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WORLD
July 5, 2011 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
Marisela Morales arrived as Mexico's first female attorney general with high marks for bravery. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton honored Morales as one of this year's "International Women of Courage," lauding her as a fearless leader in the fight to bring to justice Mexico's most dangerous criminals. But it will take more than courage if Morales is to succeed as attorney general, one of the most important figures in the government's war against violent drug-trafficking groups, which has killed nearly 40,000 people.
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SPORTS
June 9, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Mexico's hopes for a second consecutive Gold Cup soccer title took a major hit Thursday — and it had nothing to do with what happened on the field in Charlotte, N.C., where El Tri dismantled Cuba, 5-0, on two goals each from Giovani Dos Santos and Javier Hernandez and another by Aldo De Nigris, becoming the first team to qualify for the tournament quarterfinals. Hours before the match, Mexico suspended five players, including starting goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, after they tested positive for the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol.
WORLD
May 12, 2011 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
Mexican authorities fired seven regional directors of the country's immigration agency Thursday after allegations that its officers in northern Mexico had delivered Central American migrants to kidnapping gangs. Commissioner Salvador Beltran del Rio described the firings as part of a wider effort to weed out corruption at the National Institute of Migration, or INM, the agency that enforces Mexico's immigration laws. Mexican officials have pledged to fight armed groups that kidnap migrants to extort money or recruit them for drug trafficking.
WORLD
April 7, 2011 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
More than 50 bodies were found in mass graves Wednesday in the same area of northern Mexico where 72 migrants were massacred last year, authorities said. Officials in the state of Tamaulipas said they found 59 bodies in eight graves during an investigation of the March 25 abduction of a busload of passengers. One of the graves had 43 corpses. A statement from the Tamaulipas prosecutor's office said a joint state and federal investigation led to the arrests of 11 suspects and the rescue of five captives.
WORLD
March 11, 2011 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
Mexican authorities say they were aware of the U.S. anti-gun operation that allowed smugglers to buy weapons under the watch of agents in the United States, but that they had no idea that the program allowed weapons to be smuggled into Mexico. In a statement issued late Thursday, Mexico's federal attorney general's office said Mexican officials were advised of operations north of the border against suspected traffickers. But the Mexican agency said it "had no knowledge of the existence of an operation that might include the transgression or controlled trafficking of arms to Mexican territory.
NATIONAL
March 11, 2011 | By Kim Murphy and Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
Lawmakers in Mexico are demanding an investigation into a U.S. law enforcement operation that allowed hundreds of weapons to flow into the hands of Mexican drug cartels amid claims from a ranking legislator that at least 150 Mexicans have been killed or wounded by guns trafficked by smugglers under the watch of U.S. agents. U.S. authorities say manpower shortages and the high number of weapons sold resulted in their losing track of hundreds of guns, from pistols to .50-caliber sniper rifles, though a federal agent deeply involved in the Phoenix-based operation said it was "impossible" that U.S. authorities did not know the weapons were headed for Mexico.
NATIONAL
March 10, 2011 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
Federal authorities have charged 10 border gang members in the shooting deaths a year ago of three people tied to the U.S. Consulate in El Paso who were killed as they returned from a children's birthday party on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande. Also indicted on drug, murder and racketeering charges by a federal grand jury in El Paso were 25 other members of the Barrio Azteca organization, a group that rose out of Texas and New Mexico prison gangs two decades ago, joined arms with a notorious Mexican drug cartel and flooded the west Texas border region with drugs and death.
NATIONAL
March 10, 2011 | By Kim Murphy and Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
Lawmakers in Mexico are demanding an investigation into a U.S. law enforcement operation that allowed hundreds of weapons to flow into the hands of Mexican drug cartels amid claims from a ranking legislator that at least 150 Mexicans have been killed or wounded by guns trafficked by smugglers under the watch of U.S. agents. U.S. authorities say manpower shortages and the high number of weapons sold resulted in their losing track of hundreds of guns, from pistols to .50-caliber sniper rifles, though a federal agent deeply involved in the Phoenix-based operation said it was "impossible" that U.S. authorities did not know the weapons were headed for Mexico.
OPINION
March 3, 2011
When Mexican President Felipe Calderon visits Washington on Thursday, it will be his fifth and most important visit since 2006. Relations between the two countries are strained. Leaked diplomatic cables and the killing of a U.S. immigration agent in Mexico by suspected drug traffickers are stealing headlines and threatening to derail diplomatic efforts. Thursday's meeting provides a much-needed opportunity for President Obama and Calderon to get bilateral relations back on track.
WORLD
February 12, 2011 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
On an especially deadly day in Mexico's most violent city, gunmen barged into a beer joint and killed eight people, six of them waitresses. An additional 10 people were killed in other shootings in Ciudad Juarez during a 24-hour period ending early Friday. The city across the border from El Paso has been plagued by killings and kidnappings as rival drug gangs fight for control. But 18 dead in a single day seemed especially grim. The worst incident was at Las Torres Bar in a low-end commercial strip in a rough Juarez neighborhood.
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