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1998 Apr 12
In Mexico authorities expelled 12 foreigners from Chiapas state saying they had engaged in activity in support of the Zapatista rebels. Two intíl. news photographers were beaten and police attempted to confiscate their film as they boarded a plane for Mexico City. The expelled group reported that they had witnessed a military operation to shut down a town council in Taniperlas, that was raided the previous day by 750 police and troops.
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1998 Apr 19
In Mexico Octavio Paz (84), poet and essayist, died of cancer. His work included "The Labyrinth of Solitude" and the poem "Sun Stone."
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1998 Apr 29
The United States, Canada, and Mexico agreed to eliminate tariffs on items accounting for $1 billion in trade at a meeting in Paris of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
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1998 May 5
In Mexico a forest fire killed 19 firefighters and left 12 missing.
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1998 May 8
In Mexico immigration authorities put a limit on human rights delegations to Chiapas. Groups of 10 people would only be allowed to stay 10 days.
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1998 May 11
Mexico expelled 40 Italian human-rights activists, labeled as professional provocateurs, who spent 9 days in Chiapas and banned them from returning.
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1998 May 13
In Mexico impeachment procedures began for Jorge Carrillo Olea, governor of Morelos state.
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1998 May 17
Mexico continued to suffer in its worst drought in 70 years. Some 50 people were reported to have died fighting fires caused by peasants clearing their fields.
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1998 May 18
The US Customs Service ended a 3-year sting operation, Operation Casablanca, with the indictment of 3 Mexican banks and 107 people on charges of laundering millions of dollars for drug-smuggling cartels.
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1998 May 21
In Cuernavaca, Mexico, police arrested the wife, son, daughter and daughter-in-law of kidnapper Daniel Arizmendi Lopez. He was wanted for carrying out at least 18 bold and brutal kidnappings since 1996.
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1998 May 22
In Tijuana, Mexico, the workers of the Han Young auto parts factory went on strike. An attempted strike break and political maneuverings by the company were unsuccessful and the case was to be put before a judge.
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1998 Jun 2
In Mexico the military leader of an anti-narcotics investigation was kidnapped and beaten by henchmen of Ramon Alcides Magana, aka El Metro. At the same time his office was robbed of evidence linking Yucatan Gov. Mario Villanueva Madrid to El Metro.
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1998 Jun 3
Mexico announced that it would prosecute US customs officials for breaking numerous Mexican laws in the undercover Casablanca operation that was announced May 18.
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1998 Jun 3
In Mexico Chiapas Gov. Roberto Albores ordered a thousand police officers and soldiers into the town of Nicolas Ruiz where 141 people were arrested for supporting Zapatista rebels.
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1998 Jun 4
Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela agreed to cuts in oil production and exports for the 2nd time this year in order to raise prices.
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1998 Jun 5
In Matamoros, Mexico, Salvador Gomez, a former policeman and drug cartel leader, was arrested.
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1998 Jun 7
In Mexico army troops killed 11 [12] leftist rebels of the EPR near Ayutla in Guerrero state. Another 5 were wounded and 21 were arrested. Erika Zamora Pardo, an EPR member, later testified that the guerrillas were shot when they surrendered with their hands up. She also testified that civilians trapped in a schoolhouse also tried to surrender, but that soldiers threw a fragmentation grenade in their midst.
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1998 Jun 8
In Mexico Catholic Bishop Samuel Ruiz resigned as chief mediator in peace negotiations with the Zapatista guerrillas. The committee that he led also resigned and accused the government of standing in the way of peace.
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1998 Jun 10
In Mexico 9 people were killed in Chiapas when the army tried to retake control of El Bosque. 52 people were arrested.
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1998 Jun 12
Strikes at GM plants in Flint idled 13 assembly plants and dozens of parts operations and 50,900 workers in the US, Canada and Mexico.
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1998 Jun 19
In Mexico the 37th annual US-Mexico Parliamentary Session opened.
