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  • Capital: Mexico City
  • Major Languages: Spanish
  • Currency: Peso
  • Timezone: GMT -6:00 to -8:00

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Mexico is still plagued by the various drug cartels who are battling each other for control of trafficking routes throughout the country. Under Feilpe Calderón’s presidency (2006-2012) the homicide rate in Mexico tripled and an estimated 80,000 people were killed. His successor, Enrique Peña Nieto, has had limited success in curbing the violence; however, the Mexican security forces have arrested several prominent cartel leaders, most notably Joaquin “el Chapo” Guzman (Sinaloa cartel), Vincente Carrillo Fuentes (Juarez cartel), Miguel Ángel Treviño Morale (Zetas), Fernando Sánchez Arellano (Tijuana Cartel) and Martín Villegas Navarrete (Beltrán-Leyva Cartel). In the early years of the “drug wars” much of the violence centred on the northern city of Ciudad Juarez, which between 2008-2010 was regarded as the murder capital of the world.  This huge spike in violence coincided with a turf war between the Juarez and Sinaloa cartels.  By 2012 the homicide rate in Juarez had dropped by 60 percent, largely because the Sinaloa secured the route from its rivals. However, as the homicide rate in Juarez fell, other areas of Mexico, such as Jalisco, Guerrero, Tamaulipas and Veracruz witnessed surging levels of violence. In 2015 an average of 52 people were murdered in Mexico every day, an increase of more than 100 percent from 2014 and the first significant rise in four years.

In September, 2014, 43 student teachers went missing during a protest in the town of Iguala in Guerrero state, where they were last seen being forced into police vans. The town’s mayor, Jose Luis Abarca, has been accused of ordering the abduction and killing of the students, while dozens of municipal police officers have also been arrested. In April, 2016 an independent panel setup by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) said the government had hampered it inquries, adding that there was no evidence to support the official story that the students were killed by local Guerreros Unidos gang.  The incident has highlighted the long-standing problem of political and judicial corruption within the country, while it also sparked nationwide outrage. Much of this anger has been directed at President Nieto’s government and there have been scores of violent protests across Guerrero and throughout the rest of Mexico.  Tens of thousands joined a "march of national indignation" in Mexico City in September, 2015 to mark the anniversary of the students disappearance.  Opposition and union groups also frequently hold strikes and rallies against the government, and although these are generally peaceful all large-scale public gatherings have the potential to become violent and should be avoided.

Mexico continues to have one of the highest rates of kidnap for ransom and extortion (KRE) in the world. Since 2006 many of the drug cartels have branched out away from their traditional trafficking activities and used kidnapping and extortion as ways of funding their operations. Public officials and journalists are often abducted, while there have been multiple cases of migrant workers from Central America being kidnapped while attempting to reach the US.  Cases are reported all over Mexico, with the highest number in Tamaulipas and Veracruz. Smaller criminal gangs also carry out kidnappings in the country, particularly short-term “express” kidnappings where victims are held for 24-48 hours. Taxi drivers have also been implicated in a significant proportion of express kidnappings, especially those driving unlicensed 'libre' vehicles. Once the victim is inside the car the driver will pick-up some armed accomplices and drive to an unknown location before demanding payment. This method is used throughout the country, but is especially common in the capital, Mexico City.  In July, 2015 the FBI warned of a rise in virtual kidnappings against tourists in Mexico, where family members receive a demand of immediate payment even though no kidnapping has taken place.

Theft, muggings and assaults are relatively common throughout Mexico’s major cities. The threat from street crime is particularly acute in Mexico City. Due to their wide availability robberies often involve the use of weapons, such as the spate of muggings in the Parque Nacional de las Cumbres del Ajusco in the south of the capital. Thefts are also common on public transport, particularly on the urban micros buses. There have also been reports of sexual assaults against tourists, such as in February, 2013 when six Spanish tourists were raped at gunpoint in the beach resort of Acapulco.  Security has remained high at many of the country's Gulf tourist resorts, including Cancun and Playa del Carmen, and they have largely escaped the cartel violence.  However, in April, 2016 a group of Jalisco Nueva Generacion Cartel (CJNG) members were arrested in Cancun and the group appear to have a growing presence in the city.

Mexico can be affected by regional tropical weather systems, such as the Atlantic hurricane season which normally runs from June to November. Visitors are advised to monitor local media for more information in the event of a hurricane. More information can be found at the national Hurricane Centre website.  There are also regular earthquakes in Mexico, particularly around the south-west Pacific coastline.  The last significant incident was a 7.5-magnitude quake which killed 29 people in Colima in 2003, while in 1985 an 8.0-magnitude earthquake in Mexico City killed between 5,000 and 40,000 people and caused widespread damage.

News articles

By RSF

Two journalists murdered in two days

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is worried about a new wave of violence against journalists in Mexico, with two murders in the space of two days in the southern state of Oaxaca. The need for effective government measures to protect journalists and guarantee their safety is imperative.

By AFP

2 Journalists Killed in Mexico

A journalist was shot dead as he left his radio station in southern Mexico on Thursday while a second reporter was murdered in an eastern state, officials said.

By AP

Mexico Investigates Journalist's Killing in Southern State

Mexican authorities on Friday were investigating the murder of a journalist in the southeastern state of Tabasco, as a prominent press watchdog group expressed concern over the killing and urged transparency in the probe.

By New York Times

Missing Mexican journalist found dead

The body of a journalist who was abducted by armed men three weeks ago has been found in eastern Mexico, authorities said Sunday, adding that a former police officer has confessed to carrying out the crime allegedly at the request of the town's mayor.

By Efe News Agency

Kidnappers murder journalist in Mexico

A journalist and her husband were murdered by kidnappers in the western Mexican state of Nayarit, a spokesman of the state Attorney General's Office told Efe news agency

 

 

 

By Pan Am Post

Mexican narcos murder citizen journalist

Drug cartel members in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico, kidnapped and murdered a female citizen journalist, posting images of her dead body on her own Twitter account, according to citizen news hub Valor por Tamaulipas.

By TNA

Journalist killed in north-western Mexico

A Mexican reporter missing since October 10 was found dead with gunshot wounds, state authorities said Thursday in Sinaloa in north-western Mexico.

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Alerts for Mexico

Former governor accused of cattle theft

The former governor of the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, Cesar Duarte, is suspected of stealing hundreds of cows which were bought with public money and imported from New Zealand in 2015.  The animals were intended to repopulate the herds of poor farmers which had been decimated by drought.  Documents suggest that the majority of the cows were taken to a ranch owned by Mr Duarte with hundreds more given to his associates.  Duarte was declared a fugitive after leaving Mexico in March after being accused of embezzling millions of pesos.  He is believed to be hiding in the US.

Scandal-hit attorney general resigns

On Monday, Raul Cervantes, Mexico's Attorney General, resigned amid pressure to implement a new autonomous anti-corruption system to replace his office. Cervantes insisted that he had resigned to avoid delaying revisions to Mexican law, but a scandal involving the registration of a luxury car outside the capital to avoid taxes prompted his critics to say that he was unfit to lead a newly reformed criminal justice system. The new service is being set up under a 2013 constitutional reform to respond to public pressure for a more effective criminal justice system in a country where murder rates are at record highs, and nine out of 10 crimes go unreported.

PRD founder murdered in Guerrero

Ranferi Hernandez Acevedo, founder of the Partido de la Revolucion Democratica (PRD) was killed on Sunday, together with his wife, mother-in-law and driver.  The bodies of the four were found on Saturday near the township of Ahuacuotzingo in Guerrero state.  Officials have no immediate suspects. Hernandez Acevedo was a founding member of the PRD party and had been its leader for the state.


Eight killed in police shoot-out

Eight members of a criminal gang have been killed in a shoot-out with federal police in Tamaulipas state, north-east of Mexico. The incident happened in the Lomas del Pedregal neighbourhood in Reynosa on Saturday morning. Tamaulipas has been the location of various violent incidents between drug cartels, including the Gulf and los Zetas.

University professor shot dead during robbery in Mexico City

A 57-year-old university professor has been shot dead during a robbery attempt in Mexico City. Local media reported that the psychology professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) was killed when armed criminals stormed a coffee shop in Letran Valle neighbourhood. It is believed that the victim reacted to the robbery and was shot at close range.

Five found dead in Estado de Mexico family massacre

Mexican authorities have recovered the bodies of five members of the same family at a residence in Tultepec, Estado de Mexico. Preliminary reports suggest that a couple and their three children were found with their hands tied and sustaining stab wounds in the house's backyard on Wednesday. Police revealed that the crime potentially happened last week when the family was last seen. The Public Ministry has opened an investigation, while no further details were revealed.

Local criminal leader murdered in Mexico City

The presumed leader and founder of the criminal group La Union Tepito has been shot dead in Mexico City. Local media reported that alias 'Pancho Cayagua' was killed when two criminals in a motorcycle opened fire at a commercial centre's car park in Gustavo Madero delegation. Mexico City prosecutors opened an investigation to assess who or which group is behind the attack. Pancho Cayagua was detained back in 2015 as the main suspect in a double homicide. La Union Tepito is one of the main local criminal entities that widely control drug-trafficking operations - the gang is also involved in extortion, burglary and express-kidnap - in Mexico City.

Local mayor shot dead in Puebla

A mayor and his alleged security escort have been killed in a fresh incident targeting local officials in Puebla, central Mexico. According to EFE, Manuel Hernandez Pasion, the mayor of Huitzilan de Serdan, was found dead inside his vehicle near Xochitlan on Tuesday. State prosecutors opened an investigation to assess a potential involvement of criminal groups, while the motive behind the attack remains unclear. In January, another local mayor in Puebla was found dead inside his pick-up truck along a federal highway near Tepeojuma.

Two killed during kidnap attempt in Oaxaca

A university student and his 47-year-old father have been shot dead during a presumed kidnap attempt in Oaxaca, south-western Mexico. Mexican media reported that both victims were targeted when armed criminals approached a store in Huautla de Jimenez. It remains unconfirmed which group is behind the attack, but it is believed that members of the dangerous Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) are involved. The CJNG is continuously consolidating its presence in Oaxaca - especially in the southern region of the state - amid ongoing territorial disputes mainly with the Gulf Cartel.

Deadly prison riot breaks out near Monterrey, Nuevo Leon

Over a dozen inmates have been killed when a prison riot broke out in Nuevo Leon, northern Mexico. Clashes erupted at the Cadereyta prison, near Monterrey, where inmates held three security guards hostage to reportedly protest against the facility's administration and its alleged links to the Zetas cartel. Inmates set objects on fire and blocked several sections of the building. Police officers were required to employ lethal force to regain full control of the prison. At least 26 people were also injured in the incident. Prison riots in Mexico are common and mainly fueled by disputes between powerful drug gangs.

Bus crash kills seven near Reynosa, Tamaulipas

At least seven people have been killed and scores were injured when a bus overturned in Reynosa, Tamaulipas. Preliminary reports suggest that the vehicle was transporting workers from a construction company in the early hours of Tuesday when it overturned at least three times along the Reynosa-Rio Bravo highway. Authorities believe that the crash was caused due to speeding and a possible mechanical malfunction.

Seven killed in military helicopter crash in Durango

Seven people have been killed when a military helicopter crashed in Durango, northern Mexico. In a statement, Mexico's defence ministry revealed that the aircraft crashed near the town of El Salto during a training flight on Friday. Military authorities launched an investigation to assess the causes of the crash.

Two officials found dead in Estado de Mexico

Two officers of the attorney general's office (PGR) have been found dead in Estado de Mexico. Local authorities revealed that both bodies were discovered in the boot of a pick-up truck parked along the Tejupilco-Amatepect highway on Thursday evening. It has been reported that both victims were tortured before being killed. Rights organisations accused a local police commander of unnecessary assignment of unprepared officers to high-dangerous areas, where powerful criminal entities widely operate. The incident came days after a state police officer and his wife were found dead in the Toluca-Atlacomulco road.

News photographer kidnapped in San Luis Potosi

A local news photographer has been abducted after criminals impersonating police officers stormed his home in San Luis Potosi, central Mexico. Local media reported that Edgar Esqueda Castro was kidnapped on Thursday morning from his residence in Julian Carrillo neighbourhood. The state prosecutor's office launched an investigation and denied any involvement of state police. Castro covered crime and often contributed to local media outlets. Mexico is considered one of the world's deadliest countries for media professionals. According to CPJ, so far in 2017, at least four reporters were killed in targeted retaliatory attacks across Mexico.

Severe weather expected as storm approaches Yucatan Peninsula

The US-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has issued a hurricane watch to the Yucatan Peninsula as Tropical Depression Sixteen is forecast to strengthen during the week. According to the latest NHC advisory, the system is forecast to make landfall in south-eastern Mexico on Saturday morning - particularly in areas between Puerto Herrero and Cabo Catoche - as Tropical Storm Nate. The alert comes a day after Tropical Storm Ramon killed two people and caused widespread damage in Oaxaca, south-western Mexico.

Four killed in mining accident in Coahuila

Four workers have died at a Canadian-owned silver mine in Coahuila, northern Mexico. The accident happened on Sunday at the La Encantada mine near Muzquiz municipality. No comments were issued by the mine's owner Majestic Silver Corporation, while the state civil protection authority is investigating indications of potential carbon monoxide poisoning.

Several pilgrims killed in bus crash near Atotonilco, Jalisco

At least 15 people have been killed and more than 30 others were injured when a bus overturned in Jalisco, central Mexico. Mexican media reported that the accident happened on the state highway 307 between the towns of Arandas and Atotonilco on Sunday evening. Reports suggest that the bus was carrying pilgrims back from a visit to San Juan de los Lagos, when it lost control and crashed. Preliminary investigations revealed that the accident happened due to speeding and a mechanical flaw in the vehicle's breaks.

Four killed as criminals storm party in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas

At least four people have been killed and five others were injured after gunmen stormed a graduation party in Tamaulipas, north-eastern Mexico. Local media reported that the attack happened on Saturday evening when dozens of people were celebrating a graduation at a saloon in central Ciudad Victoria. Security forces rushed to the scene and launched an investigation, while it remains unclear if the incident is gang-related. Gunfights in Ciudad Victoria occasionally occur due to territorial disputes between rival criminals factions.

Two police officers killed in armed attack in Puebla

Two police officers have been killed after heavily armed criminals attacked a patrol unit vehicle in Puebla. The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon along the Estado de Mexico-Veracruz federal highway near the town of Tecalzingo. Witnesses told local news that at least 50 shots were fired in the attack. Violent criminal groups widely operate in the rural area of Puebla, especially in the restive area popularly known as the 'Red Triangle'. These groups are mainly dedicated to stealing fuel shipments heading from the port areas of Veracruz to central Mexico.

Local political leader shot dead in Guerrero

A local leader of the centre-left party Citizens' Movement (MC) has been shot dead during an ambush in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. Angel Vergara Chamu, the MC leader in Tierra Caliente, was killed in the San Rafael Norte colony after heavily armed men attacked his vehicle on Wednesday afternoon. Chamu was a former mayoral candidate in 2015 for the town of Ajuchitlan del Progreso and was set to re-run for office ahead of the 2018 general elections. Since June, a surge in attacks targeting government officials was reported across Mexico, one of the highest rates in the last 12 months.

Government reveals preliminary earthquake reconstruction costs

Preliminary official estimates revealed that at least $2bn will be required for rebuilding after two powerful earthquakes hit the country in September. It is believed that more than 250,000 people nationwide were affected and around 150,000 buildings were badly damaged or destroyed. President Enrique Pena Nieto engaged in negotiations with Mexican lawmakers to reallocate next year's budget funds to assist in the Natural Disasters Fund (Fonden), while others claim that rebuilding costs may be higher. More than 430 people were reported dead after an 8.1-magnitude earthquake hit Oaxaca, southern Mexico, and nearly a week later a 7.1-magnitude tremor ravaged Mexico City.

Criminals raid earthquake volunteer convoy in Oaxaca

Two men have been shot and a young woman was raped after dozens of armed criminals robbed a humanitarian convoy in Oaxaca, southern Mexico. An influential Catholic organisation revealed that the convoy was heading to Juchitan to handover donations to people affected by the powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake which hit Oaxaca earlier in the month. At least 26 criminals are believed to have been involved in the raid, where the victims' belongings were taken along with a large sum of cash.

Five criminals killed during rescue operation in Magdalena, Jalisco

Five suspected kidnappers have been killed during a massive rescue operation in Jalisco, western Mexico. According to state authorities, the incident happened on Monday evening when police officers launched an operation to rescue an abducted victim in central Magdalena. Reports revealed that the criminals engaged in a shootout with the police moments after they killed the unnamed victim.

Low-scale eruptions recorded at the Popocatepetl volcano

Two eruptions were recorded at central Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The eruptions lasted for nearly six hours, expelling ash and steam into the air, while rocks and other projectiles were propelled up to 1,000 metres around the crater - within the 12km security perimeter. Ash has affected several villages across Estado de Mexico and Morelos. According to the National Centre for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred), such activity is common and may have been caused by the powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake which rocked the region last week.

Several killed as armed men storm rehab centre in Chihuahua

At least 14 people have been killed and eight others were injured when heavily armed criminals stormed a drug rehabilitation centre in Chihuahua, northern Mexico. According to Mexican media, an unknown number of men wearing military-style gear entered the facility in a residential area and opened fire on Tuesday evening. A massive joint police operation was launched in the region, while it remains unclear which group is behind the attack. Chihuahua is located in the US border and is one of the most violent states in Mexico. Despite the crackdown on the once notorious Juarez Cartel, a recent spate of violence has been reported in the state due to territorial disputes involving the fragmented Sinaloa cartel.

Tropical Storm Pilar triggers flooding and mudslides in western Mexico

At least two people have been killed after the already dissipated Tropical Storm Pilar triggered widespread flooding in western Mexico. Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval confirmed that two people died after heavy rains caused local rivers to overflow. Federal and state roads were also blocked by dozens of mudslides across the state, including the access points to the resort of Puerto Vallarta. Flooding was reported in northern Nayarit, especially in the areas of Rosa Morada, Ruiz and El Nayar.

Strong 6.2-magnitude aftershock recorded in Oaxaca

At least five people have been reported dead after a strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit Oaxaca, south-western Mexico. According to the USGS, the shallow tremor was recorded near Matias Romero on Saturday afternoon. Search operations were halted across the capital due to the risk of collapsing structures and already heavily damaged buildings. Reports revealed that the quake triggered low-scale activity at Puebla's Popocatepetl volcano. The quake was an aftershock from the powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake which killed more than 320 people across Mexico City earlier on Tuesday.

Cabify operations suspended in Puebla over teenager's death

Puebla's government has ordered the suspension of the app-based taxi service Cabify after a 19-year-old teenage woman was presumedly killed by one of the company's drivers. According to Government Secretary Diodoro Carrasco, Cabify operations in Puebla have been revoked after the company failed to follow security protocols. A Cabify driver is the main suspect in the death of Mara Fernanda Castilla, who was found dead near a motel after requesting a Cabify service. A spokesperson for Cabify's rival, Uber, said that the company had previously sacked the suspected driver for inappropriate behaviour. Castilla's death triggered outrage across Mexico over the country's hampering levels of crimes targeting women.

Hundreds killed as powerful earthquake hits Puebla state

A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake has hit the central state of Puebla. Over 350 people have been killed across Puebla, Morelos, Mexico City and Estado de Mexico, while some casualties were also reported in Oaxaca and Guerrero. The USGS said the quake hit at a depth of 51km near the town of Raboso at 18:14 UTC. Dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City, were damaged or destroyed, including a school, where more than 20 children were killed and 30 others remain missing. Over two million people are without power and had their phone lines cut. Potentially harmful gas leaks have also been reported in some areas. Reports have revealed that the quake triggered an eruption at Puebla's Popocatepetl Volcano, where more than 15 people were killed when a nearby church collapsed during mass. The quake came just weeks after an 8.1-magnitude quake killed 90 people in the country.

Police officers and their son killed in Cancun mall

Two off-duty police officers have been shot dead after heavily armed criminals stormed a commercial centre car park in downtown Cancun, Quintana Roo. The incident was reported on Saturday evening when the couple was with their young son at the Gran Plaza mall. Both victims were declared dead at the scene, while their son succumbed to his wounds after being taken to the hospital. Reports suggest that one of the victims, Police Commander Julio Cesar Duran Cardenas, publicly received several threats from criminal organisations based in Playa del Carmen.

Young woman's death triggers protests across Mexico

Thousands of people took to the streets across Mexico to protest the country's hampering levels of violence targeting women. Demonstrators marched across the country after a 19-year-old woman was found dead near a motel in Puebla, central Mexico. Reports suggest that Mara Fernanda Castilla was reported missing after taking a ride with the app-based taxi service Cabify. According to local media, more than 80 women have been killed in Puebla since the start of the year, while violence targeting women remains a serious concern throughout Latin America.

Eight killed in violent military clashes in Guerrero

Eight criminals have been killed after a violent shooting broke out in Teloloapan, Guerrero state. Reports suggest that heavily armed criminals ambushed soldiers near the village of Pachivia during a military patrol operation along the Teloloapan-San Antonio Acachautlan highway. One soldier was killed after he succumbed to his wounds. According to the police, two vehicles were also seized along with military uniforms and high-calibre weapons. Guerrero state is facing hampering levels of violence mainly attributed to gang-related territorial disputes.

TV crime drama location scout killed in Estado de Mexico

A location scout working for the streaming media company Netflix has been shot dead in an isolated area of the restive Estado de Mexico. Carlos Munoz Patal was found dead inside his bullet-riddled vehicle in the rural area of Temascalapa. According to the police, the circumstances behind the attack remain unknown due to lack of witnesses. The 37-year-old professional was travelling around Mexico to find shooting locations for the Netflix's crime drama Narcos, which - in its fourth season - will reportedly address the evolution of the notorious Juarez cartel. Prominent journalists and former colleagues condemned the attack, which took place last Monday but was only reported over the weekend.

Four youngsters found dead near Acapulco

Four youngsters have been found dead on the outskirts of Acapulco, Guerrero state. Local media reported that all victims aged, between 15 and 20 years, were recovered from under a bridge at the Acapulco-Zihuatanejo highway between the localities of El Zapote and Coyuca de Benitez. The police have launched an investigation to assess the motives behind the crime. In the last few years, Guerrero state has reported a surge in violence linked to violent territorial disputes involving rival criminal factions.

Seven-year-old killed in violent armed attack in Mexico City

Two people have been killed, including a seven-year-old boy, when a vehicle was sprayed with bullets in Mexico City. The incident was reported on Wednesday evening in the Colonia Buenavista area, where heavily armed criminals intercepted the car near a gas station. The area was isolated after police officers rushed to the scene. Local media reported that both victims were related, while the motives behind the attack are still unclear. Buenavista is located in the capital's Cuauhtemoc delegation, which has reported one of the highest homicide rates in Mexico City so far this year.

Security measures beefed up ahead of independence day parade

Security measures will be strengthened across Mexico City ahead of the national parade to commemorate the country's independence day on Saturday. More than 4,000 police officers will be deployed across the capital to secure key locations during the celebrations. Heavy traffic and public transport disruptions are likely throughout the day. The military parade will start on the morning in Campo Marte and heads towards the Plaza de la Constitucion - or Zocalo - through the Paseo de la Reforma.

Several reported dead in drug-related incidents in central Mexico

At least a dozen people have been reported dead in separate incidents presumedly linked to drug-trafficking in central Mexico. One of the incidents took place in Guanajuato state when heavily armed men stormed a bar in the town of Irapuato. Meanwhile, seven people have been found dead along a road near Uruapan, Michoacan state. In recent years, Guanajuato and Michoacan have reported a surge in drug-related violence mainly attributed to territorial disputes between rival criminal organisations.

Tropical Storm Max forms off Pacific coast

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday that Tropical Storm Max has formed off the Mexican Pacific coast. According to the NHC, heavy rains and flash floods are expected as Max is forecast to make landfall on Thursday in the tourist resort of Acapulco, Guerrero state. Despite Max is not expected to gain much strength, a tropical storm warning has been issued for the whole Guerrero coast from Zihuatanejo to Punta Maldonado.

Youngster kidnapped and killed in Hidalgo

A 16-year-old student was found dead after being reportedly kidnapped in Hidalgo. Brayan was reported missing in late-August moments after leaving school in Atitalaquia. Hundreds of locals and family members marched on his funeral to demand justice. Local authorities said that the victim's body was found at an undisclosed location on Sunday and that three suspects were already arrested. The incident came just days after a 23-year-old woman disappeared after taking a taxi in Tula.

Police raid poppy fields in Guerrero

The National Security Commission (CNS) said on Saturday that Federal Police officers seized and destroyed nearly 60 million poppy plants in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. According to a communique, the CNS said that the illicit crops were found across an area of more than seven hectares in the Tepoxtepec mountains. In recent times, Guerrero has turned into one of the main grounds of violent territorial disputes between drug-trafficking groups aiming to control poppy plantations and drug trade in the region.

Hurricane Katia makes landfall in Veracruz

Hurricane Katia has made landfall in eastern Mexico as a Category 1 storm on Friday evening. Adverse weather conditions were reported across the coastal areas of Veracruz state between Tecolutla and Tampico. Widespread flooding took place in several areas across Tecolutla after the town's river overflowed on Saturday. Katia was later downgraded to a tropical depression as it approached the Sierra Madre mountains. Authorities are still warning visitors and residents to remain vigilant over the potential risk of flash floods and mudslides, as heavy rains are forecast for the next few days.

Six killed in clashes with the military in Reynosa, Tamaulipas

At least six criminals have been shot dead in violent armed clashes in Reynosa, Tamaulipas. Local media reported that the incident happened in the early hours of Thursday when a military patrol unit was attacked in a lorry parking area near the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge. Federal and state officers rushed to the scene, where three high-calibre assault rifles, six vehicles and a number of tactical equipment were seized.

North Korean ambassador to Mexico expelled

The North Korean ambassador to Mexico, Kim Hyong Gil, has been declared persona non grata and has officially been expelled from Mexico. According to Reuters, Gil has been given 72 hours to leave the country in a move protesting North Korea's recent nuclear tests. The Mexican government stated that the expulsion order was intended to demonstrate the country's "absolute rejection" of North Korea's nuclear activity - which it described as a grave threat to global security. 

Powerful 8.1-magnitude earthquake hits Mexican Pacific coast

At least 90 people have been reportedly killed when a powerful 8.1-magnitude earthquake hit southern Mexico. According to the US Geological Survey, the quake was recorded late on Thursday nearly 75 miles off the Pacific coast of Tres Picos, Chiapas. A tsunami warning has been issued for the whole Central American coast, including Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and Honduras. The quake was felt almost 600 miles away in the capital Mexico City, in what it is believed to be the strongest earthquake to have hit the country since 1985.

Tropical Storm Katia upgraded to Category 1 hurricane

The US-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has announced that the Tropical Storm Katia has strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane on Wednesday. Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to hit eastern Mexico as the slow-moving storm is forecast to make landfall over the weekend. The government has deployed more than 600 soldiers to areas prone to flooding and landslides, mainly across mountainous areas in Veracruz.

Seven killed as criminals raid petrol station in Guanajuato

Seven people have been killed after heavily armed criminals raided a petrol station in Guanajuato, central Mexico. The incident happened on Monday evening when two workers were attacked in Apaseo Alto. Four municipal police officers responding to the shooting were also attacked, while reports suggest that two of them were abducted and shot dead near the state border with Michoacan. Another civilian was also killed when, during the escape, criminals opened fire at a traffic police station.

Tropical Storm Katia forms off eastern Mexico

Tropical Depression 13 has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Katia as it forms along the Gulf of Mexico. The US-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has informed on Wednesday that Katia has strengthened off the coast of Tampico. It is still unclear the exact path of Katia, which is expected to remain offshore for the rest of the week. However, it has been advised to remain alert due to the high risk of heavy rains and mudslides hitting central-eastern Mexico.

Several killed as Tropical Storm Lidia hits Baja California Sur

At least seven people were killed when Tropical Storm Lidia hit the Mexican western Pacific coast on Saturday. Reports revealed that victims were either drowned or electrocuted while the system left a trail of destruction across the Baja California peninsula, especially in the Los Cabos area. Thousands rushed to local storm shelters after widespread flooding damaged homes and roads. Lidia was downgraded to a tropical depression, which continued to head north-westwards away from the Mexican and the US coast.

Teachers' union calls for protests in south-western Mexico

Thousands of teachers and students are set to take to the streets after the influential teachers' union CNTE called for protests in Oaxaca, south-western Mexico. Demonstrators are set to march across the state on Friday morning over ongoing disputes with the government. Protests are also expected to take place in the neighbouring states of Puebla, Veracruz, Chiapas and Guerrero - especially across the bordering cities. Despite being mostly peaceful, some demonstrations in Mexico tend to suddenly turn violent due to clashes with the police and attacks targeting public buildings.

Severe weather as Tropical Storm Lidia hits Baja California Sur

Severe weather is expected during the weekend as Tropical Storm Lidia heads north-westwards off Baja California Sur. Heavy rain and strong winds are forecast for the area along with potential flooding to coastal areas. A hurricane watch has been issued for areas between Puerto Cortes and La Paz, while a tropical storm warning was issued to the whole Baja California Sur peninsula from Punta Eugenia to Bahia San Juan Bautista. The airports of San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas were closed. Lidia is currently passing through Cabo San Lucas and is expected to weaken as it hits the Pacific over the weekend.

