Last updateFri, 04 Dec 2020 1pm

US drops probe into general, sends him home

In a move that has shocked many seasoned observers of bilateral relations, U.S. Attorney General William Barr abruptly requested that serious charges against General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, Mexico’s defense secretary from 2012 to 2018, be dismissed and that the former high-ranking official be allowed to return to Mexico.

US arrests former Mexican defense chief

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says the arrest of retired general Salvador Cienfuegos, the country’s minister of defense from 2012 to 2018, on a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration warrant at Los Angeles International Airport last week, is another example of the “decomposition” of the civil service that prevailed under previous administrations.

US extends visa renewal period

Christopher Landau, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico,  announced through social media that the period for renewals for tourist visas for the United States has been increased from 12 to 24 months.