News Summary for August 18th, 2011...


++ U.S. Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William Brownfield said that the next stage of the joint U.S.-Mexico fight against organized crime  and drug trafficking will for the first time focus on training and equipping Mexican police at a state and local level.

++ The Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity led by Javier Sicilia called on the Army and the Navy to take part in the dialogue to build the National Security law. At a meeting with members of the Chamber of Deputies political affairs committee Sicilia called on lawmakers not to approve the National Security bill as it now stands.


++ The Mexican Embassy in Spanish said that it will follow the case of Mexican citizen José Alvano Pérez Bautista, aged 24 and who was arrested in Madrid on terrorism charges. He is accused a planning an attack on protesters to the Pope`s visit to Spain.

++ Former Chiapas governor Pablo Salazar Mendiguchía, was transferred from the El Amate penitentiary to the Huixtla prison… The move came because of safety reasons after he received threats…

++ The Central Bank of Mexico warned there are risks to the growth of the Mexican economy. Among those risks, the bank said, are uncertainty about the chances of economic recovery in the United States, the precarious fiscal situation in European countries, public insecurity and the lack of structural changes.

++ Local legislators said the Coahuila government wants the local Congress to authorize loans for 33 billion pesos to refinance state public debt…

++ PAN presidential candidate Santiago Creel accused PAN governors of interfering in the primary to chose a PAN presidential candidate…

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