Everything you need to know about Mexico: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more
Mexico: Cowboy Country in the Heart of North America
The great civilisation like the Mayas, Olmecs, Toltecs, and Aztecs ruled over Mexico in the ancient times. Later on between 1519 to1521 the Spanish established control over Mexico and ruled over it as part of the viceroyalty of New Spain for the next 300 years. After decade long independence struggle Mexico gained freedom in 1821 only to fall prey to the rule of several dictators. Mexico lost Texas to US in 1836 and California, Nevada and Utah during 1846-1848, thus its vast territory shrunk considerably after falling prey to US land predators. During the mid-1970’s under the leadership of President José López Portillo, Mexico became a major petroleum producer.
Mexico Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures
Mexico enjoys Tropical climate and the northern areas of Mexico are milder than the southern areas climatically. The coastal areas are warm with high humidity while the central plateau enjoys moderate climate. The Mexican rainy season falls between June to September.
Culture, Cuisine and Tradition of Mexico:
The Culture of Mexico reflects the cultural blend derived from the pre-Hispanic civilizations and from Spain. The influence of US culture can also bee seen in the Mexican culture. The Spanish brought Christianity to Mexico’s shores in the 16th Century and it has become integral to the Mexican ethos ever since. The rich legacy of Mexican cultural legacy can be seen through the preserved historical monuments.
Spanish influence can be found in the cuisine of Mexico. Mexican cuisine is known for its varied flavors, colorful decoration, and variety of spices. Food in Mexico varies from region to region due to varying climate, geography and ethnic groups. The Northern Mexico is dominated with non-vegetarian items like fish, pork and meat while southern part of Mexico love their spicy vegetables and chicken.
The economy of Mexico is highly dependent on exports to the US that contributes more than a quarter of the country’s GDP. Mexico has one of the most open economies in the world having free trade agreements with the U.S., Canada, the EU, and 44 other countries of the world. Agriculture, manufacturing sectors and extraction of crude oil remain the major contributor of Mexican economy. In 2007 Mexico was the world's eighth-largest crude exporter, and the third-largest supplier of oil to the U.S. Corn, tomatoes, sugar cane, dry beans, and avocados are the major crops that are cultivated in Mexico for the domestic and commercial purposes.
Tourist Attractions of Mexico:
Mexico is considered as the best holiday destination of North America. The incredibly diverse culture of Mexico attracts tourists from around the world.
Metropolitan Cathedral: Located on the Zocalo and renowned as Latin America's greatest temple. Having 67-meter high towers. Metropolitan Cathedral was constructed in 3rd century and has a 67-metre high tower with glimpses neoclassic, baroque and Churrigueresque periods.
Cancun: is often called as beach paradise and known for its silvery beaches that are surrounded by the azure sea. The water of Cancun is ideal for water sports including surfing, under water diving, sailing and boating.
Major Sight-seeing Places in Mexico include:
Mexico City, May 23 (IANS/EFE) Chili peppers and sauces will take centre stage at a festival being held this week in Mexico City, where the spicy plant, one of the pillars of Mexican cuisine, will be honoured, organizers said.
Los Angeles, May 23 (IANS) Actress Tori Spelling put her perfect bikini body on display while celebrating her 40th birthday with her family at a beach location.
Nassau (Bahamas), May 22 (IANS/CMC) An English Premier League club will play in the Bahamas for the first time to mark the country's 40th anniversary of independence.
Los Angeles, May 22 (IANS/EFE) Spanish actor Antonio Banderas will star in "The 33", a film based on the story of survival of the miners buried for more than two months in a mine in northern Chile, Variety reported.
Mexico City, May 22 (IANS/EFE) Mexican telecommunications giant America Movil says it has agreed to buy US mobile operator Start Wireless Group for an undisclosed amount.
Mexico City, May 21 (IANS/EFE) Economic activity associated with tourism grew 4 percent in 2012 compared with the year before, Mexico's INEGI statistics service said.
Kathmandu, May 20 (IANS/EFE) Mexican David Liaño Gonzalez Sunday became the first climber to double summit on Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain, in the same season, the climb's organizers said.