UN calls for government action over enforced dissapperances

The UN has requested that the Mexican government urgently address the country's hampering levels of enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings which have been reported in recent years. UN representative in Mexico, Jan Jarab, urged authorities to immediately accept international assistance to enhance the victims' protection and reinforce judicial guarantees, mainly through the country's active role in the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances. It is estimated that more than 30,000 people were forcibly disappeared or extra-judicially killed in Mexico during the last decade.

Severe weather expected as potential cyclone forms off western coast

Severe weather is forecast later this week as the Tropical Cyclone 14 is set to form off the western Mexican coast. It is still unclear if the system will become a Tropical Storm, but widespread floodings and heavy rains are expected to hit Michoacan, Colima, Jalisco, Sinaloa and Nayarit. Despite the weather system being predicted to remain offshore, it is set to strengthen later in the week and will bring adverse weather conditions to the southern areas of Baja California Sur before weakening while heading north-westwards.

Reports suggest surge in cartel-linked kidnaps in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

It has been reported that the subversive Cartel del Noreste (CDN), a splinter organisation of the notorious 'Los Zetas', has been widely operating across Tamaulipas state, especially in the area of Nuevo Laredo, near the US border. Most recently, Mexican security forces rescued over 20 kidnapping victims after an emergency call from residents of El Mirador area. All victims were believed to be Mexican nationals, which included several individuals attempting to illegally enter the US and several residents of Nuevo Laredo who were being held for ransom.

Crime journalist assassinated in Veracruz

A journalist has been shot dead in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico, in a renewed attack targeting media professionals in the country. Candido Rios Vasquez was killed along with two others after he pulled over alongside a highway in Hueyapan. Rios, a crime reporter for the Diario de Acayucan, was under federal government protection after receiving successive threats from a former Hueyapan mayor. So far this year, at least nine reporters have been killed in Mexico, which is considered the world's deadliest countries for journalists.

US State Department extends warning to popular resorts

The US State Department has extended its travel warning to Mexico due to increasing levels of gang-related violence around popular touristic destinations. According to the travel advisory, the warning now includes famous holidays hotspots in Quintana Roo and Baja California Sur, where concerns are mainly drawn towards daylight shootings between rival criminal factions and clashes with the police. Visitors are not believed to be directly targeted but such criminality surges often trigger violence in areas widely frequented by tourists.

Seven killed as taxi drives into a canal in Hidalgo

Seven people have been killed when a taxi drove into a canal in Hidalgo, central Mexico. The accident happened on Monday morning along the Tetepango-Tlahuelilipan road. The emergency services revealed that the occupants were coming back from a party when the overcrowded vehicle lost control at an intersection near Juandho community.

Irish national killed in car-jacking near Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan

A 29-year-old Irish tourist has been killed after a presumed car-jacking attempt in Michoacan, south-western Mexico. Local and Irish media reported on Tuesday that the victim was attacked along with his partner when they pulled over to ask for information near the port town of Lazaro Cardenas. Criminals opened fire on them after stealing their pick-up truck and taking all their belongings. The Irishman was severely injured and taken to the hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds hours later. Reports suggest that Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs is aware of the incident.

Six bodies recovered from clandestine grave in Acapulco, Guerrero

State officials revealed on Tuesday that six decomposed bodies have been recovered from a clandestine grave in Acapulco, Guerrero. According to reports, the remains were found buried in terrain behind a commercial area in Diamante. The findings came after criminals - arrested last week - revealed to the police the bodies' location. Meanwhile, further reports stated that three bodies were found inside an abandoned vehicle in La Sabana, outskirts of Acapulco. Hampering levels of violence have spread across the Mexican Pacific resort due to ongoing territorial disputes between rival drug-trafficking groups.

Attorney General to investigate Odebrecht bribes to PEMEX

Mexico's Attorney General (PGR) has announced plans to launch investigations into suspected bribery schemes linked to the state-owned oil company Petroleros Mexicanos (PEMEX). The move came after the Brazilian-based O Globo implicated former PEMEX director Emilio Lozoya of receiving $10m from the construction giant Odebrecht. Lozoya is being accused of accepting bribes over a bid for a refinery project while he was a campaign committee member under President Henrique Pena Nieto. The Odebrecht scandal reached international proportions after the US Department of Justice revealed that high-level politicians and executives across Latin America were involved in widespread bribery schemes.

Four shot dead in Acapulco, Guerrero

At least four people have been reported dead in recent episodes of gang-related violence in Acapulco, south-western Mexico's Guerrero state. According to AP, one of the victims was shot and killed in broad daylight along a central avenue in the city. Officials reported that all murders were the result of clashes between rival criminal groups. Violence in Mexico reached hampering levels in June, which - according to the latest government data - recorded more than 2,200 murders, making June the deadliest month in the last 20 years.

Missing Spanish expat's body found near Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas

The body of the 34-year-old missing Spanish expat Pilar Garrigues has been recovered near Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas. Garrigues's remains were found near the Casas municipality after she disappeared while coming back from a family beach day in Soto La Marina. Initially, Spanish authorities offered assistance to the Mexican police to locate the victim, when investigations revealed that no ransom demands were requested. Her husband, Jorge Fernandez, was the main suspect for the crime and was later charged with homicide.

Missing Spanish expat's body found near Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas

The body of the 34-year-old missing Spanish expat Pilar Garrigues has been recovered near Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas. Garrigues's remains were found near the Casas municipality after she disappeared while coming back from a family beach day in Soto La Marina. Initially, Spanish authorities offered assistance to the Mexican police to locate the victim, which investigations revealed that no ransom demands were requested. Her husband, Jorge Fernandez, was the main suspect for the crime and was later charged with homicide.

Several killed as prison riot breaks out in Reynosa, Tamaulipas

At least nine inmates have been killed and nearly a dozen others were injured when a violent prison riot broke out in Tamaulipas, north-eastern Mexico. Government officials revealed on Thursday that the incident happened at a detention facility in Reynosa. Reports suggest that the situation escalated when a fierce shooting erupted during visiting hours. The incident came just weeks after three police officers were killed during a prison riot in Ciudad Victoria. Violent riots in Mexican prisons often occur due to clashes over territorial control between rival criminal factions.

Several killed amid violent feud in Durango

At least 10 people have been killed when a violent shooting broke out in Durango, western Mexico. The incident was reported on Saturday when three unknown men died moments after being shot in San Jose de Viborillas. Police investigations led to the recovery of seven other bodies in San Dimas, located near the restive state border with Sinaloa. Preliminary investigations suggest that clashes erupted amid long-standing grievances between local rival families.

Severe weather as Tropical Storm Franklin nears eastern Mexico

A hurricane watch has been issued to eastern Mexico as Tropical Storm Franklin is expected to strengthen and potentially become a hurricane by the end of the week. Coastal areas between Puerto de Veracruz and Rio Panuco are under alert as the storm is moving westwards from the Caribbean Sea. Despite losing strength after crossing through the Yucatan Peninsula, the storm is forecast to intensify once it hits the eastern Mexican coast between Wednesday and Thursday. Heavy rains and strong winds are expected to severely impact the region through flash floods and power cuts.

Tropical Storm Franklin to hit Yucatan Peninsula

Severe weather conditions are expected ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Frankin on Monday evening. Heavy rains and strong winds are forecasted to Yucatan Peninsula, south-eastern Mexico, as Franklin is moving north-westwards from the western Caribbean Sea. Mexican authorities issued tropical storm warning to most areas in the peninsula, including Cancun and Cozumel, while a hurricane watch was issued from Chetumal to Campeche. It is advisable to regularly monitor weather reports and information released by Mexico's Civil Protection Authority. This is the sixth tropical storm recorded during the season. Hurricanes in the Atlantic tend to become more common between August and October.

Three killed in Baja California Sur shooting

At least three people have been killed and two others were injured during an armed attack in Baja California Sur, north-western Mexico. The incident happened on Sunday afternoon at the Palmilla Beach in the popular touristic resort San Jose del Cabo. Reports revealed that tourists were ordered to evacuate the area after the shooting broke out. It is still unclear what motivated the attack, but Baja California Sur has recently suffered a significant surge in the number of homicides linked to violent territorial disputes.

Several bodies recovered from clandestine grave in Valparaiso, Zacatecas

At least a dozen bodies have been recovered from a clandestine mass grave in the mountainous areas of Zacatecas, northern Mexico. According to authorities, the victims were found on Saturday afternoon in Valparaiso. Further investigations were launched as the number of bodies is feared to increase. Police reports suggest that the findings may be related to a local criminal group responsible for robberies, kidnaps and extortion.

Bus falls into a cliff after deadly crash in Tamaulipas

At least ten people have been killed and 16 others were injured in a bus crash in Tamaulipas, north-eastern Mexico. According to the state civil protection authority, the accident happened along the Rumbo Nuevo highway between Ciudad Victoria and Jaumave. The vehicle was heading from Mexico City to Reynosa when it collided with a lorry before falling off a cliff. It is still unclear what caused the accident, while the death toll is feared to rise.

Five northern states on alert over stolen radioactive material

Five north-eastern Mexican states are under alert after an undisclosed amount of radioactive material was reportedly stolen on Wednesday. According to the head of National Emergency Services Luis Felipe Puente, the alert includes the states of Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, San Luis Patosi, Zacatecas and Coahuila. Reports suggest the material was stolen from an engineering school in Nuevo Leon. A similar incident happened months earlier in April when a cargo containing highly radioactive X-ray equipment was stolen in Jalisco, western Mexico.

Sinaloa Cartel financial operator detained in Estado de Mexico

An operation coordinated by the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC) led to the arrest of Abraham Sicairos, also known as 'El Quinceanero', a presumed financial operator for the powerful Sinaloa Cartel. Sicairos was arrested in a military operation conducted at a luxurious condominium in Atizapan de Zaragoza, Estado de Mexico. A US court ordered his arrest and immediate extradition. He is linked to Damaso Lopez Serrano, a key cartel member who surrendered several days earlier to the DEA at the US-Mexican border.

Police chief killed in ambush in Salamanca, Guanajuato

A police chief of Celaya, central Mexico's Guanajuato state, has been shot dead along with his body guard in Salamanca. The incident happened in the early hours of Monday morning when Santos Rocha was ambushed by heavily armed criminals before heading to a security briefing. The incident comes just hours after an armed group massacred seven people - including a municipal police officer and his family - inside a house in the nearby town of Abasolo.

Journalist shot dead in Rosarito, Baja California

A crime journalist for the CNR TV was shot dead overnight on Sunday in Baja California, north-western Mexico. Luciano Rivera was at a bar in Rosarito, near Tijuana, when armed men opened fire. One suspect was arrested when attempting to flee the scene. Reports revealed that an altercation broke out before the shooting, while authorities are investigating if the attack was directed at him due to his line of work. Since the start of 2017, at least eight journalists have been killed across Mexico.

Son of El Chapo's key associate surrenders to DEA

The son of one of the main associates to the notorious Sinaloa drug-lord 'El Chapo' Guzman has surrendered to the DEA at the Mexicali-Calexico border. Damaso Lopez Serrano is the son of the recently arrested 'El Licenciado', a presumed replacement to El Chapo on the Sinaloa Cartel leadership. According to US officials, Lopez turned himself in on Thursday after reportedly receiving death threats due to his key role in controlling disputed territory. Since El Chapo's arrest and later extradition to the US, violence levels have significantly spiked across Sinaloa.

Nine found dead near US border in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

Nine people have been found dead in front of a house in Nuevo Laredo, north-eastern Mexico's Tamaulipas state. Local authorities revealed on Thursday that the bodies - five men and four women - were recovered near a border bridge with Texas. It remains unclear if the incident is drug-related as the state prosecutors' office open an investigation. The area is known for being dominated by the Los Zetas cartel and often faces episodes of widespread violence - mainly due to territorial disputes.

Seven killed as vehicle delivering aid ambushed in Guerrero

At least seven people were killed on Tuesday morning when a vehicle transporting financial aid was ambushed in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. Among the victims are five police officers and two bank workers who were attacked while en route to the rural area Ahuacuotzingo, where they were set to deliver MXN977,000 ($55,000) as part of a federal aid programme to help impoverished communities. A strong military and police presence were deployed to area moments after the criminals fled the scene.

US State Department warns over consumption of tainted alcohol

The US State Department issued a warning over the consumption of alcohol in Mexico due to a number of allegations regarding illness and blackouts caused by tainted and low-quality drinks. The warning comes days after US media reported several cases of tourists - including the mysterious death of a 20-year-old in January - being taken to the hospital or suddenly blacking out moments after consuming alcoholic beverages at all-inclusive resorts in Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

Police director found murdered in Aguililla, Michoacan

A local police director was found dead on Saturday morning in Aguililla, eastern Mexico's Michoacan state. Ismael Garcia Medina was located inside his vehicle during a joint military patrol in Pena Colorada area. Local media reported that Medina was facing a number of threats from criminal organisations since he took office in January. The police believe that the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CNJG) is behind the assassination.

Seven killed in light aircraft crash in Culiacan, Sinaloa

Seven people have been killed when a light aircraft crashed in Sinaloa, northern Mexico. In a statement, the Transportation Department revealed that the plane was flying from Tamazula, Durango, when it crashed near the Culiacan airport on Sunday afternoon. Aviation authorities launched an investigation to assess the causes of the crash.

Five killed as Marines clash with criminals in Puebla

At least five people have been killed in a fierce shootout between Marines and criminals in Puebla, central Mexico. The incident happened in the early hours of Friday morning in Vicente Guerrero, near the state border with Veracruz, during an operation to capture Roberto N - also known as Bukanas - the leader of a local gang dedicated to extortion, kidnap and fuel theft - mainly targeting the state-owned PEMEX. Bukanas was the main leader in the so-called 'Red Triangle', a restive area in central Puebla where criminal groups widely operate.

Five killed and several injured in Mexico City shootings

Five people have been killed and a dozen others were injured in separate incidents in Mexico City. On Sunday morning, three people were shot dead in a drive by shooting at a bar in Llano Redondo neighbourhood. A couple was killed and 10 others were wounded, including two minors, when a violent shootout erupted hours later at a street market in Iztapalapa. According to the attorney general's office, the motives for the attacks remain unclear. The incidents came just days after Mexican soldiers killed eight criminals during a joint operation in the capital.

Eight criminals killed during operation in Mexico City

Eight criminals were killed when a violent shootout erupted during an operation in Mexico City. Mexican police and military forces killed a presumed gang leader and seven other members of a local gang that operated in Tluhuac and Iztapalapa. Criminals set buses on fire and erected roadblocks to prevent the authorities from advancing. According to the Mexican Navy, the group was known for carrying out kidnappings, murders and extortion in the region.

Spanish authorities investigate expat kidnaping, Tamaulipas

Spanish authorities are investigating the suspected kidnapping of a 34-year-old Spanish expat in Tamaulipas, north-eastern Mexico. Pilar Guarrigues was reported missing in early-July when she was coming back to Ciudad Victoria after a family beach day in Soto La Marina. Despite Mexican authorities launching several operations to locate the victim, a formal kidnap investigation was not initiated as the alleged criminals have not yet demanded a ransom.

Former governor extradited from Guatemala

Former Veracruz Governor Javier Duarte was extradited from Guatemala on Monday after spending more than six months on the run. Duarte was arrested in mid-April in southern Guatemala after Mexican authorities issued a warrant for charges of embezzlement and links to organised crime during his time in government. Duarte was governor of Veracruz until 2016 as a member of President Enrique Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

Airport access blocked during protest in Oaxaca

Members of the National Confederation of Education Workers (CNTE) staged a series of protests over the weekend in Oaxaca, south-western Mexico. Education professionals are demanding that the government opens up a dialogue to scrap teachers' performance evaluations. Demonstrators blocked the main access to Oaxaca's International Airport and the roads towards the city's main bus station. CNTE workers said that protests will intensify if the government does not meet their demands.

A dozen found dead inside a house in Tizayuca, Hidalgo

Nearly a dozen people were found dead on Thursday in Hidalgo state, central Mexico. State authorities revealed that 11 bodies were recovered inside a residence in Tizayuca. It is still unclear if the deaths are linked to organised crime, while the attorney general's office did not disclose further information. Despite increasing levels of criminality in central Mexican states - especially in Estado de Mexico - Hidalgo presents one of the lowest rates of drug-related crimes in the country.

Demonstrators protest violence against women in Mexico City

Demonstrators marched on Wednesday towards the Attorney General's office in Mexico City to protest against increasing levels of violence against women. The march was endorsed by activists and politicians who demanded further investigations on hundreds of open murder cases. According to the National Citizen Femicide Observatory, every day in Mexico seven women are killed - most cases are not investigated and perpetrators rarely face prosecution.

Fugitive Honduran TV camera reporter killed in Veracruz

A fugitive Honduran TV camera operator has been assassinated in a drive-by shooting in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. Edwin Rivera Paz was killed on Sunday when criminals on a motorcycle attacked him in Acayucan. Paz fled to Mexico after the assassination of his boss and reporter Igor Barra, who was killed in January in the northern Honduran city of  San Pedro Sula. According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist; where at least six reporters have been killed nationwide this year.

Intense activity recorded at Popocatepetl volcano

The National Center for Disasters Prevention (Cenapred) has recorded an increased rate of activity recently in the Popocatepetl volcano on the outskirts of Mexico City. In the last few days, dozens of low-intensity explosions have been recorded, while ashes have been expelled up to 2,500 metres into the air. The emergency services have advised people to avoid areas near the volcano, especially close to its crater, as a moderate level of activity is expected to continue. Standard precautions are also advised to avoid ashes and inhalation of fumes.

Eight killed in separate narcotic-related crimes near Guadalajara, Jalisco

At least eight people have been killed in the most recent episode of violence fueled by drug cartels in Jalisco, western Mexico. In Zapopan, three men were found hanging from a bridge over a busy highway, while another body was recovered at the Parque Metropolitano. Four other victims were found in Tlaquepaque and Tlajomulco, on the outskirts of Guadalajara. Messages left at the scenes suggest that the outlawed Cartel Jalisco Nueva Geracion (CJNG) is behind some of the attacks. The incidents came on the same day that over a dozen criminals posing as police officers raided an auto dealership and stole more than 30 vehicles in Tlajomulco.

Priest found murdered at parish home in Estado de Mexico

A Catholic Priest has been found dead at his parish home in La Paz, Estado de Mexico. Rev Luis Lopez Villa's body was recovered on Wednesday evening inside his San Isidro Labrador Parish in Los Reyes area. Villa was found with his hands tied and several stab wounds to his chest. The motives behind the assassination remain unclear. Locals and the Catholic Church have condemned the attack, which is the third case reported in Mexico since the start of 2017.

Scores killed as prison riot breaks out in Acapulco, Mexico

At least 28 inmates have been killed when a prison riot broke out in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. Dozens of bodies were recovered late on Thursday evening at the Las Cruces prison in Acapulco. Preliminary reports suggest that the incident happened during fierce clashes between rival criminal groups. Sources claim that violence erupted when a group of heavily armed civilians stormed the prison to block a prisoner transfer. In recent years, Guerrero suffered a surge in the level of criminality mainly attributed to territorial disputes between rival drug trafficking gangs.

Several killed in fierce armed clashes in Chihuahua

At least 14 people have been killed when two armed groups engaged in a shootout in Chihuahua, northern Mexico. Preliminary reports suggest that two undisclosed rival groups clashed in the early hours of Wednesday morning near the mountainous community of Las Varas in Madera. Witnesses told local news that the confrontation lasted for at least two hours. Criminal groups and cartels often engage in fierce armed clashes for control of key drug trafficking routes.

Several killed in gang-related crimes in Puebla

At least nine people were killed overnight on Sunday in Puebla, central Mexico. Police reports revealed that four people were dragged out of their homes and shot on the streets of Huehuetlan el Grande, while five others were killed and set on fire before their bodies were left at a bus stop. Puebla's governor said that the incidents are likely related to gang retaliation linked to illegal fuel trade. Recently, Puebla has been facing a significant increase in the number of attacks on PEMEX oil pipelines aimed at the illegal fuel extraction business.

Local CJNG chief killed during military operation in Puebla

A local leader of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Geracion (CJNG) has been killed during a military raid in Puebla, central Mexico. Ricardo Arturo Pacheco Tello, also known as 'El Quino', was killed during an armed standoff with Mexican Navy soldiers in Chipilo. El Quino's death came one day after 10 CJNG militants were arrested during a police crackdown in Puebla.

Attorney's office director shot dead in Morelia, Michoacan

An investigations director for the state attorney's office was assassinated in the early hours of Saturday in Michoacan, central Mexico. Reports revealed that Rogelio Arredondo Guillen was attacked by heavily armed men while approaching his residence in Morelia. Guillen was severely injured and taken by his security guards to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds.  The incident comes nearly two weeks after a federal police chief was also killed in Morelia.

Twenty killed in violent clashes in Villa Union, Sinaloa

Around 20 people were killed when a violent shooting broke out in Sinaloa, north-western Mexico on Saturday. Mexican authorities revealed that the shootout erupted when gang members encountered a police patrol unit in Villa Union. Multiple car chases were reported in Mazatlan when army soldiers joined police officers. There has been a significant increase in violence in Sinaloa due to ongoing territorial disputes triggered after the arrest - and later extradition to the US - of the notorious drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman.

Journalists protest against wave of violence

A group of journalists have staged a nationwide protest after the body of the kidnapped journalist Salvador Adame was recovered last week in Michoacan. Demonstrators called the #SOSPRENSA protest to call for government action on attacks targeting media professionals in Mexico. According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist; where at least six reporters have been killed nationwide this year.

Heavy rains trigger widespread flooding in Mexico City

Heavy rains triggered widespread flooding on Wednesday in Mexico City. The most affected areas were Miguel Hidalgo, Azcapotzalco, Cuauhtemoc and Gustavo A. Madero. Roads were completely blocked, while several metro stations and lines were also flooded. The National Meteorological Service (SNM) forecast heavy rains and strong winds over the next few days.

High levels of contamination reported in Tamaulipas rivers

The National Water Commission (Conagua) announced that 30 bodies of water in north-eastern Mexico's Tamaulipas state are on the highest alert due to high levels of contamination. Most risk areas are in the bordering city of Reynosa and the southern city of Temuco. Analysis revealed that high levels of hazardous chemicals such as zinc, copper, mercury and lead were found in several samples along with a number of bacterial types. Dozens of other areas are also under warning as such conditions may present serious harm to human health.

Several kidnapped from restaurant in Culiacan, Sinaloa

At least a dozen people have been kidnapped from a restaurant in Sinaloa, north-western Mexico. The incident happened in the early hours of Monday morning when several criminals stormed the Mar&Sea restaurant in Culiacan's Tres Rios sector. State authorities confirmed the incident and revealed that the total number of victims remains unknown - among them are both customers and restaurant staff. Kidnaps in Sinaloa are common, as the whole state is haunted by high levels of criminality often carried out by members of the Sinaloa Cartel. 

Hurricane Dora trigger heavy rains along the Pacific coast

The National Meteorological Service (SMN) informed on Monday that heavy rains are expected ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Dora. Despite no major concerns, as the hurricane is projected to remain off the Pacific coast, precautions are advised due to heavy downpour and big waves along the coast of Michoacan, Guerrero, Oaxaca and Chiapas. The southern area of Baja California Sur is also expected to be affected while the system moves westwards to the Pacific and is expected to weaken on Tuesday.

Abducted journalist found dead in Michoacan

Michoacan's state prosecutor announced on Monday that the body of the kidnapped journalist Salvador Adame was found in Gabriel Zamora, central Mexico. Adame was the director of the local 6TV station and was kidnapped last month in Nueva Italia. His remains were recovered in an advanced state of decomposition in an area known as Barranca del Diablo. Rights groups and press organisations raised concerns regarding attacks targeting Mexican journalists, with eight journalists being killed across the country so far this year. 

Criminals massacre whole family in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz

An entire family was killed when criminals stormed their residence in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. The incident happened on Saturday afternoon when heavily armed men killed four children and their parents in Coatzacoalcos. During the weekend, more than a dozen deaths were recorded across Veracruz, including the attack on three police officers at a restaurant in La Antigua. Criminality reached hampering levels in Veracruz mainly due to territorial disputes between rival drug-trafficking gangs.

Warning of potential attacks on Mexican highways

Criminals have reportedly been employing new techniques to attack drivers along Mexican highways. Reports suggest that assailants started to place empty car seats for children along highways to make people stop their vehicles to help what appeared to be an infant. Such incidents may occur in isolated areas near bushes and in spots with low-visibility. Further reports have also revealed criminals throwing eggs at vehicles' windscreens in an attempt to make them pull over. Intended targets are believed to be women. The warning comes as Mexican highways are unusually busy during the summer holidays.

Three-year-old shot dead in violent attack in Silao, Guanajuato

A three-year-old girl was killed on Tuesday when several criminals stormed her family house in Guanajuato, central Mexico. Local media reported that heavily armed assailants surrounded the residence in the Esparragos area of Silao and opened fire. Maritza Paloma was shot in the chest, while her father died moments later and her mother was severely injured. The incident triggered outrage in the local community, where residents called for the city's mayor to demand justice. It remains unclear what motives are behind the attack.

Templar Knights leader detained in Michoacan

A senior leader of the Templar Knights cartel has been arrested in Michoacan, western Mexico. Ignacio Renteria Andrade, also known as 'El Cenizo' was arrested during a military operation near Apatzingan, where a fierce shooting broke out shortly before the arrest. 'El Cenizo' was wanted by the Republic's General Prosecutor (PGR) for links to organised crime - the PGR was offering a 10 million pesos ($550,000) reward for information leading to his detention.

Politician raises concerns after series of kidnaps in Veracruz

A local congressional politician has raised concerns regarding increasing insecurity in Martinez de la Torre, Veracruz state following a series of kidnaps. Maria Elisa Materola Sainz said on Tuesday that the region has been haunted by a wave of criminality - last month alone, 10 kidnappings were reported in the city. While locals call for the reinstitution of Mexican Navy patrols - which were lifted last year due to economic reasons - Sainz claims that the increasing criminality levels come due to judicial corruption. 

Four federal officers killed in ambush in Guerrero

Four federal police officers have been killed and seven others injured during an operation in Guerrero state, south-western Mexico. The incident happened when gunmen ambushed security forces in San Miguel Totolapan, a known stronghold for the violent 'Los Tequileros' criminal gang. Guerrero has suffered a surge in violence in recent years due to ongoing clashes between criminal groups over territorial control.

Yellow alert issued over heat wave in Chihuahua

The state civil protection authority in Chihuahua, northern Mexico, issued a yellow alert over an intense heat wave affecting the region recently. With temperatures reaching up to 50 degrees Celsius in some cities, the alert was extended for an additional week as the extreme weather is expected to continue. It is advised to exercise caution and avoid direct contact with sunlight.

Several injured as fire engulfs refinery in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca

At least nine people have been injured when a massive fire broke out at a PEMEX refinery in Oaxaca, southern Mexico. A giant cloud of smoke erupted from the Salina Cruz refinery after a widespread crude spill at the plant's pump house. Local authorities revealed that a number of people living near the area were temporarily evacuated. The state-owned refinery had its operations suspended on previous days due to intense rains caused by Tropical Storm Calvin.

Powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake hits Chiapas

A powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake has been recorded in the early hours of Wednesday in Chiapas, southern Mexico. The quake had its epicentre on the bordering Guatemalan city of San Marcos, which was later hit by at least one 5.6-magnitude aftershock. No casualties have been reported and no tsunami alert issued. Earthquakes are relatively common along Central America's Pacific coast and are occasionally strong enough to cause fatalities.

Mexican transgender activist killed in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas

A Mexican transgender activist has been killed along with her family in Tamaulipas, north-eastern Mexico. Denisse de Leon, her mother and her brother were killed on Saturday evening at their home in Ciudad Victoria. De Leon had previously denounced security concerns regarding human rights violations in Mexican prisons. Her death comes just days after three federal police officers and four inmates were killed in a prison riot in Ciudad Victoria.

Tropical Depression 3-E triggers alert in Oaxaca

The National Meteorological Service (SMN) issued a weather warning as strong winds and heavy rains - triggered by Tropical Depression 3-E - head towards southern Mexico. Oaxaca state is under alert as the depression may be upgraded to Tropical Storm Calvin before reaching the mainland. The system is expected to be driven north-westwards along the coast, and other regions could also be affected, such as Puebla, Chiapas, Tabasco and Veracruz.

At least six bodies recovered in a ditch in Baja California Sur

At least six bodies have been found in a ditch in Baja California Sur, north-western Mexico. The bodies were recovered on a road that links San Jose del Cabo and Cabo Pulmo in the southern area of the state. Local authorities announced on Tuesday that the identity of the victims remains unknown, while searches are ongoing. Baja California Sur, a popular touristic destination in Mexico, has recently suffered a significant surge in the number of homicides linked to violent territorial disputes.

Left-wing militant killed in police shooting, Guerrero

A militant of the left-wing National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) has been shot dead during armed clashes in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. Eduardo Catarino Dircio was shot dead in Tixtla, where criminals and state police engaged in a shootout. MORENA called the death a police extrajudicial killing. The party also claimed that several members were also attacked or intimidated during state elections period in Estado de Mexico, Coahuila, Nayarit and Veracruz.

