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Woman Gets Birth Certificate at 117, Immediately Dies

Trinidad Alvarez Lira never got to enjoy her full old-age benefits

(Newser) - A 117-year-old woman in Mexico City finally received her birth certificate, and died a few hours later. The AP reports Trinidad Alvarez Lira had waited years for proof that she had been born in 1898. She hadn't received all the government old-age benefits she was entitled to because she... More »

UFO Proponents Unveil 'Roswell Alien' Photo

But critics say it's likely a mummified child

(Newser) - UFO enthusiasts last week got a gander of an alien allegedly recovered from Roswell—oversized head and all—but experts say the evidence likely originated on planet Earth, Tech Times reports. Attendees at a UFO conference in Mexico City paid $350 for the chance to see an old Kodachrome color... More »

Blast Collapses Part of Maternity Hospital

At least 7 dead, many children injured

(Newser) - "We have ... many children trapped in the ruins." Tragedy in Mexico City today, where a gas tank truck explosion left part of a maternity and children's hospital in ruins. CNN reports three adults and four children have been confirmed dead, and another 54—22 of them children—... More »

Hillary Says When She'll Decide on Presidency

Clinton figures she'll 'probably' decide by early 2015

(Newser) - The latest on Hillary Clinton's possible presidential run: She'll decide by early next year. Or so she said when asked about it today at a forum in Mexico City , MSNBC reports. "I am going to be making a decision … probably after the first of the year... More »

Powerful Quake Rattles Mexico City, Acapulco

No major reports of damage so far after magnitude-7.2 quake

(Newser) - A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico today, sending panicked people into the streets. No early reports of major damage or casualties surfaced, despite widespread accounts of shattered windows and falling debris. The US Geological Survey said the quake was centered northwest of Acapulco, where many Mexicans... More »

World's Top Drug Kingpin in Underground Cell

US aiming to extradite Joaquin Guzman

(Newser) - Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, is being held in an underground cell near Mexico City following his arrest this weekend —and US federal prosecutors in New York want to extradite him. He's wanted in six districts in this country, NBC News... More »

Subway Diggers Find Weird Sacrifice in Mexico

Dog was on Aztec skull rack alongside humans

(Newser) - Digging deep under a city as ancient as Mexico City is bound to turn up surprises, and archaeologists have found one that changes their understanding of Aztec human sacrifice. Excavations for an extension of the city's subway system turned up the remains of numerous sacrifices, including the skull of... More »

Mass Grave Tied to 12 Who Vanished From Mexico Bar

DNA tests being run on the bodies

(Newser) - A mass grave has been discovered east of Mexico City, and Mexican authorities today said they are conducting tests to determine if it holds some of the 12 people who vanished from a bar in an upscale area of the capital at midday on May 26. At least seven corpses... More »

Naked Bikers Hit Mexico City

World Naked Bike Ride underscores cyclists' rights, health and environment benefits

(Newser) - Mexico City's infamous smog-inducing traffic ground to a brief halt yesterday as throngs of naked bicyclists took to its streets in an attention-grabbing bid to protest the Mexican capital's car culture and promote their own rights, reports the BBC . Dubbed the World Naked Bike Ride, an estimated 300... More »

Mexico City Mystery: How Did 12 Youths Just Vanish?

Parents say cops are ignoring alleged kidnapping due to poor background

(Newser) - A mysterious case persists in Mexico City, where a dozen young people seem to have simply vanished from a bar in broad daylight. Their parents say police haven't done enough since their children—the youngest of whom is 16—went missing early May 26, because they come from a... More »

13 Die in Fiery Mexico Crash

Gas tanker driver lost control while speeding: reports

(Newser) - A gas tanker crashed in Mexico today, resulting in a giant fireball and killing at least 13 people; another 13 were injured. Two of those killed were children, says an official. The crash occurred on a highway in Mexico state near Mexico City, CNN reports. The tanker had been speeding... More »

Mexico Blames Fatal Blast on Gas Buildup, Not Bomb

No evidence of bombing in explosion that killed 37

(Newser) - A gas buildup ignited by an electrical spark or other heat source caused the blast that killed 37 people and wounded dozens of others last week at the state oil company's Mexico City headquarters, Mexico's attorney general says. Investigators are still looking for the source of the gas,... More »

25 Dead in Mexico City Blast

Scores more injured in explosion at oil company Pemex

(Newser) - An explosion at the main headquarters of Mexico's state-owned oil company in the capital today killed 25 people and injured 101, officials say; 46 remain hospitalized. The blast occurred in the basement of an administrative building next to the iconic, 52-story tower of Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, in Mexico... More »

Wild Dogs Blamed for 4 Deaths in Mexico City

Local photos point to abandoned domestic animals

(Newser) - Wild dogs have killed four people in a Mexico City park, officials say. Locals discovered the partially-eaten bodies of a 26-year-old woman, missing an arm, and a 1-year-old boy in the Cerro de la Estrella in late December, the AP reports. Last week, people visiting the park, set in a... More »

7.4 Quake Hits Off Guatemala, 39 Dead

Buildings shake as far away as Mexico City

(Newser) - At least 39 people died in Guatemala today after a mighty 7.4-magnitude quake struck just off the coast. President Otto Perez Molina declared a state of emergency, urging people to evacuate tall buildings, the BBC reports. The quake hit about 15 miles southwest of Champerico at a depth of... More »

Mexico City Replaces All Airport Cops After Shootout

New federal officers all passed rigorous background checks

(Newser) - Following the June airport shooting deaths of three federal officers, Mexico has taken the drastic step of replacing all 348 security officers at the Mexico City International Airport with federal police. Since the June shooting was perpetrated by three fellow security officers suspected of being involved in cocaine trafficking, just... More »

Dozens Killed in Wave of Mexican Drug Violence

More than 40 bodies found in three locales

(Newser) - Dozens of people were murdered in the last week in a new surge of Mexican drug attacks. Fourteen bodies were found in the state of San Luis Potosi, 17 in the port of Acapulco, and 12 in Mexico City itself, a locale relatively shielded from drug violence, reports the Los ... More »

17 Busted in Attacks, Rapes at Mexico Church Camp

2 cops among those nailed for youth group assaults

(Newser) - Mexican police have busted 17 men—including two police officers—for a savage attack on a church-sponsored youth group that shocked the country. Five women and girls were raped, and others beaten and robbed during the hours-long attack by a gang of armed men on a group of 90 youths... More »

50K Mexicans Protest Peña Nieto's Win

Opposition groups claim PRI bought election, TV coverage unfair

(Newser) - Upwards of 50,000 students, leftists, and unionists took to the streets in Mexico City yesterday, protesting last week's presidential election win by Enrique Peña Nieto and the resurgent Institutional Revolutionary Party, reports the AFP . Protesters, mostly young people, accused the PRI of buying the election through favorable... More »

AP Intern, 22, Found Dead in Mexico

Armando Montano found dead in elevator shaft

(Newser) - A 22-year-old Associated Press intern from Colorado Springs was found dead in the elevator shaft in his apartment building in Mexico City, where he was working this summer. Aspiring journalist Armando Montano, who recently graduated from Grinnell College, began interning for AP early last month and worked on a number... More »

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