Mexican Senate passes junk-food tax

A chocolate store in Mexico City. Photo: Reuters

Mexico’s Senate passed a special tax on junk food on Wednesday, a controversial levy opposed by companies that argue it would do little to alleviate the country’s obesity epidemic.

Thursday, 31 October, 2013, 4:37pm

One dead, 40 hurt in Mexican confectionery factory explosion

Police and rescue workers gather at Dulces Blueberry confectionery factory after an explosion in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on Thursday. Photo: AP

An explosion inside a confectionery factory in the border city of Ciudad Juarez on Thursday left one person dead and at least 40 injured, Mexican authorities said. Several workers remain missing.

The blast took place on the second floor of the Dulces Blueberry factory and caused the floor to collapse, injuring people working downstairs, said factory worker Ismael Bouchet.

25 Oct 2013 - 12:20pm

Javier Hernandez double gives Mexico 2-1 victory over Japan

Javier Hernandez of Mexico scores his first goal against Japan, on Saturday. Photo: EPA

With seven goals in his last eight games for Mexico, the 25-year-old Manchester United striker has now climbed up his country’s all-time scoring leaderboard to third spot.

23 Jun 2013 - 10:48am

Xi Jinping heads to Mexico after signing trade deals in Costa Rica

President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan smell coffee flowers during their visit to a family at a farm in Costa Rica. Photo: Reuters

President Xi Jinping headed to Mexico yesterday after a successful trade and diplomatic foray into Costa Rica, the only Central American nation that has diplomatic relations with Beijing.

5 Jun 2013 - 3:52am

11 vanish from Mexico City bar in suspected kidnap

Manuel Alejandro Perez de Jesus, 24 (left) and David Hernandez Cruz, 24, after being arrested in Mexico City. Both men were arrested in connection with the death of Malcolm Shabazz. Photo: AP

Eleven young people were brazenly kidnapped in broad daylight from an after-hours bar in Mexico City’s Zona Rosa, a normally calm district of offices, restaurants, drinking spots and dance clubs, anguished relatives said on Thursday.

31 May 2013 - 4:18pm

Mexico and China can benefit from stronger relationship

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Photo: Xinhua

Mexico is in a great moment. Macroeconomic stability and a low debt rate are part of our strengths as one of the world's top 15 economies. We are an economy with a broad social perspective fully inserted into international trade, with an exchange of goods and services that amounts to more than US$700 billion each year. We offer a secure and trustworthy environment for foreign investment.

22 May 2013 - 2:53am

Hong Kong robot reveals mysterious yellow orbs at ancient Mexican temple

More than 30 researchers are involved in the excavation at the Temple of the Feathered Serpent at Teotihuacan, 40 kilometres northeast of Mexico City. Photo: SMP

Under the Temple of the Feathered Serpent in Mexico lay a tunnel not seen by people in more than 1,800 years. Damp, dark, filled with debris, and deliberately sealed by its creators, the passageway was thought to house the remains of the rulers of the ancient city of Teotihuacan

20 May 2013 - 10:19pm 1 comment

Obama vows trade, drug war co-operation in Mexico

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (L) with his US counterpart Barack Obama (right) during a meeting at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico. Photo: EPA

US President Barack Obama and his Mexican counterpart vowed on Thursday to put trade back at the core of their relations and to work together in the drug war as Mexico rolls out a new security strategy.

3 May 2013 - 5:50pm

Forging friendship between China and Mexico

Forging friendship between China and Mexico

The future of the global economy in the 21st century will be largely defined by what happens in the Asia-Pacific region. Consequently, as president of Mexico, it is a priority and an honour to visit Hong Kong at the beginning of both my administration and that of President Xi Jinping.

5 Apr 2013 - 3:02am 1 comment

Gas build-up caused Mexico Pemex explosion, not bomb, officials say

Mexican soldiers remove debris at the headquarters of state-owned oil giant Pemex in Mexico City. Photo: Reuters

The announcement came four days after the blast, a delay that triggered much speculation about the cause of the blast at the complex that houses the offices of Pemex in the heart of Mexico City.

6 Feb 2013 - 3:41am

World's richest man offers slim pickings for retired

Carlos Slim. Photo: Bloomberg

The world's richest man is proving better at generating wealth for himself than the 1.1 million Mexican pensioners investing with him.

7 Jan 2013 - 4:31am

Road to ruins

The Casa del Adivino, Uxmal.

The ghosts of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula tell the tragic tale of a lost civilisation. Words and pictures by Cameron Dueck.

15 Dec 2012 - 11:20pm

Mexican beauty queen killed in shootout

Maria Susana Flores Gamez. Photo: AP

A 20-year-old state beauty queen died in a gun battle between soldiers and the alleged gang of drug traffickers she was travelling with in a scene befitting the hit film Miss Bala,” or Miss Bullet, about Mexico’s not uncommon ties between narcos and beautiful pageant contestants.

27 Nov 2012 - 11:40am

President Felipe Calderon seeks official name change to just 'Mexico'

Mexican President Felipe Calderon

Mexico's president is making one last attempt to get the "United States" out of Mexico - at least as far as the country's name is concerned.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:14am

Briefs, November 19, 2012

Greek students at a peaceful march in Athens. Photo: Reuters

Egypt's Coptics enthrone new pope

19 Nov 2012 - 3:39am