Ciudad Juarez

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Citing Journalists' Murders, Mexican Newspaper Closes

3 reporters killed last month

(Newser) - A Mexican newspaper in the border city of Juarez says it is closing due to the climate of insecurity and impunity for killings of journalists in one of the world's deadliest countries for media workers, reports the AP . Norte executive Oscar Cantu Murguia informs readers of his decision in... More »

He Shot Boy Across Mexico Border; Case Heads to SCOTUS

Can foreigners have their day in American courts?

(Newser) - Sixty feet and the US-Mexico border separated the unarmed, 15-year-old Mexican boy and the US Border Patrol agent who killed him with a gunshot to the head in 2010. US officials chose not to prosecute Agent Jesus Mesa Jr., and the Obama administration refused to extradite him so that he... More »

Man Had Wife's Family Killed to Lure Her to Funeral—and Her Own Death

Samuel Velasco is looking at a mandatory life sentence

(Newser) - It sounds more the stuff of a soap opera than reality, but as an El Paso, Texas, courtroom has heard, it was very much the stuff of real life—and death. Samuel Velasco was last Monday convicted on three counts of conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country: The... More »

El Chapo Moved to Prison Near US Border

It's unclear exactly why the former drug kingpin was transferred

(Newser) - Notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was transferred Saturday from the Altiplano maximum-security prison outside Mexico City to a prison just south of the Texas border, AFP reports. El Chapo arrived in Ciudad Juarez along with 150 federal police officers aboard three planes and was taken from the... More »

How the US Shrank One Square Mile

It happened 50 years ago at the Mexican border

(Newser) - It's been half a century since the US shrank by a square mile thanks to a combination of geography and politics. The Rio Grande, between Texas and Mexico, has shifted over the years—and its movements between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico have changed our borders. In... More »

Cheap Mexican Dentists Wooing Americans

How does a $50 filling sound?

(Newser) - How rough is America's dental state of affairs? Rough enough that US citizens are heading to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico—dogged by a reputation of being one of the world's most dangerous cities, though KVIA notes that violence is down—to get their teeth cared for. The station and... More »

Woman Claims She's Hunting Bus-Driving Rapists

Ciudad Juarez authorities looking for woman who killed 2 drivers

(Newser) - Mexican prosecutors are investigating claims that a woman who killed two bus drivers last week in this northern border city was seeking revenge for alleged sexual abuse of female passengers. A woman wearing a blond wig—or dyed hair—boarded a Ciudad Juarez bus on Wednesday morning, approached the driver,... More »

How to ID an Old Corpse? With This 'Secret' Fluid

In crime-infested Mexico, it comes in handy

(Newser) - A forensic expert in one Mexico's most violent cities has found a way to cull secrets from corpses that have gone dry, AFP reports. Alejandro Hernandez, who handles waves of dead bodies in Ciudad Juarez, lowers them into a homemade solution that makes their murder wounds and facial features... More »

2-Year-Old Mass Graves Uncovered in Mexico

Bodies of 11 men found in them, near US-Mexico border

(Newser) - Mexican authorities have discovered 19 bodies—some old, some new—near the US border. Eleven of the bodies were found in mass graves, where they appear to have rested for two years, officials say. Those bodies were buried amid intense fighting between drug cartels in the area, near Ciudad Juarez,... More »

In Ciudad Juarez, New Slew of Missing, Murdered Women

Remains of 12 people found recently determined to be female

(Newser) - The remains of 12 girls and women have been found in Ciudad Juarez in recent months, increasing concerns that young females are being targeted in the violent Mexican border city. Just six of the victims have been identified, all of them teens reported missing in 2009 and 2010; the other... More »

Bullet From Mexico Hits Woman in Texas

El Paso woman injured by Juarez shootout

(Newser) - El Paso is considered one of America's safest cities, but it was painfully reminded of its proximity to one of the world's most dangerous yesterday. As cops battled carjackers in Ciudad Juarez, a stray bullet crossed the border and struck a Texas woman in the leg as she... More »

Mexico Nabs Drug King 'El Brad Pitt'

Nicknamed stemmed from disguise he wore

(Newser) - Mexico’s federal police have arrested the alleged leader of the armed wing of the Juarez Cartel—one Marco Antonio Guzman, also known as “El Brad Pitt.” Guzman was nabbed on Wednesday in Chihuahua, the northern Mexican state that’s home to Ciudad Juarez, site of an estimated... More »

City in Mexico Drug Wars Renames Itself 'Heroic'

Ciudad Juarez celebrating 100th anniversary with a name change

(Newser) - When your town is best known as the epicenter of Mexico’s drug war, maybe it’s time for a rebranding. Ciudad Juarez is changing its name to Heroica Ciudad Juarez, meaning “Heroic City of Juarez,” in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of a critical Mexican Revolution battle... More »

41 Killed in Ciudad Juarez Murder Spree

Police inaction blamed for sky-high murder rate in Mexican city

(Newser) - Last weekend was bloody even by Ciudad Juarez standards. Gunmen killed 41 people in the Mexican city in the 4-day period beginning last Thursday, including 15 people killed in two attacks on bars, and a 10-year-old boy killed during an attack aimed at his father, CNN reports. By comparison, New... More »

Mexico Cans Police Chief, 20, Who Fled

Marisol Valles Garcia was apparently seeking asylum after death threats

(Newser) - A 20-year-old police chief in a violent Mexican border town was fired today for apparently abandoning her post after receiving death threats. Marisol Valles Garcia was granted a leave of absence from March 2-7 to travel to the United States, but "Since there was no notification of a need... More »

Gov. Perry Makes Texas-Sized Geography Mistake

Momentarily places Juarez within the 50 US states

(Newser) - Rest easy, America: The most dangerous US city is ... in Mexico. Or so discovered Texas Gov. Rick Perry after an embarrassing goof yesterday. While talking to reporters about border enforcement, Perry brought up the violence in Mexico, saying, "There have been 34,000 Mexicans killed directly attributable to the... More »

53 Killed in 72 Hours in Ciudad Juarez

City has seen 8 deaths per day this year

(Newser) - The number is a hefty one even for the crime-ridden town of Ciudad Juarez: 53 dead in one of the deadliest 72-hour periods the Mexican city has recently seen. Police tell CNN that 14 were killed on Thursday; 20 on Friday; and 19 on Saturday, including a police officer shot... More »

Gunmen Mow Down 8 in Mexico Bar

7 women, 1 man killed in Ciudad Juarez shooting

(Newser) - Yet more carnage in Ciudad Juarez: Gunman opened fire in a bar in the border city last night, killing seven women and one man. Three other victims are in critical conditions. Investigators suspect the drug cartels battling over the city were behind the attack, AP reports. Elsewhere in Mexico, a... More »

US Teens Killed in Mexico Shooting

Authorities unsure of motive behind the killings

(Newser) - Three teenage boys have been shot and killed in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, authorities revealed yesterday, and at least two of them were US high school students in Texas. The boys were killed Saturday afternoon while browsing a car dealership, the AP reports. One was found inside a white Jeep Cherokee,... More »

Gunmen Kill 7 at Mexico Soccer Game

Researcher predicts 5K will be killed in Ciudad Juarez this year

(Newser) - Seven young men were killed when gunmen traveling in three vehicles opened fire on a soccer game in Ciudad Juarez. At least one player was among the dead. Police say they haven't determined a motive for the shooting, which took place at a park opened last year as part of... More »

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