Three police officers killed in Ciudad Victoria prison riot, Tamaulipas

Three police officers have been killed in a violent prison riot in Ciudad Victoria, northern Mexico's Tamaulipas state. Security forces isolated the area around Cedes Victoria prison, in the city's south-west, as clashes escalated on Tuesday evening. An officer told AP that inmates were heavily armed with automatic machine guns. Witnesses also said that the riot potentially broke out after a prisoner transfer from Nuevo Laredo. Violent riots in Mexican prisons often occur due to clashes over territorial control between rival factions.

Radio journalist shot dead in Acapulco, Guerrero

A Mexican radio journalist and community activist was shot dead when leaving her radio station on Saturday in Acapulco, southern Mexico's Guerrero state. Marcela de Jesus Natalia was killed just moments after her morning programme at the local radio and television station RTG. Natalia was airlifted to a hospital near the port of Acapulco but succumbed to her wounds. This is the sixth journalist killed in Mexico since the start of 2017.

State authorities request emergency over Beatriz tropical storm

Oaxaca state officials, southern Mexico, requested the government to declare an emergency due to widespread destruction caused by Beatriz tropical storm. The Federal Highway 190 was closed due to damages on the Tequisistlan bridge, a major link to the state capital, while landslides blocked the Pacific coast Federal Highway 200. As the storm is weakening, five people have already been killed.

Two dead as Beatriz tropical storm hit southern Mexico

Two people have died in separate locations in south-eastern Mexico's Oaxaca state over the approach of Beatriz tropical storm. A young boy was reported dead at his home in San Marcial Ozolotepec - where two other minors remain missing - while a woman was killed in San Carlos Yautepec. The National Meteorological Service (SMN) warned over strong winds and heavy rains to spread in the coming days across Oaxaca, Veracruz, Chiapas and Tabasco states.

Criminals ambush five officers in Ecatepec, Estado de Mexico

Armed criminals shot dead five police officers in an ambush in the outskirts of Mexico City. The incident happened in Ecatepec on Tuesday just days ahead of local governmental elections in the Estado de Mexico, an important political stronghold to President Enrique Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Ecatepec is one of the most dangerous capital suburbs, where rival criminal groups often clash over territorial control.

Heavy storm hits Oaxaca

A strong storm has hit Oaxaca, bringing gale-force winds and heavy rainfall to the surrounding region. At least four people have been wounded due to the bad weather so far, as the storm has caused trees, traffic lights, telephone poles and more to fall down. Some areas have experienced power cuts and flooding should be anticipated. Unnecessary travel has been strongly advised against, as roads are likely to be obstructed.

Journalist kidnapped in Michoacan

A Mexican journalist has been kidnapped in the southern state of Michoacan.  Salvador Adame Parto, director of the 6TV station, was abducted by gunmen on Lazaro Cardenas Avenue in Nueva Italia on 18 May.  Michoacán State Attorney General's Office said authorities opened an investigation hours after the abduction took place.  The incident comes after a series of deadly attacks on journalists in the country, including the murder of Javier Valdez in Sinaloa last week.

Russian national assaulted in Cancun

A Russian national has been assaulted by a mob in the southern resort of Cancun.  Aleksei Makeev, 42, was attacked on Friday at his apartment after he allegedly insulted local residents in social media posts.  A local official, Guillermo Brahms, said a young man was fatally stabbed by Makeev during the confrontation, while Makeev was taken to hospital by police.

Politician's father killed in shooting, Michoacan

A politician's father has been shot dead at his private residence in the Morelia area of Michoacan. The father of MP Rosa Maria de la Torre Torres was killed in a targeted shooting on Thursday. The assailants allegedly parked up in front of the victim's house, blocking his driveway and garage, whilst waiting for the victim to arrive home - at which point they opened fire. Police investigations have been launched to assess whether the killing is linked to Torres' position as a politician.

Three killed in shooting incident, Morelos

At least three people have been killed and four others have been wounded in a shooting incident in the Morelos state. On Wednesday evening, several armed men opened fire indiscriminately in a bar on 21st March Street in the Otilio Montano area of Jiutepec. According to reports, the shooting has been attributed to a dispute between several members of rival criminal gangs. Police investigations have been launched in response to the incident.

Journalists protest over Valdez killing

Journalists in Mexico have been protesting over the killing of the renowned crime reporter, Javier Valdez, who was shot dead in Sinaloa on Monday.  "How long will there be killings without pity and with impunity?" said the weekly Riodoce, which Valdez co-founded.  President Enrique Pena Nieto said he had ordered "an investigation of this outrageous crime", although the journalist lobby group Casa de los Derechos said prosecutions had only occurred in 0.03 percent of cases.

Catholic priest stabbed in Mexico City

A Catholic priest has been stabbed and wounded at Mexico City's Metropolitan Cathedral.  Rev. Miguel Angel Machorro was targeted as he celebrated mass on Monday evening and is reported to be in a stable condition.  A US national, who identified himself as John Rock Schild, was detained at the scene.  According to the Federal District Attorney's Office the suspect "told authorities that he is an American artist and invoked his right to remain silent."

Media executive shot dead in Jalisco

A senior media executive and her son have been shot dead in the western state of Jalisco.  Sonia Cordova, who worked for the Semanario Costeno magazine, was targeted in the municipality of Autlan de Navarro at around 19:00 local time on Monday.  Her son died at the scene which Ms Cordova died on the way to the hospital. The news comes after renowned crime reporter Javier Valdez was shot dead in the neighbouring state of Sinaloa.

Crime journalist shot dead in Sinaloa

A Mexican crime journalist has been shot dead in the western state of Sinaloa.  Javier Valdez, who won the International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in 2011, was targeted by unknown gunmen in Culiacan on Monday.  He was driving near the offices of the Riodoce publication that he co-founded when he was attacked.  At least five journalists have been killed in Mexico so far this year. 

Eleven wounded in firework explosion

Eleven people have been wounded after a store of fireworks exploded in the State of Mexico.  The pyrotechnics were being stored at a church in the La Hortaliza when they exploded.  Earlier this month another similar incident killed 14 people, including 11 children, in the town of San Isidro Chilchotla.

Gunmen attack journalists in Guerrero state

Gunmen have attacked a group of journalists in the south-western state of Guerrero.  Seven reporters, including two from the La Jornada newspaper, were assaulted and robbed in San Miguel Totolapan on Saturday.  “They told us they will burn us alive,” said one of the victims, Sergio Ocampo.  The La Familia Michoacana cartel are suspected of carrying out the attack,

Mexican activist shot dead at home in San Fernando, Tamaulipas

A Mexican activist has been found dead at her home in San Fernando, northern Mexico's Tamaulipas state. Miriam Rodriguez Martinez was known for her self-led investigations into her daughter's death in 2012 by members of the powerful drug cartel Los Zetas. She was responsible for the arrest of several criminals through denouncements and investigations, which triggered a number of threats against her. She led a group of 600 families who searched for their relatives who disappeared amid Mexico's war on drugs.

Authorities monitoring Storm Adrian off Mexican coast

Emergency authorities issued a warning over potential risks regarding the approach of Tropical Storm Adrian to Central America's eastern Pacific coast. Despite the storm being downgraded to a tropical depression, authorities are closely monitoring Adrian's movement that is placed nearly 440 miles off the Oaxaca coast. Some reports suggest that Adrian may head to southern Mexico next week, but such tracking remains uncertain.

Eight killed in violent clashes in San Miguel Totolapan, Guerrero

Eight people have been killed and four others injured in a violent standoff in Guerrero state, south-western Mexico. The incident happened overnight on Wednesday when members of the Familia Michoacana cartel stormed San Antonio La Gavia to target the leader of the rival gang 'Los Tequileros'. While security was reinforced in the region, authorities are investigating if the incident is related to a previous attack involving a local auto-defence movement that hours earlier entered the community to recruit residents. 

Five killed as criminals target patrol unit in Reynosa, Tamaulipas

Five people have been killed in a fierce standoff between criminals and the police in Reynosa, Tamaulipas. Among the casualties are a police officer and a civilian, while two other officers were injured. Local authorities revealed that the shootout erupted when assailants targeted a patrolling police unit on Tuesday morning. Last week, a wave of violence erupted across Tamaulipas where a dozen people were killed in gang-related incidents.

Over a dozen killed in fireworks warehouse blast in Puebla

Over a dozen people have been killed and 30 others injured in a blast at a fireworks warehouse in Puebla, south-eastern Mexico. The explosion happened on Monday evening when a spark hit the building in Chilchotla. Government officials said that the explosives were stored ahead of next week's religious festivities. The accident comes just months after scores were killed in a blast at a fireworks market in Estado de Mexico.

Human rights activist found dead in Teocelo, Veracruz

A US human rights and environmental activist has been killed in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. Gordon Strom - whose identity was not yet been confirmed - was an American expat living in Teocelo, where he was found dead with signs of torture at his home. Veracruz is affected by the presence of organised crime groups linked to recent murders of journalists, politicians and activists.

Potential bird flu outbreak reported on farm in Jalisco

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday a potential bird flu outbreak in Jalisco state, western Mexico. The highly contagious H7N3 virus - not to humans - was detected among laying hens among 15,000 birds based on a commercial farm in Tepatitlan de Morelos. According to Mexico's agriculture ministry, the virus was reported five years ago at the same farm.

Authorities detain Sinaloa cartel kingpin linked to El Chapo

Mexican authorities arrested on Wednesday Damaso Lopez, also known as 'El Licenciado', a known associate of Sinaloa cartel former leader 'El Chapo' Guzman. Lopez was one of the most wanted men in Mexico and is set to face extradition to the US in the following months, where he faces money laundering accusations. He was on the verge of the fight to control the Sinaloa cartel after Guzman was arrested and extradited to the US in 2016. Lopez is also linked to Guzman's first prison break in 2011 and trafficking drugs to Peru and Panama.

Journalist murdered after leaving radio studio in Morelos

A local journalist based in southern Mexico's Morelos state has been assassinated in the latest attack targeting media professionals. Local media reported on Tuesday that 65-year-old Filiberto Alvarez was shot five times after leaving his radio studio in Tlaquiltenango. Alvarez hosted a cultural radio program at Radio La Senal. Mexico is considered to be one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist, where since the start of 2017 five journalists were already killed.

Eight killed in fierce shooting in Baja California Sur

Eight people have been killed, including a soldier, during a shooting between criminals and the Mexican Navy in Baja California Sur, north-western Mexico. The incident happened on the outskirts of San Jose del Cabo, near the popular resort destination of Cabo San Lucas. In a statement, the Navy revealed that drugs, vehicles, military weapons and uniforms, were recovered. Baja California Sur has been suffering a surge in gang-related criminality, especially homicides linked to territorial disputes.

Pregnant woman shot during robbery in Mexico City

A pregnant woman has been shot during a robbery attempt in Mexico City. The woman was targeted after withdrawing a large amount of money from a bank in the Polanco area. Local news reported that two men on a motorcycle approached the victim and opened fire after she reacted to the attack. She was later assisted by a local Red Cross unit, while criminals fled the scene. It is advised to remain vigilant and aware of the surroundings after withdrawing money from banks and streets ATMs as criminals often follow their victims.

Stolen radioactive material triggers alert in western Mexico

The ministry of interior has issued an alert following the robbery of a lorry carrying radioactive material in Jalisco, western Mexico. Besides Jalisco, most states along the western coast are under alert. The lorry was carrying X-ray equipment that uses iridium-192, a highly radioactive substance which - if not handled carefully outside its designated container - can present a serious health hazard. Previous incidents involving the theft of radioactive material were reported across Mexico, but in all cases, the material stolen was recovered.

Cartel's local leader killed as violence erupts in Reynosa, Tamaulipas

The Gulf Cartel's leader in Reynosa was killed in a shootout with Mexican marines on Saturday. The fierce confrontation which killed Julian Loisa Salinas - who was also known as 'Comandante Toro' - unleashed terror in the streets of Reynosa, where dozens of roads were blocked when criminals set vehicles ablaze and raided local businesses. The incident happened on the same day a local Zeta Cartel leader was killed in Ciudad Victoria.

Six bodies found in a ditch in Acapulco, Guerrero

The remains of six unknown individuals have been recovered in a ditch in Acapulco, south-western Mexico Guerrero state. Acapulco's prosecutor told Reuters that the bodies were buried between five to 20 days before being recovered. Violence has recently escalated across the seaside resort of Acapulco, mainly due to territorial disputes between rival criminals factions.

US-based activist found severely wounded in Estado de Mexico

An activist for a California-based migrant charity has been found severely injured on Tuesday in Tlalnepantla de Baz, outskirts of Mexico City. Hugo Castro was reported missing last week after publishing a Facebook Live feed. Castro revealed that he was being threatened by criminals while he was following a migrant caravan from Central America heading to the US. Mexico's attorney general said that he was taken to the hospital and remains stable, while his family urge his immediate transfer to a medical facility in San Diego.

Party's state leader killed in Chilpancingo, Guerrero

A Mexican politician in Guerrero state was assassinated on Wednesday evening in Chilpancingo, western Mexico. Demetrio Saldivar Gomez was the state secretary general for the centre-left Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD). Saldivar was shot dead by unknown assailants when driving to his home in El Tomatal area. The incident comes days after another former PRD mayor was murdered at his home in Acapetlahuaya.

Gay-rights activist found dead in Calpulalpan, Tlaxcala

A gay-rights activist was found dead on a road in Tlaxcala, central Mexico. Juan Roldan was reported missing over the weekend and found dead on Sunday near Calpulalpan. The 36-year-old activist was a former journalist who left the occupation to dedicate himself to LGBT rights. The journalists' union and LGBT community demanded a full police investigation, while the motives behind the incident remain unclear.

Over a dozen killed in separate incidents in Guanajuato

Over a dozen people have been killed and 17 others have been injured in two separate shootings in Guanajuato, central Mexico. Both incidents happened during Saturday amid Easter holiday celebrations in Jerecuaro and Tarimoro. The motives of the attacks remain unknown, while authorities have not revealed further information. The Guanajuato area remains a high security concern due to the strong presence of criminal groups across the state.

Journalist shot dead in La Paz, Baja California Sur

A 73-year-old Mexican journalist has been shot dead in Baja California Sur, north-western Mexico. Maximino Rodriguez Palacios was shot at least 15 times when leaving his vehicle on Friday afternoon at a car park in La Paz. No further information was revealed by the authorities. Violence against journalists in Mexico suffered a surge last month when three local reporters were assassinated across the country.

Two killed as armed men open fire in Acapulco, Guerrero

Two people were killed and six others injured during an armed attack in Acapulco, Mexico's western Guerrero state. According to local news, tourists were walking along the Miguel Aleman area when criminals opened fire indiscriminately. Despite the deployment of additional police officers, Acapulco remains a risk area due to ongoing gang disputes across Guerrero state.

Scores killed in bus crash in Guerrero

At least 24 people have been killed and eight others have been injured when a fuel tank lorry and a bus crashed into each other near the Michoacan-Guerrero border, south-western Mexico. The accident happened in the early hours of Friday along the 21st Century highway between Michoacan state's Morelia and Lazaro Cardenas. Most victims were from Michoacan and travelling to the coast for the Easter holidays. State authorities launched an investigation to assess the causes of the crash. 

Former governor arrested in Guatemala

Former Veracruz Governor Javier Duarte was arrested on Saturday in Guatemala, after spending six months on the run. Duarte is accused of involvement in organised crime and embezzlement of more than $35m. He was arrested at a hotel in Solola, southern Guatemala, during a joint operation led by the Interpol. His arrest comes nearly a week after Tamaulipas's governor was detained in Italy over involvement with drug cartels.

Three bodies thrown from flying plane in Eldorado, Sinaloa

Three bodies have been reportedly thrown from a flying plane in Sinaloa, north-western Mexico. Local authorities confirmed on Wednesday that one of the bodies landed on the roof of a medical centre in Eldorado, near Culiacan. State authorities are investigating the potential motives and authors of the crime, which is likely to be gang-related. Violent crime in Sinaloa suffered a significant surge due to territorial disputes between rival factions. 

State authority highlights risk areas to public transports in Jalisco

The Road Safety Director for the Transport Secretary highlighted several high-risk areas to public transport users in Jalisco state, western Mexico. The areas of most concern are in Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque, Zapopan and Tlajomulco. The announcement comes as new security measures are being developed to tackle the high number of robberies targeting public transports in Jalisco.

Thousands evacuated due to oil leak in Tlajomulco, Jalisco

More than 3,000 people have been evacuated following an oil leak at a PEMEX pipeline in Tlajomulco, Jalisco state. Local authorities revealed that the leak was caused by an illegal duct linked to the main pipeline between Encinos and Villas Terranova. Clandestine attachments to PEMEX pipelines are common across Mexico and often lead to safety risks in nearby areas.

Significant increase in murders amid violence surge in Sinaloa

The number of homicides in the Sinaloa state, during the first three months of 2017, almost doubled compared with the same period in 2016. Insecurity and violence - catapulted by the presence of drug cartels and criminals groups - remain latent in most cities despite the deployment of 2,200 addition patrol officers across the state.

Seven killed as car park collapses in Mexico City

Seven workers were killed and 10 others were injured when a car park under construction collapsed in Mexico City. Preliminary reports suggest that the accident was caused by the mishandling of heavy lifting equipment. The construction company is under investigation to assess if it was responsible for the collapse over alleged flaws in the construction process. 

Eight found dead on Guerrero state motorway

Eight men were found dead on Sunday evening on a motorway in Guerrero state, south-western Mexico. Government officials revealed that all victims were covered plastic bags inside a van parked on the motorway near Chilpancingo, between Acapulco and Mexico City. Guerrero state has been facing a surge in violence linked to territorial disputes between rival criminals factions.

Former cartel-linked governor arrested in Italy

The former governor of Mexico's northern state of Tamaulipas has been arrested in Italy after five years spent as a fugitive. Tomas Yarrington is accused of receiving millions in bribes from drug cartels aimed to facilitate their operations across the state during his term in office - from 1999 to 2005. Information about the capture remains unknown as Italian authorities are set to extradite Yarrington back to Mexico within days. 

High-ranking cartel member arrested in Colima

Federal prosecutors revealed on Sunday that a high-ranking member of the subversive Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) was arrested in Colima, western Mexico. Ivan Margarito Esquivel Garcia, also known as 'El Terrible' was the cartel's operator in Colima and Michoacan. In March, Garcia was wanted for the death of Carlos Sierra Santana, the leader of a rival gang. 

Three killed in police operation in Arantepacua, Michoacan

At least three peasants have been killed and nine police officers injured when clashes erupted with the indigenous community of Arantepacua in Michoacan, western Mexico. A shooting was triggered as more than 200 police officers stormed the community to retrieve vehicles seized by protesters. Demonstrations erupted as locals accused the authorities of brutality and repression. The area is the location of an ongoing land dispute between neighbouring communities. 

Emergency declared over wildfire in Zapopan, Jalisco

A massive wildfire has consumed over 300 hectares of land and forced local authorities to declare an emergency in Zapopan, Jalisco state. Hundreds of officers rushed to the Tepopote hill to fight the fire which quickly spread across the area. The emergency was declared due to the high influx of fumes into the atmosphere, while the authorities have advised people to avoid outside activities and to remain indoors. 

US authorities charge senior officer for cartel links

US authorities in Chicago charged a former senior commander of the Mexican Federal Police for providing drug cartels with sensitive information disclosed by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Ivan Reyes Arzate was accused of having links to the subversive Beltran Levya cartel while working in the liaison unit between the DEA and the Mexican authorities. Reyes has been under investigation since September, months before he was fired for obstructing investigations.

Scores storm prison to release inmates in Arcelia, Guerrero

More than 30 heavily armed criminals stormed a prison in Guerro state, southern Mexico, to release three inmates on Wednesday. Six detectives were attacked at the Arcelia prison by members of the subversive group known as 'Los Tequileros'. It remains unclear if the prisoners released were part of the gang or from a rival faction. Arcelia is known for its high levels of violence due to deadly gang-related disputes.

Police station attacked by armed men in Ojocaliente, Zacatecas

Heavily armed criminals attacked on Tuesday morning a police station in Zacatecas, central Mexico. State authorities confirmed that the assailants opened fire on the building in Ojocaliente, leading to the injury of a police officer. A recent surge in violence has been reported in Zacatecas, especially concerning its bordering areas with Jalisco state.

German tourists' bus raided by criminals in Chiapas

The bus of 25 German tourists has been raided by heavily armed men near Oxchuc in Chiapas state, southern Mexico. The incident happened on Saturday morning when the group left San Cristobal de las Casas to head towards Palenque. The criminals managed to take the tourists' belongings and flee the scene before a federal police patrol arrived. Since March, the Federal Police has been providing escorts to travellers on the road to Palenque.

Four killed at restaurant shooting near Cancun

At least four people have been killed and two others injured in a shooting at a restaurant in Playa del Carmen, near Cancun. Preliminary investigations indicate that the attack was gang-related. More than 300 federal officers and 600 soldiers were deployed to Cancun amid the rising levels of criminality triggered by gang territorial disputes.

Newspaper shuts down after journalist's death in Chihuahua

The regional newspaper North de Ciudad Juarez has announced its closure after a journalists' death last week in Chihuahua, northern Mexico. The newspaper announced on Sunday that both its print and online activities are suspended amid a wave of violence targeting journalists. Last week, Miroslava Breach was shot dead in Chihuahua. She was responsible for covering issues related to organised crime and politics. In March, three journalists were killed in Mexico - two of them in Veracruz state.

Former mayor killed during robbery in Tehuacan, Puebla

The former mayor of Altepexi - central Mexico's Puebla state - has been shot dead in a presumed robbery attempt in Tehuacan. Delfino Alfonso Hernandez was attacked on Friday afternoon when he was reportedly carrying a large sum of money inside his vehicle. Mexican politicians have previously been attacked in Puebla. In August, the mayor of the central city of Huehuetlan el Grande was ambushed when criminals raided his family car.

Several bodies found in a ditch in Colima

State authorities announced that ten bodies were found in a ditch on Wednesday in Colima, western Mexico. The corpses were in an advanced stage of decomposition, which made it difficult to identify them. According to the police, the victims were found in a 70-meter-deep ditch along a railway bridge in Queseria, located near the border with Jalisco state where powerful drug cartels operate.

Tourist injured by stray bullet in Baja California Sur resort

A US national has been wounded when hit by a stray bullet in Baja California Sur, north-western Mexico. The 60-year-old tourist was collaterally hit when a shooting erupted in San Jose del Cabo. According to Mexican prosecution, a man was killed during a shooting on Sunday in the resort's tourist area. The US Embassy declined to release further details.

Nayarit state prosecutor arrested in San Diego, California

The prosecutor of western Mexico's Nayarit state has been arrested by the FBI near the Mexican border in San Diego, California. Mexican and US authorities revealed on Wednesday that Edgar Veytia was detained over an arrest warrant issued by a New York court. Veytia is suspected of producing and smuggling drugs from Mexico into the US. Nayarit recently faced an intense wave of violence due to territorial disputes between drug cartels.

Inmates killed in deadly prison riot near Monterrey, Nuevo Leon

Two inmates have been killed and 13 others have been injured when a violent riot broke out at a prison in Nuevo Leon, northern Mexico. Clashes erupted at the Cadereyta penitentiary, near Monterrey, when dozens of inmates stormed the facility's pharmacy. This is the second violent incident at the prison in less than a week after two guards and five prisoners were injured last week.

Military convoy attacked in Cuesta Blanca, Puebla

A Mexican military convoy has been ambushed by armed men in Puebla, southern Mexico. The soldiers, dedicated to tackling fuel smugglers, were attacked when seizing two lorries transporting stolen fuel in Cuesta Blanca community. The region is known as the 'Red Triangle', a gang-ridden area where criminals illegally target oil pipelines crossing the state.

Senior Templar Knights leader arrested in Nayarit

A senior Templar Knights Cartel member was arrested by the Federal Police (PF) in Nayarit, western Mexico. Federico N. - also known as 'El Lico' or 'El Jefe', was arrested following months of investigations. He is suspected of a number of kidnappings and to be connected to more than 35 assassinations in Michoacan. So far, the PF arrested more than 200 Templar Knights members. 

Two killed as protests escalate in Tamsa, Veracruz

Two people have been killed and at least a dozen more have been injured when an industrial action escalated in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. The incident happened in the early hours of Friday when more than 300 members of a workers' syndicate stormed the company's offices in Tamsa. It is believed the clashes erupted amid a leadership dispute between two syndicate members. 

Massive prison break triggers shootings in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas

Shootings and fires broke out during a violent prison break in Tamaulipas, northern Mexico. Mexican authorities revealed that 29 prisoners escaped through a tunnel dug under the detention facility located on the outskirts of Ciudad Victoria. Police special forces were deployed to the region in search for the criminals, where so far 12 were recaptured. Most of the assailants hold federal criminal charges and are linked to criminal groups.

Journalist assassinated in Chihuahua

A Mexican reporter has been shot dead near her home's garage in Chihuahua, northern Mexico. Miroslava Breach was killed on Thursday morning when leaving home to take her son to school in the state capital. She was shot more than eight times by at least one armed individual. Breach was a reporter who covered issued on crime and politics. The attack comes days after another journalist was killed near a restaurant in Veracruz state.

Leader of cartel-linked gang killed during clashes in Chihuahua

At least eight criminals have been killed during fierce clashes between gangs linked to the Sinaloa and Juarez cartels in Chihuahua state, northern Mexico. The state general prosecutor said on Monday afternoon that two separate clashes in Ciudad Cuauhtemoc and Namiquipa led to the death of the leader of the 'La Linea' gang - linked to the Juarez Cartel - known as 'El Cabo'. 

Armed men open fire on restaurant in Cancun, Quintana Roo

Shots have been fired in a seafood restaurant façade in Cancun, Quintana Roo. The incident was reported on Monday morning when two armed men opened fire in the restaurant located on Kabah avenue. Local media reported that no casualties have been reported so far, as police officers and governmental agencies rushed to the scene to investigate. 

Journalist shot dead near restaurant in Yanga, Veracruz

A Mexican journalist has been killed whilst leaving a restaurant in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. Ricardo Monlui Cabrera and his family were ambushed by two armed men when leaving a restaurant in Yanga. His family was unharmed, but Monlui was shot dead at the scene. In February, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) revealed that Mexico - especially Veracruz - was the most dangerous country for journalists in Latin America. 

Dozens of skulls recovered in mass grave in Veracruz

Veracruz's state attorney announced on Sunday that more than 47 skulls have been found in a mass grave in Arbolillo, south-eastern Mexico. Most of the victims have not been identified, but at least five were confirmed to be missing from Puerto de Veracruz in 2016. Arbolillo is located near Puerto de Veracruz, where more than 250 skulls were recently discovered in another mass grave in September. 

Son of cartel founder breaks out from prison in Culiacan, Sinaloa

Mexican authorities have announced that Juan Jose Esparragoza Monzon, son of 'El Azul' - one of the founders of the Sinaloa cartel - broke out from prison on Thursday afternoon. Mexican authorities confirmed that 'El Negro' broke out from the Aguaruto de Culiacan prison in Sinaloa state, north-western Mexico. 'El Negro' was convicted of leading a drug-trafficking group in Sinaloa and was in process to be extradited to the US.

Congress requests security alert to Nuevo Leon

Congressmen of Nuevo Leon approved a request to demand State Governor Jaime Rodriguez Calderon to declare a security alert to the state. The move is planned to reinforce security across the state with the deployment of federal officers and soldiers. The request comes amid an ongoing wave of violence in Nuevo Leon due to the increasing criminal presence and clashes triggered by territorial disputes.

Three killed amid wave of violence in Chilapa, Guerrero

Three people have been killed on Monday amid a wave of violent crimes across Chilapa, south-western Mexico's Guerrero state. Authorities are investigating the motivation behind the attack, which comes moments after the state's security chief announced the deployment of additional officers following the death of 10 people in less than 24 hours.

Four killed in helicopter crash in Baja California

A police helicopter crashed in Baja California, north-western Mexico, during a rescue operation to retrieve a missing hiker. The crash was caused by an electricity cable which caught the aircraft mid-flight leading it into an uncontrollable decline which killed at least four crew members. Members of the State Preventive Police (PEP) headed to rescue the body of Karen Violeta Ruiz Sanchez, who went missing in El Centinela mountains between Mexicali and Tijuana

Gang leader's detention triggers protest in Uspero, Michoacan

A joint operation carried out by federal and state agencies led to the arrest of Gilberto Gomez Romero in Michoacan, western Mexico. According to the state governor, the criminal leader - also known as 'El Chanda' - of the group 'H3' was one of the most wanted men in the state. El Chanda's detention triggered several protests in the Uspero area, as dozens of residents blocked the roads forcing additional security personnel to be deployed.

Protesters vandalise gas station in Mexico City over students disappearance

Dozens of masked protesters stormed a gas station in Mexico City to demand results in investigations regarding the disappearance of 43 student teachers in Guerrero state. Masked demonstrators raided and vandalised the facility before spreading across the capital's central neighbourhoods. The students have been missing since September 2014 when they vanished during a protest in Iguala.

Human remains discovered in Escobedo

A pickup truck containing human remains has been discovered in Escobedo in Nuevo Leon state.  A white Ford F-150 containing eight bags of body parts was reported by local residents in the Colonia Villas de San Francisco area of the city.  A security cordon has been established and the state investigators have taken the evidence in an attempt to identify the victims.

