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

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Mexico experiences high levels of violence, largely attributed to ongoing clashes between rival cartels and the continuous government crackdown on them. Since President Vicente Fox was sworn into office in 2000, he openly declared war against Mexican cartels and drug-trafficking. Fox’s policies paved the way for the introduction of even tougher policies by his successors, Felipe Calderon and Enrique Pena Nieto. During the Pena Nieto administration, Mexico experienced its deadliest year since murder rates started being recorded. In 2017, more than 29,000 people were killed nationwide. However, murder numbers are believed to be much higher. In recent years, social organisations and government institutions have recovered thousands of mass graves nationwide. In November 2018, police investigated the discovery of a mass grave believed to contain more than 400 bodies in a rural area in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. A new approach to counter criminal groups was proposed by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the National Regeneration Party (MORENA). President Lopez Obrador, also known as AMLO, took office in December 2018, putting an end to the historical political dominance of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the National Action Party (PAN). Although he seeks the de-escalation of the war on drugs, he launched his own National Guard to assist local, state and federal authorities to tackle cartels.

Despite the initial limited success of years of enhanced security policies, several high-profile members of major drug-trafficking cartels were arrested, most notably Sinaloa Cartel’s Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, Vicente Carrillo Fuentes of the Juarez Cartel, Miguel Angel Trevino Morales of Los Zetas, Tijuana Cartel’s Fernando Sanchez Arellano and Martin Villegas Navarrete of the Beltran-Leyva Cartel. In the early years of the drug war, much of violence was centred in the northern city of Ciudad Juarez, which between 2008 and 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, which lasted until 2012 when the latter secured key drug routes from its rivals. With the detention or death of notorious cartel leaders, criminal groups heavily fragmented and violence started to spread across areas that previously were foreign to criminal organisations. They include Guerrero, Guanajuato, Tamaulipas, Jalisco and Veracruz. Cartels also started to increasingly diversify their operations to include other crimes such as extortion, kidnapping, human trafficking and oil theft. 

Mexico continues to have one of the highest rates of kidnap for ransom in the world, where public officials and journalists are often targeted. There have also been a number of cases against migrant workers from Central America that are kidnapped while they attempt to reach the US. Incidents significantly increased since the surge in migrant caravans crossing Mexico from Central America. Smaller criminal gangs also carry out kidnappings - particularly short-term express-kidnappings, where victims are held for periods between 24 and 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 vehicle the driver will pick-up armed accomplices and drive to an unknown location before demanding a ransom payment. This method is used throughout the country but is more common in Mexico City. Most recently, reports indicated that incidents have also involved app-based taxi services such as Uber and Cabify.  In July 2015, the FBI warned of a rise in virtual kidnappings against tourists in Mexico, where family members receive a demand for immediate payment even though no actual kidnapping has taken place.

Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2017 considers Mexico as one of the most corrupted countries in Latin America. This is highlighted in the long-standing problem of political and judicial authorities often accused of colluding with criminal groups. In September 2014, 43 student teachers went missing during a protest in the town of Iguala, Guerrero state. Preliminary reports suggested that they were forced into police vans before disappearing. 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 were also arrested. In April 2016, an independent panel set up by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) concluded that the government had hampered it inquiries, adding that there was no evidence to support the official story that the students were killed by the local Guerreros Unidos gang – a splinter group of the Beltran-Leyva Organisation that operates in Morelos and Guerrero. In December 2018, President AMLO signed a decree to open a truth commission to investigate the case.

In recent years, a wave of criminality targeting activists and journalists have been reported nationwide. In 2017, at least nine journalists have been killed in Mexico. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) labels Mexico as one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist – put side-by-side with Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. One of the most notorious cases involved the death of a fugitive Honduran TV camera operator, who was killed in 2017 in a drive-by shooting in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. His death came just a month after journalists and media professionals launched a campaign called #SOSPRENSA, which came after a local journalist, Salvador Adame, was kidnapped and killed in Michoacan. Violence further spread to the TV business when in September that year, a prominent location scout, working for the US-based company Netflix, was killed in Estado de Mexico. As soon as President AMLO was inaugurated, another journalist was found dead in Nayarit just hours after being reported missing. Criminals have also targeted several activists across the country. In June 2017, a transgender activist who previously highlighted security concerns in Mexican prisons was killed in Tamaulipas, north-eastern Mexico. The incident came days after Miriam Rodriguez Martinez was found dead at her home also in Tamaulipas. Martinez was famous for investigating her daughter’s death in 2012 by members of the powerful drug cartel Los Zetas.

Theft, muggings and assaults are relatively common throughout major cities and are particularly acute in Mexico City. Due to their wide availability, robberies often involve the use of firearms which have been reportedly employed in the spate of muggings in the Parque Nacional de las Cumbres del Ajusco in the south of the capital. Thefts are also common in public transport, particularly on the urban microbuses. There also have been reports of sexual assaults against tourists. In February 2013, six Spanish tourists were raped at gunpoint in the beach resort of Acapulco, south-western Mexico. In April 2017, heavily armed robbers raided a bus carrying 25 tourists along a road between San Cristobal de las Casas and Palenque in the southern Chiapas state. Security has remained high at many of the country's Gulf tourist resorts, including Cancun and Playa del Carmen, which have largely escaped the cartel violence. However, in January 2017, five people were killed, and more than a dozen others injured, when gunmen stormed a music festival in Playa del Carmen. Also, violent territorial disputes have triggered security incidents in tourist areas of Los Cabos, Baja California Sur.

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. Further information can be found at the US-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) website. There are also regular earthquakes in Mexico, particularly around the south-west Pacific coastline. In September 2017, a powerful 8.1-magnitude earthquake hit the Mexican south-western Pacific coast. More than 100 people were killed, many of them in the state of Oaxaca. Weeks later, more than 200 people were declared dead after another powerful 7.1-magnitude quake hit the central state of Puebla. Most casualties were recorded in Puebla, Morelos, Mexico City and Estado de Mexico. Dozens of buildings were destroyed, including a school, where 20 children were buried by rubble, and a church in Morelos, which collapsed during a mass and killed at least 15 people. The latest quake came exactly 42 years after a massive 8.0-magnitude earthquake in Mexico City killed between 5,000 and 40,000 people.

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

Court orders release of dozens linked to 2014 Ayotzinapa case

The government has announced that 24 former municipal police officers accused of links to the 2014 Ayotzinapa disappearances have been freed. Parents of the 43 student teachers have condemned the court decision. Investigations into the case are still slow-moving despite President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador launching a truth commission last December to speed up the case. Earlier this month, one of the main suspects in the case was acquitted due to a lack of evidence. Gilberto Lopez Astudillo, who is alleged to be a member of the Guerreros Unidos, was cleared from wrongdoing. In September 2014, 43 student teachers went missing during a protest in the town of Iguala, Guerrero. Preliminary reports suggested that they were forced into police vans before disappearing. Rights groups have previously claimed that the government had hampered their inquiries over potential collusion with cartels.

Several areas cordoned off due to suspected gas leak in Cuautlancingo, Puebla

Puebla's National Civil Protection (CNPC) authority have said that several roads in Cuautlancingo have been cordoned off due to a suspected natural gas leak. A security perimeter has been established in the area on Monday morning. CNPC said that no evacuations were ordered, while emergency services are still investigating the incident. People have been advised to avoid the area. Cuautlancingo is a municipality located north-west of Puebla.

Several killed in armed attack in Villahermosa, Tabasco

At least five people have been killed in a bar shooting in Villahermosa, Tabasco. In a statement released on social media, Publa's public security secretary confirmed that investigations are still ongoing to assess the motives behind the shooting in the Rio Tinto area. Local media also reported that a police officer was killed in a separate attack a day earlier in Villahermosa. The incidents happened on the same weekend of the independence celebrations in Mexico.

Prominent cameraman killed in suspected robbery in Acapulco, Guerrero

A prominent cameraman has been killed during a presumed carjacking attempt in the resort city of Acapulco. Erick Castillo Sanchez was gunned down when armed criminals targeted him outside a convenience shop in the city's Diamante area. Castillo was on holidays with his wife. He often worked with Discovery Channel and had previously taken part in renowned TV projects. Discovery Networks Latinoamerica lamented the incident. It is still unclear if Castillo's death is related to his work. Mexico has been considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. It is estimated that nearly a dozen reporters have been killed so far this year. In 2017, a prominent location scout working for the US-based Netflix was killed in Estado de Mexico.

Dozens of bags containing human remains found in clandestine grave in Zapopan, Jalisco

State prosecutors have confirmed that a total of 119 bags containing human remains have been found in a clandestine grave in Zapopan, Jalisco. Authorities stepped up efforts earlier this month after three bags were initially recovered in a forest area in La Primavera area. It is still unclear the total number of victims. Reports indicate that in the last nine months, around 80 clandestine graves have been found in Jalisco. Violence in the state is mainly attributed to the infamous Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG). It is estimated that since 2006, around 40,000 people have gone missing in Mexico.

Foreign minister stresses rejection to 'safe third country' status

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard has stressed that Mexico will not adhere to the so-called 'safe third country' status. After reports that US Customs and Border Protection Commission Mark Morgan was negotiating with Mexico to reach an agreement, Ebrard claimed that current policies are being effective on tackling mass migration. In July, Mexico had already rejected plans to become a 'safe third country'. The announcement came as Honduras had also rejected claims that the government was negotiating the same migration agreement. A safe third country agreement generally dictates that migrants crossing through the country that holds the status would no longer be eligible to cross the US border while they await the outcome of their asylum request.

University student collaterally killed in shooting near Celaya, Guanajuato

A 20-year-old university student has been killed during a shooting near Celaya, Guanajuato. EFE reported that the victim was getting on a bus when he was collaterally hit. The incident happened on Monday on the main road between Salamanca and Celaya. The victim has been identified as Arturo Cervantes, an engineering student at the Guanajuato Polytechnic University (UPG). UPG's rector condemned the incident. Guanajuato is one of the most violent states in Mexico. In recent months, spiralling levels of violence have been attributed to territorial disputes involving criminal groups engaged in fuel-theft.

Police detain dozens in an armed convoy in Guerrero

Dozens of armed men have been arrested when police officers and soldiers intercepted a convoy in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. Local media reported that at least 60 people in more than 30 vehicles were detained along the main road between Zihuatanejo and Lazaro Cardenas. State authorities believe that the convoy was heading to target another rival group in Petacalco. Preliminary investigations suggest that the suspects are members of the vigilante group Union of Towns and Organizations of Guerrero (UPOEG). According to state authorities, the group was mainly comprised of residents from several towns across La Union. Vigilante groups are present in Guerrero and Michoacan. They are often engaged in clashes with rival groups and drug cartels.

Eight suspects killed in armed clashes in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

Eight suspected criminals have been killed during armed clashes with the military in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. EFE reported that the shooting happened in the Valle de Anahuac neighbourhood on Thursday when suspect members of the Cartel del Noroeste (CDN) were intercepted. According to the police, the suspects were wearing military-style outfits and were heavily armed. CDN members have been previously known for wearing counterfeit equipment similar to those of security forces. Security measures in Nuevo Laredo were recently enhanced after reports of threats against petrol station owners. The city has experienced spiralling levels of violence due to disputes to control one of the most important drug-trafficking routes between Mexico and the US.

Prosecutors investigate threats against petrol station owners in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

Federal prosecutors are investigating claims that powerful cartels are ordering petrol stations to refuse service to police and military vehicles in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. AP reported that the case may be linked to the infamous Cartel del Noroeste (CDN), an off-shoot faction of the Los Zetas. Reports indicate that petrol station owners have been threatened and forced to comply with the order. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador confirmed that investigations are ongoing. The CDN and other groups widely operate in Nuevo Laredo and Tamaulipas. It has been behind a number of incidents along the US border. The government has previously said that more than 5,000 members of the new-born National Guard (GN) are to be deployed in Tamaulipas. Last week, Governor Francisco Garcia requested federal assistance to address increasing levels of violence across the state.

Judge acquits main suspect in 2014 Iguala student kidnapping

One of the main suspects in the disappearance case of 43 student teachers has been acquitted. A judge ruled that there is not enough evidence to prosecute Gilberto Lopez Astudillo, who is claimed to be a member of the Guerreros Unidos - a splinter group of the Beltran-Leyva Organisation which operates in Morelos and Guerrero. Rights groups have long claimed that the case is marred by corruption and irregularities. It dates back to 2014 when the students were taken in the town of Iguala. Previous reports from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) concluded that the government had hampered its inquiries, adding that there was no evidence to support the official story that involved the Guerrero Unidos gang. In total, more than 100 people were detained during the investigations. In December 2018, President AMLO signed a decree to open a truth commission to investigate the case.

Tropical Storm Fernand to bring adverse weather to Tamaulipas

Strong winds and heavy rainfall are forecast to affect Tamaulipas as Tropical Storm Fernand formed off the country's north-east coast. According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), Fernand is expected to make landfall north of Tampico on Wednesday afternoon. Reports indicate that the storm will quickly weaken into a tropical depression while crossing over the Sierra Madre Oriental mountains. Latest reports from the National Met Service (SMN) confirmed that intense rain and thunderstorms may affect Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas and Veracruz. Weather alerts were issued from the town of Puerto Altamira to the US border. Extreme caution has been advised over risks associated with flash flooding near rivers and landslides around mountain areas.

Several killed in armed attack to bus terminal in Cuernavaca, Morelos

At least five people have been killed after gunmen targeted a bus terminal in Cuernavaca, Morelos. Local media reported that heavily armed criminals raided the facility and targeted several people that were reportedly waiting for the arrival of a family member. The incident happened in the early hours of Monday morning in the Estrella de Oro terminal in Las Palmas. State authorities believe that the attack may be linked to a targeted retaliation. In January this year, the military took over public security duties in Cuernavaca due to the high levels of criminality and corruption within local enforcement.

Large low-pressure system may affect Mexico as it moves inland

A large low-pressure system is currently forming in the Gulf of Mexico and may bring adverse weather as it moves inland towards Mexico. According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), the system may develop into a tropical depression in the next few days. The National Met Service (SMN) has warned of heavy rainfall in Tamaulipas, Veracruz and Nuevo Leon, while thunderstorms may affect most states in central and eastern Mexico. In the Pacific, Hurricane Juliette is not expected to affect Mexico. People travelling to those regions are recommended to monitor updates from the NHC and the SMN.

President AMLO claims to have found spy camera at a presidential office

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has claimed that a spy camera has been found at his office. In a news conference, he said: A few days ago, in one of the rooms in the offices, they found a sophisticated camera, one of those tiny little ones. We were being recorded." He added: "I don't think it's a sensitive issue. We've got nothing to hide. (...) Everything we say should be in the public domain." No further details have been revealed about the alleged findings or who could be involved. Contrary to his predecessors, President AMLO chose to have a relatively low-profile security detail.

Several suspects killed in shooting in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

At least seven suspects have been shot dead during a shooting in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. A state public security spokesman told EFE that the shooting happened on a road around the Quetzalcoatl International Airport, near the US border. Reports indicate that the criminals were members of the infamous Cartel del Noroeste (CDN), which widely operate in Nuevo Laredo. The shooting reportedly broke out after the suspects evaded a police checkpoint. The CDN is an offshoot group of the Los Zetas. They have been responsible for several violent incidents along the border between Tamaulipas and Texas.

Scores killed in bar fire in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz

At least 23 have been killed after a fire broke out at a bar in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz. According to the state's attorney general, the fire happened overnight on Tuesday in the Palma Sola colony. More than a dozen people have been taken to hospital in serious condition. Authorities are still investigating the incident. Local media has reported that the incident may be of criminal intent but such allegations have not been officially confirmed. Veracruz is considered one of the most violent states in Mexico. Criminal groups often target nightclubs and bars in retaliation against rival gangs.

Journalist found dead in Tejupilco, Estado de Mexico

A journalist has been found dead in Tejupilco, Estado de Mexico. Nevith Condes Jaramillo was a journalist for the online-based El Observatorio del Sur. His body was found inside his home in the community of Cerro de Cacalotepec. According to reports, Jaramillo's body had several stab wounds. Mexico's National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) said that Jaramillo had previously requested federal protection due to death threats. International journalists' groups label Mexico as one of the world's most dangerous countries for reporters. CNDH said that at least 12 journalists were killed in 2019.

Authorities investigate death of Canadian national in Cancun, Quintana Roo

State authorities in Quintana Roo are investigating the death of a 62-year-old Canadian national in Cancun. Canadian and Mexican media reported that Daniel Lavoie was found dead at his residence in the city's Supermanzana 20. Lavoie has previously served as a Canadian honorary consul in Mexico. State prosecutors confirmed that Lavoie was killed with violence, while the motives behind his death are still unclear. Reports suggest that a message was left over his body, but the content of it has not been officially confirmed.

Tropical Storm Ivo may bring adverse weather to western Mexico

Adverse weather conditions are expected to impact several western states in Mexico as Tropical Storm Ivo formed off the Pacific coast. According to the National Met Service (SMN), Ivo is expected to bring intense rainfall to some areas in Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima and Michoacan. Strong winds and high waves are also expected to impact the coastal areas of those states. People have been advised caution due to the increasing risks of flooding in some low-ground areas. Some areas in the Baja California peninsula may also be affected over the weekend. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) predicts that Ivo may become a hurricane before weakening back into a tropical depression. Travellers are advised to follow updates and advice from the SMN and NHC.

Several killed in fresh wave of violence in Zamora, Michoacan

At least eight people have been killed in a fresh wave of violence in Michoacan, western Mexico. EFE reported that eight people were killed on Monday in three separate incidents in the city of Zamora. In one of the incidents, six people were killed when armed criminals raided a house in the Jacarandas area. Other incidents were confirmed in the area of Arco San Pedro. Zamora is among the cities in Michoacan where criminal groups engaged in drug-trafficking, kidnapping and extortion widely operate. Violence has escalated in recent months due to intense territorial battles involving three rival groups.

Low-pressure to bring adverse weather to Pacific coastal regions

A low-pressure system moving along the coast of Chiapas may bring adverse weather conditions in the next few days. As the disturbance is expected to strengthen and move in a westerly direction toward the Pacific, weather conditions in some coastal states may worsen from Wednesday. According to Mexico's National Water Commission (CONAGUA), the system may bring localised rainfall to several areas in Guerrero, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Chiapas and Tabasco. Strong winds may trigger hazardous sea conditions along some coastal regions. Meanwhile, another low-pressure system further north may bring thunderstorms to some areas in Baja California. For further updates, travellers are advised to follow reports from CONAGUA and the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Federal judge halts upgrades at the Santa Lucia airbase

A federal judge in Mexico City has ruled the suspension of works at the Santa Lucia International Airport, a military base that the government plans to transform into a commercial airport. The judge has also ordered the construction of Mexico's New International Airport to proceed - the airport is already partly built. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has suspended operations to build the new airport after being elected. Since taking office, he has vowed to upgrade the Santa Lucia military base. He claims that the move seeks to save millions in public funds and tackle corruption entangled with the new airport's project. For years, the government has been facing criticism for the overcrowding of Mexico City's Benito Moreno International Airport (MEX). Last June, a federal judge has halted construction at the Santa Lucia base after demanding environmental and historic conservation studies.

Clandestine grave discovered in Celaya, Guanajuato

Authorities are investigating the discovery of a clandestine grave in Celaya, Guanajuato. Notimerica reported that at least 15 human skulls were recovered on Thursday. The state prosecutor office confirmed that the human remains were found in the Rincon de Tamayo area. Clandestine graves are frequently found in crime-ridden areas across Mexico. Most bodies belong to members of rival criminal groups and kidnapping victims. Guanajuato has recently reported a hike in levels of criminality due to violent territorial disputes and the expansion of the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) across the state.

Police rescue Spanish doctor kidnapped in Mexico City

A Spanish doctor has been rescued after being kidnapped in Mexico City. ABC reported that the victim was taken on Monday after leaving his home in the northern Lindavista neighbourhood. According to reports, four people were involved in the incident. The victim was rescued in the town of Tenamatla in neighbouring Estado de Mexico. A ransom of five million pesos ($230k) was demanded, but not paid. Authorities believe that those involved are linked to the 'Las Guerreras', a group dedicated to kidnappings in Mexico City and Estado de Mexico. In 2019, Mexico City reported a significant increase in the number of kidnappings. According to official data, in the first semeter of 2019, 137 cases were confirmed in Mexico City and Estado de Mexico combined.

Police rescue dozens of South Asian migrants in Veracruz

A group of 65 migrants originally from South Asia have been rescued in the south-eastern state of Veracruz. Authorities confirmed that the group, mainly comprised of migrants from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, were severely dehydrated and starving after they were found on a highway between Nuevo Teapa and Cosoleacaque. Reports suggest that the group started their journey in mid-April from Qatar. They took a flight to Turkey and Colombia before crossing through Ecuador, Panama and Guatemala. It is believed that the group intended to head towards the US, although it is still unclear why the group chose this route. AP reported that authorities are also investigating the group's travel through the Coatzacoalcos River, which does not lead towards the US border. Although Mexico has been widely used as a transit country for migrants heading to the US, most of them are from Central America and the Caribbean.

President AMLO claims that organised crime is infiltrated in customs and ports

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has acknowledged that organised criminal groups are infiltrated in some customs offices and ports across Mexico. He said that the situation is most acute in the port of Manzanillo in Colima, which is one of the busiest in the country. The port of Manzanillo is also one of the main receptors of containers on the Mexican Pacific coast. Previous disputes involving rival groups have emerged to control the area, which is claimed to be one of the main points of entry of chemicals used to produce methamphetamine. AMLO said that criminals also operate in Lazaro Cardenas in neighbouring Michoacan. Issues have further been identified in border crossings in the northern state of Tamaulipas, which borders Texas. Last April, AMLO said pledged to reform Mexico's customs due to high-levels of corruption also identified in Mexico City's Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX).

Hundreds protest alleged rape of two teenagers in Mexico City

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the local prosecutor's office in Mexico City to protest the alleged rape of two teenagers. Demonstrators clashed with the police and vandalised the building to demand justice for two rape cases reported less than a week apart. Protesters accuse police officers of being involved in the rape of a 17-year-old in Azcapotzalco and in another rape of a 16-year-old in the capital's city centre. Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum condemned the violence used in the protest and confirmed that investigations will be launched in both cases. Similar to other countries across Latin America, increasing rates of violence against women often lead to street protests. According to the UN, at least nine women are estimated to be killed daily across Mexico.

Outage at data centre triggers card payments disruption in Mexico City

Credit and debit card payments in Mexico City were affected on Saturday after an outage at a data-processing centre. Customers from major banks in Mexico have had their payments and transactions rejected after issues were reported at the electronic-payments company Prosa. Card payments in many stores were suspended. The company said on Sunday that the system has already been restored and that operations were expected to be back to normal. The outage generated concerns over Mexico's modernisation of its banking system and aspirations to drive the country away from a cash-based economy.

Pastor in charge of migrant shelter kidnapped in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

A pastor in charge of running a migrant shelter in the restive border city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, has been kidnapped. AP reported that Aaron Mendez was taken last week. According to local media, Mendez's kidnapping happened after he reportedly clashed with criminals that attempted to abduct some Cuban migrants. News of his abduction was just reported over the weekend. Tamaulipas is considered one of the most dangerous states in Mexico, where criminal groups engaged with drug-trafficking, extortion, fuel-theft and kidnapping widely operate. In recent months, the state has become one of the main routes used by Central American migrants part of several US-bound caravans. Criminals in Tamaulipas often target migrants to hold them for ransom.

Fourteen killed in separate incidents across Guanajuato

At least 14 people have been killed in separate incidents reported over the weekend in Guanajuato, central Mexico. AFP reported that a National Guard soldier and five suspects were killed during a violent shooting in Yuriria. Seven people were detained after the shooting. The incident happened on the same day that eight people were gunned down during an armed attack against a bar in Irapuato. According to reports, an armed group opened fire from a moving vehicle. State prosecutors are investigating both incidents. Guanajuato has recently reported an increasing wave of crime due to territorial disputes between rival groups engaged in fuel-theft. Incidents mainly involve the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) and the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel.

Several bodies recovered from water well in Oaxaca

At least four bodies have been recovered from a water well in the town of San Pedro Tapanatepec, Oaxaca. According to the state prosecutors, the bodies were at an advanced stage of decomposition. Police are still attempting to identify the victims and the circumstances behind their deaths. At least three multiple homicide cases have been reported in San Pedro Tapanatepec in the past two weeks. The town is situated in the Istmo de Tehuantepec region, which has reportedly become one of the most dangerous in Oaxaca. Major risk areas include the towns of Juchitan de Zaragoza, Salina Cruz and San Blas Atempa.

Scores killed in a wave of violence across Uruapan, Michoacan

At least 19 people have been killed in a wave of violence across Uruapan, Michoacan. Nine bodies hanged on a bridge were found on Thursday, while the state prosecutor confirmed that at least 10 others were found across separate locations around the city. The extremely-violent Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) has claimed responsibility for the killings. The CJNG left a 'narcomanta' on the bridge stating an open challenge to their main rival group in Uruapan,  Los Viagras - the group is linked to the Nueva Familia Michoacana. Uruapan is especially at the centre of the dispute due to its flourishing avocado industry. Violence has escalated across Michoacan since the CJNG started to expand its operations across the state in February.

Three killed after anti-extortion protest in Celaya, Guanajuato

At least three people have been killed in separate armed attacks across Celaya, Guanajuato. Milenio reported that three shootings happened on Monday after dozens of people staged a protest against extortion groups. Demonstrators gathered outside the city council to protest increasing extortion rates against tortilla shops and other local businesses. Guanajuato State Prosecutor, Carlos Aguirre, told El Universal that authorities are aware of extortion gangs operating in Celaya, Salamanca and Villagran. Aguirre said that most cases of extortion may be linked to the Rosa de Lima Cartel, which widely operates in the region. The cartel has been also linked to fuel-theft in Guanajuato, which became a major hotspot of fuel theft and illegal pipeline taps.

Criminals steal hundreds of golden coins in Mexico City coin mint heist

Heavily armed criminals have stolen over two million dollars worth in golden commemorative coins from a coin mint. El Financiero reported that criminals raid the building on Tuesday morning and held some guards hostage. Reports suggest that the criminals have stolen 1,567 Centenarios coins, which are jointly worth over 50 million pesos. No shots were fired during the incident. Mexico's Casa de Moneda is located on the Paseo de la Reforma in the central Cuauhtemoc delegation. Nearly a year ago, another heist happened at the Casa de Monera, where 10m pesos in commemorative coins were stolen.

Mexico to open terrorism investigation against El Paso shooter

Foreign Minister Marco Ebrard has said that Mexican judicial authorities will get involved in the probe against Patrick Crusius, a US national who killed 22 people at a department store in the bordering city of El Paso, Texas. In a press conference held at the Mexico Consulate General in El Paso, Ebrard said: “We consider this an act of terrorism, in this case, carried out in U.S. territory, but an act of terrorism against Mexicans. It will be the first investigative case of this importance in the history of Mexico regarding terrorism in the United States territory." US authorities are currently investigating a hate-crime motivation behind the shooting.  At least eight Mexican nationals died in the incident, which occurred last Saturday at a Walmart shopping complex.

Criminals raid local police station amid wave of violence in Guanajuato

At least five people have been killed after gunmen raided a local police station in Valle de Santiago, Guanajuato. Local media reported that the suspects stormed the building on Saturday and opened fire at the inmates. Reports showed that the suspects fled in four separate vehicles. A wave of violence was reported in Guanajuato over the weekend, where over 30 people died in separate incidents in Salamanca, Villagran, Celaya, Leon and Irapuato. Violence in Guanajuato is attributed to criminals engaged in fuel-theft. Around 6,000 National Guard soldiers are expected to deploy in the state until the end of 2019.

Journalist shot dead at home in Actopan, Veracruz

A journalist has been shot dead at his residence in Actopan, Veracruz. Jorge Ruiz Vazquez worked for the local El Grafico de Xalapa. Reports suggest that Vazquez had previously received death threats after he uncovered a corruption scandal involving the local government. He was expected to testify later this month over the threats he had allegedly received from the mayor. Vazquez is the third journalist to be killed in Mexico in less than a week. Earlier in the week, two journalists were killed in separate incidents in Morelos and Guerrero. It is estimated that at least 10 journalists were killed in Mexico this year.

Several killed in armed ambush near Limones, Quintana Roo

At least eight people have been gunned down after a violent armed ambush in Quintana Roo, south-eastern Mexico. According to the state prosecutor's office, the incident happened on Wednesday morning along the Federal Highway 307, between Reforma Agraria and Puerto Juarez. Reports suggest that heavily armed assailants sprayed pick-up truck with bullets near the town of Limones. It is still unclear what the circumstances behind the attack are. Authorities are investigating if the incident is linked to a retaliation between rival criminal groups. Limones is located nearly 80 km north of the Chetumal, which sits near the Belizean border. In recent years, armed attacks have increased in Quintana Roo over disputes of lucrative drug routes and territory.

Electric-scooter company suspends Mexico City operations due to theft

An electric-scooter company has temporarily ceased operations in Mexico City due to theft. Grin said in a statement that its Mexico City operations will be suspended until further notice while they review their security policies. The decision comes after several of their scooters were stolen. Several other scooter companies that operate in Mexico City have also raised concerns over theft. Grin's move came after three men driving a stolen taxi were detained for stealing scooters parked across the city. At least seven were recovered. Grin is one of the largest electric-scooter companies in Latin America.

Local newspaper to cease printing after arson attack in Parral, Chihuahua

A local newspaper in the northern state of Chihuahua announced that it has ceased its printing operations after an arson attack. State prosecutors are currently investigating the incident, which targeted offices of the El Monitor de Parral. AP reported that although the newspaper will continue publishing its online version, it will not contain articles on crime and politics. Criminal groups based in rural areas often intimidate local news outlets that report on criminal incidents. Mexico has been considered one of the world's most dangerous countries for media professionals. At least seven have been killed in 2019.

Criminals raid restaurant at shopping centre in Zapopan, Jalisco

At least two suspects have been killed and six civilians have been injured in a shooting at a shopping centre in Zapopan, Jalisco. EFE reported that armed criminals raided a restaurant at the Plaza Galerias, where family members of Nayarit Governor Antonio Echeverria were dining. Tensions escalated when the security detail of the governor's family opened fire at the criminals. Prosecutors claimed that the shooting was linked to a dispute between two rival groups. In recent years, criminality and violence levels in Jalisco have increased due to the expansion of operations of the infamous Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG).

State legislators pass controversial anti-protest law in Tabasco

State legislators in the south-eastern state of Tabasco have passed a controversial bill that will limit rights to protest. Lawmakers overwhelmingly voted in favour of the so-called 'Ley Garrote', which would reform several laws in the state constitution. Among some changes, protesters could get up to 13 years in prison for blocking roads in the state. Tabasco is the home state of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), who has championed the bill. President AMLO claims that the legislation will be key to avoid out-of-control unrest and to tackle extortion towards members of the state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX). Protests in Tabasco have intensified since the federal government plans to build the Dos Bocas oil refinery. Mexico's National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) have said that the law will be reviewed in order to assure it does not violate freedom of speech.

Journalist found dead inside car boot in Zacatepec, Morelos

A journalist based in the restive south-western state of Guerrero has been found dead inside the boot of his vehicle. Rogelio Barragan's body was recovered on Tuesday evening in Zacatepec, located in the neighbouring state of Morelos. Barragan worked for the online-based news outlet Guerrero al Instante. Reports suggest that Barragan's body sustained several gunshot wounds and showed signs of torture. Barragan is the latest journalist to be killed in Mexico, which has been considered one of the world's most dangerous countries for media professionals. It is estimated that at least seven were killed in 2019.

Jalisco state prosecutor gunned down in Pocitlan

A state prosecutor has been killed after an armed attack in Poncitlan, Jalisco. Gonzalo Huitron Reynoso, Jalisco's state prosecutor, was gunned down in the early hours of Friday morning. Milenio reported that the incident happened on the main highway between Guadalajara and Ocotlan. At least two of his bodyguards were injured. It is still unclear what the circumstances behind the attack are. Jalisco is considered one of the most dangerous states in Mexico.

Israeli nationals killed in suspected targeted shooting in Mexico City

Two Israeli nationals have been killed after a shooting at a restaurant in southern Mexico City. Reports revealed that the shooting happened on Wednesday evening at the Plaza Artz in the upscale Jardines del Pedregal neighbourhood. A 33-year-old woman was arrested just after the incident. Initial reports suggested that the crime was linked to a personal dispute; however, police later launched another investigation as both victims - identified as Alon Azulay and Benjamin Yeshurum Sutchi - hold criminal records in Mexico and Israel. Authorities believe that the attack was retaliation by a rival criminal group.

Congress in Baja California vote to extend governor's term

Baja California's state congress has voted in favour to extend the governor's term from two to five years. Governor-elect Jaime Bonilla was elected in June for an initial two-year-term, but lawmakers voted in favour to extend his term to five years. Critics claim that members of Congress betrayed the electorate and said that they will dispute it at the Supreme Court. Bonilla is a member of the ruling National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Governors in Mexico are usually elected to serve six years in office, but some states shorten term lengths so votes can coincide with federal elections. Bonilla's victory put an end to a 30-year dominance of the National Action Party (PAN) in Baja California, where Tijuana is located.

Mexican officials killed in helicopter crash in Michoacan

Four people have been killed in a helicopter crash in Michoacan, western Mexico. Reports revealed that two pilots and two officials died in the crash, which happened on Wednesday in a rural area near Villa Madero. The aircraft was heading from Morelia to Huetamo. Governor Silvano Aureoles said that the crash is believed to have been caused by adverse weather in the region. Among the victims is the state's public security secretary, Jose Martin Godoy.

Influential syndicate leader charged with corruption

A prominent syndicate leader and his family members have been accused of illicit enrichment and money laundering. Prosecutors of the Financial Investigation Unit (FIU) filed charges against Carlos Romero Deschamps, the influential leader of the Mexican Oil Workers Syndicate (STPRM). Deschamps is the leader of the syndicate for more than 25 years and his term is expected to expire in 2024. A federal judge in Estado de Mexico has suspended all arrest orders against him. This is the second time in less than a year that Deschamps has been accused of corruption. In February, prosecutors accused him of money laundering, racketeering and tax evasion. The charges come amid President Lopez Obrador's bid to address corruption in Mexico.

Several killed in bar shooting in Acapulco, Guerrero

At least five people have been killed and several others were injured during a shooting at a bar in Acapulco, Guerrero. State prosecutors confirmed that the shooting happened on Sunday morning in a venue known as Mr Bar, located in the so-called Golden Zone. Authorities are still investigating if the incident is linked to a retaliation. The area is known for the high affluence of tourists and residents. In recent years, Acapulco has suffered a wave of criminality due to disputes between rival groups engaged in drug-trafficking. Guerrero state has been at the centre of an ongoing battle to secure lucrative poppy plantations.

Several bodies recovered in clandestine grave near Guadalajara, Jalisco

At least 10 bodies have been recovered in a clandestine grave near Guadalajara, Jalisco. According to the authorities, the bodies were found buried in the garden of a house located in Tonala. Police said that nine bags containing human remains were also recovered at the scene. Mass graves are often found in Jalisco, where powerful cartels, such as the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG), widely operate. The state is considered one of the most dangerous in Mexico. Last year, over 2,000 people were murdered in Jalisco. It is estimated that since 2006, around 40,000 people have gone missing in Mexico.

Three low-intensity earthquakes recorded in Mexico City

Mexico's National Seismology Service (SSN) has recorded three low-intensity earthquakes with their epicentres in Mexico City. According to reports, the tremors were recorded during a 20-minute interval on Tuesday evening at a shallow depth of three kilometres. The most intense quake reached a 2.9-magnitude. No casualties or damage were reported. Low-intensity earthquakes in central Mexico are not unusual; however, those three tremors were relatively rare due to their epicentre in Mexico City. Additional to being placed on the top of a number of tectonic faults, Mexico City is located along the so-called Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt (FVTM). The FVTM runs from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific coast and houses the country's most active volcanoes.

Several killed in rehabilitation centre in Morelia, Michoacan

Five people have been killed at a drug rehabilitation centre in Morelia, Michoacan. Televisa reported that the victims were found dead inside a clinic located in the Ejidal Isaac Arriaga area. Reports suggest that the bodies were found with signs of torture, while it is still unclear if the victims were patients or employees of the centre. Michoacan is one of the most dangerous states in Mexico. Official data reveal that more than 650 murders were reported in the state so far this year. When fully launched, Michoacan is expected to receive more than 4,000 National Guard soldiers to assist law enforcement.

Dozens fall ill in potential food poisoning during religious event in Cancun

At least 60 people have been medically assisted over a potential food poisoning during a religious celebration in Cancun, Quintana Roo. EFE reported that dozens of people attending a Church of Jesus Christ of Latte-day Saints were assisted when emergency services were called on Wednesday evening. Local media reported that the suspected food poisoning may have been caused after the consumption of a chicken-based dish, which caused stomach cramps and vomiting. Health authorities in Cancun have raised concerns over food preparation standards in Cancun, especially as the region has been experiencing hot summer temperatures.

Sinaloa Cartel's 'El Chapo' sentenced in US federal court

Sinaloa Cartel's Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman has been sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years. In February, after 11 weeks of trial, a US jury has found El Chapo guilty on 10 federal counts. He is expected to get at least one life sentence for engaging in continuing criminal enterprise. Other crimes include conspiracy to commit murder and trafficking drugs, money laundering and drugs distribution. El Chapo was the infamous leader of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel and amassed billions of dollars through trafficking drugs into the US. Last August, he was extradited to the US to face trial after he escaped twice from Mexican prisons. His sentence was handed out at a federal court in New York City. He is currently in solitary confinement at the Metropolitan Correctional Center and is expected to be sent to the US Administrative Maximum Facility in Florence, Colorado, also known as the ADX Florence.

Kidnapped youngster rescued during police operation in Estado de Mexico

Anti-kidnapping agents have rescued a 14-year-old boy who was abducted while heading to school in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. Guerrero state prosecutors said in a statement that the victim was kidnapped in the town of Petatlan and later taken to Huehuetoca, Estado de Mexico. EFE reported that the victim's relatives paid the ransom on at least three occasions. Four people were detained during the operation. Reports claim that three of those arrested are presumed members of the National Guard (GN), a federal force launched to address criminality in Mexico. Although the National Defence Secretary confirmed that the suspects are police officers, the statement does not confirm their links with the GN.

Massive wildfire breaks out at Sian Ka'an Reserve, Quintana Roo

More than 2,500 hectares of land have been consumed after two wildfires broke out in the Sian Ka'an Reserve in Quintana Roo, south-eastern Mexico. According to the National Forest Commission (CONAFOR), nearly 50 percent of a fire in the Muyil area has been controlled as of Monday evening. Local media reported that a second fire in the Sabana Chumpon area is already fully contained. El Financiero reported that the Muyil archaeological sites, located in the area of Chunyaxche in Felipe Carrillo Puerto, has been preventatively closed until further notice. The fires have broken out earlier this month. Most of the area consumed are pastures and dryland. Authorities believe that the fires were caused by hunters that often raid the natural reserve.

Dutch tourist killed after gas leak explosion at holiday house in Playa del Carmen

A 22-year-old Dutch tourist has died after a suspected gas leak explosion in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo. Kim Akker succumbed to her wounds after spending several days in a coma. She suffered substantial second and third-degree burns when a suspected gas leak caused a massive blast at her holiday house. Local media reported that a second person was injured in the blast. The motives behind the explosion are still under investigation. The incident raised questions over safety regulations of holiday houses in Solidaridad, where Playa del Carmen is located. According to the International Judo Federation (IJF), Akker was a three-time national judo champion for the U48kg category and retired from competition in 2017.

Finance minister resigns over grievances with AMLO administration

Finance Minister Carlos Urzua has suddenly resigned over grievances with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO). In a letter published on social media, Urzua said that he is stepping down due to policy differences with the AMLO administration and their lack of pursuing sustainable economic programmes. He criticised the government for attracting politicians that are not qualified nor familiar with public finances. Since taking office, President AMLO has pushed for a number of controversial policies to ease the country's public debt, promote the strengthening of the Mexican peso and tackle corruption. Urzua's resignation generated concerns across international markets over fiscal policies that the current government is attempting to implement.

Airtrain services at Mexico City's airport temporarily suspended

Mexico City's Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX) has announced that Aerotren (AirTrain) services are suspended on Tuesday morning. The airport operator has said on Tuesday morning that replacement buses will operate between the airport's Terminal 1 and 2. Aerotren is the main transportation service used between MEX's terminals. Travellers have been advised to allocate additional time to their journeys due to potential disruption.

