Weekly News Update on the Americas
Issue #1162, February 3, 2013

1. Mexico: At Least 37 Dead in Pemex Explosion
2. Mexico: Supreme Court Rules Against Electrical Workers
3. Argentina: Barrick Mines Are No Threat to Glaciers?
4. Honduras: Center-Left Candidate Edges Ahead in First Poll
5. Guatemala: Campaign Starts for Evicted Campesinos
6. Links to alternative sources on: Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, US/immigration

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*1. Mexico: At Least 37 Dead in Pemex Explosion
As of Feb. 2 rescue workers had found the bodies of 34 people killed in an explosion the afternoon of Jan. 31 at the Mexico City headquarters of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), the giant state-owned oil monopoly, according to government officials. At least 101 other people were injured in the massive blast, which damaged part of the B2 administrative building, next to the company’s main building, a 52-story tower that dominates the city’s skyline. Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto declared three days of national mourning, which coincided with a long holiday weekend; the Constitution Day holiday falls on the first Monday of February.

Mexican officials insisted that there would be a thorough investigation of the explosion’s causes, but two days after the disaster the government had still offered no explanation.[...]

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