Two taxi drivers killed in Cuauhtemoc

Two taxi drivers have been killed in an attack in the Cuauhtemoc district of Mexico City.  The incident happened between Avenida Cuauhtémoc and Solidaridad on Monday night when unknown gunmen approached the vehicles and opened fire on the two men.  Last week another taxi driver was shot dead between Arista and Lerdo de Tejada avenues,

Journalist killed in Guerrero

A Mexican journalist has been shot and killed in the southern state of Guerrero.  Cecilio Pineda Brito, 38, was targeted by two gunmen on a motorcycle in Ciudad Altamirano on Thursday.  Brito reported on crime and narco-trafficking in Mexico, and worked for the La Jornada Guerrero daily and edited the La Voz de Tierra Caliente newspaper.  He survived an earlier assassination attempt at his home in 2015.

Journalist assassinated in Guerrero state

A Mexican journalist has been shot dead in Guerrero state, south-western Mexico. The director of the Voz de Tierra Caliente newspaper, Cecilio Pineda Brito, was killed on Thursday when armed men attacked him near a car-wash in Ciudad Altamirano. Reports said that Brito was threatened on previous occasions due to his coverage on local criminal groups. Mexico was considered by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) as one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist.

Political party member assassinated in Mexico City

A 52-year-old Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) member has been shot dead in Mexico City. Mexican media reported that Carmen Cid Torres was killed in the Gustavo A. Mederos district on Tuesday evening. The police found more than 18 high-calibre cartridges at the scene as an investigation was launched to assess the motives for the attack.

Four wildfires reported across Oaxaca state

Four wildfires have been reported in several locations across the Oaxaca state, south-western Mexico. Emergency services and agencies confirmed that a massive operation was launched to avoid them spreading, especially in Santiago Amatlan. No casualties have been reported so far. In February, during the wildfire season - which is expected to last until June - 58 fires were reported - mainly in Oaxaca, Michoacan and Jalisco. 

Nearly a dozen found dead inside vehicle in Veracruz

Nearly a dozen bodies were found inside a pick-up truck in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. All victims were both tied and showed signs of torture when they were located by residents in Boca del Rio. Preliminary reports suggest the killings were carried out by local criminals. The incident came just hours after the government announced the deployment of additional military personnel in Veracruz amid the recent violence surge posed by organised crime gangs.

Man shot in attempted car theft in Mexico City

A 31-year-old man has been injured after criminals attempted to rob his car in Mexico City. Preliminary reports revealed that the victim was approached on Tuesday afternoon by two armed men on a motorcycle in the Narvarte Poniente area. The driver was armed and reacted to the attack. Car robberies in 2016 suffered a slight increase, where most incidents are concentrated around Mexico City and Estado de Mexico.

Thousands protest against US beer factory in Mexicali

Over 5,000 people staged a protest on Sunday against a controversial industrial project to be settled in the Mexicali Valley, Baja California. The march comes after the local government agreed to house a massive American beer factory in the region. Demonstrators claim that the construction will hinder their access to water sources due to the loss of water dedicated to agricultural purposes will be allocated for industrial use.

Trade union leader assassinated in Veracruz

A trade union leader was killed in a shootout in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. The attack happened on Friday afternoon when criminals sprayed his vehicle with bullets near Cordoba. The governor of Veracruz, Miguel Angel Yunes, acknowledged the increase in the number of assassinations and confirmed security reinforcements in the state.

Foreign secretary condemns new US immigration guidelines

Mexico's Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray condemned the new guidelines presented by US President Donald Trump that aim to facilitate the deportation to Mexico of all illegal immigrants, regardless of their nationality. Videgaray threatened to take the dispute to the UN, while others fear a potential migration crisis along the border. The announcement came as Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto met with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

Shooting erupts during bus robbery in Estado de Mexico

A shooting erupted as three armed criminals stormed a passenger bus in Tlalnepantla, Estado de Mexico, on Thursday. Local media reported that the assailants aimed to rob the passengers, when an off-duty police officer opened fire on them. No passengers were injured; however, the officer and a criminal succumbed to their wounds. Data provided by the Federal Police revealed that the most dangerous federal bus routes are from and to locations in Estado de Mexico.

Eight civilians injured in robbery attempt in Guadalajara, Jalisco

At least eight people have been injured during a robbery attempt on a cash-in-transit vehicle in Guadalajara, western Mexico's Jalisco state. The incident was reported on Friday evening when criminals stormed the Plaza Independencia commercial centre. A security guard and a criminal were killed, while eight shoppers were hit by the bullets. Attacks on cash-in-transit vehicles in Mexico often turn violent and shootouts may also trigger collateral damage to civilians.

Violent clashes erupt in Reynosa, Tamaulipas

Clashes between criminals and the Mexican Navy have unleashed terror on the streets of Reynosa in Tamaulipas, near the US eastern border. According to the authorities, a massive military crackdown on Friday forced the assailants to flee from their stronghold and block the roads in several neighbourhoods. At least eight criminals were gunned down during the operation which received air support from a military helicopter. Tamaulipas is a state haunted by organised crime gangs which widely operate across the region through kidnappings and robberies.

Two demonstrations to cause disruptions in Mexico City

Two protests are likely to cause disruptions in Mexico City on Friday 17 February. In Juarez area, pensioners will stage a protest at the Mexican Institute for Social Security to demand a benefit increase. In Granjas Mexicos, farmers coming from several states will gather in front of the national agrarian court to demand better conditions and subsidies. The Local Government Secretariat said that traffic in central areas is likely to be severely delayed during the whole day.

Warning issued over tidal waves in Acapulco, Guerrero

Civil Defence has issued a warning to the coastal areas of Acapulco, south-western Mexico, over the possibility of large waves reaching up to three metres. Authorities advised tourists and residents to keep a safe distance from the area and exercise extra caution on Thursday. The alert was issued after an increase in maritime activity was reported along the central Pacific and southern-Mexico's coast, especially in Guerrero and Michoacan. 

Six cartel members arrested in Quintana Roo

Six suspected members of two rival cartels were arrested during an operation led by dozens of federal agents and the military in Quintana Roo, south-eastern Mexico. In Cancun, federal police arrested two local members of the Jalisco New Generation cartel, while in Playa del Carmen, four presumed members of Los Zetas were detained as they were collecting extortion money from a bar. Police operations in the region intensified after a shooting in mid-January killed six people at a Cancun festival.

Alert over ongoing military operations in Tepic, Nayarit

The US Consulate in Guadalajara issued a security alert to western Mexico's Nayarit state over ongoing military operations in Tepic. According to the communique, travellers are advised to avoid the area and should be aware that several roadblocks and checkpoints are in place. The alert comes days after the leader of the Beltran-Levya Cartel was killed during a massive security operation.

Employee robbed by armed criminals in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua

An employee to a construction company was robbed by armed criminals in Ciudad Juarez, northern Mexico. The incident happened near the US embassy when armed men ambushed the victim and robbed a sum of 100,000 pesos (US$5,000). Local authorities launched a manhunt; however, no one has been arrested so far. Robberies across Chihuahua state often occur. It is paramount to remain vigilant over potential robbery, carjacking and theft attempts.

State border reinforced over rising violence in Sinaloa

North-western Mexico's Sonora state is set to reinforce security along its southern border with Sinaloa, where recent clashes between rival drug cartels are taking place. The state public security secretary said that a joint effort with the federal government will be carried out through successive police checkpoints to avoid the spread of violence.

Thousands stage nationwide protest against US president

Thousands of protesters have staged a nationwide protest against the immigration policies of US President Donald Trump. The march took place in major Mexican cities, mainly in the capital Mexico City, on Saturday afternoon. Demonstrators endorsed by dozens of civil organisations criticised Trump's plans to build a wall along the border. In some protests, Mexico's government led by Enrique Pena Nieto was also the target of criticism.

Cartel leader shot dead during joint-operation in Nayarit

The leader of the Beltran-Levya Cartel was killed during a massive security operation led by federal forces and the military in Nayarit state, western Mexico. Juan Francisco Patron, also known as 'H2', died along with eight others during a shootout with the authorities. According to the Interior Department, he was responsible for running the cartel's operations in Nayarit and Jalisco.

Mayor's security guards attacked in Jiutepec, Morelos

Security guards of the mayor of Jiutepec, central Mexico's Morelos state, were targeted by three armed men on Wednesday. The guards were driving in the Villas del Descansado area when a vehicle approached them and opened fire. The mayor, Manuel Aguero Tovar - who was not in the vehicle - told local news that the attack was a car theft attempt and not targeted at him, despite the incident happening near his house. Incidents targeting mayors and former mayors frequently occur across Mexico.

Six killed during armed clashes in Sinaloa

Renewed clashes between criminals and security forces have led to the death of six people in Sinaloa, western Mexico. The state prosecutor's office said in a statement on Tuesday that the clashes erupted in the early hours of the morning when heavily armed men opened fire on marines on patrol in Culiacan. Several high calibre weapons were recovered after the gunfight - which led to the death of five suspects and one marine. 

Scores killed during Mexico's flu season

Since the start of the Winter season in October 2016, Mexico's General Epidemiological Directorate has confirmed 976 cases of influenza, leading to 68 deaths - most of them AH1N1 type - across the country. According to the report, the most affected people are adults and children aged between one and nine-years-old. Most cases were recorded in Nuevo Leon, Queretaro, Ciudad de Mexico and Quintana Roo. The symptoms include fever, headaches, joint and muscle pain.  It is recommended to avoid any sort of contact with infected people and areas, and employ standard preventive health measures such as washing hands and maintaining clean spaces.

Four civilians killed in shootout in Sinaloa

Four civilians have been killed amid a shootout between rival gangs in Sinaloa, western Mexico. According to the authorities, the shooting broke out on Tuesday afternoon in Navolato, where a pregnant woman was identified among the victims. Residents told the police that at least three criminals also lost their lives in the confrontation, while others fled the scene before the authorities arrived. Shootouts between rival gangs in Sinaloa are recurrent amid clashes over territorial claims.

Police engage in shootout and high-speed pursuit in Tijuana

Police officers engaged in a high-speed pursuit and shooting with criminals in Tijuana, north-western Mexico. The incident was reported on Monday morning along the Oriente speedway between Simon Bolivar and 20 de Noviembre colony. According to the authorities, one person was arrested, while the other assailant fled the scene. No further information, regarding the motives for the shooting and identity of the suspects, was revealed. 

Community police officers kidnapped in Michoacan

Five community police officers have been reported missing in Michoacan, south-western Mexico. The information was released on Monday by the mayor of Aquila, who claims the men were taken by criminals wearing military uniforms. Mexico's Navy denied the involvement of any of its soldiers in the attack. Preliminary investigations led by state authorities believe that the officers were taken by presumed members of the outlawed Templar Knights group that moments later called the authorities threatening to kill the hostages. The Templar Knights cartel is highly active in Michoacan, usually attacking and kidnapping security forces.

Ministry of health confirms first Zika-linked microcephaly case

Mexico's ministry of health confirmed on Friday the country's first case of microcephaly - when babies are born with abnormally small heads and brains - linked to Zika virus. The ministry told Reuters that the patient was a baby girl prematurely born in early-November in Oaxaca, southern Mexico. The government body confirmed that further cases of microcephaly are likely to be reported across the country, where since late-2015 more than 7.600 cases have been confirmed.

Activist kidnapped and killed in Chihuahua state

The authorities announced on Saturday that a prominent environmental leader was shot dead in Chihuahua state, northern Mexico. Juan Ontiveros was kidnapped and killed in Guadalupe and the Calvo area on 31 January. Ontiveros was an active environmentalist who aimed to fight for the rights of local indigenous communities against organised crime. He was deeply connected to the government and federal agencies tackling criminality in the region. This is the second activist killed in Mexico in less than one month.

Six abducted men found dead in Guerrero state

Mexican authorities have retrieved the bodies of six men that were kidnapped on Monday by criminals in Guerrero state, south-western Mexico. State prosecutor Xavier Olea said on Wednesday that the bodies were found in a rural area near Acapulco and that two women, who were also abducted and held hostage with the deceased, were released. Olea said that investigations are halted as a vigilante group is retaining the bodies. Drug cartels widely operate around the area of Guerrero and have been battling for territory around the outskirts of Acapulco.

Navy duo kidnapped by armed men in Veracruz state

Two Mexican Navy officers have been kidnapped in Veracruz state, south-eastern Mexico. Preliminary reports suggest that the soldiers were taken near the port area of the state capital on Monday by armed men. A cross-agency operation was launched the following day in order to locate the victims, who were carrying out surveillance tasks in Veracruz-Boca del Rio when reported missing. This is the second incident involving the kidnapping of security forces in Veracruz in less than a week - on Friday, police officers were kidnapped and killed in Las Choapas.

Man shot dead at restaurant shooting in Veracruz

A 35-year-old man has been killed and two others have been injured in a targeted attack in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. The incident happened when armed men on a motorcycle opened fire on the crowded restaurant in Santa Leticia neighbourhood in Fortin. The attack came hours after Veracruz's governor, Yunes Linares, addressed the current security challenge the state has been facing.

Police director gunned down in Jalisco state

A police director in Jalisco state, south-western Mexico, was gunned down after being ambushed on Thursday evening. The police chief of San Juan de los Lagos was in his pick-up truck when he was attacked by eight heavily armed men. The officer was taken to the local hospital but succumbed to his wounds hours later. Local media reported that nearly two weeks before, clashes with the police erupted in the community when patrol officers detained a suspected lorry on the road between Lagos and San Juan de los Lagos.

Police officers shot dead in robbery attempt in Puebla

Three police officers have been ambushed and shot dead in Puebla, south-eastern Mexico. The officers were heading to the Atoluca community in Teziutlan when they were ambushed and attacked by heavily armed men. Government sources revealed that the officers were at the community in order to deliver funds to a social programme. According to Milenio, a similar incident happened in October when three police officers were killed while heading to deliver money to another social initiative.

Diplomatic tensions rise as Mexico's president refuse meeting in Washington

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto has refused to head to Washington D.C. to meet with his US counterpart following Donald Trump's executive order to build a 2,000 km wall between both nations. The diplomatic rift escalated, as moments later Trump announced intentions to raise taxes on all Mexican imports to the US by 20 percent. In a previous press communique, Pena Nieto assured that 'Mexico won't pay for any wall'. According to the White House, by raising taxes on Mexican imports it is estimated to generate more than US$ 10 billion a year - the wall is expected to cost between US$ 15-25 billion.

US President issues order to build wall along Mexican border

US President Donald Trump has issued an executive order over the controversial construction of an 'impassable physical barrier' along the border with Mexico. Trump has underlined an alleged US southern border crisis and has announced his plans to pursue his flagship campaign proposal of building a Mexico-financed wall to divide both countries. Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto rejected Trump's plans and said that 'Mexico won't pay for any wall'.

Renewed eruptions reported at Colima volcano, south-western Mexico

Emergency authorities have revealed that south-western Mexico's Colima volcano has suffered its third eruption in less than a week. Smoke and ash was expelled up to 2,000 metres into the air as the strong winds carried the ash southwards. The National Emergency Management Agency has issued a warning and advised people in the area to cover their noses and mouths, avoiding outdoor activities. Colima volcano is located along the state border with Jalisco and is known to be one of the most active volcanoes in Mexico.

Seven found dead inside abandoned taxi in Colima

Seven bodies have been found inside an abandoned taxi in Colima state, western Mexico, after an anonymous tip warned the General Justice Attorney (PGJE). The vehicle was found on Saturday, on the road between Manzanillo and Cihuatlán near the state border between Colima and Jalisco. Preliminary investigations have revealed that all bodies were found with signs of torture, and some were decapitated. The authorities have launched an investigation to assess the motives behind the attack. Manzanillio is often affected by clashes between drug cartels that fight over territorial claims and control of the city's port.

US border crossing disrupted amid renewed protests in Tijuana

One of the main US-Mexico border crossings has been raided by demonstrators amid a renewed wave of protests over fuel price hikes. The border port of Otay Mesa, between San Diego and Tijuana, was stormed on Sunday by demonstrators holding signs and banners against the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto. Traffic was severely disrupted across the area, also affecting the San Ysidro port of entry and causing delays in the Nogales-Arizona crossing. For weeks, activity along the US-Mexico border has been severely disrupted during the ongoing widespread protests against the fuel price hikes endorsed by the government. 

Sinaloa cartel's leader 'El Chapo' extradited to the US

The drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman has been extradited to the US. El Chapo arrived in New York on Thursday evening, where he is set to appear on Friday in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn. Security around the area has been strengthened, especially around the area of Manhattan prison, where he is detained. El Chapo was the leader of the powerful Mexican Sinaloa Cartel. He was arrested in January 2016 after breaking out of prison one year earlier. The move comes amid rising diplomatic tensions between the US and Mexico, as the transfer happened one day before the inauguration of US president-elect, Donald Trump.

Prize-winning environmentalist shot dead in Chihuahua state

A prize-winning environmentalist has been assassinated in Chihuahua state, northern Mexico. The authorities announced on Wednesday that Isidro Baldenegro was killed at his home in the mountainous western Sierra Madre region. Baldenegro was one of the main figures in the anti-logging struggle and was also the leader of Mexico's indigenous Tarahumara people. Reports state that the victim and his family suffered consecutive threats from powerful people linked to illegal loggers and drug-traffickers. The death of Baldenegro comes months after the Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres was killed at her home.

Colima volcano in south-western Mexico remains highly active

The Colima volcano, in south-western Mexico, remains highly active with several small explosions and ash columns reaching up to four kilometres over the summit. The volcanic explosions have been reported with intervals of several hours, with occasional strong blasts. In late-December, Colima's emergency authorities issued an alert to the area over the potential hazard regarding the high amount of ashes expelled. Colima volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in North America and has been highly active since 2013.

Three shot amid attack on American school in Nuevo Leon

At least three people have been shot at an American school in Nuevo Leon, north-eastern Mexico. Security spokesman Aldo Fasci told Reuters that a student stormed a classroom of the Colegio Americano del Noreste in Monterrey and opened fire indiscriminately. He revealed that a video shows the attacker in the room as he opens fire on the teacher and students. No further information has been disclosed about the unusual attack as the authorities have not confirmed if the victims were killed or remain severely injured.

Criminals open fire on public buildings in Quintana Roo

A shooting has broken out at several public buildings in Quintana Roo, south-eastern Mexico. The incident took place on Tuesday, when armed men targeted several buildings in central Cancun. The authorities told EFE that the criminals arrived in motorcycles and opened fire on the regional state attorney office and other emergency services headquarters. One assailant and two civil servants were killed in the shootout. The incident comes days after at least five people were killed during an international music festival at a city's nightclub.

Several killed in gang-related crimes in Guerrero state

State authorities have revealed that 10 people have been found dead amid a renewed gang-related surge in Guerrero state, south-western Mexico. In a joint statement, Roberto Alvarez, security forces spokesman, said that six decapitated bodies were found in Chilpancingo along with four other victims at two different sites in Chilapa. Gang confrontation in Guerrero suffered a systematic escalation in recent months due to clashes between drug cartels over territorial claims.

Former mayor assassinated in Oaxaca

The former mayor of San Andrés Huaxpaltec, south-western Mexico's Oaxaca state, has been assassinated by unknown assailants. The 59-year-old man was shot on Saturday afternoon in the streets of his town and taken to the local hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds. This is the fifth former mayor killed amid the latest wave of assassinations targeting current and former mayors.

Several killed in nightclub shooting in Quintana Roo

At least eight people have reportedly been killed during a shooting at a music festival in Quintana Roo, south-eastern Mexico. The incident took place in the early hours of Monday morning, when shooting broke out at the popular BPM Music Festival in Playa del Carmen. Moments later, local media reported a second shooting at a nearby club. Information about the exact number of casualties and further information have not been disclosed by Mexican authorities. The BPM Music Festival is a yearly musical event, popular among tourists, located along the Riviera Maya area near Cancun.

Dutch expatriate killed in kidnapping attempt in Guadalajara

A Dutch expatriate has been killed in a kidnapping attempt in Guadalajara, central Mexico. The incident happened on Wednesday afternoon as armed criminals stormed a restaurant in Zapopan. The victim was shot dead as he resisted the abduction alongside the restaurant's owner, who was taken away in a pick-up truck. The police are investigating the motives behind the attack. Guadalajara is located in the Jalisco state where drug-cartels such as Jalisco Nueva Geración widely operate.

Protests trigger fuel shortages in Baja California

Amid the ongoing violent protests over fuel price rises across Mexico, several areas of the country near the US south-eastern border in Baja California have been experiencing fuel shortages. According to the state-owned oil company PEMEX, the widespread demonstrations have been causing the disruption of crucial services, reaching 'critical levels'. Since 01 January, the demonstrations have escalated in response to President Peña Neto's plans to increase fuel prices by 20 percent in order to end the subsidisation and promote a long-term liberalisation of the market.

Violent protests erupt after residents are murdered, Chiapas

Violent protests have been triggered in Chiapas, southern Mexico, after two residents of Copainalá have been gunned down by a criminal gang locally known as 'Los Alcaraz'. The demonstrators have set the city's Town Hall and the mayor's house on fire. Local media also reported that a gas station and a vehicle were set alight. Chiapas is considered a safe Mexican state, however recent territorial disputes among drug cartels has spread violence, especially along the border with Guatemala and Tabasco state.

US border crossing suspended due to protests in Sonora

One of the US-Mexico border crossings in Nogales has been suspended amid protests against the hike in fuel prices. The Deconcini Port of Entry has been temporarily suspended due to the escalation in the widespread protests in the north-western Sonora state. The police have stated that both vehicular and pedestrian traffic have been suspended until further notice, advising people to head towards the Mariposa Port of Entry and Morley Port of Entry. Disruptions may be experienced at several Port of Entries as protests tend to spread along the border.

US consulate official shot in Guadalajara

A US consulate official has been injured by gunshots in Guadalajara, Jalisco state, western Mexico. The Republic's General Prosecutor (PGR) said that the shooting broke out on Friday afternoon and, according to a video released by the El Universal, the victim was targeted in his vehicle while leaving a car park. The state and federal police have launched a joint investigation to assess the motives of the attack, while the FBI has offered a reward for information leading to the assailant's arrest.

Violence escalate amid wave of protests over fuel price hike

Amid the ongoing wave of protests against the increase on fuel prices, violence has escalated in several areas around the capital Mexico City. Hundreds of people have blocked the main roads around the capital, while dozens of masked protesters have looted stores, stormed petrol stations and attacked tank lorries. A statement issued by the oil company, Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), stated that if the violence continues, the country is set to face a severe fuel shortage. Petrol station owners reinforced security on facilities, while other groups threatened to shut down hundreds of stations across the country after consecutive attacks.

Six killed in market shooting, Acapulco

Six people have been killed during a shooting at a market in Acapulco, Guerrero state, south-western Mexico. A government spokesman stated that gunmen approached the market on Wednesday afternoon, located along the north-eastern area of the city, and opened fire on the crowd indiscriminately. The news agency AP revealed that the market has previously been the target of extortionists and threats. Some neighbourhoods of Acapulco have recently become targeted by the widespread violence of criminal gangs and drug cartels operating across Guerrero state.

Five killed over New Year's weekend in Acapulco

At least five people have been killed over the New Year's weekend in Acapulco, south-eastern Mexico. Official sources stated on Sunday that three people were found decapitated in a car in a central neighrbouhood of the city. In other incidents a police officer was killed in a popular touristic area of the city by unknown gunmen, while moments later a taxi-driver was gunned down on the outskirts of the city. Violence in Acapulco has been suffering a considerable rise over the spreading influence of Mexican cartels across Guerrero state.

Thousands protest across Mexico over fuel price increase

Thousands of people have stormed the main streets of major Mexican cities to protest the rise on the price of fuel. Members of several workers' unions, activists and the general population demonstrate against the measures imposed by the administration of president Enrique Peña Nieto regarding the country's current economical situation. One of the main demonstrations took place in the city of Guadalajara in the western state of Jalisco, where the main streets were completely blocked. President Penã Nieto has been suffering several political setbacks along with high rates of popular disapproval over the recent increase on prices on basic goods such as food and medicines.

Three injured during anti-kidnap operation in Michoacán

Three police officers from an anti-kidnapping unit have been injured during an investigation in Michoacán state, central Mexico. The investigations aimed to find those responsible for the kidnapping and assassination of a prominent oil businessman. As the police arrived to the scene in Uruapán, criminals opened fire on police, sparking a firefight and wounding the three officers. Four criminals were arrested. Michoacán is one of the high risk states regarding kidnappings carried out by local drug cartels, often targeting local businessmen.

Dozens killed at fireworks market explosion in Estado de Mexico

On 19 December, at least 31 people were killed and 72 others injured in a market explosion in Estado de Mexico, a central area of the country. The incident happened at the San Pablito fireworks market in Tultepec. The authorities are investigating the causes of the fire, with the number of deaths likely to increase. Fireworks accidents in Mexico often occur during the holidays season, where markets are fully stocked with such explosives.

Authorities issue warning over Colima volcano activity

The regional civil protection authority warned the communities located around the Colima volcano to be aware of the ashes expelled by its activity. The Colima volcano is located in south-western Mexico and is one of the most active volcanoes in the country. At least five villages were warned over the potential ashes and sand produced by the volcano, especially in La Becerrera and La Yerbabuena. The authorities urged the population to respect the 12-km perimeter around the crater. The Colima's Volcanology Observatory has been monitoring the volcano and employing the necessary security measures in the eventual case of evacuation.

Eight injured in shooting in Michoacán

On 15 December, at least eight people were injured in a shooting in Michoacán state, south-western Mexico. Two adults and six minors were wounded while standing on the Lázaro Cardenas street in Apatzingán. The State General Attorney (PGJE) is investigating the incident, and the suspects are yet to be identified. Criminal groups operate in Michoacán and often clash with security forces supported by local militias. However, the current surge of militias and vigilante groups places a significant increase in the threat to security and stability in the region.

Female senator target of gender-based violence near Mexico City

On 13 December, a female senator was severely beaten by four men following a traffic accident on the outskirts of Mexico City. Ana Gabriela Guevara announced through a press conference that she and a partner were knocked down from their motorcycle by a jeep, the occupants of which then disembarked got down and started to kick them. Guevara said that "this is an act of violence against my gender, against me". Gender-based violence in Mexico is a recurrent issue, especially in the State of Mexico. According to the UN, on average six women are killed everyday across the country.

Drug kingpin's mother kidnapped by vigilante group in Guerrero

A community vigilante group kidnapped the mother of a local drug kingpin in Guerrero State, southern Mexico. The move happened as the vigilante group demanded the release of hostages taken by the criminal gang, known as 'Los Tequileros', in a mass kidnapping in Ajuchitlán del Progresso. The government of Guerrero announced that they have deployed more than 200 soldiers in order to assist in the stalemate between the gang and the vigilante group. Guerrero is haunted by several drug cartels that often clash over territorial claims. The authorities reported a surge in armed vigilante groups that aim to fight against the cartels, leading to successive shootings on the streets of the state.

Five dead in Sonora clashes

Five gunmen have been killed in clashes with police near Ciudad Obregon, Sonora state.  A police officer was also wounded during the confrontation in El Tobarito on Wednesday afternoon.  The officer was transferred to hospital and is reportedly in a stable condition.

Three police officers wounded in Taxco ambush

Three municipal police officers have been wounded in an ambush in the city of Taxco in Guerrero state.  The officers were on patrol on Avenida Los Plateros on Wednesday when they came under heavy fire from a group of armed men.  Following the attack, the federal police and Mexican army cordoned off the area.

Journalist shot dead in Chihuahua

On 10 December, a journalist was shot dead by armed criminals in front of his house in Chihuahua, northern Mexico. Rodríguez worked for 15 years in the local Antena Radio station, where he recently started to cover state and city government news. According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), ten journalists have been killed in Mexico so far in 2016.

Three police detectives found dead in Guerrero

Three police detectives were found dead in the back of a pick up truck in Guerrero state, southern Mexico. According to the authorities, the victims were burned to death in the Zihuatanejo area. Preliminary investigations suggest that the incident was gang related as a note was left on a fourth body placed nearby. The authorities believe that the criminals are part of a splinter faction of the Jalisco New Generation cartel. Guerrero state is often the site of armed conflicts between different gangs, with security forces often deliberately targeted.

Four rural workers found dead in Oaxaca

The bodies of four rural workers have been discovered in a remote area of Oaxaca state in south-western Mexico. The cane cutters were discovered in the hamlet of La Galera, reportedly with signs that they had been tortured before they were executed.  They were abducted on 5 December between Tuxtepec Palo Gacho and the town of El Santuario in the neighbouring state of Veracruz.

Police officer shot dead in Veracruz ambush

A police officer has been shot dead and another seriously wounded in an ambush in Veracruz state.  The officers were driving in a mountainous area of Orizaba when they were attacked. State and municipal police were dispatched to the area to track down the assailants.

Three police officers set on fire in Tabasco

Three police officers have been killed in the Tabasco state, south-eastern Mexico. Reports have shown that the officers were attacked at the road between Vilahermosa and Teapa by criminals. The victims' body was found completely burned inside a vehicle near the Las Lilias ranch. The Tabasco state is located near the border with Guatemala which may be a volatile area of criminal gangs operations.

