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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 approaches by his successors, Felipe Calderón and Enrique Peña Nieto. During the Peña 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 Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA). President López 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 seeking the de-escalation of the war on drugs, he launched his own 50-thousand-strong 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’ Guzmán, Vicente Carrillo Fuentes of the Juarez Cartel, Miguel Ángel Treviño 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 the 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. Despite President López Obrador launching his National Guard (GN) to assist state and municipal law enforcement agencies, violence in Mexico continues. In October 2019, three major violent incidents happened across the country. In Michoacán, more than a dozen police officers were shot dead during clashes with an armed civilian group. The incident happened days before at least 15 people were shot dead in Iguala, Guerrero. In Culiacán, violent clashes broke out after GN soldiers detained El Chapo's son, Ovidio Guzmán. For several hours, armed men believed to be linked to the Sinaloa Cartel clashed with the security forces, set vehicles ablaze and targeted a petrol station. Dozens of inmates escaped after a local prison was also attacked. Mexico's public security secretary later ordered the release of Ovidio in order to avoid further bloodshed. In recent months, violence has been reported in the states of Jalisco and Guanajuato due to violent territorial disputes involving the expansion of the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) and the Cartel Santa Rosa de Lima. Additionally, The CJNG and United Cartels currently clash over the territory of Aguililla, Michoacán, where the deployed National Guard troops claim that going into the territory is not feasible. 

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 2018 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 its 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 and months later ordered the investigations to start from scratch.

In recent years, a wave of criminality targeting activists and journalists has 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. During the 2020-2021 electoral season, it was reported that around 90 political candidates and party members were murdered and 693 others were attacked. Despite AMLO's efforts to protect the country's political process, creating a task force and deploying National Guard troops to the most dangerous states, the campaign was the most violent since 2000. 

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 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 and Pacific hurricane seasons, which normally run 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.

Mexico is among a number of countries which has been badly affected by the global coronavirus pandemic. Alongside Brazil, Mexico has one of the highest numbers of cases and deaths in Latin America. The latest case figures can be viewed here.

News articles

By VICE

Gunmen kill journalist in Meixcan state of Sonora

Jorge Camero, 28, was in a gym in Empalme, Sonora, when he was attacked according to the Sonora state prosecutor, who said authorities found eight shell casings at the scene.

By Tommy Hodgson

Mexican journalist Fredy López shot

On October 28, López was shot several times by an unidentified man outside his home in San Cristobal de las Casas, in the Mexican state of Chiapas.

By Tommy Hodgson

Mexican journalist murdered in Morelos

Manuel González Reyes was gunned down by two men on a motorcycle in the district of Cuernavaca on the afternoon of September 28.

By CPJ

Mexican journalist Ricardo López shot and killed in Sonora

Mexico City, July 28, 2021 – The Committee to Protect Journalist today urged Mexican authorities to immediately and credibly investigate the killing of reporter Ricardo Domínguez López, who went professionally by Ricardo López.

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Alerts for Mexico

Eleven killed, four injured after armed attack in Celaya

At least 11 people were killed and four others were injured after an armed attack in Celaya, Guanajuato yesterday evening. The incident took place at the hotel at the corner of Azalea Street and Fresno street, in Linda Vista, at around 22:00 local time. According to witnesses, a group of armed men stormed into the bar and began shooting indiscriminately. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people shot and killed in Celaya

Two people were shot and killed in Celaya, Guanajuato yesterday morning. The incident took place inside a residence on Emiliano Zapata Street, in the Revolución neighbourhood, at around 04:30 local time. No arrests have been made. 

Two killed, one injured after shooting in Tultepec

Two people were killed and another was injured following a shooting in Tultepec, Mexico State yesterday morning. The incident took place at the corner of San Antonio Avenue and Reforma Avenue, at around 11:00 local time. Police arrested one suspect shortly after. 

Three people shot and killed in Culiacán

Three people were shot and killed in Culiacán, Sinaloa yesterday morning. The incident took place on Cerro de la Cueva Avenue, in the Buenos Aires neighbourhood, at around 03:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Five journalists injured by police during protest in Toluca

At least five journalists were injured during a protest in Toluca, Mexico State yesterday. The protest was staged at San José Cathedral on Independencia Avenue, where journalists were reportedly cornered by police and then hit with batons. An investigation into the incident has been launched. 

Civilian shot and killed in Acapulco

One person was shot and killed in Acapulco, Guerrero yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on Castillo Bretón Street, in the Costa Azul neighbourhood, at around 14:15 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Five migrants found dead inside US-inbound train in Piedras Negras

Five Central American migrants were found dead on a train in Piedras Negras, Coahuila yesterday. The bodies were discovered in a railcar of a train incoming from the US. According to reports, the victims were all Honduran nationals. 

Fourteen dead, twenty injured after bus accident in Tuxcueca

At least 14 people died and 20 others were injured following a bus accident in Tuxcueca, Jalisco yesterday. The accident was reported on the Tuxcueca-Citala Highway, where a bus transporting workers from a berry production company headed towards Jocotepec, had a break failure and crashed. 

Government official killed, one injured after armed confrontation in Calcahualco

A government directive was killed and another person was injured following an armed confrontation in Calcahualco, Veracruz yesterday. The incident took place outside a football match in Excola, at around 20:00 local time. The attacker was injured during the confrontation and arrested at the scene. 


Three National Guard officials killed, six injured after CJNG ambush in Teocalltiche

Three National Guard officers were killed, and six others were injured following an ambush attack by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) in Teocaltiche, Jalisco yesterday evening. The incident was reported in Rancho Nuevo, at around 19:30 local time. The confrontation reportedly went on until around 23:30 local time in a pursuit that culminated in San Gaspar. 

Two people kidnapped and killed by CJNG in Zacatecas

Two people were kidnapped and killed in Zacatecas City, Zacatecas. The victims were found yesterday on Luis Echeverría Street and Roberto Cabral del Hoyo Street, in the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz neighbourhood, at 07:30 local time, just three days after they had been reported missing. According to police, the bodies had a threatening "narco-message" from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. 

Government official 'disappeared people' list goes over 100,000

Government data showed that the list of missing people in Mexico rose to over 100,000 last week. Civilians then gathered in order to call on the government to do more to find victims of violence linked to organised crime. The Interior Ministry's national registry of missing people dates back to 1964 and is updated periodically. Over the past two years, it has risen from about 73,000 people to more than 100,000, most of them men.

Two killed, one injured, two arrested after shootout with police in Calvillo

Two suspects were killed and one police officer was injured following a shootout with police in Calvillo, Aguascalientes yesterday morning. The incident took place in the Malpaso sector of Highway 70, at around 10:00 local time. Police arrested two suspects at the scene. 

Two people shot and killed in Uruapán

Two people were killed during an armed attack in Uruapán, Michoacán on Saturday afternoon. The incident took place at the 'Jardín Stake House' on Lázaro Cárdenas Boulevard at around 17:45 local time. No arrests have been made. 

Two killed, three arrested after security operation in Cajeme

Two suspects were killed and three others were arrested following a security operation in Cajeme, Sonora yesterday afternoon. The operation was conducted by the Marines in the Villa Bonita neighbourhood at around 15:00 local time. The Marines seized military-grade weapons and narcotics from the scene. 

One killed, two injured after shooting in Guadalupe

One person was killed and another was injured following a shooting in Guadalupe, Nuevo León yesterday evening. The incident took place in Niños Héroes, at around 21:00 local time. No arrests have been made. 

Missing migrant rate jumps fourfold from last year

A report released by the Jesuits' Missing Migrant Search Programme (SJM) said that the rate of missing migrants in Mexico jumped fourfold from last year. Hundreds of thousands of migrants traverse Mexico in hopes of reaching the US, often becoming victims of kidnappings, murders, and other crimes. Most of the missing came from countries including Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Cuba, Ecuador and Venezuela. According to the report, 44 percent of the missing migrants were between 18 and 29 years old. 

One killed, two injured after shooting in San Francisco del Mar

One person was killed and two others were injured following a shooting in San Francisco del Mar, Oaxaca yesterday morning. The incident took place on Ignacio Mariscal Street, in the 12 de Octubre neighbourhood, at around 05:30 local time. According to police, the deceased victim was a minor. No arrests have been reported. 

Two killed, two injured after shooting in Villa de Álvarez

Two people were killed and two others were injured following a shooting in Villa de Álvarez, Colima yesterday evening. The incident took place on Norma Ceballos Street and Aldama Street, in the San Isidro neighbourhood, at around 00:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Three killed, eight injured, thirteen arrested after clashes between police and activists in Zoquitlán

Three people were killed, eight were injured and thirteen others were arrested following clashes between civilians and police in Zoquitlán, Puebla yesterday evening. The incident took place in Caocalco at around 18:00 local time when police clashed with indigenous activists. According to reports, "police responded disproportionately to the activist's aggression". 

Two killed, ten injured after CJNG shootout in Chicomuselo

Two suspects were killed and 10 soldiers were injured following a shootout in Chicomuselo, Chiapas yesterday morning. The incident took place on Highway 157 where two Defence Secretariat (SEDENA) trucks were attacked by CJNG members during the early morning hours. 

Four killed, one injured after shooting in La Escondida

Four people were killed and another was injured following a shooting in La Escondida, Zacatecas yesterday evening. The incident took place in the red light district on Monaco Street, at around 22:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Four people kidnapped and killed in Chiapa de Corzo

Four people were kidnapped and killed in Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas. According to reports, the victims had been missing for four days. The finding took place on Airport Highway, in the Aurora Buenavista area, at an undisclosed time. Police have yet to identify any suspects or make any arrests. 

Two journalists shot and killed in Veracruz

Two Mexican journalists were killed yesterday in Veracruz. According to the Attorney General's office, a group of unidentified suspects shot the journalists inside their vehicle. Yessenia Mollinedo and Sheila Garcia represent the 11th and 12th journalists to be killed in Mexico this year. According to Reporters Without Borders, Mexico has been the most dangerous country for journalists for three years in a row. No arrests have been reported. 

Two killed, seven injured after shooting in Cancún

Two people were killed and seven others were injured during a shooting in Cancún, Quintana Roo yesterday evening. The incident took place outside several bars on Kabah Avenue, a popular tourist destination, at around 21:30 local time. Police arrested three suspects at the scene. 

Citizens protest missing children in Mexico City

Authorities in Mexico City reported a large protest in Zócalo yesterday. The demonstrators, mainly members of the Mesoamerican Migrant Movement, protested against the increasing number of missing children and the authorities' failure to find them. No violence was reported in the protest. 

Five people killed in Ciudad Juárez shooting

Five people were killed during an armed attack in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua yesterday afternoon. The incident took place outside the Technological Insitute of Ciudad Juárez on Tecnológico Avenue, at around 17:30 local time. According to reports, the victims were attacked shortly after leaving the Federal Judicial Building. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people killed in Monterrey shooting

Two people were killed in a shooting in Monterrey, Nuevo León yesterday evening. The incident took place inside a residence on Canaco Street and Imsa Street, in the Topo Chico neighbourhood, at around 23:00 local time. No arrests have been made. 

Two people shot and killed in Cancún

Two people were shot and killed in Cancún, Quintana Roo yesterday afternoon. The incident took place in Los García, at around 14:30 local time. No arrests have been made. 

Journalist killed in Culiacán amid rising criticism of lacking press freedom

Luis Enrique Ramirez, a Mexican journalist, was killed in Culiacán, Sinaloa. His body was found along the México-Nogales highway in Sinaloa yesterday afternoon. Ramirez is the ninth journalist to be killed this year and the 34th under President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's tenure amid rising criticism of the lack of press freedom and security in the country. 

Civilian shot and killed in Acapulco

One person was shot and killed in Acapulco, Guerrero yesterday morning. The incident took place on Ignacio Vallarta Avenue, in the Progreso neighbourhood, at around 09:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Two police officers killed, two injured after cartel attack in Sultepec

Two police officers were killed and two others were injured after a shootout in Sultepec, Mexico State yesterday evening. The shootout ensued as armed suspects burned multiple vehicles blocking the Sabinos area of the Toluca-Sultepec Highway, at around 20:00 local time. According to witnesses, some 15 individuals perpetrated the attack. Police believe the suspects belong to the Familia Michoacana Cartel. No arrests have been reported. 

Thousands displaced as makeshift migrant camp in Reynosa gets cleared out

Authorities in Mexico reportedly cleared out a makeshift migrant camp in the border city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas yesterday. The clear-out reportedly displaced some 2000 people that the National Migration Insitute (INM) had sent there as they protested in Tapachula earlier this year. The migrants mostly arrived from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti. 

Four police officers kidnapped, one killed in Pilcaya

Authorities in Guerrero reported that four police officers were kidnapped in Pilcaya last week. Police last hear from them on 29 April as they left Iguala for Pilcaya. Since then, one of the police officers was found yesterday after being shot and killed on the Mexico-Acapulco Highway. A rescue operation remains underway. 

Four killed, two injured after shooting in Morelia

Four people were killed and two others were injured following a shooting in Morelia, Michoacán yesterday morning. The incident took place at a clandestine cockpit in Los Pirules, at around 01:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Four suspects killed in shootout with police in Zitácuaro

Four people were killed during a shootout with police in Zitácuaro, Michoacán yesterday evening. The incident took place on Lerdo de Tejada Street and Altamirano Street, in El Cerrito, at around 21:00 local time. According to police, all four victims were drug trafficking suspects. 

Two people shot and killed in Acapulco

Two people were shot and killed in Acapulco, Guerrero earlier today. The shooting took place on Ocho Street, in the Cuauhtémoc neighbourhood, at around 00:15 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Four people kidnapped and killed in Ojo de Agua

Four people were kidnapped and killed in Ojo de Agua, Michoacán. The victims had been reported missing last week and were found on the Sahuayo-Cojumatlán Highway yesterday at around 14:00 local time. The Ojo de Agua Municipal Police said they launched an investigation into the incident. 

Five people kidnapped and killed in Acapulco

Five people were kidnapped and killed in Acapulco, Guerrero. The victims were first reported missing a week prior to being found yesterday on the Acapulco-México Highway, in La Venta, at around 01:45 local time. No arrests have been made. 

Three killed, two injured after shooting in Guadalupe

Three people were killed and two others were injured following a shooting in Guadalupe, Zacatecas yesterday evening. The incident took place on Prolongación de Avenida de la Condesa, in the Villas de Guadalupe neighbourhood, at around 20:45 local time. No arrests have been made. 

Eight people killed during clashes in Tula

Eight people were shot and killed during armed clashes in Tula, Hidalgo earlier today. The incident was reported in the Cooperativa Cruz Azul complex, in Jasso, at around 05:00 local time. No arrests have been made. 

Three people shot and killed in Altotonga

Three people were shot and killed in Altotonga, Veracruz yesterday evening. The incident took place outside the 'Bodega Aurrerá' store on Guadalupe Street, at around 22:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Three people shot and killed in Tlajomulco

Three people were shot and killed in Tlajomulco, Jalisco yesterday evening. The incident took place in Villa Fontana Aqua on Lago Ness Circuit Street, at around 21:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Four people shot and killed in Zamora

Four people were shot and killed in Zamora, Michoacán yesterday morning. The incident took place on the Libramiento Norte Highway at around 08:00 local time. Police have yet to identify any suspects or report any arrests. 

Four killed, two injured after highway shooting in Alto Lucero

Four people were killed and two others were injured following a shooting in Alto Lucero, Veracruz yesterday morning. The incident took place on Federal Highway 180, in the Libertad area, during the early morning hours. No arrests have been reported. 

Eleven people killed in Chihuahua shootout amongst cartels

Eleven people were shot and killed in Chihuahua City, Chihuahua yesterday evening. The incident took place in El Sauz, at around 21:00 local time. According to reports, Juárez Cartel members clashed with Sinaloa Cartel members during a horse race. No arrests have been reported. 

Hundreds of undocumented migrants, two smugglers arrested

Almost 500 migrants and two smugglers were arrested in Mexico throughout the weekend. In Amozoc, Puebla 330 undocumented were arrested whilst travelling on 13 vehicles along the Puebla-Orizaba Highway. In Saltillo, Coahuila 92 were arrested whilst travelling in a trailer on the Saltillo-Torreón Highway, and 54 others were arrested in Altamira, Tamaulipas along the Poza Rica-Tampico Highway. Two smugglers were arrested along with the migrants, who hailed from Central America and the Caribbean. 

Missing girl found dead, sparks massive protests in Monterrey

A teenager who had been missing for a few weeks was found dead yesterday in Monterrey, Nuevo León. The finding sparked massive protests due to increased disappearances of women in Nuevo León and intensified international scrutiny of gender violence in Mexico. Twenty-six women and girls have disappeared in Nuevo Leon since the beginning of the year and five more have been found dead after being reported missing.






Two security guards shot and killed during armed robbery in Tlalnepantla

Two security guards were shot and killed during an armed robbery in Tlalnepantla, Mexico State earlier this morning. The incident took place on Manuel Ávila Camacho Boulevard, in the La Providencia neighbourhood, at around 03:15 local time. No arrests have been made. 

Three killed, one injured after shooting in Monterrey

Three people were killed and another was injured following a shooting in García, Nuevo León yesterday evening. The incident took place on Opalo Street, in the Valle San José neighbourhood, at around 19:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people shot and killed in León

Two people were shot and killed in León, Guanajuato yesterday evening. The incident took place outside the 'El Círculo' bar on José María Morelos Boulevard, at around 20:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Two police officers shot and killed in San Luís Río Colorado

Two police officers were shot and killed in San Luís Río Colorado, Sonora yesterday evening. The incident took place on 36th Street and Mérida Avenue, in the Altar neighbourhood, at around 18:30 local time. No arrests have. been reported. 

Two killed, one injured after shooting in Ejutla de Crespo

Two people were killed, and another was injured following a shooting in Ejutla de Crespo, Oaxaca yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on Gardenias Street, in the Viva 2000 neighbourhood, at around 12:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Five people killed in Irapuato shooting

Five people were shot and killed in Irapuato, Guanajuato yesterday evening. The incident took place on Morelos Street, in the Carrizalito neighbourhood, at around 20:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people shot and killed in Puerto Escondido

Two people were shot and killed in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on 2nd Street North, in the El Ébano neighbourhood, at around 13:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Two killed, two injured after shooting in Zamora

Two people were killed and two others were injured following a shooting in Zamora, Michoacán yesterday evening. The incident took place on Alfonso Iñiguez Street and Vicente Suarez Street, in the El Porvenir neighbourhood, at around 22:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Bus drivers stage protest, cause delays in Zempoala

Authorities in the state of Hidalgo reported that around 150 bus drivers staged a protest in Zempoala earlier today. The demonstrators gathered outside the bus central in Tellez in order to demand higher salaries. Several buses suffered delays due to the protest. 


Four people shot and killed in Ejido Coahuayana

Four people were shot and killed in Ejido Coahuayana, Michoacán yesterday afternoon. The incident took place in San Juan de Alima at around 15:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Two killed, three injured after shooting in Tamazula

Two people were killed and three others were injured following a shooting in Tamazula, Durango yesterday morning. The incident took place near the border with Culiacán, Sinaloa, where the victims received medical attention. No arrests have been reported. 

Congress rejects president's energy reform bill

Mexico's congress has rejected a bill to reform the country's electricity sector. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who said the bill would have made Mexico more energy independent, labelled the vote as "treason". The bill failed to secure the two-thirds majority needed to pass following a tense 12-hour session. Critics said the reforms would have weakened environmental protections, while energy firms in US and Canada also opposed the bill.

Civilian shot and killed in Tonalá

One person was shot and killed in Tonalá, Jalisco yesterday evening. The incident took place on Anillo Periférico Ote and San Julián Street, at around 21:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Two police officers shot and killed in Amacameca

Two police officers were shot, killed, and mugged in Amacameca, Mexico State yesterday morning. The incident took place in San Antonio Zoyatzingo, at around 02:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Three people shot and killed in Arraiga

Three people were shot and killed in Arriaga, Chiapas yesterday afternoon. The incident took place at KM 33 of Highway 190, at around 16:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

One killed, one injured after shootout with police in Yahuilaca

One person was killed and another was injured following a shootout with police in Yahuilaca, Jalisco yesterday morning. The incident took place on Highway 205, near the border with Zacatecas during the early morning hours. According to reports, members of the CJNG clashed with National Guard soldiers in the area. No arrests have been reported. 

Five people shot and killed in Pinos

Five people were shot and killed in Pinos, Zacatecas yesterday evening. The incident took place on Main Road, in Santiago, at around 21:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Lorry drivers set up protest blockades at US-Mexico border

Protesters a the US-Mexico border have reportedly set up blockades at several bridges on 10-12 April. The demonstrators, mainly lorry drivers, are protesting an order by Texas governor Greg Abbott to increase safety inspections which have made crossings extremely sluggish. Yesterday it took me 17 hours to cross into the United States," said Raymundo Galicia, a Mexican driver participating in a protest at the Santa Teresa bridge. Other blockades were reported in Ciudad Juárez-El Paso Bridge, and Reynosa-Pharr Bridge. 

Three people shot and killed in Juchitán

Three people were shot and killed in Juchitán, Guerrero yesterday morning. The incident took place on Highway 200, at around 09:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Three killed, seven injured after shooting in Ixtapaluca

Three people were killed and seven others were injured following a shooting in Ixtapaluca, Mexico State yesterday evening. The incident took place at a bar in the Santa Cruz Tlapacoyán neighbourhood, at around 00:15 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Authorities intercept migrant caravan, arrest two in Tapanatepec

Authorities in the state of Oaxaca reported that security forces intercepted a caravan carrying 61 irregular migrants in San Pedro Tapanatepec yesterday. According to reports, the migrants came from Guatemala and Honduras and were trying to reach the US. Two suspects were arrested at the scene. 

Two people shot and killed in Ascención

Two people were killed during a highway shooting in Ascención, Chihuahua yesterday morning. The incident took place at KM 28 of the Juárez Highway at around 11:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Eight people shot and killed in Tultepec

Eight people were shot and killed in Tultepec, Mexico State earlier this morning. The incident took place on Cerrada Mazahuas Street, in the La Cañada neighbourhood, at around 02:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Three people shot and killed in Naucalpán

Three people were shot and killed in Naucalpán, Mexico State yesterday evening. The incident took place on Del Rio Street, in the Colinas de San Mateo neighbourhood, at around 21:00 local time. No arrests have been made. 

Two killed during shootout in San Luís Potosí

Two people were killed following a shootout in Villa Juárez, San Luis Potosí yesterday evening. The incident took place on Hidalgo Road, in Hernán Cortez, at around 21:00 local time. According to reports, the shootout occurred between rival criminal groups. No arrests have been reported. 

Three killed, three injured after armed attack in Acapulco

Two police officers were killed and three others were injured following an armed attack in Acapulco, Guerrero yesterday morning. The incident took place in Barra Vieja, at around 10:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Civilian stabbed and killed in León

One person was stabbed and killed in León, Guanajuato yesterday morning. The incident took place on Fray Santiago de Fallerone Street, in the Condado Plus neighbourhood, at around 06:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Civilian shot and killed in Cuernavaca

One person was shot and killed in Cuernavaca, Morelos yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on Viaducto Street, in the Antonio Barona neighbourhood, at around 14:30 local time. Police identified two suspects who have yet to be arrested. 

One killed, one injured after shooting in Juárez

One person was killed and another was injured following a shooting in Juárez, Nuevo León earlier this morning. The incident took place in Portal de Juárez at around 00:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Large explosion reported in San Nicolás de los Garza

Authorities in Nuevo León reported a large explosion at a commercial property in San Nicolás de los Garza yesterday evening. The incident occurred at an INFRA company property on Nogalar Avenue, in Futuro Nogalar, at around 23:00 local time. A search and rescue operation remains underway. 

Four killed, one injured after police-involved shootout in Acultzingo

Four suspects were killed and another was injured following a shootout with police in Acultzingo, Veracruz yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on Highway 150, in El Mezquite, at around 13:30 local time. The shootout ensued as police persecuted suspects who reportedly set up a blockade and began robbing passersby. 

Three killed, one injured after shooting in Acapulco

Three people were killed and another was injured following a shooting in Acapulco, Guerrero yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on Manzanillo Beach at around 15:00 local time when two gunmen reportedly shot at people at a beachside restaurant. Police shot and killed one suspect and injured another soon thereafter. 

Five killed, one injured after shootout in Chavinda

Five people were killed and another was injured following a shootout with police in Michoacán earlier this morning. The incident took place on the MEX-15 Highway near Chavinda at around 01:00 local time. According to reports, all five victims were CJNG members, and four others were arrested at the scene. 

Five people shot and killed in Fresnillo

Five people were shot and killed in Fresnillo, Zacatecas yesterday. The incident took place on 2 de Septiembre Street, in the Francisco Villa neighbourhood, at an undisclosed time. No arrests have been reported. 

Civilian shot and killed in San Francisco del Rincón

One person was shot and killed in San Francisco del Rincón, Guanajuato yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on Sonora Street and Guadalupe Victoria Boulevard, in the Santa María neighbourhood, at around 12:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Four suspects and one police officer killed in Jiquilpán shootout

Four suspects and one police officer were killed following a shootout and car chase in Jiquilpán, Michoacán on Saturday morning. The incident ensued as police patrolled the area and got shot at by the suspects. During the chase, the suspect's vehicle overturned and killed all four of them.

Five killed in police-involved shooting in Miguel Alemán

Five suspects were killed during a shootout with police in Miguel Alemán, Tamaulipas yesterday evening. The incident took place on Miguel Alemán Boulevard, at around 00:00 local time. According to reports, one of the deceased was the leader of the 'Los Tilines' criminal group. 

Two people shot and killed in Puebla

Two people were shot and killed during an armed robbery in Puebla yesterday morning. The incident took place at a residence on Independencia Street at around 00:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Six people tortured and killed in Chilapa

Six people were killed in Chilapa de Álvarez, Guerrero yesterday. Police found the bodies on Main Street, in the Eucaria Apreza neighbourhood, at around 18:45 local time. According to police, the victims were tortured and dismembered before being dumped at the site. No arrests have been reported. 

Four people killed after highway shooting in Huichapán

Four people were shot and killed in Huichapán, Hidalgo yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on the Huichapán-Ixmiquilpán Highway, in the Jonacapa area, at around 13:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people shot and killed in Celaya

Two people were shot and killed in Celaya, Guanajuato yesterday morning. The incident took place outside the Viejorro car wash on Francisco Villa Street at around 07:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Four people shot and killed in Ciudad Hidalgo

Four people were shot and killed in Ciudad Hidalgo, Michoacán yesterday evening. The incident took place on Morelos Oriente Avenue at around 23:45 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Six minors dead after fire in Coicoyán de las Flores

Six people were killed in a fire caused by an explosion in Coicoyán de las Flores, Oaxaca yesterday morning. The incident took place in Santiago Tilapa at around 06:00 local time. According to reports, all six victims were minors. The cause of the explosion remains under investigation. 

Three killed, two injured after shooting in Chalco

Three people were killed and two others were injured following a shooting in Chalco, Mexico State yesterday evening. The incident took place in San Mateo Tezoquipan yesterday evening. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people shot and killed in Tlaquepaque

Two people were shot and killed in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco yesterday evening. The incident took place on Carrillo Puerto Street at around 23:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Hundreds of migrants force entry into INM building in Suchiate

Authorities in Chiapas reported that hundreds of migrants forced entry into the National Insitute of Migration in Suchiate for the second time in as many weeks yesterday. The migrants stormed the building demanding the delivery of visas that would allow them to travel inside Mexico. 

Shooting reported at Cancun International Airport (CUN)

Authorities in Quintana Roo reported a shooting at Cancun International Airport (CUN) earlier today. Videos on social media show passengers running out of the airport. Prosecutor Oscar Montes de Oca said there have been no reports of injuries or casualties. 

CJNG massacre in Zinapécuaro leaves 20 people dead

Authorities in Mexico reported a massacre in which 20 people were killed in Zinapécuaro, Michoacán yesterday. The incident occurred at a clandestine cockfighting venue in Las Tinajas where the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) has been fighting local gangs for territorial control. "It was a massacre of one group by another," President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said at a news conference.

Three people killed in Iguala

Three people were killed in Iguala, Guerrero yesterday. Police found the beheaded victims on Highway 95, in Santa Teresa at around 23:45 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people shot and killed in Juanacatlán

Two people were shot and killed in Juanacatlán, Jalisco yesterday evening. The incident took place on Diego Salazar Street, and the road to El Saucillo dam at around 22:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Civilian shot and killed in Zacatlán

One person was shot and killed in Zacatlán, Puebla earlier today. The incident took place in Tlatempa at around 21:30 local time. According to reports, the attack was executed with an automatic weapon. No arrests have been reported. 

Three people shot and killed in Puerto Peñasco

Three people were shot and killed in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora yesterday morning, The incident took place in Benito Juárez at around 04:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Four people killed in Playa del Carmen

Four people were killed and dismembered in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo yesterday morning. The finding took place on CTM Avenue and Periférico, in the Villas del Sol neighbourhood, at around 09:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Two minors shot and killed in Cancún

Two people were shot and killed in Cancún, Quintana Roo yesterday. The incident took place in Villas Otoch Paraíso at around 00:15 local time. According to reports, both victims were minors. No arrests have been reported. 

Five people shot and killed in Celaya

Five people were shot and killed in Celaya, Guanajuato yesterday evening. The incident was reported in San Juan Nuevo at around 23:15 local time, where police found the victims inside a burning vehicle and having sustained gunshot wounds. No arrests have been reported. 

Four people shot and killed in San Juan del Río

Four people were shot and killed in San Juan del Río, Querétaro yesterday afternoon. The incident took place in San Sebastián de las Barrancas Sur at around 14:30 local time. According to police, the victims all had their hands tied. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people shot and killed in Acultzingo

Two people were shot and killed in Acultzingo, Veracruz yesterday afternoon. The incident took place in Tecamalucán at around 14:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Transportation workers stage strike in Nuevo León

Authorities in the state of Nuevo León reported that transportation workers began staging a strike today. The workers staged a protest demanding security improvements by performing a "slow rally" on Highway 85 in Escobedo. 

Two people shot and killed in Nezahualcóyotl

Two people were shot and killed in Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico State yesterday morning. The incident took place on Valle de Dupar Street and Periférico Río de los Remedios Avenue, in the Valle de Aragón neighbourhood, during the early morning hours. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people shot and killed in Sayula de Alemán

Two people were shot and killed in Sayula de Alemán, Veracruz yesterday. The incident took place in Almagres at an undisclosed time. According to reports, the victims were attacked by sicarios whilst travelling on a rural road. No arrests have been reported. 

Six people shot and killed in Ciudad Victoria

Six people were shot and killed in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas yesterday evening. The incident took place on Ingenieros Street, in the Bertha del Avellano neighbourhood, at around 21:00 local time. According got reports, an armed group assaulted a residence and shot the entire family. No arrests have been reported. 

Six people shot and killed in Metlatónoc

Six people were shot and killed in Metlatónoc, Guerrero yesterday. morning. The incident took place in Cocuilotlatzala at around 02:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

INM suspends operations in Tapachula after violent clashes

Mexico's National Migration Institute (INM) announced that it has temporarily suspended operations in Tapachula, Chiapas after several staff members were injured during violent migrant protests. Tapachula has been the host to clashes between migrants and authorities particularly this year since President López Obrador promised the US to clamp down on illegal migration. 

Three killed, one injured after shooting in Apaseo el Grande

Three people were killed and another was injured following a shooting in Apaseo el Grande, Guanajuato yesterday evening. The incident took place on 16 de Septiembre Street, in El Castillo, at around 21:30 local time. According to police, all three victims were suspects in the shooting, and one police officer was injured. 

Two people shot and killed outside church in Acayucán

Two people were shot and killed in Acayucán, Veracruz yesterday afternoon. The incident took place outside the San Isidro Church, in Corral Nuevo, at around 12:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 


Two people shot and killed in Ojuelos

Two people were killed during an armed robbery in Ojuelos, Jalisco earlier today. The incident took place in the San Luís Potosí-Guadalajara Highway at around 06:00 local time. According to reports, the victims were travelling in an escorted armed convoy. No arrests have been reported. 

Three people shot and killed in Zinacantepec

Three people were shot and killed in Zinacantepec, Mexico State yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on Pedregal Street, in the San Luis Mextepec neighbourhood, at around 15:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Seven people shot and killed in Zacatecas

Seven people were shot and killed in Zacatecas City, Zacatecas yesterday afternoon. The incident took place inside a residence on Ruben Darío Street at around 17:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Civilian shot and killed in Cancún

One person was shot and killed in Cancún, Quintana Roo yesterday morning. The incident took place on Fraccionamiento Paraíso Maya, at around 08:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people shot and killed in Isla Mujeres

Two people were shot and killed in Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo earlier this morning. The incident took place in Rancho Viejo, a popular tourist destination, at around 00:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people shot and killed in Ecatepec

Two people were shot and killed in Ecatepec, Mexico State yesterday evening. The incident took place in the Vista Hermosa neighbourhood, at around 21:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people shot and killed in Puebla

Two people were shot and killed in Puebla City, Puebla earlier this morning. The incident took place on 5th Street North, between 102 Poniente Avenue and 98th Street, in the Villa Frontera neighbourhood, at around 00:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people shot and killed in San Luís Potosí

Two people were shot and killed in San Luís Ptosí yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on Curie Avenue, in the Las Pilitas neighbourhood, at around 16:00 local time. According to police, the perpetrators used military-grade weapons in their attack. No arrests have been reported. 

Several shootings and blockade reported in Tamazula

Authorities in the state of Jalisco reported several shootings and burning trucks in Tamazula yesterday. According to the statement, armed men blocked road access to the towns of El Veladero, La Garita, and Contla. The city council suspended schools, businesses, and government activities due to the incident. 

Mayor of Charapán suffers armed robbery

Authorities in the state Michoacán reported that the mayor of Charapán suffered an armed robbery earlier today. The incident took place on Cocuchio-Ocumicho Road at around 08:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Three people shot and killed in San Juan Cotzocón

Three people were shot and killed in San Juan Cotzocón, Oaxaca yesterday afternoon. The incident took place in Nuevo Cerro Mojarra at around 15:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 


Two killed, 18 injured after explosion at Playa del Carmen restaurant

Two people died and 18 others were injured following a gas explosion in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo yesterday afternoon. The incident took place at the Cool Beach restaurant, in Mamita's Beach, a popular tourist destination, at around 13:00 local time. The cause of the explosion was reported as a gas tank failure. 

Mayor of Aguililla and advisor assassinated in Las Parcelas de Castillo

Authorities in Michoacán reported that René Cervantes, an advisor to the mayor of Aguililla, was assassinated in Las Parcelas de Castillo on Saturday. The victim had been reported missing the day before, after the mayor of Aguililla, Cesar Valencia, was murdered. Aguililla has been the site of a territorial dispute between drug cartels this past year. No arrests have been reported. 

One killed, three injured after shooting in Oaxaca

One person was killed and three others were injured following a shooting in Oaxaca City, Oaxaca on Saturday evening. The incident took place on 13th Street, in the El Porvenir neighbourhood, at around 19:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

British tourist killed, another injured after shooting in Playa del Carmen

One person was killed and another was injured following a shooting in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo on Saturday. The incident took place on the Cancún-Playa del Carmen Highway. According to reports, the victims were British tourists. Police arrested two suspects shortly after. 

Police officer shot and killed in Guadalupe

One police officer was shot and killed in Guadalupe, Zacatecas yesterday morning. The incident took place at the intersection of Barones Avenue and Del Marquéz Avenue, in the La Condesa neighbourhood, at around 11:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Five killed, 32 arrested after shootout amongst cartels in Nuevo Parangaricutiro

At least five people were killed and 32 others were arrested following a shootout between cartels in Nuevo Parangaricutiro, Michoacán yesterday. The incident was reported after several cartels that operate in Los Reyes reported joining forces to fight against the Jalisco New Generation Cartel operatives in the area. 

Two people shot and killed in Cancún

Two people were shot and killed in Cancún, Quintana Roo yesterday evening. The incident took place on Río Usumacinta Street, in the La Guadalupana neighbourhood, at around 23:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

One killed, three injured after shooting in Nuevo Parangaricutiro

One person was killed and three others were injured following a shooting in Nuevo Parangaricutiro, Michoacán yesterday morning. The incident took place in San Juan at around 02:00 local time. According to reports, the incident was the result of territorial disputes amongst cartels in the area. No arrests have been reported. 

Civilian shot and killed in Monterrey

One person was shot and killed in Monterrey, Nuevo León yesterday morning. The incident took place on Julio Camelo Street and Alfonso Reyes Avenue, in the Burócratas Municipales neighbourhood, at around 02:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

One killed, one injured in Mexico City shooting

One person was killed and another was injured following a shooting in Mexico City yesterday morning. The incident took place on Ferrocarril de Hidalgo Avenue and Cobre street, in the Felipe Pescador neighbourhood, at around 07:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Clashes between migrants and police reported in Tapachula

Authorities in the state of Chiapas reported a clash between security forces and migrants in Tapachula earlier today. The incident was reported outside the National Migration Insitute (INM) beginning at around 08:00 local time. According to reports, the protesters went into the building and attempted to take over the facility. No arrests have been reported. On Sunday, 134 migrants were rescued from a safe house in Tapachula. 

Three killed, two injured after shooting in Uruapan

Three people were killed and two others were injured following a shooting in Uruapan, Michoacán yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on Francisco Villa Street and Benito Juárez Road at around 12:15 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Nine people shot and killed in Atilixco

Nine people were shot and killed in Atilixco, Puebla earlier today. The incident took place on 27 North Street, in the Francisco I Madero neighbourhood, at around 01:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Eleven bodies found at clandestine grave in San Luis Río Colorado

Authorities in the state of Sonora reported finding 11 bodies buried at a clandestine grave in San Luis Río Colorado yesterday morning. The finding was made by a civil association in the municipality. The area has seen increased criminal activity this year. Police said an investigation is underway. 

Four people shot and killed in Zitácuaro

Four people were shot and killed in Zitácuaro, Michoacán yesterday evening. The incident took place on Presa de San Antonio Street and Laguna Larga Stree, in the Lomas del Oriente neighbourhood, at around 21:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Security operation detains 22 Sinaloa Cartel members in Monterrey

Authorities in Nuevo León reported that a security operation resulted in the arrest of 22 members of the Sinaloa Cartel yesterday. Police said they confiscated military-grade weapons and narcotics from the suspects. Amongst the detainees was Jorge aka 'El Negro', the Sinaloa Cartel's regional leader. 

Two people shot and killed in Cuauhtémoc

Two people were shot and killed in Cuauhtémoc, Colima yesterday afternoon. The incident took place in El Tapiche. According to reports, gunmen on a vehicle attacked a group of civilians in the street. No arrests have been reported. 

Six killed, one injured after pyrotechnics factory explosion in Alpatláhuac

Six people died and another was seriously injured after an explosion at a clandestine pyrotechnics factory in Alpatláhuac, Veracruz on Friday morning. The incident took place in Xicola in the Coscomatepec zone, at around 11:15 local time. Police work to close down clandestine pyrotechnics shops year-round and said the spot had been under surveillance prior to the accident. 

Football fans clash at Queretaro v Atlas

At least 26 people were wounded in clashes between football fans at the La Corregidora stadium in Santiago de Queretaro. The unrest erupted in the second half of the Liga MX match between Queretaro and Atlas. The away team was 1-0 up when the match was abandoned on 63 minutes. Liga MX president Mikel Arriola said all Sunday's matches have been suspended "in solidarity with the people affected".

Civilian shot and killed in Monterrey

One person was shot and killed in Monterrey, Nuevo León yesterday evening. The incident took place on Enrique Herrera Street and Prolongación Coahuila, in the Canteras neighbourhood, at around 21:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people shot and killed in Ixtapaluca

Two people were shot and killed in Ixtapluca, Mexico State yesterday afternoon. The incident took place in the La Cañada neighbourhood, at around 12:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Three people shot and killed in Tulacingo

Three people were shot and killed in Tulacingo, Hidalgo yesterday morning. The incident took place on Venustiano Carranza Street, in the Huapalcalco neighbourhood, at around 09:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Five people killed after shooting in Chalchicomula de Sesma

Five people were shot and killed in Chalchicomula de Sesma, Puebla earlier today. The incident took place in La Palma, in the La Gloria neighbourhood during the early morning hours. According to police, the shooting ensued in two different locations as some suspects tried to flee. No arrests have been reported. 

Civilian shot and killed in Playa del Carmen

One person was shot and killed in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo yesterday morning. The incident took place on 40th Avenue and 6th Street at around 08:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Civilian shot and killed in Acapulco

One person was shot and killed in Acapulco, Guerrero yesterday morning. The incident took place on 5th Street and Mexico Avenue, in the Bellavista neighbourhood, at around 11:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Two suspects killed after shootout with police in Reynosa

Two people were killed during a shootout with police in Reynosa, Tamaulipas yesterday evening. The incident took place on Bella Vista Street and Vista Superior Street, in the Vista Hermosa neighbourhood, at around 20:15 local time. According to police, both victims were suspects in the shooting. 

Civilian kidnapped and killed in Hunucmá

One person was killed and dismembered in Hunucmá, Yucatán yesterday. The body was found on 31st Street, in the Baltazar Ceballos neighbourhood. According to reports, the victim had been reported missing last week. No arrests have been reported. 

Several blockades and shootings reported in Matamoros

Authorities in Tamaulipas reported several blockades and shooting during violent incidents yesterday in Matamoros. The blockades were reported at Emilio Portes Gil, Avenida 12 de Marzo, Sendero Nacional, Las Arcas, Solidaridad Avenue, Juárez Avenue, El Longoreño, Lauro Villar Avenue, and the Matamoros-Reynosa Highway. Police said some of the blockades were being controlled by gunmen. 

Violent shootout between cartels reported in Fresnillo

Authorities in Zacatecas reported a long-lasting violent shootout in Fresnillo yesterday morning. The conflict was reported at around 08:00 local time. According to police, the shootout ensued between the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel as part of their ongoing territorial dispute. No official figures for deaths or injuries have been released. 

Two people shot and killed in Tehuacán

Two people were shot and killed in Tehuacán, Puebla yesterday evening. The incident took place on Highway 150, in the Luis Donaldo Colosio area, at around 21:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Three people dead after pipe explosion in Altamira

Three people died after a pipe explosion in Altamira, Tamaulipas yesterday afternoon. The incident took place at the Transportes Aparicio headquarters in the Diana Laura Riojas area. The cause of the explosion remains under investigation. 

AMLO refuses to impose sanctions on Russia

The government of Mexico said it will not impose economic sanctions against Russia for invading Ukraine yesterday morning. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also criticized the censorship of Russian state-sponsored media. "We are not going to take any sort of economic reprisal because we want to have good relations with all the governments in the world," AMLO said. 

Two killed, four injured after shootout in San Luis Río Colorado

Two people were killed and four others were injured following a shootout in San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora yesterday afternoon. The incident took place in the La Herradura shopping centre at around 15:00 local time. Police arrested one suspect at the scene. 

Three people killed during shootout with police in Miguel Alemán

Three people were killed during an armed confrontation in Miguel Alemán, Tamaulipas yesterday morning. The incident took place on the La Ribereña Highway, in the Los Ángeles neighbourhood during the early morning hours. According to reports, the shootout ensued between the Mexican Army and a criminal gang as they travelled through the highway on their vehicles. All three victims were alleged criminals. 

Three people shot and killed in Puerto Morelos

Three people were shot and killed in Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo yesterday afternoon. The incident took place in Leona Vicario at around 13:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Five killed, one injured after shooting in Puerto Escondido

Five people were killed and another was injured following a shooting in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca yesterday afternoon. The incident took place in El Puertecito, in the Santa María Colotepec neighbourhood, at around 15:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Displaced citizens from Guerrero and Michoacán sheltered in Nuevo Laredo

Authorities in the state of Tamaulipas reported that a group of 110 people was found displaced in Nuevo Laredo as they fled violent conflicts in the states of Guerrero and Michoacán. The group was offered shelter in the Nazarethis Migrant Home while political asylum is processed. The states of Guerrero and Michoacán have been the stage of a series of violent territorial conflicts between criminal organisations. 

Drug cartel members invade funeral and kill 17 people in San José de Gracia

The government of Mexico reported that 17 people were executed in San José de Gracia, Michoacán yesterday. According to the statement, gunmen stormed into a funeral wake and shot the victims after lining them up for execution. The incident was reportedly a reckoning between rival drug cartels who currently dispute territory in the state of Michoacán. 

Three people killed during clashes in Cerritos

Three people were killed during clashes between rival criminal organizations in Cerritos, San Luis Potosí yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on Madero Street, in the San Antonio neighbourhood, at around 14:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Civilian shot and killed in Culiacán

One person was shot and killed in Culiacán, Sinaloa yesterday morning. The incident took place on Macario Gaxiola Street, in the Plutarco Elias Calles neighbourhood, at around 04:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Journalist shot and killed in Empalme

A journalist was shot and killed in Empalme, Sonora yesterday afternoon. The incident took place in the Libertad neighbourhood at around 15:30 local time. The victim marks the sixth journalist to be killed in Mexico this year. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people shot and killed in Playa del Carmen

Two people were shot and killed in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo yesterday morning. The incident took place on Flor de Ciruelo avenue and Luis Donaldo Colosio Avenue, in the Real Ibiza neighbourhood, at around 08:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Civilian shot and killed in Iguala

One person was shot and killed in Iguala, Guerrero yesterday afternoon. The incident took place in Tuxpán at around 15:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Four people tortured and killed in Monterrey

Four people were tortured and killed in Monterrey, Nuevo León yesterday morning. The victim's bodies were found on Pamplona Street, in Santa Catarina, at around 11:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Three people shot and killed in Santiago

Three people were shot and killed in Santiago, Nuevo León yesterday afternoon. The incident took place inside a farm located off the Acueducto Highway, at around 12:45 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Clashes reported between migrants and police in Tapachula

Authorities in the state of Chiapas reported another clash between migrants and police in Tapachula yesterday afternoon. The migrants are protesting over frustration due to stagnant migration processes that have kept them waiting for months. Migrants in Tapachula have been reportedly protesting for almost a month. 

Journalist found dead in Mexico City

Television host Michelle Perez Tadeo, aka Michell Simón, was found dead yesterday morning in Mexico City. The reporter was found on the Picacho-Ajusco Highway as workers fought a fire in the area. The victim had been reported missing on Friday and represents the sixth journalist to be killed in Mexico this year. 

Two killed, one injured after shooting in Tulum restaurant

Two suspected drug traffickers were killed and another was injured following a shooting in Tulum, Quintana Roo yesterday evening. The incident took place at the Art Beach restaurant at around 21:00 local time. According to police, rival gangs began shooting at each other before fleeing. No arrests have been reported. 

Three people shot and killed in Monterrey

Three people were shot and killed in Monterrey, Nuevo León yesterday evening. The incident took place in San Nicolás de los Garza, in the Valle del Mezquital neighbourhood, at around 21:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people killed in shootout with security forces in Acatzingo

Two people were killed during a shootout with police in Acatzingo, Puebla on Saturday evening. The incident took place at an illegal Gas LP socket at around 23:00 local time. According to reports, security forces deployed to prevent gasoline theft in the state intercepted the suspects at the site. 

Twelve people killed during weekend violence in Jalisco

A dozen people were killed during weekend violence in the state of Jalisco. Six people were killed in Guadalajara and two others in Tlaquepaque. According to reports, Jalisco has the second-highest murder count in all of Mexico for the past two years. 

Police officer killed, six arrested after shootout in Celaya

One police officer was shot and killed during a shootout in Celaya, Guanajuato yesterday morning. The incident took place at the entrance of Circuito Alora, in the Los Olivos neighbourhood, at around 06:15 local time. Police arrested six suspects at the scene. 

Civilian shot and killed in Cancún

One person was shot and killed in Cancún, Quintana Roo yesterday evening. The incident took place on José López Portillo Avenue, in Bonampak, at around 20:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Three people shot and killed in Ixtlán del Río

Three people were shot and killed in Ixtlán del Río, Nayarit yesterday morning. The incident took place on Luis Castillo Ledón Street and Zaragoza Street at around 10:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Civilian stabbed and killed in Heróica Veracruz

One person was killed during a stabbing incident in Heróica Veracruz, Veracruz yesterday morning. The incident took place on Luis González Urbina Street, in the Unidad Veracruzana neighbourhood, at around 02:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Off-duty police officer shot and killed in Celaya

An off-duty police officer was shot and killed in Celaya, Guanajuato yesterday evening. The incident occurred on Virgo Street in the Las Delicias neighbourhood, at around 20:00 local time. According to reports, this is the fourth armed attack against police officers this year. No arrests have been reported. 

Authorities intercept 59 migrants inside US-bound cargo truck

Authorities in the state of Nuevo León reported that 59 illegal migrants were found inside a US-bound cargo truck in Allende yesterday. The National Migration Insitute (INM) reported that the migrants came from Central America and included 19 minors who were hidden inside truck compartments voluntarily and not being trafficked by 'chiveros' (human traffickers). 

Four killed, nine kidnapped after armed attack in Caborca

Four people were killed and nine others were kidnapped after an armed attack in Caborca, Sonora yesterday evening. The incident occurred as a group of some 20 armed criminals invaded the city at around 22:00 local time. According to reports, a six-hour shootout ensued until the early hours of 16 February. No arrests have been reported. 

One killed, three injured in Fresnillo shooting

One person was killed and three others were injured following a shooting in Fresnillo, Zacatecas yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on Manuel Ponce Street, in the El Olivar neighbourhood, at around 13:45 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Four people shot and killed in Ixtapaluca

Four people were shot and killed in Ixtapaluca, Mexico State yesterday evening. The incident took place on Olmecas Street, in Tlapacoya, at around 21:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people kidnapped and killed in Pénjamo

Three people were kidnapped and killed in Pénjamo, Guanajuato yesterday morning. The victims had been kidnapped last week in the Los Fresnos neighbourhood and were found dead at around 06:15 local time. The victims were killed after the suspects engaged in a shootout with security forces. No arrests have been reported. 

Around 120 migrants rescued, smugglers arrested in Asunción Ixtaltepec

Authorities in the state of Oaxaca reported that 119 Guatemalan migrants (34 minors) were rescued from a group of smugglers in Asunción Ixtaltepec over the weekend. The caravan was intercepted as the truck passed through the La Mata checkpoint at around 18:00 local time. Police arrested the group of smugglers at the scene. 

At least two killed, 12 injured after armed attack in Beleña

At least two people were killed and a dozen others were injured following an armed attack in Beleña, Zacatecas yesterday morning. The incident took place in the Los Jales ecological park at around 06:00 local time when a group of heavily armed men opened fire on a group of miners. No arrests have been reported. 

US suspends avocado imports from Mexico due to security threat

The US government temporarily suspended the import of avocados from Mexico after a US plant safety inspector reportedly received a threat yesterday. The US suspended all imports after the plant safety inspector was threatened as he reported on a plant in Uruapán, Michoacán, according to Mexico's Agricultural Department. 

Nine killed, four injured after armed attack in Ciudad Juárez

Nine people were killed and at least four others were injured after an armed attack in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua on 11-12 February. The incident was reported at a funeral on Francisco Javier Mujica Street, in the Luis echeverría neighbourhood, at around 12:00 local time. Another attack was reported as the deceased was being transported to a Protestant temple. No arrests have been reported. 

Three killed, three injured, two arrested after shooting in Tijuana

Three people were killed, three others were injured following a shooting in Tijuana, Baja California on Friday afternoon. The incident took place just behind the Francisco Villa state commission, in the Terrazas del Valle neighbourhood, at around 17:00 local time. Police arrested two suspects shortly after. 

Two people shot and killed in Culiacán

Two people were shot and killed in Culiacán, Sinaloa yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on Jesús Kumate Boulevard and Las Torres Road, in the Villas del Río neighbourhood, at around 13:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Political journalist assassinated in Salina Cruz

A political journalist was assassinated yesterday in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca. The incident took place at the victim's workplace in the centre of Puerto de Salina Cruz, at around 19:15 local time. Police have arrested two suspects shortly after. The incident comes following a string of homicides against journalists in the month of January. 

Civilian shot and killed in Zapopán

One person was shot and killed in Zapopán, Jalisco yesterday morning. The incident took place on Faisán Street and Gorrión Street, in the San José Ejidal neighbourhood, at around 21:45 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Civilian shot and killed in Chihuahua

One person was shot and killed in Chihuahua City, Chihuahua yesterday morning. The incident took place on Ignacio Allende Street and Periférico de la Juventud Expressway at around 02:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Civilian shot and killed aboard city bus in Ciudad Juárez

One person was shot and killed on a city bus in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua yesterday afternoon. The incident took place aboard the Express Line 1-A on José Mateos Torres Street and Zaragoza Boulevard at around 16:00 local time. According to reports, several gunmen boarded the bus, shot the victim, and fled. No arrests have been reported. 

One killed, one injured in Acapulco shooting

One person was killed and another was injured following a shooting in Acapulco, Guerrero yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on Revolución Street, in the Miguel Alemán neighbourhood, at around 14:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Thirteen CJNG members arrested after security operation in Silao

Authorities in Guanajuato reported that a security operation resulted in the arrest of 13 Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) members over the weekend. The operation took place on Felipe Ángeles Street, 20 de Noviembre Street, and La Paz Street in Silao. According to the statement, amongst the arrested was the leader of the CJNG, Felipe de Jesús aka R5. The operation occurred as a response to the territorial fights amongst criminal gangs and security forces taking place in the area. 

Mayor of Contepec kidnapped and killed in Temascal

Authorities in the state of Michoacán reported that the mayor of Contepec was killed yesterday. The victim, Enrique Velásquez Orozco, had been reported missing on 5 February and was found with gunshot wounds yesterday in Temascal. An investigation is underway. 

At least eight dead, 19 injured after bus accident in Nuevo Xcán

At least eight people died and 19 others were injured following a bus accident in Nuevo Xcán, Quintana Roo yesterday morning. The incident took place at the intersection of the Mérida-Cancún Highway with the El Tintal-Playa del Carmen Road at around 10:30 local time. Police said there were 45 foreigners on the bus. 

Group of 374 illegal migrants intercepted in Córdoba

Authorities in Veracruz reported that 374 migrants travelling illegally were intercepted by police in Córdoba on Saturday afternoon. According to the statement, around 315 of the migrants were Central American and 47 were Asian. The migrants were found on a tourist bus in San Andrés Tuxtla. Police said they are still investigating if the migrants were being trafficked. 

At least 10 soldiers injured after CJNG Cartel set up explosives in Taixtán

At least 10 soldiers were injured after a mine explosion in Taixtán, Michoacán on Friday. According to reports, the incident occurred due to improvised explosives set up by members of the CJNG Cartel, as they battle the National Guard in the area. No arrests have been reported. 

Police clash with students in Chilpancingo

Student protesters have clashed with the security forces in Chilpancingo, Guerrero. Local officials said 17 members of the national guard and 20 state police officers were wounded in the unrest, which occurred at the Palo Blanco toll booth on the Autopista del Sol on Friday. The violence erupted when the security forces were deployed to break up the protest. Several people were arrested at the scene.

Ten bodies dumped in Zacatecas

Ten people have been killed and their bodies dumped in Zacatecas. Local residents said gunmen in a truck threw the bodies of the victims onto the street in the Fresnillo municipality. An investigation is underway to identify the victims, many of whom displayed signs of torture. No arrests have been made so far.

Hundreds of migrants protest sluggish visa applications in Tapachula

Authorities in the state of Chiapas reported a protest staged by hundreds of migrants in Tapachula yesterday afternoon. The migrants protest against the slow pace of the government visa approvals and reportedly threatened to form a new caravan headed for the US. The protest took place outside the headquarters of Mexico's National Migration Institute. 

Three people shot and killed in Juchitán

Three people were shot and killed in Juchitán de Zaragoza, Oaxaca earlier today. The incident took place in the Daniel López Nelio neighbourhood, at around 02:00 local time. According to police, three other people were executed in the same fashion on Francisco Villa Street the day before. No arrests have been reported. 

Three suspects killed, one injured after shootout with police in Ciudad Victoria

Three suspects were killed and another was injured following a shootout with police in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas yesterday morning. The incident took place in the Aztecas neighbourhood, at around 06:00 local time. According to reports, the shootout was produced after the suspects kidnapped a civilian in the area. Police seized military-grade weapons from the scene and released the hostage unharmed. 