Brasilia, May 20 (IANS/EFE) Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade visited his Brazilian counterpart, Antonio Patriota, with whom he agreed to promote a series of business meetings to boost bilateral trade.
Mexico City, May 20 (IANS/EFE) Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto inaugurated a 1.6-billion-peso ($130-million) expansion of a Nestle instant coffee factory in the central city of Toluca.
Miami, May 18 (IANS/EFE) Actress America Ferrera graduated from the University of Southern California, 10 years after beginning her International Relations course.
Thrissur (Kerala), May 18 (IANS) The festivities and fireworks at the Thrissur Pooram festival have stunned two US-based filmmakers who are making a movie on pyrotechnics across the globe. They have termed it as one of the most amazing display they have ever witnessed.
Rome, May 17 (IANS) Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli has named his initial 31-man squad for the Confederations Cup, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced.
Mexico City, May 17 (IANS/EFE) A general in the Mexican army was sworn-in Thursday as public safety secretary in the western state of Michoacan, which is home to several powerful criminal organizations and a growing vigilante movement.
Washington, May 17 (ANI): Our brains are wired to make music-color connections depending on how the melodies make us feel, according to a new research from the University of California, Berkeley.
Rome, May 15 (IANS) Women's doubles sixth seeds of Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek-Sands reached the second round of the Rome Masters here.
The Spice Boyz, crowned Windward Islands' football champions last month, climbed 20 spots to 121 in the global rankings and 16 in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Football (CONCACAF).
Mexico City, May 14 (IANS/EFE) About 100,000 people attended a free concert offered by Spanish singer Miguel Bose on the weekend in the Zocalo, Mexico City's mammoth main square.
Washington, May 13 (ANI): Noncoding DNA, which has puzzled scientists for so many years, and is abundant in many living things, may not actually be needed for creation of complex life, according to researchers.
Dubai, May 13 (IANS) Nearly half of over $61 billion sent by expatriates in the Gulf countries in 2012 went to India, according to new data.
Teotihuacan (Mexico), May 13 (IANS/EFE) A robot that weighs just 25 kg is helping scientists explore the underworld of Teotihuacan, an archaeological complex.
Mexico City, May 13 (IANS/EFE) More than 6,000 motorcycles, mostly Harley-Davidsons, roared through several downtown streets of the Mexican capital to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the founding of the legendary firm, which for some created an entire way of life.
Geneva, May 13 (IANS/EFE) An exclusive Audemars Piguet watch designed with the assistance of soccer star Leo Messi was auctioned for 65,500 euros ($85,000), all of which will go to the foundation created by the soccer star to aid underprivileged children in Argentina, Mexico and Spain.
Washington, May 12 (ANI): SUV maker Chrysler Group LLC is reportedly recalling a total of 4,69,000 models following discoveries that their circuit boards have transmitted signals bringing about gearshifts to neutral positions.
Houston, May 12 (IANS) The world's largest art car parade traveled through the city of Houston Saturday, giving art car-lovers a rare chance to view about 300 art cars of every shape and design imaginable.
London, May 10 (IANS) The cult of Santa Muerte or "Holy Death" in Mexico is "blasphemous" and worshipping it was a "degeneration of religion", a senior Vatican official has said.
Mexico City, May 10 (IANS/EFE) Authorities slaughtered 55,000 chickens at a farm in the central state of Puebla where avian flu was detected, Mexico's agriculture department said.
Mexico City, May 10 (IANS/EFE) The Mexican government proposed a bank reform package aimed at spurring lending and promoting economic growth.
Mexico City, May 9 (IANS/EFE) Spanish singer Julio Iglesias Wednesday denied reports that his son Enrique will marry former tennis star Anna Kournikova this weekend, saying that Enrique had not mentioned this possibility to him.
Singapore, May 8 (IANS) Singapore beat Tianjin in China and Monterrey in Mexico to be named as host for the year-ending Women's Tennis Association Championships for the next five years.
Rio de Janeiro, May 7 (IANS) Brazil's football confederation (CBF) president Jose Maria Marin has guaranteed the future of national coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, even if his team fails to impress during Confederations Cup in June.
Ciudad Juarez (Mexico), May 6 (IANS/EFE) The sons of two journalists were murdered by gunmen Sunday in Mexico's Chihuahua city, officials said.