Four bodies found inside vehicles in Guerrero state

Four people have been found dead inside two pick-up trucks in Gerrero state, south-western Mexico. According to a local community commissary, the victims were killed on 4 December on the road between Fresnos de Puerto Rico and Bajitos de Laguna. Guerrero is considered one of Mexico's deadliest states, where drug cartels often clash over territorial control.

Workers' leader assassinated at restaurant in Oaxaca

The leader of the Revolutionary Workers and Peasants Transport Confederation (CROC) has been assassinated at a restaurant in Oaxaca, southern Mexico. Local media has revealed that unknown men on a motorcycle opened fire at the victim and her assistant in San Francisco Tutla. The CROC's leader, Mayra Luis Martínez, is suspected to have been attacked due to a previous death threats she received from members of the a rival syndicate.

Businessman released after 12 days in captivity in Michoacán

A 65-year-old businessman has been released through an operation led by Mexico's anti-kidnapping unit in Michoacán, western Mexico. The victim was released after 12 days in captivity in a remote area in Coalcomán. According to the attorney general, the kidnappers demanded a US$ 920,000 (19 million pesos) in ransom, which was not paid. The victim's family warned the police after he was kidnapped on 15 November near Aguililla, when travelling between Coalcomán and Tierras Blancas. The authorities announced that since the start of 2016, a dozen kidnapping gangs have been dismantled by security forces.

Robbers raid auto dealership and kill one in Guerrero

On 30 November, one person was killed and two others were injured when armed criminals raided an auto dealership in Guerrero state, south-western Mexico. Reports state that two armed men stormed the store located in Chilpancingo. The assailants then caused an explosion after setting six vehicles on fire. The incident came one day after six people were assassinated in the 1 de Mayo neighbourhood.

Two bar employees shot dead in Cancun

On 27 November, two people were shot dead Cancun, south-eastern Mexico. Authorities revealed that three people were shot when two armed men approached a bar at a tourist area and opened fire on the employees. All three victims were taken to hospital, where two of them died of their wounds. The state of Quintana Roo has been suffering a slight increase in criminal activity as cartels expand their territory to the outskirts of Cancun. However, such incidents in tourist zones of the city rarely occur.

Texas state trooper injured by stray bullet near Mexican border

On 25 November, a Texas state trooper was injured by a stray bullet near the Mexican border. The officer was patrolling the area of Fronton, near Brownsville, when he was hit by a bullet, believed to have been fired in a shooting on the Mexican side of the border. The authorities were unable to confirm which parties were involved in the gunfight.

Two children shot dead in armed attack in Nuevo León

On 26 November, three people, including two young children, were killed and three others injured when armed men raided a house in Nuevo León state, north-eastern Mexico. Witnesses told the authorities that at least seven heavily armed men stormed a residence located in Santa Catarina and opened fire indiscriminately. The police believe that the attack is likely to be gang-related, as the owner of the house had been recently released from prison for drug offences. Santa Catarina is located near Monterrey and it is often the site of territorial disputes between the Golfo and Los Zetas cartels.

Popocatépl volcano expells huge amounts of ash in Puebla

A massive explosion was reported at the Popocatéptl volcano on Friday morning. Ashes and gas were expelled up to five kilometres into the atmosphere. Mexican authorities urged the local population in Puebla, central Mexico, to stay away from the volcano's crater and to be aware of falling ash. The most recent eruption was reported in April, when the Popocatéptl volcano spewed smoke, ash and lava, leading to the disruption of local traffic and airport closures.

Joint police operation rescues hostage in Veracruz

A joint police operation headed by the federal police investigation division and the special anti-kidnapping unit resulted in the release of a 25-year-old hostage in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz state. Intelligence work led security forces to storm a security compound located in the Loma de Barrillas neighbourhood, where three suspected kidnappers were arrested. According to the police, female members of the gang aimed to lure victims through social networks and meet them in isolated places, where the would be abducted.

Prominent TV star shot dead in Estado de México

A prominent TV celebrity and his publicist were found dead on Thursday in Estado de México. The bodies of Renato López and his public relations secretary were discovered with several bullet wounds inside their vehicle in the Jilotzingo area. Preliminary investigations state that both victims were ambushed by criminals; however, the police are still investigating the incident.

Man found dead at roadside in Jalisco

A man has been assassinated after being shot four times in Zapopan, Jalisco state, central Mexico. The incident has been reported in the area of Santa Margarita where the man in his late thirties was approached by armed men in a pick-up truck. According to the authorities, the man was a gym instructor - an investigation has been launched to assess the motives for the attack. Jalisco suffers a considerable level of criminality such as kidnappings, drug-trafficking and targeted assassinations. The area is known to house several criminal gangs, including the outlawed Jalisco Nueva Geración Cartel (CJNG).

Six police officers kidnapped by heavily armed men in Chihuahua

On 23 November, six police officers were kidnapped in the state of Chihuahua, near the US border. Preliminary investigations revealed that the officers were abducted in the Sierra Tarahumara village, when over 30 men stormed the nearby locality of La Simona. The police launched a joint operation with the military in order to locate the victims. Chihuahua is one of the most volatile states in Mexico, where kidnappings and shootings often occur amid conflicts  and disputes between criminal groups and cartels.

Kidnapped youngster found injured and tied in Oaxaca

On 24 November, an 18-year-old girl was found drugged and with her hand tied under a truck in Oaxaca, south-western Mexico. The girl, believed to have been kidnapped on 22 November, was found by members of the Jehovah's Witnesses who were working in the area of Lindavista. The police and emergency services rushed to the scene in order to assist the victim. The authorities believe the girl had been drugged and assaulted several times, but managed to escape from the alleged kidnappers. As in other major urban areas of Mexico, Oaxaca often reports gang-related incidents including kidnapping, extortion and shootings.

Kidnapping attempt triggers shooting in Veracruz

On 23 November, one person was shot dead as they attempted to kidnap the son of a local business owner in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. The man died after when local police officers and six armed criminals opened fire on each other during the attempt. Veracruz recently reported one of the highest kidnapping rates of any state in the country. 

Police officers attacked at checkpoint in Michoacán

At least seven police officers have been injured in shootings in Aquila, Michoacán, central Mexico. The authorities were at a checkpoint on the road near the locality of Tizupan when members of the group known as 'Los Caballeros Templarios' opened fire. Reports have shown that at least a dozen gang members were heavily armed and threw grenades towards the police officers. The authorities have acknowledged the fact that the group fully operate in the region and have announced the deployment of additional police officers and marine soldiers to reinforce security in the region.

Nine men found dead in Guerrero

On 20 November, the bodies of nine men were found on a road in near the town of Atliaca in Guerrero state, south-eastern Mexico. According to a statement issued by the Guerrero government, all the victims showed signs of torture. Multiple drug cartels are known to operate in Guerrero, with territorial clashes often occurring. 

Fourteen homicides reported in less than 24 hours in Acapulco

The authorities announced that 14 people were killed in less than 24 hours between 19-20 November in Acapulco, south-western Mexico. The separate incidents took place in the Nueva Revolución, Las Crusces, Moctezuma, San Agustín and Petaquillas area. Most of the crimes involved firearms, with the victims being shot dead in suspected targeted assassinations. Other cases involved domestic incidents or home invasions by armed criminals. Acapulco has been suffering a significant increase in crime rates as drug-cartels clash over territorial control.

Two Mexican soldiers ambushed by armed men in Acapulco

On 20 November, two Mexican marines were shot dead by an armed group on the outskirts of Acapulco, south-western Mexico. The incident took place in the Los Cocos area in Moctezuma, where both soldiers were reportedly off-duty when they were ambushed by the assailants. A joint police operation was launched in the area to identify the criminals. Security forces are often attacked across the country by criminal groups or cartels. Such attacks are usually retaliatory and linked to counter-narcotics operations.

DEA wanted criminal arrested in Ciudad Juaréz

A joint operation led by the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC) and the Republic General Attorney (PGR) led to the arrest of Luis 'N', one of the most wanted criminal by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Luis was detained in Ciudad Juaréz, Chihuahua state, near the US border. He will be extradited to the US, where he will be sentenced for arms trafficking, organised crime and money laundering.

Criminal group kidnaps a dozen locals in Guerrero state

On 18 November, an armed criminal group kidnapped over a dozen people in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. Reports show that a group of 40 armed men stormed the locality of Ajuchitlán del Progresso and abducted a large number of people. most of whom were children. The authorities and the local population believe the attack was carried out by the Los Tequileros group. This is the second time Los Tequileros stage a mass kidnapping in the village. In early January, five teachers were abducted by the group, with three of them being released after ransom payments and two being killed.

One person killed in car theft in Puebla

On 16 November, a 37-year-old man was killed during a vehicle theft in the Zavaleta area of Puebla, central Mexico. During the robbery, a patrolling police officer approached the two male attackers, who then fled the scene in a pick-up truck. The vehicle was recovered by the police in a nearby location. After the states of Sinaloa and Estado de Mexico, Puebla reports the highest rates in the country for violent crimes.

Former governor of Sonora to stand trial over fraud allegations

The former governor of Sonora, located on the US south-western border, is set to stand trial on allegations of fraud. A federal judge ruled that Guillermo Padres is accused of moving illicit funds to and from Mexico. Padres was arrested last week, along with his son, after investigations concluded that he sold several properties in the state of Quintana Roo, south-eastern Mexico, to his associates for very suspicious prices.The case against the Padres family dates back to 2011 when, according to evidence from the Republic's General Attorney (PGR), they funded a money laundering scheme involving a multi-million mining contract in favour of one of his companies.

Attack to indigenous leader triggers protest in Oxchuc

Dozens of people from nearly 100 indigenous and traditional authorities staged a protest in front of the government palace in Oxchuc, Chiapas, southern Mexico. The protest was generated after a group of supporters of the town's mayor, Maria Gloria Sánchez Gómez, attacked a prominent indigenous leader on 10 November. The demonstrators demanded the resignation of the mayor and for her to be replaced by Oscar Gómez López. The president of the permanent commission for peace and indigenous justice, Juan Encinos Gómez, was badly beaten in San Cristóvan de Las Casas and taken to the hospital with serious injuries. 

Nine murders reported in less than five hours across Chihuahua state

Nine people were killed in separate incidents across the state of Chihuahua on Wednesday. The assassinations happened during a period of five hours. In Chihuahua four men were found dead with their hands tied at the road between the city and Ciudad Juaréz, near the Ejido Ocampo neighbourhood. Two other murder victims were also discovered near the Juan Guereca area. In Madera, two men were killed after being tortured and dropped on the El Largo Maderal road near the El Vallencillo area. The police recovered a threatening message near the bodies. Further, in Ciudad Juaréz, a man was found decapitated near the Oscar Flores boulevard.

Man wounded in the leg after shooting in Hermosillo

A 27-year-old man has been shot in the leg in Sonora, north-western Mexico. According to the authorities the attack happened on Tuesday afternoon on the streets of Miguel Hidalgo neighbourhood, north of Hermosillo. The victim was rescued by the Red Cross and taken to the hospital. The reason for the attack remains unknown and the Public Ministry have launched an investigation.

Police officer's house sprayed with bullets in Nuevo León

A state police officer in Nuevo León and his brother were killed by armed men on Wednesday afternoon in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, north-eastern Mexico. The assailants attacked Edi Uriel Lucio Cordova at his house in the Emilio Portes Gil neighbourhood. During the attack, the victim's parents were also critically wounded and later taken to the hospital for treatment. Kidnappings, extortion, shootings and murders often take place in the state of Tamaulipas amid territorial clashes between rival criminal groups. The fierce confrontations have also been increasing in the neighbouring states of Coahuila and Nuevo León.

School teacher killed by armed robber in Acapulco

A school teacher has been shot dead during a robbery in Acapulco, south-eastern Mexico. According to the police, one man on a motorcycle opened fire at the victim before stealing his belongings. The incident happened on Monday afternoon near a taxi stop in the El Roble area of the city. Also, official sources stated that Arcadio Garcia Bello was attacked after withdrawing money from a nearby ATM. Armed attacks in Acapulco are common, it is highly advised to use ATM during day light and inside malls and commercial centres. 

Wave of violence triggers protest in Naucalpan

Over 200 residents of Naucalpan, Estado de Mexico, marched on Monday towards the town's Palacio Municipal to protest the high rates of murders in the region. The march was triggered by the death of a 10-year-old girl on 2 November in La Luna, which are still under investigation. Members of several nearby communities gathered to demand the local government more security amid the ongoing wave of violence against women and children in the area.

House of journalist's widow set on fire in Veracruz

On 30 October, the house of the widow of a deceased journalist was set on fire by criminals. Several threats had been made through the phone before the residence of Alicia Blanco, widow of Pedro Tamayo, was set ablaze. Blanco stated that the attack was a retaliation over her insistence regarding the investigation into the death of her husband, who was killed outside their house in Tierra Blanca, Veracruz. Mexico has been reporting several cases of attacks against media professionals in recent months. Veracruz and Ciudad de Mexico are the regions where most of the attacks take place.

Over 200 executions reported during October in Chihuahua

The authorities of the northern state of Chihuahua announced that October 2016 was the most violent month in the last four years. During the period, 207 homicides were reported across the state, with 82 percent of the executions taking place in Ciudad Juaréz and Chihuahua. The rising number of casualties are due to the ongoing territorial disputes of drug cartels in the area, namely the Juaréz and Sinaloa cartels.

Family car attacked by criminals in Guanajuato

One man was killed during a robbery attempt in Guanajuato, central Mexico. Hiroshi Mitani Miranda was shot dead when criminals tried to steal his pick-up truck in the Solidaridad Boulevard in Irapuato. Miranda was accompanied by his family when he was approached by three men allegedly asking for information. The victims reacted to the attack, leading to the criminals opening fire. Irapuato has one of the highest levels of vehicle robberies in Guanajuato, along with Leon, Celaya and Salamanca.

Four students found dead in Morelos

The body of four students from the Morelos State Autonomous University (UAEM) were found near the La Nopalera road in Yautepec, Morelos. According to the authorities, three of the bodies were found with signs of suffocation and torture. It is believed that the students were leaving a birthday party when they were followed and attacked by criminals. The UAEM rector stated that the region of Morelos has been facing high levels of insecurity, with the public accusing the authorities of being inefficient in tackling criminality in the area.

Body found hung on pedestrian bridge in Tijuana

At 22:30 on 2 November, the body of a man was found hung on a pedestrian bridge in Tijuana, near the Federico Benítez Boulevard, close to the Mexico-US border. The unknown victim was found at the same place that three dismembered bodies were discovered in September. Tijuana is a high volatile area of cartel disputes and brutal retaliatory attacks between rival gangs. 

Former police chief charged with normalist students' kidnapping

A former local chief of police was charged by a Federal judge over the disappearance of the 43 students of the Rural Normal School in Iguala, nearly two years ago. The court's decision to charge Felipe Flores of kidnapping came amid a government investigation that claims he was behind the abductions. According to the National Security Commissioner Renato Sales, Flores did not disclose the location of the students, who are believed to had been killed after being handed over to local drug cartels.

Police escort killed in robbery in Guadalajara

On 17 October, the police escort of Senator Arturo Zamora Jiminez was shot and killed by an unidentified suspect on a motorcycle in the centre of Guadalajara. The officer was leaving a bank with 120,000 MXN for the senator when the robber accosted them. The officer resisted and was shot dead, with the suspect stealing the money. Police believe that the attacker had at least one accomplice with them. 

Six people found mutilated in Tlaquepaque

On 18 October, police discovered six people, including one woman, alive with their hands cut off and the words "I'm a thief" written on their foreheads. They were found in Tlaquepaque, near Guadalajara. The attack is believed to have been carried out by groups linked to drug trafficking. The victims were reportedly left with their stumps wrapped in plastic and a note saying "this happened to us for being thieves." Police are investigating the incident. 

Federal judge shot dead in Mexico

A federal judge has been killed in Metepec in the state of Mexico.  Vincente Antonio Bermudez Zacarias was shot at point-blank range in an apparent targeted killing on Monday.  He was a district court magistrate in the city of Toluca and had been involved in cases involving the Los Cuinis drug cartel and other large criminal organisations.

Three killed and three others wounded by gunmen in Guerrero

On 5 October, three people were killed by a group of at least three armed gunmen in Guerrero state. The unidentified gunmen stopped a passenger van on the road from Chilpancingo to Tixtla and forced passengers out of the vehicle, before shooting them. An adult woman, a young girl and an eight-year-old boy were also wounded in the attack. Two of those killed were students of the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College. 

Hundreds evacuated after Colima volcano erupts

On 1 October, hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes after renewed eruptions from the Colima volcano, 300 miles west of Mexico City. More than 350 villagers living in La Yerbabuena and La Becerrera at the foot of the volcano were successfully relocated by emergency services. 

Five soldiers killed and 10 wounded in attack on army convoy

On 30 September, a Mexican army convoy was attacked near Badiraguato in Sinaloa state. Five soldiers died in the ambush and another 10 were wounded. The gunmen, believed to be from the Sinaloa cartel and organised by the sons of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, used high-powered rifles and grenades to attack the convoy as it was escorting an ambulance carrying a wounded drug suspect. Police believe the ambush was launched to free the man, and he escaped along with the gunmen. 

Kidnapped priest kidnapped and murdered in Michoacan

On 25 September, Michoacan State attorney general announced that the body of Jose Alfredo Lopez Guillen, a Roman Catholic priest, had been found on a highway between Puruandiro and Zinaparo. He had been kidnapped from his home on 19 September and a post-mortem revealed that he had been shot and killed five days prior to his body being found. He is the third priest to be killed in Mexico in a week, bringing the total number of priests killed since 2006 to 31. 

Fire on a Pemex oil tanker in Gulf of Mexico

On 24 September, a fire broke out on board a Pemex oil tanker in the Gulf of Mexico, forcing the crew to evacuate. The tanker caught fire of the coast of Boca del Rio in Veracruz state, and all 31 crew members were safely evacuated. It was carrying 80,000 barrels of diesel and 70,000 barrels of gasoline, and fire crews managed to extinguish the blaze on Sunday.

Spanish kidnap victim found dead in Toluca

A Spanish woman kidanpped in Mexico last week has been found dead in the city of Toluca.  Maria Villar Galaz went missing last Tuesday and was forced to withdraw money from ATMs before her family, including Spanish Football Federation President Angel Maria Villar, received a ransom demand.  Spain's foreign minister said a ransom was paid, although it was less than the kidnappers had demanded, which according to local media was $10k. 

Kidnappers attack bus in north-eastern Mexico

At least 15 passengers were kidnapped when armed men stormed a bus traveling from Tamaulipas to Coahuila, north-eastern Mexico. The incident was reported at the federal highway two near Nuevo Laredo on Monday. When arriving at the station in Coahuila, the bus driver alerted the authorities over the abductions. No further information was revealed about the abductions and identities of both criminals and victims.

Five tonnes of marijuana confiscated in Tijuana

A police raid on 13 September led to the confiscation of roughly five tonnes of marijuana in a warehouse in Tijuana. The drug was reportedly wrapped in 947 packages and was ready to be shipped to the United States. The raid came after two suspected drug traffickers were arrested with several packages in their possession. 

Wife of drug dealer Hector Beltran Leyva arrested

On 13 September, police arrested Clara Elena Laborin Archuleta, wife of Hector Beltran Leyva of the Beltran-Leyva Cartel, in Hermosillo. She was one of the Mexican government's top 50 priority targets in their fight against drug traffickers. She has been identified as the main operator for the cartel in Acapulco and Hermosillo, and has been accused of instigating violence in Acapulco and Sonoro. Police also seized two kilos of cocaine and several firearms in the raid. Her accomplice, Alan Contreras Sanchez, was also arrested. 

Eleven killed and eight wounded in road accident near Jalostotitlan

On 13 September, a traffic collision in Jalisco state, near Jalostotitlan township, killed 11 people and injured a further eight. Jalisco State Civil Protection stated that a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van collided with a tow truck, killing all the occupants in the van. Eight of the passengers were reported dead at the scene, and another three died in hospital. The driver of the tow truck was injured in the collision, and authorities are currently investigating the cause of the incident. 

Mexican soldier shot dead in Ecatepec

A Mexican soldier has been shot dead at a bank in Ecatepec in the State of Mexico.  Unknown assailants opened fire on the soldier at a branch in Via Morelos at around 19:00 local time on Thursday.  The Public Prosecutor is investigating the motive behind the attack.

Hurricane Newton kills two fishermen in western Mexico

Two people have been killed when Hurricane Newton hit the Mexican western coast on Tuesday. The storm generated a significant damage to trees and power lines with wind speeds hitting up to 90 mph in Baja California Sur. The victims were in a fishing boat off the Gulf of California when the vessel capsized. The region is known for being a popular tourist place. Authorities stated that no casualties on the mainland were reported. Hurricane Newton is expected to head northwards as US authorities warn southern parts of Arizona to be aware of the increasing risk of flash flooding.

Police helicopter shot down in Michoacan State; four killed

On 6 September, suspected Knight Templars criminals shot down a police helicopter whilst it was on an anti-narcotics operation in Apatzingan, in the Tierra Caliente region of Michoacan State. The pilot and three police police officers were killed. Initial investigations suggest that the criminals used a Barrett .50 calibre anti-material rifle to shoot down the helicopter in a hard to reach cartel-controlled area. The Mexican Army, Marines and SEDENA have all responded to the attack, which is the worst death toll in an assault on a helicopter since May, 2015. 

Three wounded by bomb blast at a mall in Guanajuato

A bomb blast at a shopping centre left three people injured and affected several others on Monday in Guanajuato, central Mexico. The incident took place at the San Miguel de Allende mall, where an abandoned vehicle was set on fire. The authorities have not released an official statement; however local witnesses stated that multiple blasts were heard, while others claim to have seen a person throwing an object towards the building. Several local businesses were affected and had their windows shattered. The explosion comes one week after eight people were wounded when unknown men threw explosives at a commercial area of Abasolo.

Students set bus on fire amid renewed protest in Michoacan

A renewed violent protest carried out by Normalistas took place in a busy road in Michoacan on Tuesday. The protest occurred near San Juan Tumbio on the Patzcuaro-Uruapan highway, which was blocked by the protesters after they set a fire to a bus. Demonstrations involving the Normalistas have become increasingly common as they demand the release of eight of their peers arrested by the authorities in mid-August. The suspects are charged with multiple offenses, including robbery, kidnapping and other attacks. Normalistas are students from a "normal" school, which is a college set to prepare graduates to become teachers.

Five people kidnapped in San Miguelito

On 30 August, five workers from San Miguel Totolapan were kidnapped by gunmen armed with AK47 and AR15 rifles, including security guard Alejandro Reyna Estrada. He was abducted from his home by the gunmen and taken to an unknown location, while the other four workers were kidnapped on their way to work. The abductions occurred in Tierra Caliente, where a group of miners were kidnapped over the weekend. The Attorney General's office has launched an investigation.

Six miners reportedly abducted in Tierra Caliente

According to The Special Unit of Anti-Kidnapping of the Attorney General's Office of Guerrero State, six miners were kidnapped on Saturday from a mine in Tierra Caliente, Arcelia municipality, by armed gunmen. Tierra Caliente is a town with a large criminal presence, and authorities state that it is almost completely controlled by criminal groups. 

Interpol arrests former Secretary of Agriculture in Sonora state

An arrest warrant issued by Interpol resulted in the arrest of the former secretary of agriculture for Sonora state, Hector Ortiz Ciscomani, on 30 August. Mr Ciscomani was wanted for an abuse of functions, misusing and redirecting funds for rural development projects in the state. He was arrested while waiting for board a flight to Madrid, Spain, by the Criminal Investigation Agency of the Attorney General's Office, and is currently waiting to be transferred to a federal penitentiary. 

Three police officers killed in ambush in Guerrero

Three police officers have been killed and two others injured after being ambushed by armed assailants in southern Mexico. The incident took place on the road between Pueblo Viejo and San Juan Puerto del Gallo. Official reports show that at least 15 officers were attacked by the armed group in General Heliodoro Castillo municipality. The assailants were later repelled by armed forces stationed in the area. In early August, a Justice of the peace was shot dead in the nearby El Troncon community, just days after three police officers were killed amid the ongoing gang related conflict between the Los Rojos and Los Ardillos cartels.

CNTE teachers resume protest over education reforms in Oaxaca

Teachers resumed an ongoing protest over the government's education reforms on Tuesday in southern Mexico's Oaxaca state. Members of the regional branch of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) blocked the roads that connect Oaxaca city to the international airport and city centre, along with highways to Puebla and San Juan Bautista Tuxtepec. The demonstration, ongoing since mid-May, regards the discontent felt by teachers over President Peña Neto's education reforms, including their regular evaluation and cut on benefits.

Police chief shot dead in Michoacan

The police chief for the city of Tiquicheo has been shot dead in the western state of Michoacan.  Ivan Serrano Magana was killed on the Morelia-Mil Cumbres highway on Saturday.  Investigators suspect the gunmen were linked to local drug traffickers; last Friday Magana's officers raided a "narco camp" in the mountain village of El Tepehuaje.

Local Party of the Democratic Revolution leader assassinated in Juchitan

In the early hours of 17 August, a local leader of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PDR), Rolando Vasquez Castillejos, was shot five times by an unknown gunman on the Alvaro Obregon-Juchitan road. His family transported him to a private medical facility, where he died of his wounds. His assassination is part of a rising trend in the murder of public figures, with several mayors being killed in recent months for their public opposition to violent crime.

A dozen criminals kidnapped at restaurant in Jalisco

At least a dozen suspected criminals were kidnapped when armed men stormed a restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, western Mexico. Eduardo Almaguer, Jalisco State Prosecutor, believes the incident was gang-related, as the assailants abducted were members of an undisclosed local criminal organization. Almaguer reported that five armed men in two vehicles raided the La Leche restaurant on the town's main boulevard. Jalisco state is home to the Jalisco Nueva Geración cartel, which has been constantly clashing with members of the Sinaloa cartel over drug trafficking routes.

Los Zetas leader captured in Nuevo Leon

A regional leader of the Los Zetas cartel has been captured in the north-eastern state of Nuevo Leon.  Luis Reyes Enriquez, known as "El Rex" and "Z-12", was arrested on Thursday night in the municipality of San Pedro Garza Garcia during an operation led by the federal police.  He was apprehended in 2007 and jailed for 48 years in prison, but in 2015 a court ordered his release.

Eleven suspected kidnappers arrested in four states

Mexican security forces have arrested 11 suspected kidnappers in operations across four states.  Federal agents detained six people in coordinate raids in Zacatecas, Aguascalientes and Mexico City in connection to three kidnappings in Zacatecas state.  Officers also arrested five suspected kidnappers operating in the municipality of Cuautitlan Izcalli, State of Mexico.

Hundreds of thousands of rural workers protest in Mexico City

Around 130,000 Campesinos (peasant farmers) from all over Mexico have gathered in the country's capital to protest over government grants towards rural programmes. Leaders of various syndicates and unions organized the march from several points of Mexico City at the Plaza de la Contitucion. They aimed to hand the government their demands for more federal financial support to the rural sector, asserting that most of the grants are focused on a selective group of producers. Campesinos around Mexico claim that since the establishment of the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) - which made it easier to import cheaper products from the US - they have been struggling without any support from the central government.

Regional security director murdered in Sonora

A former regional Director of Public Security was assassinated on Friday in Sonora, north-western Mexico. Sources reveal that Isaac Apodaca Lauterio was shot dead at a restaurant in Hermosillo's Colonia Pitic by heavily armed assailants driving a pick-up truck. One suspect was arrested, while another was killed during clashes with security forces. According to the State Attorney, in December, 2015 Apodaca was a target of a similar armed attack at a mall in Ciudad Obregón.

Tropical Storm Earl death toll rises to over 40

Mexico's eastern regions have been devastated by Tropical Storm Earl. Officials stated that 28 people have died in Puebla and 10 others in Veracruz state. The tropical storm came from Belize and other Caribbean countries, where it has left a trail of destruction in some parts of the region. Most of the victims recorded are from the Huauchinango village in Puebla and from Coscomatepec in Veracruz. Many areas were hit by landslides as emergency services, supported by the Mexican army, are carrying rescue operations to search for survivors.

Three found dead in Sinaloa state

Three dead bodies have been found in the western city of Mazatlán in Sinaloa state.  Two unknown men were found dead inside a burned-out vehicle in the Marina area of the city, while in the Esperanza neighbourhood the body of a young man was found.  He appeared to have been stabbed during a suspected robbery attempt. Police are investigating the incidents, and the city's mayor Carlos Felton has raised concerns over the rise in violent crimes in the city.

Mexican mayor killed in Puebla

The mayor of the central city of Huehuetlan el Grande in Puebla state was shot dead on Tuesday. Jose Santamaria Zavala was on his way home with his wife when their vehicle was ambushed by armed criminals. A spokesman for the Puebla Attorney General's Office told the news agency EFE, that the motive is likely to be attempted robbery; however, authorities are still investigating other possible motives. Reports show that Zavala, a member of the Citizen Movement Party, was the victim of a previous robbery in September 2015, where one million pesos in cash was stolen from his house.

Justice of the peace murdered in Guerrero

A justice of the peace has been assassinated in the southern state of Guerrero.  Juan Octavio Morales was gunned down near the community of el Troncon, 30km from Chilpancingo, over the weekend.  He was killed close to where three police officers were shot dead last week, with local officials blaming the upsurge in violence to a turf war between the Los Rojos and Los Ardillos cartels.

