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In the heart of Mexico’s violence, disillusion grows

Alejandra Uvilla fled her home city of Apatzingan because of overwhelming violence, moving 65 miles (105 km) north to bustling, mountain-nestled Uruapan in the avocado belt of Michoacan state. Three years later, the bloodshed is even worse here. Cartels are battling for territory and reports of grisly killings are common, such as the gun massacre...
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Grieving families bury kids slain in Mexico arcade attack

Relatives gathered in a driving rain Wednesday to mourn and bury three children, a 17-year-old and five adults shot to death in an attack on a video-game arcade in western Mexico. Authorities haven’t yet said whether the brutal killings were related to the drug violence that has swept Michoacan state. But Rev. Sergio Arroyo, who...
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Murders in Mexico hit record as Lopez Obrador seeks justice system reform

Mexico suffered its worst year for homicides in 2019, with a record 34,582 victims, official data showed on Monday, underscoring the challenge President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador faces while waging war on drug cartels. Lopez Obrador assumed the presidency in December 2018 pledging to pacify the country with a less confrontational approach to security, but...
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Alleged leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel killed

The alleged leadre of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) known as ‘La Catrina’, María Guadalupe López Esquivel, was shot down by Mexican authorities in the Michoacan municipality of Tepalcatepec. The confrontation between the authorities and members of organized crime, among which was ‘La Catrina’, occurred on Friday, January 10, in the evening. In total,...
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26 bags of body parts found in Jalisco ravine

Forensics officials in the western Mexican state of Jalisco are trying to determine how many victims are accounted for in 26 plastic bags of body parts found in a ravine this week, authorities said Thursday. The Jalisco state prosecutor’s office said in a statement that it began to collect the bags Tuesday in the municipality...
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Mexico’s indigenous communities fight for autonomy

With heavily armed state police patrolling the streets and its central plaza nearly desolate in the morning mist, the tension in the Mexican town of Nahuatzen is palpable. The hamlet is one of about 50 indigenous communities in the southwestern state of Michoacan fighting to achieve autonomy for their town or village, according to the...
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Mexico president says “El Chapo” had same power as president

Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador closed out 2019 with a parting shot at his predecessors, saying imprisoned drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera had had the same power as the country’s president. In a video message from the southern city of Palenque on Wednesday, López Obrador recounted his administration’s successes in its first...
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Chinese cartel operates in Mexico

A Chinese criminal organization called Zheng, launder the profits it obtains from trafficking and trade of fentanyl, operates in Mexico, according to an alert from the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the SHCP. The Chinese organization has the support of the Sinaloa and Jalisco Nueva Generación cartels, which also occupy the financial structure to launder...
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Mexico extradites son of a founder of Sinaloa cartel to US

A son of one of the founders of the Sinaloa drug cartel on Friday appeared in a U.S. court on trafficking and other charges after he was extradited from Mexico. Ismael Zambada-Imperial pleaded not guilty to the charges in the federal court in San Diego, California, and his next court hearing is scheduled for Feb....
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Mexico’s National Guard ambushed in Guanajuato, 8 dead

A confrontation between alleged criminals and the National Guard early Tuesday left at least eight dead, including a member of the Guard, in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. The National Guard reported that the shooting was unleashed when its elements made dissuasive tours on a rural road near the community of El Venador de Yóstiro,...
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