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Mexico Has an Olympic Ski Team and Their Outfits are Awesome

Mexico has sent two Alpine skiers to the Winter Games in PyeongChang and their outfits, a tribute to the ‘Day of the Dead’, are pretty sweet. They were designed by Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe, 59, who designed them and has represented Mexico in six Winter Games. Prince you say? That’s right. According to the Washington Post, his family reigned over a principality in what is now the northeastern of Baden-Württemberg in Germany until the early 19th century. Although he spends most of his time in Europe, he is eligible to…

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Lakes of mercury and human sacrifices after 1,800 years, Teotihuacan reveals its treasures

When archaeologists found a tunnel under Mexicos birthplace of the gods, they could only dream of the riches they would discover. Now its wonders from jewel-eyed figures to necklaces of human teeth are being revealed to the world In 2003, a tunnel was discovered beneath the Feathered Serpent pyramid in the ruins of Teotihuacan, the ancient city in Mexico. Undisturbed for 1,800 years, the sealed-off passage was found to contain thousands of extraordinary treasures lying exactly where they had first been placed as ritual offerings to the gods. Items unearthed…

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At least 217 dead after powerful earthquake hits central Mexico

The 7.1 magnitude earthquake is deadliest to hit country in more than 30 years and has brought down buildings in the capital, Mexico City Emergency crews and volunteers are digging through rubble with their bare hands in search of trapped survivors after a powerful earthquake Mexico earthquake The earthquake also appeared to have triggered an eruption of Mexicos Popocatpetl volcano. In Atzitzihuacn on the slopes of the volcano, a church collapsed during mass, killing 15 people, Puebla governor Jos Antonio Gali said. Authorities said at least 54 people died in…

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Mexican laborer: we were told Texas ride that killed 10 would be air-conditioned

Adan Lalravega, who fainted during the sweltering ride in a tractor-trailer, describes hearing children begging for water: People were despairing Adan Lara Vega said he was told the $5,500 he was being charged to be smuggled into the United States would include an air-conditioned truck ride. Instead, the 27-year-old Mexican laborer climbed with his friends into a pitch-black, metal tractor-trailer compartment that lacked ventilation a deadly oven that would

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World Cup qualifier: USA draw with Mexico after Michael Bradley wonder goal

A superb strike from Michael Bradley gave the US a bonus point in the quest to reach next years World Cup and a big psychological boost A superb strike from Michael Bradley gave the US a bonus point in the quest to reach next years World Cup, and a big psychological boost. A squad still finding their feet under Bruce Arena shrugged off a dismal history at the Estadio Azteca to claim a draw on Sunday night, looking liberated by the lack of pressure that comes with limited expectations. The…

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Hotel California owner says Eagles’ trademark claim is ‘baseless’

The company behind the hotel in Baja California flatly denies trying to mislead travellers into thinking it is linked to the famous band The owner of a Mexican hotel being sued by the Eagles for using the name Hotel California has called for the case to be dismissed. Hotel California Baja, the company which runs the Todos Santos hotel in Baja California, said the band long ago waived its trademark rights, having waited four decades to assert them since releasing the song Hotel California on a 1976 album with the…

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Congress agrees $1 trillion budget deal but no money for border wall

Negotiators reach agreement on spending package to keep the US federal government funded until September, according to multiple sources Negotiators have reached a bipartisan agreement on a spending package to keep the US federal government funded until the end of September, according to congressional aides. The House of Representatives and Senate must approve the deal before the end of Friday and send it to Donald Trump for his signature to avoid the first government shutdown since 2013. The Washington Post and wire agencies reported that Congress was expected to vote…

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Deportation of ‘Dreamer’ to Mexico appears to be first under Trump

Juan Manuel Montes has lived in the US since age nine and was supposedly protected by Obama-era policy, prompting an outcry from activists Federal agents have deported a Dreamer to Mexico, possibly the first such documented case under USA Today, prompted an outcry from immigrant activists and others who used the hashtag #JusticeForJuan. Juan Montes was the target of abusive law enforcement officers and deported from his family and home, said Greisa Martinez, advocacy director of at least 10 have been detained, according to United We Dream. Montes, who suffered…

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