Five dead in Nuevo Laredo shootout

A Mexican soldier and four gunmen have been killed in a shootout in the city of Nuevo Laredo in Tamaulipas state.  The military responded to reports of a clash between armed group in the La Fe neighbourhood on Sunday night, before they were ambushed on Boulevard Luis Donaldo Colosio.  Six soldiers were also wounded in the confrontation.

Eleven killed in Acapulco violence

Eleven people have been killed in the latest outbreak of violence to hit the coastal resort of Acapulco. Guerrero state prosecutor's office said three men were killed in a shootout and three others found murdered in a car in the city.  Police found the bodies of three people in a shallow grave on the outskirts of the city following an anonymous phone call. Two men were also shot dead in two separate incidents in the city, which was recently reported by the NGO Citizen Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice to be the most violent in Mexico with a homicide rate of 104.62 per 100,000 people.

Tijuana cartel leader sentenced to 151 years in jail

The Republic's General Attorney (PGR) has sentenced one of the leaders of the Tijuana cartel to 151 years in jail. Saúl Montes de Oca Morle, known as 'El Ciego', was captured by security forces in 2008 and was sent to a federal prison in Puente Grande, Jalisco, after the trial. He is one of the main heads of the Cartel de los Arellano Felix, commonly known as the Tijuana cartel. 'El Ciego' is accused of murder, kidnapping, association to organized crime and traffic of cocaine and marijuana into the US. The Tijuana cartel was responsible for the kidnapping and execution of the journalist Jesus Blancornelas in 1997.

One killed in robbery attempt near Mexico City

Armed assailants have carried out an attempted robbery on a microbus in Tláhuac, on the outskirts of the capital, Mexico City. One gunman stormed the vehicle while two others disguised as passengers tried to rob people on the bus in the Del Mar neighbourhood. An armed navy officer was onboard and opened fire on the criminals. Nine people were wounded in the incident and were later taken to the local hospital, where one victim later succumbed to their wounds.

Local cartel leader arrested in Nayarit

The alleged regional leader of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Geracion has been arrested, along with his chief of security, in Bahia de Banderas, Nayarit. Audias Flores Silva, also known as 'El Jardinero', was captured during a joint operation led by the federal police and several other judicial agencies. Silva is suspected of coordinating drug trafficking in the region and is also accused of being one of the main masterminds of the April, 2015 attack at the State Attorney of Jalisco, where 15 people were killed.

CNTE protesters block airport in Chiapas

Protesters from the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) have created a roadblock around the Angel Albino Corzo International Airport in the southern state of Chiapas.  Hundreds of protesters started erecting barricades at around 06:30 on Monday morning near the airport, around 30km from Tuxtla Gutierrez.  Around 200 federal troops were deployed to guard the airport facilities, while travellers had to walk several kilometres to reach the terminal buildings.

Beltran Leyva cartel leader arrested

One of the leaders of the Beltran Leyva cartel has been arrested in Guerrero state.  Juan Carlos Rodriguz, nicknamed "El Ruso", was detained along with six other suspected cartel members by the Mexican security forces.  The suspects were arrested at a house in Fraccionamiento Villas Paradiso, in the municipality of Acapulco.

Two Mexican mayors shot dead

Two Mexican mayors were killed in separate incidents over the weekend, sparking National Association of Mayors to call on the Mexican government to provide additional security.  Ambrosio Soto, mayor of Pungabarato in Guerrero, was killed along with his driver as he was travelling down a highway in Guerrero state after gunmen setup a roadblock.  Earlier the mayor of San Juan Chamula in Chiapas state was shot dead at a public meeting.  Three other people were killed in the shooting and a dozen wounded.

Local journalist shot dead in Veracruz

A local journalist has been shot dead in Veracruz in southern Mexico. Pedro Tamayo was killed outside his home by two attackers in the Tierra Blanca municipality. The newspaper he worked for, El Pinero de la Cuenca, published an editorial saying that: "On many occasions he was intimidated by the forces of official power, (...) and his stories, the majority of which were about violence, made some uncomfortable." Since 2010, 17 journalists have been killed in Veracruz.

Armed robbers steal $8.5m from Mexican gold mine

A group of armed men have robbed a Canadian-owned mine in western Mexico.  The assailants stole around 7,000 ounces of gold, worth around $8.5m, from McEwen Mining Inc.’s El Gallo 1 mine in Sinaloa state on Tuesday.  “The crime is being vigorously investigated by the Mexican authorities,” McEwen Mining said in the statement. “No employees were seriously injured and there was no material damage to any of the company’s facilities.”

Education workers stage violent protest on Michoacan highway

Further demonstrations by students and teachers of the National Coordinator of Education Workers union (CNTE) descended into violent protest in Michoacan, western Mexico. The students and teachers, supported by local indigenous groups, set fire to stolen vehicles on the Uruapan-Patzcuaro highway, near Morelia. The governor of the state, Silvano Aureoles, said that the graduates will only be hired after passing an assessment test established by the contested educational reforms approved in 2013.

Eight shark fishermen killed in Oaxaca

Eight shark fishermen have been killed by gunmen in the Pacific surf resort of Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. Authorities stated that the men were in a house when several assailants stormed the building and opened fire. Four people were killed at the scene while the others succumbed to their wounds after they were taken to the local hospital. The coast of Oaxaca is a strategic drug-trafficking point, which is used to move drugs from Central and South America into the United States.

Mexico's anti-corruption chief resigns

Mexico’s anti-corruption secretary, Virgilio Andrade, announced his resignation on Monday, just hours before President Enrique Pena Nieto signed a series of anti-corruption bills.  Andrade said: “I decided to present today to the president of Mexico my resignation as secretary of the public functions secretariat, so that the federal executive can fully comply with the constitutional mandate to count on, within the National Anti-corruption System, a secretary of the public function secretariat appointed and ratified by the senate."  Shortly after he was appointed in 2015 Andrade was tasked with investigating the president, first lady Angelica Rivera and Finance Minster Luis Videgaray over allegations that they had bought or made use of homes belonging to a major government contractor.

Two bodies found in Michoacan

Two bodies have been found in Lazaro Cardenas in Mexico's Michoacán state.  Local officials said the two male victims appear to have been tortured before they were executed and dumped in the El Bordonal community.  The bodies have been taken to the Forensic Medical Service for autopsies.

Man found dead in canal near Guadalajara

The body of a murdered young male has been found in the San Pedro Tlaquepaque on the outskirts of Guadalajara. The body was found by local residents in a canal located in the San Martin de las Flores de Abajo neighbourhood. Police said the victim had sustained two gun shot wounds, including one to the head. The town is located between the Jalisco and Guanajuato regions, areas with a significant cartel presence.

Regional chief of staff assassinated in Cancun

The chief of staff in the south-eastern region of Quintana Roo has been shot dead during an ambush in Cancun. Isaias Capeline Lizarraga was killed when he was intercepted by a vehicle carrying armed assailants, who fired at least 20 shots against the politician and his companion. Isaias Lizarraga was a controversial figure who was opposed to the administration of local governor Roberto Borge.

Two bodies found near primary school in Guaymas

Two male bodies were found on Wednesday near a primary school in Guaymas, north-western Mexico. Reports confirmed that the bodies were thrown from the top of a pick-up truck and displayed clear signs of torture. The mayor of Guaymas, Lorenzo de Cima Dworack, said that the local government is working with the federal authorities to investigate the incident.

Teachers occupy congress building in Michoacan

Members of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) have occupied the main congress building in Michoacan, southern Mexico. Dozens of teachers and education professionals were protesting at the implementation of the controversial educational reform proposed by the government of Enrique Peña Nieto. The reforms have sparked widespread unrest in Mexico, particularly the capital Mexico City and in the southern state of Oaxaca where there have been deadly clashes with the security forces.

Seventeen killed in Guerrero violence

At least 17 people were killed during the weekend in separate incidents across Guerrero state in southern Mexico. The Public Security Office (SPP) reported several homicides in Acapulco, Costa Chica and across the northern and central areas of the state. Most of the incidents involved armed attacks. State governor Hector Astudillo urged the central government to allocate federal officers to reinforce the region's security strategy due to the significant increase in homicides in the region.

Fifteen dead in Ciudad Victoria shootings

Fifteen people were killed in a shooting in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas state, on Saturday morning.  Gunmen stormed a house in the Lopez Mateos neighbourhood, shooting dead 11 members of the same family, before another shooting in Revolucion Verde left three people dead.  A young man was also killed at a convenience store in Oxxo.  Local authorities blame the recent violence on former members of the Zetas cartel, which has splintered into rival factions following the loss of many of its leaders.

Hundreds march against educational reform in Mexico City

Hundreds of people have joined a protest led by the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) in the streets of Mexico City. The striking education professionals marched on Wednesday from several points towards city centre's Benito Juarez monument. Union official Francisco Bravo stated that despite a government agreement to start negotiations with the teachers, it is not considering scrapping controversial educational reforms.

College teacher found dead in Guerrero

Two gunmen have kidnapped and killed a college teacher in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero state. Gelacio Navarrete Morales was ambushed by the assailants while travelling along the Chilpacingo-Tixtla highway. According to the authorities, the body of the 50-year-old was found hours later nearly 50km from Chilpacingo near a ravine. Morales was a member of staff at the Rural Teachers' College, which is the same institution that the 43 students who went missing in Iguala in 2014 attended.

Knights Templar founder arrested in Metepec

A founding member of the La Familia and The Knights Templar drug cartels has been arrested in the city of Metepec, State of Mexico.  Federal police carried out the raid against Nicandro Barrera Medrano, alias "El Nica", on Friday morning.  Medrano, who had a three million peso bounty on his head, is accused of drug trafficking, kidnapping, extortion and murder.

Criminal group leader arrested in Morelos

A joint operation by elite forces of the Mexico's Federal Police and the National Defence Secretariat has led to the arrest of the leader of a major criminal group in Guerrero state. Victor Hugo Benitez Palacios, leader the group 'Los Tilos', was arrested at a hospital in Morelos. Benitez was admitted to the hospital with a stomach infection and was later transferred to facilities of the organized crime unit of the Justice General Attorney (PGR).  The group, allied to the Guerreros Unidos gang, are accused of the kidnapping of 43 students in Iguala, in 2014.

Suspected kidnapper shot dead during rescue operation in Chihuahua

Mexican authorities shot dead one man and arrested three others during a rescue operation in Delicias, Chihuahua. Officers from the anti-kidnapping unit received an anonymous tip-off regarding the kidnapping of a 50-year-old man held captive in La Rosetilla. Two of the gang members were arrested at the Delicias-Chihuahua highway during the ransom payment process. Further investigations led to the location of two other kidnappers, one of whom was killed after pulling a gun on the arresting officers.

Three killed in Michoacan shooting

Three people have been killed and seven arrested in a shooting in Mugica, in Michoacán state. Gunmen setup roadblocks on the Cuatro Caminos-Apatzingan road on Tuesday. Authorities seized five weapons of exclusive use of Mexican armed forces. Earlier this month two men were killed during fierce clashes with the police near the Nueva Italia-Uruapan highway.

UNAM faculty worker killed in Mexico City

A member of staff at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) has been found dead in the capital, Mexico City.   The body of Jaime Moreno Barrera, 50, head of services of the Faculty of Chemistry, was found by students on Monday night.  Police said he had been stabbed in the chest and they are treating the incident as homicide. 

Local cartel leader arrested in Nueva Leon

Mexican state authorities have arrested the leader of a local cell of the Gulf Cartel in Cadereyta, Nueva Leon. According to the State Justice Attorney, Jose Mauro Flores Garza was arrested along with five former police officers, including the ex-police director, Luis Gerardo Moreno Fuentes. The group was responsible for drug-trafficking and extortion in the areas of Cadereyta, Juarez and Allende.

Strong earthquake hits southern Mexico

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake has hit southern Mexico, although there have not been any reports of injuries or significant damage.  The quake struck 18km north of Pinotepa de Don Luis at a depth of 10km, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).  Tremors were felt across five states, including in the capital, Mexico City, where some buildings were evacuated.

Five killed in Veracruz shootings

Five people were shot dead in an attack in the eastern state of Veracruz on Friday.  The Attorney General's Office confirmed the killing, which happened at a house in Adolfo Lopez Mateos, on the outskirts of Veracruz city.  Eyewitnesses said heavily armed men arrived at the house in a van and opened fire with high-calibre weapons.  The identity of the victims or the motives of the attack have not yet been confirmed.

Thousands protest in Mexico City over deadly Oaxaca clashes

Tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of Mexico City on Sunday to protest against the deadly clashes in nearby Oaxaca state, which have left at least 10 people dead.  The teachers union, National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE), have been protesting against the government's constitutional reforms for months, but the recent escalation in violence has seen anti-government sentiment spread.  More than 4,000 police officers were deployed to the capital to maintain security during the rally, which was called by the city's former mayor, Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Scores arrested during anti-corruption protest in Chihuahua

A protest led by the local anti-corruption movement 'Union Cidadana' resulted in the injury of 18 state police officers on Wednesday. The demonstration, called by the leader of the movement, Jaime Garcia Chavez, took place in Chihuahua in northern Mexico. Over 100 demonstrators were arrested due to the civil unrest, which caused damage to local government building and three police vehicles.

Two men shot dead in Guanajuato

Two men were shot dead in Celaya, central Mexico, on Monday evening. The victims were outside their homes in the neighbourhood of Santa Barbara when five men in a vehicle opened fire on them. Authorities believe that the incident is gang related, and locals said the two men, known as 'El Conejo' and 'La Jicama', were involved in drug dealing activities in the region.

Human trafficking network dismantled in Cancun

Mexican security forces have dismantled a human trafficking network based in Cancún. The criminal organization, led by Cuban nationals, was responsible for the illegal transportation of Mexicans and Cubans into the United States. Alongside the smuggling of families, the group is accused of trafficking at least three baseball players originating from Cuba. According to the authorities the group had operated in the tourist area of the city for three years.

Three found dead near highway in Guerrero

Three unknown men have been found dead near a highway in Chilpacingo, Guerrero State. The body of the man, thought to be in his mid-30s, was found with signs of torture and gun wounds on the highway between Mexico City and Acapulco. Several gun cartridges were also recovered from the scene. According to the Public Security Office (SSP), more than 100 people have been killed in the region since the start of 2016.

Journalist shot dead in Tamaulipas

A Mexican journalist has been shot dead in the north-eastern state of Tamaulipas.  Zamira Esther Bautista Luna, 44, was shot dead outside her home in Ciudad Victoria on Monday.  Bautista had worked as a reporter for the El Mercurio and La Verdad de Ciudad Victoria and was more recently employed as a teacher in the city.  More than 15 journalists have been killed in the state since 2010, while 17 more have gone missing.

Five dead in Guerrero shootings

At least five people have been killed in three separate shootings in the western state of Guerrero.  The first incident occurred in the Chilapa municipality where gunmen on motorcycles shot two people dead.  A municipal police officer and a federal police officer were gunned down near Acapulco, while a fifth person died on the Chilpancingo-Tixtlahighway highway.

Six killed at teacher protest in Oaxaca

At least six people have been killed in clashes between police and members of a teacher's union in the southern state of Oaxaca.  More than 100 people were wounded in the unrest, which erupted near the town of Nochixtlan.  Members of the National Coordinator of Education Workers, or CNTE, setup roadblocks and threw Molotov cocktails at the security forces, who responded by firing live rounds at protesters.  Last week two CNTE leaders were arrested for alleged corruption, although the union said they had been forcibly disappeared and called for a revolt.

Senior leader of Jalisco Cartel arrested in Colima

Mexican authorities arrested one of the leaders of the Jalisco Nueva Geracion Cartel in Colima, south-western Mexico. Fernando Castillo Rodriguez, known as 'El Toro de Valencia' was arrested during a joint operation between the Mexican Federal Police and the Attorney General's office. During the operation one undercover police officer was shot dead and another was injured. Castillo Rodriguez is suspected of participating in armed attacks against police forces in March and May, 2015

Two dead in Cancun shooting

Two people have been killed and one other wounded in a shooting in the Caribbean resort of Cancun.  The incident happened at a gas station on Bonampak Avenue, close to the resort's hotel zone, on Tuesday afternoon.  According to witnesses gunmen opened fire on the victims as they were refuelling their vehicle.  The area was cordoned off while local investigators examined the scene.

Two shot dead at baseball game in Puebla

Two people were killed and 11 others wounded in a shooting at a baseball game in the state of Puebla on Sunday.  According to the authorities around 20 gunmen carrying assault rifles carried out the attack in the Acatzingo municipality.  Local governor Rafael Moreno Valle said he would apply the full weight of the law against those responsible.

Hundreds protest over arrest of teachers' union leaders

Hundreds of people have held protests in the southern city of Oaxaca after the leaders of two teachers' unions were arrested.  Supporters of Francisco Manuel Villalobos Ricardez and Ruben Nunez from the CNTE union say they were forcibly disappeared by the government.  Villalobos was detained on Saturday on charges of aggravated robbery, while Nunez was arrested on money laundering charges on Sunday morning.  The CNTE has called for protests in the capital, Mexico City, on Tuesday and Friday.

Two dead in Michoacan shooting

Two people have been killed in a gunbattle in the Mexican state of Michoacán.  The incident was sparked when a group of armed assailants opened fire on police officers along the Nueva Italia-Uruapan highway on Tuesday.  An officer and one of the gunmen died in the clash, while two other officers are missing.

Four dead in Puebla shooting

Four people have been killed in a shootout between two groups in Mexico's southern state of Puebla.  The incident happened in the La Purisima de Bravo at around 22:00 on Tuesday.  According to local residents the municipal police failed to respond to the shooting.

Footballer kidnapped in Tamaulipas

A prominent Mexican football has been kidnapped in the north-eastern state of Tamaulipas.  Alan Pulido, who plays for Greek side Olympiakos, was abducted near his home in Ciudad Victoria in the early hours of Sunday morning.  Six masked men grabbed the 25-year-old, leaving behind his girlfriend, who was unharmed. "We have information that he was intercepted by armed persons and since then his whereabouts are unknown," said state Attorney General Ismael Quintanilla.

Police clash with teachers in Chiapas

Mexican police have clashed with teachers during a protest in Mexico's Chiapas state.  The protesters had setup blockades on the main roads of Tuxtla Gutierrez in a dispute over education reforms on Wednesday.  The clashes erupted when a small group of demonstrators threw rocks and other missiles at the police, who responded with tear gas.  Several people from both sides were wounded in the unrest, with local hospitals reporting that people had been treated for respiratory problems caused by the tear gas.

Hundreds protest over education reforms in Chiapas

Hundreds of police officers clashed with teachers and students during protests in Tuxtla Gutierrez, state of Chiapas, southern Mexico. The authorities fired rubber bullets and tear gas when students and teachers, members of the National Syndicate of Education Professionals (SNTE), occupied a petrol station. The demonstration came as part of the occupation of several petrol stations across the state in protest against government's education reforms, which were signed on Friday.

Four dead in Xalapa shooting

Four people have been killed and seven others wounded in a shooting in the city of Xalapa in Veracruz state.  The incident happened at a nightclub on the Lazaro Cardenas avenue in the early hours of Sunday morning.  Witnesses said gunmen entered the building and began shooting at one of the tables, before fleeing the scene.

El Chapo set for extradition to US

The Mexican government has approved the extradition of the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, to the US.  He was arrested by Mexican police in January, six months after his second prison escape, and was recently transferred to the border city of Ciudad Juarez.  Guzman faces multiple charges in the US from seven federal prosecutors, including money-laundering and drug smuggling.  His lawyer, Juan Pablo Badillo, said he would appeal against the decision.

Three found dead near highway in Guerrero

The bodies of three dead men have been found in Guerero state, south-western Mexico. They were found in Zihuatanejo-Larazaro Cardenas route, near a region know as the Mirador de Ixtapa. According to security sources the bodies were tied at the hands and feet and showed signs of torture, suggesting that cartels were responsible.

Gunmen clash with police in Puebla

Gunmen have clashed with federal police in the Mexican state of Puebla, leaving one person dead and four others wounded.  The clashes erupted when police stopped a suspect vehicle in the Palmarito Tochapan area of Tuzuapan on Monday.  Follow the gunbattle the officers recovered several rifles and sub-machine guns from the suspect's truck.

Two children killed in Chihuahua shooting

Two children were killed during a armed confrontation between Mexican security forces and kidnappers on Wednesday. The clashes erupted on the streets of Ciudad Delicias, in Chihuahua state, when security agents were attacked by gunmen. Two other men were killed in the fighting, however no official statement regarding the incident has been released.

Two killed in clashes near Acapulco

Two people were killed during clashes between the Mexican navy and unknown armed men on Monday. The incident happened in San Agustin, on the outskirts of Acapulco, where assailants fired shots at patrolling marines. The two assailants were killed inside a complex where several weapons and a large cache of ammunition were also discovered. The incident comes two days after three people were killed in the nearby Zirandaro municipality in a shootout between the police and gunmen.

Three dead in Guerrero shootout

Three people have been killed in a shootout between gunmen and police in the western state of Guerrero.  The incident occurred when officers from the Federal Police came under fire in the town of El Bajio in the Zirandaro municipality on Saturday.  Elsewhere in the state five suspected members of the Knights Templar cartel were arrested in the town of San Jeronimito.

Four police officers injured in Mexico City clashes

Four police officers have been wounded in clashes in the neighbourhood of Juarez in Mexico City. In an interview to the local news network, Mexico City's secretary for Public Security, Hiram Almeida, said that a group was trying to unlawfully take possession of an abandoned building when the police intervened. The invaders threw Molotov cocktails and other missiles at the authorities. 

Police director shot dead in San Luis Potosi

The director of intelligence of State Police, David Meza Colorado, was shot dead in San Luis Potosi on Sunday night.  Colorado was attacked by armed men as he returned to his home in the Soledad municipality around 22:30 local time.  Police are investigating the incident but so far no suspects have been arrested.

Two gunmen killed by police in Veracruz

Two armed men have been killed in clashes with police in eastern Mexico. The fighting erupted when police officers were responding to an anonymous tip about the presence of gunmen on the streets of Escolín in the state of Veracruz. When the police officers arrived at the scene, they were immediately attacked by the criminals, leading to a gun battle.

Former mayor arrested over narco links

The former mayor of Cuetzala del Progreso in Guerrero state has been arrested for alleged links to drug trafficking groups. Jose Santos Gonzaga Miranda was arrested during a raid on a house in the Pedregal de Santo Domingo area of Mexico City on Tuesday.  Prosecutors said there is also evidence which links Miranda to the disappearance of the 43 students in Iguala in September, 2014.

Guerreros Unidos leader arrested in Morelos

The leader of the organized crime group Guerreros Unidos, Nicolas Najera, has been arrested in Morelos, south of Mexico City. Following an extensive surveillance operation by the federal police and armed forces, Najera was captured when a police patrol stopped his car and seized his fake driving license. Najera is suspected of creating a new cell within the organization to carry drug-trafficking operations and extortion in areas such as Iguala, Buenavista de Cuellar and Huitzuco. Najera is also being investigated over the disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa in September, 2014. 

Hotel in Acapulco attacked by armed men

A hotel occupied by federal police officers was attacked by armed men on Sunday evening. The Alba Suites Hotel located in Las Playas, in the outskirts of the southern Mexican city of Acapulco, was targeted by gunmen suspected to belong to the Beltran Leyva cartel. At least one of the assailants was killed during the confrontation.  Gunmen also attacked a federal police base in Acapulco around the same time.

Three vigilantes killed in Michoacan

Three suspected vigilantes have been killed in a shooting in Mexico's western Michoacán state.  The victims were travelling in a van on the Lazaro Cardenas-Uruapan highway when they were targeted by unknown assailants near Mugica.  Police said the deceased were carrying weapons and appeared to be members of the community 'autodefensas'.

Earthquake hits off southern Mexico

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake has struck off the southern coast of Mexico.  There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries following the quake, which hit 100km south-west of Suchiate in Chiapas state.  The incident comes just over a week after a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake killed more than 640 people in Ecuador.

Mayor shot dead in State of Mexico

The mayor of Jilotzingo and two of his bodyguards have been shot dead in the State of Mexico.  Juan Antonio Mayen Saucedo was travelling in a police car with his bodyguards on the Ixtlahuaca-Naucalpan highway when gunmen blocked the road and opened fire.  Two other guards were wounded in the incident and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Deadly explosion at oil facility kills three

At least 13 people have been killed and more than 100 others wounded in a large explosion at an oil facility in south-eastern Mexico.  The blast hit the Pemex-owned plant in the coastal city of Coatzacoalos, Veracruz at around 15:15 on Wednesday.  The powerful explosion was felt more than 10km away, and state governor Javier Duarte warned local residents to stay indoors to avoid the clouds of chemicals in the air.  Investigations are ongoing into the cause of the blast.

Drug-trafficker killed by gunmen in Apatzingan

Three people were killed in a drug-gang related incident in southern Mexico on Monday. Drug trafficker Jose Romel Licea Figueroa, known as 'El Guero', was shot dead along with two of his bodyguards by armed men in the city of Apatzingan. Incidents such as this are common in the state of Michoacan, which is known to be controlled by several cartels, including the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Geracion, la Nueva Familia, los Caballeros Templarios, H-3 and los Viagras.

Thirteen killed in separate incidents near Monterrey

Eleven men were killed on Sunday in two separate incidents near Monterrey in north-western Mexico. In Valle San Miguel, on the outskirts of Apodaca, two people were stabbed and nine others were strangled during a party at a private residence.  In another incident in Guadalupe, two people were shot dead in the street during a popular community event.

Puebla International Airport closed due to volcanic eruption

The town of Puebla, located on the outskirts of Mexico City, has been covered in ash after the Popocatepetl volcano erupted. The Puebla Hermanos Serdán International Airport cancelled all flights on Monday due to the ash cloud, while the local population has been advised to avoid outdoor activities and to wear masks to prevent them from inhaling toxic gases.  According to the authorities, the volcano has been spewing  gas and ash into the air since March.

Eight dead in Guerrero shootings

Eight people have been killed in a series of shootings in the western state of Guerrero.  Seven of the victims died in the city of Acapulco; four were killed in the Icacos neighbourhood, while there were other deadly shootings in Villa Madero, La Arboleda and Miguel Aleman.  An eight body was found in the Pungarabato municipality bearing signs of torture.  On Friday the US government barred its employees from travelling to the city following a sharp rise in gang-related violence.

Eight injured in clashes between police and students in Michoacan

Michoacán police and students from the Normal School of Tiripetio in Michoacán clashed in the streets on Tuesday.  According to the authorities, the demonstrators blocked the road between Patzcuaro-Morelia and burned down several vehicles, while at least eight federal agents were wounded by firecrackers. The protesters blamed the police for hindering the establishment of dialog over the delay of student grant payment of nearly eight million pesos.

Three dead in Tamaulipas shooting

Two suspected criminals and a flower shop owner have been killed in a shooting in Ciudad Victoria in Tamaulipas state.  Gunmen shot the shop keeper dead before they were confronted by local security forces, leading to a gun battle.  A third assailant was wounded in the clash, while a fourth managed to evade capture.

Two dead in Michoacan shooting

Two people have been killed and five others wounded in a shooting in the western state of Michoacán.  Gunman opened fire on a car on the Uruapan-Nueva Italia road in the Uruapan municipality on Sunday.  All of the victims were members of the same family, while police have launched an investigation to locate the perpetrators.

Eleven kidnappers arrested in Acapulco

Mexican police have arrested 11 suspected kidnappers in the western city of Acapulco in Guerrero state. Among those arrested were nine men and two women suspected of carrying out attacks in the Ciudad Renacimiento neighbourhood. Two badly injured hostages were found at the raided house, while firearms and a car disguised as a taxi were also seized. Mexico has one of the highest rates of kidnap for ransom in the world.

Street sellers clash with police in Orizaba

Police in Orizaba clashed with street sellers from the neighbouring town of Ixhuatlancillo on Tuesday. They gathered to protest against the town's mayor, Juan Manuel Diez Francos, who has banned them from selling their goods in the historic town. According to the local media, five people have been injured in the confrontation and 15 others were arrested. A previous confrontation happened in February, when vendors demonstrated in front of Orizaba town hall over the same issue.

Three shot dead at Acapulco bar

Three people have been killed in a shooting at a bar in the south-western city of Acapulco in Guerrero state.  The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday morning outside the 'La Mandona' bar on the main tourist strip.  The Public Security Secretariat (SSP) said that more than 250 people have been killed in the city so far this year.

Fourteen gang members arrested in Cancun

Three separate operations carried out by the Mexican authorities led to the arrest of 14 gang members in Cancun on Wednesday. The suspected members of the Jalisco Nueva Geracion Cartel (CJNG) were targeted after a vehicle was robbed and its owner killed.  The CJNG is a criminal group that since 2007 have been carrying out kidnapping, assassinations and extortion across southern Mexico.

Three gunmen killed in Veracruz shootout

Three gunmen have been killed in a shootout with police in the eastern state of Veracruz.  The incident occurred at the Las Matas waste disposal centre on the Coatzacoalcos-Minatitlan highway on Saturday.  Three bodies were also found at the scene, which police said had been dumped by the gunmen.