Mexico reaches 5m confirmed cases of Covid-19

Mexico's Health Ministry reported that the country reached a total of 5m confirmed cases of Covid-19 yesterday as they registered 42,181 new cases and 573 new deaths. Mexico now tallies 5,030,020 cases of Covid-19 and 307,470 deaths. 

Three killed, one injured after shooting in Celaya

Three people were killed and another was injured following a shooting in Celaya, Guanajuato yesterday evening. The incident took place on Chapala Street, in the Barrio del Zapote neighbourhood, at around 20:45 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Two police officers killed, two injured after shootout in Guaymas

Two police officers were killed and two others were injured following a shootout in Guaymas, Sonora earlier today. The incident took place in the Colinas de Miramar neighbourhood at around 06:15 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Ten soldiers injured, 15 arrested after clashes between CJNG and police in Tepalcatepec

After clashes between Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) militants and security officials in Tepalcatepec, Michoacán, 10 soldiers were injured and 15 were arrested yesterday evening. Security officials said the incident was part of a series of clashes as the Cartel executes territorial control in the state of Michoacán. Police said "dozens of civilians" have now joined the CJNG branch. 

Journalist shot and killed in Zitácuaro

A journalist was shot and killed by unidentified suspects in Zitácuaro, Michoacán yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on Andrés Landa y Piña Street, at around 13:30 local time. The victim, Roberto Toledo, is the fourth journalist to have been murdered in Mexico in just as many weeks. No arrests have been reported. 

Three people shot and killed in Tijuana

Three people were shot and killed in Tijuana, Baja California earlier this morning. The incident took place in Laurel, at around 05:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Seven killed, two injured after armed attack in Silao

Seven people were killed and two others were injured following an armed attack in Silao, Guanajuato on Saturday evening. The incident took place in Chiva Brava at around 23:00 local time. According to authorities, the incident occurred after the arrest of 13 CJNG members in Lomas de Sotelo. 

At least 13 dead, 10 injured following highway accident in Jalisco

Authorities in the state of Jalisco reported that 13 people were killed and 10 others were injured after a highway accident on Saturday morning. The accident took place at KM 35 of the León-Aguascalientes Highway near Lagos de Moreno. Authorities said the highway was highly congested as Catholic pilgrims travel to San Juan de los Lagos. 

Seven killed, three injured after shooting in Zamora

Seven people were killed and three others were injured following a shooting in Zamora, Michoacán yesterday evening. The incident took place at the intersection of Michoacán Street and Montez de Oca Street, in the El Porvenir neighbourhood, at around 19:30 local time. 

One killed, two injured after armed attack in Xpu Há, QR

One person was killed and two others were injured after an armed attack in Xpu Há, Quintana Roo yesterday morning. The incident took place near Rancho San Carlos, in Puerto Aventuras, at around 11:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Five killed after clashes in Chilpancingo

Five people were killed during a shootout between criminals and vigilantes in Chilpancingo, Guerrero yesterday evening. The incident took place in Buenavista de Salud at around 18:00 local time. According to reports, the clash occurred between a criminal group known as Los Ardillos and the vigilante group Unión de Pueblos Organizados del Estado de Guerrero (UPOEG). 

Two people found hanging from bridge in Ciudad Cuauhtémoc

Authorities in Zacatecas reported that police found two people hanging from a bridge in Ciudad Cuauhtémoc earlier today. The bodies were hanging over a bridge on Federal Highway 45 in Genaro Borrego during the early morning hours. According to police, the incident is part of a turf war between drug trafficking criminal gangs. No arrests have been reported. 

At least one person trapped after building collapses in Puebla

At least one person was reportedly trapped after a building collapsed in Puebla City, Puebla yesterday afternoon. The incident occurred on 2 Poniente Avenue, between 25 Sur and Diagonal Defensores de la República, at around 12:00 local time. According to reports, the collapse was caused by a gas explosion in the building. Rescue efforts are underway. 

One killed, two injured after shooting in Iguala

One person was killed and two others were injured following a shooting in Iguala, Guerrero yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on Cartino Maldonado Street, between Santos Degollado and Eutimio Pinzón, at around 13:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people killed and dismembered in Cancún

Two people were killed and dismembered in Cancún, Quintana Roo yesterday. Authorities found the bodies in the México Irregular Settlement, located off the Cancún-Leona Vicario Highway, at around 13:00 local time. Police have launched an investigation into the incident. No arrests have been reported. 

At least eight killed, seven injured in Colima prison riot

At least eight inmates were killed and seven others were injured following a prison riot in Colima City, Colima earlier today. The incident took place at the La Estancia Penitentiary on Gonzalo de Sandoval Avenue, at around 09:00 local time. Authorities subdued the riot and are currently investigating its nature. 

Three people killed after armed attack in San Antonio

Three people were killed after an armed attack in San Antonio, Ixmiquilpan yesterday morning. The incident took place on San Antonio Street, at around 11:30 local time. According to the police, they chased down the suspects through the Avenue but were not able to produce any arrests.

Xoponapa's mayor-elect killed in machete attack in Huachinango

The mayor-elect of Xopanapa was killed in a machete attack yesterday in Huachinango, Puebla. The incident took place at around 00:00 local time. The victim, Mariano Gregorio Gutiérrez, was found with machete wounds to his head yesterday after being elected mayor on Monday. No arrests have been reported. 

Migrant caravan intercepted in Chiapas, transnational migrant trafficking network broken up

The National Migration Institute (INM) reported that a caravan of more than 300 migrants was intercepted in Chiapas on Saturday afternoon. The National Guard intercepted the caravan on Federal Highway México 200, between Tapachula and Ejido Álvaro Obregón, at around 06:00 local time. Additionally, the INM reported that a migrant trafficking network was broken up in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Celaya, Guanajuato, and Tamaulipas. Over the last three months, four operations were carried out and more than 1,000 migrants were rescued in Oyama, at the border between Nuevo León and Tamaulipas, in Tecamachalco, Puebla, in Coatzacoalcos and Alvarado, Veracruz.

Political journalist shot and killed in Tijuana

Another journalist was shot and killed in Tijuana, Baja California yesterday evening. The incident took place near the victim's home on Vista Dorada Street, in the Las Villas neighbourhood, at around 19:00 local time. According to reports, the victim, Lourdes Maldonado, had asked the president for assistance as she feared for her life. This is the second journalist to be killed in the area in a seven-day span. 

Two tourists killed, one injured after shooting in Playa del Carmen

Two tourists were killed and another was injured after a shooting in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo on Friday afternoon. The incident took place at a beach near the Xcaret Hotel at around 14:30 local time. According to reports, the victims were Canadian nationals with "extensive" criminal records. Police have identified the suspects but are yet to make any arrests. 

Two Canadians shot dead in Playa del Carmen

Two Canadians have been shot dead and another wounded at a hotel in the resort town of Playa del Carmen. The victims were targeted by another guest at the Hotel Xcaret Mexico on Friday. Regional police chief Lucio Hernandez Gutierrez said a manhunt was underway to track down the wanted gunman. "Consular officials are contacting local authorities to gather more information and stand ready to provide consular assistance," said the Canadian foreign ministry.

More than 500 migrants stage demonstration in Tapachula

Authorities in Chiapas reported that a group of migrants staged a demonstration in Tapachula yesterday. According to the statement, more than 500 migrants gathered at the Mexican Commission on Refugee Help and the National Migration Insititute in order to demand free transit towards the US border. 

Around 100 activists stage protest in Ciudad Juárez

Around 100 women's and LGBTQ rights activists reportedly staged a protest in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua yesterday afternoon. The protesters reportedly gathered outside the Chihuahua State Attorney General's Office and marched towards the Center of Justice for Women building at around 13:00 local time. The protesters demanded justice for the recent murder of a lesbian couple in the city. 

Four people kidnapped and killed in Pénjamo

Four people were kidnapped and killed in Pénjamo, Guanajuato yesterday evening. The bodies were found inside a house on Álvarez Street, in the Zona Centro neighbourhood, at around 19:00 local time. The victims had reportedly been kidnapped the week prior. No arrests have been reported. 

Bridge collapses on México-Pachuca Federal Highway

Authorities in Mexico State reported that a bridge collapsed in Ecatepec yesterday afternoon. The bridge located on the México-Pachuca Federal Highway, in the Ojo de Agua area, collapsed at around 14:15 local time. The incident caused severe traffic congestion in the area. No injuries were reported. 

Multiple protests reported in Mexico City

Multiple protests were reported today in Mexico City. The protests are part of the Worldwide Rally for Freedom and began at around 09:00 local time at the Museum of Anthropology and at Monumento de la Patria. No injuries have been reported. 

Explosion and fire reported in Nopala PEMEX pipeline

Authorities in Hidalgo reported that a PEMEX pipeline exploded and caused a fire in Nopala yesterday morning. The incident took place in the Loma de Progreso area at around 02:30 local time. No injuries were reported. 

Protest and blockade reported on Federal Highway 190 in San Juan Lajarcia

Authorities in Oaxaca reported that demonstrators were blocking Federal Highway 190 in San Juan Lajarcia yesterday. According to reports, traffic was severely disrupted in the junction towards the centre of San Juan. The blockade was cleared at around 16:00 local time. No violence was reported. 

Journalist shot and killed in Tijuana

A journalist was shot and killed in Tijuana, Baja California yesterday afternoon. The incident took place near the victim's home in the Camino Verde neighbourhood, at around 12:00 local time. Margarito Martinez, 49, worked for more than a decade in Tijuana for several national and international news outlets covering the gang crime and violence that has scarred the city. No arrests have been reported.

Three people shot and killed in Apaseo el Alato

Three people were shot and killed in Apaseo el Alto, Guanajuato yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on the highway section between El Rejalgar and El Zorrillo at around 15:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Five people shot and killed in Tangamandapio

Five people were shot and killed near Tarecuato, Tangamandapio, Michoacán yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on the Laa Trasquilla-San Angel Highway at around 15:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people killed in Monterrey shooting

Two people were killed in a shooting in Monterrey, Nuevo León yesterday evening. The incident took place outside a restaurant on Luis Donaldo Colosio Avenue, in the San Carlos neighbourhood, at around 19:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Four people killed in Guadalajara shooting

Four people were killed in a shooting in Guadalajara, Jalisco yesterday evening. The incident took place at the intersection of San Arísteo and Felipe Ángeles, in the San Martín neighbourhood, at around 18:30 local time. According to reports, several armed suspects arrived and opened fire on a specific group of people. No arrests have been reported. 

At least six people killed in Comalcalco shooting

At least six people were killed during a shooting in Comalcalco, Tabasco yesterday morning. The incident took place at a clandestine bar in Miguel Hidalgo at around 02:00 local time. According to reports, four victims died at the scene and two others died in the hospital. No arrests have been reported. 

Civilian shot and killed in León

One person was shot and killed in León, Guanajuato earlier this morning. The incident took place on Río Bravo Street and Honda de San Miguel Street, in the San Miguel neighbourhood, at around 02:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Protest blocking Tehuacán-Teotitlán Highway reported

Authorities in the state of Puebla reported that local residents were blocking a section of the Tehuacán-Teotitlán Highway yesterday morning. The residents of Zinacatepec were reportedly protesting against bi-monthly fees for the Public Lighting Law (DAP). According to reports, the blockade lasted for about 6 hours before police cleared the area. 

Two people kidnapped and killed in Catazajá

Two people were kidnapped and killed in Catazajá, Chiapas. The bodies were found on the Crucero Zapatero-Jonuta Highway, in the Agua Fría area just two days after they had been reported missing. The incident remains under investigation. 

Two people kidnapped in Ciudad Obregón

Two people were kidnapped in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora yesterday evening. The incident took place on Toluca Street and Villahermosa Street, in the 1ero de Mayo neighbourhood, at around 22:00 local time. The incident remains under investigation. 

Two people shot and killed in Ciudad Juárez

Two people were shot and killed in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua yesterday. The incident took place on Rivera del Lago Street off the Juárez-El Porvenir Highway, at around 13:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Four killed, one injured in Juchitán de Zaragoza

Four people were killed and another was injured following a shooting in Juchitán de Zaragoza, Oaxaca yesterday morning. The incident took place on Bugambilla street, in the La Amistad neighbourhood, during the early morning hours. Police say the incident was an execution between rival criminal gangs. No arrests have been reported. 

Mayor of Xoxocotla shot and killed at his residence

The Mayor of Xoxocotla, Benjamín López Palacios, was reportedly shot and killed in Morelos yesterday afternoon. The incident took place at the victim's residence on 5 de Mayo Street, in the Centro neighbourhood, at around 15:15 local time. Police have yet to identify any suspects or report any arrests. 

Three police officers killed after being ambushed in Fresnillo

Three police officers were killed during an ambush in Fresnillo, Zacatecas yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on Zinc Street, in the Lomas de la Fortuna neighbourhood, at around 15:30 local time. Police say they were ambushed by drug-trafficking gangs who operate in the area. No arrests have been reported. 

Four killed, two injured after traffic collision in Escuinapa

Four people were killed and two others were injured following a traffic collision in Escuinapa, Sinaloa earlier today. The incident took place on Federal Highway 15, in the La Muralla township, at around 12:30 local time. Traffic was disrupted in the area and cleared at around 15:00 local time. 

Four people shot and killed in Veracruz

Four people were shot and killed in Emiliano Zapata, Veracruz yesterday morning. The incident took place on the Rinconada Highway towards Veracruz at around 11:30 local time. According to police, the incident is directly related to a similar one where nine people were killed in Isla only two days prior. No arrests have been reported. 

Three people killed in Irapuato shooting

Three people were shot and killed in Irapuato, Guanajuato yesterday morning. The incident took place on División del Norte Street, in the San Gabriel neighbourhood, at around 08:30 local time. According to reports, several gunmen broke into the victims' home and shot them. No arrests have been reported. 

Three killed, four injured in Ciudad Juarez shooting

Three people were killed and four others were injured following a shooting in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua yesterday evening. The incident took place at a bar located at the intersection of José Borunda St and Uruguay St, in the Partido Romero neighbourhood, at around 21:00 local time. According to reports, several gunmen stormed into the bar and shot at seven people before fleeing. No arrests have been reported. 

Aeromexico cancels 22 flights due to Covid-19 outbreak amongst pilots

Aeromexico announced the cancellation of 22 scheduled flights earlier today, due to 70 pilots testing positive for Covid-19 earlier. José Suarez, press secretary for pilots' association ASPA, told television that the cases triggered a "domino effect," forcing Aeromexico to isolate entire crews to prevent the virus from spreading. ASPA Secretary-General Jose Gual said the pilots who tested positive for COVID-19 made up 5% of Aeromexico pilots represented by ASPA. He added the cancellations represented 5% of Aeromexico's operations and affected planes heading to the Mexican cities of Guadalajara, Cancún, and Monterrey, plus an international flight.

Three suspects, one police officer killed in Rioverde shootout

Three suspects and a police officer were killed during a shootout in Rioverde, San Luis Potisí yesterday morning. The incident took place on Vicente Guerrero Street, in the Cruz Verde neighbourhood during the early morning hours. According to police, they ran into a barricade when patrolling and seized three AK-47 rifles and grenades from the culprits after the incident. 

Ten people killed and left inside truck outside Government Palace in Zacatecas

Ten people were killed and left inside a truck outside the government palace in Zacatecas City, Zacatecas yesterday morning. The truck was found at around 05:30 local time at the Plaza de Armas de Zacatecas, just 15 metres away from the entrance of the government facility. Police reportedly arrested multiple suspects shortly after. 

Two killed, one injured in Zapopán shooting

Two people were killed and another was injured following a shooting in Zapopán, Jalisco yesterday afternoon. The incident took place at the intersection of Canario St and Flamingo St, in the La Granja neighbourhood, at around 17:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Two killed, two injured in Zacatecas shooting

Two people were killed and two others were injured following a shooting in Zacatecas City, Zacatecas yesterday evening. The incident took place on Santa Rosa St, in the Rincón Marianita neighbourhood, at around 22:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Mexico's weekly Covid-19 infection rate doubles

Authorities in Mexico reported that Covid-19 infections doubled last week (reaching 20,000) and will likely surpass 300,000 deaths by the end of this week; the fifth highest death toll in the world. Separate government data showed there had been nearly 452,000 deaths "linked to" COVID-19 by mid-December, and lower testing has likely helped to understate the reach of the virus. Mexico has the highest fatality rate - deaths per confirmed cases - among the 20 nations most affected by COVID-19 worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. 


Former mayor shot and killed in Tomatlán

Jorge Luis Tello García, the former mayor was shot and killed in Tomatlán, Jalisco on Monday evening. The incident took place at the victim's home on Jalisco Street, in the Azteca neighbourhood, at around 18:00 local time. According to reports, three gunmen broke into his home and shot him several times. No arrests have been reported. 

One person shot and killed in Chihuahua

One person was shot and killed in Chihuahua City, Chihuahua yesterday evening. The incident took place on 23 de Septiembre St, in the Nuevo Triunfo neighbourhood, at around 22:30 local time. According to witnesses, the victims were shot by a couple of gunmen on a blue pickup truck. No arrests have been reported. 

National Guard dismantles makeshift migrant camp in Tapachula

The National Guard reportedly dismantled a makeshift migrant camp in the country's southern border with Guatemala yesterday afternoon. According to reports, around 3,000 migrants were granted permission by the National Migration Institute (INM) before officials disbanded the camp in Tapachula, Chiapas. The other migrants were forced to register in order to complete their "regularization" process, though dozens claim they were simply kicked out. 

Eight people killed after shooting in Silao, GTO

Eight people were killed after a shooting in Silao, Guanajuato yesterday evening. The incident took place on 20 de Noviembre St and Refugio Ríos St, in the La Aldea neighbourhood, at around 21:30 local time. According to reports, armed suspects on a motorcycle opened fire on two houses in the area. No arrests have been reported. 

Two security guards killed in Tlaquepaque

Two people were shot and killed in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco yesterday afternoon. The incident took place in Cerro del Cuatro at around 12:30 local time. According to reports, the victims were security guards trying to protect telecommunication antennas in the area. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people shot and killed in Playa Vicente

Two people were shot and killed in Playa Vicente, Veracruz yesterday afternoon. The incident took place in La Candelaria, at around 12:00 local time. According to reports, the victims were attacked as they inspected a construction site. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people shot and killed in Obregón

Two people were shot and killed in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora yesterday evening. The incident took place on Nuevo León St, between Hidalgo St and Allende St, in the Centro neighbourhood, at around 22:00 local time. According to reports, the victims were a member of the press and a criminal lawyer. No arrests have been reported. 

One killed, three injured after shooting in San Francisco del Rincón

One person was killed and three others were injured during a shooting in San Francisco del Rincón, Guanajuato yesterday afternoon. The incident took place at a funeral ceremony on Ignacio Ramírez St, in the San Miguel neighbourhood, at around 16:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

One killed, three injured in Obregón supermarket shooting

One person was killed and three others were injured following a shooting in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora yesterday evening. The incident took place at the parking lot of the Soriana supermarket on 200 Paris St and 6 de Abril Ave, in the Bella Vista neighbourhood, at around 18:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Police officer killed, four civilians injured in Ocosingo shootout

A police officer was killed and four civilians were injured following a shootout in Ocosingo, Chiapas yesterday. The incident took place in the Nueva Palestina community after a group of individuals attempted to release five arrested suspects. No further arrests have been reported. 

At least 30 injured after bridge collapse in Santa María Temaxcaltepec

Authorities in the state of Oaxaca reported that 30 people were injured after a suspension bridge collapsed near Santa María Temaxcaltepec yesterday morning. The incident occurred at the Cañada de Guadalupe Bridge at around 07:30 local time as a group of people walked for a traditional 'posada' and the bridge succumbed to the weight. 

Matamoros residents stage protest against public official appointment

Authorities in Tamaulipas reported that about 250 people staged a protest yesterday in Matamoros. The protest was staged following the appointment of the new manager of the Water and Drainage Board, who had been previously accused of corruption. The protesters gathered at Plaza Principal, on 5th St, and marched towards the municipal building where they staged a sit-in protest. 

Four killed, one injured in Irapuato shooting

Four people were killed and another was injured following a shooting in Irapuato, Guanajuato yesterday evening. The incident took place on Benito Juárez St and Revolución St, in the San Roque neighbourhood, at around 19:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Twenty-seven workers injured after construction site accident in Santa Lucía

An accident at an airport construction site in Santa Lucía, Mexico State left 27 workers injured yesterday morning. According to reports, 27 workers fell from a crane during a miscue at around 08:00 local time, in which a crane carrying around 50 workers tipped over. The incident took place at the construction site building Felipe Ángeles International Airport. 

Two people shot and killed in Mesones Hidalgo

Two people were shot and killed near Mesones Hidalgo, Oaxaca yesterday afternoon. The incident took place in Santa María la Lima, in the Mixteca region, at around 12:00 local time. According to police, the victims were killed inside their home. No arrests have been reported. 

Two killed, four injured after roof collapse in Tijuana shopping centre

Two people were killed and four others were injured following a roof collapse at a shopping centre in Tijuana, Baja California yesterday afternoon. The incident took place at the Plaza Otay Shopping Center at around 14:15 local time. Rescue efforts halted earlier today after the rubble was cleared. 

Four killed, two injured after shooting in Juchitán de Zaragoza

Four people were killed and two others were injured following a shooting in Juchitán de Zaragoza, Oaxaca yesterday evening. The incident took place in La Ventosa, in the Los Pinos neighbourhood, at around 22:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Four people shot and killed in Fresnillo

Four people were shot and killed in Fresnillo, Zacatecas yesterday evening. Police said the incident is part of an ongoing territorial dispute between criminal gangs after they found the victims' bodies on Pardillo Segundo shortly after the incident at 20:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Oil company burned down in Monterrey

An oil company was destroyed during a massive fire yesterday in Monterrey, Nuevo León. The incident began at around 03:30 local time in of the Liqesa de C.V. sites in Puerto Tampico, in the La Fe neighbourhood. Workers were promptly evacuated and no casualties were reported. The site burned throughout the entire day and substantially contaminated the air throughout the city. 

Seven people shot and killed in Amanalco de Becerra

Seven people were shot and killed in Amanalco de Becerra, Mexico State yesterday morning. The incident took place in the Rincón de Guadalupe area, at around 05:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Four killed, one injured in Jacona shooting

Four people were killed and another was injured following a shooting in Jacona, Michoacán yesterday afternoon. The incident took place at a restaurant located on South Bypass at La Planta Tenure, in the Los Sabinos neighbourhood, at around 14:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

At least 17 injured after clashes between police and migrants in Mexico City

Authorities in Mexico City reported that at least 17 people were injured following clashes between migrants and police yesterday afternoon. The clashes took place on the Pueblo-México City Highway, near Calzada Ignacio Zaragoza, as a large group of migrants attempted to march towards the Basilica de Nuestra Señora Guadalupe. Tensions between police and the migrants have been running high as Mexico is under pressure from the US to stem the number of people crossing Mexican territory on their way north to the US border. More than 190,000 migrants entered Mexico between January and September, according to official figures, three times that recorded in 2020. 

Migrant caravan disrupts traffic on México-Puebla Highway

Authorities in the state of Puebla reported that a migrant caravan brought traffic to a standstill on the México-Puebla Highway yesterday afternoon. The migrant caravan reportedly brought traffic to a halt on the San Martín Texmelucán area in protest as they headed towards Mexico City in search of food and jobs. According to reports, dozens of migrants were sent from the poor southern border city Tapachula to Puebla as Mexican migration authorities attempted to dismantle an improvised camp and head off potential caravans of migrants walking north.

Dozens killed in truck crash, Chiapas

At least 54 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a truck crash in southern Mexico. Around 150 people, reportedly migrants from Central America, were packed inside the trailer of the truck when it overturned on the main road into Tuxtla Gutierrez. Local officials said most of the victims appeared to be from Honduras and Guatemala and included men, women and children. Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador described the crash as "very painful" and wrote on Twitter that he "deeply regrets the tragedy".



Gunmen on jet skis open fire on Cancun beach

Authorities in Quintana Roo reported gunfire on a beach in Cancún on Tuesday afternoon. Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez, Quintana Roo's Chief of Police, said the attackers apparently pulled up to the beach on jet skis and opened fire at a beach in Cancun’s hotel zone. Hernández Gutiérrez said the jet skis had been found and seized. Tourists scrambled during the gunfire but no injuries or casualties have been reported. 

Three killed, four injured after shootout in Cerritos

Three suspects were killed and four others were injured during a shootout with police in Cerritos, San Luis Potosí yesterday afternoon. The incident took place in El Fortín at around 13:30 local time. According to reports the suspects, believed to be members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), injured two police officers during the shootout. Police seized firearms, ammunition, narcotics, and tactical gear from the scene. 

One killed, three arrested after series of bank robberies in Culiacán

One person was killed during a series of robberies in Culiacán, Sinaloa yesterday morning. The first robbery took place at a Banorte branch on the corner of Universitarios Blvd and Pedro María Anaya. The second robbery occurred about 30 minutes later at a Bancomer branch in Isla Musula. Police arrested three suspects shortly after. 

Three people killed after shooting in General Felipe Ángeles

Three people were shot and killed in General Felipe Ángeles, Puebla yesterday evening. The incident took place in the Santa Úrsula Choconquiac neighbourhood, in Santa Úrsula at around 22:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Two killed, one injured after Zamora shooting

Two people were killed and another was injured following a shooting in Zamora, Michoacán yesterday evening. The incident took place in the Linda Vista neighbourhood, on the road leading to Monte Olivo, at around 22:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people killed by fake national guard patroller in Huiramba

Two people were shot and killed in Huiramba, Michoacán earlier today. The incident took place on Highway 14 during the early morning hours. According to reports, a suspect disguised as a national guard patroller pulled over the victims' vehicle and opened fire. No arrests have been reported. 

One person shot and killed in Tijuana street market

One person was shot and killed in Tijuana, Baja California yesterday afternoon. The incident took place in a market on Huajimic St, in the Azteca neighbourhood, at around 13:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

At least three people killed, 20 others injured after explosion in Santiago Tenango

Authorities in the state of Puebla reported that at least three people were killed and 20 others were injured following an explosion at a powder magazine in Santiago Tenango yesterday evening. The incident took place in the San Juan area at around 21:00 local time. The location, which stores supplies for fireworks assemblers, has suffered similar incidents in the past. 

Three people shot and killed in Tututepec

Three people were shot and killed in Tututepec, Oaxaca yesterday evening. The incident took place on 71800 Villa de Tututepec de Melchor Ocampo, in the La Pastora neighbourhood at around 21:00 local time. According to reports, the incident was the result of an argument between two groups within the neighbourhood. No arrests have been reported. 

Five people killed, 15 others injured after highway crash in Coahuila

Five people were killed and at least 15 others were injured following a vehicular accident in Coahuila yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on KM 57 of the Matuehuala-Satillo Highway, in the Los Chorros section at around 16:00 local time. According to reports, a cargo truck's brakes failed and caused the crash. 

Five people shot and killed inside their home in Tijuana

Five people were killed following an armed attack in Tijuana, Baja California yesterday evening. The incident took place in the Nueva Aurora Sur neighbourhood at around 19:30 local time. According to reports, a group of armed suspects went inside the victims' home and shot the entire family. No suspects have been identified and no arrests have been reported.  

Four killed, one injured after shooting in Silao

Four people were killed and another was injured following a shooting in Silao, Guanajuato yesterday evening. The incident took place in the San Bartolo neighbourhood at around 21:00 local time. According to reports, two armed suspects shot at a group of people who were walking through before fleeing. No arrests have been reported. 

Mayor-elect arrested for presumed kidnapping in Veracruz

An elected mayor was reportedly arrested yesterday for presumed kidnapping in Lerdo de Tejada, Veracruz. According to the Prosecutor's Office, Jorge Fabián, an elected mayor for the MORENA party, was involved in multiple illegal activities in the Los Tuxtlas area. He was scheduled to take the mayoral seat on 1 January 2022, and will now be prosecuted. 

Two killed, two injured in Morelia shooting

Two people were killed and two others were injured during a shooting in Morelia, Michoacán yesterday evening. The incident took place on Privada Tezontle St, in the Infonavit La Colina neighbourhood at around 20:00 local time, and then scattered towards José Manuel Herrera St a few moments later. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people killed in Zamora de Hidalgo shooting

Two people were killed in a shooting in Zamora de Hidalgo, Michoacán yesterday evening. The incident took place on Juárez Ave PTE, between Ocupación de Tehuacán St and Sitio de Coscomatepec St, in the Generalísimo Morelos neighbourhood at around 21:00 local time. According to police, this was the second double-homicide in Zamora de Hidalgo yesterday. 

Two people killed in Coatzacoalcos stabbing incident

Two people were killed following a stabbing incident in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz yesterday evening. The incident took place inside a private home in the Cuauhtémoc neighbourhood, in the Port of Coatzacoalcos at around 23:00 local time. According to reports, the attack was targeted against members of the LGBT community. No arrests have been reported. 

One killed, one injured in Acapulco shooting

One person was killed and another was injured following a shooting in Acapulco, Guerrero yesterday evening. The incident took place on Las Naciones Boulevard, in La Poza neighbourhood at around 19:00 local time. According to reports, the victims were shot at as they rode their vehicle. No arrests have been reported. 

Three killed, two injured in Mexico City shooting

Three people were killed and two others were injured following a shooting in Gustavo A Madero, Mexico City yesterday evening. The incident took place on 16 de Septiembre St, in the Pueblo de San Juán Aragón neighbourhood, at around 20:00 local time. According to reports, the victims were standing at a large reunion when people riding a car drove by and shot at them. Police arrested one suspect shortly after. 

Three people killed by sicarios in Guadalupe

Three people were killed during a sicario shooting attack in Guadalupe, Zacatecas yesterday evening. The incident took place on Villas de Guadalupe St at around 21:00 local time. According to reports, the gunmen shot at the victims as they walked on the pavement before fleeing on a motorcycle. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people shot and killed in San Pedro Pochutla

Two people were killed during a shooting in San Pedro Pochutla, Oaxaca yesterday morning. The incident took place in the El Zapote Control Court at around 09:30 local time. According to reports, the victims were waiting for a hearing to begin when they were ambushed by sicarios who fled on a motorcycle. Police believe the incident aimed at preventing the victims from testifying on a criminal case. No arrests have been reported. 

Multiple protests and blockade reported in Mexico City

Multiple protests and blockades were reported in Mexico City earlier today. A blockade was reportedly set up on Eje 1 Poniente, in the Xoco neighbourhood, blocking Xoco Road Bridge. Authorities recommended taking Universidad Ave and División del Norte as alternative routes. Additionally, protests were reported on Juárez Ave, Paseo de la Reforma Ave, and Plaza de la Constitución. 

Two people shot and killed in Juárez

Two people were killed during a shooting in Juárez, Chihuahua yesterday evening. The incident took place at the intersection of Mixtecas St and Nahualtecos St, in the Azteca neighbourhood, at around 18:30 local time. According to reports, the victims were construction workers who were killed at a construction site they were working on. No arrests have been reported. 

Four killed, 20 injured after highway collision in Joquicingo

Four people were killed and 20 others were injured after a traffic collision in Joquicingo, Mexico State earlier today. The incident took place on the Joquicingo-Malinalco Highway at around 05:00 local time. According to reports, the incident occurred when a passenger bus' brakes failed and made the vehicle crash into a house. 

Two killed after truck explosion in Reynosa

Two people were killed following an explosion in Reynosa, Tamaulipas earlier today. The incident took place in the Colonia Alianza Social neighbourhood at around 01:30 local time. According to reports, the victims were working on a fuel tanker truck when it exploded inside the workshop. The reason for the explosion remains unknown. 

National Guard takes control of nine lawless municipalities in Zacatecas

Authorities in Zacatecas reported that nine municipalities with no police force have come under control of the National Guard. The National Defense Secretariat announced that the 'Support Plan for Zacatecas', ordered by President López Obrador, has gotten off to "a great start" as the state suffers from high levels of violence. The National Guard reportedly took control of Ciudad Cuauhtémoc, Loreto, Villa Hidalgo, Villa García, Apulco, Monte Escobedo, Melchor Ocampo, Mazapil and Tepetongo. 

Two people killed in Morelia shooting

Two people were killed during a shooting in Morelia, Michoacán yesterday evening. The incident took place in Valle de los Jazmines St, in the Valle. de las Flores neighborhood at around 20:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Three killed, three injured after fireworks explosion in Tultepec

Three people were killed and three others were injured following a fireworks explosion in Tultepec, Mexico State yesterday evening. The incident took place at a clandestine fireworks workshop on Jazmín St, in the La Piedad neighbourhood at around 19:00 local time. 

Two people killed in Metepec shooting

Two people were killed during a shooting in Metepec, Mexico State yesterday evening. The incident took place on Victoria St, in the Las Jaras neighbourhood at around 21:00 local time. According to reports, a couple of sicarios rode into a parking lot where they engaged in a shooting with the security guards. One victim was a suspect and another a security guard. 

Multiple protests and blockades reported in Mexico City

Multiple protests and blockades were reported in Mexico City earlier today. A blockade was reportedly set up at the intersection of Guadalajara St and Colima St, in the Roma Norte neighbourhood. Another blockade was reported on Coyoacán Ave, in the Del Valle Sur neighbourhood, between Eje 8 Sur and josé María Rico. Additionally, protests were reported at Instituto Politécnico Nacional Ave, Plaza de la Constutución, Congreso de la Unión Ave, Juárez Ave, and Ignacio Allende St. 

One killed, two arrested following shooting in Iztapalapa

One person was killed following a shooting in Iztapalapa, Mexico City yesterday. The incident took place at a barbershop located at the intersection of Manuel Salazar St and Carbajal St, in the Ejército Ote neighbourhood. According to police, the victim was a criminal known as 'El Chipotles'. They arrested two suspects at the scene. 

Three killed, one injured in Irapuato shooting

Three people were killed and another was injured during a shooting in Irapuato, Guanajuato yesterday evening. The incident took place in El Comunal, in the Emiliano Zapata neighbourhood at around 22:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Six people killed in Tehuantepec traffic collision

Six people were killed after a traffic collision in Tehuantepec, Oaxaca yesterday morning. The incident took place on Highway 200, near Morro de Mazatán, at around 11:30 local time. According to reports, the accident was caused by a fuel pipe truck that crashed into a taxi cab. The incident remains under investigation. 

Multiple protests and blockade reported in Mexico City

Multiple protests and a blockade were reported in Mexico City earlier today. The blockade was set up outside Congress located at the intersection of Donceles St and Allende St in Cuauhtémoc. Authorities recommended taking Eje Central as an alternative route. Additionally, protests were reported in Reforma Ave, Congreso de la Unión Ave, Insurgentes Ave, Paseo de la Reforma Ave, Pino Suárez Ave, and Plaza de la República. 

Four killed, seven injured in Zitácuaro shooting

Four people were killed and seven others were injured during a shooting in Zitácuaro, Michoacán earlier today. The incident took place in La Gironda village at around 01:30 local time. According to the State Public Security Secretariat (SSP), the state has been suffering from high levels of violence related to organized crime and drug cartels in recent months. No arrests have been reported. 

Multiple protests and blockade reported in Mexico City

Multiple protests and a blockade were reported in Mexico City earlier today. The blockade was reportedly set up at the intersection of José María Pino Suárez Rd and Venustiano Carranza Rd in Cuauhtémoc. Authorities recommended taking 5 de Febrero and Fray Servando Teresa de Mier as alternative routes. Additionally, protests were reported in Plaza de la Constitución, Doncelles, Allende, Paseo de la Reforma Ave, Juárez Ave, and Zaragoza. 

One person shot and killed during kidnapping attempt in Veracruz

One person was shot and killed during a kidnapping attempt in Rafael Delgado, Veracruz earlier today. The incident took place on the Chalapa Bridge at around 03:00 local time. According to reports, the victim was a former state governor. No arrests have been reported.

Four killed after drive-by shooting in Celaya

Four people were killed in a shooting in Celaya, Guanajuato yesterday evening. The incident took place on Juan Gómez St in the Rincón de Tamayo village at around 20:00 local time. According to reports, the victims were drinking in the street when the attackers drove by and shot at them. No arrests have been reported. 

Three people shot and killed in Tultepec

Three people were killed in a shooting in Tultepec, Mexico State yesterday evening. The incident took place at the intersection of Lázaro Cárdenas St and Cerrada Durazno St, in the 10 de Junio neighbourhood at around 23:30 local time. According to reports, armed individuals opened fire against the victims inside their vehicle firing around 40 cartridges. Police say the crime scene is a notorious drug trafficking spot. No arrests have been reported. 

Multiple protests and a blockade reported in Mexico City

Multiple protests and a blockade were reported in Mexico City earlier today. The blockade was reportedly set up on Abraham González Rd in Cuauhtémoc, between General Prim and Atenas Rd. Authorities recommended taking Enrico Martinez Balderas and Paseo de la Reforma Ave as alternative routes. Additionally, protests were reported in Congreso de la Unión Ave, Periférico Sur, Calzada Chabacano, Hidalgo Ave, Insurgentes Sur, Ave, and Reforma Ave. 

Four killed, one injured after drive-by shooting in Cuernavaca

Four people were killed and another was injured following a shooting in Cuernavaca, Morelos yesterday evening. The incident took place on Sergio Estrada Cajigal St, in the Lázaro Cárdenas neighbourhood at around 21:00 local time. According to reports, the victims were standing outside a shop when the attackers drove by and shot at them. No arrests have been reported. 

Ten people hanged on FH 45 Bridge in Zacatecas

Zacatecas' Public Security Secretariat reported that criminal organizations left ten bodies ganging from a bridge in Cuauhtémoc earlier today. The bodies were left hanging on Federal Highway 45, near the border between Zacatecas and Aguascalientes. According to reports, the region has suffered an increase in violence due to rivalries between cartels in the region. No arrests have been reported., 

Multiple protests reported in Mexico City, metro services temporarily suspended

Multiple protests were reported in Mexico City. One of the protests caused metro services to be temporarily suspended at four stations, namely Bellas Artes, Isabel la Católica, Salto del Agua, and San Juan de Letrán stations. Other protests were reported in Plaza de la Constitución Ave, Periférico Sur, COngreso de la Unión Ave, México Ave, Juárez Ave, Paseo de la Reforma Ave, and Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas

One person shot and killed in Ecatepec

One person was killed in a shooting in Ecatepec, Mexico State yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on San Agustín Ave and Sur 46 at around 12:00 local time. According to reports, an armed individual on a motorcycle opened fire against the victim outside a restaurant next to the Public Ministry of San Agustín. No arrests have been reported. 

Multiple protests and blockade reported in Mexico City

Multiple protests and a blockade were reported in Mexico City earlier today. The blockade was reportedly set up by protesters on Juárez Ave and Paseo de la Reforma Ave and has heavily disrupted traffic. Authorities recommended taking Art 123 and Eje 1 Norte as alternative routes. Additionally, protests were reported in México Ave, Balderas Ave, Calzada de Tlalpan, Pino Suárez Ave, Adolfo López Mateos Blvd, and Angel Urraza Ave. 

One killed, five injured in Cancún shooting

One person was killed and five others were injured during a shooting in Cancún, Quintana Roo earlier today. The incident took place on Chichen Itzá St and Tankah St, in the Supermanzana 62 neighbourhood, at around 03:30 local time. According to reports, the victims stormed out of the 'El Ejecutivo' Bar before being intercepted by gunmen. No arrests have been reported. 

Multiple protests and blockade reported in Mexico City

Multiple protests and a blockade were reported in Mexico City earlier today. The blockade was reportedly set up in Juárez Ave, between López and Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas, in Cuauhtémoc since early in the morning. Authorities recommended taking Art 123 and Hidalgo Ave as alternative routes. Additionally, protests were reported in  Doctor Río de la Loza 68 Ave, Calz. Santo Tomás & Michoacán and Toledo 22 St. 

Three police officers kidnapped and later killed in Asientos

Three police officers were kidnapped and later killed in Asientos, Aguascalientes yesterday. The victims had been kidnapped on 8 November in Loreto, Zacatecas, and were later found by authorities on Highway 45 in Asientos. Police are currently investigating the incident and have reported no arrests. 

Five killed, one injured after armed attack in Apaseo El Grande

Five people were killed and another was injured following an armed attack in Apaseo El Grande, Guanajuato yesterday evening. The incident took place inside the victims' home on Caseros St, in the San Telmo neighbourhood at around 21:00 local time. According to police, that attack was part of a criminal gang dispute in the area. No arrests have been reported. 

At least six people killed in Silao shooting

Authorities in Guanajuato reported that at least six people were killed during a shooting in Silao on Saturday evening. The shooting took place on San Antonio St in Apoaseo del Grande at around 18:00 local time. Police said the incident was part of a criminal gang dispute in the area, as the attackers left a note. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people killed after armed attack in Amozoc

Two people were killed during an armed attack in Amozoc, Puebla yesterday afternoon. The incident took place in the San José Laguna neighbourhood at around 13:00 local time when unidentified assailants attacked the victims as they drove through the area. The vehicle was then found overturned with the victims inside. No arrests have been reported. 

Three people shot and killed in Tlalnepantla

Three people were killed in a shooting in Tlalnepantla, Mexico State yesterday evening. The incident took place inside the victims home in the El Olivo neighbourhood at around 22:00 local time. According to witnesses, gunshots were heard before a man was spotted fleeing on a motorcycle. Police say the incident was the result of criminal gang violence. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people shot and killed in Xalapa

Two people were killed during a shooting in Xalapa, Veracruz yesterday evening. The incident took place on María Enriqueta St and Fray Andrés de Olmos St, in the Rafael Lucio neighbourhood at around 18:00 local time. Police have not identified any suspects or reported any arrests. 

Multiple protests and blockade reported in Mexico City

Several protests and a blockade were reported today in Mexico City. In Benito Juárez International Airport (AICM), a blockade was placed by former customs employees of the Tax Administration Service (SAT) who claim they were fired unjustly. Authorities set up alternative access points. Additionally, protests were reported in Marina Nacional Ave, Plaza de la Constitución Ave, Calzada de Tlalpán, Congreso de la Unión Ave, Juárez Ave, Paseo de la Reforma Ave, and Hidalgo Ave. 

Three suspects killed after shootout with police in Celaya

Three armed suspects were killed during a shootout with police in Celaya, Guanajuato yesterday evening. The incident took place on Irrigación Ave at around 21:00 local time. According to reports, police intercepted the suspects as they had shot and injured two people earlier on Presa Penuelitas St. 

Several protests and blockade reported in Mexico City

Several protests and a blockade were reported in Mexico City earlier today. The blockade was reportedly located on Juárez Ave, between López St and Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas, in Cuahutémoc. Authorities recommended taking Art 123 and Hidalgo Ave as alternative routes. Additionally, protests were reported in Plaza de la Constitución, Paseo de la Reforma Ave, Municipio Libre Ave, Uxmal, and Jardín Plaza Hidalgo. 

One person shot and killed by sicarios in Martínez de la Torrre

One person was killed in a shooting in Martínez de la Torre, Veracruz yesterday afternoon. The incident took place at the intersection of 5 de Febrero Ave and Alfinio Flores Beltrán Blvd, in the Adolfo Ruiz Cortines neighbourhood at around 14:30 local time. According to reports, a couple of armed suspects on motorcycles shot the victim dead as he stood on the street before fleeing. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people shot and killed in Guadalajara

Two people were shot and killed in Guadalajara, Jalisco yesterday afternoon. The incident took place at the intersection of Martín Castrejón St and Miguel Topete St, in the Emiliano Zapata neighbourhood at around 13:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people shot and killed in Ciudad Juárez

Two people were shot and killed in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua yesterday afternoon. The incident took place inside the victim's house on Senderos de Parral St and Fundadores de América St, in the Senderos de San Isidro neighbourhood at around 15:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Four people shot and killed in Guadalupe

Four people were shot and killed during a home break-in in Guadalupe, Zacatecas on Friday morning. The incident took place in the La Comarca neighbourhood at around 02:30 local time. According to reports, the attackers broke into the victim's home, shot them, and set the house on fire before fleeing. No arrests have been reported. 

Drivers killed as lorry crashes at toll booth

At least 19 people have died and three more have been injured after a lorry crashed into a toll booth in central Mexico setting fire to six vehicles. The driver of the truck was among those killed on the highway connecting Mexico City to Puebla state. It has been reported that the crash, which occurred at 12:45 local time on Saturday (18:45 GMT), was caused by a failure of the lorry’s brakes.

Security forces ambushed in Teocaltiche shootout

Security forces were reportedly attacked in an ambush in Teocaltiche, Jalisco yesterday afternoon. The incident took place in the Rancho Nuevo village at around 12:00 local time. According to reports, a group of armed civilians opened fire against security forces ensuing in a shootout. The victims were members of Jalisco's Prosecutor's Office, the Secretariat of National Defence, the National Guard, and the Municipal Police, who were in the village investigating the disappearance of several individuals. No arrests have been reported. 

Mutiple protests and blockade reported in Mexico City

Multiple protests and a blockade were reported in Mexico City earlier today. The blockade was reported at Industria Militar Ave, in the Lomas de Sotelo neighborhood, between General Juan Cabral and Periférico. Authorities recommended taking Avenida del Conscripto and Anillo Periférico as alternative routes. Additionally, protests were reported in Paseo de la Reforma Ave, Plaza de la Constitución, Gral Gabriel Hernández, Antonio Delfín Madrigal Ave, Santa Úrsula and San Ricardo. 

Municipal Councilor of Public Works killed in Guerrero

The Municipal Councilor of Public Works of Cochoapa el Grande was reportedly killed in a shooting in Guerrero yesterday morning. The incident took place in Chilpanciguito village as the councilor was travelling to Metlatónoc at around 11:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Multiple protests and blockade reported in Mexico City

Multiple protests and a blockade were reported in Mexico City. The blockade was set up y protesters on República de Cuba St in Cuauhtémoc, between República de Chile St and Allende St. Authorities recommended taking Tacuba as an alternative route. Additionally, protests were reported in José María Pino Suárez Ave, Escuela Naval Militar Ave, Plaza de la Constitución, Plaza de la República, San Jorge, San León, and Congreso de la Unión Ave. 

Two police officer shot and killed in Celaya

Two police officers were shot and killed by unidentified armed suspects in Celaya, Guanajuato yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on Maria Morelos St at around 12:00 local time. According to reports, a couple of men on motorcycles opened fire against the officers and left a threat message behind. This marks the second double homicide of police officers in as many days in Celaya. 

One police officer killed, six others injured after shootout in Hidalgo

One police officer was killed and six others were injured during a shooting in Hidalgo, Coahuila yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on Federal Highway 2 at around 17:00 local time. According to police, several officers were ambushed as they were in pursuit of another vehicle through Tamaulipas. No arrests have been reported. 

Multiple protests and blockade reported in Mexico City

Multiple protests and a blockade were reported earlier today in Mexico City. The blockade was reported on Juárez Ave in Cuauhtémoc, between López and Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas. Authorities recommended taking Art 123 or Hidalgo Ave as alternative routes. Additionally, protests were reported at Plaza de la República, Plaza de la Constitución Ave, Reforma Ave, Miguel Ángel de Quevedo Ave, and Niños Heroes Ave. 

Three arrested, 25 rescued from human trafficking in Matamoros

Three people were arrested and 25 people were rescued in Matamoros, Tamaulipas yesterday. The rescue took place inside a house on Sierra Rocallosa St, in the Las Cumbres neighbourhood. According to police, an anonymous tip led them to the house, where the suspects were allegedly conducting a human trafficking operation, mainly targeting Central American migrants. 

Multiple protests and blockade reported in Mexico City

Multiple protests and a blockade were reported in Mexico City earlier today. A blockade was reported on Juárez Ave in Cuauhtémoc, between López St and Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas Road. Authorities recommended taking Art 123 or Hidalgo Ave as alternative routes. Additionally, protests were reported on Paseo de la Reforma Ave, Insurgentes Ave, San Gonzalo, Santa Úrsula, and Plaza de la República. 

Four people shot and killed in Fresnillo shooting

Four people were killed during a shooting in Fresnillo, Zacatecas yesterday afternoon. The incident took place inside a restaurant on Del Magnesio St and De Los Laureles St, in the Real del Fresnillo neighborhood at around 12:00 local time. According to reports, gunmen came storming into the restaurant and opened fire on the staff. All of the victims were restaurant employees. No arrests have been reported. 

Multiple protests and blockades reported in Mexico City

Authorities in Mexico City reported several protests and blockades earlier today. One of the blockades was reported on the Mexico-Pachuca Highway in Acolman. Another blockade was reported at Plaza de la Constitución, in Cuauhtémoc between Corregidora St and Moneda St. Additionally, protests were reported in Guadalupe Ave, Tláhuac Ave, Insurgentes Ave, Congreso de la Unión Ave, and San León. 

Two people shot and killed in Sinaloa

Two people were killed in a shooting in Culiacán, Sinaloa earlier today. The incident took place on Tamazula Ave, in the Nueva Galaxia neighbourhood at around 01:00 local time. According to reports, patrolling policemen found the victims on the street as they approached the scene after hearing gunshots. No arrests have been reported. 

Activist shot and killed in Chetumal after lobbying in Congress

An activist was shot and killed yesterday in Othón P Blanco, Quintana Roo. The incident took place on Libramiento de Chetumal, Chetumal sometime in the morning. According to reports, the victim was a member of the state's Civic Front and had appeared before Congress the day before in order to deliver a proposal for legislation on tightening public officials' requirements for filing their jobs. No arrests have been reported. 

Multiple protests and blockade reported in Mexico City

Authorities in Mexico City reported several protests and a blockade earlier today. The blockade was reportedly set up at Plaza de la Constitución, between Corregidora St and Moneda St in Cuauhtémoc in the early morning hours. Authorities recommended taking Eje Central, Isabel la Católica, or Correo Mayor as alternative routes. Additionally, protests were reported in Fray Servando Teresa de Mier Ave, Independencia Ave, San Miguel Ave, Paseo de la Reforma Ave, and Insurgentes Ave.  

One person shot and killed in Monterrey

One person was shot and killed yesterday in Monterrey, Nuevo León. The incident took place at the intersection of Padua St and Lago St, in the Mitras Sur neighbourhood at around 18:30 local time. According to reports, the victim was a lawyer who was walking out of his office when he was fatally shot. No arrests have been reported. 

More than 100 arrested, several injured in clashes between migrants and police in Chiapas

More than 100 people were arrested and more than a dozen were injured during clashes between a migrant caravan and law enforcement officers in Viva México, Chiapas yesterday. The incident took place in Tapachula as the migrants' walking caravan was attempted to be blocked by authorities. The caravan reportedly carries around 6,000 Central American migrants aiming to reach Mexico City, where they expect to file for asylum or legal immigration status. 

School teacher killed in machete attack in Venustiano Carranza

A school teacher was killed in a machete attack in Venustiano Carranza, Chiapas yesterday morning. The incident took place on the highway between San Francisco Pujiltic and Venustiano Carranza, in El Puy, at around 09:30 local time. According to reports, the victim was ambushed by armed individuals, forced to descend from the vehicle, and slaughtered on the spot. The victim was the son of the Emiliano Zapata Peasant Organization (OCEZ). No arrests have been reported. 

Multiple protests and blockade reported in Mexico City

A blockade was reported on 20 de Noviembre Ave, in Cuauhtémoc earlier today. The blockade was set up between Venustiano Carranza and Circuito Plaza de la Constitución. Another blockade was reported at Plaza de la Csontitución between Corregidora St and Moneda St. Authorities recommended taking Isabel la Católica or Correo mayor as alternative routes. Additonally, protests were reported in Parque Vía Ave, Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas, Plaza de la Constitución, Zacatecas St and Veracruz St. 

Five people shot and killed in Chihuahua

Five people were killed in a shooting in Chihuahua City, Chihuahua yesterday morning. The incident took place inside one of the victim's homes at the intersection of Libertadores St and Miguel Trillo St, in the Villa Vieja neighbourhood at around 10:00 local time. According to witnesses, a shooting ensued inside the victim's home before seeing a group of gunmen leave the scene on a pickup truck. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people shot and killed in Guadalajara shooting

Two people were killed in a shooting in Guadalajara, Jalisco yesterday evening. The incident took place at the intersection of Othón Blanco Cáceres St and Andrés Tamayo St in the Nueva Santa María neighbourhood at around 23:00 local time. According to reports, the attackers stormed into a barbershop and opened fire against six people before fleeing. No arrests have been reported. 

Several protest and blockades reported in Mexico City

Several protests and blockades were reported in Mexico City earlier today. Protestors are reportedly blocking the México-Coyacán Ave, at the intersection with Puente Xoco St, in Benito Juárez. Authorities recommended taking Miguel Laurent, Rodríguez Saro, or Universidad Ave as alternate routes. Another blockade was reported in República de Cuba St, between República de Chile St and Allende St in Cuauhtémoc. Authorities recommended taking Tacuba instead. Additionally, protests were reported on Paseo de la Reforma Ave, Plaza de la Constitución, Calzada San Antonio, Calzada Legaria, and Juárez Ave. 

Eight people shot and killed during criminal gang clashes in Zitácuaro

Eight people were shot and killed in Zitácuaro, Michoacnán yesterday evening. The incident took place on Artillería Oriente St at around 22:00 local time. According to reports, the incident began on Guillermo Prieto St, where a couple of criminal gangs began attacking each other. They later chased each other until ending up in a shootout in the Dámaso Cárdenas neighbourhood. No arrests have been reported. 

One killed, five injured in Tulum shooting

One person was killed and five others were injured following a shooting incident in Tulum, Quintana Roo yesterday evening. The incident took place inside the 'La Malquerida' restaurant on Centauro St at around 22:00 local time. According to reports, the deceased victim was a tourist who got caught in the crossfire. No arrests have been reported. 

Political activist killed by strangling in Los Cabos

A political activist was killed by strangling yesterday in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur. The incident took place on Manuel Doblado St, between Ildefonso Green and 24 de Febrero in San José del Cabo. According to reports, the victim was a 33-year-old woman who had been reported missing on 14 October. No arrests have been reported. 

Multiple protests and blockade reported in Mexico City

Several protests and blockades were reported today in Mexico City. Blockades were reported at Eje 1 Norte and Peralvillo St, in the Cuauhtémoc neighbourhood earlier today. Authorities recommended taking Paseo de la Reforma as an alternative route. Another blockade was reported in Eje 5 Nte and Ferrocarril Hidalgo St in the Villa Gustavo A Madero neighbourhood. Additionally, protests were reported in Plaza de la República, Jardín Plaza Hidalgo, and Plaza de la Constitución Ave. 


Five killed, two police officers injured in Matamoros shootout

Five people were killed and two police officers were injured during a shootout between Mexican security forces and organized crime gang members in Matamoros, Tamaulipas yesterday morning. The incident took place on Sendero Nacional Ave at around 07:00 local time. According to police, the gang members shot at them as the security forces chased them down the busy avenue. Several posts on social media shot by civilians show the incident unfolding. 

Several protests and blockade reported in Mexico City

A blockade and several protests were reported in Mexico City earlier today. The blockade is set up on Industria Militar Ave, in the Lomas de Sotelo neighbourhood since early in the morning. Authorities recommended taking Avenida del Conscripto and Anillo Periférico as alternative routes. Additionally, protests were reported in Paseo de la Reforma Ave, Insurgentes Sur Ave, and Baja California Ave. 

Disruptions and flash floods reported in Nayarit as Tropical Storm 'Pamela' passes through

Authorities in the state of Nayarit reported several disruptions and flash floods resulting from the passing of Tropical Storm 'Pamela' through Mexico's Pacific coast, making the San Pedro River overflow. The bridge between Tuxpán and Ruiz collapsed as a result, as flash floods overtook the structure. The Tepic-Mazatlán and Acaponeta-Tecuala highways were closed off as access to Tecuala is blocked, and Los Sandovales and Agua Verde were also suffering from flash floods. 

One killed, two injured in shooting incident outside Benito Juárez International Airport

One person was killed and two others were injured during a shooting outside Benito Juárez International Airport in Mexico City. The incident occurred at the airport in the Venustiano Carranza borough at around 10:00 local time. According to reports, armed individuals on motorcycles opened fire against a vehicle driving on Oceanía Ave. As the shooting occurred, the driver reportedly ran over the motorcyclists before crashing into the entrance of the airport's Terminal 2. Those injured have been hospitalized. 

