Top Stories for November 24, 2014

Thousands protest across Mexico against corruption, missing students

By Tracy Wilkinson and Cecelia Sanchez

Los Angeles Times

Seizing on the anniversary of Mexico’s 1910 revolution, demonstrators took to the streets in Mexico City and other parts of the country Thursday in one of the largest shows to date of public anger over government corruption and the probable massacre of 43 college students.

Youths, parents, teachers, intellectuals, entire families and thousands of people from many walks of life converged from three directions on the capital's enormous Zocalo, or central downtown plaza.

Many held candles aloft despite the chilling rain and waved pictures of the missing students, all from a rural college in the town of Ayotzinapa, in Guerrero state, dedicated to training the poor to become teachers. 

The students were last seen in the Guerrero city of Iguala on Sept. 26 being led away by police, who authorities say...


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Business Insider - Facing conflict of interest accusations, President Enrique Pena Nieto disclosed ownership of nine properties among assets worth at least 45.2 million pesos ($3.3 million).

HospitalityNet - FibraHotel and Starwood Hotels & Resorts have acquired WelcomHotels Sheraton Ambassador Monterrey hotel, adding 229 rooms to FibraHotel's portfolio.

Reuters - The elder statesman of Mexico's main leftist party said the group was on the verge of falling apart after mistakes and the disappearance of 43 students in Guerrero.

AFP - Ugandan priest John Ssenyondo loved his adopted country of Mexico and preached against violence until his body was found in a mass grave between fields of corn and beans.

Flavorwire - The situation in Mexico is complex. But there are authors who have braved the situation to write invaluable books that may help us to gain a better understanding.

Fox Sports - Poor defending from Mexico allowed Belarus to cancel Atletico Madrid forward Raul Jimenez's double and find a winner as El Tri fell to a 3-2 loss in their final 2014 match.

CNN - Prosecutors in the Mexican state of Guerrero said Friday they have formally charged former Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca in the disappearance of 43 students.

CNN - It's a staggering statistic: 43 college students from the same school, all hoping to become teachers someday -- all missing and feared dead.

Reuters - Most of Mexico's central bankers expect a spike in inflation will fade early next year but were concerned that deeper losses in the peso could fan inflation. - Mexico has been roiled by near-constant protests in recent weeks, and all signs are that the demonstrations are continuing to gather steam. What’s behind the new unrest? - Ahead of a busy 2015 schedule, coach Miguel Herrera's preferred selections are emerging from Mexico's player pool.

Reuters - Demonstrators set fire to the local legislature building on Wednesday in the capital of Guerrero in protests over the apparent massacre of 43 students by corrupt police and thugs.

AP - The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches.

AP - A son of alleged Sinaloa drug cartel boss Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada has been captured in northwestern Mexico, a federal official said Thursday.

Reuters - China and Mexico will set up a $2.4-billion investment fund to support infrastructure, mining, and energy projects and are eyeing an oil deal worth up to $5 billion.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Oshkosh Corp. says it's building a $100 million manufacturing plant in Mexico that eventually will employ about 1,000 people.

Fox News Latino - The likely murder of 43 students has not only shed light on the complicity of local lawmakers with organized crime groups but also on these ultra-violent groups.

NPR - Bonhams Auction House sold more than 100 pre-Hispanic artifacts Wednesday. The Mexican government claims that at least half of the pieces are fake, and the rest are stolen.


WSJ - Telefónica’s business in Mexico boomed in the third quarter as the Spanish telecom group’s Latin American operations partially cushioned earnings from tough conditions at home. - Dutch forward Arjen Robben has told Mexico fans to live with the fact that he won a late penalty against El Tri to send his side through to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Brazil.


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