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Newsline: Standoff ends at Mexican Consulate in downtown San Antonio

After more than four hours, a standoff has ended between a man who jumped over the fence at the Mexican Consulate in downtown San Antonio and police. The man was complaining he was wrongly accused of charges in California and that his child was taken from him. (https://foxsanantonio.com/news/local/standoff-ends-at-mexican-consulate-in-downtown-san-antonio) Negotiators were called in to the scene to try and talk him down from the rooftop. The street in front of the office was shut down. Police were ready to take any necessary means to get them man down peacefully.

Newsline: Mexico offers protection to six people at its embassy in Ecuador

The Mexican embassy in Ecuador’s capital Quito has offered protection and shelter to six people, including legislators and their spouses, Mexico’s foreign ministry said. The embassy offered protection and shelter to opposition legislator Gabriela Rivadeneira, a member of the party of former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, whose allies have been accused of stirring up unrest by President Lenin Moreno. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ecuador-protests-mexico/mexico-offers-protection-to-six-people-at-its-embassy-in-ecuador-idUSKBN1WU02D) Moreno on Monday scrapped a law to cut expensive fuel subsidies after days of violent protests against the IMF-backed measure, returning fuel prices to prior levels until a new measure can be found.

Newsline: US Embassy employee loses $8,000 Rolex in Mexico City mugging

A 61-year-old employee of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City lost a gold Rolex watch valued at US $8,000 in a mugging at a store in Polanco on Sunday. According to witnesses, the woman was inside a store at 513 Horacio street when a young man pushed her to the ground, threatened her with a gun and removed her watch. (https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/embassy-employee-loses-8000-rolex/) The aggressor is described as being well-dressed and thin, 1.65 meters tall and appearing to be about 25 years of age, with brown skin, dark hair, a straight nose, oval face, with no facial hair or tattoos.

Newsline: Mexican ambassador to Washington says migration deal not ready to be inked

Mexico has told the United States time and again it is not ready to ink a deal forcing asylum seekers heading to the U.S. to first pursue safe haven in a Mexico, the Mexican ambassador to Washington said on Thursday, ahead of a Monday deadline. Martha Barcena rejected the so-called “safe third country” agreement days before the clock runs out on a deal struck with U.S. President Donald Trump in June. Under that commitment, Mexico averted punitive tariffs by promising to stem the flow of illegal migrants from Central America by July 22. If it failed, Latin America’s second largest economy would have to accept safe-third-country status.“We have said once and again that we are not ready to sign” any such agreement, Barcena said at an event in Washington, D.C. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-mexico/mexico-tells-us-its-not-ready-for-safe-third-country-deal-ambassador-idUSKCN1UD23E) Her comments come days before Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard is slated to meet his U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo in Mexico City this weekend to discuss migration and trade.

Newsline: US began construction of three new consulates in Mexico

The United States is investing more than US $1.5 billion to build a new embassy and several consulates in Mexico including three whose construction started last month. Diplomatic staff and officials from the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations held groundbreaking ceremonies during May at sites in Guadalajara, Jalisco; Hermosillo, Sonora; and Nogales, Sonora. (https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/us-began-construction-of-three-new-consulates/) Construction of the new $374-million four-story, energy-efficient consulate in Guadalajara began in the middle of the month. Consul General Robin Matthewman said the facility in the west of the Jalisco capital will have the capacity to attend to 2,000 people per day. The $230-million consulate in Hermosillo and the $211-million facility in Nogales are both expected to be completed in 2022. Their construction will generate 750 jobs for local workers. All three new consulates will be high-security facilities equipped with cutting-edge technology. Commencement of the three new projects follows the beginning of construction in February last year of a new embassy in the Mexico City neighborhood of Nuevo Polanco. It is also expected to open in 2022.

Newsline: Mexican ambassador to the US explains Trump’s claim of a new agricultural deal

Mexico’s ambassador to the United States, Martha Bárcena Coqui, worked to clarify elements of the recent US-Mexico immigration agreement that staved off tariffs on Mexican goods on June 9. (https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/6/9/18658768/mexico-us-trade-tariffs-ambassador-coqui-trump-agricultural-deal) As part to the deal, Mexico has agreed to station 6,000 members of the National Guard around the country, most at the Mexico-Guatemala border. The tariffs would have placed a 5 percent tax on all Mexican goods starting Monday; that tax would have risen at regular intervals to 25 percent. Trump said the threat of tariffs was necessary to push Mexico to increase its efforts to reduce the flow of South American immigrants and asylum seekers traveling to the US-Mexico border. The deal was announced by President Donald Trump on June 7, but tweets he sent, as well as reporting that showed the National Guard agreement had actually first been made in March, led to some confusion about the compact.

Newsline: Guatemala’s Ambassador to Mexico Injured in Traffic Accident

Guatemala’s ambassador to Mexico, Nelson Olivero, was injured in a traffic accident in Mexico City, along with several others from the embassy, the Guatemalan foreign ministry said in a statement on May 25. (https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2019-05-25/guatemalas-ambassador-to-mexico-injured-in-traffic-accident) It was not immediately clear how many people were injured in May 25 accident. Olivero was transferred to hospital, the statement said.