claudia ruiz massieu
Mexico was one of three nations that asked the UN to call a special session to discuss drug policy at a time when many believe criminalization is fueling the country's brutal drug wars.
Government and church sources have indicated the pope will visit past and current drug war hotspots Ciudad Juarez and Michoacán state, as well as the poverty-stricken state of Chiapas where Central American migrants are facing a government crackdown.
Essa Hassan, 26, reached Mexico through a local aid group for Syrian students, not through government channels. 'I will return,' he told reporters.
The eight Mexican victims arrived Tuesday night amid calls from opposition politicians to break off diplomatic relations with Egypt over the fatal assault.
'We are all together in the same boat,' Egypt's foreign minister writes to Mexico in the aftermath of the Sunday attack. A letter also makes reference to Mexico's war on drug cartels.
A sister of one of 12 people killed tells VICE News the Mexican group was in a safe, authorized area when an Egyptian Apache military chopper opened fire.
Backers wanted a non-Mexican villain and a first-ever Mexican 'Bond Girl,' and they got it, as reports say officials paid Hollywood executives as much as $20 million to show a troubled country with a more 'modern' face on the big screen.