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Several of Mexico's drug cartels are said to be considering an alliance


Several of Mexico's major drug cartels are pursuing an alliance, capital daily Reforma said, citing unnamed intelligence sources.

The Juarez organization and Los Zetas are among the groups trying to create a "cartel of cartels," the newspaper said in a front-page story.

The impetus to band together comes after each of the criminal outfits has experience significant setbacks, the sources told Reforma.

Senior figures from the Jalisco Nueva Generacion Cartel, the Juarez-based mob run by the Carrillo Fuentes family, Los Zetas and the Beltran Leyva cartel met in June in Piedras Negras, a city in the northern border state of Coahuila, according to the sources.

Those groups are active in the states of Sonora, Sinaloa, Durango, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas, Mexico, Hidalgo, Veracruz and Jalisco.

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Reuters - GM is shifting some production of the Cadillac SRX from Mexico to Tennessee, but will partly offset that by moving some Chevrolet Equinox manufacturing from Tennessee to Mexico.

The Packer - Avocados from Mexico will offer a promotion, Échale al Asador — Toss it on the Grill — at about 1,200 hispanic retail outlets in California, Arizona, Texas, Chicago and Florida.

Reuters - U.S. authorities have agreed to stop pressuring undocumented immigrants in Southern California to sign off on their own deportations under a legal settlement.

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Reuters - Mexican factory exports rebounded in July, rising at their fastest pace in five months. Factory exports picked up 3.81 percent in July from June after a big drop the previous month.

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Globe Newswire - First Cash Financial Services, Inc. has completed the acquisition of 47 pawn stores located in 12 states in Mexico, five pawn stores in Colorado and four pawn stores in Texas.

LAT - Gov. Jerry Brown and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto shared the stage in Los Angeles to speak about opportunities for the Golden State and its southern neighbor to work together.

BBC - An estimated 10,000 families in Mexico have been affected by Hurricane Marie. A state of emergency has been declared in 10 of the worst-hit municipalities in southwestern Oaxaca.

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