Mexico increases number of missing to 22 322

2014-08-22 08:21

Revising its calculation upward, the Mexico government now says 22 322 people are reported missing since 2006.

Besieged Mexicans cheer soldiers' arrival

2013-05-21 12:01

Residents of a western Mexico area who have endured months besieged by a drug cartel have cheered the arrival of hundreds of Mexican soldiers.

Mexico might be headed for a name change

2012-11-23 11:03

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has one non-urgent item pending on his agenda in the dying days of his presidency - he wants to change his country's name.

US-led 'war on drugs' questioned at UN

2012-09-27 12:04

The presidents of Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala have all called for a global debate of anti-narcotics laws at the UN, raising new questions about the wisdom of the, US-led "war on drugs".

17 mutilated bodies found in Mexico

2012-09-17 11:04

The dismembered bodies of 17 men were found on a farm in a part of central Mexico disputed by violent drug cartels, say officials.

Mexican president: Drug murders down

2012-07-16 14:01

Mexican President Felipe Calderon says homicides in Mexico have dropped 15% to 20% in the first six months of this year compared to the same period of 2011.

Leftist candidate rejects Mexico results

2012-07-03 07:53

The runner-up in Mexico's presidential election has rejected the "fraudulent" victory of rival Enrique Pena Nieto, raising the spectre of protests.

Drug gang fear silences Mexico journalists

2012-05-11 14:00

Drug traffickers are applying a policy of terror against journalists who fail to follow their wishes, with threats and brutal killings silencing the press in many parts of Mexico.

Mexican parties make presidential picks

2012-03-12 11:02

Mexico's ruling National Action Party and leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution have made their presidential picks official, with the loser of the 2006 vote making another try.

Mexico gets female presidential candidate

2012-02-06 14:44

Mexico's ruling conservative party has chosen Josefina Vazquez Mota, a 51-year-old economist and former minister, as its candidate for presidential elections on July 1.

Mexico drug violence kills 1 000 a month

2012-01-02 22:28

Around 12 000 people died in drug-related violence in 2011 in Mexico and around 50 000 have been killed since the start of President Felipe Calderon's crackdown on drug gangs in 2006.

Former Mexican leader in grave condition

2011-12-18 08:16

Mexican President Felipe Calderon says former President Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado is in grave condition.

11 more bodies dumped in Mexican city

2011-09-23 13:08

At least 11 more bodies have been dumped around the Mexican city of Veracruz, a report says, two days after the discovery of 35 other corpses in the once-quiet Gulf port.

Mexico mobster caught for 1 500 murders

2011-07-31 19:34

A leader of drug cartel hitmen, who was responsible for some 1 500 murders has been arrested in northern Mexico, police say.

Calderon seeks forgiveness over drug war

2011-06-24 11:12

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has sought forgiveness for failing to protect victims of narco-trafficking violence but has defended his military strategy against organised crime.

Mexican drug violence spills over to US

2011-03-03 12:01

Authorities have determined a man who was stabbed and beheaded in a suburban Phoenix apartment was killed for stealing drugs from a Mexican cartel.

Mexico violence body count rises

2011-01-11 11:17

The body of a murdered man has been found on the main highway to Acapulco, bringing to 31 the number of people killed in the Pacific resort city over four days.

Kidnappers free top Mexican politician

2010-12-21 09:01

Former presidential candidate Diego Fernandez de Cevallos has re-emerged in Mexico City after a seven-month kidnap ordeal for which he has forgiven his abductors.

141 convicts escape Mexican prison

2010-12-18 13:45

At least 141 inmates have escaped from a Mexican prison near the US border, deepening alarm in a region suffering extreme violence from rival drug gangs.

Mexican lawmaker to face drug charges

2010-12-15 11:01

For the first time in Mexican history, a lawmaker has been stripped of his immunity to face charges of having links to organised crime, in a decision by the Chamber of Deputies.

Mexico mudslide: No confirmed deaths

2010-09-29 18:05

There are no confirmed deaths after an entire hillside collapsed on a town in Mexico's rain-soaked southern state of Oaxaca, however 11 people are missing.

Mexican daily stops drug coverage

2010-09-20 12:03

The biggest newspaper in Mexico's most violent city will restrict drug war coverage after the killing of its second journalist in less than two years.

Mexico defends bloody drug war

2010-09-03 11:21

Mexican President Felipe Calderon says he knows violence has surged since his anti-drug war was launched, but argues that it is the price of confronting brutal cartels.

Mexican cops quit as 61 killed

2010-06-25 11:53

Police are increasingly fleeing their posts in rural communities in the Mexican border state of Nuevo Leon after the killings of more than 60 officers in the area so far this year.

Bloodbath in Mexico - 39 dead

2010-06-12 10:24

Gunmen have brought terror to Mexico, killing at least 39 people, as the country struggles to tackle powerful and violent drug cartels.


