Russia to participate in information security forum in Guatemala

MEXICO, May 18. /TASS/: A delegation from Russia headed by Security Council Deputy Secretary Oleg Khramov will arrive in Guatemala at the end of May to participate in a cybersecurity forum, spokesman for the Russian diplomatic mission in the country Arseny Rebrov told TASS.

"On 28 and 29 May, the first Central American forum will be held in Guatemala on the issues of cybercrimes and global information security," he said. "Russia will be presented by an extended high-level delegation," the spokesman added.

Small plane crash in Mexico kills all 13 on board

MEXICO CITY, May 6 (Xinhua): A private airplane crashed in a remote mountainous area in northern Mexico over the weekend, killing all the 13 people on board, authorities said on Monday.

Authorities located on Monday the remains of the small jet in the northern state of Coahuila and later confirmed the death toll. Local media reported first that there were 14 people on board.

At least 1,300 migrants escape from Mexican detention center

26 Apr 2019; AFP: At least 1,300 mainly Cuban migrants escaped Thursday from a detention center in southern Mexico after threatening to set fire to the facility to protest against overcrowding.

The escape occurred at dinner time when several inmates mutinied at the center in Tapachula, in the southern state of Chiapas, according to witnesses.

"There was a large-scale unauthorized exit of people housed in the migratory station," the National Institute of Migration (INM) said in a statement.

Unidentified gunmen kill 13 at Mexican party

20 Apr 2019; AFP: Thirteen people, including a child, were killed Friday when a group of unidentified gunmen opened fire on a party in the violence-wracked eastern Mexican state of Veracruz, officials said.

The Secretariat of Public Safety said the gunmen arrived at a family reunion in Minatitlan asking to see someone named "El Becky' -- the owner of a local bar -- before opening fire.

It said seven men, five women, and a child were killed, and four others injured in the attack.

Jobs, not force, key to curbing mass migration: Mexican president

MEXICO CITY, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday said job creation, not the use of force, is the way to combat today's phenomenon of mass migration.

Speaking to reporters at his daily news briefing, Lopez Obrador said: "I favor attending to the migration phenomenon with development, with employment, with wellbeing."

"I don't think the use of force or other measures are an option," he added.

Mexico asks Pope Francis and Spanish king to apologize for colonialism

26 Mar 2019; DW: Spanish King Felipe VI and Pope Francis should apologize for the 16th-century conquest of Mexico, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday.

The populist leftist Mexican president has sought to cast himself as a champion of Mexico's indigenous peoples and until now, he had cultivated cordial relations with both Spain and the Vatican.

Obrador seeks 'historic reconciliation'

New migrant caravan departs from southeast Mexico to U.S.

MEXICO CITY, March 23 (Xinhua) -- At least 1,200 Central American migrants left the Mexican city of Tapachula in Chiapas in a caravan Saturday and headed to the U.S. border, local authorities said.

The caravan, carrying migrants including pregnant women and children, left at around 4 a.m. (1000 GMT) from the city that borders Guatemala.

The Chiapas Secretary of Civil Protection told Xinhua that its personnel accompanied the caravan to attend to any possible emergency, while federal police would provide security along the road.

Guaido’s top aide detained on suspicion of plotting terror attack

CARACAS, March 22. /TASS/. The chief of staff of Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of joining a terrorist group that plotted attacks on leading political and military figures, Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said.

"The work by the intelligence and interior ministry units led to the detention of citizen Roberto Marrero, aged 49, who bears direct responsibility for organizing criminal groups," the minister said in a statement aired by the Venezolana de Television TV channel.

15 killed, 3 injured in Mexico bar attack

MEXICO CITY, March 9 (Xinhua) -- At least 15 people were killed and three others injured in a bar attack in central Mexico on Saturday, said local authorities.

The attack was carried out by a group of armed men at a nightclub named "La Playa" in the early hours of Saturday in the city of Salamanca in Guanajuato state, said the state prosecutor in a statement.

The prosecutor confirmed that 13 people were killed at the scene, and two others died after being taken to hospital.

Mexico's president eyes closer economic, trade ties with Asia-Pacific

MEXICO CITY, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday stressed the economic and trade potential in the Asia-Pacific region, especially China, saying his government aims to bolster trade with countries in the region.

One of his government's strategic projects is to build a bicoastal corridor in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, a narrow area of land in southern Mexico, between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, he said.

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