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25 killed in fiery attack on bar in southern Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An attack on a bar in Mexico's Gulf coast city of Coatzacoalcos killed 25 people and injured about a dozen, officials said Wednesday, and they said it was apparently overseen by a man who had been recently arrested but released....

 

Mexico sees jungle lakes evaporate amid lower rainfall

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Some of the mystical blue-green lakes of the Lacandon jungle in southern Mexico are drying up this year, the result of what experts say is an extended drought and rising temperatures in the region. The Metzabok lake, which...

 

Mexicans buy fake cellphones to hand over in muggings

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Armed robberies have gotten so common aboard buses in Mexico City that commuters have come up with a clever if disheartening solution: Many are buying fake cellphones, to hand over to thieves instead of their real smartphones....

 

Hours after mass escape, migrants chant for food, freedom

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — About 600 mostly Cuban migrants who were part of a mass escape from a southern Mexico immigration detention center a day earlier remained at large Friday evening, immigration authorities said. Mexico's National Immigration...

 

Migrants fearful after hundreds arrested in Mexico raid

TONALA, Mexico (AP) — Central American migrants traveling through southern Mexico toward the U.S. on Tuesday fearfully recalled their frantic escape from police the previous day, scuttling under barbed wire fences into pastures and then spending...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's Mexico mirage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Giving himself credit for tough diplomacy, President Donald Trump is describing a burst of activity by Mexican authorities to keep Central American migrants from getting to the U.S. border. That's an apparent mirage as Trump retre...

 

Mexico president calls for truth commission on conquest

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador asked Spain on Tuesday to set up a kind of fact-finding commission on the 1519-1521 conquest of Mexico to determine what kind of apology is warranted. Spanish Foreign Minister Josep...

 

Sinaloa cartel marches on after El Chapo arrest, conviction

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Despite the arrest, extradition and now conviction of narco-lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, his Sinaloa cartel marches on — and the proof is in huge, multi-drug shipments detected on the border in recent weeks. Those heaping...

 

Mexican pipeline explosion kills 73, leaves nightmare of ash

TLAHUELILPAN, Mexico (AP) — Gerardo Perez returned Saturday to the scorched field in central Mexico where he'd seen an illegal pipeline tap burst into flames to see if he could recognize missing friends. He couldn't. Only a handful of the remains...

 

20 dead, 60 burned in fire at tap on Mexico fuel pipeline

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A huge fire exploded at a pipeline leaking fuel in central Mexico on Friday, killing at least 20 people and badly burning 60 others as locals collected the spilling gasoline in buckets, officials said. The leak was caused by...

 

US and Mexico face stark choices as new president takes over

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Migrants, trade, crime, the border wall: The challenges to the modern U.S.-Mexico relationship have perhaps never been as stark and divisive as they are now, at a critical juncture for both countries. With a new president...

 

Hundreds of migrants leave Mexico City headed for border

MEXICO CITY (AP) — About 750 Central American migrants headed out of Mexico City on Friday to embark on the longest and most dangerous leg of their journey to the U.S. border, while thousands more were waiting one more day at a massive improvised...

 

Migrants in caravan shrug over US vote, eye change at home

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The migrants in a caravan used by President Donald Trump as a campaign issue were almost universally unaware of the results of the U.S. midterm elections. The Central Americans were more concerned with the dangers of northern...

 

Migrants pause to honor dead man, rest, still far from US

HUIXTLA, Mexico (AP) — Still more than 1,000 miles from their goal of reaching the United States, a caravan of Central American migrants briefly halted its arduous journey Tuesday to mourn a fellow traveler killed in a road accident, and to rest...

 

Migrants vow to re-form caravan, continue north toward US

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — About 2,000 Central American migrants who circumvented Mexican police at a border bridge and swam, forded and floated across the river from Guatemala decided on Saturday to re-form their mass caravan and continue their...

 

Mexico elections center on disgust with corruption, violence

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans were voting Sunday in a potentially transformative election that could put in power a firebrand vowing to end politics and business as usual in a country weary of spiraling violence and scandal-plagued politicians....

 

Living with a monster: Tourism at a Guatemala volcano

SAN FRANCISCO DE SALES, Guatemala (AP) — Tourists reached out to feel the heat from the still-smoldering lava, tossed sticks to see them burst into flames or watched a guide toast marshmallows on hot rocks as they hiked on Guatemala's Pacaya...

 

At Guatemala volcano, time running out for rescue chances

SAN MIGUEL LOS LOTES, Guatemala (AP) — Emergency crews pulled more bodies from what remained of villages devastated by the eruption of Guatemala's Volcano of Fire on Wednesday, but time was quickly running out to find survivors as the confirmed...

 

Mexico faces prospect of failure in NAFTA talks

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The top trade representatives of the United States, Mexico and Canada ended the latest round of talks on renegotiating the North American Free Trade without a deal Friday, less than a week before an unofficial deadline to get...

 

Group running asylum caravan fears spotlight comes at a cost

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The group that organized a monthlong caravan of Central Americans seeking asylum in the United States wanted to draw attention to the plight of people fleeing violence. If headlines are any measure, it has been a smashing...

 

Copter on quake mission flips in Mexico, kills 13 on ground

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A military helicopter carrying officials who were assessing damage from a powerful earthquake flipped as it was attempting to land in southern Mexico, crashing on top of people who had fled their homes and were spending the...

 

Mexico's presidential front-runner a wildcard for US ties

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's leftist presidential front-runner is combative and unbending, and his personality-based campaign proclaiming honesty and fiery nationalism could set up a unique and combustible relationship with his northern counterpart...

 

Mexico City subway, UN use genitals in anti-harassment ads

MEXICO CITY (AP) — How do you bring home to men the discomfort and disgust caused by sexual harassment on the subway? The U.N. Women agency and the Mexico City government decided to launch a series of video ads in which the issue comes up,...

 

Mexico gas protests, looting leave 2 dead, 700 arrested

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Anger over gasoline prices hikes in Mexico fueled more protests and looting Thursday, and officials said the unrest had resulted in the death of a policeman and a bystander, the ransacking of 300 stores and arrests of over 700...

 

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