INTERNATIONAL: Mexican president - police 'did right' to free El Chapo's son

Mexico's president has defended freeing drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's son soon after his arrest.

When Ovidio Guzmán López was seized at a house on a judge's warrant in the city of Culiacán, cartel gunmen fought street battles with security forces.

At least eight people were reportedly killed and 21 wounded, with vehicles left burning in the streets.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the decision to cancel the arrest had saved lives.

Mexico interested in CARIFESTA participation

Mexico's Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago Rosario Molinero says her country is looking forward to the possibility of showcasing Mexico’s talent on the region’s largest cultural stage, CARIFESTA XIV, which will be hosted in Trinidad and Tobago later this year.

Molinero paid a courtesy call on Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly on Thursday.

She said Mexico would explore further cultural exchange opportunities through capacity building, craft, music, food, theatre among other key areas.

Soca Princesses fail to qualify for World Cup after defeat to Mexico

Trinidad and Tobago's Soca Princesses will not be going to the World Cup in France, after a second straight defeat in the CONCACAF group stage of qualifying.

T&T lost 4-1 to Mexico on Sunday, following a 3-0 defeat to Panama last week.

Mexico needed the win to stay alive in Group A with one more match to go in the stage.

Charlyn Corral scored twice.

Her first goal came in the 33rd minute when Trinidad goalkeeper Kimika Forbes popped away a shot right into Corral's path for the easy tap in. Jonelle Cato tied the game with a penalty kick in the 50th minute.

22 school children among 216 killed in Mexico earthquake

The death toll in the Mexico earthquake has climbed to at least 216 people, which includes 22 children recovered from a local school.

President Enrique Pena confirmed 27 buildings had collapsed in the capital city.

Churches, hospitals and schools are understood to be among the damage – with video showing explosions tearing through Mexico City.

Lawrence: Mexico the focus, not celebrations

Head coach Dennis Lawrence says T&T’s celebrations over the Panama victory will be short-lived, as the side must now focus all their attention on Tuesday’s massive clash against Mexico at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo.

The hosts revived their 2018 World Cup dream when they edged Panama 1-0 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Friday night, marking their first win of the campaign after losing their opening two games against Costa Rica and Honduras last November.

Mexico's President scraps meeting with Trump after executive order to build wall

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has scrapped an upcoming meeting with President Donald Trump in the wake of a fiery back-and-forth over which nation will pay for a border wall between the two nations.

"This morning we informed the White House that I will not attend the business meeting scheduled for next Tuesday with the @POTUS," Nieto tweeted.

Trump tweeted earlier Thursday that if Mexico refused to pay for the wall it might be best to scrap their upcoming meeting.

Trump signs executive order authorising border wall between US and Mexico

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order authorising a wall being built along the U.S southern border with Mexico Wednesday.

It was the latest campaign promise that the newly sworn in president made good on during his first full week as commander in chief.

The order came one day after it was announced that Trump would take measures to enact a travel ban on people coming to the U.S. from certain predominately Muslim countries.