Nineteen suspected crimanals arrested in Tamaulipas

The Mexican Federal Police have arrested 19 suspected members of criminal groups during successive operations in the northern region of Tamaulipas. The operations in Matamoros, Rio Bravo, Mainero, Gonzalez and Jimenez led to the arrest of the assailants on charges of kidnapping, human-trafficking, theft, murder and organized crime.  The raids come after Monday's clashes that left nine gunmen dead near the US border.

Five dead in Guerrero shooting

At least five people have been killed and 15 others wounded in a shooting in the western state of Guerrero.  Gunmen targeted a jaripeo (rodeo) dance in the San Antonio de la Gavia in the San Miguel Totolapan municipality in the early hours of Sunday morning.  Personnel from the state and federal police were dispatched to the scene to investigate.

Nine dead in Tamaulipas clashes

At least nine people were killed in two armed clashes in the north-eastern state of Tamaulipas over the weekend.  The first incident occurred in the Valle Hermoso municipality when two suspected gang members died in a gunfight with local police.  On Sunday seven people died in a clash with the security forces near the border with Nuevo Leon state.  The gunmen are suspected of belonging to the Gulf Cartel, who have been frequently battling police in recent weeks.

Three criminals killed by police in Veracruz

Three suspected criminals have been killed in clashes with police in the south-eastern state of Veracruz. The police were alerted when a car with two men and a woman sped up when they noticed the authorities' presence on the Isla-Santiago Tuxtla highway. Shortly afterwards the assailants opened fire against the police, leading to a gunfight.  The authorities later discovered an unidentified body in the suspect's vehicle.

Ten killed in Reynosa clashes

Ten people have been killed and four others wounded in clashes between criminal groups and Mexican security forces in the city of Reynosa in Tamaulipas state.  The violence started in the early hours of Sunday when officers shot dead four suspects in the Colonia Bugambilias area.  Subsequent clashes were reported in Gap Calf and Jarachina, while roadblocks were setup across the city.

Honduran immigrants kidnapped in Tamaulipas

A group of 24 Honduran immigrants were kidnapped in the north-eastern state of Tamaulipas on Monday.  The group were traveling from Tampico to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, when they were abducted.  Troops from the Coordination Group Tamaulipas carried out a rescue operation and the hostages were released in Laguna de la Puerta several hours later. The immigrants were reportedly travelling to the northern border with the United States, where they hoped to cross.

Former mayor killed in Chiapas

A former mayor has been killed in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas.  Jesus Alain Anzueto, the former mayor of Comalpa, was shot dead in the San Pedro neighbourhood on Tuesday.  The state prosecutor said several 9mm shells were found at the scene of the crime.

Four dead in Mexico City shooting

Four people have been killed in a shooting in the Azcapotzalco district of Mexico City.  Three men and a woman were shot at an apartment in the early hours of Wednesday morning.  Police said one of the victims had previously been jailed on armed robbery charges, while evidence of narcotics were found at the scene.

Three dead in Lagos de Moreno shooting

Three people have been killed in a shooting in the city of Lagos de Moreno in Jalisco state.  Gunmen attacked a police patrol on the San Juan de los Lagos-Encarnacion de Diaz highway late on Monday evening, leading to a gun battle during which one officer was also wounded.  Last week a similar incident in the Los Altos municipality left four people dead.

State police commander killed in Guanajuato

A state police commander has been killed and his bodyguard wounded in a shooting in the state of Guanajuato.  The shooting happened in the La Tinaja del Coyote community on Thursday night.  The assailants were reportedly stealing fuel pipelines belonging to Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) when the confrontation occurred.

Former Mexican mayor killed in Oaxaca

A former mayor has been shot dead in the southern state of Oaxaca. Alberto Mauro Sánchez was killed in a car wash in Oaxaca town by three gunmen on Tuesday. The authorities are still investigating the motives behind the attack.

Three dead in Sinaloa shootings

Three people have been killed in two separate shootings in the north-western state of Sinaloa.  Both incidents happened in mountainous area in the El Rosario municipality on Tuesday.  Tranquilino Eleazar Rivera, 50, was shot dead at his home in Palmarito de Ramirez before gunmen killed two other people in the nearby village of Buena Vista.  The incident came just a few days after police found the bodies of the 13 people in Sinaloa.

Police find 13 bodies in Sinaloa

Mexican police have found 13 bullet-riddled bodies in two cars in the north-western state of Sinaloa.  The victims were found in the Tepeguaje community, outside of the city of San Ignacio, on Saturday.  Police also found shell casings from AK47s and two grenades at the scene of the crime, which appears to have been an ambush.

Prison riot leaves dozens dead in Monterrey

At least 52 people have been killed during a riot and a fire at a prison in northern Mexico. The unrest was sparked by clashes between rival gangs at the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey. Members of the Zetas and Gulf cartels fought for around 30-40 minutes before heavily armed troops took control of the prison.  Inmates and guards are believed to be among the casualties.

Body of kidnapped journalist found dead in Puebla

The body of Anabel Flores Salazar, a journalist at the El Sol de Orizaba, has been found in the state of Puebla.  Ms Flores Salazar was kidnapped by eight gunmen dressed in military uniforms at her home in Veracruz on Monday.  "We urge federal authorities to take over the investigation into Anabel Flores Salazar's murder, seriously look at her journalism as a possible motive, and bring all those responsible to justice," said Carlos Lauría, CPJ's senior program coordinator for the Americas. 

Five dead in Acapulco shootings

Four men and a woman have been shot dead in separate incidents in the city of Acapulco in the western state of Guerrero.  The first killing took place in the Palomares neighbourhood, before three people were killed in the Barrio Las Playas area.  The third shooting was reported in the Luis Donaldo Colosio are of the city.  The killings are thought to be linked to drug trafficking gangs in the area.

Crime reporter kidnapped in Veracruz

A Mexican crime reporter has been kidnapped from her home in the south-eastern state of Veracruz.  Anabel Flores Salazar, who covered crime and police for the El Sol de Orizaba, was seized by armed men on Monday morning.  "We are shocked by this kidnapping and urge Mexican authorities to do everything in their power to locate Anabel Flores Salazar and bring her back to safety," said Carlos Lauría, the Committee to Protect Journalist's senior program coordinator for the Americas. 

Eleven shot dead at Guerrero birthday party

At least 11 people have been killed in a shooting at a teenager's birthday party in the western state of Guerrero.  "There was a problem at a 15th birthday party, and according to the information we have, 11 people were killed," said Guerrero state governor Hector Astudillo Flore.  State and federal police were dispatched to establish who carried out the attack in Cundancito; however, they were met by gunfire from unknown assailants.

Sinaloa cartel members arrested in border raid

Twenty-two members of the Sinaloa cartel have been arrested and two others killing in a police raid near the US border.  The joint US-Mexico security operation was carried out on Friday, although officials have not released any details about the exact location of the raids.  "Due to the sensitive nature, this operation was conducted with utmost secrecy to maintain the element of surprise and to ensure the safety of the Mexican law enforcement officers executing it," said Gillian Christensen from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Four dead in Zacatecas bar attack

At least four people were killed and six others wounded after gunmen opened fire at a bar in the state of Zacatecas.  The incident occurred at the El Botanero nightclub in the town of Guadalupe on Wednesday evening.  After the shooting the assailants set fire to the building before fleeing the scene.

Four members of the Guerreros Unidos detained in Iguala

The Mexican Federal Police have arrested four alleged members of the cartel Guerreros Unidos. Among them, Pedro Flores Ocampo, "El Panther", and Víctor Javier Salgado, "El Chaco", accused of several homicides and involvement in the Ayotzinapa incident, when in 2014, 43 students disappeared. The four detained in the south-western city of Iguala were handed to the local judicial authorities to await prosecution.

Local cartel leader killed in Chihuahua

A suspected regional drug cartel leader has been killed in northern Mexico. Ivan Iturralde Olivas, "El Chato", who is reported to have been a leader in the La Línea group, died near the city of Chihuahua. Iturralde was suspected of involvement in the killing of three Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) members near Guerrero last November.

Six people kidnapped in Chilpancingo

Six people have been kidnapped by a group of armed men in the city of Chilpancingo in the western state of Guerrero.  The five young men and a woman were seized from the Moto Service Ayala guesthouse in the city's South Gardens neighbourhood on Tuesday afternoon.  Municipal and state police were dispatched to the area but have yet to locate the hostages.

Violence leaves 11 dead in Guerrero state

At least 11 people have been killed in five separate incidents across Guerrero state.  Three drivers were killed in the metropolitan area of Guerrero on Tuesday before police found the body of a man who had been executed in Autopista del Sol.  Four people were shot dead in Arcelia and two others killed in Chilapa.  Another victim was found dead from gunshot wounds in the Eduardo Neri municipality.  The Los Ardillos and Los Rojos cartels have been blamed for the violence.

Three suspected kidnappers arrested in Mexico City

Mexican police have arrested three suspected kidnappers in the Iztacalco district of Mexico City.  The trio were reportedly posing as federal agents with forged documents as part of an express kidnapping ring. The culprits have been identified as Juan Antonio Delgado Molina, Juan Antonio Delgado Vilchis and Jorge Armando Delgado Vilchis.

Chapo Guzman recaptured in Sinaloa

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been recaptured by Mexican security forces after a shootout in the north-western state of Sinaloa.  Members of the navy and the federal police carried out the raid in Los Mochis on Friday morning.  Announcing the news, President Enrique Pena Nieto said: “Mission accomplished, we have him."  Guzman, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, escaped from his prison in Altiplano via a series of tunnels last July.

Attack on military convoy leaves one person dead

A attack on a military convoy in Matamoros, Tamaulipas state, on January 6, resulted in the death of one person. An armed group opened fire on the convoy from a vehicle, and one of the suspects was killed as military forces responded to the attack. The other attackers have not been captured, but several weapons were seized in the operation.

Morelos state investigates mayor shooting

The state government in Morelos is investigating the murder of a newly-elected mayor.  Gisele Mota was shot dead outside her home in the town of Temixco on Saturday, less than 24 hours after she took office.  The state governor, Graco Ramirez, said he had taken command of police services in 15 towns and cities to protect other public representatives.  Police shot two of the alleged attackers and arrested two others.

Bodies discovered in Guerrero state

Mexican authorities have discovered the remains of at least 19 people in the western state of Guerrero.  Police are analysing the bodies and comparing them with DNA samples taken from more than 600 families who have reported missing relatives in the state.  The discovery was made near the town of Chicihualco where the remains had been dumped in a narrow canyon.

Gunmen clash with police in Michoacan

A group of heavily armed men clashed with police in the western state of Michoacan on Wednesday.  The gunmen - suspected to be members of the Jalisco New Generation cartel - opened fire on the police on the Morelia-Guadalajara highway near the town of Ecuandureo.  One person was arrested and a large cache of weapons was seized by the Mexican security forces after the clashes, which occurred around noon.

Missing Australian surfers feared dead in Sinaloa

Two Australian surfers are feared dead after police found their burned-out car along with two charred bodies in Sinaloa state.  Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman went missing over a week ago when they failed to arrive in Guadalajara during a surfing trip from Canada to Mexico.  Police discovered the vehicle, which was registered to one of the men, in a rural area near Navolato.

Four killed in Guerrero shooting

Three indigenous women and a driver were killed in a shooting in the western state of Guerrero on Tuesday.  A four-year-old girl is also missing after the attack in La Cienega on the Chilapa-Hueycantenango road.  Another victim with gunshot wounds was discovered by police at the scene and transported to a nearby hospital.

Family of former police chief killed in Guerrero

Six people have been killed in an apparent targeted attack in the southern state of Guerrero.  Two children, their mother and two men were taken from their home in Tepozcuautla and driven to Tetitlan de la Lima, where they were executed.  All five of the victims were relatives of former Chilapa de Alvarez police chief, Silvestre Carreto Gonzalez.  A sixth person was hit by the assailants car as they drove off and later died of his injuries.

Ten killed in Guerrero shootout

At least 10 people have been killed and seven others wounded in a shootout in the southern state of Guerrero.  Police officials said on Monday that the incident occurred during a cockfighting event in the town of Cuajinicuilapa.  One of the victims of the shooting was a 12-year-old child.

Government critic found dead in Ciudad Juarez

A 31-year-old man has been found dead in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, hours after he released a video criticising local and federal authorities.  Jose Luis Rodriguez Muniz, a student at the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ), published a video on Facebook in which he made derogatory comments about President Enrique Pena Nieto, as well as the city's current and former mayors.

Federal police officers detained by civilians in Guerrero

Eight federal police officers have been detained by a group of 200 civilians in the western state of Guerrero.  The locals accuse the officers and an alleged criminal of being members of the Guerreros Unidos cartel, who have been linked to the disappearance of 43 students in the state last year.  Federal Police Chief Enrique Calindo said talks were underway to secure the officers release. The incident occurred in the mining town of Carrizalillo, in the municipality of Zumpango de Neri.

Hurricane Patricia strengthens off Mexico's Pacific coast

Hurricane Patricia strengthened from a tropical storm on Thursday morning as it continued towards Mexico's Pacific coast.  The US National Hurricane Centre said Patricia, which has sustained winds of 150kp/h, could strengthen further to become a major hurricane before making landfall on Friday.  Weather warnings are in effect along the coast between Cabo Corrientes to Punta San Telmo, while heavy rain is expected in Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero states.

Jalisco cartel lieutenant held by police

A lieutenant in the Jalisco New Generation cartel has been arrested by the Mexican security services near Cancun.  The head of the national security commission, Renato Sales, said Daniel Quitero Riestra was captured off Isla Mujeres and has been charged with kidnapping and murder.  Prosecutors believe he is responsible for the killing of the Minister of Tourism for Jalisco, Jose de Jesus Gallego, in 2013.

Ex-governor targeted by gunmen in Colima

Former governor Fernando Moreno Pena has been attacked by gunmen in the western state of Colima.  Pena was having breakfast with two associates in the city of Colima when two gunmen opened fire on them.  The former governor was hit six times but his injuries are not life-threatening.  Mr Pena's predecessor in office, Silverio Cavazos, was killed outside his home in 2010.

Thousands join march to mark missing students anniversary

Thousands of people took part in a march in Mexico City on Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of 43 student teachers from Guerrero state.  The rally was led by relatives of the students, who are demanding justice from the government.  The "day of indignation" protesters marched down the Paseo de la Reforma towards the city's Zocalo Square, waving anti-government banners and calling for change.

Two journalists found dead in Tabasco

The bodies of two Mexican journalists have been discovered in a hotel room in Villahermosa in the southern state of Tabasco.  Reporter Jose Joaquin Perez Morales and photographer Auerlio Herrera Hernandez were found by a maid at the Carranza hotel on Wednesday afternoon.  The Attorney General's Office (FGE) has started investigations into the deaths.

Students clash with police in southern Mexico

Students have clashed with riot police in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero.  At least nine people were wounded in the unrest near Chilpancingo, with students throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at the officers, who responded with tear gas.  The students were planning to protest against the lack of progress in the case involving the 43 student teachers who went missing in the state last year.

Authorities arrest cartel leader in Guerrero state

Mexican authorities have arrested the leader of the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel in the city of Taxco.  The government said Gildardo Lopez Astudillo, known as "El Gil", was a key figure in the disappearance of 43 students from the town of Iguala last year.  National Security Commissioner Renato Sales said El Gil was the "intellectual author" of the students disappearance.  

Seven killed in clashes between Los Caballeros Templarios and Self-Defence group

Seven people were killed on Wednesday in two separate firefights between members of the Los Caballeros Templarios organised crime syndicate and members of a community self-defence group in Lázaro Cárdenas municipality, Michoacán state. Four of the dead were gang members, and the other three were members of the self-defence group. All seven died as a result of gunshot wounds. Several others were injured in the clashes. Police and military personnel were deployed to the scene to prevent any escalation or repetition of the incident, and to secure the area. 

Mass graves found in Nuevo Leon

Around 31,000 human bone fragments have been discovered in mass graves in the northern state of Nuevo Leon.  The discovery was made in the Salinas Victoria municipality, north of Monterrey, on Monday. "There are 31,000 bones. The expert authorities will be responsible for establishing the number of bodies to which they belong and to study the genetic profiles to see if some people are reported missing," explained Karla Torres, spokeswoman for the Citizens in Support of Human Rights (CADHAC).

Self-defence leader killed in Churumuco, Michoacan state

Arturo Peñaloza Martínez, the leader of the self-defence forces in the Churumuco municipality, Michoacán State, was shot dead in his vehicle by unidentified suspects on August 22. The attackers fled the scene immediately after the attack, and Mr Martinez died on the way to hospital. The attack led to the deployment of local defence forces, and federal troops were sent to the area to prevent further violence. Local media report that the shooting occurred just hours after an attack on Jesús Barragán, commander of the Uruapan Rural Forces, who was uninjured. His security guard was shot in the neck and is in a critical condition in hospital.

Eleven hostages freed in Veracruz

On August 23, Mexican Federal Police freed 11 hostages who had been held captive for between 5-20 days. They also arrested ten suspected Gulf Cartel members, presumed guilty of kidnapping and homicide. Jesús Iván Robles Pérez, also known as El ‘Muecas’, was among those arrested. Pérez is the leader of a Gulf Cartel branch operating between Tamaulipas and Veracruz. The police launched the operation after receiving complaints from citizens of Tabasco, Chiapas and Veracruz, who reported that they had received ransom demands after their family members had been kidnapped by armed individuals. The suspects have since been turned over to the Office of the General Prosecutor.

Six killed, two wounded in shootout in Veracruz

On August 13, six people were killed and two policemen were wounded in a shootout in the municipality of Orizaba, Veracruz state. One of the victims was a news reporter of Televisa Veracruz, Juan Heriberto Santos, and another was a local leader of the Los Zetas cartel, Jose Marquez, also known as "El Chichi." Civil Force soldiers managed to locate the attackers, and in the resulting shootout two officers were wounded, while the gunmen escaped.

Missing-student activist killed in Guerrero state

A Mexican community activist who helped families search for their missing relatives has been killed. Miguel Angel Jimenez Blanco's body was found near his home in the village of Xaltianguis, Guerrero, in the taxi that he owned. He had been part of an organisation which had supported the search for the students in the hills around Iguala, and had also helped dig up a number of graves of murdered people that were found during the search for the students. 

Mexican photojournalist found dead

A Mexican photojournalist has been found shot dead along with four other people in a flat in Mexico City. Ruben Espinosa, who worked for Proceso magazine, had recently moved from Veracruz state where he said he felt threatened and harassed. The killings were discussed in the Narvarte neighbourhood a day after Mr Espinosa's family lost contact with him. The other four victims were all women. Three of them lived in the apartment, and the fourth was a domestic employee.

Police chief ambushed and killed in Guerrero

David Jesús Urquizo Molina, a police chief in Chilpancingo, Guerrero state, was killed by an armed commando whilst out on patrol. Federal police forces responded by killing three suspects and wounding one. Another suspect fled the scene. Molina was accused of torture and murder.

Eight people kidnapped and killed in Chihuahua State

Chihuahua state authorities have reported that eight members of the same family have been found dead in the area of Casa Quemada. The victims were all from the Martinez family, and were all beheaded. They had been abducted on July 26 by unidentified masked suspects. It is believed that the incident is drug-related, as the victims could have been members of a drug trafficking organisation.

Tamaulipas kill nine gunmen in Rio Bravo shootout

State police shot and killed nine gunmen who opened fire on them in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas State. They were conducting surveillance operations when they encountered two vehicles carrying armed men, who then began shooting at them. All gunmen were killed in the firefight, and their vehicles, weapons and tactical equipment were seized and turned over to the Public Prosecutor's Office. 

Sixty mass graves found in search for missing students

Sixty mass graves containing the remains of 129 bodies have been discovered in Guerrero state, where 43 students were abducted last September.  Only 16 of the bodies have so far been identified, while none of the remains have been linked to the students who went missing in Iguala.  The murder rate in Guerrero is four times higher than the national average.

Eleven killed in Durango ambush

Eleven people have been killed and five others wounded in an ambush in the northern state of Durango.  The incident took place around 21:30 local time on Saturday in the village of Sapioriz San Jose de Bacis.  The State Investigation Department (DEI) are investigating to clarify who carried out the attack.

Hundreds evacuated from Colima volcano

Around 800 people have been evacuated from villages near the Colima volcano due to fears that it could erupt.  There has been increased volcanic activity at Colima since last Thursday, with large amounts of ash being spewed 2.8km into the air.  Authorities have sealed off a 12km radius around the volcano, which lies on the border of Colima and Jalisco states.

Cartel leader Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman escapes prison

The leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, has escaped from a maximum security prison, the National Security Commission said on Sunday.  Guzman, who was arrested last year, escaped through a 1.5km long tunnel via a hole in his cell at the Altiplano Jail in the State of Mexico.  In 2001 he broke out of a high-security prison in a laundry cart after bribing prison officials.

Gunmen attack navy helicopter in Tamaulipas

Mexican gunmen have fired at a Navy helicopter in the border state of Tamaulipas, leading to a shootout which left six of the assailants dead.  The Black Hawk helicopter was patrolling a rural area near the city of Nuevo Laredo on Sunday morning when it came under attack.  None of the marines on board the chopper were injured in the incident.

Ten killed in attack on beer centre in Monterrey

Gunmen have killed at least 10 people in an attack on a beer distribution centre near the eastern city of Monterrey.  State prosecutor Javier Flores said a ground of gunmen entered the facility in Garcia, demanded money and started shooting at employees.

Tropical Storm Carlos heads for south-west coast

Residents in south-western Mexico are preparing for the arrival of Tropical Storm Carlos. Officials have closed schools and ordered residents to stay indoors in the states of Guerrero and Michoacan. The storm is expected to make landfall on Tuesday, with meteorologists warning that it could reach hurricane strength. 

Public Safety Director shot dead in Sonora

The Director of Municipal Public Security has been shot dead in the southern state of Sonora.  Rene Lopez Cervantes, 43, was killed by a group of heavily armed assailants in the Benito Juarez municipality on Tuesday.

Ruling PRI party hangs on to majority

Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has retained its majority in Congress, despite falling approval ratings and recent anti-government protests.  President Enrique Pena Nieto's party is set to win around 30 percent of the vote, with the National Action Party trailing on 22 percent. "There were those who tried to affect these elections. In the last few days, they even participated in violent acts, looking to dishearten the population", said Mr Nieto. "However, despite them, this Sunday, millions of Mexicans went to vote, convinced that democracy is the best path for Mexico."

Thirteen killed in vigilante clashes near Acapulco

At least 13 people have been killed in fighting between armed vigilante groups near the resort city of Acapulco. The state government said in a statement that the clash in Xolapa involved rival factions of the United Front for Security and Development in Guerrero State (FUSDEG).

Hurricane Blanca threatens Baja California

Hurricane Blanca has strengthened off Mexico's eastern Pacific Coast, threatening the state of Baja California.  The Category 2 storm, which has sustained winds of over 160km/h, is currently predicted to reach the southern half of the peninsula on Sunday or Monday. The US Hurricane Center said swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Another PRD candidate gunned down in Mexico

A candidate for the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) has been killed in Valle de Chalco in Mexico state.  Miguel Angel Luna was shot dead outside his campaign headquarters on Tuesday. "After the attack, the wounded man was transported to Fernando Quiroz Hospital, of the Mexico state Health Service, where he arrived without any vital signs," the Attorney General's office said. Mr Luna is the eighth candidate running in Mexico's midterm elections to be shot and killed.

Four wounded in Matamoros bombing

Four people have been wounded after a bomb exploded at the offices of the Federation Judiciary in Matamoros in Tamaulipas state.  The blast occurred late on Tuesday when unknown assailants threw an explosive device at the building in the Victoria suburb of the city.

Thousands join teacher protests in Mexico City

Thousands of Mexican teachers have joined a protest in Mexico City in response to government plans to suspend teacher evaluations. Around 10,000 people gathered on the Paseo de la Reforma boulevard on Tuesday.  Protesters also broke into electoral offices in Oaxaca State on Monday, burning and stealing thousands of ballots. 

Five gunmen shot dead in Tamaulipas

Five gunmen have been killed during a shootout between suspected gang members and the Mexican army in Tamaulipas state.  The soldiers were on a routine patrol in the municipality of Rio Bravo when they were ambushed, leading to the troops returning fire and killing five suspects.

Tornado kills ten in Ciudad Acuna

At least 10 people have been killed after a tornado hit the northern border city of Ciudad Acuna.  Dozens of houses were also destroyed when the twister struck at around 06:40 local time. "There are cars on top of houses, there are dead people lying in the street, it is total chaos," said local resident Maria del Rosario Ramirez, quoted by Mexican newspaper La Jornada.

Cartel shoot out kills 43 in Michoacan

At least 43 people have been killed in a shoot out between a drug cartel and security forces in the western state of Michoacan.  The clashes took place in the town of Tanhuato, close to the border of neighbouring Jalisco state.  At least one police officer was among the dead, with the rest reported to be members of the Jalisco New Generation cartel, which has recently become one of the most powerful in Mexico.

Authorities investigate fresh Guerrero disappearances

Mexican authorities say they are investigating the disappearance of at least 30 people from the city of Chilapa in Guerrero state.  Unknown gunmen posing as community police stormed the city earlier this month, claiming that they were tasked with ending violence between rival drug gangs Los Rojos and Los Ardillos.  The group left after six days, during which time they disarmed local police and forced Mayor Javier Garcia out of the city.  Chilapa is close to the town of Iguala, which made headlines last year when 43 student teachers went missing.

Ten dead in Guerrero state gun battle

Ten people have been killed and 20 others wounded in a gun battle in the restive south-western state of Guerrero.  The clashes between two unidentified group were reported in the mountainous area of Tlacotepec, where drug traffickers grow poppies used to make heroin.

Mayoral candidate shot dead in Michoacan

A Mexican mayoral candidate has been shot dead in the western state of Michoacan.  Enrique Hernandez, who was running for election in Yurecuaro, was shot dead during a political rally on Thursday.  The state prosecutors' office said three other people were wounded in the attack.  Mr Hernandez is the third candidate to be killed ahead of mid-term elections on 7 June.

Mexican farm workers clash with police in Baja California

Hundreds of Mexican farm workers have clashed with police in San Quintin, Baja California, leaving more than 70 people injured.  The unrest occurred during an agricultural strike, with farm workers protesting against working conditions and low wages in the state.  Witnesses said the police carried out raids without warrants and shot people at close range with rubber bullets. "The state police who went into [the neighbourhood of] Vicente Guerrero did not follow government orders," said Pablo Alejo Lopez, Baja California's assistant interior secretary.

Authorities rescue 100 kidnapped migrants

Mexican police have rescued more than 100 kidnapped migrants from a house in Mexico State.  Most of the victims were from Central America, although some came from India and Sri Lanka.  Five members of a human trafficking gang were arrested during the raid in Axapusco on Wednesday, while the Mexican government said it will repatriate the migrants.

PRD mayoral candidate briefly kidnapped in Guerrero

A mayoral candidate for the Party of Democratic Revolution (PRD) was briefly kidnapped on Tuesday in the western state of Guerrero.  Juan Mendoza Acosta was seized along with two of his staff members in the San Miguel Totolapan area and held for around 30 minutes.  

Mexican journalist shot dead in Oaxaca

A Mexican journalist has been found dead by authorities in the eastern state of Oaxaca.  Armando Saldana Morales, who was based in neighbouring Veracruz state, was discovered with multiple gunshot wounds next to a pickup truck between Morelos and La Aurora.

Army helicopter shot down by RPGs

A Mexican army helicopter shot down in the western state of Jalisco on Friday was hit by rocket-propelled grenades.  Authorities suspect that the Jalisco New Generation cartel was behind the attack which killed three soldiers and wounded 12 others.  Gunmen also used burning vehicles to setup dozens of roadblocks across the state, while seven people were killed and 15 others wounded in clashes.

Police discover six bodies in Veracruz

Mexican police have discovered six bodies in the eastern state of Veracruz.  The naked bodies of three young men were found on the roadside near the town of Emiliano Zapata on Sunday, while three more bodies were identified in plastic bags.  The victims were killed in an area which has witnessed an increase in violence recently, with the Zetas cartel fighting the New Generation Cartel for control of drug trafficking routes.

Police rescue migrant workers in Reynosa

Mexican police have rescued 92 migrants who were kidnapped in the city of Reynosa. "Last Friday federal police released 92 migrants who remained deprived of their liberty in a house in Reynosa, Tamaulipas state and arrested three people", the National Security Committee said in a statement. The victims, who were from Central America, Cuba and Brazil, had been forced to call relatives and ask for ransom payments to secure their release.

Three killed in Reynosa gun battle

At least three people have been killed and two state police officers wounded during gun battles in the city of Reynosa in the north-eastern state of Tamaulipas.  The unrest was sparked when Mexican security forces arrested El Gafe, the leader of the Gulf Cartel on Friday. "The same criminal group reacted by attacking federal forces," officials said in a statement.

Alert issued over stolen radioactive material in Mexico

Mexican authorities have issued an alert for five states over the theft of potentially dangerous radioactive materials.  A container of Iridium-192 was stolen from the Gulf coast state of Tabasco on 13 April.  The states of Campeche, Chiapas, Oaxaca and Veracruz have also been placed on alert. "This source is very dangerous to people if it is removed from its container," the civil protection agency warned in a statement.

