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Former president faces genocide charges

A former Mexican president in office during some of the bloodiest social upheavals of the Cold War was facing genocide charges yesterday following an indictment by a special prosecutor investigating the deaths of at least 25 student protesters gunned down during a 1971 rally in Mexico City.

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WHEN I PROMISED Dulce Maria, aged 5, that I would take her to see Father Christmas in the centre of Mexico City, I had no idea what I was getting into. I'd imagined queuing one afternoon at a grotto in a department store for a maximum of 30 minutes.

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THE MEXICAN stock market hit a new all-time high in early trading, with telecom, media and bank issues leading the charge. Mexico's IPC index, which groups the 35 most traded issues in the market, hit a new high of 6,379.44 points, topping the previous record of 6,338.53 set on 26 November.

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MY NEIGHBOUR in Mexico City just brought over a life-size skull with my name embossed across the brow in pink frosting. It sits on my mantelpiece, flanked by skulls adorned with my husband's and sons' names. No, it's not some sort of threat; they don't have any particular grudge against us. The Day of the Dead is upon us, and although it sounds like the title of some Hammer horror film, it is one of Mexico's liveliest festivals.

Mexican women win war of the bra ads

POOR Waldo Cervantes. The Mexican advertising executive credited with quintupling sales of Vicky Form underwear has boobed with his latest campaign, which is outraging Mexico City's feminists.

Obituary: Alberto Gironella

MEXICO, AS mirror and motor of so many isms, from Surreal to Modern, naturally guards its own cultural heroes and if Alberto Gironella never achieved the global repute of fellow legends such as Rivera, Orozco or Kahlo, that probably suited him fine. As a Mexican nationalist he doubtless found it sufficient to be revered in his own country. For Gironella was extremely, overtly famous in Mexico and, as with other 20th-century Mexican art stars, it was as much for his political and social involvement as his painting, not to mention an appropriately juicy private life.
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