One police officer, one suspect killed in San Luís Potosí shooting attack

One police officer and one suspect were both killed following a shooting in Rioverde, San Luís Potosí yesterday afternoon. The shooting took place on Valencia St in the Victoria neighbourhood at around 15:00 local time. According to reports, the officers were attacked by three armed individuals who came in on motorcycles. The suspects fled the scene but were followed by police. One of the suspects was injured along with a police officer during the chase. Two of the suspects remain on the loose. 

One killed, six injured, five arrested following clashes between strikers and security forces in Paraíso

One person was killed, six were injured, and five others were arrested following clashes between strikers and security forces in Paraíso, Tabasco yesterday. The ICA Flour workers reportedly clashed with security forces after a two-day strike at the 'Dos Bocas' refinery site. The protesters are reportedly demanding improved working conditions and were attempting to block the refinery's entrance before the clashes. 

Multiple protests and blockade reported in Mexico City

Protesters in Mexico City reportedly blocked roads leading to Plaza de la Constitución earlier today. The blockades were set up on 20 de Noviembre Ave and Pino Suárez St, in the Centro Histórico neighbourhood, Cuauhtémoc early in the morning. Authorities recommended taking Eje Central, Isabel la Católica, or Eje 1 Norte as alternative routes. Additionally, protests were reported in José María Pino Suárez, Xola Ave, Paseo de la Reforma Ave, and Izazaga Ave.  

Several protests reported in Mexico City

Several protests were reported in Mexico City earlier today. The protests were reported since 07:00 local time at Plaza de la Constitución, Insurgentes Sur Ave, Baja California Ave, José María Pino Suárez 2, and Niño Jesús. No blockades or violence has been reported, but traffic on Insurgentes Sur Ave was reportedly disrupted for around 30 minutes in the morning hours. 

Five people killed during shootings in León

Five people were killed during shootings in León, Guanajuato yesterday. In the Balcones de la Joya neighbourhood, a couple was killed just around the same time a minor was shot in Loma de Bugambillas St. Later that evening, two people were killed in Praderas de Agua Azul. Another victim was killed in San Juan Bosco that same evening. Police are unsure if the incidents are connected and have not reported any arrests. 

Four people killed following sicario attack in Irapuato

Four people were killed in a shooting in Irapuato, Guanajuato yesterday morning. The incident took place on Azucena St, in the Santa María neighbourhood at around 11:00 local time. According to reports, a couple of sicarios riding in on motorcycles attacked the victims who were looking at an empty plot of land. No arrests have been reported. 

Four police officers ambushed and killed in Zacatecas

Four police officers were killed and another was injured during a shooting in Zacatecas City, Zacatecas yesterday afternoon. The incident took place outside the Benito Juárez football pitch at around 15:00 local time. According to reports, a group of armed individuals opened fire on four off-duty officers sitting inside their vehicle. The attackers reportedly managed to escape along Calzada de los Deportes as a shootout with incoming police officers ensued. No arrests have been reported. 

Four people killed in Tlaquepaque brawl

Four people were killed in a shooting in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco yesterday evening. The incident occurred in the crossing between Flor San Juan St and Flor de Naranjo St in the Arroyo de las Flores neighbourhood at around 21:30 local time. According to reports, the incident was the result of a brawl that escalated in the street. No arrests have been reported. 

Protests and blockades reported in Mexico City

Protesters blocked the intersection at Avenida de las Granjas and Calzada Santo Tomás in Mexico City today. The blockades are reportedly set up in Azcapotzalco in the Santo Tomás neighbourhood. Authorities recommended taking Avenida Ceylan as an alternative route. Additionally, several other protests have been reported in Plaza de la Constitución, Paseo de la Reforma Ave, Insurgentes Sur Ave, and Niños Heroes Ave. 

Four people killed and dumped in the streets of Celaya

Authorities reported finding four dead female bodies with traces of violence yesterday in Celaya, Guanajuato. The discoveries were made after the bodies were dumped in several locations throughout the city. The first finding occurred on Hierbabuena St and Naranja St at around 21:30 local time in Campo Azul. The second location was the Moctezuma neighbourhood at around 23:30 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Journalist and public servant killed in robbery in Ecatepec

A journalist and public servant was killed during a robbery in Ecatepec, Mexico State yesterday. The incident took place on Carlos Hank González Rd as the victim was aboard a public transport van which was robber by armed individuals. The victim, Daniel Hernández Moncada, was reportedly shot and killed as he tried to descend from the van. No arrests have been reported. 


Three killed, one injured following shooting in Zaragoza

Three people were killed and another was injured during a shooting in Zaragoza, Veracruz yesterday evening. The incident took place inside a bar on Francisco I Madero Ave, in the Colonia Centro neighbourhood at around 23:00 local time. No arrests have been reported. 

Multiple protests and blockades reported in Mexico City

Protesters are reportedly staging blockades in Mexico City today. Two lanes of Plaza de la Constitución, Centro Histórico, Cuauhtémoc have been blocked since early in the morning. The demonstration is located on the perimeter of Plaza de la Constitución, between Corregidora St and Moneda St. Authorities recommended taking Eje Central or Izazaga as alternative routes. Additionally, protests have been reported in Paseo de la Reforma Ave, Periférico Sur, Juárez Ave, and Fray Servando Teresa de Mier Ave. 

One person shot and killed in León

One person was shot and killed in León, Guanajuato yesterday evening. The incident took place on Saturno Boulevard, in San Felipe de Jesus at around 23:00 local time. 

Protests and blockades reported in Mexico City

Authorities in Mexico City reported that protesters are currently blocking the intersection at Talismán Ave and Oniquina, in the Tres Estrellas neighbourhood, Gustavo A. Madero. Authorities recommended taking Joyas Ave and Victoria Oriente as alternative routes. Additionally, protests have been reported in Plaza de la Constitución, Manuel González, H. Congreso de la Unión 66, and Prolongación San Isidro 151. 

One municipal agent killed, another injured after armed attack in Pochutla

A municipal agent was killed and another was injured during a shooting in Pochutla, Oaxaca yesterday afternoon. The incident took place in Los Ciruelos at around 13:00 local time. According to reports, the victims were in a restaurant when armed individuals came in and opened fire on them before fleeing. No arrests have been reported. 

Mayor detained by civilians who burned down his home in Altamirano

Authorities in Chiapas reported that local inhabitants detained the municipal mayor and burned his house in Altamirano on Saturday afternoon. The incident took place at around 12:00 local time when a group of people arrived at the mayor's home, detained him, and proceeded to loot and burn the house. The victim, Roberto Pinto Kanter, is reportedly being held in a local jail guarded by around 300 people. The people's motivation is to impede the mayor's wife, Gabriela Roque, from taking office on 1 October. The people demand the creation of a new Municipal Council. 

Several protests disrupting traffic reported in Mexico City

Multiple protests have been reported in Mexico City today. Traffic has been reportedly disrupted by protests at Congreso de la Unión 66, Castilla 186, Donceles y Allende, and Abaraham González. The protest at Congreso de la Unión 66 was reportedly dispersed by security officials at around 11:00 local time. 

Two killed, one injured following violent attack in Omealca

Two people were killed and another was injured following an armed attack in Omealca, Veracruz yesterday morning. The incident took place in the Bajo Grande village at around 02:00 local time. According to reports, a group of armed individuals went into a family's home, shot one of them and then beheaded another. Police say the beheading was done in order to 'send a message' to rival gangs in the area, as they deliberately left one of them alive. No arrests have been reported. 

Protests and blockades reported in Mexico City

Protesters reportedly blocked the intersection of Donceles St and Allende St in the Centro Histórico neighbourhood in Mexico City today. The blockade was reported outside the Congress building in Cuauhtémoc. Authorities recommended taking 5 de Mayo Ave, Eje 1 Norte, or Eje Central as alternative routes. Additionally, protests were reported in Calzada San Antonio Niños Héroes Ave, Balderas Ave, Insurgentes Ave, and Congreso de la Unión 66 Ave. 

Journalist shot and killed in Cuernavaca

One journalist was killed in a shooting in Cuernavaca, Morelos yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on Leandro Valle St in the Miraval neighbourhood at around 16:30 local time. According to reports, the victim was the director of the Agencia Portal Morelos news outlet, Manuel González Reyes, who was a candidate for local mayor in the previous elections. No arrests have been reported. 

Clashes between protesters and police in Mexico City leave 37 injured

Authorities in Mexico City reported that at least 37 people were injured, including 27 police personnel, during a Global Day of Action march for abortion rights yesterday afternoon. The marches and demonstrations were reported in the Zócalo, located in front of the National Palace on Reforma Ave. According to reports, civilians and police clashed as they marched into the Zócalo. Protesters reportedly threw objects at police who responded with tear gas. 

Protests and blockades reported in Mexico City

In Mexico City, protesters have reportedly blocked Paseo de la Reforma Ave at the intersection with Insurgentes Ave in the Tabacalera neighborhood today. Insurgentes Ave at the intersection with Antonio Caso St has also been blocked. Authorities recommended taking Chapultepec Ave or Circuito Interior as alternative routes. Additionally, protests were reported in Plaza de la Constitución, Juárez Ave, Congreso de la Unión 66, and San Pablo Ave. 

Seven killed, three injured in Ciudad Juárez shooting and arson attack

On Saturday evening, seven people were killed and three others were injured during a shooting and arson attack in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. The incident took place on Francisco I Madero St, at the corner with Rodolfo Fierro St at around 22:30 local time. According to reports, armed individuals went inside the victim's home, shot them, and set the house on fire. Police say the house was used for trading drugs. No arrests have been reported. 

Baja California Sur to fully reopen beach access and commerce

The local government in the state of Baja California Sur announced it would fully reopen beach access beginning next week. Authorities made the announcement after reporting an improvement in the Covid-19 epidemiological situation in the area over the last few weeks. Beach commerce will also be allowed to operate following sanitary regulations. 

Protest staged in Mexico City blocking Jardín Ave

Protestors blocked the intersection of Jardín Ave and Ferrocarril Central earlier today. The blockade was set up in Ampliación del Gas, in the Azcapotzalco borough. Transit authorities recommended taking Calzada Vallejo or Camarones as an alternative route. 

National Guard solider killed by human traffickers in Jiquipilas

A National Guard soldier was killed in a shooting in Jiquipilas, Chiapas yesterday morning. The incident took place on the Ocozocoautla-Jiquilpas highway at around 04:00 local time. According to reports, the soldier was checking on a lorry that was travelling with no lights before the driver attempted to escape and shot him. On the back of the lorry was a group of human traffickers travelling from Guatemala. No arrests have been reported. 

Fuel leak contaminates water in Tepeapulco, residents evacuated

Hundreds of citizens were evacuated due to a gasoline leak in Tepeapulco, Hidalgo yesterday after residents reported a strong fuel smell coming from the water supply system. Due to several possible risks, authorities encouraged several communities to evacuate, namely Centro, Plaza Vieja, Calvario, 18 de Marzo, and Del Trabajo. Authorities then located the source of the leak and said the water had been contaminated and therefore may not be used or consumed. 

Multiple protests reported throughout Mexico City

Multiple protests were reported in Mexico City earlier today. The protests have been reported at Calzada de Tlalpan, Paseo de la Reforma Ave, Insurgentes Sur Ave, Chapultepec Ave, Carlota Armero 5000, and Abraham González 48. Police said traffic was disrupted in Paseo de la Reforma Ave for about half an hour in the early morning hours but have since cleared the people from the street peacefully. 

Multiple protests and blockades reported in Mexico City

Multiple protests and blockades were reported in Mexico City today. Protests were reported in Periférico Sur 3453, Calzada Gral. Mariano Escobedo, Paseo de la Reforma 135, and Reforma Ave. Blockades were reported in 20 de Noviembre Ave, Manuel Carpio 475, and Avenida de las Granjas. Police suggested avoiding the areas where traffic has been disrupted by the blockades. 

Four killed in Zamora shooting

Four people were shot and killed in Zamora, Michoacán yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on Avenida del Árbol 933-A in the Abroledas Segunda Sección neighborhood at around 17:00 local time. According to reports, a couple of sicarios went into a house and shot the victims before fleeing. No arrests have been reported. 

US government extends land border restrictions with Mexico

The US government extended its restrictions on land border crossings with Mexico (and Canada) through at least 21 October. The US has extended its restrictions on a monthly basis since March 2020 in order to address the spread of Covid-19. White House Covid-19 Coordinator Jeff Zients said all foreign nationals travelling to the US by air will need to show full vaccination or provide a negative test. 

Multiple protests and blockades reported in Mexico City

Protesters reportedly blocked roads in Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City earlier today. The blockade was reported at the intersection of Venustiano Carranza and 20 de Noviembre in the Colonia Centro neighbourhood. Authorities recommended taking an alternative route via Bolívar and Fray Servando or Eje Central. Additionally, several other protests were reported on Juárez Ave, Paseo de la Reforma Ave, Pólovora 6, José María Pino Suárez Ave, Anfora 12, Ajusco, Capitán Carlos León Ave and Plaza de la Constitución. 

Two killed, four injured following bomb attack in Salamanca

Two people were killed and four others were injured after an explosive device detonated in Salamanca, Guanajuato yesterday evening. The incident took place outside the 'Barra 1604' restaurant at around 19:00 local time. According to witnesses, a couple of people who came in on a motorcycle delivered a package containing what appeared to be air balloons. The package exploded as the restaurant workers inspected it. No arrests have been reported. 

Protests blocking Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas reported in Mexico City

Protesters have reportedly blocked Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas from Independencia Ave through Hidalgo Ave in the Cuauhtémoc borough. Authorities suggested taking alternative routes through Paseo de la Reforma Ave and Isabel la Católica. No injuries or arrests have been reported in the protest. 

Five civilians killed in Tepalcatepec clashes

Five bodies were found in the aftermath of a shooting in the Tepalcatepec municipality in Michoacán yesterday. The bodies were found close to La Estanzuela. According to reports, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), the Tepalcatepec Cartel, Mexican security forces, and the Autodefensas vigilante group have been involved in a series of clashes in the area over the last few days. The clashes have lasted several days and involve the use of high-caliber firearms, grenades, and drones as the CJNG reportedly seeks to expand its influence in the region. All five victims were residents of La Estanzuela, police suspect they were part of the Autodefensas vigilante group. 

Flash flood warnings in Ciudad Cuauhtémoc and Cosío

Authorities in Aguascalientes issued an alert due to the possibility of flash floods in Ciudad Cuauhtémoc and Cosío. The alert was issued hours before the El Infiernillo dam overflowed due to heavy rain in Genaro Codina, Zacatecas which cause increased water levels in the San Pedro River. 

Protesters block three highways in northern Veracruz

Authorities reported that demonstrators blocked at least three highways in northern Veracruz earlier today. The blockades were reported in Poza Rica-Cardel highway, Totomoxtle-Tihuatlán highway, and Papantla-Gutiérrez Zamora highway. The demonstrators are reportedly protesting the lack of inclusion in censuses on people affected by Hurricane Grace back in August. The protesters said they would continue to stage the blockades until their demands are met. 

One man shot and killed in El Fuerte

One person was shot dead in El Fuerte, Sinaloa yesterday evening. The incident took place in the Chinobampo community. According to reports, the assailant stood outside the victim's home yelling out his name and shot him when he came out. No arrests have been reported. 

Several streets to remain closed through Independence Day in Mexico City

Between today and tomorrow, a number of streets will be closed in Mexico City due to Independence Day celebrations and expected protests. The closed streets are 20 de Noviembre Ave, 16 de Septiembre, 5 de Febrero, Francisco I. Madero, 5 de Mayo, Monte de Piedad, Seminario, Moneda, República de Venezuela, Eje Central Ave, Lázaro Cárdenas Ave, Eje Oriente 1 Ave, José María Izazaga Ave, Zócalo, Jose María Pino Suarez, and Tacuba. The streets will be closed until 17 September at 16:00 local time. 

Authorities rescued 22 migrants from trafficking networks in San Luis Potosí

Mexican authorities reported the rescue of 22 Cuban and Haitian migrants yesterday. The migrants had reportedly been kidnapped when gunmen stormed a hotel in San Luis Potosí a couple weeks earlier. The rescue took place in a remote area by the road between Matehuala and San Luis Potosí. "I am going to notify the migration institute so that they can be involved since we do not know the migratory status of these people," Attorney General Arturo Garza Herrera said.

Protest and blockade reported on Periférico 3648 in Mexico City

Authorities reported that protesters have blocked the central lanes of the Periférico 3648 (northbound) freeway earlier today. The blockade was reportedly set up near Manzana Rd, in the Jardines del Pedregal neighbourhood in Álvaro Obregón, Mexico City. Authorities suggested commuters take Boulevard de la Luz as an alternative route. 

Six people killed, two injured following armed attack in Guadalupe

Six people were killed and two others were injured following an armed attack in Guadalupe, Nuevo León yesterday morning. The incident took place on 3036 San Eduardo St in the Vista Sol neighbourhood at around 02:00 local time. According to reports, a couple of gunmen stormed into the victim's home and shot them. No arrests have been reported. 

Two robbers killed and burned in Tlajomulco de Zúñiga

Two robbers were killed and burned in Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Jalisco earlier today- The incident took place on Valle Tulipán St and Valle Floral Ave in the Paseos del Valle neighbourhood at around 04:30 local time. According to reports, the assailants broke into a house with the intention of robbing it but were caught by neighbours. The residents then proceeded to tie up the robbers and set them ablaze inside an abandoned garage. 

Authorities rescued 262 migrants from human trafficking networks in Veracruz

Authorities in Veracruz reported the rescue of 262 migrants from human trafficking networks in the municipalities of Las Choapas, San Andrés Tuxtla, and Hueyapan de Ocampo earlier today. According to reports, most of the migrants rescued from the operation were Haitians. The migrants were handed over to the National Institute of Migration (INM) who will process their legal status. In the meantime, the migrants are to remain in Ayucán, an INM migrant centre. 



Protests and blockades reported throughout Mexico City

Protesters in La Magdalena Contreras, Mexico City reportedly set up a blockade earlier today. The blockade was reported at the intersection of Del Rosal and Teja St in the Pueblo Nuevo Bajo neighbourhood and has reportedly been going on for more than four hours. Additionally, protests were reported in Plaza de la Constitución, Luis Enrique Erro Ave, Avenida de los Maestros, General Prim, Congreso de la Unión, and Jose María Pino Suares Ave. 

Two people killed in Minatlán shooting

Two people were killed in a shooting in Minatlán, Veracruz earlier today. The victims were a National Guard soldier and a civilian. The shooting took place at the Coatza II bridge toll on the Cosoleacaque- Nuevo Teapa highway in the south of the state. Authorities say they launched an operation to find the attackers and say they found the pick-up truck they used for the attack, which had been reported as stolen days prior. No arrests have been reported. 

Three killed in San Marcos highway collision

At least three people died in a traffic collision on the Mexico-Puebla highway in San Marcos, Mexico State yesterday afternoon. The crash took place at the San Marcos toll booth at around 15:00 local time. According to reports, a semi-truck carrying over 20 tonnes of sugar experienced a brake failure and crashed into multiple vehicles. 

Clashes between military and criminal groups leave 13 dead in Nuevo Laredo

Authorities in Tamaulipas reported that 13 people were killed during clashes between the military and a criminal group in Nuevo Laredo yesterday. The clashes took place on the Aeropuerto highway and the La Sandía and Buena Vista neighbourhoods. According to authorities, the criminal group was disguised as marines and had set up a blockade on the highway. Reportedly, two of the victims were civilian casualties. 

Seventeen hospital patients dead, hundreds evacuated due to floods in Tula

Authorities in Hidalgo reported that they evacuated hundreds of people due to flooding in Tula yesterday. According to reports, heavy rainfall caused the Tula and Rosas rivers to overflow, causing severe flooding in Tula and its surrounding municipalities. In addition to homes and businesses being affected by the water, the Hospital General de Zona del IMSS was flooded and health workers had to evacuate patients, in which 17 Covid-19 patients died due to oxygen deprivation. The National Water Commission (CONAGUA) reportedly opened the gates of the Requena and Endhó dams in order to drain the excess water and revert the rivers to their normal levels. 

Shooting leaves nine dead, one injured in Cuauhtémoc

Nine people were shot and killed and another was injured during a shooting in Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua yesterday afternoon. The shooting took place inside a house located at the intersection of 9th Ave and Nayarit St in the Periodista neighbourhood at around 16:00 local time. Police say the attack is related to the drug trade in the city, which has been subject to a territorial dispute between the Juarez and Sinaloa Cartels. 

Red Cross Director shot dead in Guaymas, Sonora

The local director of the Red Cross was reportedly shot dead in Guaymas, Sonora yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on the premises of the 'Seguridad del Puerto' company which was owned by the victim, on 8th Ave in the San Vicente neighbourhood. The victim, Efraín Godínez García, had served as Deputy Director of Municipal Security between 2015-2018. No arrests have been reported. 

Strong earthquake hits near Acapulco

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake has been reported near the resort of Acapulco, Guerrero state. At least one person has been killed in Coyuca de Benitez and several buildings have been damaged by the quake, which struck at a depth of 20km in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Power cuts have also been reported in several states.

Protests and blockades reported in Mexico City

Several protests have been reported today in Mexico City. In Azcapotzalco, a blockade was reported in both directions of the Aquiles Serdán and Renacimiento intersection in the El Rosario neighbourhood. Additionally, obstructions were reported in Plaza de la Constitución and 5 de Mayo Manuel González earlier this morning. 

Three killed, one injured, one kidnapped in Paso del Macho

Three people were killed, one was injured and another was kidnapped following an incident in Paso del Macho, Veracruz yesterday evening. The incident took place in Loma del Nanche after a group of armed individuals went into Rosalio Hernández García's home and kidnapped him. The victim's family tried to impede the kidnapping before the suspects killed two of them and injured another. A shooting later broke out between police and the criminals in which one of the criminals was killed. Mr. Hernández García, the leader of the Union of Sugar Cane production, was taken by the kidnappers and has not been seen since. 

Three shot and killed, another injured in Mexico City

Three people were shot and killed, and another was injured during a shooting in Álvaro Obregón, Mexico City yesterday evening. The shooting took place on Rosa de Bengala St, Molina de las Rosas at around 19:00 local time. According to police, the victims got ambushed by rival drug criminals in an ongoing dispute for commercial territory. No arrests have been reported. 

Four police officers shot and killed in Juan Álvarez

Four municipal officers were shot dead in Juan Álvarez, Jalisco on Saturday evening. The incident took place on the highway between Lagos de Moreno and Encarnación de Díaz at around 23:30 local time. According to police, an organized criminal group ambushed the officers as they patrolled the area. Reinforcements from neighbouring municipalities and the National Guard responded to the incident, finding nothing but the victims alongside military-grade shells and bulletproof vests. No arrests have been reported. 

Highway collision leaves 16 dead, 22 injured in San Luis Río Colorado

Authorities in Sonora reported a traffic collision that left 16 people dead and 22 others injured in San Luis Río Colorado yesterday morning. The incident took place on KM 37 of the San Luis Río Colorado - Sonoyta highway at around 04:30 local time. According to reports, a passenger bus hit a semi-truck head-on as the driver lost control of the vehicle. Traffic on the highway was disrupted for a couple of hours after the incident. 

Multiple protests and blockades reported in Mexico City

A series of un-related protests and blockades were reported in Mexico City earlier today. According to reports, protesters in the Zócalo were present but had not triggered any incidents. Several other protests reportedly blocked multiple streets in the city centre, namely: Insurgentes Ave, Chapultepec Ave, Paseo de la Reforma Ave, Javier Rojo Gómez Ave, Maestro Antonio Caso 48 St, and Álvaro Obregón St. The Government Secretariat (SEGOB) posted alternative route suggestions on their website. 

One suspect killed, five injured in kidnapping rescue operation

One suspect was killed and five others were injured after an anti-kidnapping shooting incident in Manlio Fabio Altamirano, Veracruz yesterday evening. The incident occurred as security forces executed an operation in response to the former mayor of Tepatlaxco being kidnapped in Paso del Macho. According to authorities, the operation was successful and the victim was rescued unharmed. 

Nine injured in warehouse explosion in Cortazar

Nine people were injured following an explosion at a warehouse in Cortazar, Guanajuato yesterday afternoon. The incident occurred at around 16:00 local time, in a Corona beer warehouse next to the Cortazar-La Estación highway. According to reports, workers were undertaking maintenance work when a gas container accident caused an explosion. 

One killed, two injured, five arrested following shooting in Tuxtla Gutiérrez

One person was killed, two were injured and five others were arrested following a shooting in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas yesterday morning. The incident took place on 18th St and Los Almendros Ave in the San Pedro Popular neighbourhood at around 03:00 local time. The deceased victim was reportedly executed by hitmen, to which security forces responded and resulted in the altercation which led to the arrests. 

Two people shot and killed in Tlaquepaque

Two people were found dead with multiple gunshot wounds in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco yesterday morning. Police reported the finding at around 10:00 local time, in a plot of land located at the intersection of Miraflores St and Libertad St, in the Los Puestos neighbourhood. Police believe this to be a drug criminal-related incident. No arrests have been reported. 

One person shot and killed in Mexico City

One person was shot dead inside a vehicle in Xochimilco, Mexico City yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on Jacarandas St, in the Santa Cruz Xochitepec area at around 17:00 local time. According to witnesses, the victim was sitting inside a parked car when attackers ambushed and shot him through the car windows. No arrests have been reported. 

Protest and highway blockade reported in San Pedro Huamelula

A group of demonstrators has reportedly blocked the 200 Costera highway in San Pedro Huamelula, Oaxaca since around 08:00 local time. The blockade is reportedly set up on KM 316 between Salina Cruz and Santa María Huatulco. The demonstrators are reportedly protesting against alleged acts of corruption by the municipal president Virgilio Fuentes Zárate, and the lack of adequate health provisions during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

One person shot and killed in San Pedro Tlaquepaque

One person was shot and killed during a robbery in San Pedro Tlaquepaque, Jalisco yesterday evening. The incident took place at a 7-Eleven store on Periférico Sur, in the Jardines de Santa María neighbourhood at around 23:00 local time. According to police, the victim was ambushed as he boarded his truck and a couple of unidentified assailants tried to steal the truck at gunpoint. No arrests have been reported. 

El Grullo - Ciudad Guzmán Highway shut down after partial collapse in San Gabriel

Authorities reported that a section of the highway connecting El Grullo and Ciudad Guzmán collapsed yesterday in San Gabriel, Jalisco. The collapse occurred near the Los García community and reportedly followed the passing of Hurricane Nora. According to authorities, the incident caused the connection between El Grullo and Ciudad Guzmán to be temporarily shut down and urged citizens not to circulate around the area. 

Multiple protests and blockades reported in Mexico City

Multiple protests and blockades were reported in Mexico City today. The affected locations are the Plaza de la República, the Tabacalera neighbourhood, Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 43, Colonia Centro, José María Pino Suárez 2, Gabriel Hernández 56, and the Plaza de la Constitución. According to reports, the demonstrations are not linked but include groups of health workers, students, and public workers. 

Seven police officers arrested for kidnapping in Monterrey

Seven police officers weer arrested for kindapping in San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo León earlier today. According to reports, the group of policemen kidnapped the victim on 22 July in the premises of the Department of Public Security and released him to armed criminals after a couple of hours. The armed group reportedly asked his family for $2m MXN in ransom money, but the victim managed to escape after three days in captivity. 

Four shot and killed by sicarios in Celaya

Four people were killed in a shooting in Celaya, Guanajuato yesterday morning. The incident took place at the intersection of Melchor Ocampo 537 and Pino at around 11:00 local time. According to reports, pedestrians were crossing the street when they were shot by sicarios on motorcycles. Police believe the attack was targeted. No arrests have been reported. 

Several injured, including Mayor-elect Lia Limón, in clashes between protesters and riot police in Mexico City

The mayor-elect of the Álvaro Obregón district in Mexico City, Lia Limón, was reportedly injured in a clash with riot police outside the Congress building yesterday afternoon. According to reports, Ms Limón participated alongside other elected mayors in a protest against a potential reform being discussed in Congress. As some of the protesters tried to force entry into the building, the riot police held them off, injuring several people. The Secretariat of Citizen Security announced that the officers involved in the ruckus would be temporarily suspended from their duties as they investigate the incident. 

Labour Party representative shot and killed in Fortin de las Flores

A local Labour Party representative was reportedly shot and killed yesterday in Fortin de las Flores, Veracruz. The incident took place on San Lázaro St in the Santa Leticia neighbourhood at around 14:00 local time. The politician, who is also a teacher, was reportedly ambushed by gunmen at a traffic light en route to the Escuela Secundaria y de Bachilleres de Artes y Oficios, where he teaches. No arrests have been reported. 

Five killed, two injured following construction site accident in Ecatepec

Five people were killed and two others were injured after a construction site accident in Ecatepec, Mexico State earlier today. The accident occurred as a crane dropped a load of heavy metal structures on top of the workers before it collapsed. The incident took place on Prolongación Ave 1 de Mayo and the Texcoco-Lechería highway, where the Siervo de la Nación highway is under construction. The injured were hospitalized shortly after. 

Three suspects killed, three police officers injured after being ambushed in Hidalgo

Three suspects were killed and three policemen were injured during a shooting in Hidalgo, Coahuila yesterday evening. The incident took place on Federal Highway 53 near the border with the state of Nuevo León, at around 19:00 local time. According to reports, a police convoy was ambushed by multiple armed individuals in a caravan composed of more than thirty trucks. Police believe the ambush was perpetrated by one of the drug-trafficking gangs operating in the area. No arrests have been reported. 

Education workers protest blocks AMLO from daily conference venue

A group of teachers and education workers in Tuxtla Guitierrez, Chiapas staged a protest today blocking President Andrés Manuel López Obrador from entering the venue where he was due to hold his daily televised news conference. The president had to deliver his remarks via a video call from a phone in his car whilst the protesters could be heard screaming in the background. The demonstrators reportedly protested the Mexican government's latest teaching education reforms. "They have a right to protest. We will respect that," López Obrador said. 

Protesters in Saltillo block Highway 57 demanding Covid-19 vaccines

A protest in Saltillo, Coahuila blocked Highway 57 earlier today. The blockade was reportedly set up for around an hour from 08:30 - 09:30 local time close to Ciudad Universitaria. The protesters, a group of young adults, were demanding Covid-19 vaccines be made available to them immediately. The demonstrators threatened to continue setting up blockades if their demands were not met "soon". 

Three police officers killed, two others injured following shooting in Valparaíso

Three police officers were killed and two others were wounded during a shooting in Valparaíso, Zacatecas yesterday morning. The incident occurred just minutes past midnight when the officers were reportedly ambushed by gunmen as they patrolled the Boquilla del Refugio village. Police say the attackers, who remain unidentified, carried military-grade weapons and equipment. According to reports, the Valparaíso municipality has seen high levels of violence linked to the presence of the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. 

Two killed, two injured in shootout between criminals and police in Cancún

Two suspects have been killed and two police officers have been injured during a shootout in Cancún, Quintana Roo yesterday evening. The incident occurred on Álvaro Obregón and Leona Vicario Ave at around 19:00 local time. According to police, they were attacked by the armed individuals as they conducted an investigation in the Alfredo V. Bonfil area, which resulted in the shootout. 

Two policemen killed, two others injured in Tlaquilpa shooting

Two policemen were killed and two others were injured following a shooting in Tlaquilpa, Veracruz earlier today. The incident took place on the Tlaquilpa-Astacinga highway, near the Tlaquilpa Hospital at around 07:00 local time. According to police, the suspects, who remain unidentified, are related to organized criminal groups which have committed a series of violent acts in recent months in the Sierra de Zongolica region. 

Three shot and killed in Ecatepec

Three people were killed and another was injured following an armed attack in Ecatepec, Mexico State earlier today. The incident took place on Chapultepec Ave between La Joya and Vista Hermosa. Local residents called the police after hearing multiple gunshots and finding the victims inside their car. Police are currently investigating and have not identified any suspects. 

Police officer shot and killed in petrol station robbery in Santa María Tonameca

A police officer was shot and killed during a robbery at a petrol station in Santa María Tonameca, Oaxaca yesterday. The incident took place at the station located on Federal Highway 200 at around 07:00 local time. The victim, identified as Miguel Pinacho Cortés, was an auxiliary policeman of the Oaxaca Public Security (SSPO) who tried to stop the robbery. The criminals shot and killed the policeman and proceeded to rob the station. According to reports, the incident marks homicide number nine in the municipality this year. No arrests have been reported. 

Deputy and former mayor of Guanajuato robbed and shot in Apaseo el Alto

A local deputy was reportedly robbed and shot as he was driving in Apaseo el Alto, Guanajuato earlier today. According to reports, unidentified assailants in a white pick-up truck approached the victim, shot him in the knee, and stole two of his motorcycles. The victim, Jaime Hernández Centeno, was a former mayor of the municipality and was hospitalized shortly thereafter. No arrests have been reported. 

One killed, three injured, five missing after PEMEX offshore platform fire

PEMEX reported that at least one person died, three were injured and five others remain missing following a fire on one of their offshore platforms in the southern Gulf of Mexico earlier today. The company said it was still investigating the cause of the fire. President López Obrador expressed sorrow in his daily morning conference and said the blaze at the E-KU-A2 Platform in the Bay of Campeche had been brought under control. 

Eight killed as Hurricane Grace hits eastern Mexico

At least eight people have been killed after Hurricane Grace hit eastern Mexico on Saturday. Torrential rain caused widespread flooding and mudslides in Veracruz state, with seven of the deaths reported in the state capital Xalapa. The other confirmed death was reported in the city of Poza Rica. Mexico City’s international airport said some flights were cancelled due to the hurricane, while more than 500,000 people were affected by power outages.

Hurricane Grace hits eastern Mexico

Category 3 Hurricane Grace has hit eastern Mexico, with civil protection authorities reporting power outages and collapsed trees. It landed on the coast near the resort town of Tecolutla in Veracruz state in the early morning. The centre was about 100km east-north-east of Mexico City. Federal authorities said much of central and eastern Mexico would feel the effects of the storm. The Hurricane waned as it moved inland, but authorities nonetheless encouraged people in the regions of Veracruz, Puebla, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas and Hidalgo to seek refuge in high places to avoid the dangers of the storm surge. 

Four people shot and killed in Zamora

Four people were killed in a shooting in Zamora, Michoacán yesterday. The incident occurred in the Miguel Regalado neighbourhood sometime in the afternoon when a group of armed individuals stormed into the victims' house and shot them. Police believe the crime is drug-related but have yet to identify any suspects. 

One journalist shot and killed in Ixtaczoquitlán

A journalist was reportedly shot dead in Ixtaczoquitlán, Veracruz yesterday morning. The incident took place in the Unidad Habitacional Potrerillo neighbourhood at around 07:00 local time. According to reports, the victim, Jacinto Romero Flores, had received a number of death threats just days prior and was ambushed by an armed commando whilst driving his truck through the town. No arrests have been reported. 

US government extends border restrictions until 21 September

Earlier today, the US government announced the extension on restrictions to non-essential travel through land and ferry border crossings with Mexico (and Canada) until at least 21 September. According to the statement, the measures were kept in place in an effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19. 

Four people shot and killed in Guadalajara

Four people were shot and killed in separate incidents in Guadalajara, Jalisco yesterday. One person was shot in La Primavera, Mariano Otero, another was shot six times at the intersection of Santa Eduwiges and Mariano Moreno in San Pedro Tlaquepaque, and two more were shot in López Cotilla St in Los Altos. According to the Executive Secretariat of National Public Safety (SESNSP), Guadalajara has seen an average of 159 murders per month in 2021. 

Protest staged in Mexico City, blocking Cuitláhuac and Jardín Ave

A protest by local residents was staged today in Itzacalco, Mexico City. The protesters reportedly blocked the junction between Cuitláhuac and Jardín Ave denouncing Mexico City's Prosecutor's office for recent alleged aggressions and blocking the entrance to their homes. No arrests or injuries have been reported. 

Health Ministry reports highest single-day Covid-19 spike

Mexico's Ministry of Health reported 24,975 new cases of Covid-19 on 15 August, representing the highest single-day infection rate since the beginning of the pandemic. Yesterday, the ministry reported 9,300 cases and 215 deaths, bringing the totals to 3,101,300 and 250,000 respectively. The ministry warned that the third wave of Covid-19 infections has been seen the most infections, and advised its citizens to take the necessary precautions. 

Three killed, two injured in territorial dispute confrontation in Santiago Amoltepec

Three people were killed and two others were injured during armed clashes in Santiago Amoltepec, Oaxaca on Saturday morning. The conflict took place in the La Ocotera in Barranca Honda at around 08:00 local time. According to reports, the inhabitants of San Mateo Yucutindoo attacked the Barranca Honda community in what has been an ongoing territorial dispute regarding land borders. No arrests have been reported. 

One person kidnapped in Apatzingán

One person was kidnapped yesterday in Apatrizngán, Michoacán. The incident took place in the 'Diana' shop in the Los Girasoles neighbourhood at around 21:00 local time. According to reports, the victim was ambushed and taken by armed individuals whilst inside the shop. The victim was identified as the brother of Lucila Barajas Vázquez, the former municipal president of Parácuaro, Michoacán. Police believe the incident was politically motivated. No arrests have been reported. 

Three killed, three injured after explosion at Prosecutor's Office in Puebla

Three people died and three others were injured following an explosion at the Office of the General Prosecutor in Puebla, Puebla yesterday evening. The building located on Recta Cholula and Zavaleta St was reportedly hit by an explosion overnight. The blast was reportedly caused by a tank vehicle filled with gasoline that had been seized and was being investigated by the authorities. Police and military forces were deployed to the scene in order to secure the area. The explosion reportedly caused damage to the SAT (Mexico's tax authority) building next door. 

Six bodies found hanging from a bridge in Zacatecas

Authorities reported that six bodies were found at a bridge in Zacatecas earlier today. Police found the bodies at around 06:00 local time on Prolongación Calzada Luis Moya Rd leading to El Orito village and reported that the bodies were hanging from the bridge. Police claim to have little-to-no information on the perpetrators or the victim's identities, though they suspect that the bodies were placed as a form of warning.

Two police officers killed, two others injured in the ambush of Mayor Velázquez Lara

Two police officers were killed and two others were injured during an attack against the Mayor of Pilcaya in Ixtapan de la Sal, Mexico State. The incident took place in the afternoon when Sandra Velázquez Lara, the Mayor of Pilcaya, passed through the San Alejo township, where she and her convoy were ambushed by armed men. Authorities believe the Familia Michoacana cell was responsible for the incident. No arrests have been reported. 

Health Ministry reports highest single-day spike in Covid-19 cases

Health authorities in Mexico reported 22,711 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, the highest single-day total since the beginning of the pandemic. According to the report, 730 people died in the last 24 hours and ICU bed occupancy increased to 46 percent. Mexico now tallies 3.02m cases and 246,000 deaths due to the coronavirus, though figures should reportedly be around 60 percent higher. 

State authorities tighten Covid-19 restrictions amid recent spike

Local authorities in the state of Guerrero announced a tightening of its Covid-19 restrictions yesterday morning. As per the new measures, from 9 -22 August, all nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues will remain closed. Vehicle mobility will be restricted from 23:30 - 06:00 local time. Public transport and supermarkets will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity. The measures come as the state suffers from a recent spike in Covid-19 infections. 

Three people killed, two injured at football match in León

Three people were killed and two others were injured during a shooting at a football match in León, Guanajuato yesterday evening. The incident took place on a football pitch in the Santa Ana del Conde village in the outskirts of León. According to reports, the attackers arrived in a vehicle and targeted specific people amongst the spectators. Police believe the attack was related to criminal gang activity and marks the 65th homicide in Guanajuato in the past week. 

Eight people shot and killed in Irapuato

On Saturday evening, eight people were shot dead by unidentified armed suspects in Irapuato, Guanajuato. The shooting took place at a residential property in the Santa María neighbourhood at around 22:00 local time. According to police, the suspects arrived in a red van and shot at a group of people inspecting a construction site. Police later found the empty truck without the suspects and have reported no arrests. 

Health Ministry adds six states to 'Red Level' Covid-19 alerts

Health authorities in Mexico announced the inclusion of Sinaloa, Mexico State, Nuevo León, Jalisco, Guerrero, Colima, and Nayarit in its 'Red Level of Covid-19' list earlier today. The Health Ministry said the status will run from 9 -22 August. 'Red Level' indicated the highest alert of Mexico's health warning system, meaning the risk of contagion is extremely high. In the states included, only essential economic activities are allowed. Last week, only Sinaloa was included in the list, reflecting the rising wave of infections in the country. 

One killed, five injured in Socoltenango shooting

One person was killed and five others were injured following a shooting in Socoltenango, Chiapas yesterday morning. The incident took place on 6th Miguel Hidalgo Ave in the El Puentecito neighbourhood at around 02:00 local time. According to police reports, the incident was the result of a dispute between human traffickers and drug smugglers both operating in the area. No arrests have been reported. 

One injured, one kidnapped in Reynosa

One person was injured and another was kidnapped in Reynosa, Tamaulipas yesterday evening. The incident took place at a shopping centre in the Puerta Grande neighbourhood at around 19:00 local time. According to police, a mother and her child were approached by a woman offering clothes and medical support items for the baby, before she took them in her car. The suspect then reportedly attacked the mother with a knife, when she fled. Her baby was left in the car when the attacker left. No arrests have been reported. 

One shot and killed by sicarios in Martínez de la Torre

One person was shot dead in Martínez de la Torre, Veracruz yesterday morning. The shooting took place on the El Diamante-Balsas de Agua Highway at Arroyo del Potrero at around 09:30 local time. According to reports, the victim was ambushed by sicarios as he descended from a taxi before the assailants fled the scene. No arrests have been reported. 

Five arrested after "narco-tunnel" found in Mexicali

Authorities arrested five people after finding a "narco-tunnel" in Mexicali, Baja California yesterday. The tunnel reportedly connected Mexicali, Baja California with Calexico, California and was found by agents of the Mexican Army and the State Security and investigation Guard (GESI). The tunnel was found on Tepic St on the corner of Ave Internacional. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) then took over the scene and secured the exit on Gran Plaza, Calexico. The five detainees were found at the scene and are being held in Mexicali. 

One killed, seven injured after shooting in San Esteban Atatlhuaca

One person was killed, and seven others were injured during a shooting in San Esteban Atatlhuaca, Oaxaca yesterday afternoon. The incident took place in the Guerrero Grande community, Tlaxiaco at around 15:30 local time. According to police, the shooting was the result of disagreements stemming from a community assembly, in which armed gunmen stormed in and targeted one of the groups. No arrests have been reported. 

Health Ministry reports 6,506 new Covid-19 cases, 245 deaths

Mexico's Health Ministry reported 245 deaths and 6,506 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, bringing the totals up to 241,279 and 2,861,498 respectively. Though the government suggested the real numbers are likely higher, a study published in February suggested the figures should be at least 60 percent higher. The most affected states are Nuevo León, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Puebla, Sonora, Mexico State, and Querétaro. 

Chief of Police murdered in Sáric

Authorities in Sonora reported that the state's Chief of Police, José Saúl Martínez Trillas, was murdered on Saturday evening in Sáric, Sonora. The incident reportedly took place at around 18:00 local time in Magdalena de Kino. According to police, the area is where Rafael Caro Quintero, aka Narco de Narcos and leader of the Caborca Cartel, operates. Police said Mr Martínes Trillas was massacred whilst in his vehicle "very probably" by cartel members. No arrests have been reported. 

Nationwide referendum over past political corruption suffers from lack of participation

Yesterday Mexicans voted on a referendum consulting whether to investigate five past presidents for allegations of corruption and racketeering. The referendum asked the voters if the country should "undergo a process of shedding light on the political decisions made in the past thirty years by political actors, aimed at guaranteeing justice and the rights of potential victims". Reports today signalled that participation turnout to the referendum came well under expectations and may possibly not be enough to generate a binding decision. 

Eight suspected criminals found dead in Cotija, Michoacán

Authorities reported that they found eight bodies with lethal gunshot wounds in Cotija, Michoacán yesterday afternoon. The victims were found at around 15:00 local time in the Cerro Verde area near the border with Jalisco, where a territorial dispute between drug cartels is ongoing. According to police, the victims were found with tactical equipment, for which they suspect they were part of one of the cartels in the area. 

Auto-defensas group raids Pantelhó, kidnaps more than 20

Authorities reported that 21 people were kidnapped by an 'auto-defensas' group in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas yesterday evening. According to witnesses, a group of around 200 armed civilians known as 'Los Machetes' burst into the Pantelhó township and began burning vehicles and homes before taking more than 20 people with them. Chiapas is host to a vast presence of auto-defensas groups who claim sovereignty and autonomy in the south of Mexico. 

Governor of Jalisco reimposes Covid-19 restrictions amid recent increase in cases

The state government in Jalisco announced the re-imposition of Covid-19 restrictions from 30 July - 31 August amid a recent increase in cases. As of tomorrow, restaurants will be allowed to operate at only 50 percent capacity and must close by 23:00 local time. Bars and nightclubs will be required to shut down indefinitely along with all events exceeding 150 people. Hotels may only book 50 percent of their available rooms as governor Enrique Alfaro highlighted the importance of keeping the tourism industry safe. 

Two Gulf Cartel members shot and killed in Reynosa

Two people were fatally shot in Reynosa, Tamaulipas yesterday morning. Police found the bodies of the victims at around 01:30 local time at the lower level of the Reynosa-Río Bravo highway, under the Porfirio Díaz bridge. According to police, one of the bodies was identified as 'El Maestrín', a prominent member of the Gulf Cartel who organized the killing of 15 individuals on 19 June. No arrests have been reported. 

Four killed, including El Salto's chief of police, in Guadalajara

Four people were shot dead yesterday in a targeted attack in Guadalajara, Jalisco. One of the victims was the head of police in El Salto, Jalisco, Maricruz Pérez Partida, and the others her relatives. The incident took place on San Onofre and San Felipe streets in the Santa Rosa del Valle neighbourhood at around 08:00 local time. Police believe the CJNG cell was behind the attack due to threats she had received earlier. No arrests have been reported. 

Two killed, three injured following nightclub shooting in Fresnillo

Two people were killed and three others were injured following a shooting in Fresnillo, Zacatecas yesterday morning. The incident took place in the 'Amnezia' night club on Paseo del Mineral Rd at around 02:00 local time. According to reports, a group of armed men stormed into the club and opened fire on the crowd before taking two people with them. The two people that were kidnapped were found dead inside a vehicle outside the establishment. According to police, the incident is part of a dispute between the CJNG and the Sinaloa Cartel. No arrests have been reported. 

Protest and blockade reported in Nuacalpán over gas station construction

A protest was staged in Naucalpán, State of Mexico yesterday morning. According to reports, around 200 people set up a blockade on the Periférico Norte road and marched all the way to Naucalpán's town hall from around 10:00 - 11:00 local time. The demonstrators protested against the construction of a new gas station in Nuacalpán. No injuries or casualties were reported. 

Four shot and killed by sicarios in Gustavo A. Madero

Four people were killed during a shooting in Gustavo A. Madero, Mexico City yesterday afternoon. The incident occurred at Las Palmas and 9th St in the San José Ticomán neighbourhood at around 14:00 local time. According to witnesses, two men on motorcycles stopped by the victims' window and shot at them "more than 15 times" without any sort of dialogue. Police identified the area as a drug sales point. No arrests have been reported. 

Two people shot and killed in Tomatlán

Two people were killed in a shooting in Tomatlán, Jalisco yesterday afternoon. The incident took place in the El Gargantillo community at around 15:00 local time. The gunmen reportedly engaged in an armed standoff with the National Guard (GN). After the standoff, the victims were found separately in the El Cheriff ranch and the Los López ranch. No arrests have been reported. 


Two people shot and killed by sicarios in Ciudad Obregón

Two people were killed in a shooting in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora yesterday evening. The incident occurred at around 20:30 local time inside a private residence on Plan de Guadalupe and 7th St in the Luis Echeverría neighbourhood. According to police, a group of sicarios invaded their home and opened fire on the couple. The suspects reportedly remain at large. 

Two MORENA party members found dead after being kidnapped in Sinaloa de Leyva

State authorities in Sinaloa reported that two MORENA political party members were found dead yesterday evening in Sinaloa de Leyva. The victims had reportedly been kidnapped on 20 July by an unknown criminal cell as they were ambushed during a charity event in a rural community near Casas Nuevas. No arrests have been reported. 

Electricians Union protest causes ongoing disruption to Line 1 Metrobús

Members of the Mexican Electricians Union reportedly staged a blockade yesterday in Mexico City. The blockade occurred in Insurgentes Ave, near Fernando Villalpando St in the Álvaro Obregón district. The blockade reportedly disrupted Line 1 of the Metrobús service from Indios Verdes through El Caminero stations and continues to do so. The Union demonstrators demanded the payment of delayed pensions and threatened to continue the strike until their demands are met. 

US keeps border closed to Canada and Mexico

Earlier today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that its borders with both Mexico and Canada would remain closed for non-essential travel until at least 21 August. The statement was given after Canada announced that it would be lifting border restrictions to fully vaccinated American travellers, including those for non-essential purposes, starting 9 August. DHS said on Wednesday it “is in constant contact with Canadian and Mexican counterparts to identify the conditions under which restrictions may be eased safely and sustainably.”

Jalisco New Generation Cartel attacks security forces in Tepalcatepec

Authorities reported that the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) attacked security forces in Tepalcatepec, Michoacán yesterday evening. According to police, the criminal group went into the city at around 18:00 local time via the road connecting La Estanzuela and the north of Tepalcatepec in armed convoys. The incident marks the fourth attack in the past two days. Fatalities are yet to be reported, as the press has had limited access to the area.  

'Delta' variant spike in Mexico City increases hospitalisation rates

Mexican health authorities reported that hospitalisation rates have been rising considerably since the beginning of July, due to a recent spike in Covid-19 cases in Mexico City particularly, the fifth-most populated city in the world. According to media reports, between 5 - 12 July, there was a 43 percent spike in hospitalisations and the total count of hospital admissions went up to 2,108 since 1 July. According to Oliva López Arellano, 65 percent of all cases carry the 'Delta' variant. 

Thirty people killed over two-day span in Zacatecas

State authorities in Zacatecas reported that 30 people were killed during violent incidents between 16-17 July in the area. The incidents took place in Fresnillo, Guadalupe, Jerez, Pozo de Gamboa, San Antonio del Cipres, Panuco, Valparaíso and Zacatecas city. According to the statement, a clash in Panuco between police and the Gulf Cartel was the most violent, with a death toll of 11, including families that were trying to flee the conflict scene. 

Four dead, 13 injured after highway collision in Mexico State

Four people died and 13 others were injured in a highway collision on the México-Querétaro highway, State of Mexico. According to reports, the incident involved a bus and a semi-truck, the latter reportedly struck the bus as it was speeding through the highway and the bus stopped for a solicited passenger descent. In addition to the four fatal victims, 11 people were hospitalized. 

US DoS issues security alert for Tamaulipas and Nuevo León

The US Department of State issued a security alert for the states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo León, Mexico. The alert warns against increased surveillance by part of the Mexican authorities on Highway 85D (between Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey), due to increased crime in the area. According to the statement, potential delays and heavy traffic are expected on the highway and reiterated that a level 4 (do not travel) security risk has been issued to the state of Tamaulipas due to increased crime and kidnappings. 

Three killed, one injured in Fresnillo, Zacatecas

Local authorities reported scattered violent incidents in which four people were shot dead and another was injured in Fresnillo, Zacatecas earlier today. The first incident on Linares St was reported at around 04:00 local time, in which one person was shot dead. The second and third incidents both happened in the Abel Dávila García neighbourhood, leaving three people dead and another injured. Police believe all three incidents pertain to criminal gangs and cartel activity. No arrests have been reported. 

Twenty bodies found in mass grave in Zamora

Authorities in Michoacán reported the discovery of 20 bodies in a clandestine mass grave yesterday afternoon. At around 15:00 local time, security services uncovered the bodies in the city of Zamora. Police speculate that one of the cartels in the area is responsible. Michoacán is currently the location of three different cartels' territorial fight. No arrests have been reported. 

Government launches Summer Holidays Security Operation in Poza Rica

The state government in Veracruz has announced the launch of the Summer Holidays Security Operation in Poza Rica from 10 July - 29 August. The operation saw the installation of a safety and security assistance module in the highway connecting Poza Rica and Cazones, with the aim of providing travellers with information regarding Covid-19 protocols, and assistance in case of road accidents or crime-related incidents. The government said the module may cause heavier traffic than usual. 

Four killed, three injured in Cuernavaca shooting

Four people were shot dead and three others were injured during a shooting in Cuernavaca, Morelos yesterday evening. The incident took place on Nayarit and Coahuila St, at a football field in the Flores Magón neighbourhood at around 22:30 local time. According to police, rival gangs have been ambushing each other during their amateur football matches in the past few months. No arrests have been reported. 

Four shot and killed in Tuxtla Gutierrez

A shooting in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas left four people dead yesterday afternoon. The incident took place in front of La Morena restaurant on Rosario Sabino St in the La Gloria neighbourhood at around 15:00 local time. Police say the incident is the latest in a series of gang-related violence throughout the city. No arrests have been reported. 

Several neighborhoods and two main streets in Reynosa flooded due to heavy rains

Reports emerged that at least 12 neighbourhoods along with Nicolás Bravo St and Revolución Blvd have been flooded due to heavy rains in Reynosa, Tamaulipas. The affected neighborhoods are Salvatierra, Campestre, Esfuerzo, Solidaridad, Granjas Económicas del Norte, Benito Juárez, Jarachina Sur, Medardo González, Integración Familiar, Petrolera, Prado Sur, and Miravalle. According to authorities, the creation of provisional shelters has been ordered. Additionally, a multi-car crash in the Monterrey-Reynosa highway occurred as a result of a highway blockade attempt in Reynosa, Tamaulipas earlier today. The crash took place at the Paseo Residencial neighbourhood as demonstrators demanded state support due to the recent flooding, caused by heavy rains in the area.

Two killed, two arrested after National Guard launched operation in El Dorado

Two people were killed and two others were arrested after clashes between the National Guard and armed suspects in San Cayetano, Tepic, Nayarit. The incident took place at around 12:30 local time on the Pantanal highway after the National Guard launched an operation near El Dorado yesterday. One of the victims was a suspect and the other a National Guard officer. 

Blvd Aeropuerto blocked by protesters

A demonstration staged in Toluca, State of Mexico earlier today blocked the Boulevard Aeropuerto highway. According to reports, inhabitants of El Bordo de las Canastas blocked the highway demanding public works in order to repair the streets that have been severely damaged by recent rains in the area. No arrests or injuries have been reported. 

Five cartel members killed after clashes with Mexican army in Miguel Alemán

Clashes between the Mexican army and the Northeast Cartel left five people dead yesterday in Miguel Alemán, Tamaulipas. According to authorities, all five of the victims were alleged cartel members. The shootout took place near "El Pedregal" located in Cd Victoria at around 09:00 local time. The army claims that it seized five long weapons and military-grade tactical equipment from the criminals. Tamaulipas has seen increased violence over the past few weeks. 

Five killed after highway chase in Iguala

Authorities reported that five suspects were killed in a shootout between armed assailants and police in Iguala, Guerrero yesterday. The shooting took place in Villas de Rey during the afternoon. According to police reports, the assailants refused to stop at a highway checkpoint and instead shot at the officers, resulting in a highway chase and shootout. At least 120 homicides have been reported in Iguala this year. 

Four killed, three injured in Flores Magón shooting

Four people were killed and another three were injured after a shooting in Flores Magón, Cuernavaca yesterday afternoon. The shooting took place in the Nuevo León St field in Jojutla at around 13:30 local time. Police and elements of the National Guard responded to the incident, although no arrests have been reported. 

Two people shot and killed in Acapulco

Authorities reported that two people were shot and killed earlier today in Acapulco, Guerrero. The shooting took place at around 02:30 local time on 4th St in Colonia Bellavista. According to police, the victims had signs of torture and carried "narco-messages" on their bodies. No arrests have been reported. 

Protesters throw firebombs at military base in Aguililla

Yesterday, a group of protesters in Aguililla, Michoacán, reportedly threw firebombs and Molotov cocktails at a military base. The incident occurred after a peaceful demonstration was staged, in which the citizens of Aguililla asked for improved public security services amid ongoing clashes amongst cartels in the area. A territorial dispute between the CJNG and United Cartels has made Aguililla unreachable for the authorities. 