Arrest warrant issued for former PEMEX chief over Odebrecht scandal

An arrest warrant has been issued for Emilio Lozoya, the former head of the state-owned oil company PEMEX. Lozoya and several of his family members, including his wife, have been accused of corruption as part of investigations linked to the Brazilian-based company Odebrecht. Lozoya is accused of setting up a shell company to receive bribe money from the steelmaker Altos Hornos de Mexico, which is suspected of selling an overpriced fertilised plant to PEMEX. Lozoya denied any wrongdoing and said that the charges are politically motivated. Odebrecht has been implicated in one of the biggest corruption scandals in Latin America. In Mexico, the company has been barred from holding public contracts until 2022 over alleged bribes made to PEMEX officials.

Several hikers killed in flash flooding in Parras de la Fuente, Coahuila

At least eight hikers have been killed after flash floods hit a canyon near Parras de la Fuente, Coahuila. Local media reported that the victims were riding two vehicles through the Canon de la Lima when they were suddenly dragged away by a strong current. Most of the victims were teenagers. Search efforts are ongoing to locate a 15-year-old who is still reported missing. Canon de la Lima is a famous tourist destination located south-west of Parras de la Fuente. 

Counter-narcotics chief shot dead in Celaya, Guanajuato

A counter-narcotics officer linked to the state attorney general's office has been gunned down in Celaya, Guanajuato. Francisco Fuentes Uribe was killed in a drive-by shooting on Tuesday evening. He was killed just outside a business in the Tres Guerras neighbourhood. Authorities confirmed that high-calibre ammunition was recovered from the scene. AP reported that he was also known for leading the state prosecutor's specialised investigation unit. In a statement released by the Guanajuato Attorney General's Office, state authorities condemned the incident and said that investigations have been launched. Criminals groups in Guanajuato often target law enforcement agents, politicians and social leaders. Most assailants are usually linked to fuel-theft activities.

Federal police officers stage protest against National Guard

Federal police officers have staged nationwide protests against their integration into the newly-launched National Guard (GN). In a number of demonstrations reported across Mexico's police stations, officers claim that their transfer to the GN would mean lower salaries,less benefits and lower ranks. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said that nearly 10,000 officers have already voluntarily transferred to the force. Security Minister Alfonso Durazno has dismissed allegations that officers would lose their current status once moving to the GN. The GN is a controversial civilian-military force seeking to assist law-enforcement agencies to tackle criminality across Mexico. The force has recently been deployed to southern Mexico to tackle illegal migration.

Police investigate disappearance of 25 people from a call centre in Cancun

Police are investigating the suspected disappearance of at least 25 people from a call centre in Cancun, Quintana Roo. State Security Secretary Alberto Capella confirmed that investigations were launched after the incident was reported on Tuesday evening in the Benito Juarez area. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said on his morning briefings that preliminary reports suggest that the situation is linked to a dispute between two rival groups. He said that there is no initial evidence that the case is linked to a kidnapping. Authorities confirmed that all of them were rescued a day after the incident.

Vehicles set ablaze in suspected threat to National Guard in Tabasco

At least four vehicles were set ablaze when suspected criminals blocked a major highway in Tabasco, south-eastern Mexico. Local media reported that the blockade happened along the Federal Highway 195, between Villahermosa and Teapa. Police have attributed the roadblock to members of a local criminal group known as 'El Pelon de Playas del Rosario', which left a message at the scene in response to the deployment of the National Guard (GN). President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has officially launched his GN on Sunday. Initially, more than 70,000 troops will be deployed to assist law enforcement across nine states, including Guanajuato, Sonora, Jalisco, Michoacan, Oaxaca, Aguascalientes, Quintana Roo, Oaxaca and Mexico City.

Mexico's National Guard officially launched

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has officially launched his controversial National Guard (GN). In a ceremony held on Sunday, the 70-thousand-strong military force is being launched to tackle endemic levels of violence and organised crime across Mexico. The GN will have civilian and military leadership and will include former soldiers and former police officers. Reports suggest that the government seeks to recruit up to 150,000 members until 2023. Initially, the military force will be deployed along the southern border with Guatemala to address migration, while President AMLO also announced plans to deploy the GN in Mexico City. Social groups raised concerns over the military institution and fear the return to the bloody years of the so-called 'war on drugs' of President Felipe Calderon.

Hailstorm causes destruction across Guadalajara, Jalisco

Dozens of houses and vehicles were damaged when a highly unusual hailstorm hit Guadalajara, Jalisco. Several neighbourhoods across the eastern parts of the state capital were covered in up to two metres of hail. The military and local authorities joined efforts to clear the ice and debris, which caused some travel disruption in some major routes also in the city's metropolitan area, including Tlaquepaque. No casualties were initially reported. Hailstorms are not rare phenomenons in Guadalajara, but they tend to be less severe than the one reported last Sunday.

President announces plan to deploy National Guard in Mexico City

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has announced that the National Guard will be deployed in Mexico City due to increasing levels of criminality. In a press conference on Thursday, AMLO said that he has already agreed on the measure with the regional government. He said that the move comes as Mexico City is reporting increasing levels of homicide in the last 10 years. He blamed the situation on previous administrations. The National Guard is a controversial project aimed at assisting law enforcement agencies to address criminality. From 30 June, the force will be officially deployed for the first time across the country.

Police investigate suspected kidnapping in Saltillo, Coahuila

Police in Coahuila is investigating the disappearance of a 21-year-old woman, who was reported missing on Sunday in Saltillo. Gabriela Yaneth is believed to have been kidnapped when assailants forced her into a vehicle. Preliminary investigations followed claims that Yaneth fled her house but this later became an official kidnapping investigation. Although levels of crime in Coahuila are significantly lower compared with neighbouring states, in recent years sporadic cases have been reported. According to Alto al Secuestro Association, most cases are reported in Torreon, Saltillo, Piedras Negras and Monclova.

Former President Fox calls for mass anti-government protest in Mexico City

Former President Vicente Fox has called for a mass protest in Mexico City against the recent policies of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Fox called on his supporters on social media to take to the streets of the capital and gather around the Monumento a la Revolucion in the Plaza de la Republica. Fox is a member of the National Action Party (PAN) and was elected to serve a six-year term in 2000. Earlier this week, PAN and the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) have launched the so-called 'Futuro 21', a political initiative against President Lopez Obrador and his National Regeneration Movement (MORENA).

Tropical Storm Alvin forms off western Mexico

Tropical Storm Alvin has formed off the Mexican coast and is forecast to head westwards the North Pacific. Alvin is expected to bring limited impact to the mainland as it is forecast to weaken within the next few days. However, heavy rainfall and strong winds are forecast to affect the western Mexican coast. According to the Mexican National Met Centre (SMN), waves reaching up to three metres are expected in Jalisco, Colima, Guerrero and Oaxaca. Meanwhile, in northern Mexico, weather events led to several casualties in Tamaulipas, where heavy rainfall is forecast to persist. For further information, travellers are advised to follow updated from the US National Hurricane Centre and the SMN.

Migrant father and daughter found drowned near Matamoros, Tamaulipas

A father and his two-year-old daughter have drowned in the Rio Grande near Matamoros, Tamaulipas. Initially published by a Mexican newspaper, a picture of both victims turned viral, highlighting the risks that migrants and their children take to cross the US-Mexico border. Reports revealed that the victims were El Salvadoran and were found several days after being reported missing. AP reported that the family had recently attempted to book an appointment at the US Consulate to request asylum. The area where they were found is located near an international bridge, just opposite to Texas's Brownsville. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), more than 160 migrants died so far in 2019 in the US-Mexico border.

Newspaper's printing director shot dead in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas

A printing director of a newspaper in Tamaulipas has succumbed to his wounds after being shot in Ciudad Victoria. AP reported that Juan Antonio Escamilla died after gunmen targeted his auto shop. Escamilla was in charge of printing the Expreso newspaper. Reports suggest that staff members and journalists of the newspaper have previously been intimated and targeted. It is still unknown if Escamilla was targeted because of his work with the paper. Media professionals and workers associated with the media are often targeted by criminal groups. Mexico has been labelled one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist. Most incidents involve reporters covering crime and political corruption.

Security services investigate reports over alleged IS-linked militants in Mexico

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador confirmed that the Mexican security services are currently investigating allegations that three men presumably linked to the Islamic State (IS) attempted to enter the country. In a press conference, he said that the information is currently being dealt with. Conflicting reports have suggested that three individuals attempted to enter Mexico after travelling through Panama and Costa Rica. Security Minister Alfonso Durazo dismissed allegations that those suspects are in Mexican territory and said that such alerts, often issued by the US agencies, are frequently issued.

Locals clash with central government over sargassum infestation crisis

Political tensions between locals and the administration of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) are high due to the long-standing sargassum infestation at major Mexican beaches. Since 2014, seaweed has become a significant issue throughout most Caribbean states. Although contingency measures have been launched, expensive and exhaustive techniques to block seaweed from reaching beaches have proven ineffective. The presence and amount of seaweed may vary depending on the currents. Tensions recently escalated in the region after President AMLO said that the sargassum infestation is a "minor issue". He reiterated that the navy has been assigned to deal with the situation. Last week, Quintana Roo state declared a state of emergency to secure government funding to address the issue, which already affected the beaches of Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

Senate overwhelmingly approve USMCA trade deal

Senators have overwhelmingly approved the revamped North American trade deal between Mexico, Canada and the US. In a vote held on Wednesday, 114 senators of the 128-seat chamber voted in favour of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which will replace the controversial North Atlantic Free Trade Association (NAFTA). Mexico seeks a closer economic relationship with the US amid increasing trade tensions over migration. Mexico has recently beefed up efforts to address migration caravans that are crossing the country towards the US border. US President Donald Trump has threatened to introduce steep tariffs on Mexican exports to the US if the issue failed to be addressed. Mexico becomes the first country to ratify the USMCA.

Former cartel leader in Michoacan sentenced for 55 years

A former leader of the infamous Knights Templar cartel has been sentenced to 55 years in prison. Servando Gomez Martinez, alias 'La Tuta', was sentenced for orchestrating the kidnapping of a local businessman back in 2011. He has been jailed in Morelia, Michoacan, since 2015. La Tuta is believed to have led the Knights Templar, which was heavily involved in extortion, drug trafficking and kidnapping in Michoacan. It was created after separation from some members of the notorious Familia Michoacana. The cartel has significantly lost influence after the creation of self-defence forces across the state.

Popocatepetl volcano in central Mexico records intense activity

Intense activity on the Popocatepetl Volcano has generated ashfall in some communities in the region. Mexico's National Center for Prevention of Disasters (CENAPRED) has said that on Monday, 185 volcanic exhalations - when gas and ash are emitted - were reported. Three of them were particularly unusual, leading to ash being expelled up to 8,000 metres into the atmosphere. Several areas around the volcano were put on alert due to potential ashfall. In the event of ashfall, it is highly recommended to avoid outdoor activity, shut doors and windows, and cover eyes, mouth and nose. CENAPRED has advised staying away from the volcano due to potential risks of fallen debris and mudslides. Popocatepetl is one of the most active volcanoes in Mexico. Currently, there is a 12-kilometre exclusion zone around the volcano, which is located in the tri-border states of Estado de Mexico, Puebla and Morelos.

Police launch operation in border town of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua

Mexico's Federal Police has reportedly stepped up efforts to tackle migration along the country's northern border. EFE reported that a major operation was launched on Monday along the border of Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, Texas. No official statement over the operation was released; however, an officer told EFE that the operation was not intended to arrest those attempting to cross the border. Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana are among the main border crossings of illegal migrants heading to the US. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has recently announced the deployment of the National Guard to the southern border with Guatemala to tackle US-bound migrant caravans. Enhanced migration policies in Mexico come after US President Donald Trump threatened to enforce steep tariffs on Mexican exports to the US.

Government to sell presidential aircraft to fund enhanced migration policies

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has decided to sell the presidential aircraft to fund a crackdown on illegal migration. Reports indicate that his Boeing 787 Dreamliner is currently worth $150m. Selling the presidential plane was one of his campaign pledges. Additionally, he also seeks to put dozens of government-owned aircraft up for sale. Since taking office, he has made controversial economic decisions, including halting the construction of the partly-built new airport in Mexico City. Enhanced migration in Mexico was launched after US President Donald Trump threatened to introduce steep tariffs on Mexican imports if the country fails to address mass migration bound to the US - especially migrant caravans from Central America, which were initially given a free pass in Mexico. Since then, the government ordered the deployment of the National Guard to the Guatemalan border.

Several killed in separate shootings in Sonora

At least nine people have been killed in two separate shootings in Sonora, northern Mexico. Prosecutors said that one of the incidents happened in the town of Agua Prieta, located just opposite to the US town of Douglas, Arizona. The shooting broke out just hours before another incident was reported near Naco. Authorities are still investigating who is behind both incidents. Preliminary investigation suggests a potential involvement of criminal cartels. Due to its location along the US border, Sonora is often the focus of disputes between rival drug-trafficking groups. However, most criminal incidents are reported in the south of the state.

Journalist kidnapped in Boca del Rio, Veracruz

A journalist has reportedly been kidnapped after gunmen raided his home in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. Journalists' associations said that Marcos Miranda Cogco was taken on Wednesday morning in the coastal town of Boca del Rio. His wife said that he had previously received threats for criticising the local government. Governor Cuitlahuac Garcia said that investigations were launched. His abduction happened just after another journalist was killed in the neighbouring state of Tabasco. Norma Serabia, a crime reporter, was murdered in the town of Huimanguillo.

Journalist shot dead in Huimanguillo, Tabasco

A journalist has been killed after criminals riding a motorcycle opened fire in Huimanguillo, Tabasco. Reports suggest that Norma Serabia was shot dead outside her house. Serabia had worked for the daily newspaper Tabasco Hoy for nearly 15 years and also covered crime-related news for other outlets. She is among six journalists to have been killed in Mexico since the start of the year. In Tabasco, another journalist was assassinated in February. Jesus Ramos was killed in the town of Emiliano Zapata. Mexico has been labelled one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist. Most incidents involve reporters covering crime and political corruption.

Kidnapped university student found dead in Mexico City

A 22-year-old university student has been found dead nearly a week after being kidnapped in Mexico City. Norberto Ronquillo was a student at the Pedregal University and was kidnapped after leaving classes. Local media reported that his body was recovered in the Las Cruces area. Ronquillo was close to graduation and was originally from the northern state of Chihuahua. Reports suggest that the victim was expected to visit his relatives before being taken. His family reportedly paid a ransom equivalent to $26k after criminals demanded around five million pesos ($260k) for his release.

Environmentalist shot dead in Palenque, Chiapas

A prominent environmentalist has been shot dead in the southern state of Chiapas EFE reported that Jose Luis Alvarez Flores was found dead in the town of Palenque. Alvarez was known for managing a 345-hectare black howler sanctuary in the town of Chable, Tabasco. Environmental agencies and organisations condemned Alvarez's death and raised concerns for the safety of environmentalists in Mexico. Alvarez has reportedly denounced the illegal extraction of sand and other materials from a nearby river. Reports indicate that Alvarez is the first Tabasco-based environmentalist to ever be killed.

President AMLO to deploy National Guard along Guatemalan border

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) said that more than 6,000 National Guard troops will be deployed along the Guatemalan border to tackle migration. In a move to ease commercial tensions with the US, which recently announced tariffs to Mexican exports, Mexican authorities have stepped up efforts to block US-bound migrant caravans taking off from Central America. Earlier this week, more than 1,000 people were intercepted in Mexico, while hundreds were recently arrested. US President Donald Trump has threatened to continually increase tariffs on Mexican exports if the government fails to address migration.

Several killed as heavy rainfall triggers flooding in Jalisco

Heavy rainfall has triggered widespread flooding across Jalisco, western Mexico. According to reports, at least five people have been killed since flooding hit the region. Local rivers have threatened several low-ground communities, while more than 1,000 houses were damaged. Adverse weather conditions are forecast to continue to impact Jalisco and most states across western Mexico. Southern and western Mexico is entering its rainy season, which is expected to last until October.

Clandestine drug labs dismantled in Culiacan, Sinaloa

Three major clandestine drug labs have been dismantled in a military operation in Sinaloa, western Mexico. According to officials, the three labs were found during a patrol in the rural areas of Culiacan. Military and police operations across Sinaloa and neighbouring states have recently uncovered a number of drug labs, mainly intended to produce synthetic opioids - including fentanyl and methamphetamine - to be shipped to the US. According to the DEA's 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment, Mexico is the main source of heroin to the US. Fentanyl and other opioids are also mainly imported from Mexico and China.

Preventative measures launched to tackle mosquito-borne diseases in Yucatan

Health authorities in Merida, Yucatan, have launched preventative measures due to the threat of mosquito-borne diseases in south-eastern Mexico. Researchers from the University of Yucatan have recently raised concerns over potential risks associated with yellow fever. Concerns have been raised over cases of zika, chikungunya and dengue fever that have been previously reported in the region. The most effective way to avoid contracting yellow fever is through vaccination at least 10 days before travelling. For the other three, currently, there are no vaccinations available. Travellers are advised vigilance to avoid being bitten. Common practices include the use of insect repellent and keeping doors and windows shut, especially at night.

President Lopez Obrador's MORENA makes significant gains in regional elections

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) made significant gains in the regional elections held last Sunday in six Mexican states. Preliminary results show that MORENA candidates for governor in Puebla and Baja California will be victorious. In Baja California, MORENA are removing the 30-year government of the National Action Party (PAN). MORENA has also achieved significant gains after garnering important legislative seats in Aguascalientes, Durango, Quintana Roo and Tamaulipas. President Lopez Obrador has been consolidating his political power since being elected last year. His victory has put an end to decades of political domination of the PAN and the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins Saturday

The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season is set to kick off on Saturday and last until late-November. During this period, powerful hurricanes and tropical storms become frequent across the US Southeast, the Caribbean and Central America. Last year, the Atlantic experienced one of the busiest hurricane seasons in recent decades. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has already named 15 storms for the current season. Typically, the Atlantic hurricane season starts in June; however, earlier this month, Andrea became the first named storm of 2019. Travellers are highly advised to monitor local media and official updates from reputable sources, such as the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). Updates and useful information are also provided by official meteorological and weather agencies. Among the main threats during this period are storm surges, flooding and landslides. Adverse weather may also affect flights and sea travel across the Caribbean and North Atlantic.

US President Trump to impose tariffs on Mexican exports over illegal migration

US President Donald Trump has announced the introduction of tariffs on Mexican exports to the US. From mid-June, a five-percent tax will be imposed on all goods exported from Mexico. President Trump continues to pressure the government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to tackle illegal migration, which has generated a deep crisis along the US-Mexico border. In recent months, Mexican authorities have stepped up efforts to address the high-influx of Central American migrants heading to the US. President Trump has said that the five-percent tariff will be increased - it may reach up to 25 percent by October - if Mexico fails to address the issue.

Scores killed in tour bus accident in Veracruz

At least 21 people have been killed after a tour bus crashed into a trailer in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. AP reported that the vehicle crashed along the main highway between Veracruz and Puebla, near a mountainous area known as Cumbres de Maltrata. Reports suggest that the bus caught on fire after the crash. El Universal reported that the bus was carrying pilgrims from the state of Chiapas. They were returning home after a visit to the Guadalupe Basilica in Mexico City.

Soldiers taken hostage and released in exchange for weapons

On 27 May, 11 soldiers were taken hostage by residents of La Huacana in Michoacan. They were later released in exchange for weapons which had been confiscated by the army in a previous operation. The civilian population of the area identify as members of self-defence groups, but the National Human Rights Commission condemned the aggression towards the armed forces and demanded that the perpetrators are punished.

Five killed in Chapultepec road traffic accident

On 25 May, five people were killed when a truck lost its brakes in Chapultepec, Mexico City and collided with another vehicle. The incident took place around 11:00 local time. Police have opened an investigation.

Four police officers killed in Zamora attack

Four police officers were killed and seven others injured in an attack, as well as two bystanders in Zamora, Michoacan. Several parts of the city were left in darkness when the suspects also shot out the transformers shortly after midnight.  According to preliminary investigations, the perpetrators were members of the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG). The killed and wounded were municipal police who are only lightly armed, and do not normally play a front-line role against drug cartels. The mayor of the affected area said that the city had been asking for help to combat violent crime for some time.

Over 200 migrants found trapped in Mexico City house

Mexican authorities announced that they had deployed to a suspicious property in Ecatepec, a suburb of Mexico City, and found 230 migrants trapped in a house. According to reports, the migrants were mainly from Central America, and included at least 64 minors; they had no access to food or water. The Interior Ministry has stated that around 300,000 migrants have crossed into the country in the first three months of this year. The Trump administration has been making efforts to stop illegal migration into the US including firing tear gas to disperse a caravan of thousands of people last year, and additional troops have been deployed to the border area to counter the attempted invasion. President Trump accuses the Mexican government of doing "virtually nothing" to deter the flow of migrants approaching the US border.

Alert issued for Popocatepetl volcano

On 22 May, the Washington Volcanic Ash Advisory Center issued an alert for the Popocatepetl volcano. The volcano in Estado de Mexico has erupted, spewing ash to an altitude of 3,500 metres and gases at 800 metres. The National Civil Protection authority has also issued an advisory to the public to avoid the area, and have warned that the event is likely to worsen air quality in nearby cities including Mexico City, where a high pollution alert was issued last week. The Popocatepetl volcano, whose name means "Mountain of Smoke", rises 5.4 km above sea level and is located 80 km south-east of the capital.

Ten killed in clashes between organised crime groups

At least 10 people have been killed in armed clashes in Uruapan, Michoacan. According to police, the confrontation happened between criminal groups in a wooded area of Arroyo Colorado. Reports suggest that the police recovered high-calibre weapons at the scene. The incident happened just hours after three civilians were shot dead in Chilchota. Uruapan is mainly known for its avocado industry, which has been targeted by criminal groups based in Michoacan. The region is also known for hosting violent territorial disputes involving rival criminal factions, including the infamous Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) and local self-defence vigilante groups.

Luxury goods to be auctioned to fund social spending

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has announced that scores of luxury cars and apartments will be auctioned off to benefit the country's poorest municipalities. According to reports, some of the cars belonged to the president's office, while other vehicles, luxury apartments and jewellery were seized from criminal gangs. Since taking office, President Lopez Obrador has launched policies to cut public spending. Among some measures, he ordered his security detail to be disbanded and selling of the presidential plane.

President Obrador to challenge corrupt judges

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced that he will seek out judges aligned to Mexican drug cartels. The move comes after the US placed sanctions on a Mexican judge and a former state governor, accusing them of accepting bribes from drug trafficking gangs. President Obrador's government has also been accused of permitting the gangs to operate with impunity. Mexico's drug war has raged for more than a decade after the government sent in the troops at the end of 2006 to crack down on the cartels, resulting in more than 200,000 people being killed, and thousands disappearing.

Five killed in shooting at fruit market in Coatepec, Veracruz

At least five people have been killed and several injured after gunmen raided a fruit market in Coatepec, Veracruz. According to state authorities, dozens of shots were fired at lemon vendors in the Tuzamapan area. It is still unclear what the circumstances behind the shooting are. Veracruz has become one of the most dangerous states in Mexico mostly due to violent territorial disputes involving rival criminal factions.

Guatemalan girl detained at migration facility dies at a hospital in Mexico City

A 10-year-old Guatemalan girl detained at a migration facility has died after being taken to a hospital in Mexico City. El Pais reported that the girl was a migrant child who was transferred with her mother from the northern state of Chihuahua to a migration facility in Iztapalapa. Reports suggest the girl was suffering from a throat infection. Migrant caravans have become a recent phenomenon across Mexico. Since taking office, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador initially had an open approach to migration. However, most recently, federal authorities have stepped up efforts to tackle migration towards the US. Children also take part in those dangerous journeys. They are the most vulnerable to dehydration, starvation and other health hazards. Several children have already died after being detained at migration facilities both in Mexico and the US.

Journalist shot dead in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo

A journalist has been found dead in the resort town of Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo. DW reported that Francisco Romero's body was recovered in the parking lot of a nightclub. Reports suggest that Romero was following a news tip when he was shot dead. He worked for a social-media based news outlet and another local newspaper, where he covered crime-related issues. He was also under government protection after receiving death threats and reportedly being kidnapped. According to reports, he was not with his bodyguards at the time of the incident. Romero is the fifth journalist to be killed in Mexico since the start of the year. According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Mexico has become the deadliest country in the world for journalists.

US national arrested after car ramming near border crossing in Tijuana

A 29-year-old US national has been arrested after ramming his vehicle into stopped traffic near the San Ysidro Port of Entry in Tijuana. US media reported that the suspect drove into pedestrians, street vendors and several vehicles before being detained. At least five people were injured. Local residents reportedly attacked the suspect's vehicle with stones and bats until the police arrived at the scene. Both occupants of the vehicle were severely injured after being beaten. It is still unclear what the circumstances behind the incident are. According to the police, the car ramming happened after a police chase.

One killed in bar shooting in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo

At least one person has died and nearly a dozen others were injured in a shooting at a bar in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo. State prosecutors said that the incident happened on Tuesday at a brewery in Ejidal neighbourhood. Authorities believe that the incident may be linked to retaliation between rival groups. Ejidal is located several kilometres from popular tourist resorts in Playa del Carmen. In recent months, sporadic shootings have occurred in Playa del Carmen and Cancun. They mostly involve rival criminal groups engaged in drug-trafficking and often occur relatively far from tourist areas.

Emergency measures launched as wildfires continue to affect air quality in central Mexico

The government has activated emergency measures as wildfires continue to affect air quality in central Mexico. Air contamination has been a concern since dozens of wildfires continue to be active across Estado de Mexico. Alongside Mexico City, contingency measures were also launched in the states of Puebla, Hidalgo, Tlaxcala, Morelos and Estado de Mexico. Health authorities recommend people avoid outdoor activities. Some events have been cancelled, while the government still considers the potential suspension of school classes. Restriction on traffic and emissions have also been imposed in Mexico City. Travellers have been recommended to follow advice from the CDMX Environmental division and the National Forest Commission (CONAFOR). 

Prominent workers' union leader shot dead in Salamanca, Guanajuato

A prominent workers' union leader has been shot dead during an armed ambush in Salamanca, Guanajuato. Gilberto Munoz Mosqueda was murdered when gunmen targeted his vehicle on Saturday evening. Mosqueda was an 83-year-old union leader involved for more than 40 years with the country's chemical and petrochemical workers' union. He is also a former senator for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). It is still unclear what the motives behind the attack are. Politicians and union leaders are often targeted in armed attacks in Mexico. Salamanca has reported a significant increase in violent crime in recent months, mostly attributed to groups engaged in fuel theft. In April, the Red Cross suspended its operations after gunmen targeted an ambulance.

Dozens of bodies recovered in clandestine graves across Jalisco

Dozens of bodies have been recovered in two clandestine graves in Jalisco, western Mexico. According to state prosecutors, the bodies were found during police raids across Zapopan. Authorities fear that the number of victims may increase as excavation works in those areas continue. The first victims were found last week during search operations in Tlajomulco and Guadalajara. Mass graves are often found in Jalisco, where powerful cartels, such as the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) widely operate. The state is considered one of the most dangerous in Mexico. Last year, more than 2,000 people were murdered in Jalisco. It is estimated that since 2006, around 40,000 people have gone missing in Mexico.

Mexico City authorities issue air quality warning due to wildfires in Estado de Mexico

Mexico City's environment secretary has issued a warning over the city's air quality as dozens of wildfires remain active across the neighbouring Estado de Mexico. Smoke from more than 30 wildfires around the Del Valle region has significantly affected air quality in Mexico City, forcing local authorities to order people to stay indoors and avoid outdoor activities. Among the risks associated with poor air quality are respiratory issues, especially for people already suffering from respiratory or cardiac conditions. Travellers have been recommended to follow advice from local authorities, such as the CDMX Environmental division and the National Forest Commission (CONAFOR). Meanwhile, in the southern state of Oaxaca, a state of emergency was declared in nearly a dozen municipalities that are being affected by wildfires. Fires have also affected several areas around Guadalajara, Jalisco.

Prison guards killed in armed raid near Cuernavaca, Morelos

At least four prison guards have been killed during an armed attack in Morelos, central Mexico. Local media reported that the attack happened on Friday morning in the town of Puente de Ixtla, located south of Cuernavaca. Reports suggest that heavily armed criminals targeted a bus transporting prison guards to a maximum security facility. The Femenil Social Rehabilitation Centre houses several high-profile criminals, including senior members of the Los Zetas Cartel and assailants linked to the Cartel del Golfo. In January, the military took over public security duties in Cuernavaca due to the high levels of criminality and corruption within local enforcement. Puente de Ixtla is also located near the border of the restive state of Guerrero.

Nationwide demonstrations planned for 10 May

Marches are planned in various cities nationwide on 10 May by the Movement for Our Disappeared organization.  Demonstrations are planned for Mexico City, Puerto de Veracruz, Coatzacoalcos, Xalapa, Orizaba-Cordoba, Ciudad Juarez, Guaymas, Hermosillo, Cajeme, Culiacan, Queretaro, Morelos, Ciudad Victoria, Ciudad Reynosa and Torreon, although events are also possible in other locations nationwide.  According to activists, around 40,000 people are missing and the civil society groups have accused the government of failing to respond adequately.  Individuals are advised to avoid the affected areas.

One dead and three injured in Cuernavaca shooting

A local businessman was killed and three others injured in a shooting in Cuernavaca on Wednesday while a media interview was being conducted in the Plaza de Armas.  According to reports, one man was detained as he fled the scene and was found in possession of a 9 mm weapon.  The police have opened an investigation to ascertain if a second shooter was also involved.

Students at Mexico City University end three month strike

Following the longest strike in it's history, 58,600 students of the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana (UAM) returned to classes on 8 May.  The three-month stoppage over the wages and conditions of university staff meant that many of the students were forced to take on temporary work, since their educational grants were also stopped whilst they were not attending classes.  Agreement was finally reached when management agreed to the redistribution of budgets to permit increases to wages, although lower than the unions had originally demanded.  University staff will now convene with students to recoup the work missed during the industrial action.  

Several killed in private jet crash near Ocampo, Coahuila

Thirteen people have been killed when a private jet crashed in a mountainous region in Coahuila, northern Mexico. Reuters reported that the aircraft crashed on Monday afternoon in a remote area near Ocampo. The victims were returning from the US, where they went to attend a boxing match in Las Vegas. Local media reported that the plane was heading to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Reports suggest that the Bombardier Challenger 601 aircraft lost communications with air traffic controllers hours after entering Mexican airspace. It is still unclear what caused the crash.

Journalist targeted in suspected carjacking in Mexico City

A journalist has been targeted in a suspected car-jacking attempt in Mexico City. Reports show that Hector de Mauleon was targeted on Monday evening in the city's Condesa neighbourhood. A shooting broke out between the criminals and his bodyguard. One of the suspects died at the scene, while another was taken to hospital. Local media has reported that the victim was targeted in a failed car-jacking and the incident is not believed to be linked to his work. De Mauleon is a prominent journalist who often addresses organised crime issues. AP reported that he has previously received a number of death threats. Mexico is considered one of the world's most dangerous places to be a journalist. Reports suggest that at least six journalists have been killed in Mexico since the start of the year.

One killed as gunmen raid funeral in Sonora

At least one person has been killed and two others were injured after gunmen raided a funeral in Sonora, northern Mexico. AP reported that heavily armed men indiscriminately opened fire on people attending a wake in the town of San Luis Rio Colorado, just opposite to the US town of Yuma, Texas. It is still unclear what the circumstances behind the incident are, but preliminary reports indicate that the shooting may be retaliation. Due to its location along the US border, Sonora is often the focus of disputes between rival drug-trafficking groups. However, most criminal incidents are reported in the south of the state.

Rock band members briefly kidnapped after hijacking in Puebla

Members of a Mexican rock band have been targeted in a suspected hijacking in Puebla, central Mexico. Cafe Tacvba said in a statement released on social media that two band members were briefly kidnapped when criminals targeted a cargo lorry transporting their equipment. The group was scheduled to hold a concert on Saturday in the resort city of Cancun, Quintana Roo. Authorities confirmed that the incident happened along the 150D Federal; Highway. Also known as the Puebla-Cordoba highway, hijackings along the 150D are common. It crosses the restive state of Veracruz.

Police investigate death of Uruguayan model found hanged at Mexico City hotel

Police are investigating the circumstances behind the death of a 31-year-old Uruguayan national who was found hanged at a hotel in Mexico City. Prosecutors said that the victim arrived in the city in mid-April. She has been identified as Fatimih Davila Sosa, a former world beauty pageant in Uruguay. Reports suggest that Sosa, who was reportedly working as a model, moved to the hotel ahead of a job interview. Prosecutors said that an acquaintance helped her move. Authorities said that they are assessing if Sosa hanged herself or was murdered.

Local radio journalist killed in armed ambush in Oaxaca

A local radio journalist has been killed after a suspect armed ambush in Oaxaca, south-western Mexico. Telesforo Santiago Enriquez was the founder of local community radio in San Agustin Loxicha, a rural area located in the state's southern mountains. A government spokesman condemned the incident and reinforced President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's commitment to addressing violence against press workers in Mexico. At least six journalists have been killed in Mexico since the start of the year. The country has been considered one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a media professional.

Student shot dead at university classroom in Mexico City

An 18-year-old student has been shot at a university classroom in Mexico City. The incident happened on Monday afternoon at the College of Humanities and Science of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The campus is located in western Mexico City. Preliminary reports suggest that Aidee was shot by a stray bullet that was reportedly fired hundreds of metres from the building. However, critics and family members are sceptical on how the police are handling the case. Prosecutors said that investigations are still ongoing. Aidee's death triggered a student-led protest in the university, calling for enhanced security measures around the campus.

Four killed amid wave of violent shootings in Uruapan, Michoacan

At least four people have been killed and several others have been injured in a wave of violence in Uruapan, Michoacan. El Universal reported that armed criminals targeted a family near the town's old train station on Monday evening. Among the casualties is a 10-year-old minor who succumbed to his wounds after being taken to the hospital. The incident happened just moments before an armed confrontation broke out between criminals and police officers. At least six people have been killed in Uruapan in separate incidents reported in less than 24 hours. The city is mainly known for its avocado industry, which has been targeted by criminal groups based in Michoacan. The region is also known for hosting violent territorial disputes involving rival criminal factions, including the infamous Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) and local self-defence vigilante groups.

Several suspect kidnappers killed in renewed mob attack in Veracruz

At least three suspected kidnappers have been killed in a mob attack in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. Local media reported that dozens of people intercepted the suspects on the streets of the rural town of Los Choapas, located near the border with Chiapas. Although police officers arrived at the scene, they failed to protect the suspects, who were lynched and executed. Mob attacks in Veracruz are a recurrent phenomenon. Local vigilante groups are often behind such incidents. In late-February, six suspected kidnappers were killed in Veracruz after being lynched on the streets of another rural town.

President AMLO officially announces project to build new Mexico City airport

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has officially announced a project to build Mexico City's new airport. The controversial four-billion-dollar project will be built in the Santa Lucia military air base located north-east of Mexico City. The project is expected to be completed by mid-2021 and the military will be in charge of construction works. Just after taking office last December, President AMLO ordered the suspension of another airport in the capital, which had parts of it already completed. The scrapped 13-billion-dollar Texcoco project was considered to be too expensive to run and engulfed in corruption. The decision came after a referendum. The new airport is intended to alleviate the pressure from the Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX).

Several killed in violent shooting in Saltillo, Coahuila

At least nine suspected criminals have been killed during a violent shooting in Coahuila, northern Mexico. Televisa reported that the incident happened on Saturday morning in Saltillo, west of Monterrey. According to state prosecutors, the shooting broke out after patrolling soldiers were targeted when approaching a suspected vehicle. At least two police officers were injured in the incident - the cause of which remains unclear. Unlike neighbouring Nuevo Leon and Chihuahua, Coahuila has significantly lower homicide rates. However, the state has one of the highest rates of low-level drug-trafficking, especially in areas - such as the town of Piedras Negras - bordering the US.

Several killed in bus accident near Rio Grande, Zacatecas

Nearly a dozen people have been killed after a bus overturned on a federal highway in Zacatecas, central Mexico. Local media reported that the accident happened on Sunday evening along the Federal Highway 49, near the town of Rio Grande. Authorities said that 40 passengers were being taken from Torreon to Mexico City. Mexico reports one of the highest rates of deadly road accidents in Latin America. Most accidents are caused due to reckless driving, poorly maintained vehicles and road conditions in some rural areas.

Brazilian-based Odebrecht barred from holding public contracts

The General Comptroller's Office has issued a three-year ban against the Brazilian-based construction company Odebrecht. The ban will also affect several of the company's subsidiaries in Mexico, which are accused of securing public contracts after the payment of millions of dollars. Odebrecht and his subsidiaries will be barred from acquiring public work's contracts until 2022. In previous statements, Odebrecht has admitted to having paid millions in bribes to officials linked to Mexico's state-owned oil company PEMEX. Odebrecht has been at the centre of massive political scandals across Latin America, where it is estimated to have paid more than $800m in bribes.

National Guard deployed to tackle crime levels in Veracruz

More than 1,000 members of the National Guard have been deployed across the south-eastern state of Veracruz. Members of the recently established military-civilian force will assist law enforcement agencies across the state, which in recent years has been reporting spiralling levels of criminality. The deployment of the National Guard comes despite no supporting legislation from Congress being passed. The force is expected to recruit up to 50,000 members to join state and federal police in tackling crime across Mexico. The announcement was made in the town of Minatitlan, where 13 people were killed during a bar shooting last week.

Mayor killed after criminals spray her vehicle with bullets near Los Reyes, Veracruz

A mayor from the restive south-eastern state of Veracruz has been killed after armed criminals opened fire on her vehicle. Maricela Vallejo was the mayor of Mixtla de Altamirano. She was being driven along the 123 highway between Zongolica and Orizaba when her vehicle was sprayed with bullets near the town of Los Reyes. Her husband and the driver were also killed in the armed attack. Veracruz Governor Cutlahuac Garcia said that investigations have been launched. Vallejo's death comes days after another mayor in Michoacan was killed. Last year, the mayor of Orizaba warned citizens to avoid travelling on the 123 highway at night after a number of incidents were reported.

US threatens to deploy armed soldiers after incident along US-Mexico border

US President Donald Trump has threatened to send additional armed troops to the US southern border after an incident involving US and Mexican soldiers was reported earlier this month. The US Northern Command said that several Mexican soldiers intercepted two US National Guard soldiers that were patrolling the US-Mexico border in Clint, Texas. President Trump tweeted: "Mexico’s Soldiers recently pulled guns on our National Guard Soldiers, probably as a diversionary tactic for drug smugglers on the Border. Better not happen again! We are now sending ARMED SOLDIERS to the Border. Mexico is not doing nearly enough in apprehending & returning!" On the other side, the Mexican government said that they will investigate the incident.  Mexican authorities claimed that the incident occurred in Mexican territory, near the Parcelas area in Ciudad Juarez. It claimed that the incident happened in a poorly delimited area. US-Mexico relations are strained due to the current crisis along the border, where thousands of Central American migrants continue to attempt to cross to the US.

Local mayor found dead after being kidnapped in Nahuatzen, Michoacan

A local mayor has been found dead hours after being kidnapped in Michoacan, western Mexico. David Otlica Aviles's body was found in the early hours of Tuesday morning after being taken from his home in San Isidro. Otlica Aviles was the mayor of the town of Nahuatzen. His death generated tensions between local residents and an indigenous group based in the town. State prosecutors said that the victim died due to a head injury. Authorities are still investigating the circumstances behind the incident. Local mayors in Mexico are often targeted by criminal groups. During the months leading up to last year's general elections, dozens of local politicians and candidates were killed.

Hundreds of migrants detained in massive police raid in Chiapas

Hundreds of Central American migrants have been detained in a large-scale raid in Chiapas, southern Mexico. As thousands cross through Mexico as part of a new US-bound migrant caravan, federal and state police officers stepped up efforts to curb the high-influx of people heading northwards. It is estimated that over 200 people, including women and children, were detained near the town of Pijijiapan. Chiapas is one of the main routes of migrants heading from Central America towards the US-Mexico border. Thousands continue in camps in major border crossings while they await answers on their asylum requests. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador position on migrant caravans have been mixed. While he initially welcomed them and granted thousands of humanitarian visas, his administration has also deported thousands. Mexico and most Central American countries are facing increasing pressure from US President Donald Trump to curb migration. Previously, the US threatened to cut aid to Central America and shut the US-Mexico border.

Several killed as gunmen raid bar in Minatitlan, Veracruz

At last 13 people have been killed when gunmen raided a bar in Veracruz, south-western Mexico. Reuters reported that the attack happened on Friday evening in the town of Minatitlan. Reports suggest that heavily armed criminals raided a bar near the town's oil refinery and opened fire indiscriminately. Among the victims is a minor. State authorities believe that the suspects were searching for the bar's owner. The incident happened during a family celebration. It is still unclear the circumstances behind the shooting and which group may be involved. Veracruz reports one of the highest rates of violence in Mexico. Most cases are mainly linked to violent territorial disputes between rival criminal cartels.

