Felipe Calderon

Audi to build $1.3 bn plant in Mexico

Audi to build $1.3 bn plant in MexicoMexico City, Sep 7 - German luxury automaker Audi plans to build a $1.3 billion plant in the Mexican state of Puebla that will be the company's first production facility in the Americas, Mexican President Felipe Calderon said.

Some 20,000 jobs will be created during the plant's construction, which will start in 2013.

The plant in the city of San Jose Chiapa is expected to create 9,800 direct and indirect permanent jobs once it starts operating, Calderon said during a ceremony Wednesday at the Los Pinos presidential residence.

Mexican President Calderon announces austerity measures

Mexican President Calderon announces austerity measures Mexico City  - Mexican President Felipe Calderon announced federal budget cuts in a televised address late Tuesday with the goal of saving about 14.5 billion dollars a year.

He cited the ongoing recession, which has cut into government revenues and forced him to look for ways to reduce spending.

Mexico's top official in drug war replaced by President Calderon

Mexico's top official in drug war replaced by President CalderonMexico City  - Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Monday replaced his attorney general, who had headed the government's war against rampant drug trafficking gangs.

After the resignation of Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora, Calderon named lawyer Arturo Chavez as the new attorney general, pending approval by the Mexican Senate.

More than 4,000 people have been killed so far this year in Mexico in violence linked to drug cartels. (dpa)

Ousted Honduran leader in Mexico for start of diplomatic offensive

Manuel Zelaya,Mexico City  - Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya arrived Tuesday in Mexico City for a meeting with President Felipe Calderon, as part of his diplomatic offensive to regain office.

"Mexico is the big brother of all of Central America," Zelaya said, adding that he believed "Mexico's opinion carries weight throughout Latin America."

Zelaya was overthrown in a bloodless military coup and forced into exile on June 28 after he made moves to change the constitution to allow him to run for an additional term.

He is next scheduled to travel to Brazil.(dpa)

Midterm legislative election a test for Mexican government

Midterm legislative election a test for Mexican governmentMexico City  - Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his centre-right National Action Party (PAN) on Sunday face a midterm legislative election that is considered a rehearsal for the 2012 presidential contest.

"These (midterm) legislative elections in Mexico and in many parts of the world are a sort of referendum on the performance of the executive administration, that is PAN and Calderon," researcher Joy Langston, of the Centre for Economic Research and Teaching, told the German Press Agency dpa.

Calderon salutes Obama's "constructive attitude" against drugs

Calderon salutes Obama's "constructive attitude" against drugs Mexico City  - Mexican President Felipe Calderon saluted Friday the "constructive attitude" of the new US administration in the fight against drug gangs.

As he hosted US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and US Attorney General Eric Holder in Mexico City, however, Calderon also expressed his "concern" over the fate of millions of Mexicans who live and work illegally in the United States.

Mexican president inspects British oil industry on visit

Mexican president inspects British oil industry on visit London - Mexican President Felipe Calderon visited the heart of the British oil industry during a trip to Scotland Tuesday as part of a four-day state visit that will also include his attendance at the Group of 20 (G20) summit.

The president, and his partner, Margarita Zavala, arrived in Britain Monday to a ceremonious welcome by Queen Elizabeth II. Calderon and Zavala are the queen's guests at Buckingham Palace.

ROUNDUP: Mexican president given glittering royal welcome in London

Mexican president given glittering royal welcome in London London - Mexican President Felipe Calderon was given a full military welcome, accompanied by pomp and pageantry, during his reception by Queen Elizabeth II for a state visit to Britain Monday.

The queen, 82, greeted the Mexican leader and his wife, Margarita Zavala, in bright sunshine at the historic Horseguards Parade ground at the start of the visit during which Calderon will take part in the Group of 20 (G20) summit meeting.

The couple will be guests of the queen and stay at Buckingham Palace for the duration of their visit.

Mexican president receives glittering royal welcome in London

Mexican president receives glittering royal welcome in London London - Mexican President Felipe Calderon was given a ceremonial welcome full of pomp and pageantry as he was received by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in London Monday.

The queen, 82, greeted the Mexican leader and his wife, Margarita Zavala, in bright sunshine at the historic Horseguards Parade ground at the start of a four-day state visit.

Felipe Calderon to make state visit to Britain before G20 summit

Felipe Calderon to make state visit to Britain before G20 summit Mexico City  - Mexican President Felipe Calderon is to meet with Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister Gordon Brown and several British politicians and legislators during a state visit to Britain prior to the G20 summit next week in London.

"President Calderon will have an intense work agenda which includes meetings with the most relevant actors in political life of the United Kingdom," the Mexican president's office said Wednesday in a statement.

