In Mexico City, Civil Society Rises To Confront Disaster

As the Mexican earthquake becomes the latest natural disaster to hit the Western Hemisphere, the role of civil society — especially the first responders — has demonstrated the best of human nature.

Search and rescue team members hold up closed fists motioning for silence during rescue efforts at a collapsed building in La Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. Thousands of professionals and volunteers are working frantically at dozens of wrecked buildings across the capital and nearby states looking for survivors of the powerful quake that hit Tuesday. (AP/Marco Ugarte)

On Thursday, rescuers in Mexico City continued to dig through the rubble of many downed buildings, attempting to pull survivors out of the wreckage from the deadly 7.1 magnitude earthquake that rocked the city on two days earlier. First responders and volunteers dug through the rubble of a collapsed school in the southern part of the city for

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7.5 Earthquake Strikes Southern Mexico

‘One of the biggest to hit Mexico in several years’

A powerful earthquake rattled Southern Mexico Friday morning, sending people scrambling into the streets in populated areas such as Mexico City. There were no early reports of major damage, injuries, or loss of life. The earthquake struck on the Pacific coast near Acapulco, registering at 7.5 magnitude, according to the U.S. Geological Survey

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Deep Caverns And Old Mine Shafts Are Giving Mexico City A Sinking Feeling

A cavern 45 feet deep carved beneath the Mexican capital’s busy streets highlights a long-lurking threat.

MEXICO CITY — With all the crime, pollution and traffic, life has been shaky on the teeming streets clinging to Mexico City’s hilly southwest side. This week there's a reminder just how precarious things can be. City officials have discovered a yawning cavern just below the surface of a vital intersection, clawed out by gushing water from a

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Mexico City Considers Legalizing Marijuana

Buoyed by Uruguay, a growing number of nations are reconsidering marijuana legislation.

A young man prepares a marijuana joint while holding a Bugs Bunny stuffed animal during a small gathering to demand the legalization of marijuana in Mexico City, (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

In Jamaica -- where marijuana consumption has nearly taken on an aire of national identity -- politicians are currently debating a relaxation of the nation’s marijuana laws. In Argentina, the nation’s drug czar is calling for public debate about the regulation of marijuana. In Morocco, two of the nation’s leading political parties are seeking the

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Mexican Catholics Find God In Islam

Islam has increased its appeal among Catholics seeking spiritual salvation elsewhere.

Juan Gomez, right, his father Agustin Gomez, left, and his grandfather Salvador Gomez, center, indigenous Chamulas, say their prayers at the mosque of the Islamic Cultural Center of Mexico, Friday, July 5, 2002 in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. The family observes the Muslim religion since 1995. (AP Photo/ Eduardo Verdugo)

MEXICO CITY — For almost five centuries Catholicism has been the dominant religion in Mexico. In 1970, Catholics comprised 96.7 percent of Mexico’s population. By 2010, that number had fallen to 82.7 percent, according to the Pew Research Center. Most of this change is attributed to growth in other Christian denominations. Evangelicals,

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