State prosecutors investigate dozens of clandestine graves in central Veracruz

State prosecutors said that dozens of possible clandestine graves have been found in a central location in Veracruz. In a press conference, Veracruz's Attorney General confirmed that 36 potential graves were found in terrain previously held by an undisclosed criminal organisation. It is believed that the area, the exact location of which has not been revealed, was used as an illegal burial site linked to drug-trafficking disputes. Veracruz is one of the most dangerous states in Mexico due to increasing territorial clashes involving rival cartels. State authorities and missing people's organisations often find clandestine graves across Veracruz.

Dozens of bodies found in clandestine graves across western Mexico

At least 45 bodies have been located in separate clandestine graves across western Mexico. State prosecutors in Sonora confirmed that around 30 bodies were recovered near the town of Cajeme. Meanwhile, in the state of Jalisco, more than a dozen bodies were also found in Zapopan, near Guadalajara. Clandestine graves are frequently found in crime-ridden areas across Mexico. Most bodies belong to members of rival criminal groups and kidnapping victims.

Red Cross briefly suspend operations in Salamanca, Guanajuato

The Mexican Red Cross has briefly suspended operations over the weekend after an ambulance was targeted in Salamanca, Guanajuato. AP reported that gunmen attempted to remove a gunshot patient from a Red Cross ambulance on Saturday. The victim was shot in the San Roque area. No further details were provided. The Red Cross has stated that operations were later resumed on Sunday. Criminal groups based in Salamanca and across Guanajuato are mainly engaged in fuel theft. The state has recently experienced an increasing military and police presence as part of government efforts to tackle fuel theft. 

President Lopez Obrador nominates army general to lead National Guard

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has nominated an army general to lead the country's National Guard. Brig Gen Luis Rodriguez Bucio will be the head of the 50-thousand-strong force that seeks to assist local and state law enforcement agencies to battle drug cartels in Mexico. Despite being headed by a military official, the National Guard will be under the tutelage of the public safety ministry and will also integrate federal agencies. General Bucio has mostly been based in research roles related to anti-drugs policies in Mexico. He previously held a senior post during in the Felipe Calderon administration. The military leadership of the National Guard was a major concern for rights groups and the opposition. The creation of the National Guard has generated intense debates in Mexico over its approach to the so-called 'war on drugs', which was responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands.

Female student's death triggers protest in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua

Student-led protests have broken out in the bordering town of Ciudad Juarez after a university student was stabbed to death. Classes at the University of Ciudad Juarez were suspended for the rest of the week as protests erupted over the death of Dana Lozano. According to state prosecutors in Chihuahua, Lozano, an 18-year-old literature student, was pregnant when she was murdered over the weekend. A man believed to be her ex-boyfriend was arrested. Lozano' death highlights severe concerns related to gender-based violence in Mexico. Rights groups previously criticised the government for slashing funds to women's shelters.

Regional social worker chief found dead in Guerrero

A regional social worker chief has been found dead in the boot of a vehicle in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. Salvador Rosas's body was found tied up and with a gunshot wound in the head. The vehicle was parked in the rural area of Tlapa de Comonfort. Rosas was the regional director for the National System for Integral Family Development (DIF) in Guerrero. He is also reportedly a close acquaintance of Guerrero Governor Hector Astudillo Flores. Rosas has previously run for mayor for the Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI). Guerrero prosecutors are currently investigating what the circumstances behind the incident are. 

Money shipment stolen from Guanajuato Airport

The authorities have confirmed that thieves targeted an armoured truck at Guanajuato Airport on Thursday, and stole a shipment of cash that was about to be loaded on to an aircraft.  The robbery took only three minutes, and the amount stolen is still being calculated, although local media estimated the haul at 20 million pesos.  According to reports, the gang broke through the terminal fencing and drove to the baggage handling area, where they threatened staff with guns, leaving by a different route.  The airport is situated between the cities of Silao and Leon, and although previously a quiet area, has seen a recent increase in violent crime, particularly from organized gangs that steal fuel from government pipelines.  

Police investigate suspected car bomb in Guerrero

Police are investigating a suspected car bomb which went off in a rural community in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. According to AP, seven nearby vehicles were destroyed, while no casualties have been reported so far. State security spokesman Robert Alvarez said that preliminary investigations suggest that a gas cylinder was attached to the vehicle. The incident happened on Wednesday near a community police station in Xaltianguis, north of Acapulco. Spiralling levels of violence have been reported across Guerrero due to disputes often involving criminal groups, rival vigilante groups and rural community police.

Police investigate suspected car bomb in Guerrero

Police are investigating a suspected car bomb which went off in a rural community in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. According to AP, seven nearby vehicles were destroyed, while no casualties have been reported so far. State security spokesman Robert Alvarez said that preliminary investigations suggest that a gas cylinder was attached to the vehicle. The incident happened on Wednesday near a community police station in Xaltianguis, north of Acapulco. Spiralling levels of violence have been reported across Guerrero due to disputes often involving criminal groups, rival vigilante groups and rural community police.

Rights activist found dead at home in Xalapa, Veracruz

A rights activist has been found dead inside his house Xalapa, Veracruz. Televisa reported that Abiram Hernandez was found dead in his living room with a head injury. Hernandez was known for supporting families looking for missing relatives in Veracruz. Reports suggest that he was previously engaged in grievances with a former police director, who was accused of disappearing with DNA samples. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has called for investigations into his suspicious death. Veracruz is one of the most dangerous states in Mexico. Thousands of people are reported missing in Veracruz every year. Most cases are linked to powerful criminal cartels and violent territorial disputes across the state.

Popocatepetl volcano in central Mexico records intense activity

Intense activity has been recorded in the Popocatepetl Volcano in central Mexico. Reports revealed that ash has been expelled up to 2,500 metres into the atmosphere, while incandescent fragments were projected up to two kilometres from the crater. Mexico's National Center for Prevention of Disasters (CENAPRED) has warned that intense activity started on Thursday evening. Due to the possibility of ashfall in some nearby communities, people have been advised to cover their nose and month, avoid contact with their eyes and to remain indoors. A 12-kilometre exclusion radius around the Popocatepetl's crater is currently in place. Travellers have been advised to follow official sources, such as CENAPRED and Mexico's Civil Protection authority. The volcano is located in the state border of Puebla, Morelos and Estado de Mexico.

Police recover several bodies from clandestine grave in Veracruz

At least 15 bodies have been recovered from a clandestine grave in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. State prosecutors revealed that a dozen bodies were found near the town of Rio Blanco. Clandestine graves are often found in some crime-ridden rural areas across Veracruz. In the last eight years, official data revealed that over 600 clandestine graves were found across the state. Criminality levels in Veracruz are mainly attributed to police operations and violent territorial disputes between criminal gangs. Last November, authorities investigated the potential discovery of a mass grave in Colina de Santa Fe, where it was believed to contain over 400 bodies.

Radio journalist found dead on highway near Culiacan, Sinaloa

A 36-year-old journalist has been found dead in Sinaloa, western Mexico. State prosecutors revealed that Ivan Camacho was found dead on a highway in the town of Salvador Alvarado, near Culiacan. Camacho covered sports news for the local radio Altavoz. Local media reported that Camacho was reported missing after leaving his studio on Sunday evening. The incident happened just a week after another journalist was killed in Mexico. Santiago Barroso was shot dead in neighbouring Sonora state. So far in 2019, at least six journalists were killed in Mexico. The government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador have recently announced plans to step up efforts to protect media workers in the country. Among the programmes already in place is the Mechanism of Protection for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists, created in 2012.

Oil spill affects two beaches in Acapulco, Guerrero

An oil spill has affected two beaches in Acapulco, Guerrero. Local media reported that up to 5,000 litres of oil spread across three kilometres along the Puerto Marques Bay. The beaches of Majahua and Puerto Marques were evacuated while the Mexican Navy and regional authorities employed contingency measures to control the oil spill. According to reports, the oil spill originated from an abandoned ship docked at the Majahua Marina. Besides affecting the tourism industry in the area, the oil spill is also feared to have affected the local fauna and flora.

Earthquakes rock several communities in Oaxaca

A series of earthquakes has rocked several communities in Oaxaca, south-western Mexico. According to the National Met Service (SMN), at least 40 earthquakes were recorded in the region in the early hours of Friday morning. No major damage or casualties were reported. Earthquakes reached a magnitude of up to 4.4 and their epicentres were located near the town of Huatulco. Oaxaca is a region prone to earthquakes due to its location near the intersection of several tectonic plates. In late-2017, a major 8.1-magnitude earthquake hit the region killing at least 100 people.

One person killed in Veracruz bar shooting

On 17 March, one person was killed and one injured when an armed group entered a bar in Paso del Macho and started shooting.  The suspects fled in an unidentified car.  The incident happened at around 20:00 local time on Sunday, and despite the best efforts of members of the public and the emergency services, one of the victims died at the scene.  Police immediately opened an investigation.

Nine killed in Puebla bus accident

On 16 March, nine people were killed and a further eight injured in a road traffic accident in Acatlan de Osorio, Puebla.  The incident happened at around 06:45 local time when a Gold Line bus overturned on the winding road.  According to witnesses, the driver appeared to lose control of the vehicle after a sharp bend.  The injured were taken to the Hospital General de Acatlan, and an investigation into the incident has been opened.  

Journalist shot dead in Sonora

Journalist Santiago Barroso was shot dead on Friday night at his home in San Luis Rio Colorado in Sonora state.  According to preliminary reports, he was shot three times when he answered the door of his residence.  Mr Barroso was well known for reporting on crime and drug gangs, and is the third murder of members of the press this year.  

Several bodies recovered in small canal near Guadalajara, Jalisco

Several dismembered bodies have been found in a small canal in Jalisco, western Mexico. AP reported that the bodies were recovered in the town of Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos, located south of Guadalajara. They were found inside at least 19 plastic bags. Jalisco has been facing a deep security crisis due to spiralling violent territorial disputes involving the powerful Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) and rival cartels. Last year, more than 2,000 people were killed across the state.

Military rescues dozens of migrants held in Reynosa, Tamaulipas

Mexican authorities have said that nearly 80 Central American migrants have been rescued in Tamaulipas, northern Mexico. According to reports, the victims were rescued in the bordering town of Reynosa, where a violent shooting broke out between criminals and security forces. This is the second group of migrants rescued in Tamaulipas in less than a week. Security forces stepped up efforts against criminal groups engaged in migrant-smuggling after more than 19 migrants travelling in a bus were kidnapped last week. Tamaulipas is considered one of the most dangerous states in Mexico, where criminal groups engaged with drug-trafficking, extortion, fuel-theft and kidnapping widely operate. In recent months, Central American migrants part of several US-bound caravans have crossed Mexico to bordering areas.

Congress approves creation of National Guard

Congress has approved the creation of a National Guard, a key campaign project of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. After months of debate and relative support from the opposition will now be approved by the president before becoming law. Public Security Minister Alfonso Durazo has said that the force may reach a contingent of up to 80,000 members by the end of 2019. The National Guard is intended to support local and state law-enforcement agencies to tackle high levels of criminality in Mexico. 

Military rescues scores of migrants held in Altamira, Tamaulipas

At least 34 Central American migrants have been rescued in a military operation in Tamaulipas, north-eastern Mexico. State authorities told Reuters that the victims are not believed to be the same as those kidnapped earlier this month. Among them are at least 15 minors. The victims were being held at a safe house in Altamira. As a number of US-bound caravans continue to cross Mexico, some migrant groups are especially vulnerable to criminal groups. Earlier this week, more than 20 migrants were kidnapped when criminals raided a bus heading from Tampico to Reynosa.

Senate appointment linked to President AMLO

Mexico's opposition has criticised the appointment of Yasmin Esquiel to serve a 15-year-term in the Supreme Court. Esquiel, a Mexico City lawyer, is the wife of construction tycoon Jose Maria Rioboo, a close ally of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO). Esquiel was rejected for the post in a first vote but was eventually accepted after in a second vote she received the endorsement of more than two-thirds of Mexico's Senate. Critics claim that Esquiel's nomination may undermine the independence of the judiciary. The relationship between Rioboo and AMLO in the public sphere dates back to the early-2000s, when AMLO was the mayor of Mexico City and Rioboo a top public works contractor.

Governor requests federal assistance to halt violence in Guanajuato

Guanajuato's Governor Diego Sinhue Rodriguez has requested federal assistance to tackle high levels of violence in the central Mexican state. Rodriguez has called on the federal government to deploy over 1,000 soldiers and federal police officers to the state capital, Salamanca, after a number of violent incidents were reported. Public Security Minister Alfonso Durazo has already announced in early-February the deployment of more than 10,000 federal officers across high-risk areas in Mexico. Among those included are the Guanajuato cities of Irapuato, Salamanca, Urianjuato and Celaya. Violence in the state has been attributed to disputes between the Cartel Jalisco New Generation and the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel. Guanajuato, which hosts one of the country's most important oil refineries, is a major fuel theft hotspot in central Mexico.

Thousands evacuated due to wildfires in central Veracruz

At least 2,000 people have been evacuated after a wildfire spread across central Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. EFE reported that five communities located in the outskirts of the Cofre de Perote National Park were affected. They include El Cascajo, Cruz de Rama, San Juan del Monte, Lobera and Hojas Anchas. According to reports, the fire broke out on Tuesday morning near Las Vigas de Ramirez. The areas surrounding the Cofre de Perote mountain, located near Xalapa, has been used for the introduction of enhanced reforestation efforts.

Scores abducted as criminals ambush bus in Tamaulipas

At least 19 people have been abducted after gunmen ambushed a passenger bus in Tamaulipas, northern Mexico. State authorities said on Monday that the victims were targeted several days ago on a road between San Fernando and the bordering city of Reynosa. Investigations are still ongoing to assess which group is behind the suspected abductions. It is believed that most of the victims were Central American migrants. As thousands of migrants from Central America are currently heading to the US border, they are highly vulnerable to criminal cartels. A number of migrants have already been reported missing since a recent wave of migrant caravans started last year.

Scores killed as gunmen raid bar in Salamanca, Guanajuato

At least 15 people have been killed after gunmen raided a bar in Guanajuato, central Mexico. Reuters reported that heavily armed criminals stormed the building overnight on Saturday and opened fire at customers. Local media reported that the shooting occurred in the city of Salamanca. The incident happened just hours after violent protests broke out in the neighbouring town of San Rosa de Lima, where locals set barricades on fire to prevent a police operation. Both incidents are not believed to be directly connected. Guanajuato, Puebla and several states in central Mexico are the hotspots for fuel theft in the country.

Scores killed as lorry carrying migrants overturns in Chiapas

At least 25 migrants have been killed and scores more have been injured after a lorry overturned in Chiapas, south-western Mexico. State prosecutors said that the vehicle they were travelling in overturned on a road near Francisco Sarabia in Soyalo. AP reported that most of the victims were Central American migrants. Road accidents involving migrants are common as overcrowded and poorly maintained vehicles are often used to make the journey northwards. Thousands of migrants have recently crossed from Guatemala to Mexico as part of several US-bound migrant caravans.

Locals set barricades on fire to prevent police operation in Guanajuato

Locals have set several vehicles and lorries ablaze to prevent a police operation in Guanajuato, central Mexico. Several vehicles were set on fire to block a major road of access to the rural area of Santa Rosa de Lima, where criminal groups engaged in fuel-theft widely operate. The move came amid an ongoing crackdown on fuel theft in Mexico, which triggered weeks of shortages due to a complete overhaul to the country's fuel distribution system. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said: “Criminal organizations continue to pay people to protect them and commit crimes; this is a regrettable practice that continues. There are still communities (...) where people protect criminal gangs. We saw that yesterday in Guanajuato.” Guanajuato, Puebla and several states in central Mexico are the hotspots for fuel theft in the country.

Veracruz governor issues public apology on disappearances in Tierra Blanca

Veracruz Governor Cuitlahuac Garcia has issued a public apology for the disappearance of five men who were arrested in Tierra Blanca. The case dates back to January 2016, when five men were detained and handed over to members of the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG). Garcia acknowledged that in that case, police officers colluded with criminal cartels based in the region. According to the government, more than 4,000 people disappeared in Veracruz. However, rights groups claim that the number may surpass 20,000 people. Violence in Veracruz has significantly increased in recent years due to territorial disputes.

Increased activity reported at Popocatepetl volcano

The National Center for Prevention of Disasters (CENAPRED) has reported increased volcanic activity at the Popocatepetl volcano, and expect this to continue in the coming days.  A Yellow alert has been issued and a 12km security perimeter has been imposed.  No evacuation orders have been issued, but local residents have been advised to be prepared for such an order, as well as taking precautions such as stocking up on drinking water, wearing breathing masks and clothing that will prevent injury from abrasive ash. 

Four killed in Tamaulipas shooting incident

On 2 March, four people were killed and 10 others injured in a shooting incident in Ciudad Victoria in Tamaulipas.  The incident took place at around 01:10 local time during a local festival when, according to witnesses, five or six armed men arrived in a vehicle and started to fire into the crowd.  Police are investigating whether the attack was connected with criminal groups that operate in the area.  

Three killed in Cancun shooting

Three people were killed and another injured in a shooting near a tourist zone in Cancun. The incident happened on Sunday at around 13:00 local time, and police believe the incident was between two rival groups who seek to control the area. They reported that no bystanders or tourists were injured in the shooting. Cancun is usually spared from the violence reported elsewhere in Mexico. Although criminal groups are currently battling to secure territory in Quintana Roo, most incidents occur relatively far from popular beach resorts.

Earthquake strikes in Michoacan

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck south of Morelia, Michoacan on Sunday.  The quake happened at around 15:30 local time at a depth of 64 km, and no injuries  or damage were reported.

Controversial energy project in Morelos approved in referendum

A controversial energy project has been approved in a referendum held on Monday. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has announced that the measure was approved with 59 per cent of the votes. An extremely low turnout was reported. The vote was held for several days in the central states of Puebla, Morelos and Tlaxaca. Some protests broke out during the vote as several communities oppose the project, which aims at building a massive thermo-electric plant in La Huexca, Morelos. The vote was marked with some incidents of violence, where some poll stations were set on fire and a prominent activist opposed to the project was killed - Samir Flores was murdered last week in Amilcingo. Since President AMLO took office in December, he has submitted several controversial policies to be approved in referendums.

Suspect kidnappers killed in mob attack in Veracruz

Six suspected kidnappers have been killed in a mob attack in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. AP reported that locals and members of a vigilante group detained four men suspected of attempting to kidnap a group of teachers in Soledad Atzompa, a rural village located near the Puebla border. Reports suggest that they were brought to the centre of the village and burned to death. Two other suspects were captured and killed a day later. Officials said that security measures in the region have been reinforced. Public lynching is mainly recurrent in small towns across Mexico. They are often backed by vigilant groups based in rural areas.

Eight suspects killed in armed standoff in Michoacan

At least eight suspect criminals have been killed in an armed standoff with security forces in Michoacan, south-western Mexico. The incident happened on Thursday when soldiers clashed with presumed members of the 'Los Viagras' in Buenavista Tomatlan, near the state border with Jalisco. EFE reported that the suspects were targeted when security forces intercepted several vehicles transporting heavily armed assailants. Los Viagras is a criminal group engaged in drug-trafficking and widely linked to vigilante groups in Michoacan. It is often involved in violent territorial disputes with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and splinter factions of the embattled Knights Templar and La Nueva Familia Michoacana. Its main areas of operation are believed to be across the Tierra Caliente region in central Michoacan.

Local activist killed days before gas pipeline referendum in Morelos

A local activist has been gunned down just days before a controversial public referendum in Morelos, central Mexico. Samir Flores Soberanes was killed on Wednesday morning in the town of Cuautla. Authorities are still investigating the circumstances behind his suspect assassination. Flores was a community activist in Amilcingo who for years opposed the Morelos Comprehensive Project, an energy infrastructure planned to be built in central Mexico. A referendum on the project will take place on Friday. Indigenous communities are the main opposition to the project. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador condemned Flores's death.

Several killed in separate incidents ahead of presidential visit in Nuevo Leon

Nearly a dozen people have been found dead in separate locations across Nuevo Leon, northern Mexico. EFE reported that four people sustaining gunshot wounds were found dead in the town of Pesqueria, in the outskirts of Monterrey. Incidents were also reported in Cadeyreta, Apodaca and Escobedo. Increasing levels of criminality in Nuevo Leon are mainly attributed to battles involving rival criminal groups that seek to secure drug-trafficking routes to the US. The incident happened just days after a former mayor was shot dead in Guadalupe. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is set to visit Nuevo Leon on Wednesday.

Hundreds of soldiers to be deployed across Cancun and Playa del Carmen

More than 1,000 soldiers will be deployed across the resort cities of Cancun and Playa del Carmen to reinforce security measures in the region. Army Commander Miguel Huerta Ceballos said that the measure will be focused on tackling criminality in some robbery hotspots across both cities. The measures come as a number of violent incidents were recently reported in the region. Cancun and Playa del Carmen are usually spared from the violence reported elsewhere in Mexico. Although criminal groups are currently battling to secure territory in Quintana Roo, most incidents occur relatively far from popular beach resorts.

Businesswoman found dead after being kidnapped in Veracruz

A Mexican businesswoman has been reportedly found dead a week after being kidnapped in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. Notimerica reported that Susana Carrera was found decapitated in the southern town of Coatzacoalcos. Reports suggest that a message was left alongside her body, claiming that she was killed after her husband failed to pay the ransom - four million pesos ($205k). Carrera was kidnapped when heading to a friend's house to collect her daughter. Veracruz is considered one of the most dangerous states in Mexico. Last November, a congresswoman's daughter was killed in a gym in Ciudad Mendoza.

Senate commissions approve military integration on future National Guard

Senators part of two commissions have approved a bill to introduce a military chain of command to the future National Guard. Members of the ruling National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) and the Workers' Party overwhelmingly voted in favour of the bill, which seeks to integrate both military and law-enforcement units. In protest, members of opposition parties left the Senate mid-session. Although the opposition agrees with the creation of a National Guard, they reject calls to integrate the military on it. Rights groups condemned plans of military integration to the future National Guard. For years, thousands of people have been killed in Mexico amid the infamous 'war on drugs' against powerful cartels. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador seeks to recruit over 50,000 members to assist federal, state and local police to tackle criminality. Back in January, Mexico's lower house of Congress approved constitutional reforms to create a National Guard, while a national referendum on the matter will be held in late-March.

Radio journalist shot dead in Hermosillo, Sonora

A radio journalist has been killed in an armed attack in Hermosillo, Sonora. Reynaldo Lopez was shot dead after armed assailants fired at least a dozen shots at his vehicle. Lopez was working on a media project alongside another reporter, who was severely injured in the attack. It is still unclear what the circumstances behind the attack are. At least three journalists were killed in Mexico since the beginning of 2019.

Several killed after shooting at street party in Mexico City

At least six people have been killed after a shooting broke out at a street party in Mexico City. AP reported that the shooting happened in the early hours of Sunday morning in the Los Reyes Culhuacan, a low-income neighbourhood located in Iztapalapa. Reports suggest that the attack happened near the local church. Authorities are still investigating what the motives behind the attack are. Several criminal groups are often involved in territorial disputes and retaliatory attacks in some neighbourhoods in Mexico City. Tourist areas in the capital are relatively spared from the violence that is reported elsewhere in the country.

Several killed as gunmen raid bar in Cancun, Quintana Roo

At least five people have been killed when gunmen raided a bar in Cancun, Quintana Roo. State prosecutors revealed that the attack happened on Saturday in a bar known as La Kuka, located on the Costera del Golfo highway, the main road in central Cancun. Preliminary reports suggest that the victims were construction workers. State authorities attribute most incidents to the police crackdown on criminal groups and violent disputes involving rival cartels. Although violence in Quintana Roo has increased in recent months, shootings rarely affect tourists as most of them usually occur far from resorts on the Zona Hotelera.

State prosecutors lead operation to locate two missing activists in Guerrero

A massive operation has been launched to locate two indigenous activists who were reported missing in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. Obtilia Manuel and Hilario Castro were reported missing on Tuesday after taking a bus from Tierra Colorada to Chilpancingo. State prosecutors have offered a reward for information leading to their whereabouts, while the UN called for their immediate location. EFE reported that one of them have previously received death threats. Guerrero is one of the most violent states in Mexico. Criminal groups often target and intimidate rights and social leaders across rural communities. 

Dozens of bodies recovered in mass grave in Tecoman, Colima

Dozens of bodies have been recovered from a mass grave in the rural area of Tecoman, Colima. According to the state prosecutor's office, the bodies were found on Tuesday in two separate locations near the town of Santa Rosa. Authorities said that the identity of the victims is still unknown. Colima is located along the Mexican Pacific coast and it is considered a strategic drug-trafficking territory in western Mexico. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has recently announced the creation of a special commission to locate thousands of people missing during the so-called 'war on drugs' led by previous administrations.

Sinaloa Cartel's El Chapo found guilty by US jury

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman has been found guilty in one of the most notorious drug-trafficking trials in the US. After days of deliberation, the jury at a US court found El Chapo guilty of 10 drug-related charges - El Chapo was being accused of 17 crimes in total. El Chapo was the infamous leader of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel and amassed billions of dollars through trafficking drugs into the US. He is also known for his frigid and violent character while holding a tight grip on the leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel. El Chapo is set to be sentenced in late-June and will spend a life term at a US maximum-security prison. El Chapo was previously extradited to the US to face trial after he escaped twice from Mexican prisons. His defence claimed that El Chapo is being used as a scapegoat to benefit his former partner Ismael Zambada, alias El Mayo.

Radio journalist severely injured after armed attack in Chicomuselo, Chiapas

A local radio journalist has been severely injured when criminals targeted his vehicle in Chiapas, south-western Mexico. Bersain Ramirez hosts a local radio programme directed at the Mexican indigenous diaspora in the US. He was driving in Chicomuselo when he was shot in the head. It is still unclear if the attack is related to his work as a journalist. The incident happened just days after another radio journalist was killed in Tabasco.

State authorities investigate death of gay-rights activist in Oaxaca

State authorities in Oaxaca are investigating the suspected murder of a prominent LGBT activist in Juchitan de Zaragoza. Oscar Cazorla was found dead at his home on Monday. Preliminary reports show that his body was found with stabbing wounds. Cazorla was a well-known LGBT leader in the region of Istimo de Tehuantepec and for decades headed a Rights movement in the region. He is also known as a local member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Several LGBT groups called on investigations to asses the motives behind Carzola's death. In recent years, activists have been targeted across Mexico. Last year, three LGBT activists were murdered in the south-western state of Guerrero.

Journalist shot dead in Emiliano Zapata, Tabasco

A journalist has been shot dead in Tabasco, south-eastern Mexico. State prosecutors revealed that Jesus Ramos was killed in the town of Emiliano Zapata. Preliminary reports suggest that Ramos was shot multiple times when armed criminals raided the restaurant of a hotel. Ramos succumbed to his wounds after taken to a hospital on Saturday. It is still unclear what the circumstances behind the incident are, while prosecutors are investigating if the attack is related to his work as a reporter. Ramos was a radio journalist and hosted a daily news programme. Ramos is the second journalist to be killed in Mexico in 2019.

Authorities report increase on sexual harassment cases in Mexico City's metro

Mexico City's Attorney General's Office (PGJ) has recorded an increase in sexual harassment cases in the capital's metro system. According to the PGJ, over 20 cases were reported to the authorities in January, a significant increase compared with previous years. The PGJ also stated that in recent years an increase in kidnapping attempts was also recorded. Reports suggest that the most vulnerable victims are young student women who are usually targeted while distracted by their mobile phones. Recent data show that most cases were reported at night in the stations of Candelaria, Coyoacan, Miguel Angel de Quevedo, Potrero and Centro Medico - most of them are on Line 3 (olive green line). Cases of sexual harassment and kidnapping attempts are believed to be higher as some victims do not report incidents to the police.

Red Cross local director shot dead in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero

A local deputy director of the Red Cross has been shot dead in the port town of Zihuatanejo, Guerrero. Local media reported that Daniel N was murdered when armed criminals raided his medical clinic on Friday. He was found dead moments later with a gunshot wound in his head. Reports suggest that a narco-message threatening other Red Cross staff was found at the scene. In response, the Red Cross delegation in Zijuatanejo has reportedly ordered the closure of its local offices due to security concerns. Guerrero is one of the most violent states in Mexico. Although most incidents are linked to gang-related disputes, some foreign companies and NGOs operating in the state have decided to suspend their operations due to recurrent threats.

Thousands of soldiers deployed across crime hot stops in Mexico

More than 10,000 soldiers and police officers have been deployed across several crime hot spots in Mexico. As part of a new law-enforcement approach of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), additional troops will be permanently deployed across more than a dozen areas where murder rates are the highest. Among them are the cities of Reynosa, Nuevo Laredo, Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana and Acapulco. President AMLO seeks to tackle hampering levels of homicide in Mexico, where last year more than 33,000 people were killed. He seeks to gradually launch his National Guard to assist local and state agencies.

Police recover body parts outside prisons in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon

Investigations have been launched after several body parts were recovered outside prisons across Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. At least three packages containing severed limbs were found near two prisons and outside a police station. Preliminary investigations suggest that the packages are linked to the Cartel del Noreste as a message was left attached at the scene. Back in November, similar incidents were reported at another prison in Monterrey. It is believed that such incidents may be linked to territorial disputes involving the Cartel del Noreste, the Cartel del Golfo and a faction of the Los Zetas.

Several killed in armed raid in Acatepec, Guerrero

Eight people have been killed after a gunmen raided a religious ceremony in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. AP reported that dozens of people were gathered around a natural spring in the Plan de Ayota area near Acatepec when the shooting happened. Authorities believe that the attack happened over a dispute to control water sources in the region, which is known for its poppy plantations. Guerrero reports one of the highest homicide rates in Mexico. Most incidents are linked to violent territorial disputes involving criminal groups engaged in drug-trafficking.

Military destroys suspect explosive device outside refinery in Salamanca, Guanajuato

Mexico's military has destroyed a suspected explosive device placed outside a refinery in Salamanca, Guanajuato. AP reported that security forces recovered suspected explosives inside a pickup truck parked just outside the facilities. The government claimed that the devices were fake, but the military destroyed them in a controlled explosion. Reports suggest that a message was found near the refinery threatening Presidente Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who is responsible for a crackdown on fuel theft in Mexico. Guanajuato, Puebla and several states in central Mexico are the hotspots for fuel theft in the country. 

Several mayors reportedly threatened over fuel theft crackdown

More than a dozen local mayors have reportedly been threatened amid the current government crackdown on fuel theft in central Mexico. The national leader of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), Angel Romero, has said that several PRD mayors claimed to have received threats from local criminal groups engaged in fuel theft, especially in the state of Hidalgo. Romero called for further federal support to protect local governments based in areas where fuel theft is prevalent. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has launched a nationwide crackdown on fuel theft groups, which mainly target oil pipelines of the state-owned PEMEX. Local mayors in Mexico are often targeted by criminal groups. On the months leading last year's general elections, dozens of local politicians and candidates were killed.

Major commercial railway blocked during teachers' strike action in Michoacan

For nearly two weeks, teachers and members of the influential National Confederation of Education Workers (CNTE) have been blocking railways across Michoacan, south-western Mexico. Demonstrators are demanding the state government to release funds to pay salaries to teachers and education professionals. At least seven points of a key commercial railway are currently blocked as the strike action is likely to continue. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has called on the CNTE to stand down as the federal government already sent part of funds. The impasse has been exacerbated as state and federal authorities disagree on who is responsible for ensuring that railways in the state remain operational. Local associations are concerned about the economic impact of the strike as containers ready to be exported are stranded in ports.

Several killed in armed clashes in Chilapa, Guerrero

At least 10 people have been killed in clashes involving community police officers in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. State authorities reported that a violent shoot out happened on Sunday evening in the rural area of Chilapa. At least two people were injured in the shooting. Community police or the so-called 'autodefensas' are common in some regions in Mexico. In Guerrero, they are mainly comprised of civilians part of local communities where criminals groups widely operate. Guerrero is one of the most violent states in Mexico, where criminals groups are often engaged in territorial disputes to secure lucrative poppy plantations.

Journalist found dead in Baja California Sur

A journalist has been found dead in a rural area in Baja California Sur, north-western Mexico. Reuters reported that the body of Rafael Murua was found along the road between Santa Rosalia and San Ignacio. A local media advocacy group, Article 19, said that Murua worked as the manager of a local community radio. Journalists have been long targeted for carrying out their work in Mexico, which has been considered in 2018 as one of the most dangerous countries in the world to media professionals. Since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office in December, at least three journalists were killed in Mexico.

Seven killed in shooting in Cancun, Quintana Roo

Seven people have been killed in a shooting in Cancun, Quintana Roo. State prosecutors said that the incident happened in the early hours of Sunday morning at a private residence in the Supermanzana 219. The area is relatively far from the popular resorts in the Zona Hotelera. Reports suggest that the shooting happened during a party. Investigations are still ongoing to assess what the motives behind the incident are. Cancun and the neighbouring Playa del Carmen have reported increasing levels of criminality. Most incidents are believed to be linked to domestic disputes and clashes between rival drug-trafficking cartels.

Scores killed in fuel pipeline explosion in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo

At least 85 people have been killed after a fuel pipeline exploded in Hidalgo, central Mexico. Authorities confirmed that the blast occurred on Friday afternoon as more than 700 people gathered around a leaking pipeline in the town of Tlahuelilpan to collect fuel. It is believed that criminals engaged in fuel theft are responsible for tapping into the pipeline. Nearly 60 people were also injured in the blast, while the death toll is expected to increase. Mexico is currently facing a widespread shortage of fuel amid a government crackdown on fuel theft. Criminal groups often target pipelines of the state-owned PEMEX. The company is working with the government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to improve the security of the nationwide fuel distribution system. It is estimated that fuel theft accounted for up to $3bn in losses in 2018.

Former president accused of receiving bribes from the Sinaloa Cartel

Former President Enrique Pena Nieto has been accused of receiving millionaire bribes from the former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman. The allegation emerged during a court hearing in New York, where El Chapo is being judged for drug-trafficking and murder. A witness claiming to be El Chapo's lieutenant said that more than $100m were paid to the former president. Francisco Guzman, Pena Nieto's former cabinet chief, denied any allegations. He reiterated that El Chapo was captured and extradited to the US during the Pena Nieto administration. In previous hearings, Pena Nieto and his predecessor, Felipe Calderon, were accused of receiving bribes from the Sinaloa Cartel.

Police investigate disappearance of former prosecutor's daughter in Jalisco

Police are investigating the disappearance of the 22-year-old daughter of a former prosecutor from Sinaloa. Local media reported that Mayte Renault went missing last Friday just after taking a taxi from her house in Zapopan, located in the neighbouring state of Jalisco. State prosecutors said that two lines of investigation are being followed and dismissed claims that her disappearance is linked to her father's previous job.

Protesters block highway in Acapulco to protest police arrests

Dozens of people blocked the main highway between Acapulco and Mexico City to protest the detention of eight people in Guerrero. Demonstrators accused members of local community police of unlawfully detaining four minors and four adults in the town of Xaltianguis, located on the Federal Highway 95. Members of the UPOEG have previously been accused of extra-judicial killings and kidnappings. Similar forces known as the 'autodefensas' or 'policias comunitarios' often patrol the streets in rural areas. Violence in Guerrero have significantly increased due to disputes involving rival criminal groups and police corruption.

Several targeted in alleged kidnapping near Acapulco, Guerrero

Several Campesinos have reportedly been kidnapped in an armed ambush near Acapulco, Guerrero. Local media reported that the victims were targeted while travelling to the city of Chilpancingo, where they were planning to launch a protest to demand better salaries. Reports suggest that the victims were released after criminals stole their pick-up truck. Guerrero is considered one of the most dangerous states in Mexico. Last year, federal and state authorities took over public security duties in Acapulco to tackle criminal groups, which are often engaged in violent territorial disputes to control lucrative poppy plantations.

Fuel shortages continue to be reported across Mexico

Fuel shortages continue to be reported across Mexico as the government prepares a complete overhaul of the country's fuel distribution system. Massive queues are being reported in major cities, especially state capitals in central Mexico. The government said that it is unknown when services will be normalised. Reports revealed that some petrol stations are limiting the purchase of fuel. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is currently working on a plan to tackle fuel theft in Mexico. He also seeks to turn refineries more efficient, claiming that the Mexican oil industry is currently not working on its full capacity.

Police recover dozens of bodies near Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

At least 20 bodies have been recovered near the border city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. Reuters reported that the police found the victims on Wednesday in the town of Miguel Aleman, close to the US border. Reports revealed that most of the bodies were found burnt alongside several vehicles. Criminals groups have expanded their operations to the northern state of Tamaulipas. Most of them are engaged in drug-trafficking, kidnapping, extortion and migrant smuggling. Violence in the state is also attributed to territorial disputes between rival criminal cartels and their breakaway factions.

Security measures to be heightened along Guatemalan border

Mexico's government has said that security measures along the Guatemalan border will be reinforced. Interior Minister Olga Sanchez Cordero said that the move comes after the government was informed that a new migrant caravan is set to cross from Guatemala to Mexico in mid-January. It is still unclear when the measures will be implemented. Police officers will patrol the border along the Usumacinta and Suchiate rivers, where it is estimated to have more than 370 illegal crossing points. Last year, clashes broke out on the border after several migrant caravans bound to the US were intercepted in southern Mexico.

Opposition governors support creation of National Guard

Opposition governors have supported plans of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to create a national guard. President Lopez Obrador seeks to recruit more than 50,000 people to join the new federal force, which will be created to assist state and local authorities in fighting organised crime. Despite the support, governors reiterated calls to nominate a civilian commander to lead the force to prevent its full militarisation. In previous administrations, the use of the military in law-enforcement duties was blamed for the increasing levels of violence in Mexico - it came amid the so-called 'war on drugs'.

Several killed in petrol bomb attack in El Salto, Jalisco

Five people have been killed after criminals targeted a bar in Jalisco, western Mexico. Reports revealed that a fire broke out at a bar in El Salto when unknown criminals throw petrol bombs at the building. State prosecutors said that the attack is believed to be linked to organised crime. Violence in Jalisco is mainly attributed to territorial disputes involving rival cartels or retaliation. In 2018, more than 2,000 people were killed across the state.

Spanish girl rescued at Cancun Airport after alleged kidnap in Tulum, Quintana Roo

Federal authorities have rescued a two-year-old Spanish girl who was allegedly kidnapped from home in the resort town of Tulum, Quintana Roo. The victim was rescued after a police operation at Cancun International Airport. EFE reported that the victim was accompanied by a Filipino woman, who was boarding a flight to Turkey. Quintana Roo Public Security Secretary dismissed the allegations that a kidnap took place. According to the government, the girl was being taken to Turkey without the mother's consent. Authorities said that the case is linked to a domestic dispute between the child's mother and father.

Four bodies recovered along state highway in Veracruz

At least four people have been found dead along a state highway in Veracruz, south-western Mexico. EFE reported that the victims were found mutilated near Almagres in Sayula de Aleman. According to the police, a narco-message was found alongside the bodies. Violence in Veracruz has significantly increased in recent years due to territorial disputes involving rival cartels, such as Los Zetas and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

Six killed as gunmen raid bar in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo

At least six people have been killed after heavily armed criminals raided a bar in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo. State prosecutors told EFE that the incident happened in the early hours of Monday morning in a bar known as Las Virginias in Villas del Sol, located on the outskirts of Playa del Carmen. It is still unclear what the circumstances behind the attack are. Since 2017, violence has spread to popular Caribbean resorts such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen. They are mainly attributed to territorial disputes involving rival cartels and mostly occur far from tourist areas.

Fuel shortages reported amid nationwide distribution system overhaul

Fuel shortages have been reported across Mexico as the country prepares a complete overhaul of its fuel distribution system. According to PEMEX, the states of Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Michoacan, Estado de Mexico and Queretaro are those most affected. Large queues have been reported as drivers fear petrol stations to run dry. Since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office in December, he vowed to tackle fuel theft in Mexico. He is working alongside PEMEX to improve the security of the fuel distribution system, which generated up to $3bn in losses in 2018.

Local leader of ruling party killed in armed attack in Oaxaca

A local leader of the ruling National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) has been killed after an armed attack in Oaxaca, south-western Mexico. El Universal reported that Cutberto Sanchez and his wife were attacked while driving along the Federal Highway 200 between Pinotepa and Puerto Escondido. Sanchez was the MORENA leader in San Jose del Progreso. He is the second MORENA member killed in Oaxaca in less than a week. 

