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WORLD
November 15, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
The amount of money U.S. immigrants send to their families in Latin America has more than doubled since 2000, and the cash flow home -- except to Mexico -- has recovered from a considerable drop during the Great Recession, a 13-year survey of remittance trends shows. For years, remittances have far outpaced foreign aid in helping lift people out of poverty in Latin America, the study released Friday by Pew Research Center notes. In 2011, remittances totaled $53.1 billion, more than eight times the amount of official aid, the report says.
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OPINION
April 6, 2009 | GREGORY RODRIGUEZ
Mexico's drug war is bound to have a profound effect on the lives of Mexican immigrants in the United States. On the one hand, the image of Mexico's chaos as a spreading contagion most likely will strengthen the hand of anti-immigrant forces. On the other, as Mexican newcomers look back at their increasingly dangerous homeland, they will -- consciously or unconsciously -- set down deeper roots in the United States.
WORLD
September 10, 2010 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
President Obama sought to calm a diplomatic furor, disputing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's assertion that Mexico has begun to look like Colombia at the height of its struggle against a drug-financed insurgency. Obama's comments, in an interview published Thursday by the Los Angeles-based Spanish-language newspaper La Opinion, followed an outcry that began in Mexico after Clinton told a foreign policy group Wednesday that Mexico "is looking more and more like Colombia looked 20 years ago, where the narco-traffickers controlled certain parts of the country.
SPORTS
March 27, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
After a week of surprises and upsets, the CONCACAF Olympic soccer trials finally played to form on the final day of group play Tuesday as both Honduras and Mexico advanced to the tournament semifinals with wins at the Home Depot Center The Central Americans, needing a victory to keep their Olympic hopes alive, beat Trinidad & Tobago, 2-0, while Mexico, the only unbeaten, untied team in the eight-nation tournament, beat Panama, 1-0, on Erick Torres'...
WORLD
August 6, 2009 | Kristina Sherry
Millions of dollars in aid to fight Mexican drug trafficking could be delayed as a result of a disagreement between a key lawmaker and the State Department regarding the status of Mexico's human rights prosecutions. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on foreign operations, released a statement Wednesday suggesting that it was "premature" to declare that Mexico had met the requirements needed to earn conditional U.S.
NEWS
June 11, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Haven't made any vacation plans this summer? The CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico , has a flash sale on rooms that takes at least 20% off the hotel's usual leisure rate. It also comes with breakfast for up to two adults and two children younger than 12. The deal: In searching online, I found the Breakfast at the Beach offer for rooms starting at $90 a night plus tax. Use promo code 3CL when making a reservation by phone or online.
WORLD
May 8, 2013 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Guadalajara police commander Juan Carlos Martinez took Mexico's national police vetting exam in April 2012. He failed. But no one in government would tell him why. A few months later, he received a phone call from a man identifying himself as a member of a drug cartel. Why don't you think about joining us, he said the man on the phone asked. You won't go hungry. Martinez, 38, declined the offer and maintains that he had been an honorable cop. But the phone call was not an anomaly.
WORLD
May 27, 2012 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
CULIACAN, Mexico - The cartel henchman nicknamed "El Loco" was reported behind the latest atrocity in Mexico's ever-more-depraved drug war: mutilating 49 people and piling their bodies - heads, hands and feet missing - by the side of a road leading to the U.S. border. Authorities say he acted this month on orders from the top commanders of the brutal Zeta paramilitary force, who wanted to send a message to the long-dominant Sinaloa cartel and its allies, in a new phase of a conflict that has claimed more than 50,000 lives in less than six years.
SPORTS
July 27, 2009 | Grahame L. Jones
Mexico is back. After years in the wilderness, the red, white and green is once again a force to be reckoned with on the soccer field. Coach Javier Aguirre's team won a memorable victory in front of a largely pro-Mexico crowd of 79,156 at Giants Stadium on Sunday afternoon, trouncing the defending champion United States, 5-0, to win the CONCACAF Gold Cup for a record fifth time.
NEWS
July 23, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
If life has been too hectic for you to plan a summer vacation, time may be running out. But the good news for procrastinators: Mexico still has some red-hot deals, according to the website TravelZoo . Some Mexico beach destinations are offering as much as 60% off. “Summer means low season pricing in Mexico,” said Gabe Saglie, a Travelzoo senior editor. “Popular destinations like Cancun and Cabo San Lucas benefit from a lot of airfare competition, as well as a lot of competition among resorts on the ground.
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