Five injured in Tlaquepaque Plaza robbery

Five people were injured, including three security guards and two robbers, after unidentified assailants attacked and robbed a cash bullion van in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco yesterday. The incident took place at around 10:00 local time, in the parking lot of the Plaza Forum Tlaquepaque. According to police, a group of about 10 suspects took part in the robbery. Police arrested a couple of suspects, the rest remain at large with an undisclosed amount of money. 

Nine bodies found with messages from cartels in Zacatecas

Authorities reported that nine people were found brutally murdered in Zacatecas yesterday. Police suspect that the victims were murdered by local cartels who operate in Morelos and Fresnillo, Zacatecas. According to the Ministry of Public Security, two dead bodies were found with a message from a cartel in Fresnillo, another four bodies were found wrapped in blankets with another message in Cerro de la Virgen, and another three bodies were found in Morelos. Zacatecas is currently one of the most dangerous states in Mexico due to cartel violence. 

Residents of Aguililla protest against military inactivity

Residents of Aguililla, Michoacán staged a protest yesterday against the military's lack of attention to criminal activity in their territory, particularly a territorial dispute between the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and United Cartels. As a result of the cartel clashes, the area has been facing a shortage of electricity, water, and access to roads has been limited. All of the protesters wore white shirts and protested peacefully when they began gathering at around 17:00 local time. The demonstrators also occupied a heliport and blocked the road leading to it. 

Director of State Investigation Agency shot dead in Oaxaca

Authorities reported that the director of the State Investigation Agency, Omar Chepetla, was shot dead in San Antonio de la Cal, Oaxaca yesterday. The incident took place on the banks of the Atoyac River when multiple unidentified assailants ambushed the public official by motorcycle and shot him dead. 

Nine people killed after Cartel clash in Miguel Alemán

A shootout between rival cartels in Miguel Alemán, Tamaulipas left nine people dead yesterday morning. The shooting took place in the Los Guerra community, in the outskirts of Miguel Alemán, at around 06:00 local time. The clash was reportedly between the Northeast Cartel and the Gulf Cartel over a territorial dispute in the area. 

Mayor-elect of Penjamillo, Michoacán kidnapped

Authorities have reported that Gilberto Mejía Salgado, the mayor-elect of Penjamillo, Michoacán, was kidnapped yesterday morning. According to police, the victim was kidnapped by a group of unidentified gunmen in the main square of Penjamillo at around 10:30 local time. The mayor-elect was apparently looking at commercial lots when he was ambushed by the gunmen and taken. 

Five killed in confrontation between CJNG and CG in San Juan Nuevo Parangaricutiro

A confrontation between the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and the Community Guard in San Juan Nuevo Parangaricutiro, Michoacán left five people dead on Saturday night. According to reports, an argument at a checkpoint escalated when cartel and guards opened fire on each other. The cartel members fled before backup arrived at the remote area. No arrests have been made. 

Protest staged in Reynosa over organized crime violence

A protest was staged in Reynosa, Tamaulipas against violence in the city and the massacre of 15 people that took place last week. Protesters called for President López Obrador to take immediate action and deploy security forces in order to protect its citizens from organized crime. Many of the protesters were relatives of last week's victims and were asking the state to stop ignoring the criminal organizations that operate in the area.

Clashes amongst cartels leaves 35 dead in Zacatecas

A shootout between members of the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel in San Juan Capistrano, Zacatecas left at least 35 people dead over the weekend. The shooting reportedly lasted around 13 hours from 25-26 June. The clashes came as a result of territorial disputes in the area; San Juan Capistrano, where the shooting took place, is situated along the border with Durango and Jalisco. According to the National Guard, they arrived and found three burning vehicles with several bodies inside. 

Fifty missing during travel from Monterrey to Nuevo Laredo

At least 50 people are missing after travelling on the road from Monterrey to Nuevo Laredo. Six men have reappeared, reporting that they were beaten and had their vehicles stolen. The others remain missing, with six or more reported to be US citizens or residents, according to AP news. The local government of Nuevo Leon, the state in which Monterrey is located, failed to warn travellers of the dangers until 23 June, despite receiving earlier reports of missing travellers.

Eighteen dead in Zacatecas

Eighteen people have been found dead in the Valparaiso township, in the state of Zacatecas, state security department spokeswoman Rocío Aguilar announced. The deaths were allegedly the result of a confrontation between soldiers of the Sinaloa and Jalisco cartels. An investigation is underway.

Two killed, one injured in Tulum shootings

Two people were killed and another was injured after a shooting in Tulum, Quintana Roo yesterday. The shooting took place between 12:30 and 13:00 local time according to authorities, when the victims were shot at by unidentified assailants in Paraíso Beach. Shortly after, the same assailants reportedly shot and wounded another person at Esperanza beach. No arrests have been reported. 

Six dead, nine injured after prison riot in Tabasco

A prison riot in Tabasco's Center for Social Reintegration left six people dead and nine others injured yesterday. The riot reportedly began as a fight between a rival gang when several inmates began using homemade weapons on each other. The injured inmates were hospitalized after security regained control of the prison.

Two roads blocked by protests in Gómez Palacio

A protest staged in Gómez Palacio, Durango blocked two main streets earlier today. The demonstrators gathered at around 06:00 local time at Colonia Casa Blanca and Francisco Villa Ave, demanding the closure of a cyanide chemical plant in La Laguna, property of the Chemours Company. The protest is reportedly the beginning of planned nationwide protests that are set to take place in the coming days.

Seven dead, two injured after shooting in San Nicolás de los Agustinos

A shooting in San Nicolás de los Agustinos, Guanajuato left seven people dead and two others injured yesterday evening. The shooting took place on Amado Nervo St at around 18:30 local time when an unidentified group of gunmen stormed into a motorcycle garage and opened fire on the victims. No arrests have been reported. 

Two highways blocked in Mexico City

A couple of highways in Mexico City were blocked today due to protests and an accident. The México-Priámides highway was blocked due to a truck rolling over and catching fire in Teotihuacán at around 09:00 local time. The México-Toluca highway at Memetla was blocked due to a demonstration that started at around 09:00 local time, demanding the restoration of the water service in El Molinito. No injuries have been reported in either incident. 

Mexico and Argentina recall ambassadors in Managua

The governments of Argentina and Mexico both recalled their ambassadors in response to Nicaragua's recent prosecution of opposition leaders. Presidents Alberto Fernández and Andrés Manuel López Obrador agreed to the measure after a meeting with the OAS denounced the recent human rights violations made by the Sandinista government. The measure aims at "performing consultations on the worrisome legal and political actions taken by the Nicaraguan government in the last few days, which have placed the integrity and freedom of opposition figures at risk" read a joint statement made by both countries. Experts predict more countries will follow suit.

US extends land-border crossing restrictions

The US Department of Homeland Security announced a 30-day extension of US land border closures for non-essential travel with Canada and Mexico yesterday. The extension will run until at least 21 July. The move follows the Canadian government's decision to extend its border closures on 18 June. The United States is also holding working-group meetings on relaxing travel restrictions with the UK and the European Union, but US and airline officials said previously they did not expect the Biden administration to lift the restrictions until around July 4 at the earliest.

Fifteen killed in Reynosa

Gunmen in SUVs have shot 14 people in different areas of eastern Reynosa, according to the Tamaulipas state agency, with another reported to have been killed in an attack on police near a border bridge. Local media reports on Sunday put the death toll at 18. "Investigations were initiated to establish the causes of the homicides and locate those responsible," said an official report. 

Three police officers kidnapped and killed in Santo Domingo

Three police officers were killed after they were kidnapped in Santo Domingo, San Luis Potosí. According to reports, their vehicle was found empty in Santo Domingo after the victims had been kidnapped during an ambush. Police say they were kidnapped, tortured, and later shot and killed. Police believe this is part of intimidation techniques used by organized crime in the area. No arrests have been reported.

President AMLO announces plans to integrate the National Guard into army

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has announced plans to integrate the National Guard into the Mexican army. The president dissolved the former Federal Police after taking office in 2018, claiming that the force was corrupt, and replaced it with the National Guard. AMLO said on Tuesday that he planned to propose a constitutional amendment to make the National Guard part of the defence department, to ensure its budget would not be cut by subsequent administrations. Critics say that the army's involvement in human rights abuses makes it unfit for law enforcement.

Protests planned in Mexico City

Multiple protests are scheduled to take place in Mexico City today. The first rally in set to be held in Insurgentes Norte #98, Colonia Tabacalera from 12:00 local time, followed by further protests in San Antonio Abad Road #8, Colonia Tránsito; Antonio Delfin Madrigal Avenue, Ciudad Universitaria; Gabriel Hernández Avenue #56, Colonia Doctores; Plaza de la Constitución Avenue, Colonia Centro and México Coyoacán Avenue  #343, Colonia Xoco.

Demonstration blocks Ceylan Ave and Ferrocarriles Blvd

A demonstration in Mexico City blocked Ceylan Ave and Ferrocarriles Blvd earlier today, blocking the entrance to Colonia Industrial Vallejo. The demonstrators are reportedly the residents of the neighbourhood who are protesting against the lack of water supply in their area. No violence has been reported. 

Security forces sent to ensure peaceful voting, several voting centres closed

Due to ongoing violence during Mexico's elections on 6 June, more than 3,000 members of the security forces were sent to monitor polling stations in Oaxaca. The National Electoral Insitute (INE) decided not to install 24 polling stations in Oaxaca's conflict zones namely San Mateo del Mar, Álvaro Obregón, Tuxtepec and Elotepec. The INE also decided not to hold elections in Aguililla, Michoacán due to territorial clashes by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel and United Cartels, where more than 3,000 people have been displaced. Finally, more than 5,000 policemen were sent to monitor elections in Tabasco in order to maintain order and security. 

Multiple acts of political violence reported on election Sunday

Further violence was reported on Sunday as elections were held in Mexico. In Campeche, one person was injured and eight arrested after voting station 183 was attacked by gunmen. In Oaxaca, two people were injured and three were arrested after a shooting at a polling station and an attack on the Nueva Alianza candidate. In Tijuana and San Luís Potosí, the theft of ballots was reported after shootings at District IV and voting station 808 respectively. In Mexico City, one person was injured and another arrested after an attack on party militants in Alfareros. In Puebla, four attacks were reported, three attacks on candidates, resulting in two injuries and an attempted kidnapping in Vicente Guerrero. In Culiacán, the PRI secretary-general was kidnapped early in the morning. In Veracruz, an MC candidate was shot dead in Cazones. In Chiapas, five people transporting electoral ballots were killed after they were ambushed in Arellano Buenavista and two were injured after a clash between party supporters. In Tlaxcala, an INE employee was killed whilst transferring electoral stationery. In Guanajuato, a PAN candidate was murdered outside his house and an INE employee was attacked and injured before the ballots he carried were stolen.

Seven miners trapped in coal mine

An accident at a coal mine in the Muzquiz township in Coahuila state has left seven miners trapped. The Coahuila Labor Department said the mine collapsed after flooding in the area. A rescue operation is currently underway.

Two people killed in acts of political violence in Querétaro and Zacatecas

Two incidents of political violence were reported yesterday in El Marqués, Querétaro, and Vetagrande, Zacatecas. In El Marqués, a mayoral candidate and her crew came under fire on Chicchimequillas St early in the morning, though reported no injures. In Vetagrande, two relatives of Flor Parga Lira, a municipal candidate, were killed on Tres de Junio St in the afternoon. No arrests have been reported for either incident. The acts conform to what has been one of the deadliest electoral seasons in Mexican history with 90 deaths and around 570 attacks so far. 

Five arrested after ambushing security forces in San Simón de Guerrero

Five people were arrested on Wednesday after an ambush upon security forces in San Simón de Guerrero, Mexico State. The ambush was reported at 12:00 local time as National Guard (GN) and National Defense (SEDENA) troops patrolled the area. Authorities say they seized unidentified military weapons, two pickup trucks, and two motorcycles from the assailants. 

Five dead, one injured after clash in San Miguel Totoplan

A shooting between civilians and a criminal cell in San Miguel Totoplan, Guerrero left five people dead and another injured on Monday. The shooting took place at 23:30 local time near the Lindavista community. According to reports, the locals were trying to defend their town from a criminal cell known as 'Los Tlacos' and had called for the National Guard weeks prior, without response. 

Nine arrested after assassination attempt in Villa de Reyes

Nine people were arrested yesterday after a political assassination attempt in Villa de Reyes, San Luis Potosí. The attempt took place at the entrance of the Jesús María community on Highway 37 at around 16:00 local time. The target was Abi Hernández, the PRI candidate for the municipality of Villa de Reyes. Police reported that the suspects were hiding out at a property belonging to Erika Briones, the PAN-PRD candidate, who reportedly suffered an assassination attempt that same afternoon. 

Protest staged at General Prosecutor's Office in Mexico City

A protest was staged at the General Prosecutor's Office in Mexico City earlier today. According to reports, around 90 students gathered in front of the office early in the morning to march towards Insurgentes Ave. The student demonstrators demand the liberation of a group of students who were arrested in Chiapas and Puebla during an earlier set of protests. 

Puerto Aéreo metro station shut due to bomb threat

A bomb threat at the Puerto Aéreo metro station in Mexico City forced it to shut down for sweeping earlier today. Security forces reported that no explosive devices were detected after a three-hour search, although they said the station would remain closed until further notice for further inspection. No arrests have been reported. 

Three more incidents of political violence reported

As political violence in Mexico persists, three more incidents were reported yesterday. In Tlapacoyan, Veracruz the house of a mayoral candidate was targeted by gunfire early in the morning; no injuries or arrests were reported. In Allende, Nuevo León the Director of Civil Protection was injured in a shooting at around 02:30 local time on Nogales St; again no arrests were reported. In Cutzamala de Pinzón, Guerrero a candidate for the MC political party, and her family were kidnapped at around 00:00 local time.


Mexico revises Covid-19 tallies, reports 4,272 new deaths

Mexico's Health Ministry reported 6,917 new Covid-19 cases and 4,272 deaths following a revision and reclassification of some earlier deaths. The revision comes after Peru became the country with the highest per capita death rate after revising its tallies. Considering the new figures, Mexico now counts 2.5m infections and 228,000 deaths due to the coronavirus. 

Protests staged in Mexico City and Cuernavaca

Protests in Mexico City and Cuernavaca were staged today. The former blocked the Nezahualcóyotl St in Colonia Centro between 5 de Febrero St and Isabel La Católica Ave. In Cuernavaca, the demonstrators blocked Galeana St, but were expected to move to the Zócalo de Cuernavaca between Gutemberg St and Miguel Hidalgo. The demonstrators are reportedly protesting the non-payment of their retirement pensions. 

One dead, seven injured in Ensenada shooting

A shooting in Ensenada, Baja California left one person dead and seven others injured yesterday evening. The shooting took place in the Valle de Guadalupe (Guadalupe's Valley) area, along the Ensenada-Tecate highway. No arrests have been reported. 

Cartels block roads with burning vehicles in Morelia

Authorities reported that local cartels blocked roads by burning 13 vehicles in Morelia, Michoacán on Saturday afternoon. The blockades were reported at a police unit in Salamanca, the Valladolid Barracks, the Plaza de Toros, and the Cuatro Caminos-Apatzingán highway. According to police, the roads remained blocked by the burning vehicles until Monday morning. 

New clashes erupt between police and armed criminals in Aguililla

Authorities reported new clashes between police and heavily armed criminals in Aguillilla, Michoacán on Friday afternoon. The clash took place in El Terrero, Aguililla, where two cars were burnt at the entrance of the town. Reports on casualties and injuries are difficult to obtain, considering Aguillilla is currently held by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel and United Cartels in a territorial dispute. 

Violence against politicians continues

As one of Mexico's most dangerous electoral periods continues, attacks against politicians and political party members persisted over the weekend. On Friday, armed suspects detained MORENA's national leader on the highway in Tamaulipas and the candidate for Councillor of Chiapas was shot dead in Acapetahua, Chiapas. On Saturday, two people were injured in attacks against MORENA's candidate in Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, after unidentified assailants attacked the candidate's home. In addition, a PRI political party member was injured during a rally in Chalco after the PRI candidate for mayor was walking when suspects opened fire and hit one of the candidate's assistants. No arrests were reported in connection with any of the incidents. 

Three dead, one injured after clash between cartel and National Guard

A shooting in Nuevo Laredo left three people dead and another wounded yesterday afternoon. The shooting took place on Aeropuerto Highway at around 14:30 local time when members of the Northeast Cartel clashed with National Guard (SEDENA) troops. The two deceased victims were part of the criminal organization and the person who was wounded was a civilian with no connection to the clash. 

One dead, two injured after robbery attempt in Mexico City

A robbery attempt in Gustavo A. Madero, Mexico City resulted in a shooting that left one person dead and two others injured yesterday afternoon. The incident took place on Enriqueta 3235 St in the Bondojito neighbourhood when the assailants tried to rob a plastic factory truck carrying payroll money. The security guards aboard the truck opened fire on the suspects and the incident turned into a shootout on the street. All victims were alleged criminals and the two injured were arrested.

Blockades in Oaxaca and Chiapas due to ongoing protests

Ongoing protests in Oaxaca and Chiapas have resulted in blockades again today. The blockades have been set up on Federal Highway 200 in Guerrero and San Cristobal-Chiapa de Corzo highway, La Pochota, Ocosingo-Palenque 199 highway, Arriaga-Tapachula highway, and Comitán-La Trinitaria highway in Chiapas. The protests are made up mostly of indigenous people and farmers, who demand the government comply with unpaid subsidies. 

Mexico approves J&J vaccine for emergency use

The Mexican government announced the authorization of Jannsen's Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use yesterday. The jab developed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, owned by Johnson & Johnson, allowed the production of its vaccine in Mexico. Mexico will now use Jannsen, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, CanSino, and Sinovac vaccines to inoculate its citizens. Mexico currently counts 4.42m cases and 223,00 deaths due to the coronavirus, though several reports suggest the figures may actually be 60 percent higher. 

Two killed, another injured in Obregón shooting

A shooting in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora left two people dead and another injured yesterday. The shooting took place on Río Casas Grandes St in the Libertad neighborhood at around 23:30 local time. Reportedly, the three victims were sitting outside a house when a group of unidentified assailants shot them with AK-47s. No arrests have been made. 

Political candidate survives assassination attempt in Acapulco

A candidate for the Fuerza por Mexico political party survived an assassination attempt in Acapulco, Guerrero yesterday morning. The candidate was reportedly cornered by motorcycles whilst driving to a campaign event on Calteca St. The candidate was shot at multiple times by the motorcycle riders but did not suffer any injuries. No arrests have been reported. During the present electoral season (since September 2020) 88 politicians have been murdered in Mexico. 

Texas and Coahuila to reopen border for non-essential travel

Authorities announced that commercial customs between Coahuila, Mexico, and Texas, USA, will reopen in the month of June. The customs will reportedly open on Sundays between 08:00 and 16:00 local time in order to get non-essential transborder commerce started again. The announcement also raised two possible dates for allowing tourism to resume, either 9 June or 21 June. The US-Mexico border has been closed to non-essential crossings since March 2020.

Political candidate killed in Moroleón, two others injured

A political candidate was shot and killed and two other people were injured in Moroleón, Guanajuato yesterday. The Movimiento Ciudadando candidate was reportedly ambushed by unidentified assailants after attending a political meeting on Pedro Guzman St. The official number of politicians killed during the present electoral campaign (since September 2020) is now 88. 

Criminal groups block Apatringán-Aguililla highway

Authorities in Michoacán reported that a blockade has been formed by a criminal group on the Apatringán-Aguililla highway in Catalinas. The blockade was reportedly formed at around 09:00 local time when a semi-truck was set on fire in the middle of the highway. Police and National Guard troops have struggled to get into Aguililla amid an ongoing conflict between the Jalisco New Generation Cartel and United Cartels. 

US FAA downgrades Mexico, prohibiting new flight routes and services

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) downgraded its air safety rating for Mexico, prohibiting airlines from adding any new routes or services to the US; US carriers will not be allowed to codeshare flights with Mexican airlines. The FAA downgraded Mexico's Agency from Category 1, which implies compliance to international standards, to Category 2, the lowest level. The decision comes after an FAA assessment conducted from October 2020 through February 2020 of Mexico's Federal Aviation Agency which "fell below the standards of the UN's civil aviation organization". The US air regulator added it is "fully committed to helping the Mexican aviation authority improve its safety oversight system to a level that meets international standards.. we're ready to provide expertise and resources" to resolve issues raised in the safety assessment process.

Police Director killed in Sinaloa

Police in the state of Sinaloa announced that its Police Director, Joel Ernesto Soto, was killed yesterday in Salvador Alvarado. The murder occurred on the Los Mochis-Culiacan highway. The director was reportedly coming back from visiting family, for which he decided not to take his security detail and keep a low profile. The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made. 

Mayor candidate suffers attempted kidnapping in Puebla

A local candidate for mayor reportedly suffered an attempted kidnapping in Tehuacán, Puebla yesterday afternoon. The attempt took place on Calle 25 Poniente at around 16:30 local time in the América neighborhood. The candidate is a representative of the Compromiso por Puebla (CPP) party. The attempt comes in one of the most dangerous electoral seasons in Mexican history for politicians, as close to 100 of them have died so far. 


Three killed, one injured after shooting at a bar in Cuernavaca

A shooting in Cuernavaca, Morelos left three people dead and another injured yesterday morning. The incident occurred at the 'Casa Bacacho' Bar on Río Mayo Ave at around 02:30 local time. According to police, a group of friends were celebrating a football victory when another client started harassing one of their female friends, resulting in a shooting. No arrests have been reported. 

Armed suspects steal ballots from Silitepec Electoral offices

Authorities reported that 15 armed suspects stormed the Silitepec Electoral offices and stole electoral ballots yesterday. The assailants reportedly cut the power before going into the offices and taking security cameras with them. The masked suspects reportedly took almost 20,000 ballots from the complex after yelling "there will be no elections". Authorities say this is the third incident of 'missing ballots' in the state of Chiapas and that they are looking into a solution for the upcoming elections. 

Thirteen CJNG members arrested in Córdoba

Authorities reported that 13 members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) were arrested yesterday in Córdoba, Veracruz. The arrests took place after a shooting near the San José de Tapia community. Police also confiscated several assault rifles and handguns. No casualties were reported after the shooting. 

Anti-government protests in Chiapas form multiple blockades

Anti-government protests throughout the state of Chiapas have been staged today. The protests have set up blockades in multiple points, namely the Pan-American Highway 190, Arriaga-Tapachula Highway 200, Pan-American Highway Comitán, Pan-American Highway La Trinitaria, Highway 190D and 53, 9th Southeast Maseca, Central Ave 4th, 5th, 8th and 9th Streets. The protesters are demanding better services from the government, such as wider access to education and increased teacher salaries.

Twenty-eight political hostages released in Chiapas

Twenty-eight political hostages were released in Cintalapa, Chiapas on Saturday. A candidate for mayor of Cintalapa and her team were kidnapped on 21 May while touring near the border with Oaxaca. The candidate and her team were released after the Canaán community reached an agreement with the government. According to reports, 85 politicians have died since September 2020. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's efforts to protect participants in the electoral process has been criticised.

Mexico and Bolivia waive visa requirements for travel

The governments of Mexico and Bolivia reached an agreement to no longer require visas for travel between the two countries as of 24 May. The elimination of the visa requirement followed an official ceremony between the foreign ministers of Bolivia and Mexico, hosted at the Bolivian Foreign Ministry. The visa waiver applies to all visitors staying for less than 180 days. The ministers said this was "the result of optimal diplomatic relations" between the two countries, which have been ongoing for 190 years, reaffirmed by President Luis Arce's visit in March. 

Mayor of General Zuazua arrested on corruption charges

The mayor of General Zuazua, Nuevo León, was arrested yesterday on corruption charges. The mayor was arrested inside the municipal palace at noon for allegedly coercing his employees to support the MORENA political party. Police say the mayor's personal computer provided proof of electoral crimes. 

Three dead, two injured after shooting in Lázaro Cárdenas

A shooting in Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán left three people dead and two others injured yesterday evening. The shooting occurred on the 200 highway towards La Mira. One of the victims was a local prison director and another his chief of security. No arrests have been reported. 

Reports of clashes between CJNG and CU in Aguililla

Reports of a clash between the Jalisco New Generation Cartel and United Cartels emerged yesterday. The incident reportedly began early in the morning and there is no information on casualties, injuries, or arrests yet. The ongoing conflict in Aguililla has prevented police or National Guard troops from entering the area. 

Protest in Tuxtla Gutierrez results in 95 arrests

A dispersed demonstration in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas resulted in the arrest of 95 students and teachers yesterday. The protesters were reportedly blocking the Libramiento Norte Poniente highway as they demanded improvements in the education sector. According to witnesses, the protest was dispersed with tear gas. A follow-up protest is expected to be staged on 19 May to demand the release of the detainees. 

Three PES party members injured after ambush in Chalchicuautla

Three members of the PES political party were injured after a shooting in Chalchicuautla, San Luís Potosí on Monday. The shooting took place on the Tamazunchale-San Martin highway as the victims returned from a political rally in San Martín Chalchicuautla when an armed commando reportedly ambushed them. No arrests have been reported. A member of the PAN political party was also injured yesterday in Tamasopo, San Luís Potosí. Violence against politicians during this year's electoral process is at record levels; President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has created a specialized task force to deal with the crisis. 

US-Mexico close to easing land border crossing restrictions

According to Mexico's Foreign Ministry, the US and Mexico are close to reaching an agreement to remove restrictions for non-essential land border crossings on 22 June. The two countries will make a decision after assessing the situation on Covid-19 cases and vaccinations. In the meantime, the US-Mexico border has extended its restrictions until 21 June.

Bus crash leaves three dead, 16 injured in Izúcar

A bus crash in Izúcar, Puebla has left three people dead and 16 injured. The bus overturned on Saturday on the Matamoros-Tehuitzingo federal highway near Santa María Xuchapa, around 11:00 local time. According to the bus driver, an inebriated passenger unexpectedly turned the steering wheel, causing the vehicle to overturn. The passenger was arrested while the victims were hospitalised. 

Four dead after weekend violence in Guadalajara

Ongoing violence in Guadalajara, Jalisco left at least four people dead over the weekend. The violent incidents were reported on Mar Rojo and Mar Mediterraneo Streets, Miguel Orozco Camacho St, Colonia Cinco de Mayo and Colonia San Rafael. The ongoing violence has led to several staged protests over the past months in Jalisco after National Guard troops deployed in the area failed to contain the rising violence. 

One person shot and killed in Celaya

One person was shot and killed yesterday in Celaya, Guanajuato. The shooting took place in José Natividad Macías St in Prolongación Emiliano Zapata at around 10:00 local time. The assailants reportedly left a written message on the victim's body before fleeing the scene. No arrests have been reported. 

Students protest and vandalize political party headquarters in Chilpancingo

A student protest was staged yesterday in Chilpancingo, Guerrero. The demonstrators protested political parties in the state using the Ayotzinapa massacre as a campaign slogan in front of the MORENA and PRD headquarters. The protesters reportedly also breached the headquarters and vandalized them. No arrests have been made. 

Clash between National Guard and CJNG leaves three dead in Aguililla

Three soldiers were killed in a clash between National Guard troops and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel in Aguililla, Michoacán yesterday. The incident took place in Las Higueras at around 13:30 local time. The clash comes as increased violence in the area led to the mobilization of around 200 National Guard troops to the outskirts of Aguililla in the last six months. The National Defense Agency said this was the highest death toll of troops the conflict has seen. No arrests have been made. 

Protest against insecurity staged in Guadalajara

A protest was staged in Guadalajara, Jalisco yesterday evening. The demonstrators protested against rising insecurity in the state at both the University of Guadalajara and the Niños Héroes Monument. The protest was sparked by the kidnapping and assassination of three young brothers on 7 May.

Multiple protests and blockades in Oaxaca

Multiple protests and blockades were reported earlier today in Oaxaca. The blockades mainly affected Federal Highway 185 Coatzalcoalcos-Salina Cruz and Juárez Ave - Valentín Gomez St. The blockades were formed by civilians with no particular group affiliation, according to reports. 

Protest for missing lawyer blocks Pan-American and 175 highways in Oaxaca

A protest was staged in Oaxaca earlier today, blocking the Pan-American highway between Tehuantepec and Jalapa del Marqués and Federal Highway 175 (Oaxaca-Puerto Escondido). The group, known as Sol Rojo (Red Sun), protested against the arbitrary arrest and disappearance of an attorney and teacher in Oaxaca in 2018. 

Security guard shot and killed in Monterrey

One person was shot and killed during a robbery in Monterrey, Nuevo León. The victim, who was a security guard, was reportedly attacked in front of his work station on Abraham Lincoln Ave in La Alianza at around 07:00 local time. CCTV cameras captured the incident. No arrests have been made so far. 

Shooting incidents in San Luis Rio Colorado leave three dead, one injured

Shooting incidents in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora left three people dead and another injured yesterday afternoon. The first shooting took place on 16 de Septiembre Ave where one person died and another was wounded. The second shooting, just a few minutes later, occurred in Plaza Herradura where two people were shot dead. No arrests have been made. 

Two killed, one injured by sicarios in León

A shooting in León, Guanajuato left one person dead and two others injured yesterday afternoon. The shooting took place at the Arabia and Sión intersection in San Felipe de Jesús. The victims were shot at by motorcycle-riding sicarios whilst eating at a food stand in the street. The suspects remain at large. 

Man and child shot dead near vaccination centre in Fresnillo

A shooting in Fresnillo, Zacatecas has left two people dead. The shooting took place over the weekend near a vaccination centre in Buenavista de Trujillo. The victims were travelling in their car when gunmen reportedly opened fire on them in a fatal attack. The victims have been identified as a man and his one-year-old child. No arrests have been made so far. 

CJNG attack reported in Chinicuila

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel reportedly torched two trucks and detonated C4-charged drones in a siege in Chinicuila, Michoacán earlier today. The incident took place in Villa Victoria and El Salitre at around 06:00 local time. According to authorities, cartel members fired shots at multiple houses in the area whilst burning two cargo trucks. No injures have been reported. 

Five killed in bar shooting, Jocotepec

A shooting incident in Jocotepec, Jalisco left five people dead yesterday afternoon. Assailants opened fire inside Bar Memo on Vicente Guerrero St crossing the Guadalajara-Morelia highway. Police say all four suspects remain at large. 

Hundreds protest over metro overpass collapse

Hundreds of people gathered at the site where a metro overpass collapsed earlier this week to demand justice for the victims. A vigil was held as protesters voiced their anger that the accident happened despite previous warnings about the safety of the track on Line 12. "What happened is due to negligence, due to corruption," a protester told the AFP news agency. At least 26 people were killed and dozens more wounded in the accident. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has promised a full investigation.

Seven arrested after clash between police and Sinaloa Cartel

A clash was reported between police and the Sinaloa Cartel in Mazatlán, Sinaloa yesterday. The incident occurred on Eucalipto St. Authorities arrested seven suspects involved in the clash and confiscated heavy calibre firearms and tactical gear. No injuries were reported. 

Eighteen protests underway in Mexico City, highways blocked in Tulum and Chiapas

Authorities reported that protests have blocked highways in Quintana Roo and Chiapas today. The Tulum-Cobá highway and the Huixtla-Ciudad Cuahtémoc highway are both currently blocked. Additionally, 18 different protests have been reported in Mexico City. No violence has been reported. 

Three city hall officials, including mayor, arrested for disappearance of activist

Three city hall officials, including the mayor, were arrested yesterday in Asunción Nochixtlán, Oaxaca. The arrests were made by order of the Attorney General, who will present a case against the officials for the disappearance of Claudia Uruchurtu, an activist who was last seen on 26 March and is still missing. 

Metro overpass collapses in Mexico City

At least 20 people have been killed and dozens more wounded after a metro overpass collapsed in Mexico City. The city's mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, said a support beam had collapsed, causing the overpass to give way and causing several train carriages to plunge to the ground. Rescue workers were dispatched to the scene late on Monday night and operations are ongoing to free people trapped under rubble. "What happened today with the Metro is a terrible tragedy. My solidarity with the victims and their families,” said Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, who was mayor of Mexico City when the overpass was built.

CJNG carries out armed attack in Michoacán

Authorities reported an armed attack carried out by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) in Cotija and Tinguindín, Michoacán on Friday. Local residents had asked for urgent help from the state and federal authorities. The death toll has not been reported so far, though it is known that at least one person died and two others have been kidnapped.

Authorities report 70 assassinations during electoral process

Government authorities reported that 70 people were assassinated during the country's local electoral process from September 2020 through 25 April 2021; 28 of the victims were aspirants or political candidates, 24 were party members and 11 were relatives of politicians. The state of Veracruz accounted for 11 victims, whilst Guanajuato and Oaxaca both tallied eight. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador had created a special task force to protect political candidates from violence earlier in the year. 

Protesters block Felipe Carrillo-Chetumal highway

Protesters in Quintana Roo blocked the Felipe Carillo-Chetumal Highway earlier today. The demonstrators demanded a meeting with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in order to solve a compensation dispute for the expropriation of lands to construct an interstate highway. No violence has been reported. 

Protesters block the México-Cuernavaca highway

A protest in Tlalpan, Mexico City blocked the México-Cuernavaca highway yesterday morning. The protest reportedly began at around 08:00 and demanded the installation of electricity services in their locality. No violence was reported. 

Two more public transportation units attacked in Cancún

Two new armed attacks on public transportation units in Cancún, Quintana Roo occurred yesterday. The attacks were carried out on Isla Hawaii Ave and no injuries were reported. There have been six attacks on public transportation units in the last few days, prompting several companies to halt their services and asking the government to take preventive measures against the attacks. 

Threat to Special Operations Commander left on dead body in Tamaulipas

The Special Operations Commander of the local police in Victoria, Tamaulipas, found a threat addressed to him attached to a dead body found on the Victoria-Santander highway yesterday. The commander said he receives dozens of daily threats from criminal groups and said "this one is no different, it is to be taken seriously". The dismembered victim is yet to be identified and no arrests have been made. 

One officer killed, three injured after shooting in Los Aldamas

A shooting in Los Aldamas, Nuevo León left one policeman dead and three wounded yesterday afternoon. The shooting took place on the corner of Hidalgo and Carranza St. According to reports, the attackers came in two armoured vehicles and were armed with a machine gun. Police say the attack was probably retaliation for the recent killing of two members of the Northeast Cartel. No arrests have been made. 

Mexico strikes deal to produce Russia's Sputnik V vaccine

Mexico has reached an agreement with Russia to produce the Sputnik V vaccine domestically, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced yesterday after a visit to Moscow. Mexico's state-run vaccine manufacturer BIRMEX will handle the packaging and filling of the vaccine, which will begin in May. Ebrard said about one million people have been vaccinated with the Sputnik V so far. "The results are very positive, which speaks of the quality of science and technological development in this country," Ebrard said. Mexico's Health Ministry said in late February it expected to receive 7.4 million doses of Sputnik V by April and an additional 16.6 million shots in May. Mexico has signed an agreement to acquire a total of 24 million doses.

Transportation units halted in Cancún after attacks

A series of attacks on public transportation units in Cancún, Quintana Roo prompted companies to halt their operations, demanding measures to prevent further attacks. Four transportation units were attacked and destroyed on Holbox Ave, 20 de Noviembre Ave, Supermanza 65 and Paseos del Mar; the attacks were carried out with Molotov cocktails by unidentified assailants and no arrests have been made. 

Drug gangs form blockade on Apatzingan-Buenavista highway

Armed drug gang members reportedly formed a blockade on part of the Apatzingan-Buenavista highway in Rancho Seco, Michoacán yesterday. Criminal groups had also previously formed blockades on the Apatzingan-Aguililla highway looking to prevent the movement of other criminal groups along the highway, as part of an ongoing territorial dispute. 

Clash between cartels leaves eight dead in Tamaulipas

A clash between the Northeast Cartel and the Gulf Cartel in Santa Rosalía de Camargo, Tamaulipas left eight people dead on Friday morning. Police say the clash pertains to the ongoing territorial dispute amongst cartels in the US-Mexico border area. No arrests have been made in connection with the incident. 

Acapulco shooting leaves two dead, three injured

A shooting in Acapulco, Guerrero left two people dead, including a police officer, and three others injured on Friday night at around 04:00 local time. The shooting took place at Nations Boulevard and police say the aggressor was shot dead during the confrontation. 

Penitentiary director attacked, one injured by CJNG in León

The penitentiary director of León was attacked yesterday; one of his security personnel was injured. The attack was carried out by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel at around 08:00 when the director was leaving his home. The criminal group left a message claiming the attack and warning not to mistreat their members who are being held in prison throughout Guanajuato. No arrests were made. 

Five killed, two injured after shootings in Guanajuato

Five people died yesterday and another two were injured in Guanajuato due to shootings in Apaseo del Alto and San Miguel Octopán. Police failed to make any arrests after pursuing criminals through Apaseo El Grande in the evening and say the assailants injured one of their victims during the pursuit. Guanajuato has seen increased violence throughout 2021. 

One person shot and killed in Cancún

One person was shot dead yesterday in Cancún, Quintana Roo. The incident took place on Venustiano Carranza Ave at around 14:00 local time. According to reports, the victim was working at his car shop when he was attacked by unidentified gunmen. The suspect fled and is yet to be arrested. 

PEMEX orders senior management to return to office-based work

The Mexican state-run oil company PEMEX ordered senior management to return to in-person working as of next week. The order has been met with criticism amid reports showing hundreds of new Covid-related deaths daily. "From April 26, all heads of areas, levels of management, assistant management and superintendents, must report to work in person with the exception of those who suffer from diseases that makes them vulnerable," read the memo. PEMEX has around 150,600 employees, though the memo was addressed to senior management members only. The government of Mexico City recommended workers continue to work from home. Mexico currently tallies 2.4m infections and 214,000 deaths, though an earlier report suggested figures in Mexico to be around 60 percent higher. 

US warns against travel to five states

The US government has warned against travel to four Mexican states. The State Department advisory was issued following increased criminal activity in the states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas. "The United States government recommended that its citizens not travel to Mexico, not only because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also because of the increase in crime and kidnappings," stated the latest advisory.

Member of PAN party shot and killed in Yuriria

The authorities have reported that a member of the PAN political party was killed in a shooting in Yuriria, Guanajuato on Tuesday. The party member, identified as Manuel Gómez Nuñez, was reportedly ambushed inside a car wash at around 15:00 local time. The suspects fled and no arrests have been made. 

Gulf Cartel members block and rob vehicles at US-Mexico border in Reynosa

Authorities reported that vehicles were being stolen yesterday at the Reynosa-Pharr International Bridge at the US-Mexico border. According to reports, the Gulf Cartel placed a blockade on the highway and robbed multiple vehicles during the afternoon. Witnesses say the cartel members were asking for a $1,500 fee for crossing and proceeded to forcibly remove families from their vehicles if the fee was refused. No arrests have been made so far. 

Pfizer reports counterfeit vaccines being administered in Mexico

Pfizer announced that it discovered fake Covid-19 vaccines in Mexico (and Poland) yesterday. The company reported that around 80 fake jabs were administered in Mexico and boxes of counterfeit vaccines were seized from a man in Poland. Pfizer said Interpol was getting ready to launch an investigation. 

Clash between police and CJNG in Guadalajara leaves four dead

A clash between police and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel left four people dead, two policemen injured and 33 criminals arrested yesterday. Authorities report that they were also able to release seven hostages being held in safe houses in the area. Police seized 58 firearms, 17 bulletproof vests and 1kg of cocaine. The clash in Colonia Chapalita was reported at around 11:00 when police called for backup. 

Five injured after politician opens fire inside Xochimilco restaurant

According to reports, a politician opened fire on civilians in Xochimilco, Mexico City yesterday, injuring five people. The shooting took place at Las Vaqueras restaurant in Cuemanco during the afternoon. The assailant was arrested and identified as Aldo Sánchez, a candidate for counsellor of the MORENA political party in Iztapalapa. Witnesses say the politician refused to pay the bill and opened fire on the employees inside the restaurant. 


Attack in Coacalco de Berriozábal leaves two dead

A shooting in Coacalco de Berriozábal, Mexico State left two people dead yesterday. A public transport driver and his co-driver were reportedly attacked by unidentified assailants in San Pablo de las Salinas early in the morning. No arrests have been made. 

Two officers injured in drone attack, Aguililla

As police and National Guard officers stand on the outskirts of Aguililla, Michoacán, due to an ongoing clash between the Jalisco New Generation Cartel and United Cartels, two officers were injured by drone and grenade attacks. The incident was confirmed by the Security Secretariat of Michoacán. On Monday police carried out an operation to clear highway blockades on the Apatzingán-Aguililla highway which had been built by the United Cartels.

Ambush in Caborca leaves eight dead, three injured

A shooting in Caborca, Sonora left eight people dead and three injured on Sunday. The Defense Secretariat (SEDENA) reported that a group of its officers were ambushed by around 60 people in Cerro Cañedo, after which they neutralized seven criminals. One officer was killed and three were injured. 

Clash between police and criminal groups leaves four dead

A clash between police and criminal groups in Guadalajara, Jalisco left four people dead yesterday. Police say they captured around 30 suspected criminals on Chapalita Ave and seized a large amount of weapons and drugs. 

Mexico extends border restrictions until 21 May

The Mexican government announced it would maintain its border restrictions with the US until 21 May. The measure applies to high risk border states, namely Chihuahua. Mexico's southern border will also remain closed to non-essential crossings. 

Firework manufacturers protest in Mexico City

A group of firework manufacturers staged a protest today in front of the National Palace in Mexico City. The demonstrators, based in the state of Mexico, were demanding to be allowed to continue their business activity without needing to relocate for the construction of a new airport. No violence was reported at the rally.

At least 14 municipalities have rejected Covid-19 vaccines

Mexican authorities reported that at least 14 municipalities in the states of Chiapas and Oaxaca have rejected their respective Covid-19 vaccines. The municipalities in southern Mexico have autonomy over certain political and health decisions, by which they decided to decline the government-subsidized vaccines.

Clash amongst CJNG and United Cartels reported in Aguililla

A new clash was reported yesterday in Aguililla, Michoacán amongst the cartels fighting for control of the territory. The clash between the Jalisco New Generation Cartel and the United Cartels was reported at around 21:00 with little to no information on casualties as authorities currently lack access to the area. 

Senate approves Supreme Court president's term extension

Mexico's Senate voted to extend the term of the president of the Supreme Court for an additional two years on Thursday. The move has been widely criticized as a bid to strengthen the ruling party's hold on the country's institutions. Current Supreme Court President Arturo Zaldivar was appointed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in January 2019. If Congress, which is also controlled by the ruling party, approves the modification, Zaldivar may stay until Nov 2024. 

Sinaloa Cartel to assist United Cartels in fight against CJNG in Michoacán

A leader of the Sinaloa Cartel revealed that the criminal group created a task force aimed at assisting the United Cartels in its fight against the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) in Michoacán. The CJNG reportedly took control of several areas in Michoacán after an armed conflict with the United Cartels. The National Guard troops deployed by the government fled to the surrounding areas.

Mexico aims at developing Covid-19 vaccine amid rising infection rates

Mexico reported plans to develop a vaccine against Covid-19 that could be approved for emergency use this year. A successful programme would alleviate the country from depending on foreign supplies which have been sporadic and unreliable. Mexican health authorities reported 4,293 cases of Covid-19 and 592 more deaths yesterday, bringing the total to 2.3m and 211,000 respectively, although authorities have been reporting that the figures are likely considerably higher. 

Shooting in Gabriel Zamora leaves four dead

A shooting in Gabriel Zamora, Michoacán left four people dead yesterday. Reportedly, the incident took place at a cultural show in Santa Casilda and is thought to be orchestrated by the La Familia Michoacana cartel. No arrests have been made.

Two dead, two injured after bar ambush in Oaxtepec

A shooting in Oaxtepec, Morelos left two people dead and two injured on Monday. The incident occurred at a bar in the city centre at around 23:00 local time. Witnesses say the victims were ambushed whilst drinking inside the bar by a group of masked assailants, who fled after the shooting. No arrests have been made.

Migrant detentions double as Mexico ramps up border security

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that Mexico doubled its migrant detentions via the deployment of 10,000 extra troops to its southern border. The detentions come after an agreement between the US, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala aimed at curbing migrant arrivals at the US-Mexico border was reached earlier this week.

Thirty marines arrested over alleged involvement in forced disappearances

Mexico's navy has announced that 30 marines were arrested yesterday over their suspected involvement in several cases of forced disappearances in Nuevo Laredo in 2014. The navy, along with the army, were primarily deployed in the war on drugs launched in 2006 until President Andrés Manuel López Obrador created a militarized police force known as the National Guard. It was during those campaigns where thousands of complaints of abuse from the navy were made. 

Cartels clash again in Aguililla

After taking control of Aguililla, Michoacán last week, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel was challenged by the United Cartels again on Friday, resulting in violent clashes. Local residents called on the army to restore order in the area. The conflict has caused a food and supply shortage in the village as roads are blocked by the military, who fled the village after the CJNG took control of the area.

Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras to increase troops at border to tackle migration

The US government announced that it secured agreements with Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to deploy more officers on their borders in order to curb the historic level of migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border. Mexico and Guatemala had already deployed troops to its borders and both have now agreed to ramp up the efforts, along with a new agreement from Honduras to do so as well. 

AMLO sends extra troops to Michoacán and Guanajuato

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has deployed 700 extra National Guard troops to Michoacán and Guanajuato in an effort to fight organized crime. Troops were sent to the Michoacán-Guanajuato region of Aguililla, where the Jalisco New Generation Cartel forced troops to withdraw yesterday by taking control of the area in a fight against the United Cartels. 

First case of UK Covid-19 variant reported in Mérida

Health authorities reported the first case of the UK variant of Covid-19 in Mérida, Yucatán yesterday. The Yucatán peninsula has been notoriously open during the pandemic to both tourists and nationals, its beaches have been flagged as super-spreader sites. The B-117 strain had been previously identified in Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, Jalisco, Guerrero, Chihuahua, Zacatecas, Guanajuato, Querétaro and Mexico City. 

Cartel clash leaves five dead, one injured in Sonoyta

A confrontation between the Sinaloa Cartel and the Caborca Cartel in Sonoyta, Sonora, left five people dead and another injured yesterday morning. Police found the victim's bodies on the Sonoyta highway early in the morning after the clash had ended.

Mayor candidate and four civilians arrested in Salinas Victoria

The running candidate for mayor of the Citizen Movement party was arrested in Salinas Victoria, Nuevo León yesterday morning. During the arrest, four other civilians were detained and police seized three assault rifles and 80 rounds of ammunition. The arrested candidate and civilians have been accused of having connections with the Golfo Cartel. 

National Guard troops exit Aguililla after CJNG seizes the area

National Guard troops deployed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in the state of Michoacán, apparently left the area after the Jalisco New Generation Cartel seized control of Aguililla. Authorities have not issued a statement yet, but social media videos show the troops leaving and people cheering their exit. 

Fire breaks out at PEMEX refinery in Minatitlán

A major fire broke out yesterday at a state-run oil refinery in Minatitlán, Veracruz. Footage on social media shows flames leaping inside the refinery and black clouds of smoke blowing out. No injuries or fatalities were reported and the fire was controlled, according to PEMEX officials. 

Shooting in Guadalajara leaves three dead

A shooting in Guadalajara, Jalisco left three people dead including a police officer yesterday afternoon. The shooting took place on Revolución Ave in Jardines de la Paz when police investigated a stolen taxi and the passengers opened fire on them, both shooters died along with the police officer. 

Irapuato shooting leaves five dead, two injured

A shooting in Irapuato, Guanajuato left five people dead and two injured yesterday morning. Police patrolling the area of Adolfo López Mateos were ambushed by criminals, killing two officers. After police subdued the situation they confiscated two assault rifles, bulletproof vests and an armoured SUV from the criminals. 

CJNG cartel imposes lockdown in Aguililla, Michoacán

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) has reportedly imposed a lockdown in Aguililla, Michoacán after they took control of the city today. Despite the government's efforts deploying National Guard troops to the state, the CJNG fought against Carteles Unidos (United Cartels) for control of the territory last week. Videos on social media show the CJNG cartels fighting and declaring victory over the city, after which, they allegedly proceeded to order a lockdown.

Two politicians murdered in Guanajuato

As political violence continues in Mexico, two politicians were shot dead in Apaseo El Grande, Guanajuato on Monday afternoon. Both victims were running candidates for the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD). According to reports, more than 60 politicians have been murdered during the regional electoral process in Mexico. Authorities strongly believe these incidents pertain to criminal organizations who try to influence the results. 

AMLO to received vaccination next week

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said during his daily morning conference that he plans to get vaccinated against Covid-19 next week. AMLO, who had downplayed the virus earlier in the pandemic and suggested Mexicans "keep close," said his doctors strongly suggested he get vaccinated even though he had already contracted the virus, and recovered. Mexico's vaccination roll-out had been stagnated by a lack of supply before the US agreed to send 2.5m doses of the AstraZeneca jab, helping efforts get underway. Mexico currently tallies 2.23m infections and 203,000 deaths, though reports recently suggested the actual figures to be around 60 percent higher. 

Two dozen arrested for the murder of 13 police officers in Michoacán

Twenty-five people were arrested over the weekend in the State of Mexico for the killing of 13 police officers earlier in March. All 25 of the detainees are believed to be part of the Michoacán Family Cartel and will be processed for drug trafficking and other illicit activities. The operation is part of increased efforts to curb violence in areas where President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has sent thousands of National Guard troops. 

Clash between cartels in Durango leaves at least five dead

At least five people were killed during a clash between the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and the Sinaloa Cartel in Durango yesterday. Reportedly, members of the Sinaloa Cartel ambushed CJNG members on a highway crossing the 'Golden Triangle', a tri-state area that has seen brutal disputes between criminal groups. Police have not reported the incident, although videos on social media show the shooting and some casualties. 

Migrants rescued and southern border operation launched

A group of 87 migrants in Amozoc, Puebla were rescued by police, leading to the arrest of three 'coyotes' who are known for trafficking and abusing migrants. Another 37 migrants were rescued in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, who had been kept by organized crime members since 12 March. In light of the overwhelming migrant influx to the US-Mexico border, Mexico launched a migrant operation in its southern border, aiming at stopping groups of migrants, citing the possible spread of Covid-19 and the curbing of human trafficking; hundreds of troops were deployed to the area. 


Twenty killed over the weekend in Guerrero

Twenty people were killed in a series of attacks in the state of Guerrero over the weekend. Seven people were killed in Iguala, five in Tecpan, three in Cocula, two in Marquelia, two in Acapulco and another in Tlapa. Guerrero is one of several states where President Andrés Manuel López Obrador recently sent National Guard officers in order to curb violence. 

Nationwide uproar over the killing of a woman by police

The killing of a 36 year-old Salvadoran woman by police has sparked outrage in Mexico. The woman died on Saturday in Tulum; videos show police kneeling on her back while she cried out. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador condemned the killing today in his regular morning press conference, saying the woman was subjected to brutal treatment and was murdered after her detention. 

AstraZeneca vaccines arrive from US, death toll likely higher

A shipment of 1.5m AstraZeneca vaccines sent from the US arrived in Mexico on Sunday night, the Foreign Ministry confirmed. The shipment is the first of 2.7m doses which should arrive from the US. Government reports show that Mexico's Covid-19 death toll is likely 60 percent higher than the official count, which currently tallies 2.23m infections and 202,000 deaths. 

Electoral body removes Felix Salgado's candidature

Mexico's National Electoral Institute (INE) withdrew Felix Salgado Macedonio's candidature on Thursday; the candidate is facing rape accusations and has been targeted by numerous protests at his campaign events. His removal was based on his failure to provide pre-campaign expense reports, according to an INE spokesperson. The candidate was running for governor of the state of Guerrero for the ruling party, MORENA. The institute also fined MORENA three million pesos for "irregularities found during the pre-campaign stage". 

Vaccinations suspended in Villahermosa

The vaccination programmes in Villahermosa, Tabasco, the state's capital, have been suspended due to a lack of syringes and diluents. The state's governor said that he expected vaccinations to resume on 27 March. 

Five dead after shooting in Celaya

A shooting in Celaya, Guanajuato left five people dead in the Chapel of San Judas Tadeo. An armed group reportedly stormed a pig farm and shot the five victims. The assailants fled before the National Guard arrived and no arrests have been made. 

Three killed in Ciudad Valles shooting

A shooting in Ciudad Valles, San Luís Potosí left three people dead yesterday afternoon. Neighbours said that they heard gunshots and people screaming for help, when they decided to call the authorities. The assailants fled and no arrests have been made. 

Construction site collapse leaves three dead, two missing in Puebla

Three people died and at least two others have been declared missing after a construction site collapse yesterday afternoon in San Martín Texmelucán, Puebla. Authorities cited a poor foundation for the site's collapse. The area was evacuated and a rescue mission is ongoing. 

Union protest blocks cargo trucks in Coatzalcoalcos

Members of the Autonomous Confederation of Workers and Employees (CATEM) held a protest yesterday demanding the release of one of their regional office bearers in Coatzalcoalcos, Veracruz. The demonstration blocked several cargo trucks in front of the district's Centre for Social Reinsertion. The protest demanded the release of Ramón Ortiz Cisneros, CATEM's regional labour secretary, who was arrested on Tuesday. 

AMLO pledges to accelerate vaccine roll-out

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) said he plans to accelerate the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines amid fears of a new wave of infections, as the country's death toll approaches a total of 200,000, the third highest total in the world. Mexico's vaccine roll-out has been hampered by delivery delays and a lack of supply, prompting the government to complain about richer countries hoarding vaccines. With the US agreeing to send 2.5m doses of AstraZeneca vaccines and the more-regular reception of vaccine shipments, AMLO said the roll-out should pick up soon. 

Fake batch of Sputnik V vaccines seized at Campeche International Airport (CPE)

The Russian Direct Investment Fund announced that a fake batch of Sputnik V vaccines was confiscated at Campeche International Airport (CPE) last week. According to their report 5,775 fake doses, which were on their way to Honduras on a private flight, were discovered amongst soft drinks in an icebox. 

Shooting in San Luís Potosí leaves three dead, one injured

A shooting incident in Soledad de Graciano Sánchez, San Luís Potosí, left three people dead and another injured on Saturday evening. Reportedly, three suspects riding motorcycles arrived with weapons and opened fire on the victims. The suspects fled and no arrests have been made. 

Migrants detained at Monterrey International Airport (MTY)

On Friday, 95 undocumented migrants were arrested at Monterrey International Airport (MTY) after they arrived on two flights from Villahermosa, Tabasco and Cancún, Quintana Roo. Authorities identified 70 Hondurans, 14 Guatemalans, six Salvadorians and five Cubans in the group. The migrants were transferred to an immigration facility in Nuevo León as part of the process of returning them to their countries of origin. The measure comes as part of a promised clamp down on immigration agreed between President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and US President Joe Biden in order to help curb the unprecedented amount of arrivals at the US-Mexico border, which has overwhelmed the US asylum system.

Mayoral candidate shot dead in Oaxaca

A mayoral candidate in the state of Oaxaca was shot dead on Saturday. Ivonne Gallegos Carreno, who was the candidate of the National Action Party (PAN) in Ocotlan de Morelos, was targeted while driving in Santo Tomas Jalieza. The governor of Oaxaca, Alejandro Murat, called on the law enforcement agencies to track down those responsible for the killing.

Violent confrontation between police and criminal group in Río Bravo

A violent confrontation between police and a criminal group was reported today in Río Bravo, Tamaulipas. Reportedly, the incident took place near El Culebrón bridge on the highway. Police pursued the criminals through Azteca and Satelite, a couple of nearby neighbourhoods, and confiscated their vehicle.

Nuevo León and Chiapas to close public spaces for Easter holidays

Several state governments have announced the closure of parks and public recreation spaces during the Easter holidays, namely Nuevo León and Chiapas. Nuevo León will be shutting down Chipinque, La Pastora, Fundidora, La Estanzuela, Cola de Caballo, La Presa de la Boca, Pilón and Ramos from 18 March to 28 March; whereas Chiapas will close Arriaga, Acapetahua, Tonalá, Tapachula and Pijijiapan from 18 March to 18 April. 

