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'This hurts': On El Chapo's home turf, some lament Mexican drug lord's conviction

'This hurts': On El Chapo's home turf, some lament Mexican drug lord's convictionGuzman was found guilty of smuggling tonnes of drugs into the United States over a decades-long career built on deadly intimidation and bloody turf wars as he moved illicit shipments across continents at lightning speed. Reaction in his native state of Sinaloa, home to remote mountain villages and sunny beaches along Mexico’s Pacific coast, ranged from lament to resignation that little will change now that Guzman is likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars. “Trafficking drugs will continue,” said Gildardo Velazquez in Cuiliacan, the state’s humid capital.



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El Chapo trial: Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán found guilty and faces life in prison

El Chapo trial: Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán found guilty and faces life in prisonMexico’s most notorious drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was convicted Tuesday of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation after a three-month trial packed with Hollywood-style tales of grisly killings, political payoffs, cocaine hidden in jalapeno cans, jewel-encrusted guns and a naked escape with his mistress through a tunnel. Guzman faced a drumbeat of drug-trafficking and conspiracy convictions that could put the 61-year-old escape artist behind bars for decades in a maximum-security US prison selected to thwart another one of the breakouts that embarrassed his native country. New York jurors whose identities were kept secret reached a verdict after deliberating six days in the expansive case, sorting through what authorities called an “avalanche” of evidence gathered since the late 1980s that Guzman and his murderous Sinaloa drug cartel made billions in profits by smuggling tons of cocaine, heroin, meth and marijuana into the US.



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As El Chapo trial nears end, will the alleged Mexican drug lord testify in his own defense?

As El Chapo trial nears end, will the alleged Mexican drug lord testify in his own defense?Will accused Mexican drug lord Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán speak in his own defense, to rebut the avalanche of testimony provided by his former associates?



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El Chapo's sons killed Mexican journalist Javier Valdez, witness tells trial

El Chapo's sons killed Mexican journalist Javier Valdez, witness tells trialThe sons of former drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman killed Mexican journalist Javier Valdez because he insisted on publishing an interview with a drug trafficker, who told of the murder in court Wednesday. Valdez was an AFP stringer and co-founder of the weekly Riodoce de Sinaloa.



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Missteps in Mexican pipeline blast trigger new scrutiny of fuel plan

Missteps in Mexican pipeline blast trigger new scrutiny of fuel planState oil firm Pemex did not close the gasoline pipe when first notified by the military, about four hours before Friday’s blast, because it considered the leak “minimal,” Security Minister Alfonso Durazo told a news conference. In the hours that followed, the leak grew and as many as 800 people brought plastic containers to the gushing duct, filling up with free fuel in what witnesses described as an almost festive atmosphere. Relatives of some of the victims said fuel shortages stemming from President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s plan attracted people to the leak at the Tula-Tuxpan pipeline, a few miles from a major refinery.



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Mexican airline enters border debate with 'DNA discount'

Mexican airline enters border debate with 'DNA discount'Aeromexico is taking a poke at the US-Mexico border standoff with a “DNA discount” for people in the United States with Mexican ancestry. An ad launched this week that became viral on social media took on prejudice against Mexico and encouraged Americans to visit the country on the southern border. “Mexico’s first destination is America, but America’s first destination is not Mexico,” the narrator says in the spot.



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Mexican airline enters border debate with 'DNA discount'

Mexican airline enters border debate with 'DNA discount'Aeromexico is taking a poke at the US-Mexico border standoff with a “DNA discount” for people in the United States with Mexican ancestry. An ad launched this week that became viral on social media took on prejudice against Mexico and encouraged Americans to visit the country on the southern border. “Mexico’s first destination is America, but America’s first destination is not Mexico,” the narrator says in the spot.



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Mexican airline trolls Americans with brilliant ad

Mexican airline trolls Americans with brilliant adWhile the debate over immigration and a border wall between the United States and Mexico has helped grind the U.S. federal government to a halt, Mexico's national airline, AeroMexico, is trolling Americans with a new ad called "DNA Discounts."

The ad features purported residents of Wharton, Texas, a town about 60 miles southwest of Houston, professing a variety of opinions about Mexico and its citizens. The ad also drops some knowledge about the long history of immigration from Mexico to the U.S., and notes that many in southern and southwestern states have a touch of Mexican DNA.

Things get flipped when the airline reveals it's offering flight discounts to Americans, including those Wharton residents, based on the amount of Mexican DNA they have (i.e., 18 percent DNA equals an 18 percent discount). That certainly turns opinions around. As one recipient says, "I love discounts!"

Of course, it's such a brilliant ad, it's hard to tell if those Wharton residents are real or just actors and if this whole DNA discount thing is real  or satirical. Aeromexico, which has gotten political before, isn't saying much, but we've reached out for comment and will update this post when we hear back. 

Either way, it's a brilliant gambit that undermines the vitriol so many Americans have expressed at our neighbors to the south, and does so without ever directly mentioning the political turmoil, the wall, or even President Trump. Instead, it directs that energy at a sense of shared community, including the tagline, "There are no borders within us." Not a bad way to spread a powerful message.



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Mexican president took $100 mln drug bribe, trial hears

Mexican president took $  100 mln drug bribe, trial hearsFormer Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto accepted a $ 100 million bribe from drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, a former collaborator told the kingpin’s trial. Alex Cifuentes, a Colombian who is now collaborating with US prosecutors in the Chapo trial, made the statement under examination from defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman. “Mr. Guzman paid a bribe of $ 100 million to President Pena Nieto,?” the lawyer asked.



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El Chapo trial: Joaquín Guzman paid former Mexican president $100m bribe, witness claims

El Chapo trial: Joaquín Guzman paid former Mexican president $  100m bribe, witness claimsJoaquin “El Chapo” Guzman once paid a $ 100 million bribe to former Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto, a witness has claimed in court. Alex Cifuentes, who has said he was a close associate of Guzman for years, discussed the alleged bribe as part of the accused Mexcan drug lord’s trial. Mr Pena Nieto, commonly known by his initials EPN, was president of Mexico from December 2012 until November 2018.



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