Mexico seeks solutions in London for crisis, violence

Mexico seeks solutions in London for crisis, violenceBuenos Aires  - Mexican President Felipe Calderon is likely to press a double demand when he attends the G20 summit in London next month, with the global crisis and the wave of violence that hits Mexico giving him many headaches in recent months.

On the one hand, as the leader of the 13th-largest economy in the world, he will be seeking to curb the severe effects that the international financial and economic crisis is having on Mexico, a country that is very heavily dependent on its northern neighbour, the now-troubled United States.

Catholic World Meeting of Families starts in Mexico City

Catholic World Meeting of Families starts in Mexico City Mexico City  - The sixth World Meeting of Families started Wednesday in Mexico City, in the presence of Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

Some 7,500 pilgrims from 98 countries attended the opening ceremony alongside Calderon and high officials of the Roman Catholic Church.

For five days, families from around the world, 22 Roman Catholic cardinals and over 60 bishops and archbishops are set to take part in a Theological-Pastoral Congress.

Mexican president appoints new interior minister

Mexican president appoints new interior minister Mexico City - Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Monday named lawyer Fernando Francisco Gomez Mont as his new interior minister to succeed Juan Camilo Mourino, killed in a plane crash six days earlier.

Gomez Mont, like Calderon, belongs to the National Action Party, in which he has served in a number of posts.

Under the Mexican constitution, the interior minister is Mexico's second-highest government official after the president.

President Calderon promises probe into crash that killed 14

President Calderon promises probe into crash that killed 14 Mexico City - Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Thursday attended the funeral of some of the victims of Tuesday's airplane crash that killed 14 people, and promised a thorough investigation into the accident.

Mexican Interior Minister Juan Camilo Mourino, 37, died in the crash, along with 13 others.

Calderon - a close friend of Mourino's - and his entire cabinet attended the burial ceremony in the Campo Marte military facility in Mexico City, not far from the site where the Lear Jet 45 crashed.

Mexican president's right-hand man dies at 37 in crash

Mexican president's right-hand man dies at 37 in crashMexico City - Was it an accident or was it an attack? Mexican authorities were beginning to investigate the cause of the plane crash that claimed the life of Mexican Interior Minister Juan Camilo Mourino and at least seven other people.

However, it was clear to observers that the death Tuesday night of the man who came second in Mexico's government hierarchy was the hardest blow that President Felipe Calderon has suffered since winning the presidency in late 2006.

Mexican president expresses sorrow over minister's death

Mexican President Felipe CalderonMexico City - Mexican President Felipe Calderon expressed "enormous sorrow" over the death of his interior minister and close friend Juan Camilo Mourino in a plane crash late Tuesday in Mexico City.

With his voice breaking, Calderon recalled that Mourino had been his companion in politics for several years and that they dreamed together of "a new homeland."

President Calderon blames "cowards," "traitors" for attack

President Calderon blames "cowards," "traitors" for attackNew York  - Major US stock indices were recovering Tuesday after turmoil in the financial sector on Monday led to the worst day on Wall Street since the September 2001 terrorist attacks.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 40 points early Tuesday afternoon, despite opening the trading day down about 150 points. The Dow plunged more than 500 points, or 4.4 per cent, on Monday.

Mexican president proposes life sentences for kidnappers

Mexican president proposes life sentences for kidnappers Mexico City  - Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Thursday proposed life sentences for those found guilty of kidnapping, in a move to curb a crime wave in the North American nation.

He sent the proposal to Parliament in the wake of outrage over the recent murder of a 14-year-old kidnapped boy.

The life sentences would be aimed particularly at public officials - such as police officers - involved in kidnappings, as well as those who snatch children, or abuse or sell their victims.

Mexico freezes price of 150 food products

Mexico freezes price of 150 food productsMexico City  - Mexico froze until the end of the year the prices of 150 food products, Mexican President Felipe Calderon said Wednesday following an agreement with the Confederation of Chambers of Industry (CONCAMIN).

Calderon noted that the deal includes canned products like sardines, tuna, soups and vegetables, and also some brands of oil and other processed goods.

The move came amid growing concern over the rising prices of foodstuffs around the world.

Calderon: Association Mexico-EU will contribute to "better world"

Calderon: Association Mexico-EU will contribute to "better world"Lima - The strategic association between Mexico and the European Union (EU), which both parties have agreed to broaden, "will contribute to building a better world," Mexican President Felipe Calderon said Saturday in Lima.

Mexico and the EU said in the Peruvian capital - where the EU-Latin America and the Caribbean summit was held Friday - that they are set to deepen the association that was launched in 2000. The deal includes periodic high-level political dialogue and a free-trade agreement.




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