Mexico City, May 6 (IANS/EFE) Audi executives and Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo laid the cornerstone for the German automaker's new plant in Mexico, the Economy Secretariat said in a statement.
Mexico City, May 6 (IANS/EFE) They've had everything in life and never had to lift a finger - until one day their dad decides to teach them a lesson and puts them to work. So goes the storyline of "Nosotros los Nobles", a comedy causing a ruckus in Mexico by raising awareness about the risks of spoiling kids.
Washington, May 4 (ANI): A NASA-led modeling study has provided new evidence that global warming could change future global rainfall patterns and increase the risk of both flooding and drought.
Mexico City, May 4 (IANS/EFE) The Mexican unit of Japanese auto giant the Honda Motor Co. announced plans to invest $470 million in the construction of a transmission plant in Celaya, in the central state of Guanajuato.
San Diego, May 3 (IANS) Scientists have shown that certain proteins in plants that function as transporters can help solve global fuel and food problems, a study says.
Washington, May 3 (ANI): Not only as a common food, but figs are familiar to a wide cross-section of human society for their spiritual importance.
Mexico City, May 3 (IANS/EFE) Remittances sent by Mexicans living abroad fell 14.7 percent to $1.78 billion in March, compared to the same month in 2012, the Bank of Mexico said Thursday.
Monterrey (Mexico), May 3 (IANS/EFE) A radio and television announcer in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila is missing, officials said.
Washington, May 3 (IANS) US President Barack Obama Thursday kicked off a three-day visit to Mexico and Costa Rica, with focus expected to be on trade, energy, security and immigration issues.
Pyongyang, May 2 (Xinhua-ANI): A U.S. citizen was sentenced 15 years of compulsory labor by the Supreme Court of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday, the official KCNA news agency said Thursday.
Melbourne, May 2 (ANI): A 1800-year-old, once-metallic orbs have been found under an ancient pyramid in Mexico City.
Mexico City, May 2 (IANS/EFE) Mexico's gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 1 percent in real terms in the first quarter of this year after expanding at a 3.2 percent rate in the final three months of 2012, the government said.
Cuenca (Spain), May 2 (IANS/EFE) A board game created by a nun in Cuenca that tests players' knowledge about Jesus is hitting it big in Spain and will also be marketed in the Americas.
Tokyo, May 1 (IANS/EFE) Furukawa Electric plans to break ground next month on a new auto parts plant in Mexico to supply Japanese automakers operating in that country, the Japanese media reported.
Mexico City, May 1 (IANS/EFE) Mexico's Vitro, one of the world's largest glassmakers, said it planned to invest 1.77 billion pesos ($146 million) in different projects this year.
Washington, April 30 (ANI): A private spaceship designed to carry space tourists made its first rocket-powered test flight Monday morning from California's Mojave Air and Spaceport.
Guatemala City, April 30 (IANS/EFE) A time capsule that will not be opened until 2065 has been created by officials in Guatemala who drew their inspiration from the ancient Mayan civilization.
Melbourne, April 29 (ANI): Matt Damon, who has always appeared to be the most down-to-earth of stars, has revealed that he along with his co-stars Diego Luna and Sharlto Copley had to, "literally eat s---" while shooting his new movie, Elysium.
Los Angeles, April 29 (IANS) Singer-songwriter Katy Perry and pop star Rihanna have reportedly solved their differences and they are planning a holiday to Africa.
Mexico City, April 29 (IANS/EFE) Some of the firearms used in the killings of thousands of people in Mexico have gained new uses in the hands of artist Pedro Reyes, who is turning these instruments of death into musical instruments that raise awareness of peace.
Washington, April 28 (ANI): An interdisciplinary team of Michigan Technological University students has found a simple solution to reduce air pollution from wood-burning cookstoves.
Los Angeles, April 28 (IANS) Hollywood actor-director Eli Roth was spotted with a bandaged finger after he was bitten by an octopus during a break in Hawaii.
Puebla (Mexico), April 27 (IANS) Mexico, the world's eighth-largest producer of automobiles and its fourth largest exporter, provides many opportunities for investment to Indian automotive companies, said Indian Ambassador Sujan R.Chinoy here.