Gunmen kill 13 police in State of Mexico ambush

Gunmen have killed 13 police officers in an ambush in the State of Mexico. The officers were in the Llano Grande area in the Coatepec Harinas municipality when they were targeted by suspected gang members. “This attack is an affront to the Mexican state. We will respond with all force and support of the law,” said Rodrigo Martinez-Celis, the security minister for the State of Mexico. The incident was the deadliest attack on the Mexican security forces since October 2019 when 14 officers died in Michoacan.

US to send AstraZeneca vaccines to Mexico and Canada

The US government has announced plans to send AstraZeneca vaccines to Mexico and Canada. As the jab is yet to be approved by American health regulators, tens of millions of doses of the vaccine sit in American manufacturing sites. According to the announcement by White House spokespeople, 2.5m doses will be sent to Mexico and 1.5m to Canada.

US extends land border restrictions

The US government has extended land border restrictions with Canada and Mexico until at least 21 April. The 30-day extension is the second under President Joe Biden. The restrictions apply to non-essential travel. The Biden administration has spent weeks reviewing whether to impose Covid-19 testing requirements for land border crossings but has not issued new requirements, as applied to air travel. The extension comes amid an unprecedented wave of migrants flowing into the US-Mexico border.

Guadalajara shooting leaves two dead

A recent shooting in Guadalajara, Jalisco, has left two people dead. According to local reports, the victims were shot dead by a group of armed criminals at around 13:00 local time in Lomas de Polanco. No arrests have been made so far as investigations get underway. The incident marks the 17th homicide in as many days in Jalisco. 

Mexico to increase border security against illegal immigration

The Mexican government announced it will begin to restrict movement on its southern border in order to curb the spread of Covid-19 and surging illegal immigration. The announcement comes after the US agreed to give Mexico 2.5m doses of AstraZeneca vaccines. The mutually beneficial deal surged after a series of diplomatic talks on curbing illegal arrivals at the US-Mexico border and Mexico's inefficient vaccine roll-out. 

Mexico cracks down on migrants trying to reach the US

Mexico has been cracking down on migrants seeking to enter the US having apprehended around 2,000 migrants since President Joe Biden allowed an influx in February. Mexico's immigration agency said the scale of apprehensions has been unprecedented. According to Reuters, 100,000 migrants have been either apprehended or expelled from the US-Mexico border since February. 

Passenger bus accident leaves 20 injured

At least 20 people were injured in a passenger bus accident on the Mexico-Puebla Highway (KM 119), Federal Police reported. The bus driver reportedly lost control of the bus which flipped over and caused traffic to be disrupted for around two hours. No casualties have been reported. 


Five dead in Guanajuato hotel attack

A group of armed criminals stormed into the Comonfort Hotel in Guanajuato and killed five people and left another three injured yesterday. The assailants stormed the hotel and shot the victims in front of a crowd of tourists and hotel workers. Guanajuato has become the most violent state since President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) took office, having reported 8,982 homicides. AMLO deployed National Guard officers last week to Guanajuato and three other states in order to curb rising violence.

Mexico receives 1m doses of China's Sinovac

Mexico's Foreign Ministry announced the arrival of one million doses of China's Sinovac vaccine on Saturday. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Mexico would increase its orders from China to make up for what has been a slow vaccine roll-out. Mexico ordered 10m more doses from Sinovac and said they would order 22m more. The slow vaccine roll-out has drawn criticism and demonstrations against the government. Mexico currently tallies 2.17m infections and 195,000 deaths. 

Alleged sex offender's candidacy ratified

Mexico's ruling party MORENA ratified Felix Salgado Macedonio's gubernatorial candidacy on Friday, despite him being accused of rape, which has been the cause of various protests over the last few weeks. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says the accusations are politically motivated and that he will not succumb to external pressure.

Seven bodies found in clandestine graveyard

The State Attorney General, Verónica Hernández Giadáns, announced seven bodies were found in what is known as a narco-fosa (narco well) in Arbolillo, where 24 bodies have been found this year. The clandestine graveyard is constantly checked for bodies after 246 cadavers were found over two years by the previous administration. The new bodies are now undergoing DNA tests for their possible identification. 

Shooting over land dispute leaves three dead in Villa Victoria

A shooting over a land dispute left three dead in Villa Victoria, Mexico State on Wednesday. The incident took place at Altamirano on the Toluca - Zitácuaro highway. According to reports, the victims were all relatives who were arguing over who owned the land, resulting in a deadly confrontation. 

Highway collision leaves 12 dead, seven injured

At least 12 people died and seven others were injured following a collision between an oil tanker and an urban truck in Salinas Victoria, Nuevo León. Both vehicles caught fire after the collision on Colombia Highway and the blaze required three different fire departments to respond due to its semi-remote location. The incident caused the highway to be closed off, leaving hundreds of commuters stranded.

Shooting in Empalme Escobedo leaves three dead

A shooting in Empalme Escobedo, Guanajuato, has left three people dead. Police found the victims at around 22:00 local time when responding to a report by neighbours. The unidentified assailants fled in their vehicle after shooting the victims. No arrests have been made so far.

Chamber of Deputies approves bill legalizing recreational marijuana

Legislators in Mexico approved a bill legalizing the recreational use of marijuana on Wednesday. The vote came two years after the Supreme Court deemed the prohibition of recreational marijuana unconstitutional and three years after the country legalized its medical use. The bill is expected to be approved by the Senate before being sent to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has been a supporter of the legalization. 

Multiple Mexico City highways blocked by protesters

A group of lorry drivers and transportation workers, known as the Comprehensive Carriers Force (FAT), staged a protest blocking multiple highways in Mexico City earlier today, namely Calzada Taxqueña, Indios Verde, Calzada Zaragoza, Tláhuac Ave and Periférico Oriente. The protesters are demanding an increase in transportation tariffs - no violence has been reported. 

Protesters attempt to burn down congress in Toluca

A group of protesters attempted to burn down the local congress in Toluca last night. The Congress of the State of Mexico in Rivalpalacio hosted a gathering on insecurity for women in the country, echoing the recent Women's Day protest in Mexico City. No injuries or arrests have been reported. 

Women's Day protest leaves 48 injured

The Women's Day protest in Mexico City left 48 people injured amid clashes between police and civilians. Thousands gathered at the Zócalo in an effort to raise awareness of violence against women. Several journalists were also reportedly attacked by police while they were covering the event.

Two people shot and killed outside the PRI municipal headquarters

A shooting in Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua left two people including a mayoral candidate dead on Saturday morning. The incident occurred outside the municipal headquarters of the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) where the unidentified suspects shot the victims. In San Luis Potosí, another former PRI candidate was shot and killed at noon. No arrests have been made.

Security forces deployed to Guanajuato and Morelia in an effort to curb violence

As President Andrés Manuel López Obrador pledged last week, National Guard and army personnel were deployed to Guanajuato and Michoacán in an effort to curb the recent violence in these areas. Around 2,000 members of the security forces were mobilized and will be present in some of the most violent areas such as Apaseos de León, Zamora, Jacona, Uruapan, Zitácuaro and Morelia. 

Women's day protest in Mexico City

A protest took place yesterday in front of the Presidential Palace in Mexico City. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) had ordered that the residence be covered by a metal barricade in anticipation of the march. The protesters inscribed the names of victims of violence on the barricade. According to government data, 939 women were victims of femicide in 2020. “I’m not a male chauvinist. I’m in favor of the rights of women,” AMLO said, pledging never to repress the free assembly of protesters.

Protection programme launched due to recent political violence

Mexico's Secretary of Security and Civil Protection, Rosa Icela Rodríguez, reported that at least 65 politicians have been killed during the ongoing electoral process (since September 2020). Ms Rodríguez said that more than half of the incidents have happened in Oaxaca, Guanajuato, Veracruz, Guerrero, Morelos, Baja California and Jalisco. With Mexico registering its most violent two-year period in history (2019-2020) the Secretary announced the launch of the Electoral Protection Strategy aimed at subduing the recent violence during any electoral process. 

Gas pipe operators protest and block roads in Mexico City

Dozens of gas pipe operators held a protest and blocked roads in Tacubaya yesterday afternoon. The protest blocked Ave de la Revolución and Primero de Mayo St. Around 60 gas trucks were parked in front of the Attorney General's Office in protest at the detention of a gas pipe operator who was arrested for lacking documentation. The Civilian Security Secretariat issued a warning for citizens to stay clear of the area. 

Several protests scheduled in Mexico City today

A series of protests are scheduled for today in Mexico City, according to the Civilian Security Secretariat. The Pacific Civilian Resistance (RCP) gathered at Plaza de la Constitución at 06:00 in order to demand government intervention in the arrest of Michel González Ruiz, an activist. The National Alliance of Retirees will gather at the Zócalo to ask the federal government to abrogate law 185/2008 regarding retirement funds. The Collective of Merchant Women plans to gather at several metro stations in order to ask for better regulation of commercial activity at the stations.

Four arrested after robbery in Mexico City

A robbery in Mexico City led to a shooting and the arrest of four people, one of whom was injured. The assailants reportedly tried to steal an SUV at the Pirules Wal-Mart in Tlalnepantla before they were confronted by the authorities, who engaged in a shooting before arresting all four assailants and securing the stolen vehicle. 

Six presumed Golfo Cartel members found dead in Reynosa

Six men wearing military-style vests with CDG (Golfo Cartel) initials were found dead on the outskirts of Reynosa, Tamaulipas yesterday. No suspects have been identified. The Golfo Cartel has controlled the area in recent years, but has been under pressure from other factions in turf battles recently, in a state where violence is abundant.

Demonstration reported in Venustiano Carranza amid legislative debate

A demonstration in Venustiano Carranza, Mexico City was reported at the Legislative Palace of San Lázaro yesterday afternoon. The protest saw both pro and anti-marijuana legalization groups gather during a debate in the legislative branch on the prospect of legalizing the drug for recreational use. Street 66 was blocked for just under an hour during the demonstrations. 

City Hall set on fire in Huitzilac amid protests against the National Guard

Civilians in Huitzilac, Morelos set fire to their City Hall in protest at a series of arrests made by the National Guard, citing abuse of authority. Huitzilac civilians, who are indigenous by majority, say National Guard officers arrested some of them arbitrarily in Fierro del Toro, to which they protested with a series of demonstrations before the latest incident. The state has made no comments on the matter. 

Biden vows close relations with Mexico

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) had his first bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden over video link on Monday. During the meeting, Biden told his counterpart that "the United States and Mexico are stronger when we are together" and that his administration would treat Mexico on an equal footing. They also discussed ways to increase legal paths to immigration and the possibility of the US sharing vaccines with Mexico.

Transportation workers stage protests across Mexico

Lorry drivers and other transportation workers staged coordinated protests in the states of Nuevo León, Veracruz, Mexico State, Puebla and Queretaro, earlier today. Due to the protests, a series of interstate highways were blocked: Xapala-Banderilla Blvd, Veracruz-Puebla 150D, Acolmán, Ecatepec, Highway 57 in Queretaro and the Mexico-Puebla highway. The protesters demanded improved public safety measures. 

Protesters clash with police in Mexico City

A protest organised by a feminist group outside the National Palace in Mexico City resulted in violent clashes with police. The activists demanded an investigation into sex abuse and rape allegations against senator Félix Salgado Macedonio, who President Andrés Manuel López Obrador backed in Oaxaca last week before retracting his support a few days later after a public outcry.

22 year-old kidnapped by 'fake' police officers in Xalapa

A 22-year-old man was kidnapped yesterday in Xalapa, Veracruz. According to witnesses, an armed group who were "dressed as police officers" went into his home and dragged him out onto their vehicle. "We felt the urge to intervene, but they were all heavily armed," said one of the neighbours. 

Four dead in Reynosa shooting

A shooting in Reynosa, Tamaulipas left four people dead on Friday. Police say the victims, who were all part of the same family, were targeted by a convoy of armed civilians. Police found close to 130 bullet shells at the scene. No arrests have been made. 

Twenty-one dead in Zacatecas criminal group incidents

Twenty-one people were killed in two separate incidents in Zacatecas. In Fresnillo, 14 people were killed including a municipal official while in Valparaíso, seven deaths were reported. Both incidents allegedly trace back to drug-related criminal groups. Police say one incident was a failed kidnapping attempt (of the aforementioned municipal official) and the other was an ongoing territorial dispute. Both incidents happened within 24-hours and no arrests have been made.

Protest scheduled on 8 March in Obregón

A protest has been scheduled to take place on 8 March in Obregón, Sonora. The protest will reportedly take place from Callejón de la Mujer (Women's Alley) to Plaza Álvaro Obregón. The march has been organised by feminist collectives in order to raise awareness of violence against women. 

AMLO announces deployment of military personnel to four states

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced the deployment of military personnel in the states of Guanajuato, Jalisco, Michoacán and Zacatecas in an attempt to curb the recent violence in the states. The deployment will involve personnel from the National Guard, the army and the marines. The president said in his announcement that the decision was taken "in order to fight against the dominant organized-crime groups". 

Head coronavirus epidemiologist hospitalized with the virus

Mexico's Covid-19 health expert, Hugo López-Gatell, has been hospitalized with the virus, the health ministry announced on Sunday. As the country marks its one-year anniversary of its first confirmed case, both President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and López-Gatell have been criticized for their alleged mishandling of vaccine roll-outs and the pandemic itself. They have refused to wear face masks in public and downplayed the virus. Mexico totals 2.09m cases and 186,000 deaths. CanSino said Mexico should receive their respective vaccine shipments in March. 

Gunmen kill 11 in Tonala

Gunmen in Tonala opened fire on partygoers on Saturday, killing at least 11 attendees. Prosecutors in Jalisco state said in a statement that police found the bodies of 10 men in front of a home in Tonala, a municipality in the Guadalajara area, while the body of a boy was found inside the residence. Jalisco state is one of the epicentres of Mexico's drug-related warfare, and home to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG.) 

One killed, two injured, three arrested after Ciudad Hidalgo shooting

One person was killed, two injured and three arrested after a shooting in Ciudad Hidalgo, Michoacán. The authorities reported capturing eight vehicles which belonged to the alleged criminals, members of the Michoacán Family Cartel and Los Correa. One of the injured victims was a military officer. 


Blinken: The border is closed for irregular migration

After processing the migrants held at Matamoros camp bordering Texas, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced that "the border is closed for irregular migration" today. Blinken cited the administration's struggles to keep up with the fast pace of irregular arrivals at the southern border, who have been looking for asylum as they try to flee an ongoing humanitarian crisis in Central America. “President Biden is committed to reforming our immigration system and ensuring safe, orderly and humane processing at our border. Those things will take time,” Blinken said.


Four injured after nightclub shooting in Mexico City

Four people were injured in a shooting today in Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City. The incident took place after a fight inside a nightclub escalated; the nightclub reportedly should not have been open due to health restrictions. Even though police scattered the attendants and identified those involved, no arrests have been made. 

Protesters storm state-run electricity facilities in Chihuahua

A protest was reported at around 18:30 local time in Jiménez, Chihuahua, as part of a series of demonstrations which started on 22 February, against the constant power cuts. Yesterday, the demonstrators stormed several facilities of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) - disruptions were reported in Jiménez, Parral, Delicias, Casas Grandes, Cuauhtémoc and Ascensión. 

Two shot and killed in Juárez

Two people were killed yesterday evening in Juárez, Nuevo León. According to witnesses, two men arrived on a motorcycle before one of them opened fire on a group of people, fatally wounding the two victims. The assailant then fled the scene on the motorcycle - no arrests have been made. 

Protesters clash in Iguala over AMLO-backed candidate

A clash between protesters ensued in Iguala, Guerrero after President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) backed gubernatorial candidate Felix Salgado, who is accused of rape. The scuffles between opposite sides took place during a joint event attended by AMLO and Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez. AMLO's public backing of his party candidate caused turmoil and left several protesters injured. Several calls have been made for AMLO to drop his support for the candidate, including amongst female party members, but the Guerrero elections are key for the president's party if they are to retain control of congress. 


Two dead and three kidnapped in Mexicali shooting

A shooting in Mexicali, Baja California left two people dead, two injured and three kidnapped on Monday evening. Police believe two simultaneous attacks in Ejido Chiapas and Ejido de Colima in rural Mexicali were pre-planned due to their timeframe. An armed convoy of at least 20 men with AK-47s in 10 vehicles with Sonora license plates was allegedly responsible. 

Two dead, two injured in Reynosa shooting

A shooting in Reynosa, Tamaulipas left two people dead and two injured yesterday morning. Neighbours reported several armed convoys on the move who opened fire on a group of alleged criminals. Police say the confrontation between two criminal groups is part of a series of territorial fights going on in the area but failed to identify the groups.

AG to indict Tamaulipas Governor on corruption charges

The Attorney General's office has asked lawmakers to remove Tamaulipas Governor Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca's political immunity in an effort to indict him over allegations of organized crime, illicit funding, tax fraud and corruption. The AG's office sent a letter to lawmakers on Tuesday, to which the Congress members complied. Earlier this month, authorities arrested a dozen elite Tamaulipas state officers for alleged involvement in a massacre against 19 people, mostly migrants. Two of the state's previous three governors are now under arrest, in what is widely considered a 'lawless' state. 


Several protests scheduled in Mexico City

There are several scheduled protests today in Mexico City. Iztapalapa workers will gather at the Zócalo to ask the local government for a labour law reform under health emergencies early in the morning. Merchants will protest outside the Government Secretariat in the city centre in order to demand a solution to the reactivation of their businesses and members of Siembra Cultura, a cultural-ecological organization, will gather outside the Health Secretariat in order to create awareness for the potential uses of alternative medicine. 

Judge ruling stops 'Mayan Train' construction

A judge has ruled to stop the construction of the 'Mayan Train' project in Yucatán in order to properly review the project's environmental impact, the National Tourism Secretariat announced on Tuesday. The project, meant to link popular tourist zones with remote areas in the Yucatán Peninsula, is a flagship project for President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The project has come under continuous scrutiny since it was first announced. Kanan Human Rights, one of the project's most active challengers, called the ruling "an important step towards ensuring transparency and public participation". 

Four dead in Chicolapán shooting

A shooting in Chicolapán, Edo de México left four people dead yesterday evening. Authorities say all of the victims had been linked to organized crime before. The four victims, who were related, were eating out when they were ambushed by unidentified assailants. No arrests have been made. 

Two killed in Michoacan as National Defense agents investigate cartels

A shooting in Ixtaro, Michoacan left two dead yesterday afternoon. The altercation was reportedly between members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel and National Defense Secretariat (SEDENA) agents. A Black Hawk helicopter was spotted over narco-controlled territories when the shooting started. 

One shot and killed in Morelia

One person was shot and killed inside his home in Morelia, Michoacán today. The assailants reportedly fled in a grey Toyota after shooting the victim five times. No arrests have been made. 

One shot and killed in Cancun tourist shop

A merchant was shot and killed in front of a tourist shop in Cancún, Quintana Roo yesterday evening. Witnesses say the victim was shot at least a dozen times by the unidentified assailants. A Code Red was activated alerting all civilians to stay clear of the area. 

Sunday protests in Mexico City blocked Paseo de la Reforma

A protest was held by members of the Higher Secondary Education Institute (IEMS) in Mexico City yesterday. The march went from the Palace of Fine Arts to the Senate of the Republic, blocking important streets such as Hidalgo Ave and Paseo de la Reforma at around 16:30 local time. The protesters demanded that the federal government stop labour subcontracting. 

Six dead after military plane crash in Veracruz

An accident involving a Mexican air force plane left six members of the military dead in Veracruz yesterday. The plane was trying to take off from the Emiliano Zapata airport and was found wrecked near the area - the cause has not been disclosed and the ministry said they can't say with certainty how many people were on board, aside from the six found in the wreckage. 

LNG emergency shipments arrive for power-deprived north

Mexico has started using liquified natural gas (LNG) due to the emergency situation caused by extreme weather in the north of the country, which left millions without power and led to a gas supply shortage. Two large shipments received at the ports of Manzanillo and Altamira will be used to supply several power plants in an effort to bring back electricity and gas to its citizens. 


Government proceeding with ban on genetically modified corn imports

The Mexican government plans to proceed with a ban on importing genetically modified corn. Mexico currently imports around 16 million tonnes of genetically modified corn from the US, representing more than a third of the country's annual demand for grain. Deputy Agriculture Minister, Victor Suarez, cited GMO and the use of herbicides as being too dangerous for livestock consumption and the environment. 

One man shot dead in Cancún

Tourists and beachgoers witnessed a man being shot dead on the beach in Cancún, Quintana Roo yesterday. The 35-year-old victim was shot in the back whilst selling cigars on the Cancun Hotel Zone beach. The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made so far. 


Criminal killed during attempted robbery, Mexico City

A criminal was killed in a shooting in Mexico City, the Civilian Security Secretariat (SSC) announced. The shooting took place after an attempted robbery in boutique store Soul SNKR by three hooded, armed assailants on Wednesday night. A man opened fire on the robbers and two of the suspects fled the scene. No arrests have been made.

Northern Mexican states hit by Texas gas export ban

Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered a ban on natural gas exports from the state after several days of unprecedented demand due to the extreme cold front that has been lingering since last Sunday, and which has claimed at least 23 lives. Fourty percent of Mexico's US gas imports come from Texas and the cuts have left around three million people without power. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador emphasized Mexico's need to cover its own energy demands in a press conference this morning. 




Migrant dies trying to cross US-Mexico border

A Venezuelan woman was found dead after trying to cross the near-frozen waters of the Rio Grande river on the US-Mexico border. Another three migrants suffered from hypothermia, reported the Migration Institute (IM). At least 23 deaths have been reported due to the winter storm in the region, which has led to widespread power cuts and a natural gas shortage. 


Foreign Minister calls for an end to vaccine hoarding

Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard made a plea at the UN Security Council (UNSC) for 'rich' countries to stop hoarding Covid-19 vaccines, as global south economies have fallen behind in the vaccination of their citizens. Ebrard asked the UNSC, which Mexico is currently a member of, to prioritize those countries with fewer resources. Ebrard also claimed no vaccines from the COVAX scheme have been distributed to Mexico; the Pan American Health Organization responded by stating that they should expect shipments soon, albeit in small quantities. Mexico's Covid death toll is currently at 176,000 along with two million confirmed cases. 

Four killed in Guadalajara shooting

A shooting in Guadalajara, Jalisco left four dead and one injured, police have reported. The victims were targeted in an ambush in Lomas de Polanco in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The suspects fled the scene and no arrests have been made.

Senior officer shot dead in Ciénega de Flores

A 43-year-old senior officer was shot and killed in Ciénega de Flores, Nuevo Leon state. José Ades García Valadez was ambushed shortly after arriving at his home; his family walked out to find him dead inside his vehicle. The senior official was in charge of Commerce & Alcohol, and police believe that he was targeted for his work.

Financial authorities extend reduced liquidity requirements for banks

Financial authorities in Mexico announced they would extend a relaxation of liquidity requirements for banks in order to ease pandemic shocks. The easing of requirements first came about in April 2020 and were set to end in March 2021 and are now due to end August 2021, the central bank, finance ministry and banking regulator said in a joint statement. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been criticised for his fiscal conservatism during the pandemic, including a stimulus plan that is equivalent to just over one percent of GDP.

Power cuts hit 4.7m users in northern Mexico

A cold front in northern Mexico knocked out the electrical power grid for around 4.7m users. According to the National Centre for Energy Control (CENACE), the outage hit the states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo León, Sinaloa, Sonora and Tamaulipas - it also affected around 2m users in the US state of Texas. Federal Electric Commission (CFE) head Guillermo Nevarez said around 2.6m users should have their power restored today. 

Protests in Mexico City amid rising electricity prices

Members of the Popular Revolutionary Front and the Emiliano Zapata Popular Indigenous Union have held a sit-in protest in front of the National Palace in Mexico City. Both groups are protesting against the government increasing electricity prices without justification or notice and are demanding an adjustment period. 

Five bodies discovered in Chihuahua

Police have found five bodies in the municipality of Coronado in Chihuahua. Three of the victims had been beheaded, according to a report by the State Attorney General's office. The discovery was made on Sunday afternoon following a confrontation between two rival drug trafficking groups.

Protests block Oaxaca-Veracruz highway

A group of protesters blocked the highway between Oaxaca and Veracruz on Thursday demanding the removal of municipal president Macario Eleuterio Jiménez immediately. This marks the third consecutive day of roadblocks, affecting regular logistics and commuters alike. The protesters accused Jiménez of stealing money from San Juan Mazatlán Mixe.

Protests in Mexico City

The Citizen's Security Secretariat reported protests today in both Av. Insurgentes and Zacataneco. The protesters are reportedly members of the Federal Public Service Syndicate. No violence has been reported. 



Lorry drivers block Mexico-Pachuca highway

A group of lorry drivers blocked the Mexico-Pachuca highway near Indios Verdes Station in Mexico City. The blockage caused traffic chaos for commuters until elements of the Citizen Security Secretariat arrived to control the drivers. The group aimed to reach the Zócalo and make authorities aware of the constant abuse that drivers suffer from at the hands of the Municipal Police. 


Mayor candidate murdered in Veracruz

A municipal candidate was murdered by gunmen in Xalapa, Veracruz, on Thursday. Juan Gilberto Ortiz Parra, a Morena candidate running for mayor was the victim. The candidate was ambushed by gunmen on the National Bridge, where police found his vehicle covered in bullets. No arrests have been made. 


Two police officers dead, two injured after ambush in Orizaba

Two elements of the State Police were killed, and two injured, during an ambush in Orizaba, Veracruz. The policemen were running a surveillance operation when they were attacked by an armed group in a vehicle on Thursday afternoon. The incident occurred on 15 Sur street on the corner of Justo Sierra in the Juárez neighbourhood. No arrests have been made. 


Emergency use of Chinese vaccines approved

Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell announced the authorization for the emergency use of the Chinese Sinovac and CanSino Covid-19 vaccines. Mexico received its largest vaccine shipment yet earlier today. The government has been facing a backlash for its handling of the vaccine rollout. Mexico counts 170,000 Covid-related deaths and 1,960,000 infections. 

One dead in Obregón shooting

A violent shooting took place in Obregón, Sonora leaving one 34-year-old man dead. Neighbours say the attack sounded like several semi-automatic weapons were being fired. 


Puerto Vallarta restaurant burned to the ground

A restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, a popular tourist beach, has been torched in a suspected arson attack. Authorities reported that the fire was started deliberately. The restaurant owner said he expected retaliation over his participation as a witness in a hearing against criminal groups last December. No arrests have been made. 

Biden ends state of emergency at US-Mexico border

US President Joe Biden issued a proclamation ending the state of national emergency on the US-Mexico border, which had been declared by former President Donald Trump in 2019. Biden said the state of emergency at the southern border was "unwarranted" and proceeded to halt the construction of the border wall. 

Metro car catches fire in Indios Verdes

A metro car in Indios Verdes (line 3) caught fire due to an electrical issue caused by rain. Station personnel put the fire out without any injuries and the car was quickly removed from circulation. Service delays should be expected. 

US to turn away most migrants at Mexico border

A White House official announced that the US plans to turn away most migrants captured at the border with Mexico under the "remain in Mexico" policy, which was inherited from the Trump administration. The move aims to both mitigate the spread of coronavirus and give time to the Biden administration to implement a "more humane" asylum policy. "Now is not the time to come... the vast majority will be turned away" said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. 

One dead, two injured in Texcaltitlán shooting

A shooting in Texcaltitlán left an alleged criminal dead and two national guards injured. Authorities say several assailants escaped and no arrests have been made. 

Four shot dead in Toluca

A shooting has left four people dead on the limits of Almoloya de Juárez and Zincatepec. Authorities report that the victims were executed with firearms. No arrests have been made. Police also found the body of a man who was reported missing inside a house in Cuauhtémoc. He was reported missing on 28 January.


One shot and killed in Manzanillo

One person was shot and killed in Manzanillo, Colima - a popular tourist beach. Local hotelier Guillermo Dávila Espinosa was targeted near the Mar Celeste Hotel on Monday. Two assailants opened fire on Espinosa as he sat in a vehicle before they fled the scene on a motorcycle. No arrests have been made so far.

Foreigner reported missing in Veracruz

An Argentinian national has been reported missing in Xalapa, Veracruz. Alejandro Federico Reinhold was last heard from on 13 January. Authorities have launched an investigation to locate him.

AMLO vows improved vaccine rollout

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that he would work to improve the Covid-19 vaccine rollout as his government faces widespread criticism over its handling of the programme. Mexico recently arranged to buy 8m more vaccines from several distributors and has vaccinated only 0.5 per cent of the population. Mexico counts 168,000 covid-related deaths and 1,950,000 infections. 


AMLO refuses to wear mask after Covid recovery

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) said he would not wear a mask after recovering from Covid-19 last week. The president has been disregarding advice from his public health officials throughout the pandemic. Mexico now records 167,000 deaths along with 1,930,000 infections. There have been several protests over the government's handling of the coronavirus. 

Five injured in Culiacán shooting

A family's vehicle was targeted by gunfire in the centre of Culiacán, Sinaloa. All five family members were hospitalized with severe injuries. No arrests have been made.

National Guard attacked by civilians in Hidalgo

National Guard officers were attacked by members of Demacu, an indigneous group in San Salvador, Hidalgo. The officers were attacked while they were looking into an incident report, supposedly a dispute between members of the same community. The officers were able to contain the situation. 

Multiple protests erupt in Mexico City

Several protests have taken place in Mexico City today. The protesters are formed of people from a variety of sectors including merchants, Uber and DiDi drivers and indigenous communities, all with different grievances. Police advised people to avoid the areas of Cuauhtemoc and the historic city centre in order to avoid mass gatherings and traffic disruptions. 

PEMEX and health workers protest in Hermosillo

Health workers have protested against the lack of vaccine supplies outside public hospitals in Hermosillo, Sonora. Workers from the state-run oil company, PEMEX, also gathered to block its logistics terminal citing similar issues. Both sets of workers protested the government's inability to control the spread of the virus or to distribute vaccines, many of them (around 30 per cent) have been laid off since the start of the pandemic. Mexico now counts 166,200 deaths and 1,932,145 cases of Covid-19. 

Two injured in pipe explosion in Hidalgo

A pipe explosion in Atotonilco de Tula left two people injured, one of them severely. The firefighters at the scene struggled to control the fire and had to close down a section of the Conejos-Atotonilco highway provisionally. The fire was later contained and the highway reopened. 

Two criminals lynched in La Paz

Two suspected criminals were lynched by a group of residents from Lomas de San Sebastián in the State of Mexico. The men were set on fire and their vehicles torched by a group of neighbours who have started to act as vigilantes, in what is now the third confirmed lynching. The group claims that they stop criminals on their own because there are only two police officers to care for 15,000 families in the area. They added that they only target incoming criminals who move to the area in order to flee from the authorities.


AMLO recovers from Covid-19

Mexico's President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has now tested negative for Covid-19, only two weeks after contracting the virus. The president used to be a heavy smoker until he suffered a heart attack in 2013 and has a history of heart problems. The news is not as positive for the Mexican population, who lost another 1,682 people to the virus yesterday, bringing up the tally to 162,922 according to the Ministry of Health.

Mayor of Chahuites murdered in Oaxaca

Leobardo Ramos Lazaro, Mayor of Chahuites, was killed early in the morning by two armed men. Neighbours who heard the gunshots called the police, who found the mayor dead in the San Antonio district. No arrests have been made so far. Lazaro was carrying out his second term in office as a candidate for the Movimiento Ciudadano (MC) party.

Four dead, two injured in Guadalajara

An exchange of fire between the National Guard and armed civilians left four dead in Guadalajara, along with two injured soldiers. The exchange went on for about 30 minutes. Both injured soldiers have been hospitalized, while all four of the armed civilians were shot dead. 


Police start indefinite strike in Chiapas

At least 107 police officers have collectively agreed to go on strike in the municipality of Cacahoatán, suspending their duties indefinitely. The officers are protesting over claims that Mayor Julio Cesar Calderón Sen has failed to deliver on previously agreed promises, including a salary bump, life insurance and medical insurance for their families. 



Scheduled protests in Mexico City

Reports have identified a number of scheduled protests today in the country's capital, Mexico City. The marches were scheduled to take place at 09:00 and 16:00 CDT involving various groups, such as health workers, pro-life institutions and students. The groups are set to protest over the possible legalization of abortion in the country. 

Twelve police officers arrested for massacre of 19 people

Mexican officials arrested 12 police officers for their suspected involvement in the massacre of 19 people in Camargo, Tamaulipas. Authorities have, so far, identified two Guatemalan migrants as victims, along with two Mexican nationals known to be migrant smugglers. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has pledged to end killings and kidnappings by authorities as soon as possible. 


Eight injured in gas pipe explosion

Mexico City's Chief of Government, Claudia Sheinbaum, reported a fire breaking out after a gas pipe explosion which left eight people injured. The pipe owner Gas Flamamex commented that measures were being taken for better regulation and civil protection in the operation of their pipes. The area was cleared and no further injuries have been reported. 

Mexico signs contract for millions of Russian Sputnik V vaccines

Hugo López-Gatell, Mexico's Deputy Health Minister, announced the signing of a contract for 7.4m doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, to be delivered between February and May. López-Gatell said they would likely issue emergency use authorization within hours of their first arrival. According to reports, Sputnik V has been 91.6 percent effective in preventing people from developing Covid-19. The deal was struck after López-Gatell met with Russian officials to review the technical files of the vaccine in Argentina in January. 


Fifteen police officers arrested following assault in Oaxaca

Fifteen state and municipal police officers were arrested after allegedly assaulting a group of youngsters in Xoxocotlán, Oaxaca. The youngsters were drunk and attempting to flee a police checkpoint after attending a party when the officers openly shot at them, injuring one. All involved officers are currently under investigation. 

Five dead after gunfight in Chihuahua

Five people were found dead after a gunfight in Uruachi, Chihuahua. Three of the victims and the involved parties have yet to be identified. Police found cases of AK-47 ammunition around the calcined pick-up truck where they found the victims. 

March held in Mérida, Yucatán following deaths of three students

Students and interns from the Faculty of Medicine in the Autonomous University of Yucatán (UADY) marched in protest in the capital of Yucatán following the deaths of three students. One of the victims, Karla Jhaquelin, committed suicide in September 2020 after she suffered anxiety attacks over the way she was treated as a medical intern. Mariana Sanchez, who recently graduated from UADY, was sexually assaulted and murdered in Ocosingo. The protesters asked both the state and the university for better conditions in which to practice medicine for their communities.  

Around 60 cartel members apprehended in raids

Around 60 members of the Sinaloa and Tijuana cartels were apprehended on the execution of 30 search orders in Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Durango, Sinaloa and Sonora. Fifteen kilograms of methamphetamine and other drug-related materials were also seized in the raids. The raids were carried out by elements of the General Prosecutor's Office (FGR). 

Mexico reports 7,030 new coronavirus cases, 462 more deaths

Mexico’s health ministry on Sunday reported 7,030 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 462 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 1,864,260 cases and 158,536 deaths. The government says the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.

Mexico reports world's third highest coronavirus death toll

Mexico has become the country with the world's third-highest coronavirus death toll. According to comparative data, Mexico has surpassed India in the total number of deaths. It now sits only behind the US and Brazil. On Thursday, health authorities confirmed more than 1,500 new coronavirus deaths, bringing the country's death toll to 155,000. Mexico is quickly moving towards the two-million-case mark. The country still has a lower death rate though in comparison with the UK, Italy, Spain, Peru, and the Czech Republic.

Coronavirus deaths in Mexico hit 150,000

Mexico's official death toll from the coronavirus passed 150,000 on Monday as the country faces a significant hike in hospital admissions. Latest data show that more than 650 new coronavirus deaths were confirmed in the last 24 hours. In the same period, around 8,500 cases new were confirmed, bringing the total number of cases to nearly 1.8m. Several high-level politicians, including President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell, are currently self-isolating after a presidential aide tested positive for coronavirus. Hospital admissions are especially high in Mexico City, where more than 90 percent of hospital beds are occupied.

Guatemalan migrants could be among the victims in Camargo, Tamaulipas

Mexican authorities are investigating if the victims found inside a burnt vehicle in Tamaulipas were Guatemalan migrants. Police have found 19 bodies inside a vehicle in the town of Camargo, located near the US border. Migrant relatives fear that most of the victims could be Guatemalan migrants who attempted to reach the US. Initial reports suggested that the incident could be related to disputes between two rival criminal groups, but the identities of the victims have not yet been confirmed. Guatemala's foreign ministry said: “Mexican authorities are in the phase of conducting tests for identification, and for that reason, they are not able to confirm their identities at this time.”

President AMLO tests positive for coronavirus

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has tested positive for coronavirus. AMLO said on social media that he is experiencing mild symptoms and is already receiving medical treatment. He added that he will continue to work from his official residence, while Government Minister Olga Sanchez will replace him in the daily morning briefings and some cabinet meetings. Contact tracing investigations are ongoing after AMLO was in contact with other state and federal officials.

Scores found dead in remote area in Camargo, Tamaulipas

At least 19 bodies have been found in a remote area in Tamaulipas, north-eastern Mexico. EFE reported that the victims were shot and later set on fire. According to state prosecutors, the bodies were found in the town of Camargo, located near the state border with Nuevo Leon and several kilometres from the US border. Reports indicate that the bodies were inside a pick-up truck that was set on fire. Tamaulipas is one of the most violent states in Mexico. Violence is mainly attributed to disputes between cartels to control key drug-trafficking routes to the US. Since 2010, more than 15,000 people were killed in Tamaulipas. Witnesses told EFE that the latest incident could have involved the Cartel del Noroeste that attempted to kidnap a local leader of the Cartel del Golfo.

President AMLO accuses DEA of fabricating evidence against minister

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has accused the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of fabricating evidence against former Defense Minister General Salvador Cienfuegos. AMLO has called for an internal investigation in the US agency after Cienfuegos was detained for drug-trafficking charges last year. Charges against Cienfuegos were eventually dropped after he was extradited to be trialled in Mexico - in Mexico, he was also cleared of any wrongdoing. The case generated diplomatic tensions with the US and Mexico. US criticism emerged after the Mexican government published the files that US authorities shared with their Mexican counterparts.

Mexico reports record-breaking daily increase in coronavirus deaths

Mexico has reported a record-breaking daily increase in coronavirus deaths since the pandemic hit the country last year. Official data confirmed that 1,539 deaths were confirmed on Wednesday. On the same day, 20,000 coronavirus cases were confirmed. Coronavirus cases and deaths could be much higher as Mexico has a considerably low testing rate. During the pandemic, security incidents have affected medical supplies in Mexico. AP reported that gunmen hijacked a lorry transporting oxygen in Ecatepec. A day earlier another similar incident was also reported near Mexico City. 

Testimony implicates military in 2014 disappearance case

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has confirmed that a testimony has implicated members of the military and the police in the 2014 disappearance of teacher students in Guerrero. A witness claimed that members of the security forces accepted bribes from the Guerrero Unidos gang to assist in the kidnapping of 43 people in Iguala. Some of the students were claimed to be taken to a military base for questioning. President AMLO said that despite the allegations, they cannot be fully verified. Several members of the military and the police were already implicated in the case. In September, 70 soldiers and police officers were targeted by investigations.

Dozens of migrants rescued from the back of a lorry in Veracruz

More than 100 migrants have been rescued from the back of a lorry in the south-eastern state of Veracruz. Soldiers of the National Guard intercepted the lorry on the main road between Nuevo Teapa and Cosoleacaque. Migrant smuggling has become a major source of income for criminal groups in Mexico, especially during a surge in migrant caravans from Central America. Earlier this month, Guatemalan authorities blocked thousands of migrants attempting to the cross to the US.

Five kidnappers killed during police operation in Xalapa, Veracruz

Five suspected kidnappers have been killed during a police operation in the south-eastern state of Veracruz. Six victims were rescued during the operation in the city of Xalapa. According to the police, a violent shooting happened in the city's Cuauhtemoc neighbourhood. Veracruz has reported one of the highest rates of kidnapping in the country. In December, a dozen incidents were confirmed. The state is one of the most violent in Mexico. Most incidents are related to disputes to control the extortion business and lucrative drug-trafficking routes in the Gulf of Mexico.

A dozen found dead in roadside near Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz

At least a dozen bodies have been found on a roadside in the restive state of Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. Governor Cuitlahuac Garcia said that the victims could be related to a dispute between ranchers from the towns of La Choapas and Uxpanapa, both located near Coatzacoalcos. Veracruz is one of the most violent states in Mexico. Last year, more than 1,000 murder investigations were opened in the state.

Mexico publishes US files on former Defence Secretary Cienfuegos

Diplomatic tensions between the US and Mexico intensified after President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador accused the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of falsifying charges against former Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos. The Mexican government published the 751-page report that US authorities have shared with their Mexican counterparts. Cienfuegos was arrested in the US last year and later extradited to Mexico to face drug-trafficking charges. He was cleared of all charges. The Attorney General claimed: “General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda never had any meeting with the criminal organization investigated by American authorities, and that he also never had any communication with them, nor did he carry out acts to protect or help those individuals".

Former defence minister cleared of drug-trafficking charges

Former Defence Minister Salvador Cienfuegos has been cleared of drug-trafficking charges. Gen Cienfuegos was detained in the US last year over allegations of drug-trafficking. He was extradited to Mexico after diplomatic tensions broke out. According to the attorney general's office, there was no evidence of wrongdoing. Mexican authorities investigated the charges filed by US prosecutors, where Cienfuegos was accused of being the mastermind behind the H-2 cartel, a small offshoot of the Beltran Levya Organization. Prosecutors accused him of facilitating the trafficking of up to one tonne of narcotics. Cienfuegos served as defence minister in the government of Enrique Pena Nieto.

Mexico reports 1,300 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours

Mexico has reported more than 1,300 coronavirus deaths in a single day, the second-highest daily increase since the pandemic hit the country last March. In the last 24 hours, more than 14,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed, bringing the total caseload close to 1.6m cases. More than 135,000 people have died so far. Mexico has reported an increase in both coronavirus cases and deaths in recent weeks.

Nine killed in violent armed clashes in Guanajuato

At least nine people have been killed in armed clashes in the restive state of Guanajuato, central Mexico. Authorities confirmed that tensions escalated when police officers and National Guard soldiers were deployed to respond to reports of a shooting in the rural area of Santa Rosa de Lima. Guanajuato has been facing spiralling levels of violence due to territorial disputes involving the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) and the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel.

Officials confirm first case of UK coronavirus variant in Tamaulipas

Health authorities have detected the first case of a new coronavirus variant in the country. Officials in the northern state of Tamaulipas confirmed the case on Sunday. This new variant of the coronavirus originated in the UK and is feared to be more contagious than previous variants of the virus. EFE reported that the infected patient arrived in Mexico in late-December and stayed in the city of Matamoros. Mexico has reported more than 1.5m coronavirus cases and 133,000 deaths.

One killed as fire breaks out at metro HQ in Mexico City

At least one person has died after a fire broke out at the headquarters of Mexico City's metro. Severe travel disruption was reported on Saturday after the fire forced more than half of the metro lines to shut down operations. Reuters reported that the fire could have been caused by an electrical failure. Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said that the victim was a police officer. Disruption is still being reported at the metro's lines 4, 5 and 6. Services could return to normal within the next 48 hours.

Nine killed in armed raid to a funeral wake in Celaya, Guanajuato

At least nine people have been killed after gunmen raided a funeral wake in the central state of Guanajuato. Reports showed that the incident happened in the Arboleadas de San Rafael neighbourhood in the city of Celaya. EFE reported that gunmen raided the site and fired indiscriminately. Guanajuato is one of the most violent states in Mexico. This is the second mass shooting in the state in 2021. Last week, five people were gunned down in the city of Leon.

Five killed in violent incidents across Guanajuato

At least five people have been killed in a series of shootings in the restive state of Guanajuato. EFE reported that the incidents happened in two separate locations in Salamanca and Irapuato over the weekend. Guanajuato has reported extreme levels of violence due to territorial disputes mainly involving the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) and the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel. In other areas, including Celaya and Apaseo El Grande, criminal groups battle to control fuel theft operations. In 2020, over 4,000 people were killed in Guajanuato, the highest number in Mexico.

Clashes break out between fishermen and environmentalists off Baja California

Clashes have broken out between conservationists and fishermen off the north-eastern state of Baja California. Two people were injured when fishermen slammed their small boats into the Sea Shepherd vessel. Environmentalists often engage in confrontation with fishermen over the use of nets in ecologically-fragile areas in the Gulf of California. Sea Shepherd said that tensions escalated when the group was collecting fishing nets from the area around the Sea of Cortez.

President AMLO to negotiate asylum for Wikileaks' Assange

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has confirmed that the foreign ministry will hold talks with the UK government to grant political asylum to Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange. President AMLO's announcement came after a UK judge rejected the extradition of Assange to the US, where he faces several charges. Assange was arrested in the UK after spending several years exiled at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. President AMLO's request could lead to increasing tensions with the US and present a challenge to the future relationship with the incoming Biden administration.

Fentanyl seizure in Mexico suffers dramatic increase in 2020

Fentanyl seizures in Mexico have suffered a dramatic increase in 2020. Data from the military and police shows that last year seizures of fentanyl increased by nearly 500 percent. Defense Secretary Luis Sandoval claimed that the surge in seizures comes due to increasing in demand and other logistical aspects. Sandoval added that the number of drug labs in Mexico has also doubled during 2020. Seizures of other drugs, including cocaine, also increased - cocaine seizures increase by 45 percent. Fentanyl produced in Mexico is mostly trafficked to the US. It is a synthetic opioid considered up to 100 times more powerful than morphine. It is legally used to treat severe pain but in recent years it has been associated with abusive use due to its relatively low price tag.

Mexico reports nearly 1,000 new coronavirus deaths

Mexico has reported nearly 1,000 new coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours. The country has already reported around 124,000 deaths since the pandemic hit the country earlier this year. Health authorities have already confirmed that intensive care units are under extreme pressure as the number of cases continues to increase. Mexico has so far reported more than 1.4m coronavirus cases, one of the highest in the Americas, although the actual number is believed to be much higher. The country has already started its vaccination campaign after securing doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

Journalist gunned down at crime scene in Zacatecas

A journalist has been shot dead while photographing a crime scene in the central state of Zacatecas. Jaime Castano Zacarias worked for the PrensaLibreMx website. He was killed earlier this month. Reports indicate that he went to cover a local event and on his way back stopped to photograph a crime scene. He was killed at the scene just before the police arrived. In 2020, Mexico reported the world's highest death toll of journalists. At least five were killed in the country.

PAN and PRI form coalition ahead of 2021 elections

Three opposition parties have formed a highly unusual coalition to counter the government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO). The National Action Party (PAN) and the Institutional Revolution Party (PRI) have joined forces in what has been considered an extremely odd alliance. Both dominated Mexican politics for decades before the ascension of AMLO's Movement for National Regeneration (MORENA) in the last elections. Both PAN and PRI will join the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) - the former party of AMLO - in the 'Va por Mexico' coalition. PAN and PRI leaders have often labelled AMLO as a populist president. Mexico is holding its state elections in June. It is still unclear if the coalition will launch joint candidates in each race.

Mexico reports world's highest number of journalists' deaths in 2020

Mexico has been named as the deadliest country in the world for journalists in 2020. A report from the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said that at least five journalists died in targeted killings in 2020 - the fifth was killed while photographing a crime scene. Four other murders are still under investigation. In the CPJ report, Mexico comes ahead of Afghanistan and the Philippines as the deadliest country in the world for journalists. In total, at least 30 journalists were killed worldwide. The number of journalists killed in Mexico this year differs based on the criteria used by media groups - Reporters Without Borders (RSF) puts the number at eight.

Security measures increased in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco

Security measures have been increased in the beach resort of Puerto Vallarta after the assassination of the former governor of Jalisco. Aristoteles Sandoval was killed last week in a restaurant. Sandoval served as Jalisco's governor between 2013 and 2018. Investigations into Sandoval's murder concluded that the crime scene has been compromised. State Attorney General Gerardo Solis said: "When police arrived, restaurant staff had removed all the evidence inside." Jalisco is one of the most violent states in Mexico. Violence is mainly perpetrated by members of the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) - the cartel is accused of killing Sandoval's former minister back in 2013.

Four dead after storm surge hits canyoning group in Veracruz

At least four people have been killed after a river surge hit a group taking part in a canyoning expedition in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. Three people have been reported missing and five others were injured in the incident, which happened on the Rio Oro near the town of San Andres Tuxtla. The river surge happened due to heavy rainfall being reported in the region in recent days.

A dozen migrants rescued off Ensenada, Baja California

More than a dozen people have been rescued after a boat became stranded off Baja California. US authorities warned their Mexican counterparts when a vessel was spotted near Ensenada. It is believed that those rescued were migrants heading to the US. Although relatively uncommon, migrants sometimes attempt to cross the US border from Mexico via the sea. So far this year, more than 150 people were rescued off northern Mexico after getting stranded near the US border.

Non-essential activity suspended in Mexico City

All non-essential activity will be suspended in Mexico City from Saturday in response to rising cases of coronavirus (Covid-19). The shutdown will also be enforced in the State of Mexico. “Even with all the measures taken, cases, hospitalizations and deaths have continued increasing,” said mayor Claudia Sheinbaum on Friday. Hospital capacity is currently at around 75 percent. The new measures will remain in place until 10 January.

Former governor shot dead in Jalisco

The former governor of Jalisco has been shot dead in Puerto Vallarta. Aristoteles Sandoval was shot dead inside a bar in the early hours of Friday morning. He was transported to a local hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Former mayor arrested for links to journalist murder

A former mayor from the state of Chihuahua has been arrested over links to the killing of a journalist in 2017. Hugo Amed Shultz, former mayor of Chinipas, is accused of "complicity" in the murder of Miroslava Breach. A court in the state said it had established "probably responsibility" linkning Shultz to an organised crime group that carried out the killing. Juan Carlos Moreno, also known as ‘El Larry’, was convicted of murder in August and sentenced to 50 years in prison.

President AMLO announces minimum wage hike

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has announced a minimum wage hike for 2021. As part of the annual review, the government has decided to increase by 15 percent - to 141.70 pesos - the minimum wage in Mexico. A similar increase was also agreed on areas near the US border, where salaries are traditionally higher. The decision was made despite resistance from the private sector. over fears of rising unemployment and deep economic impact. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts that the Mexican economy will contract by 10 percent in 2020.

Mexico City reports drastic increase in coronavirus cases

Mexico has reported more than 670 new coronavirus deaths as a surge of cases has been reported in Mexico City. Mexico has so far reported more than 115,000 deaths and nearly 1.3m cases - the government has already acknowledged that both numbers could be much higher. Officials have reported a drastic increase in cases in the capital ahead of the Christmas holidays, where thousands have taken to the streets in time for Christmas shopping. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has already urged the population to remain vigilant and avoid non-essential travel.

Education minister named as new US ambassador

Education Minister Esteban Moctezuma has been named as Mexico's new ambassador to the US. Moctezuma will replace Ambassador Martha Barcena, who announced her retirement. Moctezuma is known for being a close associate of Ricardo Salinas Pliego, a businessman with strong links to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The changes to the Mexican representative in the US comes weeks before US President-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office. The decision also comes after Congress passed a bill limiting foreign law enforcement agents in Mexico, a move that may compromise diplomatic relations with the US.

Congress approve bill to limit 'foreign agents' in Mexico

The lower house of Congress has approved legislation that would limit operations of so-called 'foreign agents' in Mexico. In a controversial move likely to impact diplomatic relations with the US, lawmakers overwhelmingly voted in favour of the bill. The law will require foreign agents operating on Mexican soil to share with the Mexican authorities all information they collect. Criticism of the law was made by outgoing US Attorney General William Barr, who said that the law will hinder cooperation between both countries. He said: “The passage of this legislation can only benefit the violent transnational criminal organizations and other criminals that we are jointly fighting". A similar decision on foreign agents was made in other Latin American countries, including Nicaragua.

Twenty killed in Zacatecas attacks

At least 20 people have been killed in a series of attacks in the state of Zacatecas. Two men were shot in the city of Valparaiso, while two others were shot dead in the city of Fresnillo. Other killings were recorded in Guadalupe, Jerez and the city of Zacatecas. Meanwhile, the secretary of state for public security, Arturo Lopez Bazan, said 15 alleged members of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG) were detained during an operation in Jerez.

Five killed in home invasion, Celaya

Five people have been killed in a home invasion in the city of Celaya in Guanajuato. Unknown gunmen raided the house in the San Francisco neighbourhood on Tuesday night. The municipal police and elements of the National Guard are investigating the attack.

Four killed in Acapulco shooting

Four people have been shot dead in Acapulco in Guerrero state. Gunmen opened fire on Ruben Figueroa Street in the Francisco Villa district. Two of the victims were seriously wounded and later died in hospital.

Weather alerts issued to Chiapas and Tabasco

Weather alerts have been issued to the southern states of Chiapas and Tabasco. The National Met Service (SMN) forecast that a cold front could impact both states this week. Chiapas and Tabasco were heavily impacted by hurricanes Eta and Iota, which battered Mexico last month. It is estimated that at least 28 people died and more than 350,000 were affected. Intense rainfall is also forecast in some areas in Oaxaca, Veracruz, Campeche, Puebla and Quintana Roo. People in Mexico have been advised to follow updates from the SMN.

Prominent French chef found dead in Mexico City

A prominent French chef was found dead after being reported missing in Mexico City. Reports suggest that Baptiste Lormand and his colleague were delivering a shipment of high-priced wine when they went missing. The Guardian reported that both victims had their hands tied and were dumped on a road near the southern area of the capital. Lormand was the owner of the Surtidora Don Batiz restaurant in Polanquito neighbourhood. He had lived in Mexico City for 20 years. His death was lamented by the French ambassador in Mexico. Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum and President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador both condemned Lombard's assassination. Initial police reports claimed that the crime is not related to extortion nor has links to organised crime.

Former security secretary detained in the US charged in Mexico

Former Security Secretary Genaro Garcia Luna has been charged in Mexico as the government seeks his extradition from the US. Garcia Luna served as security minister during the government of President Felipe Calderon. He was arrested in Texas last year on drug charges and is facing trial in the US. Garcia Luna is also accused of receiving millions of dollars in bribes to support the operations of the Sinaloa Cartel. Charges against him were filed after another former minister, Salvador Cienfuegos, was extradited from the US after having charges against him dropped. Cienfuegos was accused of money laundering and drug-trafficking linked to the H2 Cartel.

Senior official confirms 2020 as deadliest year for journalists in Mexico

A senior government official has confirmed that 2020 has been the deadliest year for journalists in Mexico for the last decade. Deputy Interior Minister for Human Rights Alejandro Encinas said that 19 journalists were killed in Mexico so far this year. Encinas confirmed that since 2010, 138 died in Mexico, with 38 of them during the administration of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. He added that a low percentage of murders committed in previous years led to a conviction. Journalists' groups, such as Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Committee for Protection of Journalists (CPJ), consider Mexico one of the most dangerous countries in the world for reporters.

Former self-defence leader in Michoacan dies of coronavirus

The former leader of a self-defence force based in Michoacan has died. Jose Manuel Mireles was the founder of a vigilante group established to counter the Knights Templar Cartel in the state. According to his social media account, he died after testing positive for coronavirus. El Financiero reported that he was at a hospital for several weeks in Morelia. Self-defence forces in Michoacan emerged after cartels controlled several towns. Despite having the initial support of the government, they would later be outlawed after getting involved in disputes amongst themselves.

Police detain drug lord linked to 2019 Mormon family ambush

Police have arrested the leader of a local cartel in northern Mexico for links to the murder of members of a US Mormon community in Sonora. A year after nine women and children were killed when their convoy was ambushed, police have arrested Roberto Gonzalez Montes, alias 'El Mudo'. El Mudo is known as the leader of the La Linea, a group associated with the Juarez Cartel. He is known to lead criminal operations in Chihuahua. Two other suspects were arrested earlier this month. The LeBaron family was attacked near the town of La Mora. Preliminary investigations suggested that their convoy was mistakenly targeted amid disputes involving two rival groups.