Construction of Mexico City's new airport officially suspended

Mexico's Communications and Transport Minister Javier Jimenez has said that the construction of the new partly-built airport in Mexico City is officially suspended. The move was announced on Tuesday as the government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador seeks to scrap the 13-billion-dollar project. It is estimated that one-third of the airport is already built. President Obrador made the decision after a controversial referendum held last year - the turnout was extremely low. He claims that the project is marred by corruption and would be too expensive to run.

Suspect cartel leader detained in northern Guerrero

The suspected leader of the Gente Nueve cartel has been detained during a joint operation in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. Alias ' La Nena' was arrested for links to several crimes across the northern regions of the state, including extortion, kidnapping and drug-trafficking. Several criminal factions engaged in drug-trafficking operate in northern Guerrero. Most of them are splinter groups of larger and fragmented criminal groups.

President Obrador seeks to recruit 50,000 to join National Guard

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said that his government plans to recruit more than 50,000 members to join the country's National Guard. President Lopez Obrador reiterated during his campaign that he sought to launch a National Guard to support the military and federal police. The move comes as Mexico faced one of its deadliest years in decades. Congress approved the creation of the National Guard in December.

Zapatista movement calls for opposition against President Obrador

Members of the left-wing Zapatista movement have announced plans to reorganise to counter some of the policies of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Subcomandante Moises, the leader of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), has said that the move does not mean a call for arms, but for the organisation of the opposition. Among the projects that the group rejects is the construction of the Maya Train. Just before President Lopez Obrador was sworn into office, the EZLN rejected calls for a dialogue with the new government. The EZLN is mostly based in the southern state of Chiapas and mainly comprised of indigenous militants.

Local councilwoman killed in armed attack in Mazatepec, Morelos

A local councilwoman has been shot dead just hours before she was sworn into office in Morelos, central Mexico. Maria Asuncion Torres Cruz was a member of the ruling National Regeneration Movement (MORENA). Local media reported that Torres Cruz was shot dead outside her house in Mazatepec. The incident happened as Morelos is facing high levels of violence, which forced the military to take over police duties in three cities.

Military takes over law enforcement duties in Cuernavaca, Morelos

The military has taken over police duties from three law enforcement units in Morelos, central Mexico. State authorities said that the move is intended to restore law enforcement trust in the communities of Cuernavaca, Jiutepec and Yautepec. Morelos has been reporting increasing levels of criminality, mostly linked to disputes between rival groups. Federal and state forces often take over law enforcement duties from municipal forces over suspicion of corruption.

University administrator's daughter found dead after kidnapping in Morelos

The daughter of an administrator of the Morelos State Autonomous University (UAEM) has been found dead days after being kidnapped in Cuernavaca, Morelos. Maria Fernanda Toledo was kidnapped in mid-December and found dead in the neighbouring city of Yautepec. Maria was a medical school student. Local media reported that two suspects were detained for links to the murder-kidnapping. 

Seven children killed in house fire in Mexico City

Seven children have been killed after a fire broke out at a house in Mexico City. AP reported that the victims were left alone at home while their parents worked as plastic bottle collectors. The fire erupted in a low-income area of Iztapalapa neighbourhood. The house was a makeshift residence. House fires in Mexico tend to be common in low-income neighbourhoods where deficient heating systems often lead to accidents. 

Intense fog triggers flight disruption in Mexico City

Operations at Mexico City's Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX) were suspended on Wednesday morning due to intense fog. MEX has stated that flights will resume once weather conditions improve. Travellers are advised to contact their respective airlines for flight status updates.

Local mayor killed in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca

A local mayor in south-western Mexico has been killed shortly after taking office in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca. Alejandro Aparicio died when two armed suspects opened fire at him and several local officials. The attack happened on Tuesday near the Mixteca area. Six others were also injured in the shooting. Aparicio was a member of the ruling National Regeneration Movement (MORENA). Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat called on prosecutors to investigate the incident. Since general elections were held in July, dozens of politicians and their family members were killed across Mexico.

Swiss national killed after robbery attempt in Acapulco, Guerrero

An 84-year-old Swiss national has been killed during a presumed robbery attempt in Acapulco, Guerrero. Local authorities told AP that the victim and his wife were targeted at a house on Thursday afternoon. No further details were released. Acapulco is a popular beach resort in south-western Mexico. In recent years, criminality levels in the city and across Guerrero suffered a significant hike due to territorial disputes involving rival cartels.

Puebla governor killed in helicopter crash near Mexico City

Five people have been killed in a helicopter crash in central Mexico. Among the victims were the recently elected Puebla Governor Martha Erika Alonso, who was on board the aircraft with her husband, Senator and former Puebla Governor Rafael Moreno Valle. It is still unclear what the causes of the crash are. The helicopter was heading to Mexico City when it crashed just minutes after taking off. Puebla's parliament is set to nominate a new interim governor until elections are held. Both Martha and Rafael were members of the centre-right National Action Party (PAN).

Police officers recover six bodies in Guadalajara, Jalisco

Police officers have recovered six bodies inside plastic bags in Guadalajara, Jalisco. El Financiero reported that the bodies were found on Tuesday in the 5 de Mayo colony. This is the third consecutive day that remains have been recovered in the metropolitan area of Guadalajara. In 2018, a record-breaking number of homicides were reported in Jalisco. Official sources claim that more than 2,000 people were killed in the state. Prosecutors attribute high levels of criminality to violent territorial and leadership disputes involving rival gangs and criminals factions, namely the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). 

Six killed in armed clashes in Huimanguillo, Tabasco

At least six people have been killed when suspected criminals clashed in Huimanguillo, Tabasco. EFE reported that the incident happened along a highway between Huimanguillo and La Venta on Wednesday morning. A joint police operation was launched in the area, which is known for the presence of criminal groups engaged in fuel theft. Huimanguillo is located near the state border with Chiapas.

Security minister pressures Congress to approve creation of National Guard

Mexico's Security Minister Alfonso Durazo has said that the armed forces will be withdrawn from the streets if Congress fails to approve the creation of a National Guard. Durazo highlighted the importance of military cooperation with law enforcement to tackle criminality in Mexico. The creation of a National Guard was one of the main campaign proposals of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who was sworn into office earlier this month. Since the government of former President Felipe Calderon, the military has been deployed on the streets to carry out law enforcement duties. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of people were either killed or disappeared since the launching of the so-called war on drugs in Mexico. The National Guard would be mainly comprised of 60,000 officers from the military, navy and federal police.

Authorities investigate death of two Honduran migrants in Tijuana

Mexican authorities are investigating the death of two migrant youths who were found dead in Tijuana, northern Mexico. Reuters reported that the two Honduran nationals were targeted in a presumed robbery attempt while they moved from a shelter near the US border. Prosecutors claim that there is no indication that the incident is linked to organised crime. Both victims were reportedly stabbed and strangled. Thousands of migrants are currently attempting to request asylum into the US. Concerns for their safety were raised when they took the journey from Central America towards the US border.

Judge and prosecutor killed in armed attack in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas

A judge and a public ministry prosecutor have been killed in an armed attack in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas. Judge Abelardo Ibarra and Erica Granados were involved in the trial for the death of Spanish expat Pilar Garrido, who was killed in mid-2017. Garrido was travelling to Ciudad Victoria with her baby and husband, Jorge Fernandez, when she was reported missing. Fernandez was detained several weeks later after giving conflictive testimonies. Prosecutors said that Judge Ibarra and Granados were killed when armed criminals targeted their vehicle in the state capital. The incident forced the trial to be postponed to early-January.

President AMLO announces minimum wage hike

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has announced a nationwide minimum wage hike. AMLO took office in early-December and seeks to introduce a number of economic and political reforms in Mexico. The minimum wage will increase nationwide by 16 percent - to 102,68 pesos ($5.10) - while some bordering areas will benefit from a 50 percent increase - to 176,72 pesos ($8.80). The measure will be implemented from January while VAT along the border will be also cut in half. The move came after the government reached an agreement with workers' syndicates. AMLO said that he seeks to revamp the country's deficient purchase power, which he blamed on decades of economic downturn. Despite the new measures and praise from syndicates, Mexico still has one of the lowest minimum wages in Latin America.

Fire breaks out at factory in Toluca, Estado de Mexico

A massive fire has broken out at a factory in Toluca, Estado de Mexico. EFE reported that the Toluca International Airport was temporarily closed on Monday afternoon due to a large smoke cloud. Several avenues and major roads were also closed, as the factory is located near the airport. Local media reported that five people received medical attention over potential intoxication. It is still unclear what caused the fire.

Local mayor found dead in Coahuila

A local mayor has been found dead nearly a week after being reported missing in Coahuila, northern Mexico. Olga Kobel Lara was the mayor of the town of Juarez. State prosecutors revealed that the victim was reported missing after meeting with a local contractor. Olga's body was found inside a house in Sabinas. She sustained several gunshot wounds and signs of torture. Prosecutors said that the crime is not linked to organised crime as the main suspect was also personally involved with the victim. A wave of assassinations tainted this year's general elections, where more than 100 politicians were killed nationwide.

Popocatepetl Volcano records intense activity

Intense levels of activity were reported over the weekend on the Popocatepetl volcano in Puebla. Puebla's Civil Protection Authority confirmed that two powerful blasts expelled ash up to 2,000 metres into the atmosphere. Ashfall was reported in three nearby communities. Mexico's National Centre for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) has urged people to stay away from the volcano's crater and to respect an established 12-km exclusion zone. A yellow alert is currently in place due to the risk of ashfall, landslides and debris. The volcano sits on the Iztaccihuatl-Popocatepetl National Park, which is located south of Mexico City.

State prosecutors investigate threats against journalists in Oaxaca

State prosecutors in the southern state of Oaxaca have launched an investigation over suspicious messages threatening local journalists across the state. EFE reported that the threats were issued through social media on Monday. At least seven journalists were targeted. A local NGO claimed that the victims are engaged in reporting on public finances, corruption and politics in Oaxaca. Mexico has been considered one of the most dangerous in the world to be a journalist. It is estimated that at least a dozen media professionals were killed in the country in 2018.

Several killed as criminals raid football field in Guanajuato

At least five people have been killed and two others have been severely injured after a gunmen opened fire on people in a football ground in Guanajuato, central Mexico. Notimerica reported that the attack happened in Tinajas de Bernales, where criminals approached the scene in several vehicles and opened fire. Preliminary reports suggest that the victims worked as farmers and had no links to organised crime. Guanajuato continues to record one of the highest homicide rates in Mexico. Hampering levels of violence in Guanajuato are mainly attributed to fuel thieves and disputes between Los Zetas and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

Three police officers killed in shooting in Michoacan

Three federal police officers have been killed and two others have been injured in a violent shooting in Michoacan, south-western Mexico. EFE reported that the incident happened on Thursday afternoon on the Federal Highway 14, the main road between Morelia and Patzcuaro. Reports suggest that the shooting erupted after officers requested two vehicles to stop for a routine inspection. Police presence in the area was reinforced to locate the suspects, while it is still unclear what the circumstances behind the incident are. Michoacan reports high levels of criminality, mostly attributed to powerful cartels and vigilante forces.

Federal authorities seize suspect fentanyl lab in Mexico City

Federal authorities have seized a suspected drug lab in northern Mexico City that is believed to produce fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opioid. At least four people were arrested, while investigations were launched to confirm the production of fentanyl at the lab. A recent report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), labels fentanyl as one of the deadliest drugs in the US. According to the US DEA, the drugs are mostly shipped in from China, but smuggling also occurs through Mexico. In a 2018 DEA report, it was concluded that: “Mexican traffickers order fentanyl from China, adulterate it, and smuggle it into the United States themselves, meaning an unknown amount of seized Mexican parcels containing fentanyl are ultimately of Chinese origin. In addition, Mexican traffickers’ primary source of supply for fentanyl precursor chemicals is also China.” 

Several killed in fireworks factory blast in Queretaro

At least five people have been killed in an explosion at a fireworks factory in Queretaro, central Mexico. Civil defence officials said that the accident happened on Tuesday morning in the town of Fuentezuelas. AP reported that the material was stocked ahead of a religious celebration. Accidents in fireworks factories in Mexico are common and mainly occur due to poorly storing conditions. In July, at least 24 people were killed and 40 others were injured after a series of explosions at a fireworks depot on the outskirts of Mexico City, just a month after another blast hit a fireworks factory in Tultepec.

Lower house approve bill to restructure attorney general's office

Mexico's lower house of Congress has passed a bill to restructure the Attorney General's Office. Among some of the changes, they include giving power to the Senate to nominate the head of the organisation - seat that is vacant since last year. The opposition raised concerns that the new bill may compromise independence and accountability from the judicial body. The Procuradoria General de la Republica (PGR) will not be called the Fiscalia General (FGR), which is expected to be more autonomous than its predecessor. The vote was backed by the ruling National Regeneration Party (MORENA) and is set to be signed into law by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The bill was approved as in 2018 Mexico recorded one of its highest rates of homicides in decades.

Annual Lady of Guadalupe pilgrimage leads millions to Mexico City

Millions of people are currently heading to Mexico City ahead of the annual pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Authorities expect that more than eight million people may arrive in the capital ahead of the Lady of Guadalupe celebrations on Wednesday. Local media reported that security measures around major roads have been reinforced. The Basilica is the second most visited Catholic site in the world. A dry law has been introduced until Thursday, prohibiting supermarkets and restaurants from selling alcohol across Mexico City. Traffic around the Basilica, which is located in Gustavo Madero, will be conditioned.

Guatemalan migrant killed in armed ambush in Veracruz

A Guatemalan migrant was killed and three others were injured when gunmen targeted a lorry in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. Local media reported that the incident happened along a road near Juan Rodriguez Clara. AP confirmed that a five-year-old boy is among those wounded. The group was part of a migrant caravan which took off from Guatemala and was heading towards the US border. Rights groups raised concerns over the safety of migrants part of multiple caravans heading from Central America to the US. In previous occasions, criminal groups targeted vulnerable migrants while they crossed through cartel-controlled areas.

Six men kidnapped in armed raid in Cuernavaca, Morelos

Six men have been kidnapped after armed criminals raided a bar in Cuernavaca, Morelos. Local media reported that the incident happened on Thursday evening in the town of Chipitlan. According to the police, three of the victims were found dead along a road between Pera and Cuautla. Investigations are still ongoing to assess what the circumstances behind the incident are. In recent weeks, armed groups have been involved in a number of criminal incidents across Morelos, including the killing of two students in Zacatepec and raiding a Coca-Cola plant in Atlatlahucan.

Military police erect checkpoints across Cancun, Quintana Roo

Mexico's military police officers have been deployed across Cancun, Quintana Roo, to assist local authorities in patrolling operations. El Financiero reported that police officers are being gradually allocated to the city amid a wave of criminality reported in some of its neighbourhoods. A number of military police checkpoints have been erected across the region, leading to a number of arrests for drugs and weapons possession. Most checkpoints are located in the main points of entry to the city, especially on the 180 Federal Highway towards Merida. In recent months a number of violent incidents have been reported in central Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Most of them have been attributed to territorial disputes between rival criminal groups and rarely affected foreign tourists and venues along the Zona Hotelera.

Local police commander killed near Guadalajara, Jalisco

A local police commander has been killed after armed criminals ambushed his vehicle near Guadalajara, Jalisco. According to the state Attorney General's Office, Jose Manuel De Anda was targeted in the town of El Salto on Wednesday evening. Jalisco has been experiencing a wave of criminality mainly linked to powerful drug-trafficking cartels. Last week, a grenade attack happened at the US Consulate General in Guadalajara.

Flights to and from Mexico City may face delays due to heavy fog

Flights to and from Mexico City International Airport (MEX) may face some delays throughout Tuesday. Heavy fog led to takeoffs and landings being suspended for most of the morning. MEX has confirmed that operations have already been resumed. Travellers are advised to directly contact their respective airlines for further updates.

Popocatepetl Volcano in Estado de Mexico records low-intensity blasts

The National Centre for Disasters Prevention (CENAPRED) has confirmed that several explosions were reported at the Popocatepetl Volcano on Monday. Recent reports revealed that at least two low-intensity blasts occurred during the afternoon. The Popocatepetl is a highly active volcano located in Estado de Mexico. CENAPRED urged travellers not to approach the volcano's slopes due to the potential fall of ballistic particles.

Journalist found dead hours after reported missing in Tepic, Nayarit

A journalist has been found dead hours after being reported missing in Tepic, Nayarit. Jesus Alejandro Marquez Jimenez, the founder of the news website Orion Informativo, was found with his body sprayed with bullets on Saturday. According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Marquez was an avid critic over the alleged links between the local government and organised criminal groups in Nayarit. RSF further revealed that Marquez was also linked to the ruling Movement for National Regeneration (MORENA) in the town of Tuxpan. It is estimated that at least nine journalists were killed in Mexico during 2018.

Several killed as aircraft crashes into residential area in Culiacan, Sinaloa

At least four people have been killed and three others have been injured after a light aircraft crashed into a house in Culiacan, Sinaloa. The local authorities confirmed that the aircraft was operated by the regional company Aerocalafia. It is still unclear what caused the aircraft to crash. The company usually covers routes from Culiacan to Los Cabos.

Six police officers killed in armed standoff in La Huerta, Jalisco

Six police officers of a special state force have been killed in an armed standoff in La Huerta, Jalisco. Jalisco prosecutors revealed that the incident happened on Monday when heavily armed criminals targeted officers of the Jalisco Force Unit. Federal and state agencies launched an investigation to capture the suspects. It is still unclear which group is behind the attack and what the motives behind it are. However, some reports suggest that the attack happened in a bid to free prisoners. Jalisco presents increasing levels of criminality due to the presence of the powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

President Obrador signs decree to open truth commission on Iguala mass kidnap

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has signed a decree to open a truth commission on the disappearance of 43 student teachers who were reported missing in south-western Mexico back in 2014. President Lopez Obrador was sworn into office on Saturday. He said that: "The whole government is going to help with this plan and I can assure you that there will be no impunity either in this sad and painful case or in any other." Preliminary reports suggest that the victims were kidnapped from a school in Iguala, Guerrero. Iguala's former mayor, Jose Abarca, was arrested alongside scores of local police officers. 

US federal court gives life sentence to former leader of Sinaloa cartel

One of the former leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel, Damaso Lopez Nunez, alias 'El Licenciado', has been sentenced to life in prison. A federal district judge in Alexandria, Virginia, handed over the sentence on Friday. El Licenciado was arrested in Mexico City back in 2017. He was extradited to the US in mid-2018. El Licenciado was a close ally of former Sinaloa leader Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, who is currently on trial in New York.

Security incident reported at US Consulate General in Guadalajara

A security incident has been reported at the US Consulate General in Guadalajara, Jalisco state. According to the consulate, the incident happened on Friday evening and no casualties were reported. The Jalisco General Attorney's Office has announced that investigations are being carried out to assess the circumstances behind the alleged attack. Reports suggest that the consulate was targeted with an explosive device. Jalisco is the main ground of operations of the infamous Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG), which leader, alias 'El Mencho', is one of the most wanted criminals by the US Drugs Enforcement Agence (DEA).

US, Canada and Mexico sign revamped trade agreement

Mexico, the US and Canada have signed a new trade agreement during a meeting held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. US President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexico's outgoing President Enrique Pena Nieto signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a revamped version of the defunct North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The signing of the USMCA came amid rising tensions on international trade after President Trump announced steep tariffs on the imports of certain metals and products. World leaders are in Argentina to attend the G20 summit.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to take office

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is set to be sworn into office on Saturday. Obrador is the leader of the leftist National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), which won the presidential election held in July. Obrador, often referred to as AMLO, has announced a number of pro-business policies. However, investors and international markets are still skeptical. Earlier this year, he announced plans to halt the construction of Mexico City's new international airport. The swearing in ceremony will take place in Mexico City and travellers should expect enhanced security measures and travel restrictions around the Congress building.

Several killed amid wave of criminality in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon

At least nine people have been killed in amid a recent crime wave across Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Prosecutors confirmed that several shootings were reported across the city on Monday. It is believed that most of them are either linked to organised crime or drug-trafficking. Nuevo Leon is located in northern Mexico. Powerful criminal groups such as the Noroeste Cartel and the Gulf Cartel have been engaged in previous armed attacks across Monterrey.

Young musicians found dead after kidnap in Reynosa, Tamaulipas

Two young musicians have been found dead just days after being reported kidnapped in Tamaulipas, northern Mexico. AP reported that the victims were identified as members of the Nortenos del Rio Bravo band. Local media revealed that Cuitlahuac Ruiz and Elias Hernandez were kidnapped and killed in the bordering city of Reynosa. They were found dead inside a jeep. Investigations into the incident are still ongoing. Criminal groups in Mexico have on several occasions targeted musicians from prominent local bands due to a number of motives, including extortion or retaliation.

Protests escalate as migrants attempt to breach border fence

The San Ysidro border crossing in California has been temporarily shut down after a protest turned violent on Sunday. Tensions along the border between San Diego and Tijuana remain high as thousands of migrants are camped awaiting to request asylum in the US. Migrants are part of a number of caravans from Central America. Violence broke out when officers of the US Customs and Border Protection fired tear gas at protesters forcefully attempting to cross the border. Mexico's government said that those involved in the incident may be deported. Meanwhile, rights groups accused US law enforcement agents of engaging without any reason. It is estimated that over 6,000 migrants are currently camped in Tijuana.

Heavy fog triggers flight delays at Monterrey Airport, Nuevo Leon

Operations at Monterrey's Mariano Escobedo International Airport (MTY) in Nuevo Leon are facing disruptions due to heavy fog. MTY has stated that several flights are facing delays as both landings and take off operations were suspended on Friday morning. Operations have resumed, but delays may still affect some flights throughout the afternoon. Travellers are advised to contact their respective airlines for further flight updates.

Tijuana mayor declares humanitarian crisis due to migrants arrival

The mayor of Tijuana, Juan Manuel Gastelum, has declared a humanitarian crisis in the city as thousands of migrants are currently stranded along the US border. Gastelum said that public services are facing severe pressure while calling federal authorities to step in. More than 6,000 migrants already arrived in northern Mexico as part of several migrant caravans from Central America. Tensions along the US border remain high due to enhanced security measures. Mexican authorities claim that some may wait up to six months to get an appointment to request asylum in the US.

Thousands forced to flee after receiving threats in Chiapas

Thousands of indigenous families have been forced to leave their homes due to threats from criminal groups based in Chiapas, south-western Mexico. EFE reported that more than 2,000 families left their homes in the Los Altos area after being intimidated by armed criminals, especially in Chavajeval in San Juan del Bosque. They fled to the neighbouring town of San Cristobal de las Casas. Tensions intensified after a local council commissioner from El Bosque was killed. Other families in Puebla and Huixtlan have also been forced to leave their homes over ethnic, political or religious-motivated threats.

Red Cross volunteers targeted in Taxco, Guerrero

Three state police officers have been killed alongside a Red Cross volunteer after heavily armed assailants opened fire on them in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. The incident happened on Sunday morning in the town of Taxco de Alarcon. Red Cross volunteers were being escorted during a humanitarian mission in the village of San Juan Tenerias. Three other Red Cross members were injured. The organisation and the local government condemned the attack. Criminality in Taxco is mainly attributed to the expansion of violent criminal groups. The city has been facing shortages of municipal police officers, which were dismissed in recent years for alleged links to student disappearances in Iguala back in 2014.

Arrival of migrant caravans triggers protests in Tijuana

Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Tijuana to protest the arrival of several migrant caravans to the US border. Security measures along the main border crossing into the US have been reinforced as tensions are expected to escalate in the coming days. Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum estimates that more than 10,000 migrants may arrive in the city as several US-bound caravans approach the border. He reiterated that the city lack resources to handle them. Thousands of US soldiers have been deployed to the border to assist law-enforcement agencies.

Jailed drug-lord dies after suffering cardiac arrest in Altiplano

An infamous jailed drug lord has died at a federal prison after reportedly suffering a cardiac arrest. Authorities said that Hector Beltran Leyva died after being transferred from the maximum security prison of Altiplano, near Mexico City, to a medical facility. Beltran Leyva was detained back in 2014. He was the leader of the Beltran Leyva Cartel, which he ran alongside his late brother, Arturo Beltran Leyva.

Authorities confirm death of missing US hiker in Chihuahua

The family of the missing US hiker, Patrick Braxton-Andrew, has confirmed that he was murdered by a local criminal organisation based in Chihuahua, northern Mexico. Braxton-Andrew was reported missing nearly three weeks ago. Search efforts were concentrated around the town of Urique. Chihuahua Governor Javier Corral Jurado confirmed the incident. According to officials, Patrick was found dead in the area of La Playita. Governor Corral said that the area is known for the operation of several criminal factions linked to the powerful Sinaloa Cartel.

Domestic security law declared unconstitutional

Mexico's Supreme Court has ruled that the new security bill recently approved in Congress is unconstitutional. The new bill intends to extend the duties of the military to patrol the streets. Luis Maria Aguillar, the head of the Supreme Court, said that lawmakers did not consider the impact of the law on indigenous communities while failing to distinguish the concepts of national and public security. The bill was approved back in 2017 during the administration of outgoing President Enrique Pena Nieto. President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has called for withdrawing the military from the streets. However, a recent plan suggests that instead, the government intends to create a militarised National Guard.

Hundreds forced to flee their homes due to clashes in Guerrero

More than 1,500 people have been forced to flee their homes after violent clashes broke out between self-styled paramilitary forces and criminal groups in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. EFE reported that violent clashes erupted in the towns of Leonardo Bravo and Eduardo Neri. Tensions escalated when more than 3,000 members of a self-declared community police were deployed to tackle criminals in the town of Xochipala. At least seven people were killed. Criminals have significantly expanded their operations in the mountainous areas of the state to control poppy crops.

Authorities continue search for missing US hiker in Chihuahua

Emergency services are still searching for an American hiker who was reported missing in Chihuahua, northern Mexico. State officials revealed that search efforts are still ongoing in the village of Urique. Search efforts are being mostly focused on areas of difficult access across the Copper Canyon National Park, located in the southern region of the state. Patrick Braxton-Andrew was reported missing in late-October.

Congresswoman's daughter killed at gym in Ciudad Mendoza, Veracruz

The 22-year-old daughter of a Mexican congresswoman has been shot dead at a gym in Ciudad Mendoza, Veracruz. The incident was reported on Thursday when armed criminals raided the building. Veracruz Governor Miguel Angel Yunes said that Valeria Cruz Medel was mistakenly killed amid a dispute involving factions of the Los Zetas and Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG). He said that she was the target of a kidnapping attempt. Hours after the incident, the suspected killer, identified as 'El Richy', was found dead inside a vehicle. Five others were arrested days after the incident. Valeria was a medical student and the daughter of Carmen Medel, a congresswoman for the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA).

Police warns over ATM scam in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo

Police in Playa del Carmen have warned tourists of a new scam affecting ATMs in the city. According to reports, criminals put paper towels in ATM trays to block cash from coming out. Most incidents have been reported across independent ATMs. Travellers have been advised to carefully check for tampered machines before withdrawing money or to use ATMs from reputable banks. Playa del Carmen's tourist police said that the most vulnerable machines are located along the Fifth and Tenth Avenues.

Several killed in massive road crash near Mexico City

At least nine people have been killed and dozens of others were injured in massive road accident in Estado de Mexico. According to local media, the accident happened in the early hours of Thursday morning. The accident occurred near the Pena Blanca area in Alvaro Obregon, when a loaded lorry plowed into several vehicles along the Mexico-Toluca Federal Highway. A woman was detained for the incident. Police are still investigating allegations that the brakes of her vehicle failed before the crash. The highway was closed for more than five hours, but traffic has already been resumed.

Sinaloa Cartel-linked criminal detained in Tehuacan, Chihuahua

A criminal leader linked to the Sinaloa Cartel has been detained in a joint operation in Chihuahua, central Mexico. El Financiero reported that Luis Gamboa Sosa, aka 'El Muletas', was detained in the town of Tehuacan. Gamboa has been linked to a number of assassinations and kidnappings in northern Mexico, especially in the towns of San Francisco de Borja, Carichi, Gran Morelos, Cusihuiriachi and Ciudad Cuauhtemoc. He is the suspected leader of the 'Gente Nueva del Tigre', a criminal group dedicated to drug-trafficking between Colombia and the US.

Police officers sacked after anti-corruption protest in Cancun

More than 170 municipal police officers - half of the entire municipal police force - have been sacked after staging an anti-corruption protest in Cancun. The protest came amid current grievances with the city's public security secretary, Jesus Perez Albarca, who ordered local officers to carry out counter-narcotics operations in the city. Reports suggest that dozens of officers stormed Albarca's office and forcefully removed him from the building. State and federal authorities are largely responsible for security in Cancun, which has significantly deteriorated due to the expansion of powerful cartels. Although tourist areas are often spared from such incidents, daylight shootings have been previously reported in central Cancun.

Authorities investigate potential discovery of mass grave in Veracruz

Police officers and state prosecutors are currently investigating the potential discovery of an enormous mass grave in the south-eastern state of Veracruz. EFE reported that anonymous messages were sent to a local association for disappeared victims regarding the location of a mass grave in the Colinas de Santa Fe area. It is estimated that more than 400 bodies could be buried in a terrain of more than 10 hectares. In 2016, more than 300 bodies were found in the same area. In the last eight years, official data revealed that over 600 clandestine graves were found in Veracruz. Criminality levels in the state are mainly attributed to police operations and violent territorial disputes between rival criminal gangs. 

Police commander shot dead in armed ambush in Mexico City

The commander of a police investigation unit in Mexico City has been shot dead after armed criminals ambushed his vehicle in Gustavo Madero. The victim was driving his vehicle alongside his wife and son when several criminals ambushed them in San Pedro el Chico colony. It is still unclear what the motives are behind the attack. 

Tropical Storm Xavier triggers weather alert in western Mexico

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued a tropical storm warning to the western Mexican coast due to adverse weather brought by Tropical Storm Xavier. The warning currently includes the coastal areas between Punta San Telmo in Michoacan and Playa Perula, Jalisco. Inclement weather is forecast to hit the region in the next few days as Xavier is currently moving westwards the Pacific. Heavy rainfall is set to impact coastal areas in Guerrero, Michoacan, Colima and Jalisco. Travellers are advised to follow updates from the NHC and the Mexican National Met Service (SMN).

Three killed in clashes with the police in Texcoco, Estado de Mexico

At least three people have been killed after clashes between criminals and police officers broke out in Texcoco, Estado de Mexico. In a press conference, state prosecutors said that the clashes erupted in the area of Pentecostes and involved members of the infamous Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CNJG). In recent years, the CNJG has expanded its operations across Mexico and strategic centres around Mexico City.

Authorities monitor low-pressure system south of Baja California Peninsula

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) is currently monitoring a low-pressure system located nearly 600 miles south of the Baja California Peninsula. In the latest weather outlook published on Friday morning, the system is expected to become a tropical depression in the coming days as it moves north-east the Pacific. Travellers are advised to monitor updates from the NHC and Mexico's National Met Service (SMN).

Water cutoffs in Mexico City due to works in pumping system

Millions of people are currently being affected after the local government in Mexico City announced a four-day cutoff to water services. Such comes due to maintenance to the city's pumping system, the Cutzamala System. Water shortages are scheduled to last until Saturday, but authorities said that in some areas shortages may last until Tuesday. Up to four million residents from 13 of 16 municipalities that comprise Mexico City are currently being affected. Authorities urged people to save water and avoid activities such as long showers and washing clothes. Classes are suspended until Wednesday across 4,300 schools. Most restaurants and venues in Mexico City have underground water tanks, but they may not be enough last until Tuesday.

Kidnapped police officer found dead in Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua

A police officer that was reported missing several weeks ago has been found dead in Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua. The 24-year-old victim was reportedly abducted in mid-October. State officials confirmed that his body was recovered in the rural area of San Antonio. Cuauhtemoc Mayor Carlos Tena has accused state police officers of being behind the victim's disappearance. Such allegations were promptly dismissed by Chihuahua federal prosecutors. The incident comes a week after several bodies were found in a clandestine grave in the southern town of Bocoyna.

President-elect to cancel construction of new airport in Mexico City

President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has said that he will cancel the construction of a new airport in Mexico City. AMLO said on Monday that he will abide by the referendum results, which 70 percent of voters agreed to scrap the 13-billion-dollar project that is already underway. Critics claim that the referendum lacks legitimacy due to a low turnout - it is estimated that one million people took part in the vote. AMLO claims that ending the project will lead to savings of up to five billion dollars. He accused the flagship project of outgoing President Enrique Pena Nieto of being marred by corruption and overspending. AMLO is set to take office on 01 December.

Several bodies found in clandestine grave in Acapulco, Guerrero

At least five people have been found dead in a clandestine grave in Acapulco, Guerrero. According to the authorities, the bodies were found in the Loma Bonita colony. Reports suggest that the bodies were recovered after several people were detained during a police operation. Among the victims is believed to be a police officer, who was reported missing nearly two weeks ago, and a couple who were reportedly kidnapped. Security incidents in Acapulco are mostly gang-related. Violence in the city significantly increased due to violent disputes involving rival criminal groups.

US Consulate issues alert over carjackings in Ciudad Juarez

The US Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez issued a security alert on Saturday regarding a recent incident reported in the northern Mexican city. According to the alert, criminal groups are reportedly targeting armoured vehicles in the city. Such comes after a police armoured vehicle was targeted outside a convenience store. In late August, the consulate has issued another alert which restricted consular personnel from heading to the downtown area of the city. Ciudad Juarez is located in the northern state of Chihuahua. Although homicide and criminality rates significantly reduced in recent years, the city is still known as a key transit route to drug-trafficking into the US.

Armed group kills indigenous leader in Chihuahua

An indigenous leader has been killed during a presumed armed attack in Chihuahua, northern Mexico. Animal Politico reported that Julian Carrillo was murdered on Wednesday by an armed group. Carrillo was the leader of the Coloradas de la Virgen community. He was involved in disputes to defend indigenous lands from illegal exploitation and criminal groups. The community is located in the Sierra Tarahumara, an isolated area in southern Chihuahua where drug cartels are known to operate poppy and cannabis plantations. The EU has condemned the attack and demanded investigations. According to Amnesty International, nine indigenous members were killed in the same area in the last two years, five of them were Carrillo's family members.

Five homeless murdered in less than a week in Guadalajara, Jalisco

Jalisco prosecutors are investigating the death of five homeless people who were all killed within a week of each other in central Guadalajara. According to the authorities, all victims died after being stoned to death. Investigations have been launched to assess if an unnamed person of interest acted alone. 

Radio broadcaster killed in Acapulco, Guerrero

A radio broadcaster has been killed after an armed ambush in Acapulco, Guerrero. Authorities confirmed on Wednesday that Gabriel Soriano was targeted while driving along a busy route near Puerto Marques area. Soriano worked for the state-owned Radio y Television de Guerrero (RTG). A surge in attacks against media professionals has been reported in recent months. Journalists' groups label Mexico as one of the most dangerous countries to be a reporter. 

Several bodies found in clandestine grave in Jalisco

At least 19 bodies have been recovered in a clandestine grave in the restive western state of Jalisco. Authorities revealed that the bodies were found in a plot of land in Lagos de Moreno, near the city of Leon in Guanajuato. LeMonde reported that since March this year, nearly 100 bodies were already recovered in Jalisco. Last week more than a dozen bodies were found in Guadalajara. Security tensions in the region are believed to be perpetrated by the presence and expansion aspirations of the notorious Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). Violence has spread towards the neighbouring state of Guanajuato, where earlier this week six bodies were found in Irapuato.

Six bodies found at petrol station in Bocoyna, Chihuahua

Six decapitated bodies have been found in the remote town of Bocoyna, Chihuahua. State prosecutors said that the bodies sustained gun wounds and were recovered at a petrol station located on the road between San Juanito and Creel. Federal and state police continue to launch operations across Chihuahua due to the presence of violent criminal groups, especially along the mountainous bordering areas with Sonora and Sinaloa.

Several bodies recovered in clandestine grave in Irapuato, Guanajuato

At least six bodies have been recovered from a clandestine grave in Guanajuato, central Mexico. According to local media, the bodies were found abandoned on a terrain in the town of Irapuato. It is still unclear who is behind the incident. Most recently Guanajuato has suffered a surge in violence due to the feared expansion of the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) into the state.

Central Bank enhance security alert after cyberattack

Mexico's Central Bank, Banxico, has enhanced the security alert of its cash payment matching system (SPEI) after a major cyberattack targeted the insurance company AXA. Reuters reported that the alert was issued after a non-banking financial user reported "inconsistencies" in the system. AXA said that all data and clients' information are protected. It highlighted that after the attack, Banxico was promptly warned. In a statement, Banxico said that contingency measures have been launched as technicians investigate potential flaws in the system. Meanwhile, some institutions with similar financial profiles would be operating through an alternative system. In May, Banxico investigated a similar incident against five entities.

Honduras to investigate disappearance of migrants in Mexico

The Honduran government has announced on Monday that investigations have been launched after more than 30 people part of a US-bound migrant caravan were reported missing in Mexico. Honduran authorities are currently mobilised along the Guatemalan border to assist a number of migrants that are returning to the country. The government further confirmed that two people have already been killed in separate accidents since the march stated last week. Authorities in Central America raised concerns over the safety of the migrants that recently arrived in southern Mexico. It is estimated that over 5,000 people are taking part in the march. According to Reuters, the caravan is currently in the town of Huixtla, Chiapas.

Hurricane Willa downgraded as it moves to central Mexico

Hurricane Willa has been downgraded to a tropical storm moments after hitting western Mexico. Willa made landfall as a major category-three hurricane in Escuinapa, Sinaloa, where high waves and rough surfs were reported. Heavy rainfall and strong winds also affected several municipalities in Sinaloa and Nayarit. According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), Willa is forecast to weaken on Wednesday morning as it moves to central Mexico. Although the hurricane significantly weakened, adverse weather may continue to affect some areas in western and central Mexico, especially Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco, Durango, Zacatecas, Chihuahua and Coahuila. Further south, Tropical Storm Vicente has dissipated.

Thousands evacuated after fire breaks out at factory in Mexico City

More than 2,000 people have been forced to evacuate after a massive fire broke out at an alcohol factory in Mexico City. The incident happened on Monday afternoon in the Atlampa colony in Cuauhtemoc. Authorities said that one person was injured. Mexico City's Civil Protection authority preventatively evacuated surrounding residences and several nearby factories. It further stated that the fire was extinguished on Monday evening.

Three climbers killed at Pico de Orizaba Volcano, Puebla

Three climbers have been killed and another was injured in separate accidents at Pico de Orizaba Volcano in Puebla, central Mexico. Emergency services said that the accidents happened on Monday in both south and north faces of the mountain. The victims were part of a 15-person excursion. Rescue efforts were temporarily halted after strong winds and snowfall hit the area. Pico de Orizaba, also known as Citlaltepetl, is located in the state border with Veracruz and it is the highest peak in Mexico.

Tropical Storm Vicente forecast to weaken as it nears Pacific coast

Landslides and flash flooding may affect some mountainous areas in south-western Mexico as Tropical Storm Vicente approaches the region. According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), Vicente is forecast to be downgraded to a tropical depression before making landfall on Tuesday afternoon. Localised rainfall is expected to affect most south-western states, including Guerrero, Michoacan, Colima and Jalisco. In the latest report of Mexico's National Met Service (SMN), it warns over the increasing risks of landslides in coastal areas between Sinaloa and Chiapas.

State of emergency declared ahead of Hurricane Willa approach

A state of emergency has been declared in several municipalities in Sinaloa and Nayarit as Hurricane Willa approaches the Mexican western Pacific coast. Schools have also been ordered to close in Puerto Vallarta, located in the neighbouring state of Jalisco. According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), a hurricane warning remains in effect to the coastal area between San Blas and Mazatlan, while a tropical storm warning is also in place between Playa Perula and San Blas and Mazatlan and Bahia Tempehuaya. Willa is expected to make landfall on Tuesday evening. The NHC has warned that extremely dangerous storm surges may threaten southwestern Mexico, especially Sinaloa and Nayarit. Heavy rainfall is forecast to batter both states alongside Jalisco and Durango, while some areas in Zacatecas, Chihuahua and Coahuila may also be affected.

US-bound migrant caravan arrives in Tapachula, Chiapas

Thousands of people in a migrant caravan have crossed into Mexico as part of their journey towards the US. Authorities said that more than 1,000 people crossed from Guatemala through official border posts, while it is estimated that more than 5,000 people are currently marching northwards. On Sunday, migrants arrived in the border city of Tapachula. Concerns have been drawn towards the safety of migrants heading through areas controlled by cartels and inclement weather, which continues to hit most of the country's Pacific states. President-elect Lopez Obrador has vowed to support the migrants by offering them working permits in Mexico, while his US counterpart, President Donald Trump, reiterated calls that they will not be accepted in the US. The UK FCO has also issued a travel advisory regarding potential disruptions on border crossings in Mexico.

