Mexico City, Nov 2 (IANS/EFE) Ranchera music idol Vicente Fernandez will undergo an operation to have a "lump" removed from his liver after it was detected several days ago and he was forced to cancel his concerts for the rest of the year, his publicist announced Thursday. On Oct 22, the 72-year-old singer publicly announced that he was going to have a medical checkup after the small lump was detected on his liver, and now doctors have determined that it needs to be removed and analyzed. Fernandez is in Houston, Texas, accompanied by his wife, children, grandchildren and sisters, and from there he sent a message assuring his fans that he was calm and hopeful about the outcome of the upcoming surgery.
Mexico City, Oct 31 (IANS/EFE) State-owned oil giant Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said it posted a net profit of 31.9 billion pesos (about $2.45 billion) in the first nine months of this year, marking a turnaround from the loss posted in the same period in 2011. Profits increased in the first three quarters of the year due "mainly to higher revenues, which rose to 1.22 trillion pesos (nearly $94.31 billion)", Pemex said.
Mexico City, Oct 31 (IANS/EFE) New technologies are helping archaeologists to learn more about and protect sites in Mexico's Mayan zone, a popular area for national and international researchers, experts said at a seminar in the Mexican capital. "Much of the research is being done with new technologies, such as ground-penetration radar and low-level flights, which allow us to study the subsoil. All of these techniques are being used in the Mayan zone, one of the most researched areas in the world," National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, national coordinator Nelly Robles said.
Puebla (Mexico), Oct 30 (IANS/EFE) A team of about 20 bakers prepared a 1.4 tonne loaf of "Pan de Muerto" (Bread of the Dead) in Puebla, a state in central Mexico, making it the largest such delicacy in the country. Mexicans traditionally use the bread in the observation of the Day of the Dead rites Nov 1 and Nov 2. The sweet bread is only baked during this season, which can last from two days to a week and traces its roots to pre-Columbian feasts in central and southern Mexico
Mexico City, Oct 24 (IANS/EFE) A man has been released from a prison in central Mexico after spending five years behind bars for crimes he never committed. Hugo Sanchez Ramirez was freed after the Mexican Supreme Court ruled his due process rights had been violated. "Hugo is young and indigenous
Mexico City, Oct 24 (IANS/EFE) Foreign financial institutions operating in Mexico have been prohibited from transferring capital out of their Mexican units to address problems in their home countries, said authorities. The Financial Stability Council, or CEF, which is made up of representatives from the Finance Secretariat, the Bank of Mexico and other agencies, said rules issued Oct 10 limited the operations of multi-branch entities with "persons with relevant links". "These rules complement the measures taken by Mexican authorities to safeguard the financial system from the situation in countries where banks operating in Mexico are headquartered," the CEF said in a statement
Mexico City, Oct 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Fidel Castro's sister has rubbished rumours that former Cuban leader suffered a massive stroke and was on the brink of death, according to Venezuelan media. Juanita Castro, who resides in Miami, said that reports of her brother's condition were "absurd" rumours. The US Spanish-language newspaper Nuevo Herald quoted Venezuelan doctor Jose Marquina as saying that Fidel Castro had suffered a "massive embolism of the right cerebral artery" and had trouble eating, speaking, or recognising people.
Mexico City, Oct 20 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Four attack helicopters, modernized in Russia, have joined the Peruvian Air Force to boost its combat capability in the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking. The Mil Mi-25 Hind D choppers have been assembled in Peru by Russian specialists after their transfer from Russia. They are part of a $20-million upgrade deal involving seven Mi-25s, whose service life has been extended by seven years.
Mexico City, Oct 20 (IANS/EFE) Four inmates died and 16 were injured in a massive brawl at a prison in the northern Mexican state of Zacatecas, authorities said Friday.
Mexico City, Oct 20 (IANS/EFE) Mexico's government and farmers have offered to accept higher prices for tomatoes exported to the US in a bid to avert the scrapping of a 16-year-old agreement, a senior Mexican official said.