Former minister agrees to cooperate with prosecutors in corruption probe

Former Minister Rosario Robles has said that she will cooperate with prosecutors investigating a major corruption scandal in Mexico. Robles was the development minister of President Enrique Pena Nieto. She has been detained for nearly a year for involvement in the La Estafa Maestra scandal. She reached the deal with prosecutors after being charged with money laundering and racketeering. Robles is accused of facilitating the diversion of $225m through dummy companies and public universities. She is one of several ministers that served during the Pena Nieto administration that is implicated in the scandal. Former ministers Miguel Angel Osorio and Luis Videgraray are also expected to cooperate along with the former PEMEX chief Emilio Lozoya.

Dozens of bodies recovered in clandestine grave in El Salto, Jalisco

More than 100 bodies have been recovered from a clandestine grave in the western state of Jalisco. According to officials, the bodies were found in the town of El Salto. The grave was discovered in early-October and after weeks of investigations, 30 people have been identified so far. Meanwhile, 25 more bodies were found in the town of Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos. Jalisco has one of the highest numbers of missing people in Mexico. In the last two years, more than 3,500 people have been reported missing in the state. Rights groups claim that numbers could be much higher.

Senate approves bill to legalise marijuana in Mexico

Senate has approved a bill aimed at legalising marijuana. In a vote held on Thursday, senators overwhelmingly voted in favour of the bill that passed with 82 votes in favour and 18 against - seven senators abstained. The new law will now head to the lower house of Congress. Although President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has not been publicly supportive of the bill, some members of his Movement for National Regeneration (MORENA) are pushing for the regulation of the marijuana market in Mexico over claims that it may generate jobs and reduce crime.

Non-essential border crossings suspended until late-December

Non-essential border crossings to and from the US have been suspended until 21 December. The US, Mexican and Canadian governments have agreed on extending border restrictions amid a surge in coronavirus cases. Border crossings to Mexico have been restricted since mid-March.

US charges against former defence minister to be dropped

US charges against former defence minister General Salvador Cienfuegos are expected to be dropped as Mexican prosecutors are pursuing a case of their own. Cienfuegos was arrested last month in California after being accused of drug-trafficking and money laundering. In a joint statement, the US Attorney General William Barr and his counterpart in Mexico, Alejandro Gertz, said: "In the interests demonstrating our united front against all forms of criminality, the US Department of Justice has made the decision to seek dismissal of US criminal charges against former secretary Cienfuegos so that he may be investigated, and, if appropriate, charged under Mexican law." Cienfuegos served as minister during the Pena Nieto government in 2012.

Several killed after gas lorry crash in Jala, Nayarit

At least a dozen people have been killed after a lorry transporting cooking gas crashed in Nayarit, western Mexico. AP reported that the driver was killed when the lorry exploded near the city of Jala, along the main highway between Tepic and Guadalajara. Several people nearby also died inside their vehicles. Some reports have suggested that a local gas pipeline was also affected by the blast.

Coronavirus cases in Mexico hit one million

Coronavirus cases in Mexico have reached one million while the country's death toll nears 100,000. Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell claimed in a press conference that from all cases already confirmed in the country, just over 47,000 cases are active. He added that the occupation rates of hospital beds in Mexico are around 35 percent - the highest rates are in Durango, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Zacatecas and Mexico City. Mexico has recently launched a four-tier alert system, where Durango and Chihuahua are placed on the highest alert level. Based on the alert level - green, yellow, orange or red - different restrictions are imposed in the states.

Soldier arrested amid probe into forced disappearance of students

A soldier accused of involvement in the 2014 case over the disappearance of dozens of students in Guerrero has been arrested. A federal official has told AP that Cpt Jose Martinez Crespo was detained as part of the investigations. Crespo is believed to be a key suspect in the probe that is being carried out by a truth commission. The disappearance of students in the town of Ayotzinapa revealed collusion between local law enforcement and drug cartels in Guerrero. In total, 70 soldiers, municipal and federal police officers have been the target of investigations

Spanish court allows extradition of AHMSA's former chief

Spain's Supreme Court has approved the extradition of the former head of the Mexican steel giant AHMSA. Alonso Ancira is being investigated for corruption in Mexico and he has been detained in Spain since 2019. Ancira's detention took place amid investigations into illegal dealings involving the state-owned oil company PEMEX. The company's former director, Emilio Lozoya, was also extradited from Spain.

Coronavirus cases in Mexico near one million

Coronavirus cases in Mexico have neared one million with 5,600 new cases confirmed in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, the country's death toll is now almost 100,000 after 626 new fatalities were confirmed. Mexico has one of the highest overall numbers of coronavirus deaths in the world. Mexico has launched a four-tier system that imposes specific restrictions across the states. The only state that is 'green' - the lowest level - is Campeche, while most parts of the country are either 'yellow' or 'orange'. Two states - Chihuahua and Durango - are currently on the highest level, 'red'.

Former President Pena Nieto accused of bribing lawmakers

Former President Enrique Pena Nieto has been accused of bribing lawmakers to pass legislation to benefit foreign companies operating in Mexico. Reforma reported that, based on a document from the attorney general's office, Pena Nieto is accused of treason after paying more than 121m pesos ($6m) to members of congress. The allegations, which has not been yet independently confirmed, emerged after the arrest of former finance secretary Luis Videgaray. Several high-level politicians have been implicated in a major corruption scandal that involved state-owned companies.

State police chief removed after shots are fired during Cancun protest

The police chief in the south-eastern state of Quintana Roo has been removed after an incident during a protest in Cancun. Governor Carlos Joaquin has said that Alberto Capella will leave his post as investigations into a shooting during a protest are being handled. The chief of police in Cancun has also been removed. The incident happened on Monday during a protest against recent episodes of gender-based violence in the state. Protests escalated after the body of a 20-year-old woman was recovered in the city. More than 60 women have died in Quintana Roo in 2020.

Presidential spokesman implicated in fraud allegations

A senator of the opposition National Action Party (PAN) has requested the removal of the presidential spokesman, Jesus Ramirez Cuevas, due to fraud allegations. Ramirez Cuevas was implicated in an article published by El Universal in which he is accused of making illegal dealings with a dummy corporation which offered printing services to the newspaper of the ruling National Regeneration Movement (MORENA). The allegations date back to 2016 and involve the party's branch in the south-western state of Tabasco. Investigations were launched by the Tributary Administration Service (SAT). Regeneracion was founded and is directed by Ramirez Cuevas. The request was made by PAN's Senator Lilly Telez who said that Ramirez could be sent to prison.

Journalist gunned down in Salamanca, Guanajuato

A journalist has been gunned down in the central state of Guanajuato. State authorities confirmed that Ismael Vazquez Rangel was murdered in the city of Salamanca. Vazquez was working on a report after human remains were recovered on Monday. Vazquez Rangel worked for the El Salmantino newspaper. Reports suggest that he was attacked just after arriving in a company-branded vehicle at the newspaper's headquarters. Guanajuato has reported increased levels of violence attributed to cartel disputes. Vazquez Rangel is the eighth journalist to be killed in Mexico so far this year.

Several killed as heavy rainfall hits Tabasco

At least nine people have been killed and thousands forced to evacuate after heavy rainfall battered the southern state of Tabasco. Data from the interior ministry show that more than 150,000 people were affected when widespread flooding hit the state on Monday. Inclement weather hit Tabasco days after Tropical Storm Eta battered southern Mexico, killing at least 25 people.

Gunshots reported during protest in Cancun, Quintana Roo

Gunshots were fired during a demonstration near the town hall in Cancun, Quintana Roo. Demonstrators gathered in the city to protest against rising gender-based violence. The protest broke out after the body of a 20-year-old missing woman was found. It is still unclear who fired the shots, while no injuries were reported. Governor Carlos Joaquin condemned the incident and ordered the security forces to be named when monitoring those protests. In the first eight months of the year, more than 2,500 women were murdered in Mexico.

Former senior operative of the BLO extradited to the US

Mexico has extradited a former senior member of the disbanded Beltran-Levya Organization (BLO) to the US. Geronimo Gamez-Garcia, alias 'Geremias', was taken to Chicago to face charges related to drug-trafficking. He was slapped with four indictments back in 2016 and was detained in the central state of Morelos since 2017. Geremias is a relative of BLO's founder Arturo Beltran-Levya and rose to prominence after the cartel broke its relationship with the Sinaloa Cartel. An offshoot faction of the BLO, known as the H-2 Cartel, was claimed to be associated with Mexico's former defence secretary Cienfuegos Zepeda, who is currently detained in the US on drug charges.

Scores killed in aftermath of Tropical Storm Eta

At least 27 people have died after Tropical Storm Eta hit southern Mexico. According to local media, the fatalities happened in the states of Chiapas and Tabasco, where 90,000 people were also affected. Eta has also caused disruption in the neighbouring state of Veracruz. Landslides and flash flooding were reported in the region. Eta has already moved towards the US after causing a high number of fatalities and widespread destruction across Central American countries.

Authorities recover remains of missing LA firefighter in Baja California

The state prosecutor in Baja California, northern Mexico, has confirmed that the remains of a LA firefighter reported missing earlier this year have been found. Francisco Aguilar was reported missing back in August following reports that he targeted in a kidnapping. He went missing as he headed to his home in the town of Rosarito. Last week, a couple was arrested as part of the investigations. His remains were found cremated two weeks ago near the Playas de Rosarito area.

Suspect arrested for links to ambush against US Mormon family

A suspect has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the killing of nine US nationals part of a Mormon community in Sonora, northern Mexico. According to reports, the suspect was detained in the bordering city of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state. Identified as Alfredo L, he is the second suspect to be arrested in connection to the incident, which dates back to 2019. At the time, members of the LeBaron family were attacked near the town of La Mora. Preliminary investigations suggested that their convoy was mistakenly targeted amid disputes involving two rival groups.

President AMLO confirms request to arrest former finance minister

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has confirmed that he had requested prosecutors to issue an arrest order against former Finance Minister Luis Videgaray. The request was made earlier this week but was rejected by a judge due to insufficient grounds. Videgaray served as finance and foreign minister during the administration of Enrique Pena Nieto. Back in August, he was implicated in a testimony from the former head of the state-owned oil company PEMEX, Emilio Lozoya, over his alleged links to corruption involving the Brazilian-based conglomerate Odebrecht. Reports indicate that Videgaray has left his residence in the US and is currently living in Israel.

Rosa Icela to become new security minister

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has confirmed that Rosa Icela will become the country's new security minister. Icela is replacing Alfonso Durazo who will run for governor of the northern state of Sonora in 2021. Icela will take office once she recovers from coronavirus symptoms. She will lead one of the most challenging ministries in the federal government, which has been struggling to address high-levels of violence in some areas, especially in states under cartel dispute.

Coronavirus surge reported across seven states

A surge in coronavirus cases has been confirmed across seven states in Mexico as the country's death toll reaches 92,000. Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell confirmed that the states that have surpassed their first wave of infections include Mexico City, Aguascalientes, Coahuila, Zacatecas, Queretaro, Durango and Chihuahua. He added that other states, including Guanajuato, Hidalgo and Nuevo Leon, are also at high risk. Coronavirus cases in Mexico are nearing one million with the government raising alarms over the capacity of intensive care units (ICUs).

Former defence minister transferred from LA prison to New York

Former Defence Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos has been transferred from a prison in LA to New York after a judge denied bail. Sources told Univision that the details about his transfer were not widely available due to security reasons. Cienfuegos was arrested by the DEA last month just after landing in LA. He is accused of drug-trafficking and money laundering at the district attorney's office in New York. According to his indictment, Cienfuegos is linked to the trafficking of more than one tonne of drugs. Cienfuegos was the defence secretary of former President Enrique Pena Nieto.

NGO report says that 464 police officers were killed in 2020

A report from the NGO Causa en Comun has claimed that more than 460 police officers were killed in Mexico this year. According to the report, between January and October, 464 police officers were murdered in the country, with the most cases being reported in Guanajuato, Estado de Mexico, Veracruz, Guerrero and Chihuahua. This is the highest number recorded over the last two years. A large majority of officers killed are from municipal forces, followed by state agencies. In recent months, Guanajuato has seen a rise in violence mainly attributed to disputes involving rival criminal groups.

Journalist gunned down in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua

A journalist has been killed in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. Arturo Alba Medina was gunned down shortly after presenting his programme. Reports show that he died of gunshot wounds in the Hidalgo area. Investigations are still ongoing. Alba Medina worked for the Canal 6 of Multimedios Television. He was a TV presenter who mainly focused on corruption and crime news. Animal Politico reported that his death came just after he reported on a gang-related shooting and on the death of a minor that was reportedly shot dead by the police. Medina is the latest journalist to be killed in Mexico, which is considered one of the world's most dangerous countries for reporters.

Police recover bodies in clandestine graves in Salvatierra, Guanajuato

Police have recovered dozens of bodies buried from multiple clandestine graves in the central state of Guanajuato. According to reports, 59 bodies were found in the town of Salvatierra, located just south of Celaya. The National Mission Persons Organisation (CNBP) said that most of the victims were youngsters. Organisations such as the CNBP are often engaged in searching for missing persons in Mexico. Earlier this week, several graves were found near Guadalajara, Jalisco.

Police seize armoured vehicles in Ciudad Camargo, Tamaulipas

Police have seized two home-made armoured vehicles in the northern state of Tamaulipas. Local authorities have said that the seizure happened in the town of Ciudad Camargo, near the US border. Several other vehicles reinforced with steel plates were also recovered from the scene. Powerful cartels in Mexico have stepped up their operations to purchase military-style equipment to either battle rival groups or intimidate the security forces. Due to the fragmentation of cartels, such as the Sinaloa Cartel, violent territorial disputes have been reported across Mexico.

Police recover clandestine graves near Guadalajara, Jalisco

Police have found three clandestine graves in the restive western state of Jalisco. According to the State Attorney General Gerardo Gomez, more than 100 bodies could be inside the graves, which were discovered in the towns near Guadalajara. Since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office in late-2018, around 1,200 clandestine graves have been uncovered in Mexico, with nearly 2,000 bodies being already exhumed. While most graves have been found in Veracruz, Sinaloa, and Colima, Jalisco has the highest number of victims.

Government acknowledges higher coronavirus death toll

The government has acknowledged that the coronavirus death toll in the country is much higher than officially reported. Currently, the official coronavirus death toll in Mexico is nearly 89,000, but it is estimated that the number of deaths could be as high as 139,000. Officials said that the based on data from previous years, excess deaths in Mexico in the first eight months have hit 193,000. In Mexico, the coronavirus epicentres are in Mexico City, Estado de Mexico and Baja California.

Police raid several drug labs in Mexico City

Several drugs labs have been raided as part of a coordinated operation in Mexico City. According to the Attorney General's Office, the raids targeted a major industrial-sized factory believed to produce methamphetamines and fentanyl. Raids also took place in Durango and Estado de Mexico. In the northern state of Sonora, more than 290 kilos of meth were seized. Mexico is a major fentanyl and methamphetamines producer. Precursor chemicals are often shipped from China after being purchased from the dark web. The drugs are mainly destined for the US market.

Tropical Storm Zeta could hit Quintana Roo as a hurricane

A hurricane warning has been issued to the south-eastern coast of Mexico as Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to strengthen into a hurricane on Monday evening. Data from the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) shows that Zeta could make landfall in Quintana Roo in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Flash flooding, landslides and life-threatening storm surges could affect the region. People in Quintana Roo are advised to follow updates from the NHC and the local authorities.

Mexico and US reach deal to ease water-sharing border dispute

Mexico and the US have reached an agreement over a controversial dispute part of a historical cross-border water-sharing treaty. Since 2018, Mexico has fallen behind payments to get access to US water along the border. With the new agreement, the Mexican government will grant ownership of the Amistad and Falcon dams to the US. The government has claimed that the deal will not affect the water supply to major cities along the border as other dams will now provide water to those areas. Earlier this year, the issue caused protests amongst farmers in Chihuahua.

Protests break out in Acapulco after teenager's death

Dozens of people took to the streets of Acapulco after the death of a 13-year-old girl. Ayelin Iczae was killed over the weekend near her house in the town of Tixtla, Guerrero state. Ayelin was reported missing last week. Women-led organisations marched in the city to demand justice for her death and crimes against women. A local NGO has reported that 30 women have been reported missing in Guerrero so far this year - nearly one-fifth of the cases were reported in the past week.

Security secretary steps down to run for office in 2021

Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo has announced his resignation as he prepares his gubernatorial bid in the mid-terms. Durazo will run for governor of the northern state of Sonora, which is currently headed by Claudia Arellano of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). In 2021, 15 governor seats will be up for grabs alongside seats in local government and all seats in the lower house.

PRI makes major gains in municipal elections in Coahuila and Hidalgo

The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has dominated in the local elections held in the states of Hidalgo and Coahuila. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the vote in both states was postponed. In Coahuila, a traditional PRI stronghold, the party won in all districts, with the leftist Movement of National Regeneration (MORENA) coming far behind. In Hidalgo, the PRI maintained its majority, while the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) became the second-largest party in the state. Both municipal votes came just months before the mid-terms in Mexico, where the MORENA will attempt to sustain its grip to power against the PRI and the right-wing National Action Party (PAN).

Former defence minister arrested in the US

Former Defence Minister General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda has been detained in the US. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard confirmed on social media that General Zepeda was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). General Zepeda was the defence minister during the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto. No details have been provided over the charges that Zepeda faces, but it may be related to orders from the US Drugs Enforcement Agency (DEA).

Electoral court rejects registration of Felipe Calderon's Mexico Libre

Former President Felipe Calderon has had his bid rejected to form a new political party. A ruling from the Federal Electoral Tribunal (TEPJF) has denied the registration of his Mexico Libre, considered a splinter group from the National Action Party (PAN). Calderon's wife, Margarida Zavala, was also expected to join the party - Zavala was a presidential candidate in 2018. Both claimed that the ruling was politically motivated. Calderon has been recently the target of investigations for alleged corruption related to the Brazilian company Odebrecht. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has already announced plans to hold a referendum to allow the investigations to move forward.

Santa Rosa de Lima's leader arrested in Celaya, Guanajuato

The leader of the infamous Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel has been arrested in a police operation in Celaya, Guanajuato. Governor Diego Rodriguez confirmed the arrest of Adan Ochoa, alias 'El Azul', during a joint police operation. 'El Azul' is known as the leader of the group in the Laja-Bajio region. He is the presumed successor of Jose Yepez, alias 'El Marro', who was detained back in August. This is the latest blow to the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel amid violent territorial disputes with the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG). Both cartels have been responsible for increasing levels of violence in Guanajuato, where nearly 10,000 people were killed in the last two years.

Several criminals killed in shooting near Calera, Zacatecas

More than a dozen suspected criminals have been killed in a violent shooting with the security forces in the northern state of Zacatecas. State police confirmed that the shooting broke out when police officers were on patrol near the town of Calera. Three police officers were injured. Zacatecas has reported a spike in violence due to disputes involving multiple drug-trafficking cartels.

Police arrest several CJNG members in Celaya, Guanajuato

A major police operation led to the arrest of 10 suspected members of the notorious Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG). EFE reported that the operation happened in the town of Celaya, the capital of the restive central state of Guanajuato. State authorities confirmed that several high-calibre weapons were recovered during the operation. CJNG is one of the most violent cartels in Mexico. In Guanajuato, the group is engaged in disputes with the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel.

La Vieja Escuela Cartel announces expansion in Guerrero

Video footage has emerged over declarations of the 'La Vieja Escuela' Cartel expansion in the south-western state of Guerrero. In a video released in late-September, the splinter group of the Los Zetas Cartel announced their arrival in the town of Ometepec. Guerrero is one of the most violent states in Mexico. Territorial disputes are often associated with high rates of homicide in the state. La Vieja Escuela's expansion poses a risk of further clashes with rival cartels. The group has been claimed to be a rival of the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG).

Senators vote in favour of referendum on former presidents' trial

Senators have overwhelmingly voted in a favour of a referendum to whether or not to investigate and bring former presidents and other high-level politicians to trial. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has proposed the measure that was already backed by the Supreme Court. In the vote held on Wednesday, the proposal passed with 65 votes in favour and 49 against. Now, the proposal needs to be ratified in the lower house of Congress, the Deputies Chamber - where the ruling MORENA is the largest party. Four former presidents could face investigations for their conducts when they held office. They include former presidents Enrique Pena Nieto, Felipe Calderon, Ernesto Zedillo and Carlos Salinas. The vote could be held as early as August 2021, just a month after the midterms.

Felipe Calderon's former secretary faces US trial

The trial of the former security secretary Genaro Garcia Luna has begun in the US. Garcia Luna has been accused of facilitating drug-trafficking to the US when he held office during the Calderon administration. According to court documents, he is linked to the trafficking of 53 tonnes of cocaine. In a chaotic session held remotely - which was briefly suspended over issues with Mexican journalists - Garcia Luna pledged not guilty for all six charges. Another hearing is scheduled for early-December. Garcia Luna was arrested last December over allegations that he took bribes from the infamous former Sinaloan Cartel leader El Chapo, who is currently detained in the US.

Extreme caution advised as Hurricane Delta approaches Mexico

Extreme caution is advised for people in south-eastern Mexico as Hurricane Delta is set to make landfall on Wednesday morning. Powerful winds, heavy rainfall and life-threatening storm surge are forecast for states on the Yucatan Peninsula. People have been advised to remain vigilant as Delta hits the state of Quintana Roo as a major hurricane. For further information, people are advised to follow updates from the local authorities and news from the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), the Mexican Civil Protection Authority and the Mexican National Met Service (SMN).

Hurricane Delta becomes major category four storm

Hurricane Delta has strengthened into a powerful category four storm and is predicted to make landfall in the south-eastern state of Quintana Roo. Data from the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) shows that Delta currently has sustained maximum winds of 215kph. People in Quintana Roo and across the Yucatan Peninsula are advised extreme caution and to prepare for life-threatening weather conditions. Mexico's Civil Protection Authority has already issued alerts to most areas located on the northern coast of Quintana Roo - from the towns of Maria Elena to Boca Nueva.

Thousands affected as Tropical Storm Gamma hits south-eastern Mexico

Thousands of people have been affected across south-eastern Mexico after Tropical Storm Gamma battered the country. Widespread flooding affected thousands of homes in the state of Tabasco, Chiapas and Quintana Roo. Gamma has already dissipated but weather alerts remain in place across the Yucatan Peninsula as Hurricane Delta is forecast to approach the region as a major category-two hurricane. People are advised to follow updates from the National Met Service.

Several bodies recovered in San Luis Potosi

At least a dozen bodies have been recovered from two vehicles in the rural area of the central state of San Luis Potosi. State prosecutors said that the bodies were found near a narco banner, which is often used to threaten rival criminal groups. Excelsior reported that the victims were found on the Carretera 62 between Vanegas and San Tiburcio. San Luis Potosi has reported a drastic increase in homicides. Like other states in central Mexico, San Luis Potosi has been at the centre of violent territorial disputes, mainly involving the Cartel Jalisco New Generation.

Six killed in drive-by shooting in Mexico City

At least six people have been killed and four others have also been injured in a drive-by shooting in Mexico City. AP reported that the shooting happened in the restive northern neighbourhood of Azcapotzalco. Reports indicate that gunmen opened fire on a group of people sat at a local restaurant. The incident is feared to be cartel-related, an issue which has highly affected the neighbouring states. Although cartel violence in Mexico City is not as frequent as it is in other areas in Mexico, recent incidents have raised concerns over territorial disputes expanding into the capital.

Police recovers several bodies across Guanajuato

Police have recovered two dismembered bodies in a rural area in Guanajuato, central Mexico. State prosecutors revealed that the victims were found on a highway near the town of Romita. The incident happened just a day before more bodies were recovered in the city of Celaya. Police claimed that the bodies were found near so-called 'narco mantas', which are banners with intimidating messages used threat rival criminal groups. Guanajuato has been the battleground of two violent cartels, the Cartel Santa Rosa de Lima and the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG).

Hurricane Delta could make landfall in Quintana Roo

A hurricane warning has been issued to south-eastern Mexico as Hurricane Delta is forecast to make landfall. According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), Delta could hit the states of Yucatan and Quintana Roo on Wednesday morning. All states located in the Yucatan Peninsula are also at risk due to life-threatening storm surges, flash flooding, mudslides and heavy rainfall. People in the region are advised to exercise extreme caution and to follow updates from the local authorities.

Tropical Storm Gamma to bring heavy rainfall to south-eastern Mexico

Intense rainfall could affect south-eastern Mexico as Tropical Storm Gamma forms in the Caribbean Sea. Weather alerts have been issued as inclement weather could affect the states of Yucatan, Campeche and Tabasco later on the week. Gamma is forecast to move westwards along the Yucatan Peninsula. It is expected to be downgraded on Wednesday afternoon to a tropical depression before moving offshore to the Gulf of Mexico. People in the region should follow reports from the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) and the National Met Service (SMN).

Several police officers killed in armed ambush in Durango

At least six police officers have been killed after gunmen ambushed a convoy in the northern state of Durango. State authorities are currently searching for those involved in the incident that happened in the town of El Mezquital. Although it is still unclear who is responsible for the attack, the Sinaloa Cartel is known for operating in Durango for decades. However, in recent years, violence has spread across the state due to violent territorial disputes involving other cartels.

Weather system to bring adverse weather to Quintana Roo

A low-pressure system is expected to bring intense rainfall to south-eastern Mexico. Data from the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecasts that the system could strengthen into a tropical depression in the next few days. Intense rainfall could lead to widespread flooding in areas across the Yucatan Peninsula, especially in the state of Quintana Roo. Inclement weather could affect the region throughout the weekend. For further information, people in the region are advised to follow reports from the NHC and the Mexican National Met Service (SMN).

Supreme Court backs referendum on former presidents' prosecution

The Supreme Court has supported President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's plans to hold a referendum which could pave the way for five of his predecessors to be prosecuted for crimes committed during their administrations. In a narrow vote held on Thursday, judges approved the validity of the referendum. The referendum could be held in June, at the same time that the mid-terms take place. President Lopez Obrador has been pushing for investigations against former presidents Enrique Pena Nieto, Felipe Calderon and Carlos Salinas. Cases against them are linked to corruption in the state-owned PEMEX. Others former leaders who could also face prosecution include Vicente Fox and Ernesto Zedillo.

Prosecutors recover victims' remains in Irapuato, Guanajuato

The remains of more than a dozen people have been found in the restive state of Guanajuato, central Mexico. State prosecutors said that bones belonging to at least 15 people were buried inside plastic bags in Irapuato. The findings came as more than 100 bodies were also recovered from clandestine graves in the same city. Guanajuato has become one of the most dangerous states in Mexico. Violence in the state is mainly attributed to territorial disputes between the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel and the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJGN).

Four killed in fuel tanker explosion in Tabasco

At least four people have been killed after a fuel tanker exploded in the southern state of Tabasco. El Universal reported that the incident happened on the main highway between Comalcalco and Paraiso. Governor Adan Lopez said that the explosion happened after a fire broke out in the area.

Pena Nieto and Calderon investigated in Odebrecht scandal

Former presidents Enrique Pena Nieto and Felipe Calderon have been included in a major investigation related to corruption involving the Brazilian-based construction conglomerate Odebrecht. The head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) Santiago Nieto confirmed the investigations on an interview to El Universal. Both presidents and more than 70 officials were implicated in the case after accusations from the former head of the state-owned PEMEX, Emilio Lozoya. Lozoya was recently extradited from Spain and has agreed to cooperate in the probe.

Government launches special unit to protect mining operations from cartels

The government has announced the launching of a special guard unit to assist in the security of mining operations in Mexico. Some 100 officers have been deployed to be part of the new force which will mainly counter the threat of drug-trafficking cartels against mining companies. The force has been created after reports showing companies being forced to make extortion payments to cartels. In recent years, a number of incidents against foreign companies have been reported in northern Mexico.

A dozen killed in bus crash in Chiapas

A dozen people have been killed and scores injured when a bus overturned in the south-western state of Chiapas. State civil protection officers confirmed that the accident happened near the Guatemalan border, along the 190 highway between Comitan and Ciudad Cuauhtemoc. La Jornada reported that the bus was transporting passengers between Tuxtla Gutierrez to Motozintla. Road accidents in Mexico are frequent and mainly attributed to reckless driving.

Dozens of bodies recovered from clandestine grave in Guanajuato

More than 100 bodies have been recovered from eight clandestine graves in the state of Guanajuato. Reports show that the bodies were found over a period of three days near the city of Irapuato. Local authorities and missing people's family associations took part in the operation. In recent years, Guanajuato has reported soaring levels of violence due to territorial disputes involving rival cartels. Officially, this is the first clandestine grave ever found in Guanajuato.

Arrest warrant issued to soldiers for alleged links to 2014 disappearance case

A number of soldiers have been the target of arrest warrants for their alleged involvement in the disappearance of 43 students back in 2014. In total, 70 soldiers, municipal and federal police officers have been the target of investigations on the incident reported in the town of Iguala, Guerrero. Since taking office, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador vowed to bring those responsible for the students' disappearance to justice. It is still unknown the whereabouts of most of the victims as a number of international organisations specialised in forensics are involved in the investigations. As of July, investigators have recovered the remains of three students.

Scores killed in bar shooting in Guanajuato

Nearly a dozen people have been killed in a shooting at a bar in the central state of Guanajuato. Prosecutors said that the incident happened in the town of Jaral del Progreso, close to the state border of Michoacan. Guanajuato has reported increased levels of violence due to expansion aspirations of the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) into the state. Conflict in the region is mainly attributed to disputes between the CJNG and the Cartel Santa Rosa de Lima.

Journalist found beheaded in Veracruz

A journalist has been found decapitated in the restive state of Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. Julio Valdivia mainly focused on crime and violence in the town of Tezonapa, located several kilometres from the state capital. Reuters reported that he was found beheaded near the train tracks in a remote area. Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. 

Two killed in shooting during dam protest in Chihuahua

At least two people have been killed after shooting broke out during a protest in Chihuahua, northern Mexico. Hundreds of people gathered near the La Boquilla Dam to protest against the project. According to the National Guard, officers were shot at by armed civilians. La Boquilla is a controversial project on the US border and opponent claim it will divert water away from the local land. Resistance mainly comes from farmers in Chihuahua who fear the possibility of intense droughts.

Police recover bodies of US couple in Baja California

Police have recovered the bodies of a US couple who was reported missing in early-September. State prosecutors in Baja California said that the bodies of Ian Hirschsohn and Kathy Harvey were recovered at the bottom of a well near the town of Ensenada. It is still unclear what the circumstances behind the incident are. Both victims were in their 70s. Ensenada is a popular tourist resort located several kilometres south of Tijuana.

Preparations for 2021 federal and local elections underway in Mexico

The National Electoral Institute (INE) has formally announced the start of electoral procedures for the federal and local elections in 2021. INE has said that 95m people are eligible to cast their ballots in June, where more than 21,000 local and federal government seats will be up for grabs. This has been considered the largest electoral process in the country's recent history. All major parties will take part in the process, including the ruling National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), the National Action Party (PAN) and the Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI).

Police investigate kidnapping of US firefighter in Baja California

Police are investigating the suspected kidnapping of a US firefighter in Baja California, north-western Mexico. Reports indicate that the incident happened last week. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti urged for the safe return of Frank Aguilar, who works for the LA Fire Department (LAFD). NBC News reported that Aguilar was on medical leave at his second home in Rosarito, located south of Tijuana. Reports show that Aguilar's home was ransacked and two of his vehicles stolen. Aguilar was last seen in late-August and went missing just before meeting with a friend in Rosarito.

Parliament approves removal of president's political immunity

Parliament has approved legislation that would remove the political immunity of the president. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has praised the move as he had previously backed calls to introduce those reforms. The Senate and state parliaments still have to pass the bill. If approved, future presidents in Mexico could face trial in a special court for a number of crimes, such as corruption. The bill comes as three former presidents in Mexico - Enrique Pena Nieto, Felipe Calderon and Carlos Salinas - are being investigated as part of a major corruption scandal.

Soldiers briefly detained during indigenous protest in Oaxaca

Dozens of soldiers were briefly detained during an indigenous demonstration in Oaxaca, southern Mexico. EFE reported that 40 soldiers were taken to the community of Nuevo San Juan Chamula when protesters blocked the Fronteriza del Sur highway. Protests were launched to demand that the local government proceeds with a number of unfinished infrastructure projects. Indigenous protests are extremely common in Oaxaca, especially on the Guatemalan border.

Heavy rainfall could affect southern Chiapas

Heavy rainfall could affect several areas in the southern state of Chiapas as Tropical Storm Nana nears Mexico. Nana has been recently downgraded from a hurricane and is forecast to weaken into a tropical depression before reaching Mexican territory. Landslides and flooding could affect some areas near the Pacific coast. Nana is expected to head offshore on Friday morning. People in the region are advised to follow updates from the Mexican National Met Service (SMN).

Several killed as gunmen raid funeral in Cuernavaca, Morelos

At least six people have been killed after gunmen raided a funeral in Cuernavaca, Morelos. Reports show that the incident happened when dozens of shots were fired. It is still unclear if the incident is linked to retaliation. The wake was being held for a man who died in a traffic accident. Murder rates in Mexico have increased in recent years due to intense territorial disputes. In Morelos, murder, kidnapping and extortion rates have soared in comparison to previous years.

Authorities monitor two low pressure systems off Pacific coast

Mexican authorities are currently monitoring two low-pressure systems that are forming off the country's Pacific coast. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecasts that both systems may strengthen and become a tropical depression within the next few days. It is still too early to predict the impact that they may have on Mexico but people in coastal and mountain areas in western states should remain vigilant and follow the advice from the National Met Service (SNM) and the NHC.

Coronavirus deaths in Mexico reach 60,000

Coronavirus deaths in Mexico have surpassed 60,000 as the number of cases in the country continues to increase. In the last 24 hours, more than 220 deaths were reported nationwide. During the same period, nearly 4,000 new coronavirus cases were confirmed, bringing the total to 560,000. The government is currently launching plans to restart the economy and reopen some businesses despite Mexico reporting one of the highest numbers of cases in Latin America.

Former PEMEX chief accuses former presidents of corruption

The former head of the state-owned PEMEX, Emilio Lozoya, has accused a number of high-profile politicians and businessmen of being involved in corruption. Lozoya was recently extradited from Spain to face a corruption trial. He is accused of money laundering and of receiving bribes while holding public office. In a leaked testimony, Lozoya accused former President Enrique Pena Nieto and former Finance Minister Luis Videgaray of asking him to buy votes in Congress. Others accused of wrongdoing include former president Felipe Calderon and Carlos Salinas. Numerous other political figures were also accused of wrongdoing dating back to more than a decade.

Mexico monitors low pressure formed in the Caribbean Sea

Mexico's National Met Service (SMN) is currently monitoring the development of a low-pressure system in the Caribbean Sea. A tropical wave is expected to move towards Central Americal later this week and bring adverse weather to some areas. In Mexico, areas of major concern include states in the Yucatan Peninsula. The disturbance is forecast to strengthen into a tropical storm in the next few days. People in the area should monitor updates from the SMN and the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Hurricane Genevieve approaches Baja California Sur

Hurricane Genevieve has approached Baja California Sur and is forecast to move along the Baja California Peninsula later this week. A hurricane warning has been issued to the southern tip of Baja California Sur, where inclement weather could affect the area from Wednesday evening. According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), Genevieve is expected to be downgraded to a tropical storm on Friday afternoon. Areas affected by Genevieve could experience heavy rainfall, flash flooding and landslides. People in the region should follow updates from the NHC.

Hurricane Genevieve triggers alerts in Baja California Sur

Weather alerts have been issued to several areas in Baja California Sur as Hurricane Genevieve moves north towards the Pacific. Data from the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) shows that Genevieve will approach the Baja California Peninsula on Thursday morning. Large swells and strong winds are expected to affect several states along the Mexican Pacific coast. The National Met Service (SMN) has also issued alerts to several coastal areas that may face intense rainfall.

Nine suspects shot dead in clashes with the military in Tamaulipas

Nine suspects have been shot dead during clashes with the military near the bordering town of Miguel Aleman. State prosecutors confirmed that the incident happened on Monday along the Rio Grande. Government sources claim that the incident unfolded when soldiers came under fire while on patrol. A number of violent incidents have occurred in towns located along the US border in northern Tamaulipas, mainly attributed to disputes between rival drug-trafficking cartels.

Customs seize shipment of fentanyl at Mexico City's Airport

Customs officers have made a substantial seizure of fentanyl at the Mexico City International Airport. Members of the General Customs Administration (AGA) confirmed that 220 kilos of the drug was seized. AGA said that the shipment came from Spain. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid usually used to help deal with pain. Despite being a prescription drug, it has also been used illegally. According to the US National Institute on Drug Abuse, "synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, are now the most common drugs involved in drug overdose deaths in the United States".

Pena Nieto accused of receiving bribes from Odebrecht

Former President Enrique Pena Nieto has been accused of receiving bribes to finance his presidential campaign. The Attorney General's Office has announced on Tuesday that Pena Nieto has instructed the former chief of the state-owned PEMEX to pay political consultants with money received from the Brazilian-based Odebrecht. In total, $4m is believed to have been paid during his 2012 presidential campaign. Pena Nieto's finance minister Luis Videgaray is also accused of corruption. Last month, PEMEX's former chief Emilio Lozoya was extradited from Spain. He said that he will cooperate in the investigations after he was directly implicated in the scandal in 2017.

Suspect detained for 2018 killing of social media commentator in Acapulco

A suspected cartel member has been arrested for killing a social media commentator in 2018. AP reported that one of the highest leaders of the Independent Cartel of Acapulco was arrested on Tuesday. A YouTuber known as 'Nana Pelucas' was murdered after being threatened by the cartel. She was killed when gunmen attacked a restaurant near Acapulco's tourist area. Bloggers and social media personalities are sporadically targeted in Mexico. Like journalists and reporters, they are usually attacked for addressing political and security issues in gang-controlled areas.

Several killed as bus overturns near Mexico City

More than a dozen people have been killed after a bus crashed near Mexico City. Local authorities said that nearly 30 people have been taken to the hospital for treatment. The accident happened along the Toluca-Mexico highway on Tuesday morning. AP reported that the bus was transporting passengers from Acapulco to Guadalajara, Jalisco. Bus accidents in Mexico are common and mainly occur due to reckless driving, poor road conditions and lack of vehicle maintenance.

Hurricane Elida strenghens as it moves westwards the Pacific

Hurricane Elida has strengthened into a category two storm as it moves away from the Baja California peninsula. According to the US Nationa Hurricane Center (NHC), Elida was located south-west of Baja California Sur. The National Met Service (SMN) has forecast intense rainfall for states located along the Pacific coast. Currently, both the SMN and the NHC are monitoring developments of another low-pressure system forming off the southern state of Chiapas. 

Mexico monitors formation of low pressure off Tehuantepec Gulf

Mexico's National Met Service (SMN) is currently monitoring developments of a low-pressure system that is forming off the Tehuantepec Gulf. According to the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC), the system is expected to move west-wards off the Mexican coast in the next few days. Within the next week, it may strengthen into a tropical storm. It is still too early to assess the impact that the system may have on Mexico. People should monitor updates from the NHC and SMN.

US nationals advised not to travel to Mexico

US nationals have been advised not to travel to Mexico due to coronavirus concerns. The US State Department has changed its travel advisory for Mexico, advising people to not travel to there. In a statement, it said: “Travelers to Mexico may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions within Mexico due to COVID-19.” The highest level of advice by the US State Department is 4, which is often dedicated to high-risk countries, such as Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia and Iraq. Mexico has reported more than 460,000 coronavirus cases as the number of deaths already topped 50,000.

Journalist shot dead in Uruapan, Michoacan

A journalist has been gunned down in the restive western state of Michoacan. Luis Eduardo Ochoa Aguilar was shot in the head near Los Aguacates area in Uruapan. Ochoa Aguilar was working as a professor at the Interamerican University for Development (UNID). Animal Politico reported that he previously worked as press chief for the local government and carried out work for several local newspapers in Michoacan. Ochoa's death came days after another journalist was gunned down in Iguala, Guerrero state. So far this year, five journalists have been killed in Mexico.

Coronavirus deaths in Mexico near 50,000

Coronavirus deaths in Mexico have neared 50,000 as the number of cases continues to report a steady increase. According to the health ministry, Mexico has confirmed more than 450,000 coronavirus cases, one of the highest in the world. In recent weeks, the government has said the coronavirus peak in Mexico has already been passed. Mexico City and Estado de Mexico have reported the highest number of cases, followed by the states of Tabasco, Guanajuato and Veracruz. A high incidence of cases is also being reported in states located along the US border.

Former administration accused of allowing operations of Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel

The head of the Finance Ministry's Financial Investigation Unit (UIF) has claimed that the notorious Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel has operated with permission of the previous administration. Santiago Nieto accused the government of former President Enrique Pena Nieto of being omissive to the cartel's fuel theft operations. Nieto has given no further involvement of the alleged collusion of federal and local officers in the Santa Rosa de Lima operations. However, he directly accused the former head of security of the state-owned PEMEX, Eduardo Trauwitz, of failing to address the situation. Fuel theft has significantly impacted PEMEX revenue over the years. It is estimated that fuel theft was responsible for the loss of more than $3bn in revenue during 2018 alone.

Narco banners sighted across San Luis Potosi

Reports have indicated that a number of the so-called 'narco banners' have been sighted across San Luis Potosi, central Mexico. The banners threatened those that support the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG), which has expanded its operations in the state. The authors of the banner are claimed to be from the Cartel de los Alemanes (CDA) in partnership with the Vieja Escuela Zeta. The appearance of a new cartel in San Luis Potosi could lead to increasing territorial disputes in some areas. Banners were reportedly found in the towns of Villa de Arista, Moctezuma and Rioverde.

Security officials removed for links to former security secretary

Several security officials in Mexico have been removed from their posts for their links to former Security Secretary Genaro Garcia Luna. Garcia Luna is currently detained for drug-trafficking in the US. In December 2019, US federal prosecutors charged him for facilitating drug-trafficking for the Sinaloa Cartel and to protect its leader, 'El Chapo', who is also arrested in the US. Garcia Luna served as head of the Federal Investigation Agency (AFI) and minister during the government of President Felipe Calderon. Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo said that 18 officials from the National Guard, the national prison system and the National Intelligence Centre will be removed.

Local newspaper targeted in shooting in Iguala, Guerrero

Offices of a local newspaper in the south-western state of Guerrero have been targeted in a shooting incident. Prosecutors are investigating the incident, which happened on Tuesday in the restive town of Iguala. Armed suspects targeted the front of the Diario de Iguala. No casualties were reported. The incident came just days after a journalist from another local newspaper in Iguala was gunned down in a restaurant. Mexico is one of the world's most dangerous countries for journalists. Incidents of intimidation and threats are common, especially against reporters covering political and crime issues.

Cartel Santa Rosa de Lima's leader detained in Guanajuato

One of the most wanted criminals in Mexico has been arrested in a major operation in Guanajuato. Jose Antonio Yepez, alias 'El Marro', was arrested on Sunday morning. El Marro is the leader of the infamous Cartel Santa Rosa de Lima, which widely operates across the state. The cartel is mainly engaged in fuel theft, extortion, drug-trafficking and cargo theft. The Santa Rosa de Lima has been targeted by a government crackdown in recent months. The cartel is often accused of fueling violence in Guanajuato in clashes with its main rival, the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG).

Journalist gunned down in Iguala, Guerrero

A journalist has been shot dead after armed criminal raided a restaurant in the restive city of Iguala, Guerrero. Paulo Morrugares was killed alongside his bodyguard. He was an editor of the online news outlet PM Noticias, which mainly covers crime stories in Guerrero. Morrugares and his wife were previously targeted in another attack back in 2016. Journalists who cover crime and political stories in Mexico are often the target of intimidation and attacks. So far, four reporters were killed in Mexico this year. Guerrero is considered one of the most dangerous states in Mexico.

Police search for three men kidnapped in Puerto Vallarta

Police are still searching for three people who were kidnapped in the western state of Jalisco earlier this month. The incident happened in mid-July when a group of men travelled from the state of Guanajuato to the resort of Puerto Vallarta. One of the victims managed to escape and told prosecutors that most of those kidnapped were later released. State Prosecutor Octavio Solis claimed that the assailants targeted three members of the group. The identity of the victims has not yet been released. Guanajuato is one of the strongholds of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, which is engaged in territorial disputes with the Cartel Jalisco New Generation.

Two killed as Tropical Storm Hanna hits northern Mexico

At least two people have been killed and four others were reported missing after Tropical Storm Hanna battered northern Mexico. The National Civil Protection authority said that Hanna affected three states on Monday. EFE reported that the fatalities happened in the state of Coahuila. Travel disruption also affected the state of Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas where flooding damaged some roads. In total, more than 1,000 people were taken to shelters after being rescued.

Chihuahua's health minister dies after contracting coronavirus

Chihuahua's Health Minister Jesus Grajeda has died after testing positive for coronavirus. Reuters reported that Grajeda was hospitalised for nearly two weeks. Despite being diagnosed with coronavirus, Grajeda's death is being ruled as heart failure. Chihuahua Governor Javier Corral said that Grajeda's health condition had improved earlier this week but he suffered a heart attack on Sunday morning. Chihuahua has reported nearly 5,000 coronavirus cases and 850 deaths.

Several steel plant workers die of coronavirus in Lazaro Cardenas

At least 21 workers at a steel plant in the western state of Michoacan have died after contracting the coronavirus. A local trade union said that workers at the ArcelorMittal plant in Lazaro Cardenas have succumbed to the virus since April. The union said that it is believed that the patients contracted the virus outside of the plant. The plant in Lazaro Cardenas employs some 7,000 workers. In total, more than 2,600 coronavirus cases were confirmed in the city.

Tropical Depression Hanna causes flooding in northern Mexico

Widespread flooding has been reported in northern Mexico as Tropical Depression Hanna hits the country. Hanna has already triggered disruption in the US after making landfall as a category one hurricane. Heavy rainfall caused flooding in the northern city of Monterrey, while mudslides were reported in the states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas. Mexico's National Met Service (SMN) reported on Monday morning that Hanna is heading towards the state of Zacatecas.

Scores rescued as police hit child trafficking network in Chiapas

Police have rescued 23 children as part of an operation against a child trafficking network in Chiapas, southern Mexico. The state prosecutor's office confirmed that a number of children and babies were being held at a residence in San Cristobal de las Casas. Three women were also detained. The operation occurred after a two-year-old indigenous child was reported missing in late-June. The oldest children rescued was aged 15, while the youngest was three months old. Most children showed signs of having been tortured, both physically and mentally. Reports also show that some of the children were forced to sell artisan products in the markets in San Cristobal.

Mexico signs working agreement with Europol

Mexico has reached a cooperation agreement with Europol. In a deal signed on Monday, both parts will further collaborate in tackling organised crime and arms trafficking. The deal, signed by the ministry of security, will also involve intelligence sharing, further integrating Mexican agencies with European law enforcement. Mexico is also considering sending a liaison officer to Europol's HQ in the Netherlands. Fabian Medina, the cabinet chief for the Mexican foreign minister, said: "For the Government of Mexico collaboration with the European Union is essential to complement national capacities against transnational organised crime and, in particular, to curb the illicit flow of arms, their components, ammunition, and explosives.” The agreement came into force on 01 July.

Government investigates online footage of CJNG parade

Mexico's government is investigating footage released online where presumed members of the infamous Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) parade military-style vehicles and weapons. Security Secretary Alfonso Durazno has confirmed that the video is real and accused the CJNG of propaganda. In the video, dozens of men wearing military outfits with CJNG signs are brandishing high-calibre weapons. CJNG is one of the most powerful criminal groups in Mexico. Although not officially connected, the video emerges after President AMLO visited Jalisco over the weekend.

Baja California governor accused of suppressing coronavirus media coverage

Media professionals in the northern state of Baja California have accused the administration of Governor Jaime Bonilla of suppressing coronavirus coverage in the state. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), journalists have extremely limited access to coronavirus measures implemented in the state, which is one of the worst affected in Mexico. A number of media organisations claim that freedom of expression has significantly deteriorated in Mexico, where episodes of intimidation from both state and non-state actors frequently occurs. Baja California borders the US. So far, the state has reported more than 10,000 coronavirus cases.

Coronavirus restrictions may be imposed on local level in tourist sites

Local and state-level restrictions are being imposed in some tourist hotspots in Mexico despite the country gradually reopening for tourism. Although at the federal level the government has relaxed some of the measures, local authorities, especially in popular tourist areas in the Caribbean, may still implement emergency measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Those measures may be imposed at a short notice and could include movement restrictions, curfews and quarantine.

Rights groups denounce increasing threats in Mexico

Rights groups in Mexico have filed a complaint with the Interamerican Human Rights Commission (CIDH) due to the increasing threats against journalists and activists in Mexico. In a statement, the TDT network said that the risks in Mexico have increased amid the coronavirus pandemic. Rights groups said that at least 10 activists were killed in Mexico so far this year, including two journalists. TDT said that campaigns of intimidation, both physical and online, are also on the rise. Mexico is considered one of the most dangerous countries for journalists and rights defenders, especially those involved in environmental disputes.

Intense rainfall triggers flooding in Oaxaca

Intense rainfall has caused widespread flooding in the southern state of Oaxaca. Officials said that at least two people have died after several communities got cut off in the areas of Huautla de Jimenez. In total, nearly a dozen towns in the region were affected by flooding. According to the Mexican National Met Service (SMN), intense rainfall is forecast to continue in the state. Oaxaca often faces adverse weather due to the impact of low-pressure systems from the Pacific.

President AMLO to visit most violent states in Mexico

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is set to visit three of the most violent states in Mexico. He said during a press conference that from Wednesday, he and his team will visit the states of Guanajuato, Jalisco and Colima. In recent months, violence has spread across Jalisco and Guanajuato due to violent territorial disputes involving the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG). Mexico has reported record-high rates of homicide despite coronavirus measures being enforced nationwide. Data shows that Mexico is on track to record its deadliest year in history.

Fuel leak reported at PEMEX pipeline in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo

A fuel leak has been reported at a PEMEX pipeline in the central town of Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo. Local authorities said that the leak was identified on Monday morning after a number of people gathered in the area to collect fuel. The leak has already been contained. Last year more than 130 people died when another leak in the area caused a massive explosion. Illegal mining tapping is frequent in some areas in Mexico and often lead to deadly accidents. The government said that more than 20m barrels of oil were stolen from PEMEX pipelines in 2019.

Coronavirus death toll in Mexico hit 35,000

Coronavirus deaths in Mexico have reached 35,000 as the country registers the world's fourth highest death toll. The latest reports show that 276 people have succumbed to the coronavirus over the last 24 hours. Data from the health secretary shows that the number of cases in Mexico has now neared 300,000. The government has said that the coronavirus epidemic in Mexico has already reached its peak and claims cases are continuously falling. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that hospitals are still available and criticised the media for reporting otherwise.

Mexico-US border closure could be extended until August

Mexico and the US are currently discussing plans to extend the border closure for non-essential travel until at least August. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said that the current restrictions, which will expire on 21 July, could be extended. The announcement comes due to fears of a second wave of coronavirus cases. Several states in northern Mexico have already imposed restrictions of their own over border crossings from the US. Mexico has so far reported more than 282,000 coronavirus cases, including 33,500 deaths. The announcement came just days after President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador visited his US counterpart, Donald Trump, at the White House.

Five women found dead inside a residence in Estado de Mexico

Five women have been found dead inside a residence in Estado de Mexico. State prosecutors told EFE that the bodies were discovered in the area of El Gavillero, located in the town of Nicolas Romero. Among the victims were three minors. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the victims could have been the target of a retaliatory attack linked to small-scale drug-trafficking. It is still unclear if the victims were the target of gender-based violence, which has been on the rise in Mexico.

Third victim identified amid investigation on 2014 dissapperance case

The remains of a third victim from the 2014 disappearance of 43 student teachers were identified in a fresh phase of the investigation. The Republic General Prosecutor (FGR) confirmed that the remains of Christian Rodriguez Telumbre were the latest to be identified. New evidence shows that his body was found in La Carniceria, located in the town of Cocula, Guerrero. A number of international organisations specialised in forensics are involved in the investigations. In recent months, several suspects, including municipal police officers and local officials, have been arrested.

Chihuahua's former governor detained in Miami

The former governor of the northern state of Chihuahua, Cesar Duarte, has been arrested in the US. Duarte was charged back in 2016 for corruption and has been on the run since then. He was the governor of Chihuahua between 2010 and 2016. Duarte was a member of the Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI) but he was expelled from it in 2019. According to federal prosecutors, Duarte was arrested on Wednesday in Miami, Florida. He is expected to be extradited to Mexico. His arrest came just as President AMLO was making an official visit to the White House.

Coronavirus deaths in Mexico hit 30,000

Coronavirus deaths in Mexico have reached 30,000 deaths. The health ministry confirmed that on Saturday some 520 deaths and nearly 7,000 new cases were confirmed. Mexico has one of the highest coronavirus death tolls in the world and the second-largest in Latin America. As the country is set to restart its economy, some measures in Mexico City have been brought back due to a surge in coronavirus cases. Mexico has so far confirmed more than 256,000 coronavirus cases.

Suspected narco aircraft catches on fire after landing on highway in Quintana Roo

An aircraft believed to be transporting a shipment of drugs has caught on fire after landing on a highway in Quintana Roo, south-eastern Mexico. According to the state security secretary, the incident happened near the town of Chunhuhub on Sunday morning. Reports indicate that a lorry transporting 390kg of cocaine was intercepted in a nearby location. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the plane departed from Venezuela. In recent years, cartels in Mexico have adopted high-speed aircraft - such as the Gulfstream, Hawker and Learjet - to transport drugs and weapons from South America. Mexican authorities claim that a large majority of them depart from Venezuela.

Police recover dozens of bodies is mass grave near Guadalajara, Jalisco

Police have recovered dozens of plastic bags containing human remains in the western state of Jalisco. Reports from local prosecutors confirmed on Wednesday that the findings were made nearly two weeks ago in the Santa Anita area in San Pedro Tlaquepaque. Authorities claimed the victims were found during a search for a missing woman. A similar incident was also reported days earlier in the town of Zapopan. In the first months of 2020, more than 200 bodies were found in clandestine grave around Guadalajara. Violence in Jalisco is mainly attributed to disputes and expansion aspirations of the infamous Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG).

Enhanced border restrictions to be imposed in Sonora

Enhanced border restrictions will be imposed in the northern state of Sonora following a surge in coronavirus cases in neighbouring Arizona. As the number of coronavirus cases continues to increase in the southern US, some Mexican states have requested the temporary closure of the border. State governors are expected to allow only essential travel between the US and Mexico. Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich said that she had already notified her Arizonan counterpart. In total, Mexican states located along the US border have reported some 35,000 coronavirus cases.

Strong 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit Oaxaca

A strong 5.5-magnitude earthquake has been recorded in Oaxaca, southern Mexico. The incident happened just a week after 10 people died in the country when another powerful quake hit the same region. According to official reports, the latest quake had its epicentre near the town of Pinotepa Nacional. Initially, no major damage or casualties were reported in the area.

Scores killed in armed raid at rehab centre in Irapuato, Guanajuato

At least 24 people have been killed and several others have been injured in an armed attack in Guanajuato. According to reports, the attack happened at a drug rehabilitation centre in the city of Irapuato. State authorities said that investigations have been launched. Spiralling levels of violence have been reported in Guanajuato due to intense disputes between rival criminal groups, especially involving the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel and the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG). It is still unknown if they are involved in the latest incident. This is the second attack against a rehab centre in Irapuato in less than a month.

Three coronavirus cases confirmed in migrant camp, Matamoros

Three asylum seekers at a migrant camp in the border city of Matamoros have tested positive for coronavirus. According to reports, these are the first coronavirus cases to be confirmed in the settlement. According to the NGO Global Response Management, the patients have already been isolated. It is estimated that 2,000 people are housed in the camp located along the Rio Grande. Health officials have previously raised concerns over the camp's vulnerability to the virus. Reuters reported that most of the migrants are waiting for the results of their asylum requests to the US.

Former PEMEX chief to cooperate with corruption probe

The former head of the state-owned PEMEX has agreed to return to Mexico and cooperate with a corruption investigation. Emilio Lozoya was arrested in southern Spain in February and has an international warrant for his arrest issued. Lozoya was accused of receiving bribes from the Brazilian-based Odebrecht. Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero has not said when Lozoya will return to Mexico. In 2017, Odebrecht executives directly implicated Lozoya, who denied any wrongdoing.