Mexico govt faces vigilante monster it created

2014-01-16 14:58

Vigilantes who have challenged the government's authority in lawless Michoacan state held onto their guns as federal authorities struggled to rein in a monster they helped create.

Mexico slammed over 'disappearances'

2013-02-21 09:01

Human Rights Watch has charged that Mexican security forces were not properly investigated over at least 249 "disappearances" that occurred during President Felipe Calderon's government.

Mexican fans flock to support Perez

2012-11-18 07:10

At the 2012 US Grand Prix there are no American Formula 1 drivers but Mexico's Sergio Perez is something of a local hero.

Mexico captures high-ranking Zetas leader

2012-09-27 09:01

The Mexican navy says it has captured one of the leaders of the notoriously brutal Zetas drug cartel, delivering a boost to the government's efforts to bring the gangs to heel.

17 held in Mexico church camp attack, rapes

2012-07-19 12:06

Police have arrested 17 men on suspicion of attacking youths and raping five women and girls who were on a church camping trip outside Mexico City.

Mexican recount confirms Pena Nieto win

2012-07-06 07:58

A recount has showed Mexico's Enrique Pena Nieto as the clear winner of the country's presidential election, but the runner-up still refuses to concede.

Mexican candidates debate amid protests

2012-06-11 15:02

Mexico's presidential race has entered a critical phase after the four candidates clashed in a second debate as about 90 000 people protested in the capital against the frontrunner.

Obama to meet Mexico, Canada leaders

2012-04-02 11:02

US President Barack Obama is set to host the leaders of Mexico and Canada at the White House for a North American summit overshadowed by the raging drug war in Mexico and violence on the US border.

Massacre highlights Mexico jail corruption

2012-02-21 10:00

Nine guards have confessed to helping Zetas drug gangsters escape from prison before other Zetas slaughtered 44 rival inmates, a state official says.

Mexican held for 75 drug cartel killings

2012-01-31 13:47

Police in northern Mexico have captured an alleged member of the Zetas drug gang who confessed to killing at least 75 people, including many who were pulled off buses, say authorities.

13 found slain in northeast Mexico

2011-12-26 20:14

Troops made a grisly Christmas discovery in northeastern Mexico when they found 13 bodies in a truck, seen as the latest explosion of violence in the battle between warring drug cartels.

Mexico mayor shot dead

2011-11-03 11:30

The mayor of a city in western Mexico has been shot dead while campaigning for President Felipe Calderon's National Action Party, officials say.

53 dead in fiery attack on Mexico casino

2011-08-26 09:18

Authorities say gunmen burst into a casino in northern Mexico, doused it with gasoline and started a fire that trapped gamblers inside, killing 53 people and injuring a dozen more.

La Familia extortion practices exposed

2011-06-27 14:00

Mexico's La Familia drug cartel conducts widespread extortion rackets aimed at farmers, miners and even bullfight organisers while getting protection from the police, say officials.

Mexican cops find 59 bodies in mass grave

2011-04-07 09:00

Mexican security forces searching for abducted bus passengers in a violent northern state bordering Texas have stumbled on a collection of pits holding a total of 59 bodies.

6 charred bodies found in Mexico

2011-01-31 10:00

Mexican authorities have found six charred bodies, most likely the victims of cartel killings, near the northern city of Monterrey, say news reports.

Mexican kidnappers had 'political motive'

2010-12-22 17:28

The abduction of a former presidential candidate freed after seven months may mark the resurgence of leftist rebels long thought to be increasingly irrelevant in Mexico.

Deadly Mexico pipeline blast probed

2010-12-20 11:01

Although investigations are still ongoing, Mexican authorities say a pipeline explosion that has killed 28 was apparently caused by thieves trying to steal crude oil.

30 000 dead in Mexico drug war

2010-12-17 12:03

Mexico says more than 30 000 people have been killed in drug violence since President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown against cartels in late 2006.

Mexico car wash massacre: 15 dead

2010-10-27 22:06

A group of armed men have killed 15 people at a car wash in the western Mexican state of Nayarit.

Fourth Mexican mayor killed

2010-09-24 18:00

Gunmen have killed a town mayor near the drug-plagued industrial city of Monterrey, the fourth mayor in northern Mexico to be murdered in little more than a month.

‘Viva’, says Mexico for 200th year

2010-09-16 14:17

Mexico has looked beyond its drug war to throw a 200th birthday bash celebrating a proud history, embodied in the traditional independence cry: “Viva Mexico!”

Mexico drug balladeer shot

2010-06-28 22:39

A Mexican singer famous for ballads lauding drug traffickers has been shot dead on the way to a concert in northwest Mexico.

Mexico drug gangs close schools

2010-06-16 21:04

Internet warnings of attacks by notorious drug gangs prompted a Mexican state to hastily put students on early vacation this week to protect them.

Obama to tackle Arizona bill

2010-06-02 14:10

US President Barack Obama will meet with Arizona's governor amid mounting ire over the state's immigration law that critics say encourages ethnic profiling, the White House says.

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