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Mexico Declares 43 Missing Students Dead

AG says Iguala protesters were killed, incinerated

(Newser) - Investigators are now certain that 43 college students missing since September were killed and incinerated after they were seized by police in southern Guerrero state, the Mexican attorney general says. It was the first time Jesus Murillo Karam has said all the students are definitely dead. Mexican authorities have DNA... More »

Drone Overloaded With Meth Crashes Near Border

It comes down in parking lot in Tijuana

(Newser) - Somebody in Mexico who failed to read the instructions is out more than 6 pounds of meth and a $1,400 drone, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune . Police say the battery-operated drone carrying 3 kilos of the drug crashed in a Tijuana parking lot Tuesday night, about a mile from... More »

Mexicans Can Now Get Birth Certificates —in the US

Consulates stateside will begin issuing them

(Newser) - The Mexican government today will start issuing birth certificates to its citizens at consulates in the United States, seeking to make it easier for them to apply for US work permits, driver's licenses, and protection from deportation. Until now, Mexico has required citizens to get birth certificates at government... More »

Florida Fugitive Caught After 37 Years in Mexico

Somebody finally turned 81-year-old in

(Newser) - The law has caught up with a former Florida resident a mere 37 years after he failed to surrender for a 10-month prison sentence. Robert Woodring, now 81, was ordered to surrender in October 1977 after being found guilty of moving a yacht so federal authorities couldn't seize it,... More »

Mexico Charges Mayor's Wife With Organized Crime

Her brothers allegedly part of Guerreros Unidos drug gang

(Newser) - The wife of a Mexican mayor whose police force turned 43 students over to a drug gang that allegedly killed them has been charged with organized crime and money laundering. Maria de los Angeles Pineda is the wife of Jose Luis Abarca, the former mayor of Iguala, in the southern... More »

Amid Record Meth Seizures at Border, a 'Clear Trend'

Would-be smugglers are strapping it to their bodies, says official

(Newser) - Stashed in gas tanks, fire extinguishers, even wheels of cheese—those were some of the ways drug runners tried and failed in fiscal 2014 to smuggle methamphetamine through ports at the California-Mexico border, where meth seizures reached record levels, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. According to US Customs and Border... More »

Missing US Yoga Teacher Found Dead in Mexico

Hari Simran Singh Khalsa apparently got lost on hike

(Newser) - A 25-year-old American yoga teacher who apparently got lost while hiking has been found dead in the rugged mountains near Tepoztlan in central Mexico, reports NBC News . Hari Simran Singh Khalsa, a Brooklyn native who lived in Virginia, had been missing since Dec. 30. He and his wife were in... More »

Doubts Cloud Survivor Producer's Murder Trial

Bruce Beresford-Redman's fate to be decided in spring

(Newser) - More than four years after his wife's murder in Mexico, Bruce Beresford-Redman awaits his fate. The Survivor producer's Mexican trial for Monica Burgos' murder has finally wrapped up after stretching on for nearly three years. Prosecutors argued Beresford-Redman killed his wife in their room at Cancun's Moon... More »

Mexico Lawmakers Ban Circus Animals

Overwhelming vote aimed at fighting mistreatment of animals

(Newser) - Mexico's congress has passed legislation to ban the use of animals in circuses across the country. The lower chamber's vote yesterday followed one earlier in the week by the Senate and came six months after Mexico City passed a similar ban that is to go into effect next... More »

Malala Stands With Mexican Nobel Crasher

Says she wasn't afraid, 'there are problems in Mexico'

(Newser) - Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai today expressed sympathy for a Mexican asylum seeker who jumped onto the stage during the award ceremony yesterday in Oslo, and said the incident didn't frighten her. The 17-year-old laureate from Pakistan said young people the world over face problems. "As (he)... More »

Mexico: Charred Eye Socket Belongs to Missing Student

Bone fragment was found in dump

(Newser) - More than two months after 43 student protesters disappeared in Mexico, a bone fragment found in a dump has provided what authorities say is the first solid evidence of their fate. Mexico's attorney general says forensic experts have determined that the charred piece of eye socket belongs to missing... More »

The Horrible Cost Behind Your Cheap Mexican Produce

'LA Times' investigation finds a cutthroat farming culture that abuses workers

(Newser) - Hanging over the steady stream of brightly colored peppers, avocados, and other produce that line the shelves of our Walmarts and Whole Foods is a darker cost, one carried on the backs of farm laborers in Mexico who often work six-day weeks for $8 to $12 a day. In an... More »

Mexico to Dissolve All Local Police Forces

President promises change after students killed

(Newser) - Mexican President Pena Nieto has promised sweeping reforms to the country's police amid nationwide outrage over the massacre of 43 students abducted by a local police force working with gang members. "Mexico must change," he said yesterday, unveiling plans to dissolve all 1,800 of the country'... More »

US Marshals in Disguise Help Mexico Marines

Wall Street Journal: American personnel taking part in armed raids in Mexico

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal has an interesting scoop about how American personnel are helping Mexico's military catch drug suspects—they're disguising themselves as Mexican marines and taking part in armed raids. It's generally members of the US Marshals Service doing so, but FBI and DEA agents sometimes... More »

AG's 'I'm Tired' Gaffe Is Mexico's New Battle Cry

#YaMeCanse and outrage greet Murillo Karam's weariness

(Newser) - Mexico's attorney general had had about enough of questions over the murder of 43 students gruesomely burned in a 14-hour fire , and said as much on live television Friday. "Ya me canse," said Jesus Murillo Karam, a phrase translated variously as "Enough, I'm tired" and... More »

Mexico: Missing Students Were Burned in 14-Hour Fire

Authorities working to identify remains found in river

(Newser) - Mexico says it finally knows the fate of 43 college students missing since September: They were murdered, burned in a massive fire, and dumped in a river, authorities said today. The nation's attorney general met with relatives and told them that detained gang members filled in the grisly details:... More »

Mexico Busts Fugitive Mayor Blamed in Students' Disappearance

Jose Luis Abarca, wife caught by federal officers in Mexico City

(Newser) - Federal police have arrested Jose Luis Abarca, a fugitive Mexican mayor, and his wife, who have been called the "probable masterminds" behind the disappearance of 43 student protesters in their city, the BBC reports. The Iguala mayor and wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa were busted in an... More »

Mexico Frees US Marine Vet With PTSD

Andrew Tahmooressi had been held since March on gun charges

(Newser) - A 26-year-old Marine reservist is free after spending seven months in Mexico jails over what he says was a wrong turn. Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who served two tours in Afghanistan, was arrested in March because he crossed the border into Tijuana with three loaded guns in his pickup, reports ABC... More »

3 Missing Siblings Found Dead in Mexico

Mexican police suspected of killing Texas siblings

(Newser) - Three US citizens missing for more than two weeks have been found shot to death in Mexico near the border city of Matamoros, and authorities are questioning a local police unit about possible involvement. The father of the three siblings identified Erica Alvarado Rivera, 26, and her brothers, Alex, 22,... More »

Archaeologists: Tunnel Could Lead to Teotihuacan Rulers

Chambers could hold Teotihuacan leaders' remains

(Newser) - After almost a decade of painstaking work, researchers have unearthed an amazing 50,000 relics from a tunnel in the ancient city of Teotihuacan—and they believe the biggest prizes still await. The tunnel below the site around 30 miles away from Mexico City was discovered in 2003 after having... More »

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