Suspect in 2014 disappearance case of student teachers detained

A suspect in a case investigating the disappearance of 43 student teachers in 2014 has been arrested. Prosecutors have accused a man known as Angel Casarrubias for alleged involvement in the incident, which occurred in the town of Ayotzinapa, located in the restive Guerrero state. Casarrubias is accused of being a member of the Guerreros Unidos group, which widely operated in the state. Initial reports revealed that the victims were kidnapped after criminals confused them with rival gang members. However, an official government report showed that the victims were kidnapped by municipal police officers when the students were returning from a protest in the city of Iguala. Angel Casarrubias in brother to Adan, Mario and Sidronio Casarrubias, who were detained in 2014.

Scores found dead on a road in Fresnillo, Zacatecas

At least 14 people have been found dead on a road in the city of Fresnillo, Zacatecas. State officials said that the bodies were found wrapped in blankets on a federal highway 45 in Cerro Gordo area. Authorities are still investigating who is behind the incident and who the victims are. Zacatecas has one of the highest murder rates in Mexico. Violence in the state is mostly attributed to recent disputes between the Sinaloa Cartel and the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG). The incident happened following reports of clashes in the town of Juan Aldama, also in Zacatecas.

CDMX police chief injured in armed attack

Mexico City's Security Secretary Omar Garcia has been injured in an armed attack in the capital. Mexico City (CDMX) Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said that he is currently in a stable condition. She said that there have been a number of fatalities and that at least 12 people were detained. According to the police, the shooters were armed with sniper rifles and grenades. The incident happened in the capital's Paseo de la Reforma. It is still unclear who is behind the attack.

Mexico records 947 new coronavirus deaths

A further 947 coronavirus deaths have been confirmed in Mexico, the second-highest daily increase since the pandemic hit the country. Data from the health ministry also showed that the number of cases has increased by more than 5,400, bringing the total to nearly 187,000. Mexico and Brazil have reported the highest number of coronavirus cases in Latin America. Several businesses will be allowed to reopen from next month, but the reopening of some other activities has been postponed.

Scores killed in violent clashes in Culiacan, Sinaloa

At least 16 people have been found dead following several shootings in Culiacan, Sinaloa. Local media reported that the incidents happened in the Tepuche, Bagrecitos and La Mojonera areas. Sinaloa's Security Secretary Cristobal Castaneda told AFP that after seven bodies were initially found, another nine bodies were recovered. It is still unknown who is behind the incidents. Culiacan is a stronghold of the Sinaloa Cartel, but there have been clashes between rival groups since the cartel's leader, El Chapo, was extradited to the US.

Saharan dust approaches Mexico

Health authorities in Mexico have issued a warning as a massive Saharan dust cloud approaches Mexico. Deputy Health Secretary Hugo Lopez-Gatell urged people with respiratory and heart conditions to remain vigilant and take the necessary precautions to avoid inhaling the dust. People are advised to remain indoors and to keep windows and doors shut. The dust cloud has already hit the Caribbean. Saharan dust clouds are a common phenomenon during the summer months. The National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (INECC) monitors air quality across Mexico.

Newborn triplets test positive for coronavirus in San Luis Potosi

Health authorities in Mexico have confirmed that three newborn babies have tested positive for coronavirus in the central state of San Luis Potosi. According to the state health secretary, the triplets were born in early-May. Monica Rangel confirmed that the children's mother has also tested positive. It is still unclear if the babies contracted the virus in the womb or after they were born. Mexico has so far confirmed more than 185,000 coronavirus cases, including more than 22,000 deaths.

Navy steps up efforts to curb crime in the Gulf of Mexico

The Navy has announced that a large military contingent has been deployed to the Gulf of Mexico as part of a crackdown on piracy. According to reports, 15 ships, 24 patrol boats and five aircraft were deployed to the region. Incidents of criminals targeting vessels and oil platforms have been on the rise. Earlier this month, the US State Department issued an alert over increasing levels of criminality in the Gulf region, where criminals mainly "target commercial vessels, oil platforms, and offshore supply vessels in the Bay of Campeche.” In November, criminals targeted an Italian-flagged ship in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche. The vessel was owned by a contractor that supplied services to the local oil industry.

Six killed after powerful earthquake hit Oaxaca

At least six people have been killed after a powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit Oaxaca, southern Mexico. According to reports, 30 people were injured. The National Seismologic Service (SSN) said that it had its epicentre near the town of Crucecita at 10:29 local time. Initially, the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued tsunami warnings to the area and most of the Central American coast. Authorities confirmed that minor damage was reported in some infrastructure, including a PEMEX facility. The quake was also felt in Mexico City. Oaxaca is vulnerable to earthquakes. In 2017, at least 90 people died in an 8.1-magnitude quake.

Powerful earthquake triggers tsunami alert in Oaxaca

The US National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) has issued a tsunami alert to the coast of the southern state of Oaxaca. The alert comes after a powerful 7.1-magnitude quake was recorded near the town of Crucecita on Tuesday morning. No evacuation orders have been issued so far. People in the area are recommended to follow the advice from the local authorities.

Powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake rattles Oaxaca

A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake has been recorded in the southern state of Oaxaca. According to the Mexican National Seismologic Service (SSN), the quake struck on Tuesday at 10:29 local time. Its epicentre was several kilometres south-east of Crucecita and had a depth of 10 kilometres. Initially, no casualties nor major damage were reported. Oaxaca is extremely vulnerable to earthquakes. On Monday, two other strong earthquakes were confirmed in the same area. Visitors should follow the recommendations from the local authorities and alerts from the SSN.

Scores killed as gunmen raid indigenous community in Oaxaca

At least 15 people have been killed after gunmen raided an indigenous village in Oaxaca. State prosecutors said that investigations have been launched into the attack that happened in the town of San Mateo del Mar, which is located near the port of Salina Cruz. Local authorities claimed that several people were tortured and burned to death when at least six gunmen raided the town. The incident happened as protests broke out in the area of Huazantlan del Rio, which emerged after roadblocks were set up in recent weeks. Some groups accused the local government of fueling violence in the area. San Mateo del Mar houses a large Ikoots indigenous community.

Cartel leader threatens government after his mother's detention

The leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel has reportedly threatened the government after his mother was arrested in a police operation. Jose Yepez, alias 'El Marro', featured in an online video where he said: “I’m going to be a stone in your shoe. I’m going to blow up, you will see." El Marro's mother was reportedly arrested in a major operation in Celaya, Guanajuato. The veracity of the threats could not be independently confirmed. A number of Santa Rosa de Lima members were detained over the weekend. Last October, violence spread across the Sinaloan town of Culiacan after the police arrested the son of 'El Chapo'. In order to ease tensions, President AMLO ordered the release of Ovidio Guzman.

Six police officers gunned down in ambush in Tetipac, Guerrero

Six police officers have been killed and several others injured following an armed attack in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. According to official reports, the ambush happened in the town of Tetipac during a police patrol. State authorities confirmed that the attack happened just after an operation targeting a criminal group led by Roberto Carlos Z, alias 'El Pelon'. Guerrero is considered one of the most dangerous states in Mexico due to territorial disputes linked to lucrative poppy fields.

Police detain dozens of Santa Rosa de Lima members in Guanajuato

Dozens of members of the infamous Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel have been arrested in a major police operation in Guanajuato. State authorities said that the joint operation targeted cartel members in the rural area of Celaya. The Santa Rosa de Lima operates in Guanajuato and often engages in clashes with the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG). Over the weekend, the US Embassy in Mexico City issued an alert over unofficial roadblocks set up around Celaya.

Several sanctioned for dealing with the Venezuelan government

Several companies and individuals in Mexico have been slapped with US sanctions for dealing with the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Three individuals and their companies were included in the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). In a statement, the US Treasury said that those individuals benefited the Venezuelan oil company PDVSA. Among those targeted include Joaquin Leal Jimenez, Olga Zepeda Esparza and Veronica Esparza Garcia. They are accused of being part of a network set up by Venezuela's Oil Minister Tareck El Aissami that allowed the Venezuelan government to evade US sanctions.

Restrictions along US-Mexico border extended

The foreign ministry has confirmed a 30-day extension on border restrictions with the US. Currently, non-essential travel between both countries is banned. With the extension, the restrictions will remain in place until 21 July. The initial agreement was reached in March to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Last week, AP reported that the US government was analysing reports of a surge in coronavirus cases in some bordering states that could be related to travel from Mexico. Reports indicate that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will investigate local outbreaks in Arizona. So far, Mexico has reported more than 18,000 coronavirus deaths.

Federal judge gunned down in Colima

A federal judge has been gunned down alongside his wife in the western state of Colima. AP reported that gunmen raided the residence of Judge Uriel Villegas in Colima and killed both victims in front of their children. Investigations into the killings have been launched. Colima is one of the most violent states in Mexico. Government officials have been previously targeted in the state. El Universal reported that Villegas presided over cases of drug-trafficking and organised crime. He had previously been involved in high-profile cases against infamous criminal leaders.

President AMLO open to selling fuel to Venezuela

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has said that he is open to selling fuel to Venezuela despite US sanctions being imposed against his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolas Maduro. He claimed that no official requests have been made to the Mexican government. AMLO added that the concession would be made on humanitarian grounds. Venezuela has been facing increasing fuel shortages exacerbated by US sanctions. Recently tankers from Iran delivered fuel to Venezuela. AMLO's potential move could affect Mexico's already strained relations with the US, which is currently considering further action against Iran for last month's fuel delivery.

President Lopez Obrador denies death of CJNG leader

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has denied reports that the leader of the infamous Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) has been killed. During his morning briefings, President Lopez Obrador said that the reports of the death or detention of alias 'El Mencho' are false. Reports on El Mencho's death and detention emerged last week. El Mencho is the most wanted criminal in Mexico. He is also wanted in the US, where the government has offered up to $10m for information leading to his capture. In the US, the DEA labels the CJNG as a transnational criminal organisation. The CJNG is considered one of the most powerful cartels in Mexico, reportedly operating in at least 25 states.

Health centre set ablaze during protest in Chiapas

A health centre in the southern town of Villa Las Rosas, Chiapas, has been set on fire after a protest against coronavirus measures. EFE reported that the town hall was also vandalised when hundreds of people took to the streets on Thursday. Locals demanded that the government stops fumigation operations in the town and to stop releasing preventative guidelines. For several hours, people armed with sticks and rocks blocked the town's main road. According to official data, Chiapas has so far reported nearly 3,000 coronavirus cases and more than 200 deaths.

Coronavirus deaths in Mexico hit 15,000

Coronavirus deaths in Mexico have hit 15,000 as more than 700 fatalities were confirmed in the last 24 hours. Data from the health ministry shows that more than 120,000 cases were confirmed in Mexico. The epicentre of the virus in the country is in Mexico City and Estado de Mexico. The government has reiterated that the country has not yet reached its coronavirus peak. Mexico and Brazil have reported most coronavirus cases and deaths in Latin America. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently designated the region the current epicentre of the pandemic, with recent data showing that Latin America has surpassed 70,000 coronavirus deaths.

US teenager killed in police shooting in Oaxaca

Local police in the southern state of Oaxaca have gunned down a US teenager. Media reports said that the 16-year-old victim was shot dead on Tuesday evening when returning from a shop in Acatlan de Perez. Local media said that the teenager died when police officers opened fire from a patrol vehicle. The victim, identified as Alexander, was on a motorcycle with another 15-year-old. An investigation has been opened. Alexander was staying at his grandparents' home in the town. The incident happens as violent protests have been reported in Mexico against police brutality.

Prominent labour lawyer detained in Matamoros, Tamaulipas

A prominent labour lawyer has been detained for leading a number of protests against maquiladoras in the northern state of Tamaulipas. Susana Prieto was arrested in the border city of Matamoros, where she had previously led demonstrations and strikes in local export factories. Prosecutors have accused her of threatening members of a local workers' board and preventing staff from heading to work. She is also accused of coercion and of inciting civil unrest. Protests broke out near the prosecutor's office in Matamoros, forcing Prieto to be moved to Ciudad Victoria.

Scores killed in alcohol poisoning incident in Guerrero

Health officials have confirmed that 18 people have died in the latest alcohol poisoning outbreak in Mexico. Reports indicate that the latest incident happened in the town of Tlapa de Comonfort in the south-western state of Guerrero. AP reported that people drinking distilled liquour from little-known brands have died just after being taken to the hospital. During the coronavirus outbreak, it is estimated that some 100 people have died after drinking tainted alcohol. Some areas in Mexico have introduced restrictions on the trade of alcohol, forcing people to find cheap alternatives.

Masked protesters vandalise shops in Mexico City

Dozens of people have taken to the streets of Mexico City to protest against police violence in Mexico. Masked demonstrators vandalised shops and commercial venues in the capital after marching along the Paseo de la Reforma Avenue, in the central area of the capital. Protests in Mexico broke out after the death of Giovanni Lopez, who died while in police custody. Lopez was reportedly detained over allegations that he failed to wear a face mask. Civil unrest spread across several cities in Mexico, leading to police vehicles being set on fire.

Coronavirus cases in Mexico hit 120,000

Coronavirus cases in Mexico have surpassed 120,000 after nearly 3,000 new cases were confirmed in the country. According to the latest reports, Mexico's coronavirus death toll has also passed the 14,000-mark. Mexico has one of the highest overall numbers of coronavirus cases in Latin America. Most of them have been confirmed in Mexico City and Estado de Mexico.

Several killed in armed raid on rehabilitation centre in Irapuato, Guanajuato

At least 10 people have been killed after armed men targeted a drug rehabilitation centre in Guanajuato, central Mexico. AP reported that the attack happened at the Beginning a New Life centre in Irapuato. Guanajuato has reported an increase in violence attributed to the dispute between rival drug-trafficking groups, especially the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) and the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel. The groups are also engaged in extortion and fuel theft. Last December, another rehabilitation centre in Irapuato was attacked. 

Violence breaks out during protest in Guadalajara, Jalisco

Violence has spread across the city of Guadalajara after a protest against police brutality. Demonstrations broke out on Thursday, with several buildings were vandalised and police vehicles set on fire. Reuters reported that the incident allegedly happened after a local was detained for not wearing a face mask, which is a requirement in Mexico as part of coronavirus measures. The incident happens as civil unrest has been reported across major cities in the Americas and Europe against racial discrimination, police brutality and inequality.

Tropical Storm Cristobal forecast to weaken into depression

Tropical Storm Cristobal is forecast to weaken into a tropical depression as the system continues to affect southern Mexico. Initial projections showed that the storm would move northwards to the Gulf of Mexico, but it has since shifted slightly south towards the Guatemalan border. Cristobal has already affected Central America and is forecast to bring further rainfall and strong winds across the Yucatan Peninsula. Mudslides could also affect some areas. For further information, people are advised to follow updates from the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).

More than 1,000 new coronavirus deaths reported in Mexico

Mexico has reported its highest daily increase in coronavirus deaths since the pandemic hit the country. According to the health ministry, 1,092 fatalities were confirmed in the last 24 hours. Nearly 4,000 new coronavirus cases have also been reported in Mexico. The government said that this sharp increase is attributed to improved tracking of the virus, especially in Mexico City. Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said: “Over the past 20 or 25 days, we have had various cases that were slowly passed on to the registry, for various reasons. A technical committee has specifically been carrying out complementary methods." Mexico has already surpassed 100,000 coronavirus cases, including nearly 12,000 deaths - some 73,000 people have already recovered.

Missing lawmaker found dead in Colima

Police have recovered the body of Anel Bueno, a state lawmaker for the western state of Colima who was kidnapped more than a month ago. Bueno went missing after gunmen abducted her in the town of Ixtlahuacan on 29 April. She was taking part in a campaign to raise awareness on the coronavirus pandemic. Bueno was a member of the ruling National Regeneration Movement (MORENA). Her body was found in a shallow clandestine grave. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has lamented her death and said that arrests have already been made. Colima is one of the most dangerous states in Mexico due to its location in the Pacific. Colima houses the port of Manzanillo, a key drug-trafficking hub in the region. It borders the states of Jalisco and Michoacan.

Weather warnings remain active as Tropical Storm Cristobal hits Mexico

Weather warnings remain active in southern Mexico as Tropical Storm Cristobal slowly moves along the Yucatan Peninsula. Heavy rainfall could bring widespread flooding and landslides to states in the region. Among the areas of highest risk include the western areas of Campeche, eastern Tabasco and northern Chiapas. According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), Cristobal will slowly move along the coast of Campeche and Yucatan before heading to the Gulf of Mexico on Friday evening. People should follow updates from the NHC and the Mexican National Met Service (SMN). Cristobal is the third named storm in the current Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Intelligence unit freezes hundreds of CJNG bank accounts

Around 2,000 bank accounts that are believed to be linked to the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) have been frozen. The finance ministry's Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) said in a statement that the move is part of an operation that has been planned for several months. Most of the accounts frozen are from private individuals, but at least 160 of them are from companies. The CJNG is considered one of the most powerful cartels in Mexico. It has quickly expanded across the country and has engaged in violent clashes with Los Viagras and La Familia Michoacana.

Government claims that Mexico has reached coronavirus peak

Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell has said that Mexico has already reached its coronavirus peak. During a press conference, he said: "The coronavirus epidemic is at its maximum level of intensity". Mexico has reported 470 new coronavirus deaths and nearly 3,900 additional cases in the last 24 hours. In total, the country has had almost 100,000 cases that include over 10,000 deaths. The government has already acknowledged that numbers could be much higher. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has recently planned the reopening of some industries to end the economic shutdown in Mexico.

Coronavirus deaths in Mexico surpass 10,000

Coronavirus deaths in Mexico have surpassed 10,000 after more than 200 fatalities were confirmed in the last 24 hours. According to the health ministry, 237 new coronavirus deaths were confirmed from 2,771 cases. Mexico's coronavirus cases are nearing 100,000 as the government prepares to reopen the economy and lift some restrictions. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has already announced the resumption of operations in the auto, mining and construction industries.

Tropical Storm Cristobal to affect southern Mexico

Widespread flooding and intense rainfall are forecast to impact southern Mexico as Tropical Storm Cristobal hits the Bay of Campeche. A tropical storm warning has been issued to some coastal areas in the Caribbean, especially to states in the Yucatan Peninsula. Intense rainfall could affect the states of Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Tabasco, Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast that Cristobal will move northwards in the Gulf of Mexico and strengthen into a tropical storm as it nears Lousiana. According to the Mexican National Met Service (SMN), Cristobal is set to move along the coast of Campeche until Saturday.

Remnants of Topical Storm Amanda to bring heavy rainfall to southern Mexico

Heavy rainfall is forecast to hit southern Mexico as the remnants of the Eastern Pacific Tropical Storm Amanda are expected to move around the Bay of Campeche. According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), Amanda may strengthen into a tropical depression if it moves to the Atlantic later this week. In the next few days, the National Weather Service (SMN) forecasts that inclement weather could affect most southern states in Mexico, especially Veracruz, Oaxaca, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan and Chiapas. Weather systems in Mexico are expected to become more frequent after the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. which usually lasts until November. 

Coronavirus cases in Mexico surpass 80,000

Mexico has already hit 80,000 coronavirus cases after more than 3,000 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours. According to official reports from the health ministry, more than 9,000 people have already died of coronavirus. Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said that Mexico City is still the epicentre of the coronavirus in Mexico. He highlighted previous claims that the number of cases could be much higher due to asymptomatic patients. From Monday, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is expected to announce the easing of some restrictions in the country. Those are set to be gradually lifted state-by-state through a so-called 'traffic light' system.

Coronavirus cases in Mexico hit 70,000

Coronavirus cases in Mexico have reached 70,000 after more than 2,400 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours. Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gattel said that 71,105 people have tested positive for coronavirus. According to government data, the states where there is the highest incidence of active cases include CDMX, Veracruz, Puebla, Estado de Mexico, Sinaloa, Baja California and Tabasco. Last week, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that the coronavirus pandemic could significantly hit the Mexican economy, resulting in the loss of around one million jobs.

Sinaloa Cartel's former hit squad leader killed in Culiacan

A fugitive member of the Sinaloa Cartel has been gunned down in a rural area of Culiacan, Sinaloa. State prosecutors confirmed that Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa, alias 'El Chino Antrax', was found dead alongside two of his family members. El Chino Antrax was detained at a US prison since 2014 but he recently escaped while on conditional release. He had reportedly reached a deal with the US Justice Department after being arrested in the Netherlands. Reports suggest that El Chino Antrax fled from San Diego, California, and died days after arriving in Culiacan. He used to play a major role in the Sinaloa Cartel as the leader of its hit squad, known as 'Los Antrax'.

President AMLO confirms investigation on Pena Nieto's companies

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has ordered a probe into the award of government contracts to businesses linked to former President Enrique Pena Nieto and his family. El Universal reported that the investigations concern deals reaching up to $640m with the company Plasti-Esteril and its owner, Baxter International Inc. Baxter said that the Pena Nieto family had sold their shares just a year after the company was established. Last month, President AMLO denied allegations over another probe into President Pena Nieto's family and their bank accounts.

Journalist gunned down in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora

A journalist has been killed after gunmen targeted him and his security detail in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora. Jorge Armenta was the director of the Medios Obson, and has received a number of death threats over the last few months. Armenta was killed alongside a police officer on Saturday afternoon as they were leaving a restaurant located in the central area of the city. State authorities said that investigations have been launched. At least six media professionals have been killed in Mexico so far this year. Journalists who cover news on politics, rights abuses and security are often targeted in Mexico.

Foreign minister's spokesman tests positive for coronavirus

The spokesman for Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard has tested positive for coronavirus. Roberto Velasco said that he tested positive and said that he will self-isolate. Ebrard is one of the closest members in the government to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. He was recently part of a press briefing that involved President AMLO himself; however, Velasco said he had not recently been in direct contact with the president. Animal Politico reported that an official working for the president's office died earlier this week after contracting the coronavirus. On Tuesday Mexico reported its highest daily death increase, bringing the total to 4,220.

Death toll in tainted alcohol crisis surpasses 100

More than 100 people have died after reportedly drinking tainted alcohol across Mexico. The death toll of the current crisis has significantly increased since the first cases were reported in the western state of Jalisco back in late- April. Reforma reported that some communities in Mexico have resorted to bootleg alcohol after major beer and spirit distributors suspended operations amid the coronavirus pandemic. Incidents have been reported in the states of Jalisco, Puebla, Yucatan and Morelos. The government is currently investigating the incidents and the sale of tainted alcohol.

Environmentalist shot dead at a ranch in Oaxaca

An environmentalist based in the south-western state of Oaxaca has been murdered in the town of San Agustin Loxicha. El Universal reported that Eugui Roy was killed at a farm last week. Roy was a member of a local environmental protection group and a biology student. It is still unclear who is behind the incident. Environmentalists in Mexico are sporadically targeted by criminal groups. So far this year, at least four environmentalists were killed across the country.

Dozens die after consuming tainted alcohol in Morelos and Puebla

Dozens of people have died after consuming tainted alcohol in the states of Morelos and Puebla. According to reports, at least 46 people have died in both states. Authorities believe that some of the adulterated beverages were consumed during the Mothers' Day celebration and funerals. A similar case was reported last month in the state of Jalisco, where at least 20 people died. In some states and cities in Mexico, the sale of alcohol has been prohibited due to the coronavirus crisis.

President AMLO extends security policy until 2024

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has extended a security policy that will allow the armed forces to patrol the streets across Mexico. Under the law, which will now expire in 2024, the military will be under the command of the National Guard (GN) during patrol duties. Despite coronavirus restrictions being implemented in Mexico, violence has significantly increased in some states. In March, over 3,000 deaths were reported in the country, the highest monthly total ever recorded.

Several killed as tornado rips through Apodaca, Nuevo Leon

At least three people have died after a powerful tornado hit the north-eastern city of Apodaca, Nuevo Leon. According to reports, at least 10 people have been injured while extensive damage was reported in major roads and several buildings. Tornadoes sporadically occur in Mexico. According to an academic study, the most vulnerable states are located in the country's east coast.

Los Zetas regional leader dies of coronavirus at prison in Jalisco

An infamous drug-lord linked to an off-shoot of the Los Zetas cartel has died in prison after testing positive for coronavirus. Moises Escamilla May, also known as 'Gordo May', was detained at the Puente Grande federal prison in El Salto, Jalisco. He was arrested back in 2008 and was serving a 37-year-sentence. Gordo May dominated the drug market in Cancun and its surrounding areas through his 'Zetas Vieja Escuela'. In total, 74 coronavirus cases were confirmed at Puente Grande.

Dozens test positive for coronavirus at retirement home in Nuevo Leon

At least 50 people among patients and staff members of a retirement home in Nuevo Leon have tested positive for coronavirus. State health minister Manuel de la O confirmed the outbreak at the Casa de Retiro Luiz Elizondo in the town of Guadalupe, located east of Monterrey. In total, nearly 28,000 cases have been confirmed in Colombia, including more than 2,700 deaths. Outbreaks in retirement homes and nursing facilities remain a concern in Latin America, the US and Europe.

Government launches major plan ahead of coronavirus peak in Mexico

Mexico's government has launched a two-part plan as the country is claimed to be reaching its coronavirus peak. The military has been deployed nationwide as part of the Plan DN-III and the Plan Marina, which will support critical areas affected by the coronavirus pandemic, which include the states of Quintana Roo, Tabasco, CDMX and Estado de Mexico. Mexico's Deputy Health Secretary Hugo Lopez-Gatell fears that the peak of infections in the country could be on Wednesday, 6 May. More than 23,000 cases were confirmed in Mexico, including 2,000 deaths.

Police open fire at a bus during student protest in Morelia, Michoacan

State prosecutors are investigating an incident involving the police and students in the south-western state of Michoacan. EFE reported that police officers opened fire at a bus after the vehicle failed to stop at a police checkpoint near Morelia. According to the police, student associations stole a bus from a local company to stage protests across the region. Several students were detained in the town of Tiripetio and were expected to block local railways. Incidents were also reported on a major highway towards Lazaro Cardenas. Protests broke out after the government announced the reduction to the number of admissions in 'normalista' schools across Michoacan.

Scores killed after consuming tainted alcohol in Jalisco

At least 16 people have been killed after consuming tainted alcohol in Jalisco. EFE reported that the deaths happened earlier this week across the towns of Mazamitla and Tamazuila. Reports indicate that the victims have consumed 96 percent alcohol which had also been tainted with methanol. Health authorities in Jalisco fear that other cases may emerge. In some states and cities in Mexico, the sale of alcohol has been prohibited due to the coronavirus crisis.

Rights activist gunned down near Acapulco, Guerrero

A rights activist has been shot dead alongside his son in the restive state of Guerrero, south-western Mexico. AP reported that Jesus Memije was gunned down in the town of Coyuca de Benitez on Friday. Memije worked for the state human rights commission. He is the fourth activist to be killed in Mexico so far this year. Guerrero is one of the most violent states in Mexico.

NHC records earliest ever storm in the Eastern North Pacific

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) has identified the earliest ever recorded tropical cyclone to be formed in the Eastern North Pacific region. According to the latest reports, Tropical Depression One-E formed hundreds of kilometres south of Baja California Sur and sustained winds reaching up to 55kph. The storm has already dissipated and poses no risks to land. Tropical storm activity usually starts to develop in mid-May ahead of the Atlantic Hurricane Season later in June.

PEMEX to evacuate offshore workers to curb coronavirus spread

PEMEX has started to evacuate some workers from its offshore oil platforms to curb the spread of coronavirus. Non-essential personnel will be evacuated, while platforms will operate on a limited capacity. Last week, more than 200 PEMEX workers were taken to Playa del Carmen. Some media reports suggest that thousands of workers could be returned to land. Oil output is expected to be affected, while OPEC countries have discussed plans to stabilise crude prices. Mexico's total offshore oil production is estimated to be of 1.4m bpd and are largely collected from the Gulf. 

Health ministry confirms 1,000 coronavirus deaths

Mexico's health ministry has announced that the number of coronavirus-related deaths has surpassed 1,000. According to official data, the country has 11,600 cases confirmed. Reports show that most cases have been confirmed in Estado de Mexico, Mexico City and Baja California. A large number of cases are also reported in Sinaloa and Tabasco. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has recently announced the introduction of severe austerity measures, which will include a hiring freeze, government salary cuts and the end of 10 departments.

Kidnapping cases suffer increase despite coronavirus restrictions

Kidnapping numbers in Mexico have suffered an increase despite coronavirus measures being implemented nationwide. According to reports from the NGO Alto al Secuestro, recorded cases of kidnapping in Mexico increased five percent between February and March. The NGO added that the number of people affected by this crime has increased by 14 percent. Reports indicate that most incidents were reported in Veracruz, Estado de Mexico and Guanajuato. Although the government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has launched strict coronavirus measures, criminality levels - including homicide - across the country have generally increased.

Pena Nieto reportedly targeted in corruption probe

Former President Enrique Pena Nieto has reportedly been put under investigation for alleged corruption. El Universal reported that the Civil Service Secretary (SFP) has requested access to his bank accounts. Bank records of his ex-wife and four of his sons are also reportedly being targeted. According to reports, authorities have requested bank details between 2012 and 2018, the period when he was president. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has rejected claims that any investigation against Pena Nieto was opened. Despite AMLO remarks, several officials close to Pena Nieto have been removed from office and targeted in corruption investigations since he took office.

Protests break out along US border after workers die of coronavirus

Protests have erupted along the US border after a spate in the number of deaths involving workers of US companies in northern Mexico. According to several companies, at least four workers have died in recent weeks after testing positive for coronavirus. Reuters reported that demonstrations have already occurred in the bordering towns of Mexicali, Ciudad Juarez, Reynosa and Tijuana. Mexico's government has issued strict measures on companies working on non-essential activities. Some have already suspended operations and sent workers home with partial pay and benefits.

National Guard deployed to secure medical facilities across Mexico

Mexico's National Guard (GN) has been deployed to secure dozens of medical facilities nationwide. As the cases of coronavirus continue to increase across the country, the Citizens Protection and Security Secretary announced that GN soldiers will secure 84 facilities run by the Mexican Social Security Institute in 18 states and Mexico City. So far, Mexico has reported 449 deaths related to coronavirus and nearly 6,000 cases. Despite lockdown measures being enforced nationwide, incidents of violence are still being frequently reported across the country.

Coronavirus lockdown measures extended until 30 May

Deputy Health Secretary Hugo Lopez-Gatell has announced that the coronavirus lockdown in Mexico will be extended until at least 30 May. Lopez-Gatell argued that the decision was based on scientific advice. However, social distancing guidelines will start to be gradually lifted from mid-May, while some states and cities with low rates of infection could start lifting other restrictions. Until 30 April, non-essential services will remain shut and large gatherings are also prohibited. Special restrictions have been imposed on the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions.

Police recovers cargo of hand sanitizer gel stolen in Estado de Mexico

Police have recovered a stolen lorry that was transporting a cargo of hand sanitizer gel in Estado de Mexico. According to federal authorities, the attack happened on the outskirts of Mexico City. AP reported that in total, a dozen drums of hand sanitizer were stolen and later recovered in the town of Tecamac. Cargo theft in Mexico often occurs. As the government has ordered companies to end non-essential production, some businesses still operating have become targets of criminal groups.

MORENA senator quits party due to political differences

A senator of the ruling National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) has announced that he is quitting the party. Lily Tellez, who is a senator for the northern state of Sonora, has announced on social media that she is quitting MORENA due to differences of opinion. Tellez becomes the first senator to quit the party since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) took office in 2018. This is the latest blow to the AMLO administration, which levels of popularity have drastically fallen. For 15 weeks, his support dropped due to concerns over the economy and the coronavirus response. Other reasons for concern are related to the security situation in Mexico.

Coronavirus cases surpass 5,000

Mexico's health ministry has confirmed that confirmed coronavirus cases in the country have surpassed 5,000. Hugo Lopez-Gattel, the deputy health minister, has said that 350 new cases were confirmed on Monday. In total, 332 deaths have already been confirmed in Mexico. He reiterated that those numbers may be much higher. Previously, the government acknowledged that coronavirus cases in Mexico could be as high as 26,000.

Mexico's coronavirus cases top 3,000

Coronavirus cases in Mexico have surpassed 3,000, while the government forecast a significant increase in the number of infections across the country. Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell has said that government models suggest that up to 26,000 people could be infected with the virus. He argued that although a much lower number of cases were confirmed, a large majority of cases could be asymptomatic or not yet diagnosed. Mexico's coronavirus death toll currently sits at 174.

Environmentalist killed amid wave of violence in Veracruz

An environmentalist has been shot down in the south-eastern state of Veracruz amid a wave of violence on Wednesday. Adan Vez Lira was highly opposed to open-air mines in the state. He was killed in the town of Actopan. Elsewhere in Veracruz, at least 10 people were killed in separate incidents in Martinez de la Torre, Papantla and Yanga. Veracruz is considered one of the most dangerous states in Mexico. Incidents are mainly motivated by territorial dispute involving the Los Zetas, Cartel Jalisco New Generation and the Gulf Cartel.

Scores killed in cartel-related shooting in Chihuahua

At least 19 people have been killed in a violent shootout in the northern state of Chihuahua. According to state officials, two criminal factions engaged in a violent confrontation in the town of Madera. The incident happened on Friday evening, where the police recovered the bodies from the streets. Authorities claim that the clashes involved rival factions linked to the Juarez and Sinaloa cartels. Disputes in Chihuahua are mainly attributed over the control of drug-trafficking routes to the US.

Gang violence persists amid coronavirus outbreak

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has said that despite sweeping measures to address the spread of the coronavirus, gang violence continues to be reported across the country. During his daily press briefing, President AMLO said: “It seemed in late March, when the coronavirus had become more widespread, that we would have a considerable reduction. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that way.” According to reports, more than 2,500 homicides were confirmed in Mexico during March, the highest number to ever be recorded in the country.

Journalist gunned down in Papantla, Veracruz

A journalist has been killed after gunmen targeted her on the streets of Papantla, Veracruz. Maria Elena Ferral was shot at least four times after men riding a motorcycle approached her. Reports indicate that she had just left from a city office. Ferral worked for the newspaper El Diario de Xalapa and another web-based news outlet. She focused her work on crime and corruption articles. She is the first journalist to be killed in Mexico this year. Journalists are often attacked in Mexico due to their work. Since President AMLO took office in December 2018, at least 12 were killed.

UIF blocks several bank accounts linked to Sinaloa Cartel

Mexico's Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) has said that several companies have had their accounts frozen for suspicion of involvement with the infamous Sinaloa Cartel. UIF confirmed that in total five companies and nine individuals were targeted for alleged money laundering. Reports indicate they had stored up to $60m amongst them. AP reported that among those accounts blocked are four linked to Rafael Caro Quintero, one of the most wanted Mexican drug lords by the US DEA.

Intense shootings reported around Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

Intense shootings have been reported on the streets of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. Social media accounts claimed that gunmen have erected roadblocks across some areas of the city on Wednesday. Reports from the local US consulate confirmed that incidents broke out across the bordering city. In recent months, Nuevo Laredo has experienced spiralling levels of violence mainly attributed to members of the Cartel del Noroeste (CDN) which widely operate across Tamaulipas.

Scores of US spring breakers tested positive for coronavirus

A group of 28 US students who returned from their spring break holidays in Mexico have tested positive for coronavirus. According to officials in Texas, the patients had just returned from the resort city of Cabo San Lucas. They were part of a group of 70 students which headed to Mexico on a chartered flight. Mexican authorities have dismissed the allegations that the students contracted the virus there. Reports show that Baja California Sur, where Cabo San Lucas is located, has already reported 17 cases of coronavirus. According to data from the Mexican health ministry, more than 1,200 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed nationwide, including 29 deaths.

Health emergency declared as coronavirus cases surpass 1,000

The government has declared a health emergency after the number of coronavirus cases surpassed 1,000. Although the federal government has relatively downplayed the coronavirus threat in the country, health officials have launched enhanced measures to address the spread of the virus. At least 28 people have died after contracting the disease. As part of the new measures, large gatherings will be banned, while some activities considered non-essential will be suspended. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said that the emergency will last until at least 30 April.

Local farmers set vehicles on fire during water protest in Chihuahua

Several roads have been blocked as part of a protest led by farmers in the northern state of Chihuahua. Vehicles have been set on fire after protesters blocked a major highway when the government released the water of major dam to the US. The situation is part of a deal to pay outstanding debt. Governor Javier Corral has condemned the decision of the federal government. The Mexican water commission, CONAGUA, has said that in order to ease the protests, the water release from the La Boquilla dam has returned to normal. Legally, as part of a 1944 treaty, both countries exchange water during a period of five years, but since 2018, Mexico has fallen behind.

Police investigate spate of robberies across Mexico

Police across Mexico are investigating a spate of robberies targeting local businesses and shops reported nationwide. AP reported that cases of widespread looting and robberies are being investigated across Mexico after messages being shared on social media. Incidents have reportedly occurred in Mexico City and several other cities. Curfews and other restrictive measures were imposed on state and local levels, but federal authorities are not enforcing a lockdown.

Federal government to suspend activities amid coronavirus outbreak

Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell has said that the federal government will come to a halt as the country prepares to address the coronavirus threat. Lopez-Gatell told reporters that all non-essential activities of the federal government will be suspended. Mexico has launched far more relaxed measures against the coronavirus when compared with its neighbours in Central America. So far, the ministry of health has confirmed more than 460 coronavirus cases, including six deaths.

Local environmentalist gunned down in Jiutepec, Morelos

A local environmental activist has been gunned down in Morelos, central Mexico. According to the National Human Rights Commission, Isaac Medrado Herrera was murdered on Monday in the town of Jiutepec. Herrera was known for defending rural areas near Cuernavaca. He was mainly against the construction of a major house development project known as Los Venados. Activists and environmentalists are often a target in Mexico. At least two others have also been killed in 2020.

Severe weather heavily affects northern Mexico

Severe weather conditions are heavily affecting several states in northern Mexico. According to reports, at least one person has died after a number of weather-related car accidents were reported in Tijuana. Some organisations have said that inclement weather is also significantly impacting the lives of migrants currently stranded on the US border, causing a serious humanitarian issue. Weather conditions in Tijuana and Baja California are expected to improve in the next few days.

Mexico City authorities launch measures to curb coronavirus spread

Mexico City's local government is expected to introduce new measures to address the spread of the coronavirus. CDMX Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum has announced that from Monday, 23 March, all nonessential businesses in the city will be ordered to shut. Contrary to neighbouring countries, Mexico's government has not introduced drastic measures to curb the coronavirus propagation. So far, more than 300 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Mexico, including two deaths.

Soldier killed in helicopter crash in Zongolica, Veracruz

A police officer has been killed and 10 other people have been injured after a military aircraft crashed during an operation in Veracruz, south-eastern Mexico. Governor Cuitlahuac Garcia has said that the crash happened on Saturday in Zongolica, where the military was assisting an operation to rescue kidnapping victims. Most of those on board were members of the National Guard (GN). Veracruz is notorious for the presence of violent criminal groups that are usually engaged in drug-trafficking.

US-Mexico border movement to face restrictions due to coronavirus

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard has confirmed new restrictions on border movement along the US-Mexico border. Following negotiations between both countries, it was agreed that nonessential movement between both countries will be suspended to curb the spread of the coronavirus. He said that most people that travel to the US for work or to buy emergency supplies will still be allowed to cross the border. Ebrard added that a joint coronavirus task force will be launched to monitor border areas. So far, Mexico has 164 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Contrary to other countries in the Americas, Mexico has launched far more relaxed coronavirus counter-measures.

Government confirms first coronavirus death in Mexico

Mexico's health secretary has confirmed the first coronavirus death in the country. According to reports, the patient was a 41-year-old man who was under intensive care at the National Institute for Respiratory Disease (INER) in Mexico City. So far, the government has confirmed 118 cases of coronavirus. Officials claim that all cases already confirmed are imported. Contingency measures have already been implemented in the country, such as the limitation of large public gatherings.

Four clandestine graves found in Reynosa, Tamaulipas

Four clandestine graves have been found in the bordering city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas. According to state authorities, police officers have found human remains in the clandestine graves located on the outskirts of the city's urban area. Authorities are still investigating the findings. Clandestine graves are sporadically found in Mexico. However, the incidence of discoveries is relatively lower in states along the US border. Last October, several clandestine graves were also found in Reynosa.

Five patients die after consuming tainted drugs in Villahermosa, Tabasco

Five patients at a regional hospital in Tabasco have been killed after being given tainted drugs. In a statement, the state-owned oil company PEMEX has said that patients at the Pemex Regional Hospital in Villahermosa have been administered heparin sodium that contained a bacteria known as Klebsiella spp. In total, 90 people receiving dialysis treatment are believed to have taken the medication. The facility is mainly used by PEMEX's pensioners, workers and their family members.

State lawmaker killed in armed attack in Morelia, Michoacan

A lawmaker in the western state of Michoacan has been gunned down in Morelia. According to reports, Erik Juarez Blanquet was killed when two criminals approached him from a motorcycle. CNN Mexico reported that the incident occurred on the Morelos Norte Avenue, near the Chiquito River. Initial investigations suggest that he was shot at least five times. Juarez Blanquet was a member of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD). It is still unclear what the motives behind the attack are. Michoacan reports high-levels of violence that are mainly attributed to cartels and organised crime groups.

Violent clashes break out in Celaya, Guanajuato

Violent clashes broke out after criminals and the security forces engaged in a shooting in the city of Celaya, Guanajuato. Reuters reported that barricades were set on fire and several vehicles were used to block the roads after social media rumours emerged over the detention of a local criminal leader. According to reports, violence spiralled after allegations that Jose 'El Marro' Yepez, the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel, was detained. The Santa Rosa de Lima is widely engaged in fuel theft. The group is accused of being behind an attack on a PEMEX refinery in the city of Salamanca. Guanajuato has been considered one of the most violent states in Mexico. Clashes involving cartel members and the security forces often occur in major cities.

One killed as two metro trains crash in Mexico City

At least one person has died and more than 40 others were injured when two metro trains crashed in Mexico City. According to the local authorities, the crash happened on Tuesday evening at the western Tacubaya Station, which sits on Line 1 of the city's Sistema de Transporte Colectivo (STC). It is still unclear what the causes of the crash are. In an official statement, CDMX Metro said that 16 people were taken to the hospital for further treatment. It added that some disruption will impact the normal schedule on Wednesday, where buses will replace services between Chapultepec and Observatorio stations.

Women-led organisations launch nationwide strike against gender-based violence

Women-led organisations have staged a nationwide strike against gender-based violence in Mexico. A day after thousands took to the streets of Mexico City and other major cities to celebrate International Women's Day, women across the country stayed out of the streets as part of the demonstration. Women make up more than 45 percent of the Mexican workforce. The strike brought significant disruption to most services and government operations. Gender-based violence is a serious issue in Mexico and Latin America. According to official reports, Mexico reported over 1,000 femicide cases in 2019.

Five killed as criminals raid village in Guerrero

At least five members of a community police force have been killed after armed men raided a small village in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. According to reports, dozens of armed men attacked the officers in the area of Filo de Caballos, which is located in Leonardo Bravo. It is believed that the criminals behind the attack are members of the Cartel de la Sierra, a local group that attempts to take over control of the region. Guerrero is one of the most dangerous states in Mexico. The Cartel de la Sierra is believed to have joined forces with other criminal factions to dominate areas near Chilpancingo.

YouTuber jailed for 50 years on kidnapping charges

A prominent YouTuber has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for kidnapping a woman in Chihuahua in 2018. German Abraham Loera Acosta was one of six people who abducted a 33-year-old lawyer and demanded a ransom of $100k. The victim was rescued in a police operation two days after she was kidnapped.

Health authorities confirm first coronavirus case in Mexico

Health authorities in Mexico have confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the country. Deputy Health Minister Hugo Ramirez has said that a patient in Mexico City was tested positive for the disease. According to local media, the 35-year-old man had just arrived from Italy. Mexico is the second Latin American country to confirm a coronavirus case. So far, Brazil was the only one to have a case confirmed for a man who had also travelled from Italy.

Cruise ship awaiting authorisation to dock in Cozumel after suspected coronavirus case

A cruise ship docked off the island of Cozumel is currently being investigated after a suspected case of the coronavirus was ruled out. EFE reported that passengers of the MSC Meraviglia are currently awaiting for authorisation to disembark. A crew member was examined for the suspicion of contracting the coronavirus; however, reports show that doctors diagnosed him with a common cold. Mexican authorities are currently employing contingency measures after the same vessel was barred from docking in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. In total, 4,500 passengers are onboard the MSC Meraviglia.

Government raises concerns over US Supreme Court ruling on 2010 case

Mexico's government has raised concerns over the US Supreme Court ruling on the case of Sergio Hernandez Guereca, who was killed by a US border patrol agent back in 2010. Guereca was shot in the border town of Ciudad Juarez. Reports show that a member of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) opened fire from the US city of El Paso. Guereca was 15 years of age at the time and was shot in the head. The government is concerned over the precedent that the ruling may bring in future cases involving clashes between Mexican migrants and US officials along the shared border. On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court blocked a legal bid from Guereca's family after a lower court dismissed the lawsuit against the US agent.

Ministry of Economy servers targeted in cyberattack

Some servers of the economy ministry have been the target of a cyberattack. According to a communique, the attack was detected on Sunday morning and forced the ministry's information division to launch contingency measures. Initial investigations show that no sensitive information was compromised. In recent months, several federal government institutions have been the target of cyberattacks, including the state-owned oil company PEMEX. At the time, PEMEX sources told Reuters that staff members were notified that the breach allegedly consisted of a ransomware attack.

Son of cartel boss extradited to the US

Mexican authorities have extradited the son of one of the most wanted cartel leaders in Mexico to the US. Reuters reported that Ruben Oseguera, alias 'El Menchito', was extradited to Washington DC from the northern state of Sonora, where he was detained since 2015. El Menchito is the son of Nemesio Oseguera, alias 'El Mecho', a senior member of the infamous Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG). El Menchito faces drug distribution charges in the US. In the aftermath of the news that El Menchito was extradited, the US Consulate in Guadalajara issued a security alert. It said that people should remain vigilant as on previous occasions, when high-profile operations are carried out, "criminal groups operating in Jalisco have responded by taking retaliatory actions including an increase in anti-government rhetoric and blockades inside the city and on interstate highways".

Missing seven-year-old found dead near Mexico City

A missing seven-year-old girl has been found dead in the outskirts of Mexico City. Investigations have been launched into a case involving a victim identified as Fatima, a young student taken last week. AP reported that her body was found wrapped in a bag in a rural area near the capital. Initial investigations show that a stranger picked her up from school just minutes before her mother's arrival. This is the latest violent incident reported in Mexico City in less than a week. Fatima's death and abduction come just days after Ingrid Escaramilla became the latest victim of gender-based violence in Mexico. Such incidents often lead to protests, where women-led organisations demand justice and accuse the police of failing to handle such cases.

Eight found dead inside a building in Huetamo, Michoacan

Eight people have been found dead inside a building in Huetamo, Michoacan. According to state authorities, the victims' bodies were found tied and with signs of torture. Initially, Michoacan's Public Safety Secretary (SSP) claimed that the incident was linked to an ongoing dispute between two rival groups. However, the SSP later announced the opening of an investigation into a previous incident reported in the town of Pinzanangapio. The incident happened on the day that President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was visiting Michoacan. He went to the state to mark the deployment of the National Guard in the town of Jiquilpan. Michoacan is considered one of the most violent states in Mexico. Huetamos is located in the so-called Tierra Caliente region, where criminal groups engaged in the heroin trade and other illicit activities are known to operate. Last month, a radio journalist was killed in the city.

Spanish police arrest former PEMEX director implicated in Odebrecht scandal

Spanish authorities have arrested the former director of the state-owned PEMEX, Emilio Lozoya. El Pais reported that Lozoya was arrested in the Spanish resort town of Marbella. Lozoya is accused of receiving bribes from the Brazilian-based construction conglomerate Odebrecht. Executives claimed that he had received up to $10m in bribes in exchange for public contracts when he served as PEMEX's director during the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto. He was also very influential in the political circles of the Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI). Lozoya is expected to be extradited to Mexico. Since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office last year, prosecutors have intensified investigations on the Odebrecht corruption scandal.

Nine police officers detained for involvement in kidnaps in Mexico City

Nine police officers have been detained for their involvement in kidnaps in Mexico City. At a press conference, Mexico City's Security Secretary Omar Harfuch confirmed that arrest warrants were served against officers involved in at least three kidnapping cases reported in December. Harfuch said that no ranking officials are among those involved in the cases. Notimerica reported that all of them were part of the Public Security Secretary (SSC) in Mexico City.

Investigations launched on brutal murder of 25-year-old woman in Mexico City

A 25-year-old woman has been brutally murdered by her partner in Mexico City. Ingrid Escamilla was stabbed to death and later had her body mutilated as her partner attempted to dispose of the body. The main suspect behind her death is her 46-year-old partner, who was detained moments later. Escamilla's death happened on Sunday. At least six people are being investigated for involvement in the incident. Gender-based violence is a serious issue in Mexico. According to official data, the numbers have suffered a drastic increase in recent years. In 2019, more than 3,000 women were killed across the country. Rights groups claim that official numbers often downplay the threat of femicide in Mexico and that the actual number of cases is much higher. 

MSF raises concern over kidnapping risk on migrants deported by the US

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has claimed that the threat of kidnapping against Central American migrants deported by the US back to Mexico has significantly increased. In a report published on Tuesday, it argues: “Those who have been returned to Mexico (...) face serious risks and are systematically exposed to violence and potentially traumatic events". It adds: "According to the testimonies of these people, kidnappings could last several weeks, and they were occasionally forced to work for their captors". Mark Morgan, the acting commissioner of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), said that the MSF data is not compatible with those collected by the CBP and the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) programme. Central American migrants are systematically targeted while attempting to cross Mexico towards the US border. Criminal groups would often attack them in cartel-controlled areas.

US to request extradition of nephew of cartel boss Caro Quintero

Prosecutors in the US are expected to request the extradition of Ismael Quintero Arellanes, the nephew of the infamous Sinaloan drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero. According to the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, Ismael is accused of conspiracy to distribute drugs and the unlawful use of weapons. He was detained last month in Mexico. Ismael is linked to his uncle and his drug-trafficking group associated with the Sinaloa Cartel. Caro Quintero is still at large after being released in 2013 while serving a 40-year prison sentence. He is currently on the FBI and the DEA Ten Most Wanted lists. Caro Quintero is accused of being the mastermind behind the killing and kidnapping of DEA's Special Agent Enrique Camarena back in 1985.

NGO vessel targeted by gun shots in the Gulf of California

Conservationists from the Canadian-based NGO Sea Shepherd have been targeted from small boats in the Gulf of California. According to the NGO, they were patrolling an environmental area that houses endangered porpoise species. M/V Sharpie was attacked with gunshots from at least four skiffs. Capitan Jacqueline Le Duc said that she managed to launch evasive maneuvres and anti-boarding measures. The M/V Sharpie is part of a larger fleet of vessels that are used in Operation Milagro. Poachers are known for resorting to violence in conservation areas across the Gulf of California. Incidents in the area are relatively common. One of the most serious happened in January 2019, when dozens of vessels attacked and illegally boarded the M/V Farley Mowat.

Hundreds of Uber accounts suspended over coronavirus fears

More than 200 accounts of the ride-hailing company Uber have been temporarily suspended due to coronavirus concerns. The company has said that two drivers were also suspended after reports of a suspected case in some Uber services. According to the health ministry, no cases have been confirmed yet. Uber said that the decision was made after local authorities in Mexico City requested further details on the suspected case, first identified when a passenger ordered a ride to the airport. Reports suggest that the case involved a Chinese-origin individual who had arrived in the capital from Los Angeles. Uber said that all those accounts that were temporarily suspended belong to customers who took the same vehicles used to transport the first passenger.

Nine killed in armed raid on local shop in Uruapan, Michoacan

At least nine people have been killed after gunmen raided a local shop in Uruapan, Michoacan. According to state prosecutors, the incident happened when gunmen approached the establishment located in the La Magdalena colony. Reports indicate that the suspects were headed to the area to find two members of the Los Viagras, a group associated with the Familia Michoacana. The incident comes just a day after nearly a dozen bodies were recovered from a clandestine grave in Uruapan. Los Viagras is currently engaged in a violent turf war with the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG).

Another butterfly environmentalist found dead in Michoacan

A 44-year-old missing environmentalist has been found dead in Michoacan, western Mexico. Raul Hernandez was reported missing last week in the town of El Oyamel. His body was found on Monday in the El Campanario sanctuary, a reserve dedicated to the monarch butterfly. According to initial investigations, his body showed signs of torture. Hernandez is the second monarch butterfly environmentalist to be killed in Michoacan in less than a month. His body was found just days after the funeral of Homero Gomez, who managed another butterfly sanctuary in the state. It is still unclear if both incidents are connected. Some lines of investigation concern the involvement of criminal groups linked to illegal logging in Michoacan and other environmental reserves in Mexico.

Several bodies recovered in clandestine grave in Uruapan, Michoacan

At least eleven bodies have been recovered from a clandestine grave in the western state of Michoacan. State prosecutors said that the bodies were found in the Zumpimito area, located in the town of Uruapan. Reports indicate that the victims were found when locals were carrying out construction works. Investigations are still ongoing, but preliminary reports showed that the victims sustained torture signs. State authorities claimed that the incident may be related to an ongoing turf war involving the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) and an offshoot group linked to the Familia Michoacana. 

Los Zetas cartel leader arrested in Oaxaca

The head of the Los Zetas cartel in Veracruz state has been detained in Oaxaca. José Carmen N, also known as “El Comandante Reyes,” was detained in a police operation on Thursday. He is accused of leading the cartel's operations across Veracruz, including Acayucan, Minatitlán and Coatzacoalcos. Los Zetas are engaged in a violent territorial conflict with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

Missing environmentalist found dead in Michoacan

State prosecutors have confirmed that an environmentalist reported missing earlier this month was found dead in Michoacan. Homero Gomez went missing in mid-January after a meeting in the town of El Soldado. According to reports, Gomez suffered head trauma before drowning. Gomez managed El Rosario Sanctuary, a major conservation area where the monarch butterfly lives. As part of the investigations, more than 50 municipal police officers were questioned. He was found in a pond near a mountainous  area in El Rosario. Gomez was an avid defender of the sanctuary against illegal loggers.

Soldier killed after intercepting suspected narco-plane in Quintana Roo

A soldier has been killed after a military patrol intercepted a plane in the south-eastern state of Quintana Roo. Reports indicate that the soldiers clashed with suspects after an aircraft transporting drugs landed on a highway in the resort town of Bacalar. Authorities said that up to one tonne of cocaine was seized. AP reported that a general and two other soldiers were injured in the incident. In recent years, Quintana Roo has suffered a dramatic increase in homicide rates. Most incidents involve rival criminal groups, while popular tourist resorts have been largely spared from the violence reported in the state.

Reports emerge over children joining vigilant groups in Guerrero

Reports have emerged of mass recruitment of children to join vigilante community groups in Guerrero. Reuters reported that a vigilante group based in the town of Chilapa de Alvarez included several children on their rankings. One of the group's members claimed that the children would be prepared to defend their families in the event of threats from criminal cartels. AP reported that at least 19 masked children wearing vigilante uniforms were publicly displayed. Vigilante groups are common in some rural and indigenous communities in Mexico where the government's presence is virtually nonexistent.

MORENA proposes bill that could allow president AMLO to run for governor

The ruling National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) has proposed a bill in the south-eastern state of Tabasco that could allow former presidents to run for governor. A state senator has proposed the measure that could pave the way for President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) to run for office in his home state once his term ends. Additionally, Senator Alejandro Rojas has proposed for lawmakers to postpone the state elections to 2025 so President AMLO could run as a candidate. According to the Mexican constitution, once a politician holds the presidential office, he or she is not eligible for another mandate.

Environmentalist reported missing in Michoacan

Rights groups have raised concerns over the disappearance of an environmentalist in Michoacan, western Mexico. Homero Gomez managed El Rosario Sanctuary, a major conservation area where the monarch butterfly lives. Gomez was reported missing last week after a meeting in El Soldado. Rights organisations fear that Gomez may have been targeted by illegal loggers that widely operate in the region. El Rosario opened in November to curb illegal logging in Michoacan. Michoacan State Prosecutor's Office has said that 53 municipal police officers have been investigated for Gomez's disappearance. 

