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Attacks on journalists soar in Mexico: rights group

Attacks against journalists and news organizations soared by 59 percent in Mexico last year, with 330 cases reported for the most violent year since 2007, a media rights group said Tuesday. The London-based Article 19 organization said the media face an act of aggression every 26.5 hours in Mexico. The number of attacks against journalists, media workers and facilities of news organizations rose from 207 in 2012 to 330 in 2013. Nearly 90 percent of the attacks were against individuals. Article 19 said public officials were behind six in 10 attacks.

Mexico foreign minister meets US envoy over spy claims

Mexico's Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade has met with the US ambassador after summoning him for the second time in less than two months over claims Washington spied on Mexican leaders. A foreign ministry official said Meade held talks with Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne on Thursday over a German magazine's report that the National Security Agency hacked the emails of former president Felipe Calderon while in office.

Another Mexican ex-leader says US spied on him too

Another former Mexican leader said Wednesday that he was spied on by the United States following reports that US intelligence agencies snooped on President Enrique Pena Nieto and his predecessor. Former president Vicente Fox said Wednesday that "of course" he was spied on when he was in power between 2000-2006 following reports of US snooping on his successors, Felipe Calderon and Enrique Pena Nieto. "One must be used to that," Fox told MVS Radio during a trip to Madrid, adding that the spying began before he took office.

Mexico to summon US ambassador over spying claims

Mexican Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade announced Tuesday in Geneva that he will summon the US ambassador following allegations that the United States spied on former president Felipe Calderon's emails while he was in office. "President Enrique Pena Nieto... asked me to summon, upon my return to Mexico, the ambassador of the United States, Anthony Wayne," Meade told a press conference in Geneva where he was to participate in a UN meeting.

Mexico's ex-president affronted at alleged US spying

Mexico's former president Felipe Calderon on Monday described allegations that the United States spied on his emails when he was in office as an "affront" to his country's institutions. Breaking his silence since the report emerged on Sunday, Calderon said he had asked Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade to relay to Washington his "strongest protest for the espionage of which I was the object." "More than personal, it is an affront to the institutions of the country, given that it took place when I was president," he wrote on Twitter.

Thousands protest against crime in Mexico

Mexico City, Jul 1 (EFE).- Thousands of people took to the streets of Cuernavaca, the capital of Mexico's Morelos state, over the weekend to protest against the wave of violence in the region, officials said. A Morelos state government spokesman told Efe that about 2,000 people turned out for Sunday's silent march, while various media outlets pegged the demonstrators at 5,000 in Cuernavaca, a city about 85 kilometers (52 miles) south of Mexico City.

30 Pct of Mexicans say war on crime will last for years

Mexico City, Jun 3 (EFE).- Thirty percent of Mexicans think that victory in their government's war on organized crime, which began in late 2006, is at least five years away, according to a survey published Monday in the daily El Universal. Another 22 percent of the 1,000 adults consulted by pollster Buendia & Laredo believe it will take between one and three years to defeat the criminal gangs, while 20 percent say the task will be accomplished within five years.

Mexican judge indicts ex-officials for corruption

Mexico City, May 23 (EFE).- A Mexican judge ordered eight former officials to stand trial for massive cost overruns in the construction of a monument in this capital. The defendants are all erstwhile employees of III Servicios, a subsidiary of state oil monopoly Pemex. Judge Ruben Dario Noguera set bail of 5,000 pesos ($402) for each of the accused, a court source told Efe.

Exclusive: Mexico says mine industry investment could rise a bit through 2018

By Gabriel Stargardter MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico sees total mining investment between 2013-2018 of at least $25 billion, holding steady or rising slightly from the previous six years despite the prospect of less favorable metals prices, Mexico's top government mining official told Reuters on Wednesday. "We estimate total investment for the (president's) six year term could be above or around $25 billion or $26 billion," Mario Cantu Suarez, Mexico's chief mining official, told Reuters at the BNAmericas Mexico mining summit.

Organized crime-related homicides in Mexico down 18 pct

Mexico City, May 11 (EFE).- Mexican authorities said organized crime-related homicides fell by 18 percent in the first five months of President Enrique Peña Nieto's administration, relative to the final five months of his predecessor's six-year term. Based on preliminary figures from a security report released Friday, 5,296 homicides attributed to organized crime gangs occurred between December 2012 and April 2013 in Mexico, compared with 6,432 between July-November 2012, when Felipe Calderon was in office.
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