February 16, 2014 |
MEXICO CITY -- Two Basque separatists believed to be part of a terrorist cell that killed 18 people in several attacks in Spain were arrested Sunday in the Mexican resort city of Puerto Vallarta, a joint operation with Spanish and Mexican authorities, the Spanish Interior Ministry said. Juan Jesus Narvaez Goñi and Itziar Alberdi Uranga are suspected of belonging to the separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, or ETA, and had been fugitives...
February 8, 2014 |
MEXICO CITY -- The vigilante "self-defense" groups in Mexico's Michoacan state on Saturday entered Apatzingan, the stronghold of the Knights Templar drug cartel, carrying no weapons but escorted by troops and federal police. The vigilantes have long considered Apatzingan, a city of more than 90,000, to be a prime target in their fight against the cartel, which has wormed its way deep into the fabric of Michoacan society. The vigilantes' threat to take the city by force last month prompted the federal government to send thousands of troops into the southwestern state to avoid a bloody showdown.
February 6, 2014 |
MEXICO CITY - Four human heads were reportedly discovered Thursday in Michoacan state, one of several recent incidents that suggest the Knights Templar drug cartel may be lashing out as the federal government and vigilante groups attempt to retake territory under cartel control. The heads were found in the indigenous community of Zacan, about 200 miles west of Mexico City, according to numerous news reports. The newspaper El Universal reported that a "message with threats from organized crime" was found along with the body parts.
February 4, 2014 |
MEXICO CITY - President Enrique Peña Nieto said Tuesday that his government would invest the equivalent of about $3.4 billion in social and infrastructure programs for the beleaguered Mexican state of Michoacan, where armed vigilante groups have been clashing with a drug gang. The program, which Peña Nieto announced in Morelia, the state capital, represents a significantly larger investment in Michoacan than the one unveiled last month by his social development secretary, Rosario Robles, who promised to spend about $225 million.
February 3, 2014 |
Mexico apparently will be going to this summer's World Cup in Brazil without its best player. Striker Carlos Vela, who hasn't played for his country in three years because of a dispute with the former Mexican coach Jose Manuel de la Torre and the national soccer federation, declined a personal plea from new Coach Miguel Herrera and other team officials on Monday. Herrera and his staff met with the 24-year-old in Madrid, where he was playing for La Liga side Real Sociedad. But even though De la Torre was fired in September, Vela has apparently not softened his stance.
January 30, 2014 |
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's attorney general said Thursday that he has proof that some of the arms being used by the vigilante “self-defense” groups of Michoacan state were supplied by a drug cartel, the Jalisco New Generation, according to news reports. The self-defense groups sprang up last February to take on a drug cartel called the Knights Templar. Many members are rural landowners and farmworkers fed up with the harassment and extortion by the Knights Templars. But there has been wide speculation that the groups had some connection to, or support from, the New Generation, a rival of the Knights Templar.
January 28, 2014 |
The great Mexican writer José Emilio Pacheco died on Sunday of a heart attack at the age of 74. This week he was remembered in his native Mexico City with funeral services worthy of a head of state. Pacheco, born in 1939, burst on to the Mexican literary scene in the 1960s and '70s with several poetry and short-story collections. His 1981 novella “Las batallas en el desierto” ("The Battles in the Desert"), based largely on his own middle-class Mexico City upbringing, was a love poem to a smaller, more innocent metropolis that was later wiped out by explosive growth.
January 28, 2014 |
MEXICO CITY - The government of Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto promised Tuesday to pay new attention to kidnapping, a crime that has increased substantially during the president's 13 months in office. The administration rolled out a new anti-kidnapping plan that calls for greater coordination and data sharing among federal and local officials, an oversight panel and an anti-kidnapping czar. During a ceremony Tuesday, Isabel Miranda de Wallace, head of the citizen group Stop Kidnapping and a member of the new oversight panel, said the plan represented an opportunity to “change history and the direction of our country, [and]
January 27, 2014 |
Hubertus von Hohenlohe is hard to miss on the slopes. The flamboyant skier for Mexico's Olympic team calls himself "The Real Prince" and competed at the 2010 Vancouver Games in a series of race suits with wildly colorful designs. Now, Hohenlohe has told NBC OlympicTalk that he will race at the upcoming Sochi Olympics in an outfit made to resemble a mariachi suit. Hohenlohe was born in Mexico but has lived all over the world. He said a recent visit to his birthplace led to a new appreciation for Mexican culture.
January 27, 2014 |
MEXICO CITY - The leaders of the vigilante “self-defense” groups of Michoacan state have signed an agreement with the Mexican government that transforms them into an officially sanctioned security force, officials announced Monday. The self-defense groups sprang up last year to confront the Knights Templar drug cartel and moved aggressively this month into territory where the cartel held sway. In an effort to prevent a widespread conflagration, the Mexican government sent thousands of troops and federal police into the contested region, promising to finally go after cartel leaders and demanding that the self-defense forces disarm.