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1998 Jun
Adrian Carrera Fuentes, former director of the Mexican Federal Judicial Police, was allowed to travel to the US to testify. In Houston he told a grand jury that he had collected nearly $2 million in drug bribes in 1993-1994 and turned the money over to Mario Ruiz Massieu, who fled Mexico in 1995.
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1998 Jul 5
Voters in Mexico elected governors in 10 states. The PRI won in Chihuahua with Patricio Martinez Garcia and in Durango. The PRD won in Zacatecas with Ricardo Monreal.
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1998 Jul 7
Mexican courts ordered the attorney generalís office to rehire more than half the 826 agents dismissed 6 months ago for failed drug tests and alleged corruption.
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1998 Jul 12
Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador agreed to join forces to build a $2 billion railroad network to link Central America with Mexico.
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1998 Jul 13
In Chiapas, Mexico, a technical junior high school in Oventic was inaugurated by Comandante Ezequiel and Peter Brown of the US. Brown was deported 2 weeks later for violating Mexican laws, i.e. building a school on a tourist visa.
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1998 Jul 23
In Mexico three girls escaped capture by police in Mexico City. They had been held for 4 days and the two youngest were repeatedly raped. Sixteen officers were later arrested.
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1998 Aug 2
In Mexico Felipe Gonzalez of the National Action (PAN) led the elections in Aguascalientes.
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1998 Aug 3
It was reported that Mexicoís bill for preventing the collapse of its banking system in 1995 was up to $65 billion.
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1998 Aug 12
Vincente Fox, governor of Guanajuato, Mexico, announced plans, during a speech in Oakland, to run for president in the year 2000 and to have every one of his stateís 4,500 communities provided with potable water, sewers, electricity, telephones and health services within a half hour for everyone.
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1998 Aug 13
US border agents found 7 people dead in the Anza-Borrego Desert. They were believed to be illegal immigrants abandoned by their smuggler.
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1998 Aug 18
In Mexico police nabbed Daniel Arizmendi (39) and 9 others. Arizmendi was the leader of a kidnapping gang that sent the ears of victims to their families to pressure for ransom.
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1998 Aug 22
Elena Garro (b. 1920), Mexican novelist, playwright and former wife of Octavio Paz, died at age 77. Her foremost novel was "Recuerdos del Porvenir" (Remembrances of the Future).
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1998 Aug 24
Tropical Storm Charley dropped a foot of rain on South Texas and northern Mexico and left at least 14 people dead and over 60 missing.
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1998 Aug
The Tequila Express Train began running between Guadalajara and Tequila with a $40 round trip charge with complementary drinks.
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1998 Sep 2
Tropical Storm Isis grew into a hurricane and hit the tip of Baja California.
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1998 Sep 8
In Mexico a flood in Chiapas left 25 people dead and Gov. Roberto Albores Guillen declared a disaster zone along the Pacific Coast. 6 other people were confirmed dead from flooding in Veracruz and Jalisco.
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1998 Sep 10
Keiko the killer whale, star of the 1993 "Free Willy" movie, was returned to Iceland, where he was captured in 1979 at age 2. Much of his early life was spent at a Mexico City amusement park.
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1998 Sep 11
The death toll in Chiapas reached over 100 as 20,000 people were forced from their homes due to the flooding from Tropical Storm Javier. The toll grew to 162 and 450,000 were left homeless.
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1998 Sep 17
In Ensenada, Mexico, 20 people were shot and 19 were killed by gunmen. The victims included 8 children. Fermin Castro (38), aka "The Ice Man," was the principal target and leader of one of 6 gangs linked to the Arellano Felix drug cartel. Castro, a native Pai Pai Indian, was tortured before being shot and was in a coma. In Dec. Tijuana police arrested Hector Flores Esquivias and Cruz Medina Perez, the wife of gang leader Marinez Gonzalez. In 2008 US immigration officials in Los Angeles arrested Jesus Ruben Moncada (33), believed to be one of the Ensenada gunmen, and turned him over to Mexican authorities.
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1998 Sep 18
A secret, 269 page Swiss report asserted that Raul Salinas assumed control of practically all drug shipments in Mexico in 1988 when his brother became president.
