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Report on Missing Mexico Students Reveals Night of 'Confusion, Terror'

And casts more doubt than ever on government version

(Newser) - The big question about why 43 missing Mexican students were abducted remains unanswered, but a new international report on the case suggests more than ever that the government's version of events is a joke. Investigators with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights say Mexican police tortured key suspects into... More »

Death Toll Hits 24 in Mexico Chemical Blast

Desperate relatives demand answers from petrochemical firm

(Newser) - The death toll from a petrochemical plant explosion in southeastern Mexico has risen to 24, state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos reported late Thursday. Pemex raised the toll from the 13 fatalities previously known and also said 19 people remained hospitalized, with 13 of them in serious condition. Earlier in the... More »

Trump: Mexico's Paying for That Wall, and Here's How

He'd cut off billions of dollars in transfers sent by immigrants to family in Mexico

(Newser) - Two former Mexican presidents have already said there's no way their country will ever pay for the "stupid" "f---ing wall" that Donald Trump insists he'll erect between the US and Mexico if he becomes president—which has led to lots of head-scratching over how exactly Trump... More »

Dads Claim They're Stuck in 'Hellhole' With Surrogate 'Triplings'

Couple say they were ripped off, have no money to get home; others would beg to differ

(Newser) - Ask David and Nicky Beard about their time in Mexico to bring their newborns home to New Zealand, and they'll tell you they're stuck in a "dangerous ... hellhole" and "third-world" nation they say has left them $190,000 in debt and abandoned by the Cancun surrogacy... More »

Mexico Arrests 'King Midas'

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's alleged money launderer is in police custody

(Newser) - Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman needed someone to scrub all of his dirty drug money, and Mexican police say they arrested that man, known as "King Midas," while he was vacationing, the BBC reports. "Groups of elite federal police and the Mexican army arrested Juan Manuel Alvarez... More »

How Mexico Hopes to Stop Trump From Winning

Consulates are hosting free workshops across the US

(Newser) - As Donald Trump talks about building a "big beautiful wall" on the southern US border, Mexico is apparently hatching plans to prevent a Trump presidency. While Mexico officially refuses to interfere in the election, Mexican diplomats in the US are helping Mexican permanent residents fast-track to US citizenship by... More »

John Oliver Presents His Alternative to Trump's Wall

Waffle irons would be just as effective, he says in takedown

(Newser) - John Oliver ignored Donald Trump for a long time, then devoted a whole show to ridiculing his candidacy. Now he's specifically going after Trump's plans for a big border wall. In the latest episode of his HBO show, Oliver delivered "what might be the most thorough takedown... More »

Mexican Prez: Donald Trump Reminds Me of Hitler, Mussolini

President Enrique Pena Nieto issues a warning

(Newser) - Glenn Beck and Louis CK aren't the only ones comparing Donald Trump to Hitler . Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto today issued a warning about the Republican presidential front-runner, who has said Mexico will pay for a US border wall to keep out illegal immigrants, Reuters reports. "There is... More »

'El Chapo' Wants Extradition Because He Can't Sleep: Lawyer

Attorney says Joaquin Guzman wants to come to US because jailers are torturing him

(Newser) - A lawyer for drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman said Wednesday his client now wants to be extradited as soon as possible to the United States because guards at a Mexican maximum-security prison won't let him sleep, the AP reports. Lawyer Jose Refugio Rodriguez, who told Radio Formula... More »

Former Mexican President Has Strong Words for 'Crazy Guy' Trump

Guess who's not paying for 'that [expletive] wall?'

(Newser) - Donald Trump may have finally met his match—at least when it comes to un-presidential language—in former Mexican president Vicente Fox. “I declare, I’m not going to pay for that fucking wall,” Fox told Fusion this week. “He should pay for it. He’s got... More »

El Chapo's Young Wife Gives First Interview

She's worried he might not survive prison

(Newser) - It's no surprise that Mexico is keeping a very close eye on drug lord Joaquin Guzman after recapturing him for the second time—but that doesn't mean his wife has to like it. In her first public comments about "El Chapo," beauty queen Emma Coronel says... More »

Pope Gets a Little Angry at Aggressive Supporter

'Don't be selfish!'

(Newser) - It's Pope Francis as you've never seen him: a little ticked off. While the pontiff was greeting people Tuesday in a crowd in Morelia, Mexico, somebody got a little too aggressive after grabbing his hand and caused Francis to fall forward onto a man in a wheelchair, reports... More »

Luxury Cells Uncovered After Deadly Prison Riot

Mexican prison had saunas and a bar

(Newser) - Vast luxuries such as saunas, a bar, food stands, and appliances were discovered by authorities entering a prison in northern Mexico to investigate a riot that killed 49 inmates . Nuevo Leon state authorities said in a statement Sunday that the cells inside Monterrey's Topo Chico prison were outfitted with... More »

3 Officers Arrested After Mexico Prison Brawl Kills 49

More than 200 weapons used in Monterrey bloodbath

(Newser) - Prosecutors charged three state officers with homicide after a bloody prison brawl that ended with 49 dead, raising questions about what happened during the melee inside Mexico's Topo Chico lockup that saw inmates fight with hammers, cudgels, and makeshift knives. Nuevo Leon state prosecutor Roberto Flores did not say... More »

Why History Will Happen in Cuba's 'Threadbare' Airport

Plus more on pontiff's historic meeting in Havana with Russian Patriarch Kirill

(Newser) - Pope Francis is joining up with Patriarch Kirill in Havana on Friday, a historic event that marks the first time the head of the Roman Catholic Church is meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, notes NBC News , which outlines all the background behind this "religious rendezvous.... More »

Dozens Dead in Mexico Prison Riot

Governor says 52 prisoners were killed

(Newser) - Scores of inmates at a prison in the Mexican city of Monterrey are dead following a predawn riot on Thursday. The state governor in Nuevo Leon says 52 were killed and 12 more injured, reports the AP . Gunshots and explosions were reportedly heard from within the prison, where a fire... More »

Ex-Mexican Prez Not Impressed With Trump's Border Wall Plan

Mexico will not be paying for any 'stupid,' 'useless' wall

(Newser) - Donald Trump isn't the only one who can throw around words like "stupid," "useless," "crazy," and "ignorant." Trump, of course, has claimed during his presidential campaign that not only will he get a border wall built if he's elected, but... More »

Photo of Baby Slain in Drug Feud Outrages Mexico

He was shot dead alongside his parents in Oaxaca

(Newser) - In Mexico, they're comparing it to the heartbreaking photo of 3-year-old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi lying dead on a beach. An image of a slain 7-month-old baby lying between his dead parents on a sidewalk has gone viral and caused outrage across the country, according to a New York ... More »

Mexico Orders Actress in for Questioning About El Chapo

Kate del Castillo missed her previous appointment

(Newser) - Mexican authorities have ordered that actress Kate del Castillo be located and presented for questioning about her encounters with cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Two security officials confirm that federal prosecutors issued the order after the movie and telenovela star did not appear at a previous appointment to... More »

Cross-Border Raid Busts 24 in El Chapo's Cartel

Daylong US-Mexico operation at Arizona border nets big results

(Newser) - American and Mexican authorities cooperated in a daylong cross-border raid that resulted in the arrest of 24 alleged high-level members of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's Sinaloa drug cartel, reports the AP . The sting known as Mexican Operation Diablo Express took place all of Friday as numerous law enforcement... More »

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