Bodyguard killed after shooting outside cardinal's house in Mexico City

The bodyguard of a retired Mexico City cardinal has been killed after a shooting broke out outside his residence in the capital's Florida colony, Alvaro Obregon delegation. City prosecutors revealed that the incident unfolded after a man wearing a military outfit approached the residence to deliver a package. Cardinal Norberto Rivera was not injured in the incident, while it remains unclear the motives of the suspected attack. Previous incidents targeting priests and church leaders have been reported in Mexico. Reports suggest that seven priests were killed since the start of 2018.

Weather warnings issued as Hurricane Willa approaches western Mexico

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued several weather warnings for the western coast of Mexico due to the approach of category-four Hurricane Willa. Willa is forecast to become a category-five hurricane late on Monday before making landfall in western Mexico on Tuesday evening. According to the NHC, a hurricane warning is in place from San Blas to Mazatlan, while a lower tropical storm warning remains in effect for areas between Playa Perula and San Blas, and Mazatlan to Bahia Tempehuaya. Willa was located near Las Islas Marias, around 300km off the Jalisco state coast. Mexico's National Met Sevice (SMN) forecasts intense rainfall to hit most western and southern states as Willa moves north-eastwards. Further south, Tropical Storm Vicente is expected to bring adverse weather to south-western Mexico. Travellers are advised to follow updates from the NHC and the SMN.

Landslides kill six in San Pedro Ocotepec, Oaxaca

At least six people have been killed after landslides destroyed several houses in Oaxaca, south-western Mexico. According to the state Civil Protection authority, emergency services were deployed to the town of San Pedro Ocotepec to assist dozens of families. Reports revealed that among the victims are four minors. A low-pressure system is currently sitting off the south-western Mexican coast. Inclement weather is forecast to affect the region over the weekend. Travellers are advised to follow updates from the US National Hurricane Center and the National Met Service.

Border security beefed up ahead of migrant caravan arrival

Security measures along the Guatemalan border have been enhanced ahead of the arrival of thousands of Central American migrants part of a caravan heading to the US. Riot police officers were deployed to the bordering area of Suchiate, Chiapas, ahead of the arrival of nearly 4,000 migrants. The foreign ministry has requested assistance from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (ACNUR) during a meeting in New York City with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Mexico has previously said that no visas will be granted to migrants part of the caravan, while US President Donald Trump threatened to shut down the US-Mexican border.

Women's football advocate killed in Tijuana, Baja California

A renowned women's football promoter has been killed weeks after being reported missing in Tijuana, Baja California. Marbella Ibarra was found dead on Monday in the beach resort of Rosarito. Preliminary reports suggest that she was murdered after being kidnapped. Marbella's body was found wrapped in a plastic bag and presented torture signs. Authorities claim that her death is not believed to be linked to her role in a foundation to promote the sport to young women. Although violent levels in Tijuana significantly dropped compared with previous years, in recent months a surge in homicides have been reported in the bordering city.

Priest found dead days after disappearing in Tijuana, Baja California

A local priest has been found dead days after being reported missing in Tijuana, Baja California. Federal prosecutors revealed that Icmar Arturo Orta was found dead with torture signs inside a vehicle on Sunday. Reports revealed that seven priests were killed in Mexico since the start of the year.

Several bodies recovered in clandestine graves in Tonala, Jalisco

At least 10 bodies have been recovered from two clandestine graves in the restive state of Jalisco, western Mexico. According to the authorities, the bodies were found on Monday in the town of Tonala, near Guadalajara. The findings come days after six people were gunned down in an isolated area of the town. Jalisco reports of the highest criminality waves in Mexico. Such incidents are mainly attributed to cartel territorial disputes.

Construction site collapse kills seven in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon

At least seven people have been killed and nine others are still missing after a shopping mall collapsed in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Local authorities said that at least a dozen people were also injured during the incident, which happened at a construction site in the Cumbres Oro area. Authorities claim that the site failed to present the necessary construction licenses. Most of the victims are believed to be construction workers.

Tropical Storm Tara forms off western Mexico

Weather alerts have been issued to some states along the western Mexican coast as Depression 22-E strengthened into Tropical Storm Tara. The storm is located off the coasts of Colima and Michoacan. Mexico's National Met Service (SMN) is currently monitoring the coastal areas from Punta San Telmo in Michoacan to Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco. Heavy rainfall is forecast to hit the states of Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan and Guanajuato, while adverse weather may also affect Aguascalientes and Guerrero. Tara is forecast to move northwards on the coming days. Travellers are advised to follow updates from the SMN and the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Six bodies found in Acapulco graves

Six bodies have been found in three graves across the suburban area of Acapulco, Guerrero state. Police located the sites following the arrested of members of a criminal group earlier this week, while local media reported that the victims were found with a letter from the Jalisco New Generation cartel. The bodies were transported to Forensic Medical Service for identification.

President-elect vows to increase security forces by 50,000

Mexico's president-elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, said he plans to increase the size of the country's security forces by 50,000. "We will explain this well in the security plan and, of course, that it will improve the budget for public security," said Obrador in a speech in Toluca. He also criticised the Mexican media for questioning his health, claiming he had no concerns five years after suffering a heart attack. He is set to formally take office on 1 December.

Five killed in Nuevo Leon shooting

Five people have been killed and a child wounded in a shooting in Nuevo Leon state. Unknown gunmen carried out the attack on a highway in the Doctor Gonzalez municipality, 50km from Monterrey. All of the victims are reported to be members of the same family.

Couple arrested for killing 20 women

A couple in Mexico has admitted to raping and killing 20 women in a case that has sparked outrage in the country. The suspects, identified as Carlos "N" and Patricia "N", were detained in Ecatepec last week on suspicion of killing 10 women. During interrogation, the man said the number of victims was twice what police initially suspected. The pair also sold their victims' possessions and body parts to unknown individuals. There have been protests in Ecatepec near Mexico City, with demonstrators demanding that the authorities do more to end violence against women. Between January and April this year more than 200 women went missing in Mexico state alone.

Journalist gunned down in Cachoatan, Chiapas

A local journalist has been killed when gunmen opened fire from a motorcycle in Chiapas, south-western Mexico. Sergio Martinez was with his wife when he was targeted near a store in the town of Cachoatan, near the Guatemalan border. Reports suggest that Martinez was an avid critic to the local police and government. Mexico's National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH) condemned the attack. Nearly two weeks ago, another journalist was also killed in Chiapas. Mario Gomez reportedly received death threats for investigations on corruption involving state officials.

Canadian CEO charged for colluding with Mexican cartels

A director of a Canadian-based tech company has been charged for colluding with Mexican cartels. According to the US Justice Department, Phantom Secure Executive Director Vincent Ramos provided personalised mobile phones to drug-traffickers to negotiate drug deals in Europe, Asia and North America. Ramos was detained back in March in the US. His devices were modified to be untraceable. Court documents revealed that they used servers in Panama and Hong Kong. This is one of the first cases in the US that directly involved a tech company and its senior officials for providing specialised equipment to criminal groups.

Hundreds of police weapons reported missing in Acapulco, Guerrero

The former mayor of Acapulco is being investigated after more than 340 police firearms were reported missing. Mexico's ministry of defence has said that  Evodio Velazquez Aguirre, who ended his term last weekend, is responsible for the weapons. He denied any wrongdoing. The investigation was opened after the military raided police stations in Acapulco and temporarily suspended the city's entire police force. Police officers are being investigated for allegedly colluding with powerful criminal syndicates and cartels in Acapulco and across Guerrero state.

Ash from Popocatepetl Volcano reaches Mexico City

Mexico's National Center for Disasters Prevention (CENAPRED) has identified increased activity in the Popocatepetl volcano in Estado de Mexico. Reports revealed that ash has been emitted by the volcano throughout the last week across the western and southern areas of Mexico City, especially in the Iztapalapa, Milpa Alta and Xochimilco delegations. Civil protection authorities urged people to remain vigilant and to limit outdoor activities due to the risk of ash inhalation. Currently, CENAPRED has maintained a 12-kilometre radius around the volcano due to risks of landslides and debris falling. Travellers are advised to follow recommendations and updates from the CENAPRED and Mexico City's Civil Protection authority.

City council officials killed in armed attack in Guerrero

Two city council officials have been killed after armed criminals targeted a town hall in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. Local media reported that the incident happened on Saturday evening during a swearing-in ceremony in Atenango del Rio. Reports suggest that nearly 20 shots were fired at the town hall's facade. More than 80 mayors in Guerrero sworn into office over the weekend. The incident comes after a number of local officials were either killed or threatened in the months before and after the general elections.

International fugitive kills two Interpol agents in Puebla

Two agents part of the Republic Attorney General's Office (PGR) have been killed whilst serving an international arrest warrant in Puebla, central Mexico. AFP reported that both officers were assigned to the INTERPOL to fulfil an international arrest warrant issued by the FBI against a suspect identified as 'Orlando'. Puebla Governor Antonio Gali confirmed that the suspect is under custody after a major joint operation was launched in Acatlan de Osorio moments after the incident. Orlando is accused of killing a British football coach, who was stabbed to death in New York in 2012.

Health authorities on alert over Dengue fever cases in Chiapas

Health authorities in the southern state of Chiapas are on alert after more than 1,350 cases of haemorrhagic Dengue fever were reported this year statewide. Reports revealed that at least eight people were killed after contracting the disease, which has been mainly reported along the Guatemalan border. Haemorrhagic Dengue fever is the most serious type of the mosquito-borne disease. Symptoms may include vomit, severe abdominal pain, nose and mouth bleeding.

Prosecutor's office staff killed in mob attack in Metepec, Hidalgo

A staff member of the State Prosecutor's Office in Hidalgo, central Mexico, has been killed in a mob attack in Metepec. EFE reported that the man was killed when hundreds of people targeted police officers who were guarding four suspected child abusers. Reports revealed that some protesters threw fuel at the suspects before setting them ablaze. Public lynching is mainly recurrent in small towns across Mexico. In recent weeks, several similar incidents were reported in Puebla and Mexico City.

Hurricane Rosa strengthened into category-four hurricane

Hurricane Rosa has strengthened into a category-four storm as it moves along the western Pacific coast. According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), Rosa is still far from Mexican shores and is expected to weaken from Monday afternoon. Rosa is forecast to move northwards the Pacific and affect coastal areas in the Baja California Peninsula. Mexico's south-western coast is still under alert for potential life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Flash flooding and landslides are also likely to impact the region. Travellers are advised to follow updates from the NHC and the National Met Service (SMN).

Soldiers found dead in central Cancun, Quintana Roo

Two Mexican Marines have been found dead on a street of Cancun, Quintana Roo. State prosecutors confirmed that their bodies were found wrapped into sheets in the Supermanzana 65 area in central Cancun, relatively far from the popular tourist hotspots in the Zona Hotelera. Reports suggest that they were stationed in the Isla Mujeres and were off-duty on Monday evening. Cancun has reported a spate in violent incidents due to disputes involving rival criminal groups. In recent months, homicide rates soared, reaching more than 340 murders so far this year.

Thousands march in Mexico City to remember students dissapperance

Thousands of demonstrators took the streets of Mexico City to remember the disappearance of 43 student teachers who were killed after being kidnapped from the town of Iguala, Guerrero. Demonstrators marched on Wednesday across central Mexico City from the Angel de la Independencia to the Zocalo square. President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced plans to launch a truth commission to fully investigate the incident. A number of city officials and police officers were already detained for alleged links to the kidnaps, while rights groups accuse the government of hampering inquiries.

Hurricane Rosa to generate swells along Pacific coast

Hurricane Rosa has recently strengthened to a category-one storm as it moves north along the Mexican Pacific coast. Although Rosa is currently located nearly 780km south of the Baja California peninsula, it may still generate sea swells which are expected to affect most areas along the western coast. According to the National Meteorological Service (SMN), areas of major concern are located between the states of Nayarit and Chiapas, while the entire state of Baja California Sur is also on alert. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned for potential life-threatening surfs and rip-currents to those regions later this week and over the weekend. Rosa is forecast to strengthen over the next few days before being downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday.

Former governor sentenced to nine years for corruption

A former governor of the south-eastern state of Veracruz has been sentenced to nine years in prison for money laundering and links to organised crime. Javier Duarte de Ochoa is accused of leading a criminal network which widely operated in Mexico City, Campeche and Veracruz. Prosecutors said that he diverted huge amounts of public funds during his term as governor of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He was arrested and extradited from Guatemala back in 2017.

Authorities seize control of entire police force in Acapulco, Guerrero

State and federal authorities took over duties from the entire police force in the resort city of Acapulco after three top-level officials were arrested. Police officers were suspended and placed under investigation over the suspected infiltration of criminal groups to local law enforcement. The operation was led by the Guerrero Coordination Group, which is comprised of a number of federal and state agencies. Acapulco is located in the south-western state of Guerrero, which has suffered a surge in violence due to an ongoing battle to secure lucrative poppy crops.

Employers' union director killed in Parral, Chihuahua

A local director of the Employers Confederation of the Mexican Republic (COPARMEX) has been gunned down in Chihuahua, northern Mexico. State prosecutors said that Uriel Deister was killed when armed men attacked his pick-up truck at a restaurant's car park in Parral. Governor Javier Corral Jurado condemned the attack and said that investigations have been launched. 

Several reported missing due to floods in Periban, Michoacan

At least one person has been killed and more than a dozen others were reported missing after a local river burst its banks in Michoacan, south-western Mexico. President Enrique Pena Nieto said that the incident happened in Periban, where heavy rain triggered the overflow of the Cutio River. Landslides were also reported in the area. Over the weekend, at least five people were killed and thousands were affected when heavy rainfall battered northern Mexico.

Gunmen kill journalist in Yajalon, Chiapas

A journalist has been killed after gunmen targeted him outside his house in Chiapas. Mario Gomez was killed on Friday in the remote rural town of Yajalon. He worked for the local El Heraldo de Chiapas newspaper. Reports suggest that Gomez received a number of death threats for investigations on corruption involving state officials. Chiapas state prosecutor condemned the incident. At least nine journalists have been killed in Mexico in 2018. The country, alongside war-zones, has been considered one of the deadliest in the world for media professionals.

Heavy rainfall triggers evacuations across Sinaloa and Sonora

More than 2,000 people have been forced to evacuate after heavy rainfall triggered widespread flooding across Sinaloa and Sonora, western Mexico. At least 10 people were killed, while a state of emergency was declared to a dozen municipalities in the region. Among the areas most affected is Culiacan. Inclement weather is set to continue to affect Mexico as Tropical Depression 19-E moves north along the western Pacific coast.

Popocatepetl Volcano records intense activity

Mexico's National Center for Disasters Prevention (CENAPRED) has reported that several explosions occurred at the Popocatepetl Volcano in Estado de Mexico. At least four powerful volcanic explosions have been reported since Wednesday. Ash has been expelled up to 1,500 metres into the atmosphere. A yellow warning is still in place alongside a 12-kilometre exclusion zone. The authorities warned people of potential debris and ash falling in the area. Travellers are recommended to remain vigilant and in the event of ashfall, avoid outdoor activities and cover their mouth and nose.

Officials sacked after two lorries full of bodies are found in Jalisco

A top prosecutor in the western state of Jalisco has been sacked after a lorry carrying more than 270 unclaimed bodies was found in Tlajomulco de Zuniga, near Guadalajara. This is the second Mexican official to be dismissed after another refrigerated lorry carrying nearly 100 bodies was also discovered parked outside a forensic institute. Governor Aristoteles Sandoval has said that the situation has mainly been caused by the lack of planning and that all bodies will be properly stored until mid-October. Jalisco is one of the deadliest states in Mexico where the powerful Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) cartel widely operate. According to Reuters, more than 16,000 people have been killed in the state since the start of the year.

Several killed in wave of violence across Acapulco, Guerrero

At least nine people have been killed across Acapulco in a wave of violence reported in less than 24 hours. All incidents happened on Tuesday in the colonies of Jardin Azteca, Zapata, Magallanes and La Luz. In Las Crucitas, three members of the same family were killed when criminals raided a local supermarket. The incident happened moments after a worker was shot dead during a robbery attempt. Acapulco is a popular beach resort in south-western Mexico. In recent years, security in the city significantly deteriorated due to violent territorial disputes involving rival criminal groups.

Three killed after contracting dengue fever in Oaxaca

At least three people have been killed amid reports of a current dengue fever outbreak in Oaxaca, south-eastern Mexico. Local authorities told Mexican media that more than 150 cases have been reported in the indigenous town of San Juan Jaltepec since early-August. Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease common in Latin America. Symptoms may include headache, nausea, vomiting and muscle and joint pain.

Gunmen wearing mariachi outfits kill five in Mexico City

Five people have been killed and eight others were injured when gunmen dressed as mariachi musicians opened fire at a busy square in central Mexico City. Thousands took to the streets on Friday evening ahead of the celebrations of the Mexican Independence Day at Garibaldi Plaza. Investigations have been launched to assess the circumstances behind the shooting that may be linked to an ongoing dispute involving rival factions of the Union de Tepito gang, which is engaged in extortion in the nearby Tepito neighbourhood. Two suspects were detained. Tourist areas in Mexico City are relatively spared from the violence that is reported elsewhere in the country.

Thousands take part in massive march in Mexico City

More than 23,000 people took to the streets of Mexico City to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a student-led march to protest government repression. Demonstrators peacefully marched from the National Anthropology Museum towards the Plaza de la Constitucion (Zocalo) on Thursday afternoon. Family members of 43 missing students, who were killed after disappearing in Guerrero, also joined the march. Among many student demands, they include more funds for higher education and the end of gender-based violence in Mexico.

US DEA adds El Chapo's son to most wanted list

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has added Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar to its most wanted list. Salazar is the 35-year-old son of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, the infamous former leader of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel. According to the DEA, Salazar is being wanted for drug-trafficking. After successive escapes, his father was detained and extradited to the US in 2017. El Chapo is set to face trial in early-November.

Anti-dam indigenous leader killed in Nayarit

An indigenous activist has been killed after gunmen raided his home Aguailpa, Nayarit. Margarido Diaz was one of the leaders of the Wixarika indigenous people. According to the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), Diaz was openly critical towards the construction of La Maroma dam, a major project in San Luis Potosi - to provide water supply to the state of Durango, Jalisco and Guanajuato - that is claimed to violate sacred indigenous land. The CNDH called on the authorities to investigate his death. Rights defenders are often attacked in Mexico, especially those linked to land disputes.

Several reported missing in Huichapan, Hidalgo

State prosecutors have opened an investigation into the disappearance of a dozen people who were reported missing last week in Hidalgo, central Mexico. Local media outlets reported that the victims disappeared when travelling in three separate vehicles from the town of Ixmiquilpan to Huichapan. A special anti-kidnapping unit is leading the investigations, while no further details were revealed. Although the number of kidnaps slightly increased in Hidalgo in 2017, no kidnaps were reported in Huichapan and Ixmiquilpan.

Aeromexico pilots consider strike action over contractual breach

Aeromexico pilots are considering to launch a strike over claims that the airline violated some clauses in their contract. According to the pilots' union, more than 2,400 pilots have been affected by policy changes which were introduced after the deadly plane crash in Durango - the causes of which are still under investigation. If they decide to go ahead, pilots are scheduled to launch a 24-hour strike on Monday 01 October.

Local mayor reported missing in Guerrero

State authorities are investigating the disappearance of a local mayor who was reported missing nearly a week ago in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. A search operation was launched on Monday after Daniel Esteban Gonzalez and his driver disappeared in Tlapa. Estaban Gonzalez is the mayor-elect of the town of Cochoapa el Grande and member of the leftist Democratic Revolutionary Party. Mexico's general elections were held earlier this year. Dozens of local mayors and congressmen were either reported missing or killed during the campaign and after the vote.

Four police officers killed during ambush in Chihuahua

Four police officers have been killed and six others were injured during an ambush in Chihuahua, northern Mexico. According to state prosecutors, the incident happened on Thursday evening in the remote town of Creel, located in the south-western region of the state. It is believed that the attack was carried out by a gang linked to the infamous Juarez Cartel. AP reported that the victims were targeted when returning from a deposition of gang members detained in a prison in Cuauhtemoc.

Flash floods affect thousands in Piedras Negras, Coahuila

More than 10,000 people have been affected after heavy rainfall triggered widespread flooding in north-eastern Mexico. According to the National Meteorology Service (SMN), more than 2,500 houses were damaged after the Arroyo el Soldado River in Piedras Negras, Coahuila state, burst its banks. Adverse weather is expected to continue to affect the region over the next 48 hours. Local downpours are forecast in Sinaloa and Nayarit, while heavy rain is expected to batter the entire Pacific coast. Travellers are advised to follow daily updates from the SMN.

Dozens of skulls recovered at clandestine grave in Veracruz

More than 160 skulls have been recovered from a clandestine grave in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. State prosecutor Jorge Winkler said that the remains were dumped there in the past two years. No information about the exact location of the grave has been revealed. Veracruz reports one of the highest homicide rates in Mexico, mainly due to disputes between rival cartels. Social groups reported that more than 300 graves have been recovered in Veracruz during the last decade.

Security beefed up to tackle gangs in southern Chiapas

Security across southern towns in Chiapas has been reinforced to tackle the presence of criminal groups engaged in human and drug trafficking. For nearly two months, the military and federal police have been operating alongside local authorities to curb the expansion of Central American-based gangs, such as the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and the Barrio 18. They are mainly present through more than a dozen cells in the town of Tapachula, Suchiate and Huixtla. Enhanced measures also include the militarisation along the Guatemalan border. Both gangs are mostly present in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. According to reports, over 90 gang members were extradited from Mexico in 2018.

Police commissioner killed during ambush in Tonala, Jalisco

A police commissioner and his three bodyguards have been killed during an armed ambush in Jalisco, western Mexico. According to the police, the incident happened outside the commissioner's house in Tonala, outskirts of Guadalajara. It is believed that the attack came after a major operation led to the arrest of several criminals. A surge in criminality has been reported in Guadalajara, where the powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) often clash with rival drug cartels.

Thousands gather to protest violence during student rally in Mexico City

Thousands of students have gathered at the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM) to protest violent incidents reported during a protest earlier in the week. Organisers claim that more than 340,000 students blocked major avenues across Mexico City. Students said that tensions escalated on Monday after a violent student group known as 'Los Porros' infiltrated the protest and attacked people with petrol bombs and stones. For decades, sympathisers of the group have been known for disrupting peaceful student demonstrations in Mexico.

Police officer killed in armed ambush in Guerrero

A police officer has been killed and several others were injured when a group of heavily armed criminals ambushed a police patrol unit in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. According to state authorities, more than 50 gunmen were involved in the attack, which took place on Wednesday morning on the 95 Federal Highway near Filo de Caballos, between Iguala and Chilpancingo. Guerrero records one of the highest criminality levels in Mexico. Filo de Caballos is known for its poppy plantations, which are at the centre of violent territorial disputes involving rival criminal factions.

Woman shot dead in Monterrey

A woman has been shot dead and another person wounded at a hotel in downtown Monterrey. Gunmen on a motorcycle carried out the attack at Hotel Virreyes on Amado Nervo street on Monday evening. Police are investigating the motive behind the attack.

Fourteen students wounded in brawl at UNAM

At least 14 students have been wounded during a brawl at the UNAM university in Mexico City. A group of around 200 students were holding a protest when they came under attack from assailants armed with sharp weapons on Monday. The College of Sciences and Humanities said it condemned the "cowardly and violent acts."

Mayor shot dead in Puebla

A newly-elected mayor has been shot dead in the south-eastern state of Puebla. Félix Aguilar Caballero was targeted in the Nopalucan municipality, with gunmen blocking his route before opening fire on his vehicle. Investigations into the motive behind the attack are ongoing.

Four police officers killed in Jalisco

Four Mexican police officers have been killed in an ambush in the Tonala area of Jalisco state. A police commissioner was being escorted by his three police bodyguards when the gunmen struck. Officials said the attack was likely carried out by criminals in response to a series of operations against the Jalisco New Generation cartel.

Kidnapped Cubans freed in Cancun

A group of 39 Cuban migrants have been freed near the southern resort of Cancun. Federal and military police carried out a raid in the east of the city to release the hostages. Four other Cuban nationals have been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and people trafficking.

Suspected kidnappers set on fire after protest in Puebla

Two suspected kidnappers have been set on fire after dozens of locals staged a protest outside a police station in Acatlan de Osorio, Puebla. State authorities confirmed that more than 150 people ambushed a police vehicle in San Vicente Boqueron, where two men allegedly involved in the abduction of a two children were being transported. Puebla Governor Martha Erika Alonso condemned the mob attack. The lynching of criminals is a common practice among locals in isolated rural villages. Causes are mostly linked to the lack of confidence on local authorities and the judicial system.

News cameraman killed in Cancun, Quintana Roo

A news cameraman has been killed in a shooting in Cancun, Quintana Roo. According to state prosecutors, the victim was shot dead alongside another unidentified individual on Wednesday. The victim worked for the local Canal 10. In July, another journalist who wrote an article on police corruption was killed in Playa del Carmen. Mexico is considered one of the most dangerous places to be a journalist. Last year, at least a dozen journalists and news professionals were killed nationwide.

Six killed in gang-related clashes in Guanajuato

At least six people have been killed after violent armed clashes broke out in Guanajuato, central Mexico. Local media reported that two rival criminal factions engaged in a shooting in the town of Apaseo el Alto. Most recently Guanajuato has suffered a surge in violence due to the feared expansion of the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) into the state.

President-elect to keep military on the streets to curb organised crime

President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said that the military will continue their efforts to fight organised crime on the streets nationwide. In a statement, Lopez Obrador said: "Without the aid of the army and the navy, we would not be able to solve the security problem. We are not in a position to pull out the armed forces, because that would leave the populace unprotected." Lopez Obrador proposed during his campaign a potential amnesty and peace talks with major cartels. The military has been engaged in public security duties since former President Felipe Calderon was in office. Since then, homicide rates in Mexico have soared due to violent military campaigns against gangs and powerful cartels.

Four tonnes of meth seized at drug lab in Baja California

More than four tonnes of methamphetamine have been seized after a military operation led to the dismantling of a drug lab in Baja California, north-western Mexico. Military sources told EFE that the lab was located in an isolated area along the main border road between Tijuana and Mexicali. This is the latest drug bust attributed to the administration of outgoing President Enrique Pena Nieto, which in recent months intensified operations against drug cartels. Northern Mexican states are mostly used as transit points for drugs into the US.

Several killed in violent shooting in La Union, Guerrero

At least seven people have been killed after a shooting broke out in La Union, Guerrero. According to Televisa, the incident happened on Friday morning during a military operation in El Naranjo, where the patrol unit was targeted. According to the military, a soldier is among the casualties. Criminal groups and drug cartels widely operate in Guerrero. They are often engaged in territorial disputes to control poppy fields statewide.

Cartel leader shot dead during military patrol in Amozoc, Puebla

At least eight criminals have been killed after they clashed with a patrol of marines in Puebla, central Mexico. State prosecutors revealed that the incident happened over the weekend at a military checkpoint in Amozoc. Among the casualties is alias 'Comandante 30', the presumed leader of the Cartel Puebla Segura. Comandante 30 was killed alongside seven of his bodyguards, who were escorting a lorry transporting stolen fuel. He claimed in previous occasions to be linked to the infamous Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG), but his allegiance was not confirmed. Puebla is part of the so-called Red Triangle area, which is known for the operation of cartels engaged in fuel theft.

Drug plantations destroyed during military raid in Jalisco

More than a dozen marijuana and poppy plantations have been destroyed during a military operation in Jalisco, western Mexico. The raids happened in the town of Tequila and Etzatlan, located in the outskirts of Guadalajara. Drug plantations are at the centre of violent territorial disputes in western Mexico, especially in Jalisco and Guerrero.

Several bodies recovered in clandestine grave in Juanacatlan, Jalisco

At least six bodies have been recovered in a presumed clandestine grave in Jalisco, western Mexico. State prosecutors said that the victims were found in the town of Juanacatlan. In recent months, dozens of bodies were recovered from clandestine graves across Jalisco. Most incidents are believed to be linked to gang-related disputes involving the notorious Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG).

Taxi drivers block major avenue in Mexico City

Taxi drivers have blocked the Avenida Carlos Hank Gonzalez - also known as Avenida Central - in Nezahualcoyotl, north-eastern Mexico City. Heavy traffic disruption was reported on Friday morning near the Nezahualcoyotl metro station. Protests are expected to continue throughout the day, especially on the lane bound to central Mexico City. Travel disruption is also being reported in Ecatepec. The avenue is located near Mexico City International Airport. Reports suggest that the protest comes against a new bill that orders taxi drivers to install panic buttons and GPS on their vehicles.

State forces take over public security in Tehuacan, Puebla

More than 200 municipal police officers in the central town of Tehuacan were brought in for questioning for alleged links to organised crime in Puebla. State authorities said that the military alongside state and federal forces are taking over public security in the town while investigations are ongoing. Earlier in the year, Puebla state forces took over control of the town of San Martin Texmelucan after more than 113 people were detained for impersonating law-enforcement agents.

Kaspersky Lab uncovers banking malware in Mexico

Researchers at Kaspersky Lab have uncovered a malware designed to acquire personal data and banking credentials from customers in Mexico. The discovery was announced in a cybersecurity event in Panama and confirmed that the malware has been active for nearly five years. The malware is called Dark Tequila and is mainly designed to target financial institutions. However, Kaspersky concluded that it may steal other data once it breaches security protocols on personal computers - it may be manipulated without an internet connection. The most common ways devices may be infected are through infected USB sticks and phishing. Kaspersky advised people to always scan USB and emails for viruses before opening attachments.

Military seizes massive drug haul in Culiacan, Sinaloa

More than 10 tonnes of synthetic drugs have been seized after a military raid in Culiacan, Sinaloa. According to the Mexican Navy, the drugs were recovered in the Los Cedros area, which is known for being a major drug route in western Mexico. The drug bust came days after more than 50 tonnes of drugs were destroyed after a military operation discovered a massive drug lab in Alcoyonqui. 

Eight bodies recovered across Cancun, Quintana Roo

Eight bodies have been recovered across Cancun in a fresh spate of violence in Quintana Roo, south-eastern Mexico. According to prosecutors, the bodies were recovered from several locations across the city, including in the colony of El Pedregal, the Merida-Cancun highway and the car park of a local mall. Violent territorial disputes involving rival criminal factions have intensified in recent months across Quintana Roo. Incidents have been reported in Cancun and Playa del Carmen. However, most of them are gang-related and often occur away from popular tourist resorts.

Soldiers deployed as thousands return to classes in Acapulco, Guerrero

Soldiers have been deployed to hundreds of schools across Acapulco as thousands of children returned to classes on Monday. A spokesman for the state of Guerrero said that the measure comes as part of a recently introduced programme to secure schools across the state. Guerrero is a crime-plagued state in south-western Mexico. It is considered one of the most dangerous states in the country, mainly due to the presence of powerful criminal groups engaged in drug-trafficking.

Military operation destroys 50 tonnes of meth in Sinaloa

More than 50 tonnes of methamphetamine has been destroyed during a military operation in Sinaloa, north-western Mexico. Reports revealed that a tip-off led to the discovery of an underground drug lab based in the mountainous area of Alcoyonqui, located near Culiacan. Members of the infamous Sinaloa Cartel still operate across the state. Since the arrest and extradition of 'El Chapo' Guzman, the cartel has been heavily fragmented. 

Joint operation detains scores of CJNG members in Chiapas

Nearly 50 presumed members of the notorious Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) have been detained in Chiapas, south-western Mexico. According to local prosecutors, the suspects were heading towards Guatemala. The joint operation was launched in the state capital of Tuxtla Gutierrez and in the bordering town of Comapala. The group has been systematically expanding across Mexico and currently control some territories in Chiapas. It is believed that the CJNG holds alliances with local criminal cells in Central America to aid their drug-trafficking operations.

Canadian national killed during mall shooting in Guadalajara, Jalisco

A Canadian national has been killed after gunmen attacked a shopping centre on the outskirts of Guadalajara, Jalisco. According to prosecutors, gunmen in three vehicles opened fire on the venue in the town of Zapopan. Two other people have been injured during the shooting. It is unclear what the causes are behind the attack. Guadalajara recently suffered a spate of violence due to the presence of powerful drug cartels.

Venezuelan singer shot dead in Mexico City

A Venezuelan singer has been gunned down after criminals targeted his motorcycle in central Mexico City. According to city prosecutors, the incident happened when Fabio Melanitto was travelling with his girlfriend on Wednesday afternoon in Narvarte colony in Benito Juarez. Melanitto was a famous singer from a pop band in the late 1990s. It is unclear what the motives are behind the attack.

Congresswoman kidnapped near Acaxochitlan, Hidalgo

A newly elected congresswoman has been kidnapped when her car was ambushed in Hidalgo, central Mexico. Local media reported that Norma Azucena Rodriguez was targeted when armed men raided her vehicle, which overturned on the Highway 132D, near the town of Acaxochitlan. Rodriguez is a member of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) in the south-eastern state of Veracruz. She is a former mayor and was recently elected for a seat in the lower house of Congress. The incident happened in the same area where a local mayor was kidnapped last month. A number of local politicians have been systematically targeted nationwide during and after the country's general elections last July.

Navy makes massive drug bust off Acapulco, Guerrero

More than two tonnes of drugs have been seized off the coast of Guerrero, south-western Mexico. According to the Navy, a massive haul of cocaine was located on a speedboat several miles off Acapulco. An Ecuadorian national was detained. Mexico's Navy has been assisted by the US military in routine patrols along the Pacific coast to tackle drug-trafficking from South America. Violence is Guerrero has significantly deteriorated due to violent territorial disputes over the control of lucrative poppy fields.

Prosecutors open fresh corruption probe on former Chihuahua governor

Prosecutors have opened a fresh corruption probe against former Governor Cesar Duarte. Duarte is the former governor of the northern state of Chihuahua. He, alongside 40 former officials, are being accused of diverting more than six billion pesos ($320m) in public funds during his administration. The amount concerns audit irregularities in the first 10 months of 2016. He is believed to have fled to the US. In previous cases, other governors have fled the country after being implicated in massive corruption schemes, including the former governor of Veracruz and Quintana Roo.

Six killed during armed ambush in Mixteca, Oaxaca

Six people have been killed during an armed ambush in Oaxaca, southern Mexico. Local media reported that gunmen targeted a vehicle in the region of Mixteca. Among the victims is a 10-year-old. It's still unclear what the motives are and who is behind the attack. However, the police is reportedly investigating potential links to an agrarian dispute between two rival communities. Clashes linked to inter-communal territorial disputes are common in Oaxaca, especially across the state's rural areas.

Seven bodies recovered in clandestine grave near Guadalajara, Jalisco

At least seven bodies have been recovered from a clandestine grave on the outskirts of Guadalajara, Jalisco. Local police revealed that the victims were found in terrain near Tlajomulco. Reports revealed that when police officers arrived at the scene, three people were also found dead inside a house. The findings come just days after at least 10 bodies were found in Guadalajara. Criminal cartels, such as the powerful Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG), are known to operate statewide and across the metropolitan region of Guadalajara.

Kidnapped mayor found dead in Tulacingo, Hidalgo

A local mayor has been found dead in the central state of Hidalgo. Genaro Negrete Urbano was members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and was recently elected mayor of Naupan, Puebla. He was found on Monday evening in the town of Tulacingo, nearly a month after being kidnapped. Local politicians were systematically targeted during the vote, where more than 140 local councilmen and mayors were killed.

Photojournalist killed in armed attack in Guanajuato

A photojournalist has been killed after an armed ambush in Guanajuato, central Mexico. Rodolfo Garcia Gonzalez was targeted on Sunday on a street in downtown Valle de Santiago. Local media reported that he was shot several times by criminals riding a motorcycle. Gonzalez worked for several local news outlets and also as a private photographer. Mexico has been considered one of the most dangerous countries to media workers. At least eight journalists have been killed in Mexico since the start of the year.

Warning issued as Tropical Storm Ileana moves along western coast

A weather warning has been issued as Tropical Storm Ileana moves along the western Mexican coast. Ileana was recently upgraded over the weekend. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued a tropical storm warning to the state of Guerrero, Michoacan, Colima and Jalisco. Meanwhile, a hurricane watch is also in place in coastal Colima and Jalisco, as Ileana is forecast to become a hurricane later in the week. Heavy rainfall and flash flooding are expected to hit the region until Wednesday when Ileana will weaken due to its approach to Tropical Storm John.

Several bodies recovered in Guadalajara, Jalisco

At least 10 bodies have been recovered from the backyards of a house in Guadalajara, Jalisco. According to the municipal police, the bodies were found on Friday in the Santa Elena de la Cruz colony, located near the historical centre of the state capital. Initially, four bodies were found, but further digging over the weekend unveiled several others. It is unclear which group is behind the incident. Similar to other locations in Jalisco, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) widely operate in Guadalajara.

Three dead in mine collapse in Hidalgo

At least three people have been killed after a marble mine collapsed in Hidalgo, eastern Mexico. Local authorities confirmed that two other miners are trapped inside the mine, which is located in the town of Dengantzha. The incident happened on Thursday afternoon. According to El Universal, the mine was clandestine. Mining accidents in Mexico are common due to poor safety standards, which are mainly reported across the growing number of clandestine or unlicensed mines.

Police seizes large crystal meth haul at Mexico City Airport

More than 120kg of crystal meth has been seized in a cargo area at Mexico City International Airport (MEX). According to the National Security Commision (CNS), the drugs were seized in the loading area of the airport. Reports suggest that the shipment was bound to Sydney, Australia. CNS confirmed that the drugs were wrapped and hidden inside computer packages. In recent years, some drug cartels in Mexico have expanded their operations to produce methamphetamine.

Several killed in clashes between fuel thieves in Chihuahua

At least five people have been killed after rival gangs engaged in a shootout in Chihuahua, northern Mexico. Prosecutors said that the shooting erupted when heavily armed criminals linked to fuel theft encountered their rivals along a road between Satevo and Delicias. A police officer responding to the incident is among the casualties. Fuel theft is common across Mexico. In 2017, the number of illegal taps into PEMEX oil pipelines significantly increased compared with previous years.

Several CJNG members detained in Jalisco and Quintana Roo

More than a dozen members of the infamous Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) have been detained in Jalisco and Quintana Roo. Mexico's federal police said that some of them are involved in the death of six soldiers after an attack to a military aircraft back in 2015. Local media reported that most of the detained are part of the security detail of CJNG's leader, alias 'El Mencho'. The CJNG is one of the most powerful cartels in Mexico and it mainly operates across south-western states.

Cartel leader's lawyer killed in armed attack in Mexico City

A 55-year-old lawyer has been shot dead after gunmen targeted a restaurant in Mexico City. The victim is known as the lawyer of the leader of the Tlahuac Cartel, Felipe Perez Luna. He is believed to be involved in a number of dealings to regularise territory recently acquired by the group. The Tlahuac cartel is a criminal group dedicated to extortion, robbery, kidnapping and murder in Tlahuac and other southern areas of the capital.

US State Department issue travel alert to Hermosillo, Sonora

The US State Department has issued a security alert due to intense criminal activity and police operations in Hermosillo, Sonora. US personnel are prohibited to travel to San Carlos, Guaymas, Empalme and areas south of Hermosillo through the Federal Highway 15. Travellers are advised caution when heading to those areas. Sonora presents significantly lower levels of violence compared with its neighbouring states. Most incidents reported in the state are drug-related.

Popocatepetl Volcano records intense activity in Estado de Mexico

Mexico's National Centre for Disasters Prevention (CENAPRED) has reported an increase in the activity of the Popocatepetl Volcano in Estado de Mexico. According to reports, ash has been expelled up to 2,000 metres into the atmosphere, alongside some rocks and fragments. Major concerns regard residents from Anecameca, Ecatzingo, Ozumba and Tepetlixpa. Caution has been advised due to the potential risks of ashfall. Travellers are advised to avoid ash inhalation and to limit outdoor activities. 

Scores injured as Aeromexico flight crashes during takeoff in Durango

At least 85 people have been injured after an Aeromexico flight crashed during takeoff in Durango, northern Mexico. The accident happened on Tuesday when the Embraer 190 aircraft carrying 101 people crashed hundreds of metres from the runway. The plane was heading from Durango International Airport to Mexico City. Authorities said that no fatalities were reported, while more than a dozen people were taken to the hospital. 

Several killed in armed clashes in Cancun, Quintana Roo

At least five people have been killed when a shooting broke out in Cancun, Quintana Roo. According to state authorities, the incident happened on Friday evening in Puerto Juarez. Prosecutors said that armed clashes erupted when police officers responded to an incident. Several security incidents were reported across Cancun in recent weeks. Most of them have been attributed to gang-related disputes and often occur several miles away from tourist areas.

