December 14, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY -- Eleven people were found slain Saturday in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, in a rural area riven by political and agrarian disputes, though the motive for the killings was not immediately clear. The bodies were discovered in the morning in the municipality of Santiago Juxtlahuaca, on the western side of the state, about a six-hour drive southeast of Mexico City. Ten burned bodies were found in a Chevrolet Suburban, and the 11th was found a few yards away with a gunshot wound in the head.
November 22, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - No one ever said it was easy being a mayor in Mexico, where corruption is as common as cacti, politics is a Machiavellian game of three-dimensional chess and drug cartels are often more powerful than local governments. But in recent days, Mexicans have seen the depth of the challenge facing the men and women charged with running the 2,438 municipios , roughly the equivalent of U.S. counties, that are supposed to be a building block of governance here. The mayor of Santa Ana Maya, a rural municipality in Michoacan state, was killed this month after complaining that cartel members were regularly demanding a chunk of the federal money meant for public works projects in his area, a practice he said was widespread.
November 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A top leader in the Mexican drug trade, who at his peak oversaw the distribution of eight tons of cocaine a month, has been captured by authorities in Panama and secretly extradited to the U.S., law enforcement officials said Wednesday. The cocaine trafficking of 64-year-old Juan Juarez Orosco, known as “El Abuelo,” or “the Grandfather,” allegedly began two decades ago -- long before the cartel wars exploded in recent years. Considered one of the most-sought-after drug lords in the Western Hemisphere, he is accused of using smuggling routes from Central America along the Atlantic coastline of Mexico and then north into the United States, officials said.
October 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- International inspectors expect to destroy Syria's ability to produce new chemical weapons by Nov. 1, the first major deadline in the United Nations-ordered disarmament of the country's entire chemical arsenal, officials said Wednesday. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the watchdog group overseeing the disarmament effort, said equipment used to produce or mix toxic gases and nerve agents has been destroyed at almost all of the declared facilities inside Syria.
October 23, 2013 |
MONTERREY, Mexico - It is one of those small, hopeful signs that this traumatized city may be awakening from the nightmare of Mexico's drug wars: Armando Alanis once again feels safe enough to stop off for a late-night nosh at Tacos Los Quiques, a beloved sidewalk food cart. "We couldn't have done this two years ago," Alanis, a 44-year-old poet, said recently as he chowed down on tacos gringas in the dim glow of inner-city streetlights. "It would be wrong not to recognize what we have regained.
October 4, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY -- At least 12 people were killed and many more injured Friday morning when a passenger bus overturned on a highway west of the Mexican capital, according to government and media reports. The accident occurred on a highway linking the Mexico City suburb of Naucalpan with the city of Toluca, according to a statement released by the Naucalpan municipal government. The news service Milenio reported that the driver lost control of the bus at around 7 a.m., causing it to overturn and plunge into a ravine.