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‘Green Gold’ brings riches and violence to Mexico

Small-scale avocado growers armed with AR-15 rifles take turns manning a vigilante checkpoint to guard against thieves and drug cartel extortionists in this town Michoacan state, the heartland of world production of the fruit locals call “green gold.” The region’s avocado boom, fueled by soaring U.S. consumption, has raised parts of western Mexico out of...
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Armed group opens fire and burns bus in Coalcomán, Michoacan

An armed group led a series of shootings and the burning of a bus in the town of Coalcomán, Michoacan on Friday. In the morning, locals reported the emergence of an armed command in the municipality, where two houses were under gunfire, in addition to firing shots in the main square. During their flight, armed...
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U.S. will temporarily hold off designating Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations

President Donald Trump said on Friday he will temporarily hold off designating Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations at the request of Mexico’s president. Trump said last week he would make the designation to disrupt the cartels’ finances through sanctions such as asset freezes and travel bans. But Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador objected,...
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Wave of violence in Morelia leaves 14 dead in two days

A total of 14 people have been shot to death in the last two days in Morelia, Michoacán, the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) reported on Wednesday. The institution indicated that it has opened several lines of investigation, although in most cases it is presumed that these are revenge killings among members of organized crime...
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Mexico raises death toll from weekend gunbattles to 24

Authorities in northern Mexico have raised the death toll from weekend gunbattles in the small town of Villa Union to 24. Coahuila state authorities say another suspect’s body has been found after a search of the area following the clashes Saturday and Sunday. According to death counts, gunmen from the Noreste drug cartel killed four...
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Mexico meets with US as cartel crackdown looms

Attorney General William Barr will meet with Mexico’s president and law enforcement officials about one week after President Donald Trump suggested that the United States would seek to classify Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations. Barr planned to be in Mexico City on Thursday for meetings with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador as well as...
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