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December 11, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
Masked men with guns attacked a prison in southern Mexico, leading to a mass prison break and riot in which at least one person was killed, officials said Friday. Chiapas state Atty. Gen. Eduardo Montoya said 44 of the prison's 239 inmates fled the facility, 10 miles east of San Cristobal de las Casas, on Thursday night. Two were recaptured. A 5-month-old child, whose mother was visiting her imprisoned husband, died after being crushed during the riot. Two guards were injured.
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September 1, 2000 | Reuters
Victims of repression during Argentina's "dirty war" testified before a Spanish judge Thursday that a man being held in Mexico was in fact an agent at a notorious torture center in the 1970s. Former prisoners at the Navy School of Mechanics in Buenos Aires said Ricardo Miguel Cavallo, alias Miguel Angel Cavallo, was one of the military officials in charge.
WORLD
December 22, 2009 | By Tracy Wilkinson
In a move that may put Mexico City at odds with the rest of the country, the local legislature approved a far-reaching gay rights bill Monday, voting to allow people of the same sex to marry and to adopt children. The leftist-dominated legislature of this massive city of about 20 million people turned aside opposition from the influential Roman Catholic Church and ended lively debate to approve the measure by a 39-20 vote. Mayor Marcelo Ebrard is expected to sign the bill into law. "Mexico City has put itself in the vanguard," said legislator Victor Hugo Romo.
WORLD
April 14, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood
The death toll from the Mexican government's three-year war on drug cartels is far higher than previously reported -- more than 22,000, according to news reports published Tuesday that cited confidential government figures. The figure is significantly higher than tallies assembled by Mexican media. They estimate that more than 18,000 people have died since President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown against drug-trafficking groups after taking office in December 2006. The unofficial media tallies have often been cited by foreign news outlets, including The Times.
NEWS
July 4, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
Up to 50 people were feared drowned after two boats capsized off the Pacific coast of southern Mexico, officials said Saturday as a newspaper reported that the victims might have been Central Americans hoping to enter Mexico illegally. Searchers in helicopters and navy boats combed the waters after local fishermen reported that two boats had overturned. A naval official, who identified himself only as Seaman Espinosa, said helicopters had spotted some bodies floating in the area.
NEWS
March 17, 1998 | From Reuters
The nation's most powerful drug cartel bought a controlling stake in a small, struggling Mexican bank in 1995 and 1996 in a bid to have a private money-laundering operation, a newspaper reported Monday. Citing government documents, Reforma newspaper said the Juarez cartel once run by the late Amado Carrillo Fuentes, alias "Lord of the Skies," negotiated directly with two directors of the Grupo Financiero Anahuac, one of whom is the nephew of a former Mexican president.
NEWS
April 27, 2000 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With opinion surveys showing him the clear winner of a key presidential debate, opposition challenger Vicente Fox got a major push Wednesday in his quest to overtake the ruling party front-runner and give Mexico its first change of government in 71 years. Nine polls taken immediately after the debate broadcast Tuesday night gave Fox, of the center-right National Action Party, the edge over the ruling party's Francisco Labastida by margins ranging from 14 to as much as 40 percentage points.
WORLD
July 3, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
President Vicente Fox on Saturday celebrated the fifth anniversary of his election victory that ended decades of one-party rule in Mexico, attending a rally that drew opposition protest. Fox called his 2000 victory the "awakening of Mexico." "Five years ago, we recovered our dignity," Fox told a crowd of more than 10,000 supporters here in the capital. Former Polish President Lech Walesa accompanied Fox, and top Mexican performers such as Alicia Villarreal and Ana Barbara played for the crowd.
NEWS
March 2, 2001 | From Associated Press
After five heady days of cheering crowds and welcoming banners, Mexico's Zapatista rebels headed Thursday into slightly hostile territory: a state whose governor called the guerrilla leader a coward and made it clear the insurgents weren't welcome.
NEWS
April 16, 2002 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mexican officials said Monday that they had released 31 of the 41 Baja California law enforcement officers arrested in a sting operation last week, including the Tijuana police chief, but charged the remaining 10 with having links to the Arellano Felix drug cartel. The officers were rounded up Wednesday at a Tecate police academy where they had been summoned under the pretext of having their firearms checked.
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