US consulate warns of clashes between police and cartels in Jalisco

The United States Consulate General in Guadalajara has issued an alert over recent clashes between criminal groups and police across the state of Jalisco.  The consulate recommends that all inter-city travel be done during daylight hours and that toll roads ("Cuotas") be used wherever possible.

Police killed in Jalisco ambush

Fifteen police officers have been wounded and five others killed in an ambush in the western state of Jalisco.  The police convoy was travelling in a rural area between Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara when they were targeted by gunmen.  Security Commissioner Alejandro Solorio said it was a "cowardly attack" but would not speculate on who was behind it.  The state is home to the Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) cartel, which has emerged recently to become one of the country's most powerful criminal networks.

Federal police ambushed in western Mexico

Five federal police officers have been killed and eight others wounded in an ambush in western Mexico.  Three suspects and two civilians also died in the ensuing shootout in the town of Ocotlan in Jalisco state.  The officers were on patrol in an agricultural area of the town late on Thursday evening when they were attacked.

Two hostages rescued by police in Tamaulipas

Two hostages have been rescued during a federal police operation in the eastern state of Tamaulipas.  Five people were arrested during the raid in the Valle Hermoso Municipality, while weapons and ammunition were also recovered from the scene.  The National Safety Commission said the five men were part of a local crime syndicate.

Prominent Mexican journalist sacked by state broadcaster

A leading Mexican journalist has been sacked by the state-run MVS Radio following a public feud.  Carmen Aristegui had called on the broadcaster to reinstate two journalists who were fired last week for participating with the MexicoLeaks website, which has been launched to combat official corruption. On her radio show on Friday, Ms Aristegui said the firing of her colleagues was an attack on press freedom. Ms Aristegui's team had also reported on alleged corruption involving President Enrique Pena Nieto's wife, who bought a mansion from a government contractor last year.

Mayoral candidate found dead in Guerrero

A Mexican mayoral candidate has been found dead in the southern state of Guerrero.  Aide Nava's decapitated body was discovered near the state capital, Chilpancingo, hours after she was kidnapped.  A note was left at the scene which said if politicians did not "fall into line" they would be executed.  It was signed by the Los Rojos criminal group.

Security forces arrest Los Zetas cartel leader

Mexico's security forces have arrested the leader of the Los Zetas drug cartel in the north-eastern city of Monterrey.  Omar Trevino Morales, known as "Z-42", was detained in the San Pedro Garza Garcia suburb of the city on Wednesday.  The arrest comes a few days after police captured another cartel leader, Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, from the Knights Templar cartel.

Police capture Knights Templar cartel leader

Mexican authorities have captured the leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel, Servando Gomez.  Mr Gomez was arrested on Friday in Morelia in Michoacan state without a shot being fired.  Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said the rule of law had been strengthened by the operation.

Thousands join march over missing students

Thousands of people have taken part in the latest mass protest over the missing 43 Mexican student teachers.  The parents of the students led the rally in the capital, Mexico City, to make renewed calls on the government to start a full investigation.  On Wednesday the military released previously unseen photographs of the students taken after they were arrested during a protest in Iguala, Guerrero in September.

Security forces free kidnap victims in Guerrero

Mexican security forces have freed 10 people who were kidnapped on Friday in the southern state of Guererro.  The army and federal police carried out operations at three different locations on Sunday.  According to a spokesman for the state prosecutor some of the victims were taken from the Medina Luna gold mine, although its owners said only one of their employees had been involved.

Dozens of bodies discovered in Acapulco

Mexican police have discovered at least 61 bodies at an abandoned crematorium in the beach resort of Acapulco.  The state's prosecution office said the bodies were found after neighbours reported a foul smell in the area.  Police officials said they are still trying to establish how the bodies ended up there and if the deaths are linked to organised crime gangs.

Kidnapped Mexican journalist found dead

The decapitated body of a Mexican journalist has been found in the eastern state of Veracruz.  Moises Sanchez, who worker for the La Union newspaper, was kidnapped by gunmen from his home three weeks ago.  Authorities said that a former police officer has confessed to the killing, claiming that he and five others had been instructed to do so by local Mayor Omar Cruz.

Thousands march in Mexico City over missing students

Tens of thousands of people have joined a march in Mexico City to mark four months since 43 student teachers disappeared in southern Mexico.  Relatives of the students led the peaceful rally in the city's main square, the Zocalo. "We will carry on fighting until we find them, until the end," Macedonia Torres, the mother of one the missing students, told Grupo Formula radio.

Protesters storm army base in Iguala

Protesters have tried to storm an army base in the town of Iguala in the latest outbreak of unrest over the disappearance of 43 students last September.  Four people were reported to have been wounded in clashes with the security forces, who the protesters accuse of colluding in the students disappearance and suspected killing.

More police officers arrested in case of missing students

Another 10 municipal police officers have been arrested in connection with the case of the 43 students who went missing in Guerrero state in September.  The officers are from the town of Iguala where the students were arrested by police following a protest.  Criminal gang members said they killed the students and burned their bodies after they were told they belonged to a rival gang.

Kidnapped priest found dead in Guerrero state

A Mexican priest who was kidnapped in the south-western state of Guerrero has been found dead.  Father Gregorio Lopez, who was seized at a seminary in Ciudad Altamirano, was discovered near the city on Christmas Day. “This is another priest added to those who have died for their love of Christ,” said Bishop Maximino Martínez Miranda of Ciudad Altamirano.

 

Rival vigilante groups clash in Michoacan state

At least 11 people have been killed in clashes between rival vigilante groups in the western state of Michoacan.  The state's security commissioner said the two groups engaged in a gun battle in the town of La Ruana, around 240km from the state capital Morelia.

Violence erupts as protesters clash with police in Chilpancingo

At least 21 people have been wounded in clashes between anti-government protesters and riot police in the southern city of Chilpancingo in Guerrero state.  The unrest started on Sunday when students from the Ayotzinapa teachers' college setup blockades ahead of a planned concert in support of the 43 students who went missing in September.  Both sides have accused each other of initiating the violence.

Further anti-government protests held across Mexico

Fresh anti-government demonstrations have been held across Mexico as anger over the killing of 43 students in September continues to disrupt the country.  Thousands of people joined a peaceful rally in the capital, Mexico City; however there were reports of violence during the night and 15 people were wounded.  Similar protesters were held in Guerrero where the students went missing after being arrested by local police.

Bodies discovered in southern Mexico

At least 11 bodies have been discovered on the side of the road in the southern state of Guerrero.  Local reports said the deceased had been shot with high-caliber bullets and their bodies burned near the city of Chilapa.  The discovery came as President Enrique Pena Nieto announced plans to overhaul the country's municipal police forces following the mass kidnapping of 43 students in Iguala, Guerrero in September.

Protesters torch state assembly in Guerrero

Protesters have set fire to the local legislature building in the south-western state of Guerrero as unrest over the killing of 43 students continues.  Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in the state capital Chilpancingo on Wednesday, setting fire to the empty assembly building and torching several cars outside.  Earlier this week protesters attacked the governing PRI party offices in the city, while another rally near Acapulco forced the city's international airport to suspend several flights.

Protesters block Acapulco airport over student deaths

Protesters clashed with Mexican police in the resort city of Acapulco on Monday, blocking access to the international airport.  The authorities said 16 police officers were wounded in the clashes, which is the latest unrest over the killing of 43 students in the southern state of Guerrero in September.  Over the weekend gang members confessed to murdering the students and burning their bodies.

Regional security chief shot dead in Tamaulipas

A Mexican security chief has been shot dead in the north-eastern state of Tamaulipas.  Ricardo Nino Villarreal, the security chief for Nuevo Laredo, was ambushed while driving with his wife between Monterrey and Nuevo Laredo over the weekend.  The army took over responsibility for security in the state earlier this year over escalating violence. 

Government orders the arrest of Iguala's mayor

Mexico's government has ordered the arrest of the mayor of the southern town of Iguala.  The chief prosecutor said Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife were the "probable masterminds" behind the disappearance of 43 student teachers in the town last month.  So far 52 people have been arrested in connection to the incident, including dozens of police officers.

Federal police take control of Guerrero towns

Mexico's federal police have taken control of 13 municipalities in the southern state of Guerrero, where local police are suspected of involvement in the disappearance of 43 students.  The municipalities are all within a 200km radius of Iguala, the town where the students were last seen being forced into police cars. National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said on Sunday night that authorities investigating the disappearance of the students found "irregularities" and "presumed links to organized crime" in these 13 municipal police forces.

Protesters set fire to local government offices in Guerrero

Protesters have torched a state government building in the southern state of Guerrero in the latest outbreak of unrest over the disappearance of 43 students.  Hundreds of students and teachers ransacked the building in the state capital, Chilpancingo, allowing workers to leave before setting fire to it.  The protests also called for Governor Angel Aguirre to resign over his handling of the investigation.

German student shot during Guerrero protests

A German exchange student has been wounded after Mexican police opened fire on the van he was travelling in.  The 25-year-old is in a stable condition in hospital following the incident in Chilpancingo, Guerrero State. "(The van) didn't stop, and some agents used their firearms, because a noise similar to a gunshot was immediately heard," the Guerrero state government said in a statement. According to state prosecutor Victor Leon between 15 and 20 officers were being questioned over the shooting.

Juarez cartel leader arrested in Coahulia

Mexican federal police have announced the capture of suspected Juarez cartel leader Vicentre Carrillo Fuentes in Coahulia state.  Mr Fuentes, also known as "El Viceroy", was arrested in the city of Torreon on Wednesday night.  In recent years the Juarez cartel had been engaged in a violent turf war with the rival Sinaloa cartel, which centred around the northern border town of Ciudad Juarez and left more than 8,000 people dead.

Thousands protests over missing students

Tens of thousands of people have joined a protest in the southern state of Guerrero over the disappearance of 43 student teachers.  The students went missing during a previous protest two weeks ago, with many of them last seen being forced into police vans.  Over the weekend 28 burned bodies were discovered in a shallow grave on the outskirts of Iguala, although the remains have yet to be formally identified.  Other smaller protests were reported across the country, including in the capital Mexico City.

Mass grave discovered near Iguala in Guerrerro state

Authorities in Mexico have discovered a mass grave in the town of Iguala, close to where 43 student protesters went missing last month.  Inaky Blanco said on Saturday that the remains would be sent to forensic services for identification.  The students were last seen being forced into police vans on 27 September following a protest over teachers' rights.

ABL cartel leader arrested in Mexico

Mexican authorities have arrested the head of a major crime syndicate in the central state of Guanajuato.  Hector Beltran Leyva is accused of leading the ABL cartel since 2009 when his brother Arturo was killed in a shoot-out with Mexican troops.  US authorities had offered a reward of up to $5m for information leading to Leyva's arrest.

Students missing after protest in Guerrero state

Mexican authorities are searching for 58 students who have been missing since a protest march on Friday in the southern state Guerrero.  Six people were killed and 17 others wounded when police and unidentified gunmen opened fire on the student protesters in the town of Iguala.  State authorities initially arrested 282 local officers before releasing most of them, holding 22 in connection with the shootings.

Mexican politician shot dead in Acapulco

A local political leader has been killed in the popular beach resort of Acapulco.  Braulio Zaragoza, the local secretary of the conservative opposition National Action Party, was meeting other politicians at the El Mirador hotel when three gunmen opened fire on him.  No arrests have been made and the motive for the attack has not yet been established.

Eight Mexican soldiers arrested over June massacre

Eight Mexican soldiers have been detained in connection with the killing of 22 people in southern Mexico.  The Mexican Defense Department said in a statement that the seven soldiers and their commander had been charged with crimes against military discipline, disobedience and dereliction of duty.  The incident, which occurred on 30 June in the village of San Pedro Limon, was originally reported as a shootout but later described by witnesses as a massacre.

Kidnapped Congressman killed in Zacatecas

Mexican authorities have confirmed that a federal Congressman kidnapped on Monday has been found dead.  Gabriel Gomez Michel was driving near the airport in the western state of Jalisco when he was car-jacked and abducted.  He body was found inside his burnt-out vehicle in the central state of Zacatecas.

Hurricane Odile slams Mexico's Baja California coast

Hurricane Odile smashed into Mexico's southern Baja California peninsula late on Sunday, forcing thousands of residents to seek shelter.  The category three storm, with winds of up to 200km/h, made landfall in the resort town of Los Cabos at 21:45 local time.  Authorities and meteorologists have warned of potential landslides and storm surges in the area.

Three Mexican mayors charged with cartel links

Three mayors have been charged with allegedly having links with a drug cartel in the western state of Michoacan.  Dalia Santana, Salma Karrum and former mayor Arquimides Oseguera are all accused of working with the Knights Templar cartel after a video of a meeting was released on social media which appeared to show them meeting the cartel's leader, Servando Gomez.

Mayor of Ayutla shot dead outside home

The mayor of the town of Ayutla has been shot dead by unknown gunmen in the western state of Jalisco.  Manuel Gomez Torres was killed along with his bodyguard at his ranch on Sunday evening.  The killing comes just over a month after the deputy police chief of the municipality was found dead with two gunshot wounds.

Southern Mexico hit by earthquake

At least two people have died and several others wounded after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit southern Mexico.  Several buildings collapsed and communication lines were severely damaged in the town of La Reforma in Chiapas state.  The quake's epicentre was reported near the city of Puerto Madero.

Security forces kill 22 in Tlatlaya shootout

Mexico's security forces have killed at least 22 people in a shootout with suspected gang members in the south-western town of Tlatlaya.  The country's Defence Department said that soldiers were patrolling the town on Monday morning when armed men opened fire on them.  Authorities said that three women who had been kidnapped by the men were rescued in the operation, while a large cache of weapons was also seized.

Tijuana cartel leader captured watching World Cup

The leader of the Tijuana drug cartel has been arrested while watching the Mexican football team play in the World Cup.  Fernando Sanchez Arellano, who is the nephew of the once-powerful cartel's founder, was arrested in the border city on Monday with $100,000 in cash.  He has led the Tijuana cartel since 2006 when his uncle, Javier Arellano Felix, was arrested by the US Coast Guard.

More than 30 bodies found in Veracruz mass grave

Mexican authorities have found more than 30 bodies in a mass grave in the eastern state of Veracruz.  The state government said the grave had been discovered on a ranch outside the town of Tres Valles, although they have not confirmed the victims cause of death or their identities.  Earlier this week seven people from the same family were found dead in the nearby town of Cosamaloapan.

Dozen tortured bodies discovered in Sinaloa

Mexican police have discovered the bodies of 12 men in an abandoned pickup truck in the northern state of Sinaloa.  The victims, which included three brothers and a 12-year-old boy, appeared to have been tortured before they were killed.  They had been kidnapped in Vado Hondo on Sunday afternoon.

Body of kidnapped journalist found in Acapulco

Authorities have found the body of a Mexican journalist near the Pacific resort of Acapulco, four days after he was kidnapped.  Jorge Torres Palacios, who blogged for the news website Dictamen de Guerrero, was abducted near his home by gunmen last week.  He had recently criticised the lack of security in the state.

Government doubles prison sentences for kidnappers

Mexico's government has doubled prison sentences for those found guilty of kidnapping in an effort to reduce abductions in the country.  The new guidelines increase the minimum sentence from 20 to 40 years, while if the kidnap victim is killed the sentence will rise from 50 to 140 years.  The revised sentences will apply to all kidnappings, including the short-term incidents known locally as "secuestro express".

Zapatista rebel leader steps down

The leader of the Zapatista rebel group, the National Zapatista Liberation Army (EZLN), has announced that he is stepping down.  Subcomandante Marcos said he was leaving due to "internal changes" within the organisation, rejecting suggestions that he was suffering from ill health.  The EZLN have been fighting for greater rights for the indigenous people of the southern state of Chiapas since 1994.

Mexican authorities arrest Los Rojos cartel boss

Mexican authorities have arrested the leader of the Los Rojos drug cartel in the southern state of Guerrero.  Leonor Nava Romero, 45, was captured in Tecpan de Galeana on Friday, according to federal police chief Monte Alejandro Rubido.  He is the latest high-profile drug boss to be captured in recent months, following the arrests of Joaquin Guzman of the Sinaloa Cartel in February and Ruben Oseguera Gonzalez of the Jalisco New Generation in January.

Ugandan priest kidnapped in Guerrero state

A Ugandan priest has been abducted by gunmen in the southern state of Guerrero, according to a church official.  Father Sean John, who has worked in Mexico for three years, was driving home from a mass service in a remote village when he was kidnapped.  Bishop Alejo Zavala Castro said there had not been any contact from the kidnappers, and no ransom demands have been received.

Los Zetas founder killed in Reynosa shootout

Galindo Mellado Cruz, one of the founders of the Los Zetas drug cartel, has been killed in a shootout with Mexican soldiers in the eastern city of Reynosa in Tamaulipas state.  Four other people died in the incident on Friday night, including a Mexican soldier.  "El Mellado" was one of the original members of the Zetas when the group split from the Gulf Cartel to setup a rival criminal group back in 2004.

Strong earthquake rocks south-west Mexico

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has been recorded in south-western Mexico, causing buildings to shake in the capital Mexico City.  The epicentre of the quake was a few kilometres north of Tecpan de Galeana in Guerrero state, at a depth of 23km.  There have been no reports of damage or injuries.

Investigations chief killed in Tamaulipas gunfight

The chief of investigations has been killed in a gun battle with suspected drug cartel members in the north-eastern state of Tamaulipas.  Colonel Salvador De Haro Munoz died when the authorities went to investigate a suspected criminal safe house in the state capital, Ciudad Victoria.  Four of the gunmen were also killed during the shootout and five people were arrested.

Mayor of Lazaro Cardenas arrested over kidnapping links

The mayor of the port city of Lazaro Cardenas has been arrested for his suspected involvement in kidnappings and extortion.  Arquimedes Oseguera, a member of the liberal Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), has also been accused of working with the Knights Templar drug cartel.  In recent months several other state officials have been arrested for having links with the cartel, the largest in western Michoacan state.

Powerful earthquake hits Mexico City

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake has been reported in Mexico City, shaking buildings and causing widespread panic.  The epicentre of the quake was in the western state of Guerrero at a depth of 24km, according to the US Geological Survey.  Electricity was cut out in several parts of the city but there were no reports of casualties.

Mexican mayor arrested over cartel links in Apatzingan

The mayor of Apatzingan has been arrested on suspicion of extorting money on behalf of the Knights Templar drug cartel.  Prosecutors in Michoacan state said that Ural Chavez Mendoza had been arrested after three city council members claimed he forced them to hand over around $1,500 to the cartel.

State official arrested over cartel links

A leading state official has been arrested in the western state of Michoacan over alleged links with the Knights Templar drug cartel.  Jose Jesus Reyna, a member of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, is accused of secretly meeting the cartel's top leaders.  He was sacked as Michoacan's secretary of the interior and placed under arrest on Saturday.

Police arrest Sinaloa cartel leader in Mexico

Mexican police have arrested Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, following a joint operation with US anti-drug forces in the Pacific state of Sinaloa.  Guzman, who was the country's most wanted drug baron, had been on the run since escaping from a high-security prison 13 years ago.  

Journalist found dead in Veracruz

The body of a Mexican journalist has been found in the state of Veracruz, a week after he was kidnapped from his home.  Officials said that Gregorio Jiminez was found with two other unidentified victims in the town of Las Choapas.  Mr Jimenez, who had written a series of articles about kidnappings in the region, was abducted from his home in Coatzacoalcos last Wednesday by five masked gunmen.

Severed heads dumped outside Michoacan bank

Two severed heads were dumped in front of a bank in the restive western state of Michoacan, apparently as a gruesome warning from the Knights Templar drug cartel.  The heads of the unidentified victims were found in the city of Paracuaro on Monday with a note reading "for all those who switched sides".  President Enrique Pena Nieto deployed more than 9,000 federal police and troops to the state last month to deal with the escalating violence between cartel members and local vigilante groups.

Thousands march against energy reforms

Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Mexico City to protest against government plans to reform the country's energy markets.  An estimated 65,000 people rallied in the Zocalo square in the centre of the city, while at least 2,500 police officers were deployed to maintain security.  President Enrique Pena Nieto is pushing through constitutional reforms which will see the oil and gas industries open to foreign investment for the first time in 75 years.

Drug cartel leader arrested in Jalisco

Mexican security forces have arrested one of the leaders of the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel in western Mexico.  Ruben Oseguera Gonzalez, known as "El Menchito", was arrested in the city of Guadalajara during a major security operation involving dozens of soldiers backed by helicopters.  Earlier this week one of the leaders of the Knights Templar cartel, Dionicio Loya Plancarte, was captured in the western state of Michoacan.

Knights Templar leader captured in Michoacan

A key member of the Knights Templar drug cartel has been captured by Mexican security forces in the western state of Michoacan.  Dionisio Loya Plancarete, known as 'The Uncle', is suspected of setting up contacts with corrupt security and justice officials and had a $2.2m bounty on his head.  The Knights have been involved in heavy fighting with local vigilante groups in recent months.

Federal forces deployed to Michoacan state

The Mexican government has deployed federal troops to the western state of Michoacan to restore order following a series of clashes between vigilantes and drug cartels.  The Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said that the forces will support the state police in patrolling the region, while he also called on the vigilantes to join the operations.

Vigilantes clash with Knights Templar in Michoacan

A group of vigilantes have seized a small town in Michoacan state following a gun battle with a local drug cartel.  Around 100 armed men entered the town of Nueva Italia on Sunday and disarmed local police officers before clashing with members of the Knight Templar cartel.

Prison gunfight leaves nine dead

Nine people have been killed after a group of unknown men raided a prison in the north-western state of Guerrero.  The men entered the jail in Iguala disguised as prison guards before opening fire on a group of inmates.

Truck carrying radioactive material stolen in Mexico

A truck carrying "extremely dangerous" radioactive material has been stolen on the outskirts of the capital, Mexico City.  The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that the vehicle was transporting material used for cancer treatment from a hospital in the northern city of Tijuana to a waste storage centre when it was hijacked by unknown gunmen.

Thousands protest against energy reforms

Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Mexico City to protest against the government's proposed energy reforms.  President Enrique Pena Nieto has said that the plans to allow private foreign investment in the oil and gas sector are needed to promote economic growth.  Opposition leader Andres Lopez Obrador called on the protesters to surround Congress in order to "avoid a big robbery".

Mexican mayor killed in suspected cartel hit

The mayor of a small town in western Mexico has been found dead by the roadside, days after he was threatened by a local drug cartel.  Ygnacio Lopez Mendoza, mayor of Santa Ana Maya in Michoacan state, was found dead on Thursday in the neighbouring state of Guanajuato.  He had been outspoken about the local Knights Templar cartel and had recently told associates he was being subjected to extortion by the group.

Sports journalist killed in Sinaloa state

Gunmen have shot dead a sports journalist and wounded three of his relatives in the northern state of Sinaloa.  Police said gunmen in three cars chased Alberto Angulo Gerardo when he refused to stop in the small town of Angostura.

Gunmen dressed as clowns kill former drug lord

Gunmen dressed as clowns have shot dead the former leader of a Tijuana drug cartel in the beach resort of Baja California.  Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix, who controlled the drug trade along the border with the US in the 1990s, was killed during a family party at a beach house in Cabo San Lucas.

Riot police clash with protesters in Mexico City

At least 51 people have been wounded after riot police clashed with protesters in the capital, Mexico City, during a demonstration to mark the anniversary of a student massacre in 1968.  A group of the protesters, described as "self-declared anarchists" by the public security department, threw firebombs and rocks at police, who responded with tear gas.

Acapulco hit by fresh flooding

Fresh flooding has hit the Mexican resort city of Acapulco, which is still recovering from two storms which killed at least 139 people.  Torrential rain caused flooding to be reported in 22 of they city's districts, while more than 40 people needed to be evacuated.

Death toll rises as Mexico braces for third storm

At least 97 people have now been confirmed dead in Mexico in the storms which hit the country earlier this week.   The problem has been compounded after Hurricane Manuel, which has already caused widespread devastation in south-western Mexico, made landfall again in the north-western state of Sinaloa.

Mexico struck by deadly tropical storms

At least 23 people have been killed in flooding and landslides after two powerful tropical storms hit Mexico.  Hurricane Ingrid struck the country's Gulf coast, causing rivers and streams to burst their banks; on the Pacific coast tropical depression Manuel brought two days of torrential rain, causing buildings to collapse in the coastal city Acapulco.

Juarez cartel leader arrested in Nayarit

The alleged leader of the Juarez drug cartel, Alberto Carrillo Fuentes, has been arrested in the western state of Nayarit.  His capture follows the arrest of Los Zetas' leader Miguel Angel Trevino in July and Mario Ramirez Trevino from the Gulf Cartel in August.

Riot police clash with students in Mexico City

Mexican riot police have clashed with students protesting against the government's proposed education reforms in Mexico City.  According to reports a small number of protesters threw rocks and firebombs at the police, who responded by firing tear gas to disperse the crowds. The students, who were joined by teachers and other education professionals outside the country's Congress, have been protesting peacefully for the past two weeks.  

Tropical Storm Fernando kills 14 in Verazruz

At least 14 people have been killed after Tropical Storm Fernando made landfall in the eastern state of Veracruz, causing landslides and flash flooding.  More than 100,000 houses were left without power by the storm, while a further 100 were damaged by mudslides,  

Bodies of youths kidnapped at Mexico City bar discovered

Police have discovered the bodies of 13 people in a shallow grave at a ranch 35km outside of the capital, Mexico City.  Forensic experts said that 12 of the victims had been identified as the youths who were kidnapped from the city's upscale Heaven bar in May.

Cartel violence leaves 22 dead in Michoacan state

At least 22 people have been killed in clashes between suspected drug-gang members and Mexican security forces in the western state of Michoacan.  Two federal police officers died during the six coordinated attacks across the state, while around 20 gunmen were killed in the fighting. On Monday five anti-cartel demonstrators were shot dead by members of the Knights Templar cartel in the town of Los Reyes.

Los Zetas leader arrested in Nuevo Laredo

The leader of the notorious Mexican drug cartel Los Zetas has been arrested in the northern town of Nuevo Laredo, close to the US border.  Miguel Angel Trevino Morales was intercepted by marines, along with two liuetenants and $2m in cash.  He took control over the cartel after his predecessor, Heriberto Lazcano, was gunned down by troops in Coahuila last year.

Children killed in shooting near Acapulco

Seven people, including five children, have been killed in a shooting near the Pacific resort of Acapulco in the state of Guerrero.  The victims were found in a field in the small town of Coyuca de Benitez, according to local police chief Honorio Salinas.

Election candidate wounded in gun attack

A candidate in next week's regional elections has been shot in an attack in the southern state of Oaxaca.  Rosalia Palma, a candidate for the ruling PRI party, was travelling in her car when gunmen opened fire, killing her husband and an aide. On Thursday the leader of Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) was found dead from gunshot wounds in the state.

Mexican mayoral candidate shot dead

The authorities in Mexico say that they have found the body of mayoral candidate Jaime Orozco, who had been missing since Monday.

Hurricane Barbara hits Mexico's pacific coast

Thousands of people have been evacuated from the southern coast of Mexico after Hurricane Barbara made landfall at the town of Santo Domingo.  At least two people have been killed by the storm, while 14 fishermen are also reported to be missing at sea.  The hurricane lost strength over land and has since weakened to a tropical depression.

Eight killed in Acapulco shootings

At least eight people have been shot dead and three others wounded in a series of separate shootings in and around Acapulco.  Three people were killed by gunmen in the town of San Pedro Las Playas, while two men were killed at a sports field near Acapulco's port.  Other shootings were reported in the towns of Tres Palos and Ciudad Renacimiento.

Cartel violence leaves 10 dead in Guerrero state

At least 10 people have been killed in cartel-related violence in the municipality of Castrejon Apaxtla in Guerrero state.  According to local media reports several people were also kidnapped during the unrest.

Gas tanker explodes killing 18

At least 18 people have been killed and dozens more wounded after a gas tanker exploded on a highway north of Mexico City.  Flames engulfed cars and around local 20 houses in the municipality of Ecatepec after the driver lost control of the vehicle.

Seven killed in Michoacan clashes

At least seven people have been killed in clashes between suspected criminals, security forces and local vigilante groups in the western state of Michoacan.  Local officials said the fighting took place in the towns of Buenavista and Tepalcatepec.

Prison riot leaves 17 dead in San Luis Potosi

At least 17 people have been wounded and 65 others wounded during a riot at a prison in the central state of San Luis Potosi.  Gangs of rival prisoners used homemade weapons to attack each other at the La Pila prison.

Teachers protest against education reforms in Guerrero

Angry teachers have attacked the ruling political party's office in Guerrero state in a protest against planned education reforms.  The masked protesters set fire to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) offices in Chilpancingo, while a senator's office and state education department building were also attacked.

Four killed in Guadalajara bar attacks

Four people have been killed, including a 45-year old US national, after gunmen carried out attacks on two bars in the city of Guadalajara.  Local officials said a total of 45 rounds were fired into the two bars, while a grenade was also used in one of the attacks.  The shootings appear to have been targeting the bar owners, who are related to each other.

Mexico Data Sheet

Population:
115.3 million
Major Religion/s:
Christianity
International dialing code:
+52
International dialing prefix:
00
Emergency services:
911
Drives:
Right
Voltage:
127V
Climate:
Varies from temperate in the north to tropical in the south
Ohter Major Cities:
Ecatepec, Guadalajara, Puebla
Borders:
United States of America, Guatemala, Belize