- Last brother from Mexico's Arellano Felix cartel pleads guilty in U.S.
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Former Mexican drug lord Eduardo Arellano Felix, the last of four brothers captured or killed in connection with a once-powerful Tijuana-based cartel depicted in the Oscar-winning film "Traffic," pleaded guilty to U.S. drug charges on Friday. Arellano Felix, 56, admitted in U.S. District Court in San Diego to one count of conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars in drug proceeds and one count of conspiring to invest that money for the cartel's benefit. Under his plea deal, federal prosecutors will recommend that he serve 15 years in U.S. ...
- Arellano Felix drug cartel leader pleads guilty
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The last of the brothers accused of creating an infamous Mexican drug cartel pleaded guilty Friday to helping send hundreds of millions of dollars in proceeds from the United States, marking one of the final milestones in an investigation that began nearly two decades ago.
- Spain's Princess Cristina faces new tax probe charge
MADRID (Reuters) - A Spanish judge has opened an investigation into Princess Cristina's tax returns after an earlier charge of being an accomplice in an embezzlement case against her husband was dropped. In a judicial writ made public on Friday, Examining Magistrate Jose Castro said he has asked the tax agency for information to determine whether Cristina, daughter of Spain's King Juan Carlos, engaged in tax evasion or money laundering between 2007 and 2010. ...
- Latam "gang of four" scrap tariffs
Four countries in Latin America - Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru - have agreed to scrap most of the tariffs on trade between their four countries.
- Mexico drug cartel commander pleads guilty in murder of U.S. official
By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Mexican drug cartel commander known as "Tweety Bird" pleaded guilty on Thursday in federal court in Washington to ordering the ambush and murder of U.S. immigration agents in 2011, according to U.S. officials. The plea related to a February 2011 incident when two "hit squads" from the Los Zetas drug cartel forced an armored U.S. government vehicle off a highway near Mexico City and surrounded it, federal prosecutors said. Zetas commander Julian Zapata Espinoza, known as "El Piolin" (Tweety Bird), ordered U.S. ...
- IMF's Lagarde - a pragmatist in austerity debate
By Catherine Bremer PARIS (Reuters) - Christine Lagarde has made her mark as International Monetary Fund chief by taking a firm yet pragmatic stance in the austerity-versus-growth debate raging as Europe struggles to pull itself out of a long crisis. Lagarde, who was quizzed by a Paris magistrate on Thursday over a 2007 arbitration payment she made as French finance minister to settle a spat between the state and a businessman, was appointed IMF head in June 2011. ...
- Mexico cartel dominates, torches western state
LA RUANA, Mexico (AP) — Michoacan is burning. A drug cartel that takes its name from an ancient monastic order has set fire to lumber yards, packing plants and passenger buses in a medieval-like reign of terror.
- This Indie Rocker-Turned-Congressman Is Ready to Make His Name on Immigration Reform
With a district that essentially includes both Texas and Mexico, there aren't a lot of lawmakers more interested in immigration reform than freshman Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a Democrat. The city of El Paso (in his district) and Ciudad Juarez (in Mexico) are so inextricably linked that O'Rourke says he basically sees them both as one city. Thousands of Ciudad Juarez citizens cross the border each day to work, shop, or go to school. The University of Texas (El Paso) even allows Juarez residents to pay in-state tuition to attend."The mayor of Juarez lived in El Paso. ...
- Soldiers flood western Mexico to protect towns
COALCOMAN, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's top security officials promised Tuesday that a new federal offensive to rescue towns besieged by the Knights Templar drug cartel in western Michoacan state would stay "until there is security and peace for all state residents."
- Troops flood western Mexico to protect towns
COALCOMAN, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's top security officials gathered Tuesday in the western state of Michoacan to launch a campaign with thousands of army troops to rescue towns besieged, sometimes for months, by the powerful Knights Templar drug cartel.
- Judge tosses ex-BP executive's obstruction charge
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge on Monday dismissed one of the two counts in the indictment of a former BP executive who was charged with concealing information from Congress about the amount of oil that was leaking from the company's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
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