Day of the Dead weekend: Mexicans protest against feminicides | AFP

Mothers shout for their lost daughters as they walk down Mexico City bearing black crosses and demanding an end to violence committed against women. IMAGES

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Farmers in Mexico pick cempasuchil flowers ahead of Day of the Dead | AFP

Farmers in the Mexican town of Copandaro begin to pick the cempasuchil flower, or the Mexican marigold, which is an essential part of the offerings Mexicans prepare for the traditional Day of the Dead celebration held to honor the departed.

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Mass karaoke tribute to late superstar Jose Jose in Mexico | AFP

Mexicans pay tribute to late superstar Jose Jose in a mass karaoke. Jose Jose, known as “The Prince of Song,” one of the most famous Mexican singers of all time, died Saturday in Miami at age 71. IMAGES

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Protest in Mexico turns violent | AFP

Protest turns violent as Mexicans march to remember the day 51 years ago when army troops massacred hundreds of people at a peaceful protest in the Plaza of Three Cultures, in central Mexico City’s Tlatelolco neighborhood. IMAGES

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March to mark 51st anniversary of Tlatelolco student massacre | AFP

Mexicans march to remember the day 51 years ago when army troops massacred hundreds of people at a peaceful protest. Over five decades on, it remains unclear exactly how many people were killed when the army opened fire on a rally of about 8,000 students in the Plaza of Three Cultures, in central Mexico City’s Tlatelolco neighborhood. IMAGES

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Minute of silence marks anniversary of Mexico’s 1985 and 2017 quakes | AFP

Mexicans hold a minute of silence in the country’s capital to commemorate the anniversary of the 1985 and 2017 earthquakes that claimed more than 350 lives and more than 10,000 lives respectively. IMAGES

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Mexicans protest for their missing relatives | AFP

People protest in Mexico City for the country’s more than 40,000 missing people, on the International Day of the Disappeared. IMAGES

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With a bamboo bike, two Mexicans travel through Latin America | AFP

Tired of their routine and with a budget of only 550 dollars each, Jessica Funes and Aldo Garcia undertook the journey of their lives: a bicycle trip across Latin America, Aldo on a regular bike while Jessica with one made of bamboo.

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US parties have given “little attention” to arms control, says Obrador | AFP

Mexican President Lopez Obrador points out that neither of the main political parties in the United States have done much to strengthen arms control in the country, after a shooting claimed the lives of seven Mexicans in El Paso, Texas. SOUNDBITE

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Mexicans celebrate Day of the Dead with altar offerings

Residents of the town of Patzcuaro, in central Mexico, celebrate the Day of the Dead with altars filled to brim with candles, offerings, and the ubiquitous cempasuchil flower, or the Mexican marigold that guides souls on the traditional celebration held to honor the departed.

Mexicans dress up as ‘Catrina’ ahead of Day of the Dead

Mexicans dress up as “Catrina”, a Mexican representation of death, and take part in a parade ahead of the Day of the Dead celebrations. The character of La Catrina was created by cartoonist Jose Guadalupe Posada, famous for his socio-political criticism and illustrations of skeletons or skulls.

Mexicans mark anniversaries of two deadly quakes

Mexico City holds a minute of silence to commemorate two earthquakes that devastated the country on September 19 — one that killed 369 people last year, and another in 1985 that killed more than 10,000 — and also holds its annual drill, while victims of last year’s earthquake march and demand that the government help them to rebuild their homes.

I Spent A Day With Border Patrol Agents At The US-Mexico Border

Business Insider reporter and photographer Daniel Brown recently spent a day riding along with US Border Patrol agents. He got an inside look at the busiest sector of the US-Mexico border. 

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Daniel Brown: I was recently down in McAllen, Texas, down in the Rio Grande Valley, to cover the immigration crisis that’s been going on. I reached out to the Border Patrol for that sector and tried to get a ride-along. Finally, they granted it.

US Border Patrol Agent: The Rio Grande Valley Sector accounts for about 40% of the apprehensions in the United States. McAllen Station specifically is about 20% of the entire nation, and we catch about 300 individuals a day just in this 50-mile span of border. 

Brown: They first took me on a boat, just drove up and down the Rio Grande. They’re looking for crossers. Most people cross on rafts or boats. There are just some deflated rafts on the side of the coast there. That’s from people crossing over. We get off periodically, and just take little trails, and walk around. A lot of times they would look for tracks and see some faint ones, be like, okay, we know someone passed through here a couple days ago, or a day ago, or something like that. Their main job is, obviously, to keep the border safe and to apprehend people who are crossing illegally. But also, as they told me, it’s a humanitarian mission as well, you know. Whether it’s Mexicans or Americans, or any other citizen of the world who’s passing through, they wanna try to keep those people safe.

