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Newsline: Man pleads guilty to shooting US diplomat in Mexico

A California man has pleaded guilty to shooting a U.S. diplomat in Mexico. Zia Zafar entered guilty pleas in a Virginia federal court Friday to attempted murder of an internationally protected person and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. The 33-year-old Zafar, of Chino Hills, California, admitted shooting and wounding a vice consul in Guadalajara on Jan. 6, 2017. Zafar is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 7. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for attempted murder and a mandatory minimum of 10 years on the firearm charge. The charges were filed in Virginia because Zafar was brought into the country in the Eastern District of Virginia, where Dulles International Airport is located.

https://wtop.com/virginia/2018/07/man-pleads-guilty-to-shooting-us-diplomat-in-mexico/

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Newsline: US ambassador to Mexico officially departs

The United States’s top diplomat to Mexico left Mexico City on Saturday for the last time in her official capacity, capping off a nearly two-year tenure in the post. The U.S. Embassy in Mexico announced Ambassador Roberta Jacobson’s departure from the Mexican capital, saying that she was flying back to the U.S. on a commercial plane. “I am sad to leave Mexico, but take with me a deep affection for this marvelous country and the Mexican people. I believe we have made great strides in our bilateral relationship,” Jacobson said in a statement. “I am not saying goodbye, but rather so long for now.”

http://thehill.com/policy/international/386378-us-ambassador-to-mexico-departs-to-begin-retirement

Newsline: New US Consulate in Matamoros, Mexico has $176 million price tag

Construction of the new U.S. Consulate General in Matamoros has begun on a new $176 million, 7.6-acre consulate site. The multi-building campus will include a chancery, Marine security guard residence, support buildings and facilities for the consulate general community. Completion is expected in May 2019. Tony Garza, the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico from 2002 to 2009, said this project was in the works during his tenure. And despite some harsh words toward the border, Mexico and Central America from President Donald Trump, this project shows a good relationship between the United States and its southern neighbor, Garza said.

http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/article_1076d352-45d8-11e8-972b-2f810110b266.html

Newsline: US Embassy warns about threat to Mexico resort town, issues travel ban

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City received information about a security threat in Playa del Carmen Wednesday, leading to a travel ban for U.S. government employees. Embassy officials did not release details about the threat in the Yucatan resort town, south of Cancun. The report comes just as schools and universities prepare for spring break. The U.S. Consular Agency in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo was closed until further notice.

https://www.abc15.com/news/national/us-embassy-warns-about-threat-to-mexico-resort-town-issues-travel-ban

Newsline: US Ambassador To Mexico Is Latest Career Diplomat To Resign

Roberta Jacobson, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has handed in her resignation. The career diplomat, with more than 30 years in government service, says it was a difficult decision to leave. Jacobson, 57, is the latest in a string of high-level diplomats to depart the State Department since President Trump took office. In a note to embassy staff, Jacobson said, “The decision is all the more difficult because of my profound belief in the importance of the U.S.–Mexico relationship and knowledge that it is at a crucial moment.” She said her resignation will be effective May 5. Jacobson, who was appointed by President Obama and assumed her post in 2016, did not give a reason for her resignation. But according to former U.S. and Mexican diplomats, the strain in the countries’ relations made her job particularly difficult.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/01/590081271/u-s-ambassador-to-mexico-is-latest-career-diplomat-to-resign

Newsline: Number of staff at Mexico’s North Korean embassy down to three

Only three members of staff remain at the DPRK’s embassy in Mexico, the country announced in a February implementation report to the UN Sanctions Committee on North Korea. In a report detailing Mexico’s implementation of UNSC Resolution 2371, the Directorate-General of Protocol of the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs said that while the country had hosted “five accredited diplomats” in 2016, the DPRK embassy was now “composed of three staff members.” It remains unclear whether the three remaining staff members are fully accredited diplomats, and numerous requests for further clarity to the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs went unanswered. It also remains unclear whether the reported reduction in staff also includes the North Korean ambassador, who was deported last year.

https://www.nknews.org/2018/03/number-of-staff-at-mexicos-north-korean-embassy-down-to-three-report/

Newsline: US diplomat killed while climbing Mexico mountain

An American citizen who works for the U.S. diplomatic mission in Mexico was killed while climbing Pico de Orizaba mountain, the State Department confirmed to ABC News. The staffer was climbing with another U.S. citizen and embassy employee was evacuated to a hospital, according to a Mexican official in Puebla state. “We are extremely grateful to the government of Mexico for its prompt assistance in the operation,” a State Department official said in a statement to ABC News. “Unfortunately, one of the climbers passed away. Our deepest sympathies are with his family and friends.” The embassy employee was rescued Monday afternoon and is currently hospitalized in Mexico City, according to the Mexican official. The staffer’s body has been recovered, taken down the mountain by foot Tuesday morning.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/us-diplomat-killed-climbing-mexico-mountain/story?id=53047453