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1998 Sep 28
In central Mexico heavy rains caused mudslides in Mexico City that left 6 people dead in the squatter hillsides south of the city.
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1998 Oct 1
In central Mexico a flooded irrigation canal killed 12 people when it washed away tin and cardboard homes along its banks.
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1998 Oct 4
In Mexico the Indians of San Juan Chamula in Chiapas boycotted the elections in protest for the jailing of 5 men accused of murder. They were jailed a year ago during a dispute between Catholic and Protestant converts.
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1998 Oct 4
In Mexico Hector Teran, governor of Baja California and leader of the opposition National Action Party, died at age 67.
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1998 Oct 10
In Mexico Gustavo Petricioli Iturbe, a former treasury secretary and ambassador to the US, died at age 70.
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1998 Oct 12
A protest was planned at the Mexican border against plans to put low-level radioactive waste at Sierra Blanca in Texas, 16 miles from the border. This appeared to be in violation of the 1983 La Paz Treaty in which the US and Mexico agreed to reduce pollution within 60 miles of their common frontier.
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1998 Oct 13
In Mexico a gas explosion in Tultepec killed at least 16 people and wounded dozens. The blast was related to the manufacture of illegal fireworks.
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1998 Oct 18
In Mexico the Zapatista rebels called for talks with the Cocopa group, a multi-party peace commission set up in 1994.
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1998 Oct 20
In Switzerland officials announced that they seized over $90 million from Raul Salinas after an investigations revealed that the money was received for protecting drug shipments. Swiss authorities requested that Britain seize an additional $23.4 million deposited in England.
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1998 Oct 22
1998 Nov 9
Hurricane Mitch was one of the Caribbean's deadliest storms ever causing at least at least 9,000 deaths in Central America. The storm hit Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Jamaica, and Costa Rica.
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1998 Nov 8
In Mexico the PRI led gubernatorial elections in Puebla and Sinaloa but lost in Tlaxcala Alfonso Sanchez Anaya of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party.
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1998 Nov 11
Carlos Cabal Peniche (42), accused of making some $700 million in loans from his banks to companies he owned, was arrested in Melbourne, Australia. He had vanished from Mexico in 1994 just days before his Grupo Financiera Cremi-Union was seized by the government for fraud and mismanagement.
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1998 Nov 18
Frederick McPhail (27), a graduate student from NYU, was found dead in a car in Mexico City. In 1999 13 current and former police officers were arrested as suspects in a gang that robbed and kidnapped tourists. In 2000 6 former police officers received sentences as long as 98 years for the death of McPhail, whom they robbed and forced to drink a bottle of alcohol.
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1998 Nov 21
From Mexico it was reported that hundreds of people had been evacuated from villages near Volcano de Fuego, which threatened to erupt within days.
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1998 Nov 23
In Mexico City detectives arrested 44 city officers on charges that included, murder, rape, extortion and abuse of power under orders by Police Chief Alejandro Gertz Manero, who took office in August.
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1998 Dec 14
In Mexico the Senate approved a new law that ended restrictions limiting foreign ownership of the nationís top banks.
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1998 Dec 16
Philip True (50), a reporter for the San Antonio Express-News, was found dead in a remote mountain range between Jalisco and Nayarit states in Mexico. He went hiking the area Nov 29 to photograph and write about the Huichol Indians and apparently fell into a deep ravine. A coronerís report later indicated that he had been strangled and dropped into the ravine. In 2002 an appeals court overturned the acquittal of 2 Huichol Indians, who were arrested with Trueís camera and backpack.
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1998 Dec 18
Fifty military officers marched in Mexico City decrying corruption and injustice and attempted to present Pres. Zedillo a letter calling for reform. The officers called themselves the Patriotic Command to Raise the Consciousness of the People.
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1998 Dec 27
In Mexico 2 Huichol Indians, Juan Chivarrer Lopez and Miguel Hernandez de la Cruz, were arrested for the murder of reporter Philip True.
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