US Border Patrol Agent: That’s kinda one of the difficulties of the job is you have to switch on and off from humanitarian mission to, is this guy trying to take your life?

Brown: Border Patrol agents are killed, are shot at, they find dead bodies a lot, they experience, witness a lot of trauma. One agent who operates mostly on the boats, he said that sometimes they’ll find a raft or a little boat trying to get across, and they’ll be packed with 10 or more people, or something like that. Sometimes they’ll just throw a kid off into the water just ’cause they know that the agents will go for the kid right away to save ’em. We went up and down along the river there for a while. We ran into a lot of sugar cane. It’s very dense, and they were talking about the difficulties of tracking people through that, how a lot of times people can just run into that and they’ll just never find ’em, even if they have dogs.

US Border Patrol Agent: You cordon off this field and try to surround it, even when we have a canine assist come in so that the dog can follow and smell the people, he gets overloaded. So, it’s a big, big challenge, the sugar cane.

Brown: After that, we drove around for a little bit, a lot of stray dogs walking around. And the agents even said they use the dogs sometimes to kind of decipher if someone’s in the area.

US Border Patrol Agent: These dogs at times will give you a heads up, because with experience you start to see that they weren’t barking before, but then they began to bark, so they’ll kinda give you a little heads up that somebody’s in the area or something’s in the area.

Brown: The people that live along the borders, I spoke to some of them who have people crossing through their property, who’ve been there for years, and it happens almost daily, and they’ll ruin their crops. I met one family who’s shot people who cross into their property. Those landowners, when I went and visited them, they said to come back in a few hours, and I did, and that’s when they told me, “Oh, you missed it.” And then they drove me out on their little four wheeler and showed me the tracks. Those tracks were like an hour old when I took ’em. A lot of these people that are crossing over illegally or going to ports of entry, they’ve had tough lives, and they’re trying to escape violence, they’re trying to get a better life. And that’s something that I think that we should realize and understand as a country. But at the same time, you know, people, like the Border Patrol agents, their lives are at risk sometimes. People on all sides of the issue are going through tough things sometimes, and I think we need to see all aspects of that.

Why Nikki Haley Is Fighting Trump Over Russia

Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer explains why UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is standing up for herself in a public disagreement with the Trump administration over US sanctions on Russia after the president flipped his position.

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Ian Bremmer: Trump has changed his tone on Russia.

Nikki Haley is someone with a long political future and she’s very aware of that. She is not someone that is about to sit and kowtow, we’ve seen that on her statements on Russia consistently since she’s become UN Ambassador. There’s no question that she’s been probably the most hawkish of the major Trump advisors on Russia from day one, when a lot of people have been criticizing Trump for being unwilling to go after Putin individually.

Trump has changed his tone on Russia. He has become harder-lined, he has supported putting very significant sanctions against major Russian oligarchs, which is putting a serious crimp on the Russian economy, much worse than what we saw from the Europeans, that was Trump directly supporting those sanctions.

But we’ve also seen Trump still angry about the idea of getting rid of 60 Russian diplomats and doing more than individual European countries, even though the U.S. is bigger. We’ve seen Trump being much more upset about, most recently with Nikki Haley, when she says, we’re definitely putting more sanctions on, and he overturns her.

So, there’s something about the Trump/Putin relationship, at least in Trump’s mind, that makes him not want to take him on in the same way that pretty much everyone in congress, and many of those in his own administration want him to. It’s unusual, particularly because Trump usually doesn’t care about offending people. Like if someone annoys him or does something bad to him he is the first one to hang up the phone, we saw that with the Australian Prime Minister for example. He’s the first one to insult and offend directly in a meeting, we’ve seen that with a host of leaders, the Mexicans, for example, many of the Europeans.

This is not something that upsets Trump personally, so it’s a little unusual, and because it’s Nikki Haley, who sees herself not just as a Trump person but, you know, former governor, someone that certainly is thinking about higher positions in the future, she’s thinking about her own brand, more than she’s thinking about her brand vis-a-vis Trump. And, obviously if she gets in a lot of headlines that is, that makes her a little more vulnerable in terms of Trump’s own decision to keep her or not, but at the end of the day, everyone in the Trump administration has a half-life that seems to be a little smaller, a little shorter than that of other administrations we’ve ever seen. So whether she thinks she can really last for four years or eight, I think is an open question.