Federal police in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. (Image: Jesús Villaseca Pérez, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Four people were released from prison in two border towns in Mexico, after spending years incarcerated for crimes which rights groups say they were wrongfully accused and later convicted of after confessing under torture, The Associated Press reported Thursday. “The fact that judges in different states of the country can strike down shaky accusations based…

Mexican immigrants march in 2006 for more rights in Northern California's largest city, San Jose. (Image: z2amiller, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Top Story — More Mexicans are now leaving the United States than arriving, a Pew Research Center report released on Thursday revealed. Data from the center’s 2014 Mexican National Survey showed that more than one million Mexicans and their families left the United States for Mexico from 2009 to 2014, compared with 870,000 Mexicans who…

A participant in a 2011 march in favor of marijuana policy reform in Mexico. (Image: Alfredo Gayou, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday in favor of allowing the four members of a marijuana-rights organization to grow and smoke their own marijuana, a move that could set the stage for eventual legalization of the drug. The Mexican Society for Responsible and Tolerant Personal Self-Consumption, called SMART in its Spanish acronym,…

U.N High Commissioner for Human Rights António Guterres. (Image:  U.S. Government, Public Domain)

WASHINGTON — Norma witnessed routine gunfights and murders when she lived in El Salvador. She paid a biweekly cuota, or street tax, to the Barrio 18 gang members controlling her neighborhood to avoid any trouble. Norma, the wife of a police officer, was the victim of a rape, which she told interviewers from the U.N….

Television presenter Enrique Tovar harassing co-host Tania Reza in a video that has now gone viral. (YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — A potentially pre-planned instance of sexual harassment between a male presenter and his female co-host on Mexican television last week has sparked a national debate on sexism and may now lead to a government investigation, according to the BBC. The incident began when the variety show “A Toda Maquina” aired last Saturday. A video…

A protest over the Ayotzinapa disappearances in Oaxaca, Mexico. (Image: Montecruz Foto, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Top Story — Mexican authorities on Tuesday announced they will conduct a new investigation into the fate of 43 missing students whose disappearance in the state of Guerrero in 2014 provoked widespread protests and highlighted discontent over persistent insecurity across Mexico. The government’s new task force will employ international experts assisted by satellite and drone…

A Walmart in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. (Image: Coolcaesar, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Top Story — A three-year investigation led by the U.S. Justice Department has found little evidence of corruption in the business practices of Walmart executives in Mexico, a Wall Street Journal report revealed Monday. Nearly 20 percent of Walmart’s 11,500 stores are located in Mexico. Using unnamed sources with knowledge of the case, the report…

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Top Story — Mexico’s attorney general on Sunday released a massive trove of files pertaining to her office’s investigation of the disappearances last year of 43 students in the state of Guerrero. A team of more than 100 investigators took over seven months to collect the nearly 54,000 files (available at the website of the…

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto with Defense Minister Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos and Navy Secretariat Admiral Vidal Soberón Sanz. (Image: PresidenciaMX, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Top Story — The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein on Wednesday called for Mexico’s military forces to cease law enforcement operations and be pulled from the streets. Following a two-day visit to Mexico that began on Monday, Zeid recommended the government create a timeline for removing army personnel and naval…