener

Powerful gang leader becomes a plastic-wrapped victim of Mexico's bloody cartel wars

At his peak, he was known as "El Cholo," a prominent gangster and presumed head of the Nueva Plaza Cartel, a criminal organization based in Guadalajara, Mexico. But in the end, he was simply Carlos Enrique Sánchez, his body left wrapped in plastic on a park bench in downtown Tlaquepaque, the Mexican state of Jalisco — yet another casualty in Mexico's bloody cartel wars. A former member of the notorious Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), El Cholo once was considered the right-hand man of El

La lucha por legalizar el cannabis en México: ¿qué está en juego?

(CNN) –– Cuando Javier Zaragoza se despierta por la mañana, se prepara un porro para desayunar. Repite esto cuatro veces al día. Desde hace cinco años, cultiva seis plantas de marihuana para uso personal en su casa de Chimalhuacán, Estado de México. «Me parece que está bien porque es para uso personal. No tengo que comprársela al crimen organizado», dijo a CNN. «Y, de alguna manera, la gente ya no te ve como un criminal», añadió. Pronto, esto podría dejar de ser un delito. Se espera que en abr

The fight to legalize cannabis in Mexico

Mexico City (CNN) When Javier Zaragoza wakes up in the morning, he rolls a blunt for breakfast. He repeats it four times a day. For the past five years, he's been growing six marijuana plants for personal use at his home in Chimalhuacán, State of Mexico. "It feels right because it's for personal use. I don't have to buy it from organized crime," he told CNN. "And somehow people no longer see you as a criminal." Soon, it may no longer be a crime. In April, Mexico's Senate is expected to approv

México distribuirá vacunas de AstraZeneca a América Latina y el Caribe

(CNN) — El canciller de México, Marcelo Ebrard, anunció este miércoles que el país había recibido 12 millones de dosis de la vacuna AstraZeneca que están en el proceso de empaque final para iniciar la distribución para México y los países de América Latina. «Hoy vamos a recibir ocho millones de dosis adicionales por lo que tendremos en total 18 millones de dosis en el laboratorio de Liomont; están en el proceso final para iniciar la distribución en México y América Latina, para los países que...

Volcanic ash shuts down international airport in Guatemala

The Civil Aviation Authority announced the closure on Twitter, saying that they took the decision as a result of "the change of wind direction from south to north and the increase of the Pacaya's volcanic activity, and the rise in ashfall." According to the Civil Aviation Authority, the measure was taken following the recommendation of the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology, and Hydrology (INSIVUMEH) which announced the increase of volcanic ash in many areas of the capit

México impone restricciones de viaje en sus fronteras

(CNN) — La Cancillería de México anunció medidas de restricción de viajes en sus fronteras norte y sur a partir de este viernes. «Para prevenir la propagación del covid-19, México impondrá a partir del 19 de marzo de 2021 restricciones al tránsito terrestre para actividades no esenciales en su frontera norte y sur», dijo el jueves la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores en Twitter. «Adicionalmente, el Gobierno de México desplegará medidas de control sanitario en el norte y sur del país».

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
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