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Obama admits US guns are partly to blame for deadly Mexico violence

first_imgMEXICO CITY – U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday pledged to forge an equal partnership with Mexico as the neighbors battle powerful drug cartels, while admitting U.S. guns were partly to blame for deadly violence here.Addressing a young audience in Mexico City’s Anthropology Museum, Obama said he had come to visit the southern neighbor “because it is time to put old mindsets aside,” acknowledging that a “new Mexico is emerging.”Greeting the crowd with a few words in Spanish – “Mexico lindo y querido” (“beautiful and beloved Mexico) – Obama turned to a U.S. domestic issue dear to Mexicans during his speech, saying he was “absolutely convinced” the U..S Congress would pass immigration reform.With more than 70,000 people dead so far in a still-raging battle between drug cartels, the U.S. leader acknowledged that “much of the root cause of violence” in Mexico was the result of U.S. demand for illegal drugs.“We also recognize that most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States,” Obama said, vowing to do everything in his power to pass gun control reform back home.The flow of guns into the hands of drug cartels has been a constant irritant in Mexico, which has linked the rise in violence to the expiration of the U.S. ban on assault rifles in 2004.Obama was speaking on the second day of his visit to Mexico before heading to a summit with Central American leaders in Costa Rica, who will also want to discuss trade, immigration and the drug war with the U.S. leader.On Thursday, Obama met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who took office in December, and the two leaders sought to shift the focus of their relations back to their $500 billion trade ties.But they also discussed their security bond, with Obama backing Peña Nieto’s new strategy, which is focused on reducing the wave of murders, kidnappings and extortion plaguing Mexico.In his speech on Friday, Obama said relations with Mexico must be defined by the prosperity they can generate together, not the threats they face.“Despite all the bonds and the values that we share, despite all the people who claim heritage on both sides, our attitudes sometimes are trapped in old stereotypes,” Obama said.“We are two equal partners, two sovereign nations. We must work together in mutual interest, in mutual respect, and if we do that both Mexico and the United States will prosper,” he said.Obama will meet later Friday with the seven leaders of Central America, plus the Dominican Republic, in San José, and they are expected to press him to step up U.S. assistance against violent drug cartels using the region as a stopover for US-bound cocaine.The U.S. military has sent ships in the Pacific and Caribbean to intercept drugs, deployed 200 Marines in Guatemala and shared radar intelligence with Honduras. But top U.S. generals warned that budget cuts could hamper the mission.“We need resolute support from the U.S. government to attack our common drug enemy, drug trafficking, since regrettably Honduras and other countries of the region see the dead in a war we didn’t start,” said Honduran President Porfirio Lobo. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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first_img RelatedBack to school: What is the UK?Much confusion surrounds the difference between Britain, Great Britain and the United Kingdom – generally shortened to just ‘the UK’ – even in the country itself. Call the whole lot England at your peril…Downton Abbey: 15 beautiful filming locations in the UKAs the sixth and final series of Downton Abbey hits the box this September, we invite you to take a tour of some of the TV show’s most memorable film locations – and help plan your pilgrimage to some of them.The Ultimate Harry Potter Tour: 13 Potter Places from SkyscannerHarry Potter fever is about to strike the Muggle world once again with the release of the 6th film in the series For glamour, excitement, and the highest standard of entertainment, there’s nowhere in the UK better than London’s West End.So called ‘Theatreland’ is home to some of the world’s most popular musicals and the finest stage dramas. Here’s a selection of the shows that you simply cannot afford to miss.GreaseGrease, currently showing at the Piccadilly Theatre is a West End feel good favourite, and tells the story of goody-two-shoes Sandy (played by Over The Rainbow’s Lauren Samuels) and leather-clad bad boy Danny (Noel Sullivan). Grease is open until April 30, 2011.The Wizard of OzAndrew Lloyd Webber’s televised search for a Dorothy found the remarkable Danielle Hope, and now work on The Wizard of Oz is in full swing. The show opens at the London Palladium in February 2011, and tickets are available now.Chicago the MusicalChicago is a sexy, sassy, glittering story of murder, prison, and an unquenchable thirst for the spotlight. Often boasting a high-profile star on the cast list, the musical currently stars Emma Barton (EastEnders’ Honey Mitchell) as seductive murderess Roxie Hart.Les MisérablesPerhaps the best-known show in the West End, Les Misérables has been a hit with theatregoers since 1985. Currently running at the Queen’s Theatre, this powerful musical set in the Parisian underworld during the French Restoration stars X Factor’s Lucie Jones and ‘I’d Do Anything’ finalist Samantha Barks.Legally Blonde The MusicalThis unlikely screen-to-stage adaptation has rapidly become a West End phenomenon, taking over £2 million in ticket sales before it even opened. The super-girly show tells the story of Elle Woods (played by Sheridan Smith), a ditzy blonde who joins the prodigious Harvard Law School in search of love. Mamma Mia!Seeing Mamma Mia! is a truly incredible experience for Abba fans. A touching story about a girl searching for her biological father cleverly weaves together some of Abba’s best-loved hits into an uplifting musical with a good old-fashioned happy ending. Mamma Mia! is as close as you’ll ever get to a live Abba concert.FlashdanceOne of the most eagerly-anticipated West End shows of 2010, Flashdance is opening at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 24 September. With the world-famous Arlene Phillips choreographing and a score which blends favourites like Manic and Flashdance — What a Feeling with ten brand new songs, the show is sure to be smashing. Look out for Busted’s Matt Willis playing Nick and Grease’s Victoria Hamilton Barritt starring as Alex.WickedThere’s no other show on Earth quite like the spellbinding spectacle of Wicked. With a legion of utterly dedicated fans, the most iconic score of modern musical theatre, and an all-star cast featuring Rachel Tucker, Louise Dearman, and Lee Mead; it’s no wonder that Wicked is among the most celebrated shows in the West End.The MousetrapThere’s much more to the West End than just musicals, The Mousetrap is a classic whodunnit by the one and only Agatha Christie and it has been running at St Martin’s Theatre since 1952. As you’d expect from Agatha Christie, The Mousetrap is an engrossing drama with a closely-guarded twist ending.Ghost StoriesA relative newcomer to the West End, Ghost Stories opened at The Duke of York’s Theatre on June 25 after successful runs at the Lyric Hammersmith and the Liverpool Everyman. Despite being a new production, Ghost Stories has already stolen the title of scariest West End show from The Woman in Black. The show was written by Jeremy Dyson (The League of Gentlemen) and Andy Nyman, so expect plenty of clever scares, black humour, and unexpected twists.Find cheap flights to LondonLondon theatre breaks are available from www.show-and-stay.co.ukReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more