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Mexico makes vaccines for minors mandatory
Mexico makes vaccines for minors mandatory
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The Mexican Senate approved the ruling that the person who exercises the parental authority, guardianship or custody will be obliged to ensure that the minors receive the referred vaccines unless there is a certified medical justification to the contrary.

In case of failure to comply without medical justification, the procurator's offices for the protection of minors may intervene to make use of the powers conferred by law in this area to carry out actions aimed at making the vaccination effective.

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State in Mexico bans sales of sugary drinks and junk food to children
State in Mexico bans sales of sugary drinks and junk food to children
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In order to fight high numbers of obesity and diabetes in children, the Mexican state of Oaxaca has banned all sales of junk food and sugary drinks to children.

According to the official health data of Oaxaca, the state is one in Mexico with the highest rate of obese children and has the second-highest rate in adults and ist the first Mexican state to enact such ban. The new law prohibits people from selling, distributing and promoting these unhealthy products to children. People breaking the law can face monetary fines and closure of the business. In repeated cases, they can also face jail time.

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Gay conversion therapy banned by Mexico City

The regional congress of Mexi City has approved a law that outlaws and criminalizes gay conversion therapy. This includes all methods that have been used in the past to try changing the sexual orientation of a person such as electroshock therapy, psychological counseling and religious instructions.

People that still offer the practice will face up to five years in prison and even longer sentences if the practices is used on minors.

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Mexico reports 539 deaths and 6,094 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday
Hugo López-Gatell
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Mexico’s Health Ministry on Saturday reported that in the last 24 hours, 539 deaths and 6,394 new Covid-19 infections were registered, bringing the total in the country to 295,268 cases and 34,730 deaths.

The undersecretary of Health, Hugo López-Gatell, also specified that 45% of the intensive care beds are occupied nationwide, with Tabasco leading the list, followed by Nuevo León, Nayarit, Colima and Veracruz.

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Mexican President to attend White House USMCA meeting, will fly commercially
The President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the Palacio del Ayuntamiento in Mexico City, 	24 June 2020
The President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the Palacio del Ayuntamiento in Mexico City, 24 June 2020 Credit: EneasMx / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador is set to attend the USMCA celebrations with Donald Trump in the White House. López Obrador, who previously stated that private presidential planes were for the "neoliberal elite", will fly commercially to Washington.

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Family of Giovanni Lopez and 38 protesters disappear in Jalisco Mexico
Family of Giovanni Lopez and 38 protesters disappear in Jalisco Mexico
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Giovanni López was detained last month by the Jalisco police for not wearing mouth cover and was later killed by ten officers. His family had received threats and a bribe offered by the town's major to let go of the case. Their current whereabouts are unknown after some neighbours declared they left their house out of fear.

Other 38 protestors detained last Friday after a demonstration outside the General Prosecutor's Office in Jalisco have gone missing since.

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Journalist Telésforo Santiago Enríquez murdered in the southern state of Oaxaca Mexico

Enríquez taught indigenous languages, was an indigenous rights activist and the founder of El Cafetal, a community radio on which he often criticized the local authorities. He received death threats in February and was shot on 2nd May. He was the fourth journalist to be gunned down in Mexico this year.