Washington, April 27 (ANI): Pierce Brosnan, who was apparently in a romantic mood at a 'Cinema Society and Disaronno' sponsored premiere of his new film 'Love Is All You Need', has said that his sex symbol status is all an illusion.
Mexico City, April 27 (IANS/EFE) Six people were killed and two wounded in a shooting near the Mexican resort city of Acapulco, authorities said.
Moscow, April 26 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Viktor Minibaev and Artyom Chesakov took a 10-metre platform silver at the fourth stage of the Diving World Series here Friday.
Acapulco (Mexico), April 26 (IANS/EFE) The ABM group representing Mexico's banks said it supports the general objectives of a financial-sector overhaul that the government initially planned to present this week.
Washington, April 26 (ANI): Finding from new excavations at Ceibal, an ancient Maya site in Guatemala, have challenged the two prevailing theories on how early Maya civilization began, suggesting its origins are more complex than previously thought.
Mexico City, April 26 (IANS/EFE) The mutilated body of Daniel Alejandro Martinez, a photographer for Mexico's La Vanguardia newspaper, was found along with that of another young man in the northern city of Saltillo, the daily reported Thursday.
Mexico City, April 26 (IANS/EFE) Bulletproof vests and backpacks for children will be sold beginning this week in Mexico, where drug-related violence has claimed tens of thousands of lives over the past six years.
London, April 24 (IANS) A British businessman has been found guilty of selling "golf ball finders" worth $20 for $40,000 apiece as "bomb detectors" to countries in the war zone, including Pakistan. He made $75 million during the Iraq war alone, a court was told.
Mexico City, April 24 (IANS/EFE) A collection of 36 mummies belonging to Guanajuato, a city in central Mexico, has been sent back from the US, officials told EFE.
Havana, April 23 (IANS) Cuba will participate in the Pan-American Route Cycling Championship in Mexico to be held from May 1 to 5.
Puebla (Mexico), April 23 (IANS/EFE) Mexican astronomy enthusiasts set a Guinness record over the weekend by simultaneously pointing 2,978 telescopes at the Moon from different parts of the country, organizers said.
London, April 22 (ANI): Jennifer Aniston will be stripping off on the big screen.
Culiacan (Mexico), April 22 (IANS/EFE) The bodies of six men were found inside an SUV near the industrial zone in Ahome, a city in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa, police said.
Buenos Aires, April 20 (IANS) Eight teams qualified for the round of 16 of Copa Libertadores, a football tournament organised by the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol), and will play against one another beginning April 24.
The Finance ministers of the BRICS countries on Friday agreed to form a delegation, which will formulate the main principles for establishing a development bank by this fall, Russian Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak said.
Moscow, April 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Finance ministers of the BRICS countries have agreed to set up delegations that would work out the main principles for the establishment of a development bank by this fall, Russian Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak said.
Rio de Janeiro, April 19 (IANS) Ronaldinho apologised to Atletico Mineiro fans after describing a Copa Libertadores match against Sao Paulo as a "training session".
Mexico City, April 19 (IANS) Mexico will spend some 4.5 billion Mexican pesos ($366 million) in organising the 24th Central American and Caribbean Games Veracruz 2014, the organising committee announced.
Miami, April 19 (IANS/EFE) "Filly Brown" will begin showing Friday amid great expectation over seeing on the big screen the first and last movie performance of singer Jenni Rivera, who died in a plane crash in Mexico last December.
Mexico City, April 19 (IANS/EFE) Police found 14 thoroughbreds at an illegal drug lab in Guanajuato, a state in central Mexico, and arrested four suspects, officials said.
Mexico City, April 18 (IANS/EFE) The Mexican government plans to "deepen" its trade relations with the European Union this year via negotiations set to start in a few months, Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo said.
Mexico City, April 18 (IANS/EFE) Two bombs were thrown at the office of the Mural newspaper in Zapopan, a city in the western Mexican state of Jalisco. No one was injured, state prosecutors said.
Monterrey (Mexico), April 18 (IANS/EFE) Nine bullet-riddled bodies were found on the banks of the La Silla river in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, prosecutors said.
