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El Chapo's Sons Blamed for Deadly Attack on Army Convoy

5 Mexican soldiers were killed in ambush

(Newser) - The sons of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman were likely behind a brazen ambush on a military convoy using grenades and high-powered guns that left five soldiers dead and 10 wounded on Friday, officials say. The attack in Mexico's northern Sinaloa state left two military vehicles... More »

Mexico Captures One of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted

He's accused of rapes, murder in Chicago

(Newser) - After 18 years as a fugitive and four years on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list, Fidel Urbina is going to face justice. The former Chicago resident, who is accused of kidnapping, rape, and murder was arrested by Mexican authorities Thursday in a tiny village called El Polvo in... More »

Police Rape of 11 Women Could Come Back to Mexico President

Enrique Peña Nieto ordered a crackdown on protesters in 2006

(Newser) - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is demanding a full-scale investigation into the rape of at least 11 women at the hands of Mexican police during a crackdown on protesters in 2006—a crackdown ordered by now-President Enrique Peña Nieto. Fox News Latino reports Peña Nieto was the... More »

Ford Is Moving All Small-Car Production Out of the US

Trump slams Mexico move

(Newser) - Ford Motor Co. says it's moving all of its US small-car production to Mexico. Ford CEO Mark Fields confirmed the long-expected move Wednesday during an event for investors and Wall Street analysts, the AP reports. Ford already makes its Fiesta subcompact in Mexico, but its Focus and C-MAX small... More »

Mastermind Behind Trump's Visit to Mexico Quits

Finance minister was blamed for deeply unpopular trip

(Newser) - One of President Enrique Peña Nieto's closest advisers and confidants, Finance Secretary Luis Videgaray, has resigned in a move seen as linked to the unpopular decision to invite Donald Trump to visit Mexico , the AP reports. Peña Nieto has taken responsibility for inviting Trump, but a former... More »

Hurricane Could Bring Flash Floods to American Desert

Newton likely to slam Arizona, New Mexico

(Newser) - Hurricane Newton swept onto the Gulf of California after slamming the resorts of Southern Baja Tuesday and headed on a path expected to take it to the Mexican mainland by Wednesday morning and then on to the US border, with potentially dangerous rains for Arizona and New Mexico, the AP... More »

Trump in Mexico: We 'Didn't Discuss Payment of the Wall'

But President Enrique Peña Nieto says otherwise

(Newser) - In a situation that was unthinkable just 24 hours ago, Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto gave a joint press conference Wednesday in Mexico City following an hour-long meeting between the two, reports the Los Angeles Times , which calls Trump's jaunt to Mexico both "hastily... More »

Trump to Make Surprise Visit to Mexico

He plans to meet President Enrique Peña Nieto before immigration speech

(Newser) - Before his big immigration speech on Wednesday , Donald Trump plans to visit somewhere where he is hated so much that he is regularly burnt in effigy during parties—and it's not Ted Cruz's house. Instead, Trump will make a surprise visit to Mexico to meet President Enrique Peñ... More »

Mexico Says Adios to Its Star Musician

Juan Gabriel died Sunday in California

(Newser) - Juan Gabriel, Mexico's top-selling artist, died peacefully at his home in Santa Monica, Calif., on Sunday of an apparent heart attack, per the BBC . He was 66. Though not all were familiar with his music, his songs were like hymns to many in Latin America and beyond, reports the... More »

Mexico Reports: Teen Dies From Girlfriend's Hickey

A blood clot reportedly traveled to his brain in a matter of hours

(Newser) - A teen boy appears to be the second known case of a hickey causing a stroke and the first of that love bite being lethal. Julio Macias Gonzalez, who was just 17, began convulsing during dinner with his family in Mexico City the day after spending the night with his... More »

Sources: El Chapo's Kidnapped Son Freed

He was captured after 'partying too much,' insider says

(Newser) - After some presumably very tense negotiations, the kidnapped son of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been freed by his captors, multiple sources tell CNN . Jesus Alfredo Guzman—not older brother Ivan, who was named in earlier reports—was among six people gunmen seized from a restaurant in... More »

World's Largest Pyramid Was Mistaken as a Mountain

It withstood even the lethal advances of Spanish conquistadors

(Newser) - When Hernan Cortez and his Spanish army marched into Cholula in present-day Mexico nearly 500 years ago, they were greeted by a peaceful people prone to building pyramids instead of stockpiles of weapons. Those people and their pyramids fell, and fast, with 10% of the local population murdered in a... More »

Mexico Police Accused of Executing 22, Faking Shootout

42-to-1 death toll in ranch raid raised suspicions

(Newser) - Federal police executed at least 22 people on a ranch last year, then moved bodies and planted guns to corroborate the official account that the deaths happened in a gunbattle, Mexico's human rights commission says, per the AP . A total of 43 people, including one police officer, were killed... More »

Son of 'El Chapo' May Be Kidnapped

Ivan Guzman seen as too flashy, may have annoyed other gang members

(Newser) - The brazen kidnapping at a Mexican resort on Monday may have netted a big prize for the kidnappers: the son of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo," reports Reuters . Between seven and eight armed men snatched six other men early Monday from a high-end restaurant in a Puerto Vallarta,... More »

At Upscale Restaurant in Mexico, a Massive Abduction

All those involved appear to be members of criminal organizations

(Newser) - Armed men abducted 10 to 12 presumed members of a crime gang who appeared to be celebrating at an upscale restaurant in the popular Mexican beach resort city of Puerto Vallarta, authorities said Monday. Jalisco state prosecutor Eduardo Almaguer said at a news conference that preliminary results of the investigation... More »

Archaeologist Says She's Solved the Mystery of Mexico's Teotihuacan

And the answer is water

(Newser) - Water may be the key to understanding the mysterious ancient city of Teotihuacan in Mexico, according to new research from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History. Teotihuacan—home to some of the world's largest pyramids and 150,000 people at its peak—shut down around the year... More »

Pageant Boss Killed After Crowning Winner

Hugo Ruben Castellanos was kidnapped hours after Miss Sinaloa contest

(Newser) - More ugliness in Mexico's troubled Sinaloa state: Hugo Ruben Castellanos, the national director of the Miss World beauty pageant, was kidnapped and murdered on Sunday, hours after he crowned the winner of the Miss Sinaloa contest, the Guardian reports. Police say he was shot dead after being kidnapped by... More »

Border Patrol Finds 2 Kids, $460K in Cocaine in Woman's Car

Some women smugglers apparently bring children along to make themselves 'inconspicuous'

(Newser) - On Monday morning, a Border Patrol agent pulled over a Honda Accord cruising north on Interstate 5 in San Clemente, Calif., and the agent's drug dog started giving the sign there was possibly something illicit inside the vehicle, the Los Angeles Times reports. Surprise No. 1 when agents searched... More »

Teen Rape Victim in Mexico Denied Abortion Access

Judge says sex with 13-year-old was 'consensual' act of 'sexual coercion,' not rape

(Newser) - A young Mexican teen who was raped by a family acquaintance is trying to end the pregnancy that resulted from that crime. But although abortion in the state of Sonora is permissible only in rape cases, a judge has ruled that the encounter was "consensual" and that the crime... More »

She Tried to Sell Timeshares. The Job Nearly Killed Her

A big decision fails spectacularly

(Newser) - Rosie Campos may be the worst timeshare saleswoman in the history of timeshare sales, and she provides a blow-by-blow account of her hellish experience in an essay at narrative.ly . Campos is American, but her husband is Mexican, and a few years back, they made the epic decision to move... More »

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