Police recover two dismembered bodies in Cancun, Quintana Roo

At least two bodies have been recovered inside several bags in a residential area in Cancun, Quintana Roo. According to state prosecutors, the victims were found dismembered on Thursday morning in the Supermanzana 517 area, located more than 15km away from the Zona Hotelera. Violent crime in Cancun is mainly attributed to territorial disputes involving rival drug cartels which seek to expand their operations in the region.

LGBT community member found dead in Veracruz

A renowned member of the LGBT community in Veracruz has been found dead in Veracruz, western Mexico. Luis Contreras Ponce, known for being crowned Queen Gay 2018, was found semi-naked and with signs of torture in the town of Martinez de la Torre. Gay rights groups condemned what they claimed to be hate crime. More than a dozen members of the LGBT community in Veracruz have been killed since the start of the year.

Seven killed as gunmen raid funeral in Uruapan, Michoacan

At least seven people have been killed and several others were injured when armed criminals attacked a funeral ceremony in Uruapan, Michoacan. The incident happened on Wednesday evening in the central Magdalena neighbourhood. It is still unclear if the incident is cartel-related. Violence across Michoacan is mainly attributed to disputes involving rival criminal groups and vigilante forces.

Bread-making Bimbo resumes operations in Acapulco, Guerrero

Bread-making company Bimbo has resumed its operations in Acapulco after a temporary suspension over security concerns in Guerrero state, south-western Mexico. In total, nine routes in Renacimiento and Zapata were suspended after two vehicles of the company were attacked last week. According to reports, some of its distribution partners are facing extortion and threats. Operations were resumed after state authorities agreed to escort delivery vans through high-risk areas. In March, a Coca-Cola bottler in Ciudad Altamirano also suspended its operations due to insecurity.

Journalist killed in armed attack in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo

A journalist has been killed after an armed attack in a bar in the resort town of Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo. Ruben Pat Cauich was shot dead on Tuesday morning. He worked for the social media-based weekly 'Playa News Aqui y Ahora'. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Pat Cauich was severely beaten and threatened while detained by the police last month. He often covered police news and recently wrote an article on police corruption in the town. He is the second journalist of the same media outlet killed in less than a month in Playa del Carmen.

Criminals kill journalist and set his house ablaze in Mexico City

An 80-year-old journalist has been found dead at his home in Mexico City. Luis Perez Garcia was the director of the magazine 'Encuesta Hoy'. Preliminary investigations suggest that Perez Garcia was hit on the head before having his house in Iztapalapa set on fire. He was killed earlier in the month, but reports of his death only emerged on Tuesday. At least eight reporters have already been killed in Mexico since the start of the year.

Online video features alleged vigilante group based in Tabasco

An alleged vigilante group has featured in a video demanding that the state government investigate corrupt officials within the prosecutors' office in Tabasco, south-eastern Mexico. The group, which has been identified as 'El Pelon de Playas de Rosario', is believed to be comprised of local businessmen, which stated that their main task is to fight against criminals engaged in extortion, kidnapping and murder. Several vigilante groups currently exist in Mexico. They are mainly concentrated in rural areas and are often engaged in clashes with criminal groups and security forces.

Several killed in road accident near Mexico City

More than a dozen people have been killed when a public transport van crashed against a parked lorry on the outskirts of Mexico City. The incident happened near Ecatepec on the federal highway 85. The highway is considered one of the busiest highways in Mexico and it is the main link between the capital and Pachuca. It is unclear what caused the accident.

MORENA party member killed near Guadalajara, Jalisco

A member of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) has been shot dead after an armed ambush in Jalisco, western Mexico. According to the police, Zenon Cocula Fierros was killed when his vehicle was targeted in San Pedro Tlaquepaque, located on the outskirts of Guadalajara. He was the town's candidate for the MORENA party, which secured a massive victory and elected Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as the next Mexican president. Mexico's last election was marred by violence, leading to the death of more than 100 local and state candidates.

Food plant reopens months after violence wave in Tamaulipas

A food distribution centre has reopened months after it was shut down over security concerns. Mexico-based Lala Group ordered one of its plans in Ciudad Mante to close in May after hampering levels of violence hit the southern area of Tamaulipas. Violent clashes became frequent due to disputes involving the powerful Los Zetas cartel and a breakaway faction. Violence in Mexico already forced a number of companies to shutdown.

Federal funding requested to tackle gulfweed surge in Riviera Maya

The state tourism secretary in Quintana Roo, south-eastern Mexico, has requested the federal government to declare a state of emergency regarding a surge in gulfweed at beaches along the Riviera Maya. State authorities are requesting federal funding to activate contingency measures to remove gulfweed - locally known as sargazo - from the beaches in Cancun and Playa del Carmen. In June, the government has allocated funds to allow the manual collection of gulfweeds as other automated methods are considered to be harmful to the environment. Gulfweed does not pose a human health risk.

Powerful 5.9-magnitude earthquake hits northern Oaxaca

A powerful 5.9-magnitude earthquake was recorded on Thursday morning in Oaxaca, south-western Mexico. According to the National Seismologic Service (SSN), the quake's epicentre was near the town of Huajuapan de Leon, located in the northern region of the state. No casualties or major damages were reported. In February, a strong 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the state.

Local indigenous activist found dead in Oaxaca

A local indigenous rights activist has been found dead after a presumed kidnapping in San Pedro Pochutla, Oaxaca. The victim has been identified as Abraham Hernandez Gonzales, who was kidnapped on Tuesday morning from a hotel where he works. The leader of the Committee for Defense of Indigenous Rights (Codedi) suspects that Gonzales's death may be related to a retaliation over an ongoing land dispute. In February, three Codedi activists were killed during an armed ambush.

Three killed in gang-related clashes in Reynosa, Tamaulipas

At least three people have been killed after a violent armed confrontation broke out in Reynosa, Tamaulipas. According to state authorities, the clashes involved members of rival drug-trafficking groups. The incident happened on Wednesday in an isolated area of the state capital. Rival criminal factions are often engaged in territorial disputes in Reynosa, which is considered a strategic location to smuggle drugs into the US.

One killed as gunmen target prosecutor's office in Acapulco, Guerrero

One person has been killed after gunmen opened fire on the regional prosecutor's office in Acapulco, Guerrero. According to state prosecutors, one suspect has already been detained for links to the attack, which happened on Tuesday. Acapulco is currently experiencing a high-influx of visitors due to the summer holidays. Security measures across the city have been heightened; however, rival criminal groups continue to battle to secure drug-trafficking territory.

EZLN reject claims of talks with president-elect Lopez Obrador

Members of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) have rejected claims of their engagement in talks with President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The announcement comes after a priest close to Lopez Obrador, Alejandro Solalinde, publicly confirmed that the EZLN accepted the invitation to dialogue. The EZLN is a long-standing insurgent movement - mainly comprised of indigenous militants - based in Chiapas, southern Mexico.

A dozen killed in violent clashes in Oaxaca

At least a dozen people have been killed after clashes between rival agrarian communities broke out in Oaxaca, southern Mexico. Prosecutors revealed that a violent confrontation erupted on Monday when dozens of Campesinos allegedly targeted several individuals from a neighbouring village in Yautepec district. Clashes linked to inter-communal territorial disputes are common in Oaxaca, especially across the state's rural areas.

Five killed as gunmen raid funeral home in Fresnillo, Zacatecas

At least five people have been killed and more than a dozen others were injured when gunmen stormed a funeral home in Zacatecas, central Mexico. The incident happened on Sunday in the town of Fresnillo. Preliminary reports suggest that the attack was part of a drug-related retaliation.

PRI changes leader after massive general election defeat

Former foreign minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu has been nominated the new president of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). The move comes months after the PRI suffered a massive defeat against the leftist candidate - and now president-elect - Manuel Lopez Obrador and its main rival, the National Action Party (PAN). Massieu is replacing Rene Juarez after the PRI became the third most influential party in Mexico. The PRI is the party of President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has reached low levels of popularity over his alleged inefficiency against corruption and organised crime.

Local mayor located after kidnapping in Ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas

A local mayor has been kidnapped after heavily armed men ambushed his vehicle in Ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas. Reports suggest that Roberto Gonzalez Hinojosa was targeted on Thursday while heading downtown to commemorate his re-election on last week's general election. Gonzalez Hinojosa is a member of the conservative National Action Party (PAN). Local media reported that he was located hours later after requesting assistance at a police station in Nuevo Leon. Mexico has just faced one of its deadliest elections, where more than 100 local politicians were killed.

Shopping mall in Mexico City evacuated after partial collapse

A newly inaugurated shopping centre in southern Mexico City was evacuated after it partially collapsed on Thursday. City civil protection authorities revealed that no casualties have been reported. Mexico City Mayor Jose Ramon Amieva said that the collapse mostly affected the mall's administrative offices. The incident happened at the Plaza Artz shopping mall, located in the affluent El Pedregal neighbourhood.

Criminals target investigators convoy in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

Heavily armed criminals targeted a convoy transporting members of the Republic's General Attorney (PGR) in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. Televisa reported that a violent shooting broke out along the Emiliano Zapata Avenue when criminals clashed with the convoy's military escort. At least five people, mostly civilians, were injured in the attack. The PGR officials were part of the special missing person unit, which was deployed to the state to investigate the forced disappearance of more than 35 people. A similar attack targeting PGR officials also took place in Tamaulipas last month.

Six found dead inside vehicle near Mexico City

Six people have been found dead inside a vehicle in Nezahualcoyotl, on the outskirts of Mexico City. According to state prosecutors, the victims were targeted on Tuesday evening. Authorities are further investigating the suspected kidnapping of four individuals, while it remains unclear if the incident is gang-related. All victims were found with gunshot wounds. Such incidents are relatively rare in Mexico City, in comparison with some other states plagued by gang violence.

Six killed as criminals target police checkpoint in Tezonapa, Veracruz

At least six people have been killed after an armed attack on a police checkpoint in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. State officials revealed that a group of criminals initially attacked a police patrol before ambushing a checkpoint settled along a state highway near the town of Tezonapa. Among the victims are four police officers. Tezonapa is known for the presence of criminal groups dedicated to oil theft.

US national killed by stray bullet in Mexico City

A 27-year-old US national has been killed after a shooting incident in Mexico City. City prosecutors revealed that the unidentified tourist was shot while leaving a restaurant in the affluent Lomas de Chapultepec neighbourhood. The victim was accompanied by her husband and two friends. Reports suggest that the incident happened when gunmen targeted a man identified as a security guard of a local bar.

President-elect to propose amnesty law to curb violence

President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is set to propose an amnesty law to low-level criminals engaged in organised crime. Lopez Obrador said that the move is "about a process to achieve peace, but not with impositions, but rather convincing, looking for consensus.” The controversial move has generated a wave of criticism from his opposition during the presidential campaign. However, members of the proposed cabinet ensured that individuals engaged with violent crime or senior gang members will not benefit from the amnesty. It is believed that more than 200,000 people were killed since the so-called 'war on drugs' was launched in 2006 by President Calderon. 2018 is on track to become the deadliest year on record.

President-elect to reduce oil imports to revamp domestic industry

President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has announced plans to significantly reduce the importation of oil. AMLO was set to meet with his cabinet when he told reporters that he will focus on growing the production of crude oil domestically and to revamp the crisis-ridden Mexican energy sector. He said that such is not an attempt to launch a trade war with the US, but to concentrate on the national industry - the US is one of the main exporters of fuel to Mexico.

Several states on alert over theft of radioactive material in Mexico City

Authorities have issued an alert after radioactive material was stolen in Mexico City. The alert was issued on Monday, two days after the incident was reported. It concerns the theft of a container with Iridium 192, which was stolen in Alvarez Obregon. Authorities are still searching for the material as the alert has been extended to the states of Morelos, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Guerrero, Michoacan, Guanajuato, Queretaro, Hidalgo, Oaxaca and Veracruz. Similar incidents have been reported last year, where criminals have stolen vehicles containing industrial radioactive machines.

Scores killed in separate armed attacks across Monterrey, Nuevo Leon

At least 15 people have been killed and a dozen others were injured in separate armed attacks in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. According to state prosecutors, 11 separate incidents were reported across the city and its metropolitan area over the weekend. Most attacks were against bars and restaurants located in Monterrey, Juarez and Guadalupe. Preliminary investigations suggest that the attacks were a retaliation of the Gulf Cartel against members of its main rival, the Noroeste Cartel, which is comprised of former members of the notorious Los Zetas Cartel.

Senior member of Sinaloa Cartel extradited to the US

A senior member of the infamous Sinaloa Cartel has been extradited to the US. Damaso Lopez, 'El Licenciado', was arrested in Mexico City in 2017. He was one of the closest allies and security official to former kingpin Joaquin Guzman, 'El Chapo'. Prosecutors claim that Lopez is a key witness to the conspiracy and drug-trafficking charges against El Chapo, who was extradited to the US back in January 2017.

Scores killed after explosions hit fireworks depot near Mexico City

At least 24 people have been killed and 40 others were injured after a series of explosions at a fireworks depot on the outskirts of Mexico City. Local authorities informed that the incident happened on Thursday afternoon in Tultepec. One of the blasts occurred when emergency services arrived at the scene. Explosions at firework warehouses in Mexico are common. Last month, seven people were killed in a powerful blast also in Tultepec.

Three police officers killed in Jerecuaro, Guanajuato

Three state police officers and two civilians have been killed after shooting erupted in Guanajuato, central Mexico. Local media reported that the officers were ambushed while responding to an incident at a highway in Jerecuaro. It is still unclear who is behind the attack. Most recently Guanajuato has suffered a surge in violence due to the feared expansion of the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) into the state.

Local mayor gunned down in Tecalitlan, Jalisco

A local mayor in the western state of Jalisco has been killed during an armed attack just days after the country's general elections. Jalisco's prosecutors revealed that Victor Diaz was killed on Monday in Real de Minas colony in Tecalitlan. A local government employee was also injured in the attack. Nearly 120 local and state candidates have been killed across Mexico during the months before the vote.

Journalist shot dead at bar in Quintana Roo

A journalist has been killed after armed criminals targeted a bar in Quintana Roo, south-eastern Mexico. State officials revealed that Jose Guadalupe Chan Dzib was shot dead on Friday in Saban, a village located in the municipality of Jose Maria Morelos. Chan Dzib's death happened days before millions headed to the polls to cast their ballots in the country's presidential vote. Chan Dzib worked for the weekly 'Playa News Aqui y Ahora' and often covered police stories. Security across Quintana Roo has seriously deteriorated due to violent territorial disputes.

Leftist candidate achieves victory in presidential vote

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has achieved victory in the Mexican presidential vote held last Sunday. Preliminary results revealed that AMLO garnered more than 53 percent of the votes against his main rivals from coalitions formed by the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the opposition National Action Party (PAN). PRI's Jose Antonio Meade came in a distant second followed by PAN's Ricardo Anaya. AMLO's victory marks a significant shift in Mexican politics, which was dominated by the PRI for almost a century. 

Mexicans to cast their ballots ahead of the general election

Millions of Mexicans are set to cast their ballots ahead of the country’s general election on 01 July. Alongside the election of a new president to serve a six-year term, nine governors and hundreds of Congress and local government seats are at stake. Among the main contenders are Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who is heading a diverse political coalition against the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the National Action Party (PAN), whose candidates are Jose Antonio Meade and Ricardo Anaya respectively. Sunday's vote comes amid rising security concerns after more than 100 local council and assembly candidates were killed in recent months. 

State assembly candidate killed in armed ambush in Oaxaca

A state assembly candidate has been killed when his vehicle was ambushed in Oaxaca, south-western Mexico. Emigdio Lopez Avendano was shot dead near the town of Ejutla. He was killed alongside four other people who were also inside the vehicle. All victims were members of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA). Nearly 100 local candidates have been killed ahead of the general election scheduled to take place next week. 

Several killed in separate incidents across Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua

At least a dozen people have been killed in separate incidents across Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. State authorities revealed that eight people were shot dead when gunmen stormed a World Cup viewing party in the southern area of the city. The incident happened almost at the same time five other people were gunned down in the city centre. In recent years, the bordering city has suffered a significant drop in the number of homicides, which are mostly drug-related.

Federal officers detain entire police force in Ocampo, Michoacan

Federal officers have detained more than 25 police officers and the local security secretary for their alleged involvement on the death of a mayoral candidate in Ocampo, Michoacan. Investigations suggest that the city's entire police force may be involved in the assassination of Fernando Angeles Juarez, a candidate for the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) and an avid corruption critic. Mexico is set to hold its general election next week.

Two mayoral candidates killed in Michoacan

Two mayoral candidates have been killed in less than 24 hours across Michoacan, western Mexico. In the rural town of Aguililla, an independent local candidate was killed on Wednesday. The incident happened just hours before a candidate for the Democratic Revolution Party was killed in Ocampo. Both areas are known for the presence of criminal groups engaged in drug trafficking and smuggling. At least 18 mayoral candidates have been already killed nationwide ahead of July's general elections.

Gay-rights activists found dead along highway in Guerrero

Three gay-rights activists have been killed and dumped alongside a highway in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. State officials revealed that the victims were found on the road between Taxco and Cuernavaca. AP reported that four people were detained afterwards, including one murder suspect. Guerrero reports high levels of violence mainly attributed to territorial disputes between rival gangs.

Seven people killed in traffic accident in Chiapas

At least seven people have been killed and nearly a dozen others were injured when a lorry crashed into vehicles and restaurants in Chiapas, south-western Mexico. According to police reports the vehicle failed to reach an emergency brake lane along the Panamericana Highway in the outskirts of Tuxtla Gutierrez. Reports suggest that the area is known for similar incidents since the lane was built several months ago.

Storm causes flooding in Aguascalientes

Widespread flooding has been reported across Aguascalientes after a severe storm brought heavy rain to the area. The flooding has impacted public transport services, causing significant disruption in the northern, eastern, and central parts of the capital city. In some areas, flood water has reached a metre deep, requiring the attention of the emergency services. According to reports, at least five people have already been rescued by the fire rescue services.

Opposition party hit by cyber attack during TV debate

The website of an opposition party was off-air on Tuesday night following a distributed denial of service (DDoS) cyber attack during a television debate.  The site had published comments critical of the leading candidate, accusing Lopez Obrador of awarding contracts without public tenders.  Front-runner Obrador's Morena party said it was not responsible for the outage, and according to preliminary reports, the majority of the visits were generated in Russia and China.  

Coahuila political candidates receive death threats

Five political candidates in Coahuila have received death threats according to the Fiscal General Gerardo Marquez Guevara.  The incidents have centred in the Monclova and La Laguna areas, where another candidate of the PRI was assassinated last week.  Mr Guevara encouraged candidates to report any such threats so that appropriate security measures could be taken.

Student killed by stray bullet in Reynosa

A high school student was killed on 11 June by a stray bullet from a gunfight between police and criminals outside school premises.  The boy was playing football at recess in the grounds of the Secundario Tecnica Numero 60 in Reynosa in the Tamaulipas neighbourhood when the incident occurred.  Police investigations are continuing.

Hurricane Bud moving along the west coast

Hurricane Bud is currently moving along the west coast of the country, with up to ten inches of rain forecast for 12 June.  Flash floods, mudslides and rip-tide conditions are possible.

Texas-born cartel leader sentenced to 50 years in jail

Texas-born Edgar Valdez Villarreal, leader of the Beltran-Leyva cartel, was yesterday sentenced to 50 years in prison by a court in Atlanta, Georgia.  Known as "La Barbie" because of his blond hair and pale eyes, he was arrested in Mexico in 2010 and extradited to the US in 2015 together with 12 other suspects.  Villarreal pleaded guilty to trucking vast quantities of cocaine from Mexico to the United States and shipping millions of dollars in cash back to Mexico.  In 2009 the cartel's previous leader was killed during a gun battle, leading to a power struggle between Villarreal and the victim's brother, leaving dismembered and decapitated bodies in the streets and hanging from bridges.  In addition to the prison sentence, Villarreal must forfeit $192 million.

Water shortages in Mexico City

Almost one million people in Mexico City have been left without running water because of high temperatures, damage to the power grid by high winds, the diversion of water to aid farmers and a spike in demand because of the heat.  The government has deployed nearly 400 tankers to distribute water in the affected boroughs until rainfall is expected to reach the city in the next few days.  

Seven people killed in fireworks blast near Mexico City

At least seven people have been killed and several others were injured after fireworks accidentally exploded at a house in the outskirts of Mexico City. State officials said that the incident happened in La Piedad neighbourhood in Tultepec, where dozens of houses and cars were destroyed. Accidental explosions involving fireworks have been known to occur in the town as residents are often involved in their artisan manufacturing.

Several miners reported missing after dam burst in Chihuahua

At least seven people have been reported missing after a dam burst at a mine in Chihuahua, northern Mexico. State officials revealed on Wednesday that one person has been found dead as the emergency services launched a massive search operation around a Rio Tinto mine, located in the Cieneguita de Trejo area near Urique. Major concerns also relate to the potential water contamination of the nearby Tubares river.

Seven killed after violent shooting in Encarnacion de Diaz, Jalisco

At least seven suspected criminals have been killed during a violent standoff in Jalisco, western Mexico. State prosecutors revealed that a shooting broke out on Tuesday morning around the El Bajio area in Encarnacion de Diaz. Officials said that an investigation was launched to identify the suspects. A surge in violence has recently been reported across Jalisco, where powerful criminal syndicates are currently engaged in territorial disputes.

Six police officers killed in Salamanca, Guanajuato

Six police officers have been killed during an armed attack in Salamanca, Guanajuato. Local media reported that all victims were officers who were monitoring traffic in the city's La Gloria colony. Reports suggest that none of the officers were armed, while it remains unclear what group is behind the attack. Most recently Guanajuato has suffered a surge in violence due to the feared expansion of the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) into the state.

Local candidates killed ahead of upcoming general election

Two local council candidates have been killed in renewed attacks ahead of the upcoming general elections in early-July. In the central state of Puebla, Mexico's Green Party (PVEM) announced on Saturday that Juana Irais Maldonado was murdered. Maldonado was the candidate for the local district of Huauchinango. The incident happened around the same time another local candidate in the southern state of Oaxaca was targeted. Pamela Teran was running for a seat in the town of Juchitan for the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). 

State of emergency declared over heatwave in Tabasco

A state of emergency has been declared due to a heatwave in Tabasco, south-eastern Mexico. Civil Protection authorities announced that the measure was introduced on Thursday to all municipalities across the state, excluding the towns of Cardenas and Huimanguillo. Emergency services urged people to be vigilant in order to avoid dehydration and further health complications. The measure comes due to this year's lack of rain while temperatures reached up to 40 degrees Celsius in some regions.

Armed men kill local council candidate near Acapulco, Guerrero

A local council candidate has been killed when armed men ambushed his vehicle near Acapulco, Guerrero. Rodrigo Salgado was a member of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the candidate for the city council of San Marcos. Salgado's death comes nearly a month before the general elections. A number of murders targeting local candidates were reported nationwide within the last few months.

UN calls for investigation on disappearances in northern Mexico

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNCHR) has called on the Mexican government to investigate a wave of disappearances in northern Mexico. In a statement, the UNCHR requested that the government investigate a number of cases reported in and around Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, which the federal security forces are thought to have been involved in. Reports suggest that nearly two dozen people have disappeared from the bordering city since February, while nearly 60 forced disappearances were reported between January and May.

Six killed in presumed retaliatory attacks across Guadalajara, Jalisco

At least six people have been killed across Guadalajara amid a wave of violent crime in Jalisco, western Mexico. Reports showed that all incidents were reported on Tuesday. Prosecutors attributed the attacks to the notorious Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG), which widely operate in the state. Preliminary reports suggest that the incidents were part of a retaliation triggered after two senior members of the CJNG were detained earlier in the week during a military raid in Zapopan.

Journalist found dead in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas

A journalist has been found dead on a street in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas. Prosecutors revealed on Tuesday morning that Hector Gonzalez Antonio was found in the city's Estrella colony. Preliminary reports suggest that Gonzalez was beaten to death before being dumped at the scene. Gonzalez worked for the national outlet Excelsior and was reportedly covering corruption and crime stories in Tamaulipas. At least three journalists were killed in Mexico during May, which includes the murders of a radio journalist in Tabasco and a business reporter in Nuevo Leon.

Six women found dead along highway near Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas

Six women have been found dead along a federal highway near Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas. State officials revealed on Saturday that the victims were thrown from a hill at Federal Highway 101, which links the state capital to Tula. It is believed that they were kidnapped a day earlier from a local restaurant in Ciudad Victoria. It is still unclear what the circumstances behind the incident are. 

Rail agency reports increase on freight train attacks in Mexico

Mexico's federal rail agency has announced on Monday that the number of attacks against freight trains during the first quarter of 2018 has suffered a slight increase compared with the same period last year. According to the Railway Transport Regulatory Agency, more than 562 incidents have been reported so far this year. Despite a slight change compared with 2017 - 532 incidents - levels of violence significantly increased. Most of the attacks occurred in the central state of Puebla, where fuel theft is also a common practice.

Senior cartel member detained during military raid in Zapopan, Jalisco

A senior member of the notorious Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) has been detained in a military operation in Zapopan, Jalisco. Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete said on Sunday that the wife of CJNG's leader, alias 'El Mencho', was also detained during the same operation. Rosalinda Gonzalez Valencia is accused of managing CJNG's finances. Navarrete said that security measures across the state have been heightened due to potential retaliation. CJNG is one of the most violent cartels in Mexico, which has been responsible for several attacks against security forces.

Seven bodies recovered across Salamanca, Guanajuato

Seven bodies have been recovered across the central city of Salamanca, Guanajuato. State prosecutors said on Friday that the victims were found across three separate locations in the city. It is believed that the incident is gang-related as an undisclosed message was found near the bodies. Most recently Guanajuato has suffered a surge in violence due to the feared expansion of the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) into the state.

Canadian-owned mine cuts operations due to safety concerns

The Canadian-owned Pan American Silver Corp has announced that it is cutting some of its operations due to security concerns in Chihuahua, northern Mexico. According to the company, a number of employees have received threats from local criminal groups which reportedly erected roadblocks on some roads around the Mina Dolores, located in a remote area in the western part of the state. A number of foreign-owned companies already announced the suspension of their operations due to security concerns in areas where drug cartels widely operate.

Thousands of teachers set to march in Mexico City

Mexico's National Education Workers Coordination (CNTE) has called for a nationwide strike on Monday 04 June to protest against reforms to the education system. It is expected that more than 10,000 teachers and education professionals will march across Mexico City to call for fresh negotiations with the government. CNTE said that protesters will march from four points and gather around interior ministry offices in central Mexico City. Roadblocks and marches are also expected in major cities across Mexico.

Journalist found dead at home in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon

A 52-year-old journalist has been found dead at her home in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Local media reported on Friday morning that Alicia Diaz Gonzalez was found by his son. State officials launched investigations to assess the circumstances behind the alleged crime. Gonzalez is the fifth journalist to be killed in Mexico since the start of the year. Her death comes just days after a radio reporter was killed during an armed ambush in Tabasco.

Several workers injured as gunfire hits bus in Reynosa, Tamaulipas

More than a dozen people have been injured when a bus was caught in the middle of a violent shooting in Reynosa, Tamaulipas. Reports revealed that the bus was transporting workers from an assembly plant in the northern bordering city. Preliminary investigations suggest that the shooting broke out on Wednesday morning and involved two rival gangs. A number of companies based in Tamaulipas already denounced hampering levels of violence. In early-May, a food production company suspended their operations in Ciudad Mante due to security concerns.

High-level federal officer killed in Veracruz

A high-level federal police officer has been killed after being reportedly abducted in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. Reyes Izquierdo Velazquez was found dead several hours later on a highway between La Tinaja and Cosoleacaque. Reports revealed that Velazquez was with his hands tied and suffered multiple shots on the head. An alleged narco-message was also recovered at the scene. The victim is a former officer in Veracruz and was currently working as police chief in the western state of Jalisco.

Aviation authority suspends Aerolineas Damojh over Havana crash

Mexico's General Directorate of Civil Aviation has suspended operations of the charter company Aerolineas Damojh after one of its aircraft crashed in Cuba over the weekend. The move comes to address the company's security concerns after 111 people were killed on Saturday when a Cubana de Aviacion flight crashed just after taking off from the Cuban capital, Havana. Aerolineas Damojh was previously suspended in Mexico over the same motives but has recently resumed its operations after allegedly addressing security issues.

Protesters block major commercial bridge along the US border

Traffic along a major US-Mexico commercial bridge was temporarily shut down on Monday after hundreds of demonstrators gathered to protest hampering levels of forced disappearances in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. The border crossing is exclusively dedicated to the transportation of cargo between the northern Mexican state and Texas. Traffic was still being disrupted on Monday evening. Protesters are demanding action from the authorities after more than 40 suspected disappearance cases were recently filed in Nuevo Laredo, considered a key transit point to drug-trafficking into the US.

Several injured in presumed murder attempt in Guadalajara, Jalisco

Several people have been injured during a presumed assassination attempt against a state official in Guadalajara, Jalisco. AP reported that Luis Carlos Najera, Jalisco's work secretary, was attacked by heavily armed criminals in the central area of the state capital, where at least four civilians and three police officers were injured. Moments later, criminals set two vehicles ablaze in separate areas of Guadalajara after the police detained six suspects. Governor Aristoteles Sandoval confirmed the incident, but the name of the criminal group behind the attack remains undisclosed.

Several injured in freight train crash in Orizaba, Veracruz

At least seven people have been injured when a freight train collided in Orizaba, Veracruz. The accident happened in the early hours of Saturday morning. Officials from train operator Ferromex said that preliminary investigations suggest that criminals sabotaged the train track's braking system. Televisa reported that several similar incidents have been recently reported in the region, where groups dedicated to cargo theft widely operate.

Several killed in criminality wave in Guadalajara, Jalisco

At least 10 people were reported dead overnight on Saturday in a fresh wave of violence in Guadalajara, Jalisco. All incidents happened in the metropolitan area of the state capital, including Zapopan, Tlajomulco and Tonala. Most of them are believed to be gang-related. In recent years, Guadalajara and Jalisco state reported a surge in the number of homicides due to violent territorial disputes involving rival cartels.

Local mayoral candidate kidnapped in Michoacan

A local mayoral candidate has been reportedly kidnapped in Michoacan, western Mexico. Maria de Lourdes Torres Diaz is a local candidate for the Workers' Party (PT) in Alvaro Obregon. El Pais reported that six men raided PT headquarters on Thursday and fled on the victim's vehicle. A number of local candidates have been targeted ahead of the upcoming general vote in early-July. The incident comes nearly a month after a congressional candidate was killed in Morelia.

Six police officers reported missing in Jalostotitlan, Jalisco

Six municipal police officers have been reported missing in Jalostotitlan, Jalisco. Local media reported that the officers ended their shift and were heading home on Wednesday morning. State prosecutors said that investigations have been launched to assess the circumstances behind their disappearance. The incident comes nearly a month after nine people were killed during violent armed clashes in the city. Violence in Jalisco has recently suffered a surge in recent months due to the expansion of powerful criminal cartels.

Independent candidate Margarita Zavala quits presidential bid

Independent presidential candidate Margarita Zavala has withdrawn her presidential bid ahead of the elections scheduled for early-July. In a statement, she said that she is quitting her presidential aspirations to allow her supporters to vote for one of the front-runners - she refused to endorse any of the four remaining candidates. She is a former official of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) and preliminary polls suggested that she was far behind the main presidential contenders. 

Radio journalist killed during ambush in Tabasco

A radio journalist has been shot dead after armed men ambushed his vehicle in Tabasco, south-eastern Mexico. State prosecutors revealed that Juan Carlos Huerta was shot just moments after leaving his house in Villahermosa. Tabasco Governor Arturo Nunez said that preliminary investigations suggest that he was assassinated. Mexico has been labelled one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist. Last year, at least 11 journalists and media professionals were killed nationwide.

European cyclists found dead in Chiapas were murdered

Investigators revealed that both European cyclists found dead in the southern state of Chiapas were murdered. Holger Franz Hagenbush and Krzysztof Chmielewski were found earlier this month near a ravine along the road between Ocosingo and San Cristobal de las Casas. Preliminary reports revealed that they were killed in an accident, but further investigations suggest that both were targeted in a robbery - one of the victims were reportedly found decapitated. Both victims were separately undertaking an around-the-world trip and crossed paths in Chiapas.

Local candidate shot dead in Apaseo El Alto, Guanajuato

A local candidate for the left-wing Morena party has been killed in Guanajuato, central Mexico. State prosecutors revealed that Remedio Aguirre was shot dead in the town of Apaseo El Alto, an area known for the presence of criminal gangs linked to fuel-theft operations. Aguirre is the third local candidate killed last week. It is estimated that nearly 20 politicians have been killed so far ahead of the general elections scheduled for 01 July.

Three soldiers killed in armed ambush in Guerrero

Three soldiers have been killed and three others were injured in an armed ambush in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. According to military sources, the incident happened on Tuesday in the town of Coyuca de Catalan. The incident came after the town's local councillor candidate was found dead inside an abandoned vehicle in the neighbouring Ciudad Altamirano.

Local candidate found dead in Ciudad Altamirano, Guerrero

A local councillor candidate has been found dead inside an abandoned vehicle in Ciudad Altamirano, Guerrero. Abel Montufar was a member of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and former mayor of the town of Coyuca. It is still unclear what the motives behind the incident were. Guerrero reports the highest rates of politicians killed since political campaigns took off earlier in the year. It is estimated that nearly 20 politicians have been killed so far ahead of the general elections scheduled for 01 July.

Local mayor shot dead in Hidalgo

A local mayor has been killed after a gunman opened fire on his vehicle in Hidalgo, central Mexico. State prosecutors revealed that Alejandro Gonzalez Ramos was shot dead on Thursday while travelling with two other city workers. Ramos was the mayor of the small town of Pacula. This is the latest incident involving a local politician ahead of the Mexican general elections in early-July.

Several found dead inside a lorry in Guerrero

At least nine people have been found dead on the back of a small lorry in Guerero, south-western Mexico. State prosecutors revealed that the victims were found on the highway between Chilpancingo and Tixtla. Reports suggest that they were kidnapped several days earlier. It is still unclear what the circumstances behind the incident were, but prosecutors said that the vehicle was reportedly used to sell smuggled products. Guerero is at the centre of violent disputes towards the control of lucrative poppy plantations. 

Sisters killed during underground river tour in Guerrero

Two young sisters were found dead a day after a strong current dragged them from a cave in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. State authorities revealed that both victims were reported missing on Saturday after they were swept away during an underground river tour in Cacahuamilpa National Park. AP reported that nearly 20 people were part of the guided-tour and that both victims were wearing life-jackets. 

Ruling party changes party leadership due to poor poll results

The ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has announced that Rene Juarez is replacing Jose Antonio Meade as the party's candidate for the upcoming presidential vote. Recent polls suggest that the PRI is struggling to achieve good results as Meade is way behind the presidential front runner, Jose Manuel Lopez Obrador. Such also comes to address internal grievances within the PRI over the nomination of Meade, who is a party outsider. Elections are scheduled to occur on the 01 July.

Dozens of fake police officers detained in Puebla

More than 100 people have been arrested after soldiers raided a local police station in Puebla, central Mexico. State prosecutors stated that out of 185 officers at the station in San Martin Texmelucan, 113 of them were detained for impersonating law-enforcement agents. State authorities took over security duties in the town due to rising levels of criminality and claims that the local government lost control. San Martin Texmelucan is one of the areas where fuel theft and oil siphoning are common.

German cyclist reported missing in Chiapas

A 43-year-old German national has been reported missing during his cycling tour across Chiapas, south-western Mexico. Local media revealed that Holger Franz Hagenbusch was last seen in the town of San Cristobal de las Casas in late-April. Hagenbusch was cycling from northern Mexico to his final destination in Campeche. Another cyclist, a Polish national, has also been reported missing after last being seen in the same area days earlier.

Three firefighters killed in Jalisco wildfire

Three firefighters have been killed and two others were injured while battling a massive wildfire in Jalisco, western Mexico. The wildfire started on Saturday and spread across the El Varal area near Concepcion de Buenos Aires, located around 150km from Guadalajara. So far this year, it is estimated that more than 10,000 hectares of land were consumed by the blazes. Local media reported that tourist activities around the Monte Alto State Park and Valle de Bravo were temporarily suspended over the weekend due to the incident.

Police director found dead in Chilpancingo, Guerrero

A police director has been found dead alongside another police officer in Chilpancingo, Guerrero. Local media reported that both bodies were found dismembered inside a vehicle on Sunday evening. Reports suggest that the victims were reportedly attacked along the road between Chilapa and Chilpancingo. Isidro Casarrubias Tlaltempa was the police chief in Chilapa, where four police officers were killed during April.

Central Bank investigates cyber-attack on payment systems

Mexico's central bank has announced on Monday that investigations were launched to assess the circumstances behind a potential cyber-attack against three local financial institutions. The issue impacted the payment system of two banks and a brokerage, which identities remain officially undisclosed. No funds have been stolen, while Bank of Mexico said that money transfer may face delays as contingency plans have been launched.

PEMEX security official shot dead in Matamoros, Tamaulipas

A 53-year-old security official of the state-owned oil company PEMEX has been shot dead in Tamaulipas, north-eastern Mexico. Jaime Juarez was killed when his surveillance vehicle was sprayed with bullets in the bordering city of Matamoros. PEMEX has recently beefed up security measures to curb fuel theft in the region. The incident came months after a security chief of a state-owned refinery was killed in Guanajuato.

Priest kidnapped in Morelos dies while on captivity

An 83-year-old priest was found dead weeks after he was kidnapped in Morelos, central Mexico. Reverend Moises Fabila Reyes was kidnapped while on holiday in the town of Cuernavaca. According to a Catholic media outlet, Reyes's family paid a $100k ransom for his release. Prosecutors revealed that the victim died of an apparent heart attack while being held. This is the third priest killed in Mexico in less than a week.

Students' death trigger protests in Guadalajara, Jalisco

Thousands of protesters marched across Guadalajara and Mexico City to protest the violent deaths of three kidnapped college students. Protests were called after prosecutors confirmed that the victims were killed and dissolved in acid after being kidnapped last month. The incident highlighted Mexico's longstanding issue of disappearances amid the country's infamous war on drugs.

Bodies found inside vehicle parked near prosecutor's office in Cancun

Five bodies have been found inside a vehicle parked near the state prosecutor's office in Cancun, Quintana Roo. Local media reported that the vehicle was found abandoned on Wednesday morning in Supermanzana 43 area. The incident came after three police municipal officers were detained for links to the kidnap of four Colombian nationals - the relation between both incidents is still unclear. In recent months, some areas in Cancun suffered a spate of violence due to drug-related disputes.

Gunmen open fire at school in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas

At least five students have been injured after two gunmen opened fire at a school in Tamaulipas, north-eastern Mexico. Prosecutors revealed that the incident happened on Tuesday evening in the southern area of Ciudad Victoria. Three suspects were detained while the circumstances behind the attack are under investigation.

Six minors killed in violent road crash in Colima

At least nine people from the same family have been killed in a road accident in Colima, south-western Mexico. The accident happened on Sunday evening along the highway between Tecoman and Colima. Among the victims are six minors. It is still unclear what caused the crash.

Priest killed as criminals raid church near Guadalajara, Jalisco

A 33-year-old priest has been gunned down after armed criminals raided a church in Jalisco, western Mexico. Prosecutors revealed that Juan Miguel Contreras Garcia was attacked while taking a service at a church in Tlajomulco de Zuniga, on the outskirts of Guadalajara. The incident comes days after two priests were killed in the neighbouring state of Guerrero.

Several bodies recovered in Zapopan, Jalisco

At least seven bodies have been recovered inside two vehicles abandoned in distinct locations in Jalisco, south-western Mexico. The incident happened around the town of Zapopan, outskirts of the state capital, Guadalajara. Violence in Jalisco has recently suffered a surge in recent months due to the expansion of powerful criminal cartels.

Lower house passes bill to scrap political immunity

Mexico's lower house of Congress has approved a bill which seeks to scrap political immunity from state officials investigated for corruption. The new measure seeks to make a large constitutional change regarding the prosecution of public servants, lawmakers and the president. The bill still has to pass in the Senate and most of the state legislatures. Currently, under Mexican law, the president can only be put on trial for treason and other serious crimes of common order.

Gunmen open fire at street vendor in Cancun

Gunmen riding water scooters opened fire on a street vendor at a beach in Cancun's hotel zone. Police reports revealed that the attack happened on Thursday and that nobody was injured. The area behind the Hotel Riu was later cordoned off while further investigations have been launched. Cancun's hotel zone has been largely spared from a wave of a violence reported around the city's outskirts, where so far this year more than 130 people were killed in mostly drug-related incidents.

