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Mexico seeking extradition of former security chief from U.S.: newspaper

FILE PHOTO: Former Mexican security secretary Genaro Garcia Luna is watched by his wife and daughter as he appears Judge Robert Levy in Brooklyn federal court in New York, U.S., February 28, 2020 in this courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg/File Photo

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s attorney general is seeking the extradition from the United States of a former security minister wanted on corruption charges, but only after his U.S. trial is concluded, a local newspaper reported on Sunday.

Milenio newspaper said Genaro Garcia Luna was unable to prove that 27 million pesos ($1.35 million) used to buy property in Mexico had been obtained legally, and as a result prosecutors obtained an arrest warrant from a judge a few days ago.

Reuters could not independently confirm the report by Milenio, which cited officials with the attorney general’s office. The attorney general’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Mexico seeking extradition of former security chief from U.S. – newspaper

FILE PHOTO: Former Mexican security secretary Genaro Garcia Luna is watched by his wife and daughter as he appears Judge Robert Levy in Brooklyn federal court in New York, U.S., February 28, 2020 in this courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg/File Photo

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s attorney general is seeking the extradition from the United States of a former security minister wanted on corruption charges, but only after his U.S. trial is concluded, a local newspaper reported on Sunday.

Milenio newspaper said Genaro Garcia Luna was unable to prove that 27 million pesos ($1.35 million) used to buy property in Mexico had been obtained legally, and as a result prosecutors obtained an arrest warrant from a judge a few days ago.

Reuters could not independently confirm the report by Milenio, which cited officials with the attorney general’s office. The attorney general’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Mexico denies deal made to nab capo in return for ex-defense minister

FILE PHOTO: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador takes part in the virtual meeting of the Group of 20 (G20) summit, November 22, 2020. Mexico’s Presidency/Handout via REUTERS

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday denied that Mexico had agreed to capture a cartel leader for the United States in order to secure the return of ex-defense minister Salvador Cienfuegos from U.S. custody.

Reuters reported last week that Mexico agreed with U.S. Attorney General William Barr to seek the arrest of a high-level Mexican drug cartel leader as part of a deal to get U.S. drug trafficking charges against Cienfuegos dropped.

“There is no deal in the shadows,” Lopez Obrador said at his regular news conference, referring to the Reuters story as well as other media reports that Mexico had threatened to expel U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents over Cienfuegos’ arrest.

He said it was

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Mexico Star Tenoch Huerta as One of the Bad Guys

Marvel Studios is looking to bring in Narcos: Mexico star Tenoch Huerta as the villain in the superhero sequel Black Panther 2 with production reportedly set to begin next summer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel is preparing to begin shooting the movie in Atlanta starting in July 2021. It was also reported that Huerta is in talks to play one of the antagonists in the movie, though it’s still unclear which character he’d be playing.

THR’s sources also claim Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Angela Bassett are all expected to return to reprise their roles from the first Black Panther. Wright will reportedly be taking on a “more prominent role” in the sequel, per the report. While nothing has been confirmed by Marvel, fans have been speculating that Wright could assume the new lead role with Shuri stepping up as the new Black Panther.

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Today’s mortgage and refinance rates in New Mexico

According to Zillow, the typical home value in New Mexico is lower than the typical value of $259,906 across the US. The typical home value in New Mexico is $217,355, and Zillow expects it to increase to $233,000 by September 2021.

You might be eligible for one of the following programs through the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority:

  • FIRSTDown: Get a mortgage through the state’s FIRSTHome program and receive a loan of up to $8,000 for closing costs or a down payment. You can talk with your lender about repayment terms.
  • NEXTHome: Receive a loan of up to 3% of your mortgage amount for a down payment or closing costs. You don’t have to make monthly payments, and if you meet certain requirements, the government may forgive this loan.

By looking at the average mortgage rates in New Mexico since 2010, you can see trends for 30-year fixed mortgages, 15-year

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No threat to kick DEA out of Mexico over prosecution of former military leader: Official

It comes as the charges were dropped this week.

The charges against General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda were dropped this week, along with reports that the charges were dropped because the Mexican government threatened the agency out.

“There was never a threat and there was never even concern on DEA’s part that that would happen,” a senior DEA official told ABC News. “The Mexican government has an interest in having DEA there. They don’t want the Mexican cartels there either. It hurts their economy … we were not concerned at all that our agents would be thrown out of Mexico that’s

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Mexico tops 100,000 COVID-19 deaths, is 4th country to do so

Mexico passed the 100,000 mark in COVID-19 deaths, becoming only the fourth country to do so amid concerns about the lingering physical and psychological scars on survivors.

José Luis Alomía Zegarra, Mexico’s director of epidemiology, announced late Thursday that Mexico had logged 100,104 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, behind only the United States, Brazil and India.

The milestone comes less than a week after Mexico topped 1 million registered coronavirus cases, although officials agree the number is probably much higher because of low levels of testing.

The coverage of the back-to-back milestones has raised the hackles of some government officials.

Mexico’s point person on the pandemic, Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell, bristled when asked about Mexico reaching 100,000 deaths and criticized the media for “being alarmist.” In the same way, he has criticized those who suggest that the government is undercounting COVID-19 deaths or providing contradictory and weak advice on using face

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Mexico marks grim coronavirus milestone, passes 100,000 deaths

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico, the most populous country in the Spanish-speaking world, has registered 100,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths within days of passing the grim milestone of one million infections, official data showed on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: People stand next to the Aztec Sun Stone during a visit to the Mexico’s National Museum of Anthropology, which has a collection of hundreds of thousands of examples of ancient Mexican art, and which has reopened to the public after the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown in Mexico City, Mexico November 11, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Mexico’s official death toll from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, is among the highest worldwide, and in the Americas lags only behind the United States and Brazil.

“Mexican society had no prior antecedent of an acute, infectious disease that could cause such rapid spread and affect the lives of so many,” Hugo Lopez-Gatell, the public face

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Walmart rolls out free, mandatory COVID testing for New Mexico workers

  • Walmart is rolling out free, mandatory testing to all workers in New Mexico. 
  • The retailer worked with New Mexico Gov. Lujan-Grisham to create a plan to provide regular tests for all Walmart workers in the state.
  • “We are hopeful that increased testing data will help officials as they work to manage this health crisis,” Walmart said. 
  • While the new program is limited to New Mexico, it makes Walmart the first major retailer to roll out mandatory testing for workers. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Walmart is rolling out free, mandatory testing to all workers in New Mexico. 

The company confirmed its plan to offer testing for all Walmart associates in New Mexico every two weeks to Business Insider on Wednesday. Half will be tested one week, then the other half are tested the next week. The first group will then be tested again the following week, allowing each

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The U.S. Needs a Gulf Coast Wall, Not a Mexico Border Wall

That three-foot rise in sea levels would threaten two of the four sites for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve — the country’s emergency stockpile of crude for use in a supply disruption — along with four LNG export terminals on the Sabine Pass and Lake Calcasieu. Refineries in and around Beaumont, Texas and Lake Charles in Louisiana would also see much greater risk of flooding, as the map above illustrates.

Although the sites themselves might not be inundated right away, them could quickly become impossible to reach without a boat.

Hotter temperatures don’t just mean rising sea levels and melting polar ice caps. They also create warmer waters, which provide more energy to drive tropical storms, as we have seen to dramatic effect in 2020.

So far, a record 11 named storms have hit the U.S. this year and there may be more to come. With 27 named Atlantic storms to

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