Indigenous musicians killed in ambush, Guerrero

Ten indigenous musicians have been killed in an ambush in Guerrero state. The victims, who were members of the Sensacion Musical group, were targeted by suspected cartel gunmen in the town of Chilapa on Friday afternoon. The Los Ardillos cartel has been accused of carrying out the attack, while Guerrero's prosecutor's office said it had launched an investigation.

Two killed in powerful blast at fireworks factory near Mexico City

Two people have been killed after a major blast at a fireworks factory near Mexico City. Emergency services rushed to the scene on Thursday afternoon after a powerful blast occurred at a facility in San Pedro de la Laguna, located in the town of Zumpango. Accidents in fireworks factories in Mexico sporadically occur due to a lack of security measures. Official reports indicate that incidents in recent years mainly occurred in Estado de Mexico and Puebla.

Strong earthquake causes minor damage in Oaxaca

Minor damage has been reported after a strong 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake was recorded on Thursday evening near the south-western town of Santiago Ixaltepectec in Oaxaca. The USGS confirmed that the quake hit the region at a depth of 27 kilometres. No casualties were initially reported. Earthquakes in Mexico and Oaxaca are relatively common. Seismic activity is mostly to the country's location near where several tectonic places - Cocos, North American and Pacific - interact.

Soldiers killed after suspect incident in Reynosa, Tamaulipas

Four members of the National Guard (GN) have been killed in Reynosa, Tamaulipas. According to the military, the soldiers died while carrying out patrolling duties in the Rio Bravo area. Conflicting reports suggest that the soldiers engaged in a high-speed chase after clashes with criminals broke out in the area. Reports indicate the soldiers' vehicle crashed into the Anzalduas Canal. Local media reported that three of the soldiers drowned, while the fourth was shot. Cartels and other criminal groups are known for engaging in robberies, armed attacks and kidnappings on major highways and roads across Tamaulipas.

Several bodies recovered at clandestine grave in Nacajuca, Tabasco

At least five bodies have been found in a clandestine grave in the southern state of Tabasco. According to the state prosecutor's office, more bodies are expected to be found at the site. The discovery was made in the town of Nacajuca, where decades ago President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador held office as a representative of an indigenous institute. Since President Lopez Obrador took office, homicide rates across Mexico have continued to increase. Although crime rates in Tabasco are relatively lower than its neighbouring state of Veracruz, violent incidents involving criminal disputes sporadically occur.

Police recover dozens of bodies in mass grave near Guadalajara, Jalisco

At least 29 bodies have been found in a mass grave near Guadalajara, Jalisco. Officials have confirmed that most of the bodies could not be identified yet. The bodies were found in three burial sites discovered last week near a warehouse in Toluquilla. In total, more than a dozen suspects were detained. The discovery was made close to an area where more than 80 bodies were found last year. Clandestine burial sites are usually found in areas controlled by criminal groups. Since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office, more than 1,000 bodies were recovers in mass graves across Mexico.

Government to introduce major overhaul to Mexico's criminal justice system

Mexico's government has announced plans to introduce a major overhaul of the country's criminal justice system. As the administration of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador still struggles to address high-level of crime, the new package is expected to be presented in parliament on Wednesday. It will contain significant constitutional changes and the establishment of new procedures laid out by presidential aides and the attorney general's office. Although vowing to address endemic levels of violence in Mexico through the creation of the National Guard (GN) and other security policies, President Lopez Obrador's administration has failed to address hampering homicide rates and high-level of crime in areas where powerful criminal cartels widely operate.

Teacher killed in school shooting in Torreon, Coahuila

At least two people have been killed and six others injured in a school shooting in Coahuila, northern Mexico. State Public Security Secretary Adelaido Flores said that a teacher is among the fatalities. Preliminary reports show that the suspected shooter, a sixth-grade student, was also killed in the incident. BBC Mundo reported that the shooting happened on Friday morning at the Colegio Cervantes in Torreon. Authorities are still investigating the incident. School shootings in Mexico are an extremely rare occurrence, with the latest major incident being reported in 2017 in Nuevo Leon, Monterrey.

Civil Protection authority to launch major earthquake drill in Mexico City

Mexico's Civil Protection authority has announced that Mexico City will the stage of a major earthquake drill on 20 January. As part of the government's strategies to create awareness in the event of a major seismic event in the country, this will be the first drill since September last year. Enhanced security measures will be launched across the city, while four areas could be affected, including Insurgentes and Reforma, Zocalo, Eje Central and Flores Magon, and Cuauhtemoc and the city's northern division. In total, more than 12,000 warning speakers across the city will be activated during the exercise. Mexico City is prone to earthquakes. One of the most recent major tremors to hit the capital was in 2017, where more than 200 people died across the country.

Missing radio journalist found dead in Huetamo, Michoacan

A radio journalist has been found dead nearly a month after being reported missing in western Mexico. Fidel Avila Gomez was found with his body riddled with bullets at a rubbish dump in the town of Huetamo, Michoacan. The incident happened near the border of the restive state of Guerrero, in a region known as Tierra Caliente. Criminal groups engaged in the heroin trade and other illicit activities are known to operate in the region. Gomez is the first journalist to be killed in Mexico this year. In 2019, at least 10 reporters were killed across Mexico, the highest number in the world after Syria.

EZLN calls for demonstration in Mexico City

The Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) has called for a demonstration in Mexico City against the policies of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. In a statement, the group announced plans to hold a protest on 20 and 21 February. The group has not confirmed if it will be present in the protests. The demonstration is expected to start from the offices of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) in Colonia Cuauhtemoc. The EZLN is a guerrilla group currently based in the south-eastern state of Chiapas. It has repeatedly refused to hold negotiations with the Mexican government.

Several killed after train crashes into a bus in Sonora

At least seven people have been killed and dozens more injured after a train crash in Sonora, northern Mexico. Reports showed that the crash happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning when a Ferromex train crashed into a bus. Reuters reported that most passengers on the bus were agricultural workers. The accident involving occurred between the town of Cajeme, in the southern part of the state.

Teenager shot dead outside toy market in Mexico City

A 14-year-old has been shot dead during an incident outside a toy market in Mexico City. The incident happened when dozens of people were gathered to celebrate a local event in the restive neighbourhood of Iztapalapa. The teenager was killed alongside another adult. AP reported that two suspects were detained at the scene. Iztapalapa is located in south-eastern Mexico City and is considered one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods in the capital.

Armed attack kills 13-year-old girl in Tamaulipas

A 13-year-old girl has been killed after gunmen targeted a family vehicle in northern Tamaulipas. AP reported that the incident happened near the US border when the family was returning from their holidays. According to reports, the victims were driving their US-plated vehicle back from their relatives home in San Luis Potosi. The incident happened on the main road between Mier and Nueva Ciudad Guerrero, where criminals widely operate. Cartels and other criminal groups are known for engaging in robberies, armed attacks and kidnappings on major highways and roads across Tamaulipas.

Four killed in armed attack in Hermosillo, Sonora

Four men have been killed after gunmen opened fire at a parking lot in Sonora, northern Mexico. Local media reported that the victims were targeted on Thursday evening in the town of Hermosillo. State prosecutors claim that the gunmen approached the area in another vehicle and indiscriminately opened fire. AP reported that two of the victims were suspects in the stabbing of three women back in December. It is still unclear if the incidents are related.

US authorities issue warning over shootings in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

The US authorities have issued a number of alerts for those crossing the border into Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar has urged people on social media to avoid crossing the border to Nuevo Laredo due to intense shootings reported between the security forces and cartel members. He said that incidents have been reported in areas surrounding the Paseo Colon, Avenida Cesar Lopez De Lara and the Villarreal Hotel. Meanwhile, the local US Consulate has also issued a security alert to US government personnel to remain vigilant and to shelter in place. In recent months, Nuevo Laredo has experienced spiralling levels of violence mainly attributed to members of the Cartel del Noroeste (CDN) that widely operate across Tamaulipas.

Government officially introduces major minimum wage increase

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has officially launched a massive 20-percent hike in the country's minimum wage. The measure was initially announced back in December and it comes into effect from the first day of 2020. The new wage will be set at 123.22 pesos ($6.85) per day and could benefit millions of workers nationwide. President Lopez Obrador claims that the minimum wage increase could boost spending and further reduce inequality and poverty. However, some claim that the measure could not be enough. The increase comes on top of another 16-percent increase introduced last year. 

Scores killed in violent prison riot in Cieneguillas, Zacatecas

At least 16 inmates have been killed after a violent prison riot broke out in Zacatecas, central Mexico. According to the state public security ministry, the riot started on Wednesday afternoon at the Regional Social Rehabilitation Center (Cerereso) in Cieneguillas. Knives and weapons were recovered from the scene, while the authorities are investigating the incident. In a communique, the state government has confirmed that another five inmates were injured. Prison riots in Mexico are common due to disputes involving rival cartels, while corruption and overcrowding also contribute to such incidents.

Cruise ships crash near Cozumel, Quintana Roo

Two cruise ships have collided near the port of Cozumel, Quintana Roo. Reports show that both cruise ships operated by Carnival Cruises have crashed on Friday morning. No casualties have been preliminarily reported, while it is still unclear what the causes of the accident are.

Scores killed in road accident near Zaplotanejo, Jalisco

At least a dozen people have been killed after a minibus crashed into a lorry in a highway in Jalisco, western Mexico. According to state authorities, the crash happened near Zapotlanejo. Reports suggest that the minibus was carrying a family to the Pacific coast of Puerto Vallarta. Two of those injured were airlifted to a hospital in Guadalajara. During the holidays season, accidents tend to become more frequent across Mexico due to the high influx of vehicles.

Former President Calderon not to be investigated for US case involving his aide

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said that former President Felipe Calderon will not be investigated after one of his aides were charged in the US. During his morning briefings, President AMLO said: “There won’t be an investigation because it would create the perception we’re doing it for political purposes." He added that Mexican prosecutors would cooperate with US authorities in the case against Genaro Garcia Luna. Luna was charged last week for allegedly receiving bribes from the powerful Sinaloa Cartel. His name was mentioned by Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's closest ally, Jesus Zambada, during a trial in New York City. Luna was the security secretary during the Calderon administration and also led the Federal Investigation Agency (AFI).

Eight killed in clashes between the GN and criminals near Irapuato, Guanajuato

At least eight people have been killed in a shootout between the National Guard (GN) and criminals in Guanajuato, central Mexico. According to preliminary reports, the suspects targeted GN soldiers patrolling a major highway near Irapuato. The incident happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning near the town of El Venado de Yostiro. Among the casualties are seven suspect criminals and a soldier. Guanajuato Governor Diego Rodriguez claimed that the shooting happened after reports of the kidnapping of two people. Guanajuato has been labelled as the most dangerous state in Mexico. In recent months, violence has escalated across the state due to disputes involving groups linked to fuel theft and retaliation against the police for large-scale operations.

Police find 50 bodies in Jalisco

Mexican police have found 50 bodies at a farmhouse in the central state of Jalisco. The remains were discovered in the town of El Mirador, 25km south of Guadalajara, following testimony by suspects arrested in November. Forensic teams are working to establish the identity of the victims. The Jalisco New Generation drug cartel operates in the state.

Police officers killed in armed attack on police station in Villagran, Guanajuato

At least three police officers have been killed after armed criminals raided a police station in Guanajuato, central Mexico. EFE reported that heavily armed men attacked the police station in Villagran, where four officers and an administrative worker were kidnapped. The incident happened on Thursday evening when officers were changing shifts. Reports indicate that criminals blocked the main road between Celaya and Salamanca after fleeing the scene. Villagran is located in the town of Santa Rosa Lima. Guanajuato has been experiencing a wave of violence due to disputes involving groups linked to fuel theft. On multiple occasions, corrupt officers have been killed by drug cartels due to their allegiance to rival groups. Criminals have also targeted police stations in retaliation at security operations. Earlier this year, a large-scale police operation in Santa Rosa de Lima was launched to capture a local cartel leader.

Salvadoran man awaiting US asylum request killed in Tijuana

A Salvadoran man seeking asylum in the US has been killed in the bordering town of Tijuana, Baja California. Reuters reported that the victim was killed last month after being kidnapped. He had arrived at the US border from El Salvador and was sent back to Tijuana as part of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). Reports indicate that he was murdered and dismembered. Authorities are still investigating the incident. Central American migrants in Mexico had long been targeted by criminal groups engaged in migrant smuggling, kidnapping and extortion.

US federal court charges former security secretary for links to Sinaloa Cartel

A US federal court has charged a former public security secretary for receiving money from the Sinaloa Cartel. As part of statements made during the trial of infamous Sinaloa leader Joquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, his closest ally, Jesus Zambada, testified that significant payments were made to Genaro Garcia Luna to guarantee smooth drug-trafficking operations. Garcia Luna was detained on Monday in Dallas, Texas. Besides being the Public Security Secretary to former President Felipe Calderon, he also led the Federal Investigation Agency (AFI). Garcia Luna has long been accused of involvement with corruption even before serving under the Calderon administration. After the charges emerged, Calderon said on social media that he was unaware of the accusations.

Protests break out at museum in Mexico City over Zapata's painting

Protests erupted outside the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City after the release of a paining depicting revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata. Demonstrators blocked the museum's entrance in protest over the painting, which shows Zapata naked while mounting a horse. For several hours, demonstrators gathered outside the museum to demand the painting be taken down. Violence escalated when counter-protesters arrived at the scene. The painting was part of a special exhibition on Zapata, who died 100 years ago. Zapata is considered a national hero in Mexico for his role in the 1910 Mexican Revolution.

Seven killed after vehicle transporting ammonia crashed in Michoacan

At least seven people have been killed after a vehicle transporting ammonia crashed in Michoacan, western Mexico. The accident happened along the Siglo 21 Highway last week, the main route between Morelia and Lazaro Cardenas. According to reports, a tanker carrying the chemical crashed due to speeding. Initially, four people were killed after inhaling hazardous gases, but the death toll has since increased to seven. In total, more than 20 people were taken to the hospital. Most patients were students that were taking part in a school trip.

Several killed in shooting near presidential palace in Mexico City

At least four people have been killed in a shooting near the presidential palace in Mexico City. Local media reported that the incident happened on Saturday at a residential building near the Palacio Nacional. Reports indicate that the shooter was gunned down after failing to surrender. Preliminary investigations suggest that the incident happened due a previous altercation. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was not at the building during the incident.

US President Trump suspends plan to designate cartels as terrorist entities

US President Donald Trump has suspended plans to formally designated drug cartels as terrorist organisations. The plan was announced following the murder of nine US nationals part of a Mormon community, based in the northern state of Sonora. President Trump's decision to halt the move comes after a request from his Mexican counterpart, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. President Trump has previously said that all arrangements to designate cartels as terrorist groups were ready. Mexican cartels are responsible for much of the violence in the country. In recent years, murder rates in Mexico have suffered a significant increase due to violent territorial disputes. With the designation of cartels as terrorist entities, such groups would be targeted in expanded sanctions and other legal action.

Thirteen killed in bus crash, Chihuahua

At least 13 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a bus crash in the northern state of Chihuahua. The accident happened as the bus was travelling from Ciudad Juarez to Torreon on the Pan-American Highway on Thursday. The cause of the crash is being investigated, according to the chief of firefighters and civil defense for the town of Saucillo told El Heraldo de Juarez.

Gunmen kidnap 23 people from rehab centre

Gunmen have kidnapped 23 people from a rehabilitation centre in Guanajuato. Gunmen arrived in several vehicles at the Irapuato facility on Wednesday at took 23 people hostage. Thirteen of the victims but 10 are still missing, according to Guanajuato state prosecutor Carlos Zamarripa. "Some of them are injured and have, understandably, been very reluctant to talk about what happened," he told reporters.

One killed in shooting at Monterrey bar

One person has been killed and two others wounded in a shooting at a bar in Monterrey. Gunmen fired at least 30 rounds inside the bar on Francisco I Madero Avenue on Sunday morning. Seven people were also wounded in a separate shooting at the Los Rieles nightclub in the Valle de Anahuac neighbourhood. The injured were taken to local hospitals for treatment.

Twenty killed in border clashes

At least 20 people have been killed in clashes between police and members of a cartel near the US border. On Saturday a convoy of gunmen descended on the City Hall in Villa Union, resulting in a gun battle with the security forces that left 14 people dead. The Coahuila state government said further clashes on Sunday had left six cartel members dead, while four people were missing and presumed kidnapped. The town is around 50km south-west of Eagle Pass in the US state of Texas.

Two police officers killed in Tecamac

Two police officers have been killed in a shooting in Tecamac in the State of Mexico. Gustavo Alberto Villaseñor Salazar died at the scene, while Oscar Edgar Flores Hernández later succumbed to his injuries, according to the Attorney General of the State of Mexico. A citizen was also wounded in the shooting and taken to hospital for treatment.

US government to designate drug cartels as terrorists

The US government said it will legislate to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups. President Donald Trump said he was ready to "go in clear out" the cartels, prompting Mexico's foreign secretary to claim that his country would not allow any "violation of national sovereignty." The move comes after nine dual US-Mexican nationals were killed in an ambush in northern Mexico. "I've already offered him [Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador] to let us go in and clean it out and he so far has rejected the offer but at some point something has to be done," Trump told journalist Bill O'Reilly.

French national kidnapped in central Mexico

A French citizen and a Mexican national have been kidnapped from a national park in Toluca in the State of Mexico. The two men were intercepted by gunmen as they drove near the Nevado volcano on Sunday morning. "We are in permanent contact with the Mexican authorities that have mobilized to find our citizen," the French embassy said in a statement. Police and National Guard officers are searching the area to track down the kidnappers. The victims have been identified as Frederic Michel and Alejandro Sandi.

Gunmen target fuel convoy in Sonora

Gunmen have reportedly attempted to target a fuel convoy in the northern state of Sonora. According to reports, several tanker lorries were attacked while transporting fuel to a local mine. A shooting was reported when police officers and the military attempted to repel the attack. At least one police officer was injured in the incident. In recent months, oil companies in Mexico have opted to transport fuel in tanker lorries after a wave of attacks against oil pipelines.

Intelligence financial unit investigating government staff over money laundering

Mexico's Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) is currently investigating several government employees for alleged links to money laundering. UIF's chief Santiago Nieto has said that nine people have been targeted in the operation. Some of them are directly linked to the federal government. Since taking office, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has vowed to tackle government corruption. UIF has confirmed that a number of officials from the current and former administrations are being investigated. President AMLO has previously suggested authorities to investigate officials from other political parties. In September, he asked federal prosecutors to investigate the leader of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Alejandro Moreno Cardenas.

Several killed in road accident involving three buses in Estado de Mexico

At least a dozen people have been killed and more than 20 others injured after three buses crashed in central Mexico. The accident happened along the Ruta 85, the main road between Mexico City and Pachuca. Estado de Mexico's Civil Protection General Coordinator has said that the accident happened near an area known as El Gallito. It is still unclear what the causes of the accident are. State authorities have said that the death toll may increase.

Weather agencies monitoring development of Tropical Storm Raymond

Mexico's National Met Service (SMN) is currently monitoring developments of a low pressure that formed off the country's Pacific coast. According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), Tropical Storm Raymond is expected to approach the Baja California Peninsula on Monday morning. Raymond is forecast to sustain tropical storm conditions until weakening into a tropical depression over the weekend. It is still unclear what impact Raymond may bring to land. People in Baja California Sur - especially in the Los Cabos area - have been advised to check for updates from the SMN and the NHC.

Seven killed in armed clashes across Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

At least seven people have been killed during multiple armed clashes reported across Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. Local media reported that incidents involved the military and armed civilians. Animal Politico reported that the clashes could be related to the transfer of dozens of inmates from a local prison, but local authorities confirmed that the operation happened without any issues. Reports indicate that patrolling soldiers were targeted in several locations across the city. Nuevo Laredo has experienced spiralling levels of violence due to disputes to control one of the most important drug-trafficking routes between Mexico and the US. The Cartel del Noroeste (CDN) is among several criminal groups that widely operate in Nuevo Laredo and across Tamaulipas.

Multiple casualties reported amid wave of violence across Morelos

At least five people have been killed amid a wave of violence reported across several towns in Morelos, central Mexico. El Universal reported that a prison guard was gunned down in the southern town of Amcuzac. The incident happened just hours before three men were shot dead during an armed ambush in Cuernavaca. Another incident also led to the death of a 25-year-old in the town of Emiliano Zapata. Incidents of violence in Morelos are often related to retaliation involving rival criminal groups. Earlier this year, the military took over public security duties in Cuernavaca due to the high levels of criminality and corruption within local enforcement. The state is among several others that have recently received a large contingent of the National Guard (GN).

Several killed amid wave of violence across Sinaloa

At least 11 people have been killed amid a wave of violence reported across Sinaloa, north-western Mexico. Excelsior reported that in less than 48 hours, several incidents were reported in Culiacan, Ahome, Mazatlan and Salvador Alvarado. Reports show that one of the victims was a Navy soldier who was gunned down in Mazatlan. In recent months, Sinaloa has experienced a number of violent incidents. Last week, a state police officer was shot dozens of times at a retail park in Culiacan. Incidents in the state caught international attention after a failed security operation to arrest the son of Sinaloa Cartel's 'El Chapo'.

Local government considering to introduce small tax on cruise ship passengers

The local government in the tourist resort of Cozumel is planning to introduce a cruise ship passenger tax over environmental concerns. AP reported that the tax is expected to be implemented after approved in the local parliament. Reports suggest that the Environmental Care Tax will be no more than $0.65 per passenger. Cozumel is one of the busiest cruise ship ports in the world. This is the latest measure to generate funds to preserve this environmentally-rich area. In September, the government ordered that parts of the Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park be temporarily closed due to conservation works.

Cuban migrants found dead at a residence in Tenosique, Tabasco

A migrant association has said that two Cuban migrants have been murdered at a residence in Tabasco, south-eastern Mexico. A member of the Mesoamerican Migrant Movement told EFE that a man and woman were found dead in the bordering town of Tenosique. He also said that the victims sustained stab wounds. Police are currently investigating the incident. Last month, a team of the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned over the increased risk of kidnapping and violence against migrants along the southern Mexican border.

WHO declares Mexico free of dog-transmitted rabies

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Mexico free of dog-transmitted rabies. According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), "the country is the first in the world to obtain WHO validation for eliminating this disease as a public health problem". PAHO said that Mexico's achievement came after the launch of a national strategy to control the disease, which is still extremely common in some Asian and African countries. In Latin America and the Caribbean, the number of rabies cases has been falling since the 1980s. Official data shows that rabies yearly kills 60,000 people worldwide.

Italian-flagged vessel targeted off Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche

An Italian-flagged supply vessel has been targeted in the southern Gulf of Mexico. According to the Mexican Navy, two crew members were injured during the attack, which targeted a boat known as 'Remas'. The incident happened on Tuesday off Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche. Reuters reported that the vessel belongs to the Italian-based contractor Micoperi, which offers supply services to the local oil industry. It added that at least eight armed men arrived in two small vessels before boarding the Remas. Previous reports from the Mexican state-owned PEMEX claimed that attacks on offshore oil infrastructure have been on the rise, including the robbery of specialised equipment. In September, robbers targeted a private boat party in the Gulf town of Paraiso.

Servers of state-owned PEMEX targeted in cyberattack

Mexico's state-owned oil company PEMEX has claimed that it has been the target of several cyberattack attempts over the weekend. According to the company, the threat was neutralised before it spread to critical infrastructure. It said that a small fraction of staff computers were affected. PEMEX sources told Reuters that staff members were notified that the breach allegedly consisted of a ransomware attack, a practice used by criminals to block documents until payment is made. Another source told Reuters that the ransomware RYUK type could be the one that had affected PEMEX servers nationwide. The UK National Cyber Security Center describes RYUK as "targeted ransomware where demands are set according to the victim’s perceived ability to pay".

US diver injured in shark attack off Baja California Sur

A US diver believed to be in his twenties has been injured in a shark attack off Baja California Sur. AP reported that the victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries on the arm after being attacked in Magdalena Bay. Mexico's Navy has taken the victim to the hospital for treatment. No further details have been released. According to data from the University of Florida's International Shark Attack File (ISAF), shark attacks in Baja California Sur are extremely rare.

Dozens killed amid wave of violence across Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua

At least 30 people have been killed and dozens of vehicles set ablaze amid a wave of violence across Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. For several days, the bordering city in northern Mexico has been facing a significant increase in the number of homicides. According to state prosecutors, more than 90 people have been killed across Chihuahua, with most of them in Ciudad Juarez. Violence kicked off when criminal groups raided a convoy transporting factory workers. Arson attacks and executions were also reported over the weekend, where government buildings were threatened. Chihuahua State Prosecutor Cesar Peniche Espejel has said that violence may have been caused due to a previous police operation at a state prison, where the leaders of powerful criminal groups are currently jailed. He argued that false rumours are being shared on social media and urged the population to remain calm.

Mormon community members head to the US after massacre

Dozens of members of a Mexican-based Mormon community have left their homes and crossed the border into the US. Reports revealed that an 18-vehicle convoy crossed into the US southern state of Arizona after nine members of the Colonia LeBaron were gunned down in La Mora, Sonora. This community is thought to have been based in northern Mexico for nearly seven decades. The Guardian reported that other members of the community may also head to the US. Concerns were raised after women and children were killed when gunmen attacked a convoy last week. Several of those killed were US nationals.  

Police raid on state prison triggers violence across Ciudad Juarez

At least 10 people have been killed amid a wave of violent attacks reported across the bordering city of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. AP reported that several violent incidents have taken place in the city as hundreds of police officers were prepared to raid a state prison. Earlier this week, several buses transporting factory workers were set on fire alongside several other vehicles. Authorities believe that violence escalated after federal police officers were seen arriving in the city. Chihuahua State Prosecutor Jorge Nava claimed that “at least eight of these murders were tied to the diversion issue". Governor Javier Correa said: “The intervention was so correct that there was an immediate reaction. They wanted to distract us and wanted to scare us.” 

State police officer gunned down in Culiacan, Sinaloa

A state police officer has been gunned down during an armed ambush in the restive town of Culiacan, Sinaloa. According to the Sinaloa Public Security Secretary, a police officer identified as Eduardo N was shot dead on Wednesday morning in the state capital. The incident happened in Las Moras colony. Reports suggest that the victim was shot more than 150 times. Both Mexican and international media have been widely reporting that Eduardo was involved in the failed operation to arrest Ovidio Guzman, the son of the former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman. However, Sinaloa's Public Security Secretary, Cristobal Castaneda, dismissed allegations that Eduardo took part in the operation. Ovidio was released after a violent altercation in Culiacan last month. The incident caused deep embarrassment for President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his approach to public security.

Several vehicles set on fire in series of attacks in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua

At least 16 vehicles have been set on fire in a current wave of violence reported across the bordering town of Ciudad Juarez. Milenio reported that the vehicles targeted were transporting factory workers near the Panamericana highway. It is still unclear what the motivations behind the attack are. It is also unknown if there were any victims. Chihuahua Governor Javier Corral has dismissed reports of several coordinate incidents in Ciudad Juarez. In the past three days, several episodes of violence have been reported in Ciudad Juarez, which was previously considered one of the most violent towns in Mexico. 

Lower house approves bill that would allow elected officials to be removed from office

Mexico's lower house of Congress has overwhelmingly approved a constitutional reform which will allow elected government officials to be removed from office. With 372 votes in favour and 75 against, the bill will now be sent to Mexico's 32 state parliaments for approval - to become law, the reforms have to be approved by at least half of them. Most parties voted in favour of the bill, with the exception of the National Action Party (PAN). The new legislation would allow citizens to call for a referendum to remove an elected official - including the president - from office. Opposition to the law claims that it could be used as a mechanism to re-elect President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador - under Mexican legislation, a president is not allowed to serve more than one term. The bill is highly expected to pass as the Congress in most states are dominated by the ruling National Regeneration Movement (MORENA).

Wife of former Veracruz governor post bail after detention in the UK

The wife of former Veracruz Governor Javier Duarte has posted bail after being detained in the UK. Karime Macias is accused of diverting 100m pesos ($5.2m) when she was the head of a family development body during the Duarte administration. Karime was taken to the Westminster Court of Magistrates in London to pay the equivalent to $150k. She is now barred from leaving the city while she awaits the ruling on an extradition request against her. Macias and her three children have lived in London since 2017. Duarte has denied any allegations against his wife. He was recently cleared in a case where he was accused of diverting 220m pesos ($11.5) in public funds. Duarte is currently serving a nine-year prison sentence for racketeering and money laundering.

Several killed as gunmen target Mormon community convoy in Sonora

At least five members of an offshoot Mormon community in northern Mexico have been killed in a violent armed attack in Sonora. Reports indicate that the victim was travelling in a convoy when they were attacked near the town of Bavispe, often referred to as La Mora. At least a dozen children and several mothers were inside three vehicles that were sprayed with bullets and set ablaze. The victims are believed to be members of the LeBaron family, which are part of a colony of the same name based in Sonora. They have been based in the area for decades after breaking away from the main Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A LeBaron member has told AP that some of the victims are US nationals. Police are currently investigating the incident, which could be related to mistaken identity. On previous occasions, members of the Colonia LeBaron were targeted due to their fierce opposition to cartels.

Businessman kidnapped in the US taken cross-border into Sonora

A businessman based in New York has been released after being kidnapped in Arizona and taken cross border into Mexico. Mexican prosecutors in the northern state of Sonora said that the victim was abducted last week near Tucson and taken to the bordering town of Nogales. Reports indicate that the victim was put in the trunk of a car. AP reported that the victim's brother was contacted to pay a ransom of $500k. The victim was found on Sunday in the Mexican town of Hermosillo. He has not been identified, but authorities have confirmed that he was originally from the Dominican Republic.

Areas in Mexico City experience ashfall after Popocatepetl eruption

Some areas in Mexico City have experienced minor ashfall after the eruption of the Popocatepetl volcano. According to the Mexican civil protection authority, the most affected areas were the towns of Tlalpan and Xochimilco. Ashfall caused by the activity of the Popocatepetl often impacts the capital. 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.

Spanish tourist held hostage during robbery in Quintana Roo

A 26-year-old Spanish tourist has been taken hostage during a robbery attempt in Quintana Roo, south-eastern Mexico. EFE reported that the victim was briefly held when a gunman stormed a public transportation van heading from Cancun to Playa del Carmen. State authorities have confirmed that the victim was released without being harmed. The incident led to a major joint operation in the towns of Solidaridad, Puerto Morelos and Benito Juarez. Crime-related incidents in tourist areas in Quintana Roo sporadically occur. They tend to happen in isolated rural areas and neighbourhoods far from the 'zona hotelera'.

Several killed as gunmen storm open-air market in Uruapan, Michoacan

At least five people have been killed after gunmen raided an open-air car market in Uruapan, Michoacan. El Universal reported that the incident happened on Sunday afternoon in the town's La Macarena bullring. Reports suggest that several armed criminals stormed the venue and opened fire. Several car vendors were killed in the incident, which is still being investigated. Violence in Michoacan is mainly attributed to disputes involving rival cartels, including the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG). The group is often engaged in clashes with Los Viagras, which is linked to the Nueva Familia Michoacana.

Coahuila's former governor extradited to the US to face fraud charges

A former governor in northern Mexico has been extradited to the US for facing charges linked to money-laundering and fraud. Jorge Juan Torres Lopez was first indicated back in 2013 after being accused of money laundering, conspiracy, wire fraud and bank fraud in the southern Texan town of Corpus Christi. Torres Lopez was detained earlier this year in the town of Puerto Vallarta. Apart from Torres Lopez, several other high-level politicians and businessmen in Coahuila are also being investigated. Torres Lopez was the interim governor of Coahuila for several months in 2011.

Several inmates killed during violent prison riot in Morelos

At least six inmates have been killed after a violent prison riot broke out in Morelos. AP reported that four guards were taken hostage when inmates took over control of the prison located in the community of Xochitepec, located near Cuernavaca. Reports suggest that among those killed in a senior member of the infamous Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) known as 'El Ray'. Reports indicate violence broke out due to clashes involving rival groups. According to state officials, this is the second incident to be reported in Xochitepec is less than 24 hours.

Local mayor shot after leaving an event in Estado de Mexico

A local mayor in central Mexico has been shot after gunmen targeted him in Estado de Mexico. Francisco Tenorio Contreras is a member of the ruling Movement of National Regeneration (MORENA) and mayor of the low-income suburb of Valle de Chalco, located south-east of Mexico City. Reports indicate that Contreras was targeted after leaving an event in the Geo Villas de Asuncion area. According to local media, Contreras was rushed to the hospital in a serious condition. Governor Alfredo del Mazo condemned the attack and said that investigations have been launched. Contreras has reportedly received death threats on previous occasions. Mexico's National Association of Mayors claims that in 2019 at least four mayors were killed in Mexico.

Dozens of bodies recovered in clandestine grave in Puerto Penasco, Sonora

State prosecutors have confirmed that the number of bodies previously found at a clandestine grave in Sonora has risen to 42. Missing persons' associations led search efforts that recovered the bodies in the resort town of Puerto Penasco, located several kilometres south of the US border. The groups were joined by police officers and staff of the Sonora Attorney General's Office in the search for further buried remains. Authorities are still investigating the incident. Recently a number of incidents involving rival drug cartels have been reported in the seaside town, which is popular with US tourists.

Authorities investigate discovery of human remains during police raid

Authorities are currently examining dozens of human remains recovered during a police raid in Mexico City. According to the police, 42 human skulls and dozens of other bones and human parts were seized in the Tepito neighbourhood. Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said that the results of the tests will be used to compare with the national mission person's database. Police are still investigating if the site was used for religious purposes after an altar was found. The Guardian reported that hundreds of soldiers and police officers took part in the operation. Besides the gruesome discovery, drugs, weapons and explosives were also seized, while dozens of members of the La Union were detained. A judge later ordered the release of most of them due to inconsistencies in the investigation.

UK authorities detain wife of former Veracruz governor

UK authorities have detained Karime Macias, the wife of former Veracruz Governor Javier Duarte. Macias was arrested in London as part of an international arrest warrant. She is expected to be extradited to face charges in Mexico. Macias is accused of fraud of up to 100m pesos ($5.2m). According to her lawyer, Macias voluntarily turned herself over after an arrest warrant was issued against her. Javier Duarte was sentenced in 2018 for nine years in prison for charges linked to money laundering and criminal association. He is accused of embezzling millions during his administration that ended in 2016.

Human remains recovered in several locations across Tijuana

Police have recovered human remains in several districts across Tijuana, Baja California. EFE reported that in the early hours of Thursday morning, police officers were deployed to at least three locations where body parts were found inside plastic bags and a briefcase. No official statement has been released on the matter, while it remains unclear what the circumstances behind the incidents are. Official reports show that more than 1,800 homicides were reported in Tijuana so far this year. Since Arturo Gonzalez Cruz became Tijuana's new mayor last month, around 120 people were murdered in the bordering city.

Plane crash kills at least five in Madero, Michoacan

At least five people have been killed after a light aircraft crashed in the western state of Michoacan. AFP reported that the accident happened on Wednesday near Las Juntas in the central town of Madero. According to the state public security secretary, the plane took off from Durango and was heading to Guerrero. Local media reported that the aircraft was a Cessna 401A model. Authorities are still investigating what the causes of the crash are.

Low pressure system to affect states on the Bay of Campeche

Intense rainfall is forecast to hit the Bay of Campeche as a low-pressure system is expected to strengthen later this week. According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), the disturbance is set to move northwards along the Mexican Caribbean coast until it merges with a cold front. Mexico's National Met Service (SMN) said that torrential rain is forecast to hit Veracruz and the north-eastern state of Tamaulipas. Large waves and winds reaching up to 80kph may also affect northern Mexico. Flooding and landslides may be reported in some areas, especially near rivers and mountains.

Several killed in violent clashes near Chilpancingo, Guerrero

At least nine people have been killed during clashes involving two rival criminal groups in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. According to the General Attorney's Office (PGE), clashes involved members of a group known as 'Los Rojos' that widely operate in the city of Chilpancingo. EFE reported that clashes broke out on Wednesday on the main road between Zitlala and Pochahuizco. Guerrero is one of the most violent states in Mexico. Violence in Guerrero is mainly attributed to territorial disputes involving rival groups involved in drug-trafficking. The state is known for housing large poppy plantations.

Several killed as gunmen raid party in Amozoc, Puebla

Three people have been killed after gunmen raided a party in Puebla, central Mexico. Televisa reported that the incident happened in the early hours of Thursday in the town of Amozoc. Reports suggest that heavily armed criminals raided the building and opened fire. Authorities are still investigating the motives behind the incident. Criminality in Puebla is often attributed to disputes involving rival criminal groups engaged in fuel theft.

Government confirms eight fatalities in Culiacan clashes

Government officials have confirmed that at least eight people have been killed and 16 others injured during Thursday's clashes in Culiacan, Sinaloa. Mexico's National Defense Secretary Luis Sandoval has confirmed that the among the deceased are five assailants and that most of the wounded are members of the security forces. Culiacan was under siege after a security operation led to the arrest of Ovidio Guzman, the son of the former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, El Chapo Guzman. In a press conference, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defended the decision to release Ovidio to avoid further bloodshed. He said: “This decision was taken to protect citizens. You cannot fight fire with fire. We do not want deaths. We do not want war.”

Construction works start on new Mexico City's airport

Work to convert the Santa Lucia military base to a civilian airport has started. In a ceremony held on Thursday, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, high-level military officials and politicians observed the start of the controversial project, which is intended to alleviate the pressure on Mexico City's Benito Juarez International Airport. Converting the Santa Lucia base to civilian use is an alternative to the multi-billion-dollar Texcoco project. President AMLO said that Santa Lucia, the new airport at Felipe Angeles and the expansion of the airport in Toluca will provide an efficient metropolitan network. The scrapped Texcoco project was considered to be too expensive to run and had been engulfed in corruption.

Violence spread in Culiacan after detention of El Chapo's son

Violence has spread across the city of Culiacan after armed commandos targeted security forces on Thursday afternoon. Incidents broke out after members of the National Guard (GN) were carrying out routine inspections that led to the arrest of Ovidio Guzman Lopez, the son of the former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman. Ovidio is currently wanted for international drug-trafficking. Just after his arrest, security forces were attacked, consequently leading to violent shootings. Several vehicles were set on fire, while a petrol station was also targeted. Reuters reported that the local Aguaturo prison was attacked, leading to the escape of dozens of inmates. Officials said that security measures in Culiacan were reinforced. Security Minister Alfonso Durazo has said that Ovidio was identified and later released in order to avoid further bloodshed in Culiacan. This is the latest blow to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's approach to security. The incident comes after two major security incidents were reported across Mexico.

Oil workers' syndicate leader resigns after nearly three decades

The influential leader of the Mexican Oil Workers Syndicate (STPRM), Carlos Romero Deschamps, has officially resigned after being implicated in a number of corruption scandals. Deschamps has led the STPRM for nearly three decades and is currently a senator for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). His term as STPRM leader was expected to end in 2024. In February, prosecutors accused him of money laundering, racketeering and tax evasion. Months later, he and his family were again accused of illicit enrichment and money laundering. In a statement, Deschamps said: “Facing an unfavourable scenario for the honest carrying out of my responsibility as Secretary-General, conscious that my fundamental commitment is to guarantee the stability of our union organization and the defence of the workers’ rights, I have decided (...) to present my resignation".

Senate pass legislation to allow mid-term recall vote on the president

Senate has overwhelmingly approved controversial legislation that would allow citizens to cast a 'recall vote' on the president. If approved in the lower house of Congress, the vote would be held when President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador reaches halfway of his mandate, which will be in 2021. The opposition worries that the vote may pave the way to allow re-election - or extend the presidential mandate - in Mexico as the ousted president would be allowed to run for office again. The bill is expected to be approved in parliament where the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) holds the majority.

Former Chilean guerrilla sentenced for kidnapping in Guanajuato

Guanajuato prosecutors have confirmed that a man accused of kidnapping a French-American woman in 2017 has been sentenced to 60 years in prison. Raul Julio Escobar Poblete, alias 'Comandante Emilio', was arrested two months after kidnapping Nancy Michelle Kendall. He was detained after attempting to collect the ransom payment. Reports indicate that Emilio also led a major kidnapping network in Guanajuato. Back in the 1980s, Comandante Emilio was part of the Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front (FPMR) in Chile. In January 2013, Chile requested an INTERPOL red notice for his arrest.

Scores killed in violent clashes near Iguala, Guerrero

At least 15 people have been killed after violent clashes broke out between the military and suspect armed civilians in Guerrero. EFE reported that among the casualties is a soldier and 14 members of a presumed armed civilian group based in the town of Tepochica, located near Iguala. Guerrero state prosecutor Jorge de los Santos said that it is still unclear what group is behind the incident. In recent years, Guerrero has experienced endemic levels of violence attributed to territorial disputes between rival criminal cartels. Groups comprised of armed civilians also operate in neighbouring Michoacan state.

Weather alerts issued due to low-pressure system approach to Oaxaca

Weather alerts have been issued to the coastal areas of Oaxaca due to approach of Potential Tropical Cyclone Seventeen-E. A tropical storm watch has been issued to the state's southern coast as the low-pressure system may bring adverse weather on Wednesday. According to projections of the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), the system is expected to weaken as it moves inland towards Puebla and Estado de Mexico. Reports from Mexico's National Met Service (SMN) show that intense rainfall and strong winds may affect Oaxaca, Chiapas, Veracruz, Tabasco and Guerrero.

Police detain US-bound migrant caravan in Chiapas

More than 2,000 travelling as part of a migrant caravan have been prevented from continuing their journey by police in Chiapas, south-western Mexico. AP reported that the migrants took off from the southern town of Tapachula, where thousands of migrants have been stranded for months. Reports indicate that the migrants were detained several kilometres north of the city. Mexico has enhanced security measures to address US-bound migration amid pressure from US President Donald Trump. In recent months, hundreds of migrants have been detained while attempting to reach the US border. Although a large majority of them are from Central America and Cuba, African migrants are increasingly joining the caravans. Last week, a 39-year-old man believed to be from Cameroon has been found dead after his boat capsized off the Chiapas coast. Two others were also reported missing.

Police officers killed in armed attack in Aguililla, Michoacan

At least 14 police officers have been killed in an armed attack in the town of Aguililla, Michoacan. In a statement released on social media, Mexico's Public Security Secretary has condemned that the attack happened on Monday morning. No further information about the incident was initially released, while it is still unclear who is behind it. Michoacan has been facing a wave of violence linked to criminal groups engaged in kidnapping, extortion and drug-trafficking. Violence has escalated across the state since the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) started to expand its operations across Michoacan in February.

Several killed as gunmen storm bar in Salamanca, Guanajuato

At least five people have been killed after gunmen stormed a bar in Salamanca, Guanajuato. El Universal reported that the attack happened in the early hours of Thursday morning at a venue known as the Raymond. Investigations are still ongoing to assess the motives behind the shooting. The incident happened almost at the same time that another man was killed at his home in the La Cruz colony in Salamanca. Violence in Guanajuato is mainly attributed to territorial disputes involving rival criminal groups. Besides drug-trafficking, criminals have also been engaged in extortion against local businesses.

Lawmakers vote in favour to cap public servants' wages

Lawmakers in the lower house of Congress have passed a bill that is aimed at introducing constitutional reforms to cap salaries of public servants. The bill intends to make changes to two articles of the constitution. Article 127 already dictates that "no public servant can receive remuneration higher than the remuneration established to the President of the Republic". Members of the ruling National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) claim that the measure is aimed at ending excesses and privileges granted to high-level officials. Meanwhile, the opposition has accused President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) of single-handedly attempting to meddle with the other branches of government. Since taking office, President AMLO has introduced a number of financial measures that included scrapping the construction of a partially-built new airport in Mexico City and the disposal of the presidential aircraft.

Senate overwhelmingly approves Supreme Court justice's resignation

Senators have overwhelmingly voted to accept the resignation of Supreme Court justice Eduardo Medina Mora. Medina Mora became a Supreme Court justice during the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto. He has quit just four years after assuming the post - Supreme Court justices are nominated to serve a 15-year term. Medina Mora handed over his resignation to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) after he was the target of investigations into suspicious international bank transfers. His resignation was approved with 111 votes in favour and three against. Five senators abstained. President AMLO, who denied claims of pushing for the resignation, will now submit to the Senate a list of candidates to take the post.

Business owners concerned over wave of extortion demands in Guanajuato

Business owners in the central state of Guanajuato have claimed that they have been targeted in a series of extortion demands. Reports suggest that criminal groups that were previously engaged in fuel-syphoning and trafficking across the state have shifted their operations after a large-scale government crackdown against them. Groups are now reportedly focusing on extorting local businesses and often attacking them if they fail to comply with their demands. Back in August, protests broke out after criminal groups started to target and demand extortion payments from tortilla shops across the state. Authorities claim that in Celaya and Salamanca, most cases of extortion may be linked to the Rosa de Lima Cartel, which widely operates in the region.

Local mayor targeted in mob attack in Las Margaritas, Chiapas

Nearly a dozen people have been detained after they attacked the mayor of the southern town of Las Margaritas, Chiapas. Mayor Jorge Escandon Hernandez suffered minor injuries when he was the target of a mob attack. According to reports, farmers forced him into a pick-up truck after he failed to deliver on his campaign promise to fix a local road. Reports suggest that he was tied up and briefly dragged through the streets in the Santa Rita area. Mob attacks are common in some rural areas in southern Mexico but mainly occur against suspects of robberies and sexual assault.

Taxi drivers launch nationwide strike action

Taxi drivers across Mexico City and all states have launched a nationwide strike action to protest against app-hailing transport services. Protesters brought Mexico City to a standstill after launching the demonstration on Monday morning. Severe disruption was reported until the afternoon. Aside from protesting against services such as Uber and Cabify, taxi drivers' associations are also demanding government action against pirate taxis that widely operate across Mexico.

Joint operation destroys cannabis plantation in Cosala, Sinaloa

A massive three-hectare cannabis plantation has been destroyed during a joint military operation in Sinaloa. EFE reported that soldiers and police officers took part in the operation in Cosala. The plantation was found abandoned in a hard-to-access field, located in a mountainous area close to the town. According to officials, it is estimated that 3.6 tonnes of plants were burned during the operation. Joint reconnaissance missions in Sinaloa often lead to the discovery of large drug plantations and drug labs. In June, several clandestine drug labs were dismantled in Culiacan. Since the head of the notorious Sinaloa Cartel, El Chapo Guzman, was extradited to the US, violent territorial disputes have emerged between rival factions within the group.

Police officer linked to AG's office killed in Villahermosa, Tabasco

A federal police officer of the Mexican Attorney General's Office (FGR) has been gunned down in an armed attack in Villahermosa, Tabasco. Local media reported that the victim died when armed criminals targeted him in the Tabasco 2000 colony. Milenio reported that he was detached to the FGR's office in Cardenas. In recent months, the National Guard was deployed in Tabasco due to violent incidents reported statewide. Tabasco borders the restive south-eastern state of Veracruz, where members of the notorious Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) and Los Zetas often clash over territorial disputes.

Taxi drivers to stage nationwide strike against app-based ride services

A large-scale demonstration is scheduled across major cities in Mexico as thousands of taxi drivers will take to the streets to protest against ride-hailing transport services. The National Movement of Taxi Drivers (MNT) has called on its members to stage a nationwide strike action on Monday. The main demonstration will take place in Mexico City, while other protests may also occur in major cities and state capitals. MNT told Debate that up to 150,000 taxi drivers and associates are estimated to participate in the protest. Organisers claim that app-based companies which operate in Mexico pose unfair competition. Roadblocks are expected to impact main roads and highways. On previous occasions, protests involving taxi drivers have turned violent.

Municipal police officer shot dead in Cancun, Quintana Roo

A municipal police officer has been killed during an armed attack in Cancun, Quintana Roo. Local media reported that armed criminals targeted two patrolling officers in the Supermanzana 254 area in the north-western part of the city. State Security Secretary Alberto Capella condemned the incident and said that investigations are ongoing. Capella also offered a reward for information leading to the suspects' arrests. Despite frequent attacks against police officers and clashes between rival criminal groups, violent incidents in Cancun mostly occur relatively far from resorts and hotels in the Zona Hotelera.

Weather warnings issued due to approach of Tropical Storm Narda

Weather warnings have been issued to the entire north-western Mexican coast as Tropical Storm Narda approaches the region. According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), Narda is expected to move along the country's western Pacific coast until weaking into a tropical depression on Wednesday morning. Heavy rainfall and strong winds are expected to affect most states around the Gulf of California. Mexico's National Met Service (SMN) has said that the states affected may include Baja California Sur, Durango, Chihuahua, Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima and Michoacan. Sonora, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes and Guanajuato may also be affected. Caution is advised to travel across coastal areas and regions located near rivers and mountains. 

Low pressure system to bring adverse weather to western Mexico

Adverse weather conditions are forecast to affect most states along the Mexican Pacific coast due to the approach of a low-pressure system. According to the National Met Service (SMN), thunderstorms, hail, and intense rainfall may impact the states of Veracruz, Oaxaca, Campeche, Chiapas and Guerrero. Other states in southern Mexico may also be affected. Reports from the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast that the system may become a tropical storm as it moves in a westerly direction towards the Pacific. Flash flooding and landslides could impact some areas. Alerts remain in place until at least Saturday.

Three soldiers killed after armed ambush in Guerrero

Three soldiers have been killed during an armed ambush in Guerrero, south-western Mexico. EFE reported that the incident happened on Thursday in the town of Leonardo Bravo. According to the National Defence Secretary (Sedena), a military unit was deployed to the region to eradicate drug plantations. It is still unclear which group is behind the attack. Military reinforcement was sent to the area just after the attack. Guerrero is one of the most violent states in Mexico. A number of criminal groups and cartels often engage in clashes to control strategic territory used to cultivate crops that are later transformed in drugs.

Nayarit's former chief prosecutor sentenced for 20 years in US drug case

A former chief state prosecutor for the western state of Nayarit has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in a US drug-trafficking case. Edgar Veytia is accused of colluding with powerful criminal cartels to smuggle large shipments of drugs into the US. He was detained in 2017 after spending nearly four years behind a major international drug-trafficking scheme. Veytia admitted in a court in New York to have accepted bribes to disrupt investigations and police operations. Court documents allege that Veytia has been engaged in drug-trafficking long before becoming Nayarit's chief prosecutor.

Lawmakers in Oaxaca approve abortion decriminalisation

The south-western state of Oaxaca has become the second federal territory in Mexico to decriminalise abortion. In a vote held in the state parliament, members of the ruling National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) have overwhelmingly approved the measure. Oaxaca is the first state to allow the practice, while Mexico City also decriminalised it over a decade ago. Official data suggests that illegal abortion in Mexico is one of the main causes of death of women. Across the country, authorities largely enforce anti-abortion legislation, rarely approving procedures even when under certain cases.

Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park to partially close due to conservation works

Mexico's National Commission for the Protection of Natural Areas (Conanp) has said that parts of the Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park will be closed due to environmental concerns. Conanp has said the areas around the Colombia and Palamar reefs are among those that will be closed for tourism and recreational activities. An area known as 'El Cielo' is also being closed. The measure will be in effect from 07 October. The park is very popular with tourists that arrive on the island by cruise ships. Although visits to the park are extremely limited, additional visitors are often allowed in during the summer peak season.

Police commander found dead in Celaya, Guanajuato

A police commander has been found dead inside a police vehicle in Guanajuato, central Mexico. Local officials have confirmed that Sergio Morales Casas was found with gunshot wounds in the town of Celaya. AP reported that Casas has served in the Celaya police force for 25 years. The incident happened days after another police commander was found decapitated in the resort town of Cancun, Quintana Roo. Jose Archi Yama was stationed at the police department in Playa del Carmen. Yama was previously kidnapped and found dead on an isolated road. Criminal groups often target police officers in Mexico in retaliation at security operations. On multiple occasions, corrupted officers have been killed by drug cartels due to their allegiance to rival groups.

Mexico records more than 11,000 cases of dengue fever

Health authorities have confirmed that over 11,000 cases of dengue fever have been confirmed across Mexico. Reports indicate that nearly 800 cases of them are severe dengue. Although the disease has affected almost half of all Mexican states, most cases have been reported in Chiapas, Jalisco, Oaxaca, Veracruz and Quintana Roo - Veracruz has recorded the highest number of cases. Several Central American countries, such as Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala are facing dengue fever outbreaks. A preliminary official forecast shows that Mexico may record up to 75,000 cases until the end of the year - in 2018, 25,000 cases were confirmed. Dengue fever is common in Latin America and the Caribbean. Symptoms may include fever, muscle and joint pain, headache and a red rash. In more severe cases, symptoms may include severe abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, cold and drowsiness.

President AMLO calls on prosecutors to open corruption probe against PRI leader

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has called on the federal prosecutor's office to open a corruption investigation against the leader of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Alejandro Moreno Cardenas. During his daily morning press briefing, when questioned by the case, President AMLO called on prosecutors to investigate claims that Cardenas benefited from illicit enrichment. The denounce was made by former Oaxaca Governor Ulises Ruiz, who is also a member of the PRI. A news report from the Reforma daily claimed that Cardenas amassed illegal funds after altering the price of more than a dozen properties in the state of Campeche. Cardenas has dismissed the allegations and claimed that the accusations are politically motivated.

Robbers raid private boat party in Paraiso, Tabasco

Robbers have raided a private boat party in the Gulf town of Paraiso, Tabasco. State officials confirmed that at least five criminals armed with machetes and firearms targeted the Bucaneros del Sur boat on the Seco River after it was returning from a tour. The incident happened on Sunday during a private event. Authorities confirmed that the group was known for operating in the resort town. Earlier this year, the government warned over pirates targeting vessels and fishing boats in Paraiso and Centla. Oil infrastructure has been also previously targeted - the most recent incident happened near the Dos Bocas refinery.

Tropical Storm Lorena forecast to strengthen as it approaches Baja California peninsula

A Hurricane Warning has been issued to almost the entire southern coast of Baja California due to the approach of Tropical Storm Lorena, which is forecast to become a hurricane on Friday afternoon. According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), Lorena will travel along the western coast of the Baja California peninsula before weakening back into a tropical storm on Sunday. Strong winds, heavy rainfall and powerful waves are expected to affect the region. According to Mexico's National Met Service (SMN), Lorena could strengthen into a category one hurricane as early as Friday morning. Alerts have been issued to an extensive coastal area between La Paz and Santa Fe, while the coast of Sinaloa and Nayarit could still be collaterally affected.

Youngster killed in a shooting in Mexico City

A 14-year-old boy is among the victims of a shooting which broke out at a residence in Mexico City. AP reported that the incident happened overnight on Tuesday in the low-income neighbourhood of Doctores. In total, four men were killed and three women injured. A seven-year-old was also shot. According to local media, four suspects were detained. Police are investigating the potential motives behind the shooting, which may be linked to retaliation.

Hurricane Lorena triggers alerts across western Mexico

A Hurricane Warning has been issued to the coastal areas of Jalisco due to the approach of Hurricane Lorena. Reports from the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) show that Lorena is forecast to head north-westwards the Pacific towards the Baja California peninsula. Mexico's National Met Service (SMN) has said that strong winds and heavy rainfall may affect the states of Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan, Guerrero and Nayarit. Heavy rainfall may cause flash flooding and landslides in some mountain areas. Hazardous sea conditions are expected to persist in north-western Mexico until at least Monday. Lorena is forecast to reach Cabo San Lucas in Baja California on Saturday and travel towards the US border before weakening into a tropical depression.

Three killed in Veracruz crash

At least three people have been killed and 22 others wounded in a road accident in Veracruz state. According to reports, a passenger bus overturned on the La Tinaja-Cordoba highway heading towards Cosamaloapan. The driver and two passengers were pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation into the cause of the crash in underway.

Two police officers arrested over links to extortion gang

Two police officers have been detained over links to an extortion gang in the city of Celaya in Guanajuato state. They were arrested alongside six criminals in the Tresguerras neighbourhood last Friday. They are suspected of extorting local business owners throughout Celaya, with the officers belonging to the Public Security Directorate and the Traffic Directorate.

Bodies found in mass grave near Guadalajara

At least 29 bodies have been discovered in a mass grave near the western city of Guadalajara. "We have 13 complete corpses and 16 incomplete, for a total of 29 bodies," said Gerardo Solis, chief prosecutor for the state of Jalisco. The bodies were found in a well in the La Primavera area on Tuesday. Only four of the deceased have been identified so far.

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