Mexico City, April 18 (IANS/EFE) Pedro Ramirez Vazquez, one of Mexico's most distinguished architects, has died from pneumonia, the National Culture and Arts Council, or Conaculta, said. The architect died on his 94th birthday.
Washington, April 17 (IANS) President Barack Obama has come out in support of a compromise immigration reform legislation unveiled by a bipartisan group of senators offering a 13-year path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants, including 260,000 Indians.
Mexico City, April 17 (IANS) Latin American countries joined the international community in condemning Monday's twin bombings of the Boston Marathon.
Miami, April 17 (IANS/EFE) Singer-songwriter Alejandro Sanz will be joined by Cuban trumpet and piano player Arturo Sandoval at his May 1 concert in the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, the Spanish artist announced via Twitter.
Mexico City, April 17 (IANS/EFE) A robot will soon begin exploring the last stretch of a tunnel found at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan in central Mexico, the third time anywhere in the world that it is used to design excavation strategies.
New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Coca-Cola Tuesday said its sales in India increased eight percent in the first quarter of 2013.
Boston, April 16 (IANS) Lelisa Desisa of Ethiophia and Japanese Rita Jeptoo won the Boston Marathon in their respective categories.
Mexico City, April 16 (IANS/EFE) Swiss food giant Nestle will sell the infant nutrition business it acquired as part of the purchase of US-based pharmaceutical giant Pfizer's global infant nutrition unit, the Federal Competition Commission, or CFC, said Monday.
Sao Paulo, April 16 (IANS) Santos have made a bid to sign Chile international striker Humberto Suazo, the Brazilian club has revealed.
Mexico City, April 16 (IANS/EFE) A four-year-old girl who disappeared April 1 in the city of Texcoco has been found in El Salvador and is "in perfect health", the Mexican Foreign Relations Secretariat said.
Washington, April 15 (IANS) With an estimated 11.5 million foreigners, including some 260,000 Indians, living in the country illegally, everyone is agreed that the US immigration system is broken and everyone has their own fix.
Mexico City, April 15 (IANS/EFE) Spanish singer Raphael took his "Mi Gran Noche Tour" to Mexico City, where more than 9,000 fans joined him for a concert that showed he has not lost a step.
Shanghai, April 14 (IANS) Formula 1 defending World Champion Sebastian Vettel still leads the Drivers' World Championship standings despite finishing fourth in the Chinese Grand Prix here at the Shanghai International Circuit Sunday.
Shanghai, April 14 (IANS) Ferrari's Fernando Alonso won the Chinese Grand Prix for the second time here at the Shanghai International Circuit Sunday from Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton.
Havana, April 13 (IANS) The Cuban team which will participate in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey, next June, may "prove" the Caribbean island has qualities to compete in an international championship, technical director Raul Gonzalez Triana said here.
Madrid, April 13 (IANS/EFE) The big winner in Spain's Goya film awards, "Blancanieves", has been nominated for Mexico's Ariel prize in the category of best Ibero-American picture.
Mexico City, April 12 (IANS) Mexico plans to play Peru in a soccer friendly April 17 in San Francisco, California, with a lineup composed entirely of players from the local league, the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) announced.
Washington, April 12(ANI): Females of Euxesta bilimeki, a species of Ulidiid fly, adopt a unique behavior that probably helps them bias male paternity - they expel and then consume male ejaculate after copulation.
Washington, Apr.12 (ANI): Around two-thirds of the population in America favours a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, a recent poll has revealed.
Mexico City, April 12 (IANS/EFE) Nearly four million birds were destroyed at poultry farms in the Mexican states of Jalisco and Guanajuato due to the outbreak of avian influenza in February, Agriculture Secretary Enrique Martinez said.
Mexico City, April 12 (IANS/EFE) A contemporary art fair is being held in Mexico City, showcasing the work of hundreds of both established and emerging artists from around the world.
Mexico City, April 11 (IANS) A branch of FIND Foundation, set up by noted Indologist Alain Danielou to promote in the East and West awareness about philosophy, music, religion, sciences and the arts, has been inaugurated in Mexico City at an event attended by Indian Ambassador Sujan R. Chinoy.
London, Apr. 11 (ANI): Congress in Uruguay has legalised gay marriage, becoming the second country in Latin America to do so, after Argentina.