Armed ambush kills six police officers in Guerrero

Six police officers have been killed in separate incidents along the coast of Guerrero state, south-western Mexico. According to local media, a violent shooting broke out after police officers were ambushed on the outskirts of Zihuatanejo. The incident happened almost at the same time as six police officers were killed in another ambush in the neighbouring town of Petatlan. It is still unclear what group is behind the attacks. Guerrero has experienced a surge in drug-related violence due to territorial disputes involving powerful cartels.

US passengers left stranded as airline ends seasonal service

Hundreds of passengers have been left stranded in Los Cabos and Mazatlan due to a number of weather-related cancellations in the US Upper Midwest. Passengers travelling to Minnesota with the US-based airline Sun Country were forced to find alternatives after the company announced the end of its seasonal service. Minnesota Democrat Senator Tina Smith called the Department of Transportation to investigate the matter.

Local mayor murdered near Jilotlan, Jalisco

A local mayor in Jalisco state has been gunned down on a highway just outside Jilotlan de los Dolores. Reports revealed that Juan Carlos Andrade Magana was shot multiple times on Sunday. Andrade was reportedly running for re-election as the candidate of the Citizens' Movement Party. A number of local mayors and political candidates have recently been killed ahead of the general elections scheduled for early-July.

Indigenous protesters kidnap civil servants in Chiapas

More than 20 civil servants were abducted after hundreds of indigenous protesters stormed the offices of a local mayor in Chiapas. El Universal reported that the incident happened on Wednesday in the town of Las Margaritas. It is believed that the group is from a nearby region known as Tzamonotik. So far, the whereabouts of the victims remains unknown. Tensions reportedly erupted when the local government refused to build a new road in the community.

Local mayor gunned down in Puebla

A local mayor from the central state of Puebla has been gunned down during an armed ambush in San Francisco Mixtla. State prosecutors stated that Jose Efrain Garcia Garcia was killed on Thursday afternoon along a road between San Pablo Actipan and Tepeaca. Garcia was the mayor of the town of Tlalnepantla, which is located near the so-called Red Triangle area where gangs dedicated to fuel theft frequently operate.

Six civilians killed in cross-fire in Reynosa, Tamaulipas

Six civilians have been collaterally killed during violent clashes between assailants and the military in Tamaulipas, northern Mexico. The incident happened on Wednesday in the bordering city of Reynosa. Among the victims are three members of the same family. A similar incident happened two weeks ago in Nuevo Laredo, where the military acknowledged the killing of three civilians in a violent cross-fire. For years, levels of violence in Tamaulipas have soared due to violent military campaigns targeting drug cartels operating along the US border.

Police evacuate dozens due to drug violence in Guerrero

State police have escorted more than 90 people from a small mountain town which is plagued by drug violence in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. A state security spokesman told AP that nearly a dozen private vehicles were escorted out of Laguna de Huayanalco in Totolapan due to increasing security concerns linked to drug operations in the area. Last month, more than a dozen people were also evacuated from the area. Guerrero has experienced high levels of violence due to territorial disputes involving powerful drug cartels.

Congressional candidate assassinated in Morelia, Michoacan

A 25-year-old congressional candidate has been found dead inside her vehicle in Michoacan. State prosecutors revealed that she was killed on Wednesday near a hill in Morelia. Maribel Barajas Cortes was Mexico's Green Party (PVEM) candidate for the municipality of Mugica, an area known for violent territorial disputes. In the last two months, more than a dozen candidates have been killed nationwide ahead of the upcoming general elections scheduled for early-July.

Ministerial agents killed in armed attack in Chihuahua

Two ministerial agents have been killed during an armed attack in Chihuahua, northern Mexico. Both victims were members of the State Investigations Agency, which operates under Chihuahua's prosecutors' office. The incident happened on Monday along the road between Chihuahua and Aldama. Reports revealed that heavily armed men in a pick-up truck opened fire on them. The incident comes just days after three members of the state governor's security team were targeted.

Gunmen target officers guarding Chihuahua governor

State police officers guarding the governor of the northern state of Chihuahua have been targeted in a drive-by shooting. State prosecutors revealed that the incident happened on Saturday afternoon just outside a local country club. Governor Javier Corral was not injured in the attack. 

Police chief gunned down in Chilapa, Guerrero

A police chief has been gunned down while attending an annual town celebration in Chilapa, Guerrero. State prosecutors revealed on Friday that the attack happened during a fireworks display. The incident came a day after five bodies were found near the town. Guerrero has suffered a surge in violence, which is mainly attributed to violent territorial disputes between rival gangs.

Four killed as locals storm police station in Yehualtepec, Puebla

Four suspected criminals have been killed after being targeted by locals in Puebla, central Mexico. State officials revealed that the incident happened on Saturday just after the police detained the suspects for stealing a vehicle. A report revealed that more than 200 people stormed the police station in Yehualtepec and burned down the building. Vigilante violence is common in some rural neighbourhoods in Mexico where the state presence is virtually nonexistent.

UN condemns attacks against indigenous communities in Chiapas

Mexico's UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) has condemned a wave of attacks targeting indigenous communities in Chiapas, southern Mexico. In a statement released on Friday, the UN body highlighted last week's incident in Aldama, where an adult and two minors were killed. The incident came just a week after another attack forced the displacement of more than 145 people. For decades, the area has been known for the presence of irregular paramilitary forces.

Five bodies recovered in Atzitzintla, Puebla

Five bodies have been recovered from the streets of Atzitzintla, central Mexico's Puebla state. According to the police, the victims showed signs of torture and were killed somewhere else. It is unclear which group is behind the attack. In a quest to secure key fuel theft territory known as the 'Red Triangle', drug cartels often engage in violent clashes. Most incidents in the state are gang-related, but the general population also has been collaterally targeted in incidents ranging from kidnaps to armed robberies.

Authorities investigate murder of three students in Mexico City

Mexican authorities are investigating the assassination of three college students who were shot dead in Mexico City last Tuesday. Reports revealed that four students of the Autonomous University of Mexico City (UACM) were attacked while walking on the streets in the Gustavo A Madero delegation in the northern area of the capital. A suspected shooter has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Several bodies recovered in southern Guerrero

Eight bodies have been recovered in two separate locations in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. Authorities revealed that the victims were found in the southern towns of Chilapa and Tecpan de Galeana. It is still unclear what the circumstances are behind the killings. Guerrero has reported a surge in violence due to the expansion of powerful drug cartels across the state.

Eight killed in separate shootings in Cancun, Quintana Roo

At least eight people have been killed in two separate shootings in Cancun, Quintana Roo. El Universal reported that three people were shot dead when armed criminals on a motorcycle opened fire at two men standing in the Crucero neighbourhood in the Supermanzana 66 area. Several hours later, five other people were gunned down in Villas del Caribe area in south-western Cancun. In recent months, some areas of Cancun have been the location of violent territorial disputes between rival drug cartels, especially involving the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

Several killed as bus overturns near Cuatro Cienegas, Coahuila

At least seven people have been killed and over a dozen others were injured when a bus overturned in Coahuila, northern Mexico. The incident happened along the Federal Highway 30 between Cuatro Cienegas and San Pedro. Among the victims are five minors. Preliminary reports suggest that the crash was caused due to speeding. Road accidents have become more frequent across Mexican roads as they are busier than usual during the peak holiday season. 

Presidential candidates officially launch their campaigns

Three months ahead of the Mexican general elections, presidential candidates officially launched their campaigns over the weekend. On Saturday, the candidate for the right-left coalition, Ricardo Anaya, launched his campaign alongside the independent candidate Margarita Zavala. The left-wing front-runner Andres Lopez Obrador launched his campaign a day later with his main rival, Jose Antonio Meade, who runs for the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Elections are scheduled for the 01 July. Among many discussions are the country's historical levels of insecurity and endemic corruption.

Several killed in violent armed clashes in Jalostotitlan, Jalisco

At least nine people have been killed in a confrontation between police officers and criminals in Jalisco, western Mexico. Reports suggest that police officers were ambushed while patrolling the streets of Jalostotitlan. It is still unclear which group the criminals belong to as further investigations have been launched. Violence in Jalisco has recently suffered a surge in recent months due to the expansion of powerful criminal cartels.

Seven police officers killed in Veracruz prison riot

At least seven police officers have been killed after a violent prison riot broke out in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. Tensions erupted overnight on Saturday at the La Toma state prison in Amatlan de los Reyes, outskirts of Cordoba. Reports suggest that hundreds of inmates staged a protest to demand the resignation of the prison's director. Prison riots in Mexico are common and mainly fuelled by disputes between powerful drug gangs.

521 additional police offers for Mexico City subway system

On 28 March, authorities announced that an additional 521 police officers would be deployed at the 20 stations of the Mexico City Subway line one.  The move is an attempt to control the rising number of robberies in the stations.

Two bodies set on fire on Acapulco streets

On the afternoon of 28 March, armed men dumped two bodies on the street in La Sabana area of Acapulco, and set them on fire using petrol in front of dozens of witnesses.  According to reports, one of the bodies had their hands tied behind their back, while the other body had been dismembered.  Authorities confirmed that an investigation has been launched.  

Two suspects arrested preventing execution

Acting on a tip-off, police arrested two suspects in Valle Verde who were about to execute three people, two women and minor.  The suspects were in possession of two assault rifles and bullet-proof vests.  Shots were fired in the exchange, but no-one was injured.  

Six injured in operation against organized crime in Tepalcatepec

Six people were injured, one of them seriously, in the village of Tepalcatepec, Michoacan, during a Navy operation attempting to capture Juan Jose "El Abuelo" Farias, an organized crime boss, who was believed to be hiding there.  The villagers complained that the Navy opened fire from a helicopter, wounding innocent people.

Five bodies discovered inside vehicle in Michoacan

On 28 March at around midday, five bodies were found in a Chevrolet truck in the Los Remedios community in Jiquilpan.  The victims had been beaten and shot, and had their hands tied behind their backs.  Police have opened an investigation to try to identify the victims, but suspect that the perpetrators are members of the New Generation Jalisco Cartel (CJNG).

Coca-Cola bottler in Guerrero halts operations due to security concerns

One of the country's largest Coca-Cola bottlers has announced the suspension of operations at its plant in Ciudad Altamirano, Guerrero state. According to a communique issued by the Coca-Cola FEMSA - a subsidiary of the Mexican beverage giant FEMSA - the move comes over security concerns after employees received successive threats from local criminal organisations.

Several bodies found inside pick-up truck in Aquila, Michoacan

More than a dozen bodies have been recovered inside a pick-up truck parked in a rural area of Michoacan, western Mexico. Prosecutors revealed that the vehicle was found sprayed with bullets on a roadside near the town of Aquila. AP reported that one of the dead was a member of Knights Templar cartel. For years, the area has been the location of battles between the cartel and local vigilante forces.

Marines targeted in armed ambush in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

A Mexican marine has been killed and three others injured during a series of  ambushes in the bordering town of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. Local authorities revealed that the soldiers were ambushed at least three times on Saturday evening. Four criminals were killed during the standoff, where the assailants were wearing fake military outfits and driving a marked Navy vehicle. The area is known for being dominated by the Northeast Cartel, a branch of the powerful Los Zetas cartel.

American family found dead at condo in Tulum, Quintana Roo

A four-member American family has been found dead at their rented condo in the Mexican resort of Tulum, Quintana Roo. According to the authorities, their bodies were recovered on Saturday - nearly a week after they went on holiday. Preliminary reports suggest that they died of gas asphyxiation, while the circumstances behind the incident continue to be under investigation.

Several killed as gunmen storm bar in Guanajuato

At least seven people have been killed and more than a dozen others have been injured after gunmen stormed a bar in Guanajuato, central Mexico. Local media reported that the incident happened on Wednesday evening in the town of Purissima del Rincon, located along the state border with Jalisco. Preliminary reports suggest that cockfighting took place at the location, while the circumstances behind the attack remain unclear. Most recently Guanajuato has suffered a surge in violence due to the feared expansion of the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) into the state.

Local journalist shot dead at home in Veracruz

A 42-year-old local journalist has been shot dead after armed assailants stormed his resident in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. Police reports revealed that Leobardo Vazquez Atzin covered general news in the town of Gutierrez Zamora. The circumstances behind the assassination remind unclear. Mexico has been labelled one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist. Last year, at least 11 journalists and media professionals were killed nationwide.

Three film students kidnapped in Guadalajara, Jalisco

Prosecutors are investigating the reported abduction of three film students in Jalisco, western Mexico. Preliminary investigations revealed that the victims were forced into a black SUV on the outskirts of Guadalajara. They were attacked when returning from filming a project to their film school. Violence is Jalisco and its capital recently suffered a surge in recent months due to the expansion of powerful criminal cartels.

BP to drill deepwater oil well in 2020

On Tuesday, Mexican oil regulator CNH approved a plan for BP to drill its' first deepwater exploration well in the southern Gulf of Mexico in 2020.  The four-year plan for Gulf's Salina Basin represents an investment of almost $200 million.  Norway's Statoil and France's Total are partners in the British-led consortium, which won the rights in an auction in 2016.  

5.1 magnitude earthquake detected in Oaxaca

On 20 March, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake was detected 68 kilometres southwest of Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca.  There were no reports of injuries or damage.  

Two injured in shopping centre shooting

On 19 March, two people were injured in a shooting in the "Nine West" store at the Reforma 222 Shopping Centre in Mexico City.  According to preliminary reports, the incident happened as part of a robbery, when two individuals sustained minor injuries and were taken to a nearby medical facility.  

Spanish businessman shot in Mexico City

A 75-year-old businessman from Spain has died after he was shot in the head in the norwestern borough of Miguel Hidalgo in Mexico City.  Authorities said that he was attacked outside one of his businesses in an area not normally associated with violent crime. An investigation is under way.

Drug cartels accused of election meddling

Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete warned that drug cartels are trying to influence the country's upcoming elections on 1 July, when the country will elect a president, Congress and a host of local and state officials. He referred particularly to Guerrero, where two candidates for the state legislature were murdered last month. Veteran leftist Andres Manual Lopez Obrador has said he sees no signs of interference.  He has proposed an amnesty for drug crimes in order to control the violence racking Mexico.  More than 100 officials have been murdered by criminal gangs since 2006, when the government declared a crackdown on drug cartels.  On Friday, a mayoral candidate in the central state of Puebla was shot 11 times by gunmen.  

Travel restrictions to Playa del Carmen lifted

In a change to the travel restrictions in place, US government personnel are now permitted to travel to all parts of Playa del Carmen and to use ferry services between Playa del Carmen-Cozumel.  However citizens and visitors are still advised to take extreme caution due to crime in the area.  

UN accuses Mexico of torture in missing students case

On Thursday, the UN Human Rights office called for an enquiry into the 2014 investigation into the disappearance of 43 student teachers, accusing the Mexican authorities of torture.  The initial investigation found that the students were abducted by corrupt police officers who handed them over to cartel members, who killed them, incinerated their bodies and dumped the ashes into a river.  The UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said that his office had documented arbitrary detention and torture in the subsequent investigation, and called for those responsible to be held accountable and for any evidence obtained under torture to be excluded or invalidated.  A team of international experts cited deep flaws in the enquiry and dismissed claims that the bodies were incinerated.  They suggested that the missing bus may have been carrying drugs or cash.  The atrocity caused one of the worst crises for President Enrique Pena Nieto's government over the conduct of the investigation into the case.

David Rogelio Colmenares to head Federal Audit Office

David Rogelio Colmenares has been appointed by Mexico's lower house of Congress to lead the Federal Audit Office (ASF) in a widely criticised selection process.  Anti corruption groups alleged a lack of transparency or justification for his selection to the body that leads the battle against political corruption, one of the main concerns of the Mexican electorate ahead of a presidential election on 1 July.  His predecessor Juan Manuel Portal Martinez resigned last year.  The ASF leads audits into how federal money is spent, but can only flag up irregularities and lacks the power to prosecute wrongdoing. 

Several killed in wave of attacks across Guerrero

At least a dozen people have been killed in a fresh wave of criminality across Guerrero state, south-western Mexico. Incidents broke out in less than 24 hours apart across the coastal cities of Acapulco and Zihuatanejo. Among the incidents is the death of a taxi-driver who was shot dead in the outskirts of Acapulco, where moments later six vehicles were set ablaze at the city's port. Guerrero has reported a surge in violence due to the expansion of powerful drug cartels across the state.

OIE identifies two outbreaks of H7N3 bird flu in central Mexico

On Monday, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) reported two outbreaks of highly pathogenic H7N3 bird-flu virus in central Mexico. In a report, the OIE revealed that more than 1,380 birds were found dead at a farm in Guanajuato state, while a lower number of cases were reported in Queretaro. The H7N3 virus is known in very rare cases to infect humans.

Man detained for links to students' disappearance in Guerrero

Prosecutors revealed on Monday that a suspect has been detained for links to the disappearance of 43 student teachers back in 2014. According to reports, Erick Sandoval Rodriguez is a member of the Guerreros Unidos cartel and was one the masterminds behind the abductions. Preliminary investigations revealed that the students were kidnapped in the town of Iguala, Guerrero state. Dozens of police officers were already detained for links to the abductions, which also implicated the town's mayor at the time.

Five kidnappers detained for lawyer's abduction in Chihuahua

Five suspected kidnappers have been detained for the abduction of a 33-year-old lawyer in Chihuahua, northern Mexico. Thania Denisse was abducted in late-February at the city's historical centre. She was released unharmed several days later after the criminals demanded a ransom in bitcoin. Reports suggest that a 23-year-old man known for his social media videos was the mastermind behind the abduction. Last week, the Mexican Congress approved the so-called Fintech law, which seeks to regulate cryptocurrencies in order to tackle money laundering and fraud.

Six bodies recovered inside pick-up truck in Guadalajara, Jalisco

At least six dismembered bodies have been recovered inside a pick-up truck in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Local media reported that the victims were found alongside an undisclosed message in the Morelos neighbourhood. Preliminary reports suggest that the crime is gang-related. Guadalajara and Jalisco state reported a surge in the number of homicides. Since the start of the month, at least 37 murders have been reported statewide.

MS-13 leader detained in Tijuana, Baja California

A member of the Central American-based gang Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) has reportedly been detained in Tijuana, north-eastern Mexico. US law enforcement sources told InSight Crime that they are seeking to transfer Nelson Alexandre Flores, alias 'Mula', to Ohio, where he is subject to an indictment. Mula's detention highlights MS-13's intentions to create their own drug route into the US. 

Police officers detained over forced disappearance in Veracruz

Eight police officers have been detained for their alleged role in a recent case of forced disappearance in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. Local authorities said that the suspects are being investigated for the disappearance and subsequent death of a 25-year-old man, who was reported missing in Cordoba last month. The arrests came days after several police officers were detained for allegedly handing over three Italians to a drug cartel in Jalisco.

PEMEX employees suspended for links to fuel theft

Eight employees of the state-owned oil company PEMEX have been suspended due to their alleged links to groups dedicated to fuel theft. The company said on Monday that all the employees were stationed near a major refinery in Minatitlan, Veracruz. In recent years, some drug cartels and criminals groups opted to expand their operations to oil theft. In 2017, the number of illegal taps into PEMEX oil pipelines significantly increased compared with previous years.

Gunmen storm hospital and kill drug lord in Cancun

A drug lord and his wife have been killed when gunmen stormed a hospital in Quintana Roo, south-eastern Mexico. State officials revealed that Alfonso Contreras Espinoza, alias 'El Poncho', was shot dead while undergoing leg treatment at a private hospital in central Cancun. Reports suggest that El Poncho was a local leader of the Gulf Cartel. It remains unclear which group is behind the attack. In recent months, some areas of Cancun have been the location of violent territorial disputes between rival drug cartels, especially involving the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

US Embassy issues alert after ferry explosion in Playa del Carmen

The US Embassy in Mexico City has issued a travel alert after a suspicious explosion occurred at a ferry in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo. The warning is directed at the embassy's employees and reads: “U.S. Government employees are prohibited from using all tourist ferries on this route until further notice. Mexican and U.S. law enforcement continue to investigate.” The alert comes after reports revealed that two unexploded devices were found at another ferry between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. In late-February, more than 20 people were injured when a powerful explosion occurred at a ferry heading to Playa del Carmen. Preliminary reports revealed that the blast was caused by a mechanical malfunction.

Several bodies recovered in wave of violence in Guanajuato

More than a dozen bodies have been recovered in a surge of violence in Guanajuato, central Mexico. Prosecutors revealed that 13 bodies were recovered over the weekend in the towns of Apaseo El Alto and Apaseo El Grande. Reports revealed that the incident is linked to organised crime. Most recently Guanajuato has suffered a surge in violence due to the feared expansion of the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) into the state.

Police officers detained over disappearance of three Italians in Jalisco

Mexican authorities are searching for three police officers for their alleged involvement in the disappearance of three Italian nationals in Jalisco, western Mexico. State prosecutors revealed that four police officers were already detained and confessed to having handed over the victims to a local criminal group. The victims were all related and were reported missing in late-January after encountering a police checkpoint near of Telicatlan, an area controlled by the powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

State assembly candidate found dead near Chilapa, Guerrero

A candidate for the state assembly has been found dead alongside a police officer in Guerrero. Dulce Rebaja Pedro and the officer were recovered on Sunday inside a vehicle parked alongside a highway near Chilapa. Rebaja Pedro was a candidate for the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). The incident came days after another state assembly candidate was also killed in Chilapa.

Kidnapped US nationals rescued in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon

Mexican authorities announced on Sunday that two abducted US nationals have been released in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. According to Nuevo Leon prosecutor's office, both victims were kidnapped in mid-February. Reports revealed that they were rescued by a special anti-kidnapping unit in Monterrey's suburb of Juarez. 

Ferry explosion wounds 18 in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo

At least 18 people have been killed in an explosion at a ferry in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo. The vessel was docked when a powerful blast occurred on Wednesday morning. The ferry was operated by Barcos Caribe, which is coordinating investigations with local authorities. The cause of the explosion remains unclear, but preliminary reports suggest a potential engine failure.

Journalist reported missing in Mexico City

Mexican authorities have opened an investigation into the disappearance of a radio journalist who was reported missing in Mexico City. Mario Antonio Canas reportedly disappeared after leaving his home in the capital on Friday afternoon. Reports suggest that he was last seen in Coyoacan area, while the circumstances behind the incident are unclear. He hosted an auto show at a local radio station. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has labelled Mexico as one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist.

Gulf Cartel's regional leader detained in Tamaulipas

Mexican marines have detained a senior member of the notorious Gulf Cartel in Tamaulipas, north-eastern Mexico. Jose Alfredo Cardenas, alias 'the Accountant', was arrested in the town of Matamoros, just across the border of Brownsville, Texas. He is presumed to be the leader of the cartel in the bordering state, which is known for being a strategic drug-trafficking route into the US.

Authorities probe disappearance of three Italians in Jalisco

Mexican authorities revealed on Monday that investigations have been launched regarding the disappearance of three Italian nationals in Jalisco, western Mexico. The victims - from Naples - disappeared in late-January after they were reportedly detained by police officers at a petrol station in Tecalitlan. Regional authorities said that the foreign ministry and the Italian Embassy in Mexico are involved in the probe. Jalisco is one of the most dangerous states in Mexico, where corrupt police officers are known to work alongside powerful criminal cartels.

Main political parties announce presidential candidates

On Sunday, Mexico's main political parties announced their candidates ahead of the presidential elections scheduled for July. The main contenders are Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who is running for the left-wing MORENA party, and Ricardo Anaya, the candidate for the right-wing National Action Party (PAN). Meanwhile, former Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade is running ahead of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). However, despite preliminary polls suggesting a right-left battle, independent candidates and undecided voters - around 25 percent - may swing the results amid debates including corruption and violence.

Kidnapped special agents found dead in Xalisco, Nayarit

Two special agencies within Mexico's Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC) have been found dead inside a car in Xalisco, Nayarit. The agents were identified as Octavio Martínez and Alfonso Hernández, who featured in a video where they read a tailored message reportedly from the notorious Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). The victims were kidnapped several days ago from their houses in Nayarit. 

Powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Oaxaca

A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake has been recorded in Oaxaca, south-western Mexico. According to the US Geological Survey, the quake's epicentre was near the town of Pinotepa Nacional. Preliminary reports revealed that no casualties were reported but more than 1,000 houses were damaged and nearly a million residents faced power outages. State authorities have requested federal funds to assist with the supply of food, shelter and health services across the state.

Military helicopter crash kills 13 after Oaxaca earthquake

At least 13 people have been killed when a military helicopter crashed in Oaxaca, south-western Mexico. Reports revealed that the aircraft was assessing the damage near Pinotepa Nacional just after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the region. Government officials revealed that the Blackhawk helicopter crashed into two vehicles while attempting to land at a vacant lot near Jumiltepec. 

Several killed in Acapulco armed attacks, Guerrero

Nearly a dozen people have been killed in separate incidents across Acapulco, Guerrero state. Local media reported that all incidents happened on Thursday across the once-popular tourist resort. Armed attacks erupted across the areas of Ruffo Figueroa, San Isidro, Costa Azur and Mozimba. Most of them are believed to be targeted murders. Acapulco has reported a surge in violence due to the expansion of powerful drug cartels across Guerrero.

Scores killed in criminality wave across Oaxaca

At least seven people have been killed when gunmen stormed a popular fair in Oaxaca, south-western Mexico. Local media reported that all victims were family members of the local mayor of San Juan Lachigalla, while the motivation behind the attack is not clear. Meanwhile, a former mayor was killed in Ejutla de Crespo and a social leader kidnapped in Loma Bonita. In less than 24 hours, nine other assassinations were reported across the state. 

Seven killed as train runs into a bus in San Luis Potosi

At least seven people have been killed and several others were when a train crashed into a bus in San Luis Potosi, central Mexico. The accident happened on Wednesday when a bus attempted to pass over a level crossing in the state capital. Reports revealed that the bus was transporting workers from an industrial area in Mexquitic.

Police destroys massive poppy plantation in Guerrero

Federal police officers have destroyed more than 480 hectares of opium poppies during raids in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. According to a statement released on Wednesday, the plantation containing more than 27 million plants was found by helicopter in Leonardo Bravo. Poppies are used to produce the raw material for heroin, which is often exported to the US. Guerrero state has been the location of violent territorial disputes between gangs seeking to secure the lucrative crops.

Three indigenous activists killed in Oaxaca

Three indigenous rights activists have been shot dead during an armed raid in Oaxaca, south-western Mexico. All victims were members of the Committee for Defense of Indigenous Rights (Codedi), which confirmed the incident. According to Codedi, the young activists were targeted on Monday evening while travelling near Miahuatlan. Local media reported that the attack happened just after they met with government officials in the state capital.

US climber dies in accident at Pico de Orizaba, Puebla

A climber has died and another had to be rescued while climbing the Pico de Orizaba mountain in Puebla, central Mexico. Reports revealed that one of the climbers was rescued on Monday while the other succumbed to his wounds due to adverse weather conditions. It has been reported that both climbers were US nationals and worked at the US Embassy. The Pico de Orizaba, also referred as Citlaltepec, is Mexico's highest mountain.

Man and five-month-old baby killed in Guanajuato

A five-month-old baby has been killed when her parents were targeted in an armed attack in Silao, Guanajuato. The incident happened on Monday afternoon when the victims were riding home on a motorcycle. Reports suggest that two criminals in another vehicle opened fire and fled the scene. The baby's 33-year-old father was also killed while her mother was severely injured in the attack.

Cartel releases video of two agents kidnapped in Nayarit

Mexico's Attorney General's Office (PGR) has launched an investigation after two missing special agents featured in online footage alongside heavily armed criminals. The video was released on Sunday, where both kidnapped officers - part of PGR's Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC) - read a tailored message presume to be from the notorious Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). Both agents were reported missing last week when they were abducted from their homes in Nayarit, western Mexico. The CJNG continues to expand its presence in Mexico and is considered amongst the most dangerous cartels in the country.

Several killed as criminals raid restaurant in Jalisco

At least six people have been gunned down when armed assailants raided a restaurant in Jalisco, western Mexico. Mexican media reported on Thursday that heavily armed men stormed the venue in Tlaquepaque, outskirts of Guadalajara, and opened fire at customers. Prosecutors launched an investigation as it remains unclear if the incident is gang-related. High levels of violence in Jalisco have been attributed to internal fights between rival factions within the local Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

Seven criminals shot dead in Ciudad Mendoza, Veracruz

Seven suspected criminals have been shot dead during violent clashes with security forces in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. Local media revealed that violent shooting erupted on Thursday evening when state and ministerial police officers targeted a group dedicated to kidnapping in Ciudad Mendoza. At the scene, one assailant was killed while moments later, after a police pursuit, six others were gunned down. Veracruz is a dangerous crime hotspot in Mexico where several cartels and criminal groups operate.

Most wanted regional cartel leader detained in Mexico City

State prosecutors reported on Friday that Jose Maria Guizar, alias Z43, was detained during a military operation in Mexico City. Z43 was one of the most wanted criminals in Mexico and was believed to head the infamous Los Zetas cartel in the southern states of Tabasco, Chiapas and Veracruz. He is a Mexican-American national, who is also wanted in the US for drug-trafficking. The US State Department was offering $5m for his capture.

Three state police officers gunned down in San Luis Potosi

Three state police officers have been killed during an armed ambush in San Luis Potosi, central Mexico. Local media reported that masked men riding motorcycle opened fire at the victims on Thursday afternoon. It is unclear who is behind the attack as prosecutors said an investigation has been launched.

Armed assailants kidnap police officers in Michoacan

Four municipal police officers were briefly kidnapped when an armed convoy forced them into a pick-up truck in Michoacan, western Mexico. State authorities told local media that the incident happened on Wednesday afternoon in Villa Madero. All victims were later released after a police operation was launched across a local mountain area. It is still unclear what group is behind the attack.

Five bodies dumped outside funeral home in Chihuahua

Five headless bodies have been dumped in front of a funeral home in Chihuahua, northern Mexico. State prosecutors revealed on Wednesday that the four bullet-riddled bodies were left when two vehicles approached the building in Guachochi on separate occasions. All victims were later identified while further investigations were launched. Chihuahua is part of the so-called Golden Triangle, an area in northern Mexico - which also includes Durango and Sinaloa - dedicated to drug production.

Sinaloa's El Chapo to have anonymous jury at US trial

US District Judge Brian Cogan has ruled that the trial of the infamous Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman will have an anonymous jury. Prosecutors had previously requested this move to protect the identity of jury members due to security concerns. Guzman's attorney disagreed with the measure and said that the rule may influence the trial's outcome. El Chapo was the leader of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel. He was extradited to the US and is set to face trial later in the year.

Hundreds of police officers deployed across Baja California Sur

More than 600 police officers have been deployed across Baja California Sur amid an operation to enhance security measures in the state's tourist hotspots. State authorities declared the start of the so-called 'Operativo Escudo Titan', which aims to mobilise security forces to La Paz and Los Cabos. Violence in the Baja California Peninsula has emerged in recent years mainly attributed to disputes between the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) cartels.

Uber drivers demand heightened security measures in Guadalajara

Dozens of drivers for the app-based service Uber staged a demonstration across Guadalajara to demand enhanced security measures. Demonstrators demand that the company introduce further checks on passengers and scrap cash payments. The protest came after an Uber driver was shot dead last Monday in the town of Tlajomulco. 

Congressman killed in armed attack in Estado de Mexico

A Mexican congressman has been shot dead when armed assailants ambushed his vehicle in Estado de Mexico. EFE reported that the incident happened in the early hours of Saturday while Francisco Rojas was with family members near his house in Cuatitlan Izcalli. Rojas was the leader of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the town. He was running for mayor ahead of the upcoming general elections scheduled for July.

Two priests shot dead in armed attack in Guerrero

Two priests have been killed when armed assailants ambushed their vehicle along a federal highway in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. The victims were targeted overnight on Monday along the Federal Highway 95, which connects Taxco and Iguala. Four people were also injured. Preliminary reports suggest that a local organised criminal group is behind the attack. El Pais reported that 21 priests have been gunned down in Mexico since President Enrique Pena Nieto was sworn into office five years ago.

Several killed in raid on clandestine cockfighting club in Chihuahua

At least six people have been killed and more than a dozen others injured when shooting broke out in a clandestine cockfighting arena in Chihuahua, northern Mexico. State prosecutors revealed that the incident happened on Saturday evening on the outskirts of the state capital. Investigations have been launched to assess the motivations behind the raid. Incidents involving rival groups at underground cockfighting venues are common and often lead to a high number of casualties.

Four suspects killed during gunfight near Culiacan, Sinaloa

Four suspected criminals have been gunned down when an armed standoff broke out in the outskirts of Culiacan, Sinaloa. The incident happened on Wednesday morning in the town of Limita de Itaje, where criminals opened fire at patrolling soldiers of the Mexican Army. So far in 2018, Sinaloa has recorded nearly 90 murders.

Four bodies recovered inside a vehicle near Chilpancingo, Guerrero

Four people have been found burned to death when police officers went to respond to a shooting incident in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. The incident happened in the community of Rincon de la Via, where four bodies were recovered inside a burned vehicle. Among the victims was a 32-year-old community police officer. Meanwhile, three people were injured in a shootout nearby. It is believed that a local criminal group is behind both attacks. State authorities have already announced the deployment of additional forces due to hampering levels of criminality around the state capital, Chilpancingo.

Popocatepetl Volcano triggers alert in nearby communities

Mexico's National Centre for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) has issued an alert over the activity intensification of the Popocatepetl Volcano in central Mexico. Communities surrounding the volcano in Morelos and Puebla have been put on alert after ash was expelled up to 3,000 metres into the air on Tuesday afternoon. Cenapred has advised people to avoid areas around the Popocatepetl''s crater and security perimeter due to the emission of ash and falling projectiles.

Security measures heightened over crime surge nationwide

Mexico's Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete announced on Tuesday that more than 5,000 federal security forces will be deployed nationwide to tackle rising criminality levels. In a press conference, Navarrete said that most officers will be mobilised in the bordering city of Tijuana. Further police reinforcement will take place across popular tourist resorts in Baja California Sur and Cancun, where violence rates soared in recent months. Additional non-military troops are also expected to be deployed in the restive states of Colima, Jalisco and Guerrero.

Seven bodies recovered near river in Chilapa, Guerrero

State authorities have recovered seven dismembered bodies in Chilapa, Guerrero. According to preliminary reports, seven unknown victims were slaughtered and had their remains placed inside plastic bags before being thrown near a river bed in Texcal neighbourhood. Police said that investigations have been launched as the motive behind the crime remains unclear. Guerrero is one of the most violent states in Mexico. Most crimes are attributed to territorial disputes between rival criminal groups attempting to secure lucrative poppy plantations.

Gulf Cartel leader shot dead in Reynosa, Tamaulipas

A leader of the infamous Gulf Cartel has been gunned down in a violent shooting in Reynosa, Tamaulipas. Humberto Loza Mendes, alias 'Betillo', was shot dead alongside three of his associates during armed clashes with Mexican security forces. Loza Mendes was known to operate in the bordering town of Reynosa, where he was often engaged in territorial disputes with rival criminal factions.

Three killed as criminals raid bar in Cancun, Quintana Roo

At least three people have been killed and several others injured when armed criminals raided a bar in Cancun, Quintana Roo. State prosecutors are investigating the circumstances behind the attack, which occurred on Saturday evening at the Oasis bar, located in an area known as El Crucero. Despite largely being exempt from Mexico's hampering crime rates, rising levels of violence have been recently reported in Quintana Roo, including Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

Nine dead as gunmen storm residence near Monterrey, Nuevo Leon

At least nine people have been killed when gunmen stormed a residence in the outskirts of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Mexican authorities revealed that crowds were gathered at a residence in San Nicolas de los Garza to watch a football match when armed criminals opened fire. A 32-year-old suspect was detained while further investigations have been launched. Police believe that the incident is drug-related as the house was a known point of sale for drugs. 

Five bodies recovered on the streets of Tepic, Nayarit

Five bodies have been recovered behind a motel after nearly a dozen unknown individuals were abducted in Tepic, Nayarit. Local media reported that armed groups raided three communities across the state capital overnight on Wednesday. It is believed that the victims were among those who were kidnapped. It remains unclear if the incident is drug-related. Despite recording one of the lowest crime rates in Mexico, the detention of a former prosecutor back in April highlighted potential links between local authorities and the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG).

Three killed in armed confrontation in Oxchuc, Chiapas

At least three people have been killed and more than a dozen others injured during an armed confrontation in Chiapas, southern Mexico. AP reported that violent shooting erupted in the indigenous community of Oxchuc overnight on Wednesday. Chiapas state government revealed that the clashes broke out between an irregular armed group linked to Oxchuc's mayor and another group allied to the city's former mayor. For decades, the area is known for the presence of irregular paramilitary forces often linked to local authorities.

Security chief of state-owned refinery killed in Salamanca, Guanajuato

The head of security of an oil refinery has been shot dead in Salamanca, Guanajuato. State prosecutors revealed that Capitan Tadeo Lineol Alfonzo Rojas was killed on Thursday evening when armed criminals ambushed his vehicle. Rojas' son was also injured in the attack. The victim was the head of the Physical Security Department of the refinery, which is operated by the state-owned PEMEX. Investigations have been launched to assess the circumstances behind the crime.

Criminals erect roadblocks across Reynosa, Tamaulipas

Criminal cartels have erected around 10 roadblocks around the bordering city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, as security tensions in the region remain high. Mexican authorities revealed on Wednesday that all roadblocks have already been cleared. This came days after six armed suspects were killed in violent shooting with military patrol officers. Criminal groups often erect roadblocks across strategic locations in the city to prevent police and military pursuits.

Businessman killed during kidnap attempt in Leon, Guanajuato

A businessman has been shot dead after he reacted to a presumed kidnap attempt in Leon, Guanajuato. Local media reported that the victim, identified as Salomon N, was targeted in the affluent Gran Jardin neighbourhood on Wednesday evening. Video footage from a local gas station shows the victim escaping from two individuals who force him into a black van. Salomon was killed after criminals shot him in the head as he resisted being dragged into the vehicle.

Councillor's vehicle sprayed with bullets in Celaya, Guanajuato

A 50-year-old councilman has been shot dead when heavily armed criminals sprayed his vehicle with bullets in Guanajuato, central Mexico. Reports revealed that Jorge Montes Gonzalez was targeted on Wednesday afternoon along the Eje Nororiente Highway in Celaya. A manhunt was launched when soldiers and police officers rushed to the scene. Gonzalez was a member of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and a councillor in the state capital of Celaya.

Mexico records highest-ever homicide rate in 2017

Mexico's National System of Public Security announced on Saturday that 25,339 murder investigations were opened nationwide in 2017. Most incidents have been attributed to hampering levels of criminality linked to powerful drug-trafficking cartels. This is recorded as the highest number since homicides data started to be collected nearly 20 years ago. Further reports revealed that under the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto, around 100,000 murder investigations were opened. Such worrying statistics put the Pena Nieto administration on track to be the bloodiest in recent history. Corruption and criminality are the main aspects which are putting the ruling Institutional Revolution Party (PRI) under increasing pressure ahead of July's presidential elections.

FCO issues warning over cases of Cyclospora infection

The UK Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued a travel alert over reported cases of travellers infected with cyclospora. Cyclospora is mainly contracted after the ingestion of raw fruits and vegetables contaminated with human faeces. The main symptom of cyclospora is severe diarrhoea, but it may also include loss of appetite, weight loss and stomach pain. Travellers have been advised to wash their hands after heading to the toilet and also before eating or preparing food. Further recommendations also urge people to wash raw vegetables and fruit with clean water, avoid ice in drinks and only drink bottled water. In the event of an infection, it is widely advisable to seek medical attention.

Indigenous activist found strangled in Chilchota, Michoacan

A 32-year-old indigenous activist has been found dead in Chilchota, Michoacan. According to state prosecutors, Guadalupe Campanur was found nearly three days after she was strangled. Campanur used to work as a park ranger at the autonomous indigenous community of Cheran. She was a known environmentalist, who reportedly took the leading role to recover indigenous lands from illegal loggers. Authorities told El Pais that it is still unclear if Campanur was killed over her occupation. Environmental activists are often targeted across Latin America mostly due to disputes with criminal groups.

Five killed as freight train derails near Mexico City

At least five people have been killed when a freight train derailed in the outskirts of Mexico City. The accident happened on Monday morning when the train was passing the populous municipality of Ecatepec. According to reports, a wagon hit a small house located near the train line, where three minors and two adults were killed. Estado de Mexico's Governor Alfredo Del Mazo and the state security secretary confirmed the accident. Investigations have been launched as the cause of the derailment remains unclear.

