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Once-mighty Mexico union boss to remain jailed pending trial

Mexico City, Jan 7 (EFE).- An appellate court rejected a motion from former teachers union chief Elba Esther Gordillo challenging her pre-trial detention on charges of tax fraud, the Mexican Attorney General's Office said Tuesday. Gordillo, 68, was indicted in November for allegedly understating her income on a 2008 tax return. This accusation comes after others already filed by the AG's office against Gordillo for embezzlement and racketeering. Gordillo, who for decades headed Mexico's powerful SNTE teachers union, was arrested last February 26.

Mexico's Lopez Obrador back in action after heart attack

Mexico City, Jan 6 (EFE).- Mexican ex-presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday made his first public appearance since suffering a heart attack early last month. "Today the government has become a committee at the service of influence peddlers and corrupt politicians," he said at the opening of a meeting of directors of his National Regeneration Movement, or Morena. Lopez Obrador, 60, underwent surgery Dec. 3 after walking into a Mexico City hospital complaining of symptoms that turned out to be the result of a heart attack.

Mexico's Lopez Obrador back in action after heart attack

Mexico City, Jan 6 (EFE).- Mexican ex-presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday made his first public appearance since suffering a heart attack early last month. "Today the government has become a committee at the service of influence peddlers and corrupt politicians," he said at the opening of a meeting of directors of his National Regeneration Movement, or Morena. Lopez Obrador, 60, underwent surgery Dec. 3 after walking into a Mexico City hospital complaining of symptoms that turned out to be the result of a heart attack.

Mexico president's arch critic back to work after surgery

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the leftist runner-up in Mexico's 2006 and 2012 presidential elections, made his first public appearance on Monday since being sidelined by a heart attack last month. Lopez Obrador participated in a meeting of his Morena movement, which is aiming to become an official political party, and announced that he would begin a national tour on Tuesday. The 60-year-old politician, who refused to concede defeat in the two elections, said he would travel the country to denounce the structural reforms undertaken by President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Zapatistas mark uprising's 20th anniversary

Thousands of people gathered in a southern Mexico rebel bastion on Wednesday to mark the 20th anniversary of the Zapatista movement's New Year's Day uprising. "It is time to strengthen and globalize the resistence and rebellion," Comandante Hortensia told the crowd at a midnight ceremony in Oventic, a stronghold of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) where people celebrated with song and dance.

Zapatistas mark uprising's 20th anniversary

Thousands of people gathered in a southern Mexico village on Wednesday to mark the 20th anniversary of the Zapatista rebellion's New Year's Day uprising. "It is time to strengthen and globalize the resistence and rebellion," Comandante Hortensia told the crowd at a midnight ceremony in Oventic, one of the five village bastions of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) that celebrated with song and dance.

Zapatista rebels mark 20 years with same old problems

When the masked Subcomandante Marcos emerged in Mexico's southern mountains with his band of Zapatista rebels on January 1, 1994, they demanded change for the destitute indigenous people of Chiapas. But 20 years later, the pipe-smoking revolutionary and his comrades have retreated to remote communities, the media spotlight has dimmed and Chiapas remains Mexico's poorest state. The Zapatistas will mark their rebellion's anniversary with fiestas in their villages on Wednesday, but not with the same attention they received when they first burst into the scene.

Needed majority of Mexican legislatures approve measure to open energy to private companies

MEXICO CITY - In a steam-roller operation that ended Monday, a majority of Mexico's state legislatures approved sweeping energy legislation that will allow private companies to explore for and produce oil and gas in the country. It took only about three days for 17 of the 31 state legislatures, one more than needed, to approve the transformation of Mexico's state-controlled oil industry that Congress passed last week. Some of the state congresses voted through the laws in the early morning hours after little or no debate.

Mexico's Congress approves historic oil reform

Mexico's Congress gave final approval on Thursday to a historic energy reform aimed at luring foreign investment and ending the state's 75-year-old oil monopoly following a heated debate. Following a marathon session that lasted nearly 24 hours, the lower house voted 353 to 134 for the legislation championed by President Enrique Pena Nieto, one day after it passed the Senate. Supporters pumped their fists and chanted "Mexico!" after the vote, while leftist opponents called them "traitors."

Mexico's landmark energy bill nears final approval

By Miguel Gutierrez and Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's lower house of Congress on Wednesday gave general approval to an energy reform that would permit the biggest oil industry opening in 75 years, moving the bill close to final approval after the Senate signed off on it earlier in the day. Lawmakers in the lower house voted to bypass committees for energy and constitutional matters after leftists, who are railing against the bill in the world's No. 10 oil producer, padlocked doors to the chamber to prevent a debate.
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