Several injured in multi-vehicle collision in Saltillo, Coahuila

At least 20 people have been injured in a multi-vehicle collision in Santillo, Coahuila. Around 40 vehicles were involved in a massive crash when below freezing temperatures hit northern Mexico on Tuesday evening. As a powerful cold front approaches the region, travel alerts have been issued due to hazardous road conditions. Caution has been advised over ice and snow accumulated on some secondary roads. 

Several bodies found in two mass graves in Xalisco, Nayarit

At least 20 bodies have been recovered from two clandestine mass graves in Nayarit, western Mexico. The findings occurred on Monday when state prosecutors and members of a missing people social group launched searches across the Xalisco's Pantanal area. This came just days after nine other bodies were found buried in nearby terrain. Since the start of the military crackdown on drug cartels more than 30,000 people were estimated missing while hundreds of clandestine graves are still to be discovered.

Journalist shot dead in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

A 77-year-old journalist has been shot dead while driving his car in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. Carlos Dominguez was targeted on Saturday afternoon in the central area of the city. State Attorney General's Office has opened an investigation to assess if Dominguez was targeted due to his work as a journalist. Dominguez was an independent reporter who occasionally wrote about domestic politics. After nearly a dozen journalists were killed in last year, Mexico has been considered one of the world's most dangerous countries for media professionals.

Nine bodies recovered inside lorry in Xalapa, Veracruz

Nine dismembered bodies have been recovered inside an abandoned lorry in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. Veracruz Governor Miguel Angel Yunes revealed that the bodies were found in Xalapa late on Saturday evening. Yunes said that preliminary investigations suggest that most of the dead were members of a local criminal group. Hampering levels of violence have been reported across Veracruz since the start of the year. The incident comes one day after four dismembered bodies were found inside a vehicle in Sayula de Aleman. Similar incidents have been attributed to disputes involving the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG), the Los Zetas and some factions of the Gulf Cartel.

Spanish businessman killed in Puebla

A 50-year-old Spanish businessman has been shot dead when armed criminals opened fire at his vehicle in Puebla, central Mexico. Local media reported that Segismundo Diaz was targeted alongside his wife while he attempted to open the gate of his house in Cuautlacingo. Preliminary reports suggest that the incident was a robbery, but further investigations were launched. Diaz was a worker of a Barcelona-based plastic company that operated in the neighbouring state of Tlaxcala. Puebla has been recording a significant increase in the number of robberies despite being one of the states which record one of the lowest criminality rates in Mexico.

Prosecutors investigate cyber-attack to Bancomext

Mexican prosecutors are investigating a suspected cyber-attack attempt on the state-owned bank Bancomext. An employee of the Republic's Attorney General (PGR) told Reuters that no money was stolen during the attack as emergency protocols were activated. It remains unclear what group was involved and what techniques were used to carry out the attack. Bancomext is widely dedicated to foreign trade. Latin American governments have previously been targeted in a series of cyber-attacks. In early-October, researchers from the US-based software company Symantec uncovered a clandestine cyber-espionage group that targeted official documents of several South American governments.

Eight killed in vehicular crash near Santa Fe, Veracruz

At least eight people have been killed and two others injured when a pick-up truck and a passenger bus collided in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. The accident happened near Santa Fe on Friday along the federal highway 140, between Veracruz and Xalapa. Preliminary reports suggest that the crash happened when the driver of the pick-up truck attempted to overtake another vehicle.

Four bodies recovered inside a vehicle in the rural area of Veracruz

Four dismembered bodies have been recovered on a rural road in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. Authorities revealed that the four victims were found dead inside a vehicle on a road between Medias Aguas and Sayula de Aleman. Reports reveal that the area is a known route for criminal groups engaged in the trafficking of migrants into the US. Local media reported that a message has been left on the vehicle linking the crime to the infamous Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG). In the first week of the year, five dismembered bodies were also recovered inside an abandoned taxi in Veracruz's Tlacotalpan area. The state has recorded the highest levels of violence in Mexico, which are mainly attributed to territorial disputes between rival criminal groups and cartels.

Popocatepetl Volcano records increasing activity in the last 24 hours

Mexico's National Centre for Disasters Prevention (Cenapred) announced on Thursday morning that more than 300 low-scale volcanic exhalations were recorded overnight at the Popocatepetl Volcano in Puebla, central Mexico. According to the Puebla's Civil Protection authority, the volcano has expelled gases, water vapour and ashes up to 1,000 metres into the atmosphere towards the neighbouring city of Amecameca, Estado de Mexico. Cenapred has revealed that a 12-km-radius exclusion zone remains in place due to the risk of falling debris and landslides. The Popocatepetl Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in Mexico.

Two killed at restaurant attack in Cancun, Quintana Roo

Two people have been killed and seven others injured when armed criminals stormed a restaurant in Cancun, Quintana Roo. State prosecutors revealed that the incident happened on Wednesday evening at an informal settlement - also known as a 'colonia popular' - at Cancun's 230 region, located nearly 20km away from the so-called hotel zone. Prosecutors believe that the incident is likely linked to criminal groups engaged in extortion against local businesses. Despite largely being exempt from Mexico's hampering crime rates, rising levels of violence have been recently reported in Quintana Roo, including Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

US State Department issues 'do not travel' advisory to five states

The US State Department has issued a 'do not travel' advisory to five Mexican states due to high levels of criminality mostly reported along the Pacific coast. Among the states included in the most recent advisory are the western states of Michoacan, Sinaloa, Guerrero and Colima. The northern state of Tamaulipas, located at the US border, is also included on the list. In August, the US government had extended its warning about travel to popular tourist resorts in Quintana Roo and Baja California Sur, where concerns are mainly concerning daylight shootings between rival criminal groups and clashes with the police. Since the fragmentation of the Sinaloa Cartel and the uprise of new criminal factions, violent territorial disputes have spread across Mexico.

Police seize large amount of cash hidden inside bus in Tamaulipas

Mexico's Navy and state police in Tamaulipas have seized nearly $1m stashed in a passenger bus in northern Mexico. State authorities revealed that more than $980k spread among 43 packages was found during an inspection along the Mexican Federal Highway 97, between the bordering city of Reynosa and San Fernando. The bus driver and his assistant were detained and both confessed to the police that they were paid to transport the cargo to the central Mexican city of Puebla. Cartels across Mexico have reportedly been using inter-city public transport to smuggle good from areas close to the US border.

Police stations targeted in wave of attacks in Michoacan

Three police stations have been targeted in a wave of armed attacks across Michoacan, western Mexico. Incidents happened on Tuesday evening when heavily armed criminals raided police offices in Zamora, Sahuayo and Jacona, all located in the state's north-western region. One criminal was reportedly killed and several others arrested during the violent standoff. Since the year started, Michoacan has faced hampering levels of drug-related criminality, which included the finding of seven dismembered bodies in Tierra Caliente and Zamora.

Seven criminals killed in armed clashes in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur

Seven presumed criminals have been shot dead after violent shooting broke out in the beach resort of San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur. State officials revealed that the incident happened on Saturday evening when soldiers were patrolling Los Cabos' Costa Dorada colony, when heavily armed criminals wearing tactical gear approached. A high-speed pursuit took place towards the Santa Rosa area, where all seven suspects were gunned down. Reports revealed that two US-plated vehicles were seized. Violence in the Baja California Peninsula has emerged in recent years mainly attributed to disputes between the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) cartels.

Violent armed clashes kill 11 near Acapulco, Guerrero

Nearly a dozen people have been killed when violent shooting broke out in the outskirts of Acapulco, Guerrero state. The incident happened on Sunday morning when residents rebelled against the local and self-appointed police community force in the rural town of La Concepcion. Tensions further escalated when the local police clashed with state police officers and the army. Eight civilians were killed alongside three community officers. State Attorney General Xavier Olea Pelaez said that 30 local officers were detained for the possession of illegal weapons and drugs. Guerrero has suffered a surge in violent crime due to territorial disputes over control of profitable poppy plantations across the state.

Five bodies recovered inside taxi in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz

Five dismembered bodies have been recovered at an abandoned taxi in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. Police reports revealed that humans remains were found inside black bags in the interior of a vehicle abandoned along the 175 Federal highway between Tlacotalpan and Cosaloapan. A message left at the scene suggests that the crime is linked to the notorious Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG). Tlacotalpan is a UNESCO heritage site located in central Veracruz. The state has recorded on the highest levels of violence in Mexico, which are mainly attributed to territorial disputes between rival criminal groups and cartels.

Five politicians killed in less than a week in western Mexico

Five politicians have been gunned down in western Mexico amid a wave of violence that haunts the country ahead of the upcoming 2018 general elections. The incidents were reported in a period of a week in the states of Guerrero and Jalisco. Four of the victims were members of the left-wing Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD). PRD's secretary general told El Universal that: “We are six months from the presidential election, and of course these attacks against our members are taken as a warning against participating.” Local mayors are often targeted in areas widely controlled by criminal groups and drug cartels engaged in extortion. The Washington Post reported that according to the National Association of Mayors, 61 current and former mayors were killed since President Enrique Pena Nieto sworn in office in 2012.

Fugitive Quintana Roo's former governor extradited from Panama

Quintana Roo's fugitive governor, Roberto Borge, has been extradited from Panama to face a corruption trial in Mexico. Borge served as governor of the south-eastern state between 2011 and 2016 and is accused of profiting from the sale of government-owned lands. Borge was detained back in June just before boarding a plane in Panama to France. He is a member of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which has seen a number of high-level officials - including other former governors of Tamaulipas, Chihuahua and Veracruz - implicated in widespread corruption schemes.

Police officers targeted at Cancun petrol station, Quintana Roo

Two police officers have been injured when armed criminals opened fire at a petrol station in Cancun, Quintana Roo. Local media reported on Thursday evening that a violent shooting erupted when both officers were targeted at Supermanzana 45 colony in Quetzal Dorado. One of the suspects was shot dead and another was detained. Despite largely being exempt from Mexico's hampering crime rates, rising levels of violence have been recently reported in Quintana Roo, including Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

Several killed as gunmen storm garage in Tijuana, Baja California

At least five people have been killed and three others injured when armed criminals stormed a garage in Tijuana, Baja California. Local media reported that the victims were found dead on Wednesday evening in the Ejido Ojo de Agua colony, located along the Federal Highway 2 between Tijuana and Tecate. Emergency services rushed to the scene while the circumstances behind the incident remain unclear. 

Former mayor shot dead in Mixquiahuala, Hidalgo

A 76-year-old former mayor has been gunned down along with his son in the central state of Hidalgo. Televisa reported that Miguel Angel Licona was shot dead on Wednesday when armed criminals stormed his residence in Mixquiahuala, where he held office in the 1990s. According to Reuters, the state attorney general's office revealed that no political motivation is behind the attack. In October, another former mayor of the state was shot dead during a presumed robbery attempt. 

Adverse weather conditions forecast nationwide

Adverse weather conditions are forecast to hit most states nationwide due to the approach of a cold front and polar air mass which is currently situated in Mexico. Heavy rainfall is expected to hit the southern states of Veracruz, Chiapas and Tabasco alongside Oaxaca, Puebla and Campeche. Strong winds reaching up to 80km/h are also set to affect the areas surrounding the Gulf of Tehuantepec and the coastal areas along the Gulf of Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula. Cold weather conditions are forecast for northern Mexico, especially across mountainous areas in Baja California, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Durango. Authorities urged drivers to take extra caution as heavy rainfall and low temperatures may cause icy roads.

Lawmaker stabbed to death in Jalapa, Tabasco

A 25-year-old lawmaker has been stabbed to death at his residence in Tabasco, south-eastern Mexico. Gabriel Hernandez Arias worked at the municipal council of Jalapa and was a member of the Party of Democratic Revolution (PRD). Preliminary reports suggest that Hernandez Arias was killed in a presumed robbery attempt just moments after collecting his annual Christmas bonus.

US city official shot dead in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero

A 50-year-old US tourist has been shot dead during a presumed robbery attempt in Guerrero state, south-western Mexico. Doug Bradley was shot three times in the resort town of Zihuatanejo, where he was reportedly on a surfing holiday to celebrate his birthday. State authorities revealed that the incident happened on Thursday morning in Ixtapa. Bradley was an official at the Imperial Beach City Hall in California, which confirmed the incident as authorities work to repatriate his remains.

Several killed in road crash near Acapulco, Guerrero

Ten people have been killed when three vehicles crashed on a highway in Guerrero state, south-western Mexico. The accident happened on Friday evening when two SUVs and a motorcycle collided near the town of Tecpan de Galeana, on the 200 federal highway between Acapulco and Zihuatanejo. The US State Department said on Sunday that among the casualties are several US nationals, while the local civil protection authority confirmed the death of two young children. No further details about the cause of the crash were revealed. Road accidents tend to become more frequent across Mexican roads as they are busier than usual during the peak holiday season. 

Colombian student held hostage at her hotel in Aguascalientes

A 25-year-old Colombian student has been held hostage when armed assailants stormed her hotel in Aguascalientes, central Mexico. Colombian sources revealed that Angela Paola Perez forced her to call her family back in Colombia and demand more than 270 million pesos ($91k) to be released. Her family later warned Colombia's anti-kidnap police, who in coordination with the Mexican Federal Police managed to rescue the victim.

Police officer assassinated in Mexico City

A 35-year-old police officer has been killed when armed criminals sprayed his vehicle with bullets in Mexico City. Luis Armando Valero Guadarrama was travelling along the Oceania Avenue in Venustiano Carranza when two individuals on a motorcycle opened fire near a tunnel on Wednesday morning. Local media reported that Valero Guadarrama worked as the chief of the anti-car theft unit of the Estado de Mexico prosecutor's office. He was shot at least 15 times before the assailants fled the scene. Estado de Mexico's prosecutor's office said that an investigation has been opened.

Authorities recover six bodies at bridges in Baja California Sur

Six bodies have been recovered overnight on Wednesday from three bridges across Baja California Sur, north-western Mexico. In the most recent episode of violence in the popular tourist resort state, the victims were found hanged in La Paz and Los Cabos. In the state capital, two men were found hanged at a bridge in Chametla area in the early hours of Thursday. In Los Cabos, two bodies were recovered in San Jose del Cabo in Las Veredas area, near the city's international airport. Meanwhile, two other victims were found between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. Police believe that the incidents are linked to the recent spate of violence attributed to organised crime. Since the fragmentation of the Sinaloa Cartel, criminal groups have engaged in fierce territorial disputes across Baja California Sur.

Missing woman found dead after taking a taxi in Estado de Mexico

A 29-year-old woman has been found dead days after she was reported missing in Estado de Mexico. According to state prosecutors, the body of Rosalinda Esthepanie Morales Garcia was found on Sunday nearly five days after she disappeared after taking a taxi in Metepec. Reports suggest that Morales Garcia had warned a friend through a mobile app about the driver's behaviour. In September, a similar case happened in the neighbouring state of Puebla, where a 19-year-old woman was killed after using the app-based taxi service Cabify.

Six killed in vehicular crash in Tamaulipas

Six people have been killed when a lorry and car crashed in Tamaulipas, northern Mexico. Local media reported that the accident happened on Wednesday morning along the Victoria-Tampico highway near Zaragoza. It remains unclear what caused the accident.  The victims included five Honduran nationals. Traffic accidents tend to increase sharply during the holiday season. According to the police, reckless driving and speeding are the main causes of accidents in the state.

Armed clashes kill six in Gomez Farias, Chihuahua

Prosecutors from Mexico's northern state of Chihuahua have confirmed on Tuesday that six people were killed in a presumed armed dispute. In a statement, authorities confirmed that six bodies were recovered alongside seven vehicles on a highway near Gomez Farias. More than 100 additional police officers were deployed to beef up security measures in the area. In less than 24 hours at least 18 people were gunned down in separate incidents across Chihuahua.

Journalist shot dead at his son's school in Acayucan, Veracruz

A Mexican journalist has been shot dead when armed criminals stormed a Christmas school event in Veracruz. Gumaro Perez Aguilando was killed on Tuesday while attending a Christmas pageant at his son's school in Acayucan. Perez Aguilando covered police news to his La Voz del Sur newspaper while he also worked as the communications officer for the local government. According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), a dozen journalists have been killed in Mexico in 2017. Veracruz is the state of most concern, where three media professionals were assassinated in recent months.

Local mayor gunned down in Chiapas

A local mayor has been shot dead in an armed ambush in Chiapas, southern Mexico. Mexican media reported that Sergio Antonio Zenteno Albores was killed when two armed criminals on a motorcycle approached his vehicle and opened fire in Tuxtla Gutierrez. State authorities launched an investigation to assess the motives behind the incident. Zenteno Albores was a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and had been the mayor of Bochil since 2015.

A dozen tourists killed in Quintana Roo bus crash

At least a dozen people have been killed and 18 others were injured when a tourist bus overturned in Quintana Roo, south-eastern Mexico. State authorities revealed that the bus was carrying more than 30 people from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship to Mayan archaeological sites in Chaccoben. The accident happened along the road between Mahahual and Chetumal on Tuesday morning. It remains unclear what caused the crash.

Police kill four criminals in Playa Vicente, Veracruz

Four presumed criminals have been killed during armed clashes with the police in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. The incident happened overnight on Sunday in Playa Vicente. Governor Miguel Angel Yunes revealed that the group is believed to be from the neighbouring state of Oaxaca. In recent months Veracruz has experienced high levels of violence due to disputes involving multiple powerful cartels and local criminal groups.

Several killed in explosion at fireworks factory in Estado de Mexico

At least six people have been killed and five others were injured when a powerful blast struck a fireworks factory in Estado de Mexico. The incident occurred in the community of San Lorenzo Octeyuco in Jilotepec, where four buildings surrounding the factory were heavily damaged. State prosecutors launched an investigation as it remains unclear what triggered the blast. In December last year, more than 36 people were killed and scores were injured when a massive explosion occurred at a fireworks market in Mexico City.

Officer killed as criminals attack police station in Chihuahua

A police officer has been killed when criminals sprayed a police station with bullets in Chihuahua, northern Mexico. The incident happened on Thursday morning when two police officers were on duty at the Bachiniva police station. Local media revealed that around 20 heavily armed criminals approached the building and opened fire. Two police vehicles were also set ablaze before the assailants fled the scene. The state prosecutor's office said that an operation has been launched in the area as it remains unclear which group is behind the attack.

Four teenagers held hostage at Mexico City mall

Four teenagers have been held hostage when two armed criminals approached them at the Oasis mall in Coyoacan, Mexico City. Reports revealed that two assailants forced the victims into a cinema and used their mobile phones to call one of the victim's parents. Criminals demanded a sum of a million pesos ($53,000) for the release of the group. The standoff ended when the victim's mother warned the authorities and security guards from the mall. One suspect was later detained.

Senate committees approve controversial internal security bill

Senate committees approved on Wednesday the controversial Law of Internal Security, which seeks to regulate the role of the armed forces in the country's deadly approach against organised crime. The bill is set to head to the upper house of Congress to be discussed and potentially approved as it holds cross-party support mainly from centrist and right-wing parties. While lawmakers claim the bill aims to limit the military in anti-crime operations, rights organisations fear that it will heavily jeopardise the country's already deteriorating human rights situation.

Several pilgrims killed in road accident in Puebla

At least 11 people have been killed when a pick-up truck crashed near the village of Santa Rita Tlahuapan, on the federal highway between Mexico City and Puebla. It has been reported that the accident involved two vehicles and that more than a dozen other vehicles were damaged. The accident happened as millions of pilgrims returned from the annual pilgrimage to the Guadalupe Basilica in Mexico City.

Lopez Obrador to run as MORENA presidential candidate

Last elections' front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador launched his presidential bid ahead of the left-wing National Regeneration Movement (MORENA). Lopez Obrador, who ran for office twice before, vowed to focus on the young and elderly population alongside the support to farmers and addressing the controversial drug-riddled security situation in the country. He further stated his intention to decentralise government institutions and move them away from Mexico City. Lopez Obrador is likely facing former finance minister Jose Antonio Meade, who is running for the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and Ricardo Anaya, head of the right-left coalition led by the conservative National Action Party (PAN).

Shooting breaks out as police raid criminal camp in Tamaulipas

At least seven criminals have been shot dead when police officers raided a camp in Ciudad Mante, southern Tamaulipas. Local media reported that the incident happened on Tuesday when a joint-operation was launched after the authorities received an anonymous tip-off about a criminal camp in El Nacimiento area. Violent shooting broke out when police officers approached the area. Several high-calibre rifles were seized along with pistols, ammunition, magazines and tactical gear. 

Several killed in shooting in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua

At least six people have been killed when heavily armed criminals raided an auto workshop in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state. Preliminary reports suggest that armed criminals approached the shop in two vehicles and opened fire at the employees and costumers. Police are investigating if the attack is linked to a retaliation against one of the shop's employees. Around 170 people have been killed in Ciudad Juarez in November, most cases being attributed to drug-related disputes.

Heavy snowfall triggers disruption along Nuevo Leon highway

Heavy snowfall has caused severe disruptions along the Monterrey-Nuevo Laredo Federal Highway in Nuevo Leon on Friday morning. Areas between Cienega de Flores and La Gloria are currently blocked, while elsewhere hundreds of vehicles are in gridlock. Mexico's traffic authority, CAPUFE, announced that the areas affected are located between kilometre 42 and 100 Monterrey bound, while the opposite direction towards Nuevo Laredo has been recently reopened. Weather conditions have significantly worsened as the Cold Front 14 approaches the country.

Several killed as criminals raid car-wash in Veracruz

At least five people were shot dead when heavily armed criminals stormed a car-wash in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz. According to Mexican media, the assailants raided the building in Esperanza Azcon colony and indiscriminately opened fire overnight on Wednesday. Preliminary reports suggest that the incident erupted amid a territorial dispute between the Los Zetas and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). Both groups are currently engaged in a vicious battle with other small criminal factions to control strategic areas in the port city. Veracruz has suffered a significant hike in the number of murders and criminality, which are mainly attributed to such disputes.

Thousands of bone fragments recovered near Matamoros, Coahuila

More than 3,000 bone fragments were recovered over the weekend from a terrain in San Antonio del Alto, Coahuila. The findings were led by the rights group VIDA, which mainly represents missing people's families. Prosecutors revealed that all fragments will be sent to labs to undertake DNA testing. It is estimated that more than 18,000 people have been reported missing in Mexico since President Enrique Pena Nieto was elected in 2012. Several years ago, more than 100,000 bone fragments were recovered in Coahuila, where only around 130 genetic profiles were obtained. Most of the cases have been attributed to the violent turf war between the Los Zetas and Sinaloa cartels.

Five killed and several injured in Estado de Mexico shooting

At least five people have been killed and seven others were injured when violent shooting broke out in Estado de Mexico. Local media reported that the incident happened on Tuesday evening at a residence in Acolman. Among the wounded are four minors, who were rushed to a local hospital after security forces arrived. The circumstances behind the attack remain unclear.

Municipal employee shot dead in Jujutla

Municipal employees were attending a meeting of the Fondo de Desastres Naturales (FONDEN) to the south of Morelos which had been severely affected by the earthquake on 19th September, when armed men fired upon them before escaping on a motorbike.  Two employees were injured, one of whom died at the regional hospital. An investigation is ongoing.

Four dead and several injured in building collapse

On 4 December the upper part of a multi-storey hotel under construction in Merida, Yucatan, collapsed leaving four workmen dead and ten injured.  This was thought to be caused by a crane operator making a mistake when manoeuvering a concrete slab into place on the 9th floor, which caused a domino effect of the collapse of each of the floors.  Those killed and injured were in the lower part of the building. The zone was cordoned off, and various vehicles from the fire service, civil protection, police and medical services were in attendance as well as sniffer dogs.  An investigation into the incident has commenced.  

Highest number of missing children reported in Chihuahua

According to the Network for Children's Rights (REDIM), Chihuahua is one of the Mexican states with the highest registered number of missing children.  A total of 265 minors have been reported missing in the last decade, meaning that 2.2 minors vanish each month in the state, the majority of them either under four-years-old, or between 15 and 17.  At national level, 6,725 minors were reported missing between 2005 and 2014.  

Youth detained at Mexico City Airport with 53 capsules of cocaine

A 21-year-old man has been detained at Mexico City Airport with more than  50 capsules of cocaine in his stomach.  Jesus Daniel N. of Mexican nationality arrived on a flight from Peru, and the Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP) were able to pick him up after a phone tip-off.

Three police officers killed in La Paz, Baja California Sur

Three police officers have been gunned down in the resort city of La Paz, Baja California Sur. State prosecutors revealed that the victims were members of the police's tourist protection unit. Reports suggest that their bodies were recovered inside a vehicle parked in a popular central area of the state capital on Saturday afternoon. Baja California Sur has recently suffered a spike in criminality levels mainly attributed to territorial disputes between rival drug cartels. Last week, a Human Rights Commission ombudsman and his son were shot dead during an armed ambush also in La Paz.

Six civilians killed during police operations in Temixco, Morelos

At least six civilians have been killed during a police operation in Morelos, central Mexico. The incident happened on Thursday morning when police officers surrounded a criminal stronghold in Temixco. Four women, a 13-year-old minor and a baby were killed. State police reported that the son of a presumed cell leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) was detained. Temixco is one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico, where escalating homicide rates have recently been recorded.

EU condemn death of feminicide prosecutor in Veracruz

The European Union (EU) has condemned the killing of a 35-year-old prosecutor in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. Yendi Guadalupe Torres Castellanos was shot dead moments before arriving at her workplace in Panuco last Monday morning. Torres Castellanos was specialised in cases involving crimes against women, sexual offences and family matters. In a joint statement, the EU said that her death further exacerbates concerns of the escalating levels of violence targeting human rights advocates in Mexico. The US Ambassador in Mexico, Roberta Jacobson, also condemned the incident, which comes days after a rights commission chief was gunned down in Baja California Sur.

Woman kidnapped alongside her son in Mexico City

A woman has been kidnapped alongside her 11-year-old son in Mexico City. The victims were targeted on Wednesday when criminals raided their house in Lomas de Zaragoza colony. Reports suggest that the woman was later released but her son was kept until a ransom demand was made. Estado de Mexico prosecutors revealed that the boy was freed after a police operation at a safe-house in Grajas Independencia colony, where four suspects were detained.

Criminals kidnap 13-year-old girl in Zacatecas

A 13-year-old girl has been kidnapped when attacked by two men in Zacatecas, central Mexico. The victim, identified as Angelica N, was targeted while walking across the Arboledas neighbourhood on Tuesday morning. A police operation has been launched, but neither the victim or the suspects were found. This is the third kidnap that has occurred in Zacatecas in less than 48 hours. On Monday, a woman was abducted in Sierra de Alica area. A day later, a local rancher was targeted in General Enrique Estrada municipality.

Police find human remains near Televisa offices in Guadalajara, Jalisco

Local police revealed that a cooler containing human remains has been found in front of the headquarters of the media giant Televisa in Guadalajara, Jalisco. According to Reuters, inside the container was a message presumedly signed by the infamous Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG). Further, another similar cooler was found in the neighbouring town of Zapopan, where a message threatening a local judge was found. Police launched an investigation to assess the circumstances behind the findings. The CJNG is one of the most violent cartels in Mexico and often spread signs and messages threatening government officials across its areas of influence.

Sister of Los Zetas's leaders detained in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

Mexican authorities announced on Tuesday that the sister of the leaders of the infamous Los Zetas cartel has been arrested in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. Ana Isabel Trevino is the sister of both leaders of the cartel, Miguel Angel and Omar Trevino, alias Z40 and Z42. The detention happened on Monday evening in a police joint operation with the army. Isabel is accused of controlling discos and bars involved in human trafficking and prostitution. She is also suspected of being behind a kidnap, extortion and forced disappearances. The Los Zetas cartel is one of the most dangerous Mexican cartels and it widely operates in Tamaulipas.

Operations suspended at Mexico City's airport due to heavy fog

Operations at Mexico City's Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX) have been suspended due to heavy fog. According to an announcement released on Twitter, take-offs and landings are suspended from 08:00 local time on Tuesday. It is widely advisable to contact the respective airline or airport for further information on scheduled flights.

Finance minister resigns to launch 2018 presidential bid

Mexico's Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade handed in his resignation on Monday over presumed plans to launch his 2018 presidential bid. Sources told Reuters that Meade seeks to become the presidential candidate for the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He is being replaced by Jose Antonio Gonzalez Ayala, the head of the state-owned oil company Pemex. PRI plans to announce its preliminary candidates in early-December and to hold its primaries in February. President Enrique Pena Nieto is not eligible for re-election due to constitutional term limits.

Young girl raped and killed in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua

A 12-year-old girl has been raped and killed when a criminal stormed her family's residence in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. State prosecutors revealed that an unknown individual invaded a house in Felipe Angeles area in the early hours of Wednesday. Reports revealed that two young sisters of the victim were also attacked and sexually abused. Gender-based violence has suffered a significant increase across Mexico, where so far in 2017 more than 80 women were killed. Ciudad Juarez is considered Mexico's second most dangerous city for women.

Popocatepetl Volcano records massive eruption in Puebla

On Thursday afternoon, Mexico's National Centre for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) recorded one of the most intense activities of Puebla's Popocatepetl volcano since 2013. According to the civil protection authority, ashes were expelled up to 1,800 metres into the air. Ashfall was briefly reported in the nearby town of Atlixco. The Popocatepetl is the most active in Mexico and has recently recorded dozens of low-intensity activities. In the event of being affected by the ashfall, it is recommended to cover the nose and mouth; avoid outdoor activity and avoid contact with the eyes.

Local mayor shot dead in Veracruz

A recently elected mayor has been shot dead in Veracruz. Local media reported that Santana Cruz Bahena was killed when dozens of heavily armed criminals wearing military-style outfits stormed his residence in central Hidalgotitlan. State prosecutors are investigating if the incident is linked to criminal groups dedicated to fuel theft operations. Cruz Bahena was set to swear in office in January after being elected the town's mayor for the centre-left New Alliance party.

Human Rights commission president killed in La Paz, Baja California Sur

The regional human rights commission head in Baja California Sur has been shot dead during an armed ambush in La Paz, north-eastern Mexico. The incident happened on Monday afternoon when Silvestre de la Toba and his family were driving along the state capital. Reports suggest that de la Toba was attacked after armed men intercepted his vehicle and opened fire. His 18-year-old son was also killed in the attack, while his wife and daughter were injured. Violence levels at the Mexican resort of Baja California Sur have recently spiked due to ongoing territorial disputes between rival criminal groups.

Senior media executive shot dead near Mexico City

A senior executive of the media giant Televisa has been shot dead in a presumed robbery attempt in the outskirts of Mexico City. Mexico's attorney general's office said on Monday that Adolfo Lagos was attacked while riding a bicycle near the ancient Teotihuacan pyramids. Preliminary reports suggest that Lagos was targeted by robbers, but further details are still being investigated. Lagos was a prominent former-banker and the head of Televisa's izzi telecom.

Government to launch commission to locate missing people

The government has enacted a law that seeks to enhance efforts to locate thousands of people who are currently missing due to rising levels of criminality in Mexico. President Enrique Pena Nieto revealed on Thursday that the government is set to launch a National Seach Commission to locate more than 32,000 people who have been reported missing in the last 50 years - social organisations claim the number to be much higher. In recent years, hundreds of unidentified people have been found in clandestine mass graves nationwide. The new commission is planned to be assisted by the UN and Red Cross in the establishment of a new forensics database and the reform of certain protocols.

Several bodies recovered amid wave of violence in Puebla

At least five bodies have been recovered around Puebla state, central Mexico, amid a presumed violent territorial dispute between two rival drug cartels. It has been reported that members of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) are currently challenging the Los Zetas cartel to secure a key fuel theft territory known as the 'Red Triangle' - comprised of dozens of villages in central Puebla. Most incidents in the state are gang-related, but the general population also has been collaterally targeted in incidents ranging from kidnaps to armed robberies. It is believed that the CJNG widely operate in 20 states across Mexico.

Senior Los Zetas leader detained in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas

A joint operation involving the police and the military led to the detention of a senior member of the notorious Los Zetas cartel in Tamaulipas, north-eastern Mexico. Prosecutors revealed that Martiniano Jaramillo was detained at a hospital in Ciudad Victoria. Jaramillo is accused of being the mastermind behind the killing of 72 Central American migrants back in 2010. He is also believed to be behind the assassination of Miriam Rodriguez - an activist who was searching for her missing daughter - several months ago. Los Zetas is one of the most violent drug cartels in Mexico. The group is mainly present in the eastern Gulf coast, Chihuahua and some states along the Pacific.

Dozens rescued as tourist boat sinks in Cozumel

Dozens of tourists have been rescued after a catamaran-style boat almost sank in Cozumel, Quintana Roo. The accident happened on Wednesday morning during a trip towards the Isla de la Pasion. Most people on board were German tourists. No injuries were reported, while it is believed that the accident happened due to a mechanical failure.

Fresh wave of violence haunts Acapulco, Guerrero

Eight people have been killed and at least a dozen others have been found dead in a recent wave of violence in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. State authorities revealed that eight people were killed in separate incidents across the tourist resort of Acapulco on Sunday. Among the incidents was a police pursuit which killed one criminal in a central avenue of the city. In a remote area of Copanatoyac, police officers recovered around a dozen bodies from a clandestine grave. In recent years violence has significantly spread across Guerrero due to ongoing territorial disputes between rival drug cartels.

Hundreds of schools shut down over security threats in Guerrero

More than 300 primary and secondary schools have been forced to suspend classes due to current security threats posed by local drug cartels across rural communities in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. Since late-September, around 60,000 children have been affected along with 4,000 staff members, who are currently facing explicit threats from criminal organisations. Governor Hector Astudillo said that security measures are being reinforced across the most affected areas, which have been ordered to shut down their schools until January. Violence levels have significantly increased across Guerrero due to ongoing territorial disputes. In 2014, corrupted police officers and drug-traffickers abducted and killed more than 40 student teachers in Iguala.

Tensions erupt as vehicle ploughs into protesters in Mexico City

A 40-year-old man has been detained after he ploughed his pick-up truck into a group of protesters in Mexico City. The incident happened on Wednesday afternoon when hundreds of demonstrators marched along the Centenario Avenue in Alvaro Obregon delegation to demand the reopening of a local primary school. Tensions further escalated when police officers attempt to remove the vehicle from the scene. It remains unclear what the motivation was behind the attack.

Yellow warning issued over Popocatepetl Volcano activity

Mexico's National Centre for Disasters Prevention (CENAPRED) has issued a yellow warning for areas surrounding the Popocatepetl Volcano in Estado de Mexico. Emergency services advised people to not approach the volcano and its crater due to the potential risk of falling debris. Since Monday, monitoring services reported that ashes and water vapour were expelled in a small scale. Eruptions started on Friday with a small number of explosions, which the CENAPRED revealed to be normal under the current warning level.

Five killed in gang-related shooting in Puebla

Five people have been killed in a gang-related shooting in Puebla, central Mexico. Puebla's State Prosecutor's office revealed that the incident broke out on Sunday evening when heavily armed criminals opened fire on a building in Tlaltenango. Further reports suggest that the incident was a retaliatory attack involving two rival gangs linked to fuel theft activities. Recently, Puebla has been facing a significant increase in violent territorial disputes linked to the illegal fuel extraction business.

Three Mennonite men found dead in Chihuhua

Three presumedly Mennonite men have been found dead on the back of a US-plated pick-up truck in Chihuahua, northern Mexico. State prosecutors revealed on Sunday that the bodies were recovered in an area known as Campo Menonita 35, near Riva Palacio. According to reports, the victims sustained gun wounds, while the circumstances behind the incident remain unclear.

Several injured as train crashes into bus near Monterrey, Nuevo Leon

At least 20 people have been injured when a freight train crashed into a passenger bus on the outskirts of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. The incident happened on Monday evening when the bus reportedly failed to pass over a rail crossing between the towns of San Pedro and Santa Catarina. Reports revealed that two people were taken to hospital in a serious condition.

Regional Los Zetas leader shot dead in Tabasco

A regional leader of the notorious Los Zetas cartel has been killed in Tabasco, south-eastern Mexico. Governor Arturo Nunez Jimenez confirmed that Sergio Meza Flores, alias 'El Soruyo', was shot dead when a fierce armed confrontation broke out between the criminal group and security forces. The incident happened near Cardenas during a police patrolling operation. El Soruyo was the presumed leader of Los Zetas in Veracruz, Tabasco, Campeche and Chiapas. He was one of the main individuals responsible for fuel theft in the region and a number of extortion and kidnaps.

Several killed over violent weekend in Guerrero

At least 19 people were killed over the weekend in separate incidents in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. State Security spokesman Roberto Alvarez Heredia has said that most incidents are likely to be gang-related. Four people were killed in the resort of Acapulco, while incidents also took place in Tecpan, Ayotac, Zijuatanejo and Chilpancingo. Guerrero state presents one of the highest homicide rates in Mexico, which is mainly attributed to the presence of powerful drug-trafficking cartels.

Dozens killed during violent week in Baja California Sur

At least 35 people have been killed last week in separate incidents across Baja California Sur, north-western Mexico. In the state capital, La Paz, a baby and a man were killed when gunmen stormed a building. More than 21 people were also shot dead in local businesses and private homes. An unknown victim was shot dead at a high-security car park near offices of the Republic's General Attorney (PGR). Meanwhile, in Los Cabos, at least a dozen people were also killed in several incidents. Despite the deployment of hundreds of military and police personnel, violence across the Baja California peninsula recently escalated over ongoing territorial disputes between rival cartels.

Several injured as gunman opens fire at a bar in Tijuana

One person has been killed and eight others were injured in a shootout at a bar in central Tijuana, Baja California. Police reports revealed that the assailant approached the building at Revolucion Avenue and opened fire indiscriminately. Municipal police officers headed to the scene and detained the suspect. It remains unclear what motives are behind the attack, but local media reported that the incident is likely to be drug-related.

Intense hailstorm in Toluca

A heavy hailstorm was registered in Toluca on the afternoon of 19 October. Members of the Civil Protection Coordination and the Fire Department were activated to help unblock the roads and monitor the areas that may be vulnerable to flooding.


Mine collapses in El Progreso, Coahuila

A collapse at the Mina VII de Mimosa trapped seven workers, two of whom are still unaccounted for.  The five who were rescued and have minor injuries were leaving the mine for a change of shift and were blown off their feet by a huge displacement of air from the collapse.  The two missing miners were located at the coalfront at the time of the incident.  Emergency protocols were immediately activated, with federal authorities also providing assistance. Investigations are also underway to determine the cause of the collapse.

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.

Student's death sparks protests in Zacatecas

More than 10,000 university students and teachers took to the streets of Zacatecas, central Mexico, to protest the violent death of a 16-year-old female student. Demonstrators marched from the Plaza de Armas on Tuesday to demand justice and the end of escalating levels of violence. Cinthia Nayeli Vazquez was reported missing on Friday morning moments after leaving home to head to the classes at the preparatory unit of the Zacatecas University. She was found dead several hours later at a murky canal in Guadalupe area.

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.

Elderly man kidnapped in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua

Anti-kidnap agents have rescued an elderly man who was abducted in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. Criminals called the victim's son and demanded a ransom of 2 million pesos ($110k). Police officers tapped his son's mobile device which was being used to negotiate the ransom and identified the vehicle the assailants were driving. Two suspects were detained as they headed to collect the money.

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.

Puebla businessman released after 10 months in captivity

Puebla Governor Tony Gali confirmed on Thursday that Alberto de Fuente y de la Concha was released after spending nearly 10 months in captivity. The prominent businessman was abducted in late-November when heavily armed criminals ambushed his vehicle in the Morillotla area. Kidnappers forced the victim into another vehicle before he was taken to an undisclosed location. It is still unclear if Alberto was released after the payment of a ransom or as a result of a police operation.

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.

Young student kidnapped and killed in Mexico City

A 15-year-old student has been kidnapped and killed in Mexico City. Fatima Altamirano disappeared for several hours after leaving her home in Providencia area on the early hours of Sunday. Altamirano's body was recovered hours later in El Salado area in the outskirts of the capital. It is believed that the victim was asphyxiated. Reports suggest that criminals demanded a ransom of 5m pesos ($280k) - an amount that was later reduced to 150k pesos ($8,400) - despite the fact that the young girl had already been killed.

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 Generacion (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.

Social media blogger threatened and killed in Acapulco, Guerrero

A 36-year-old woman has been killed after receiving threats from local drug cartels in Acapulco, Guerrero. State prosecutors revealed on Tuesday that Leslie Ann Pamela Montenegro was targeted after she was accused of revealing information about gangs at her Youtube channel. Montenegro was popular on social media and was known for some mild criticism to local authorities. It is unclear if her role on social media is linked to the murder. Bloggers and social media influencers often receive threats for allegedly calling attention to powerful cartels.

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