December 4th, 2013
12:12 PM ET

Truck with radioactive material stolen

A pair of thieves in Mexico may have stolen more than they bargained for when they targeted a truck this week.

The stolen vehicle was carrying a delicate cargo - a radioactive element used for medical purposes, but one that can be used to make a so-called dirty bomb.

The International Atomic Energy Agency announced the theft Wednesday.

Mexican authorities told the IAEA that the truck, which was transporting the cobalt-60 teletherapy source from a hospital in Tijuana to a radioactive waste storage center, was stolen Monday in Tepojaco, near Mexico City.

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September 14th, 2013
07:04 PM ET

Mexico feels impact as Ingrid grows into a hurricane

Residents of Mexico's central state of San Luis Potosi felt Saturday the first signs of Hurricane Ingrid's outer bands.

Government agency Notimex reported damaged and collapsed roads and flooded homes. It said authorities evacuated residents in danger areas, taking them to one of more than 50 shelters in the region.

Emergency crews distributed supplies in boats to areas unreachable by land. Riverside towns were stranded after the water rose to critical levels.

The National Hurricane Center in the United States warned Ingrid could dump 10 to 15 inches of rain over Mexico's eastern region, with 25 inches expected in mountainous areas. The rainfall would mean flash floods and mudslides for saturated areas.

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August 20th, 2013
04:57 PM ET

Mexico's 'Queen of the Pacific' deported from U.S.

Sandra Avila Beltran, known as the "Queen of the Pacific" for alleged drug dealings, was deported Tuesday from the United States to Mexico, where she will face money-laundering charges, the third set of criminal accusations against her.

Avila landed in Mexico City on a chartered plane from El Paso, Texas, along with other deportees, the Mexican attorney general's office said.

She was being held in a hangar belonging to the attorney general's office, where she will be served with an arrest warrant, the state-run Notimex news agency reported. She will undergo a medical exam before being transported to the state of Jalisco, where she faces charges of money laundering, according to Notimex.

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August 19th, 2013
05:07 PM ET

Eduardo Arellano-Felix, last of 4 brothers in Mexican cartel, gets 15 years in prison

Eduardo Arellano-Felix, the last of four brothers who ran the drug cartel in Mexico known as the Arellano-Felix Organization, was sentenced Monday to 15 years in U.S. federal prison for his role as chief financial officer, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

Arellano-Felix, 56, was sentenced after pleading guilty in May to charges of conspiracy to launder money and to use and invest illicit drug profits.

A medical doctor known as "El Doctor," Arellano-Felix used drug-trafficking proceeds to pay members of the drug cartel to commit crimes, buy firearms, pay bribes and purchase drugs, according to the plea agreement.

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FBI 'most wanted' alleged sex abuser arrested
June 19th, 2013
03:13 AM ET

FBI 'most wanted' alleged sex abuser arrested

Mexican authorities have arrested a former college professor who was on the FBI's 10 most wanted list over allegations of child sex abuse.

Walter Lee Williams was detained late Tuesday, Mexican state news agency Notimex reported.

The FBI placed the former university professor wanted for alleged sexual exploitation of children on the list Monday, according to Notimex.

Williams researched in the field of gender development at a university in California, which gave him easy access to his victims, mainly teenage boys in developing countries, the FBI said.

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June 4th, 2013
07:27 AM ET

Kin hunt 11 missing from Mexico bar

Mexico City sees its share of protests, but this one was unusual.

One woman wept. Other protesters shouted at the tops of their lungs, demanding answers. Still others showed pictures of their relatives to puzzled passersby.

The protesters who gathered Thursday are relatives of 11 party-goers who went missing more than a week ago from a bar in a posh Mexico City neighborhood known as "Zona Rosa," or Pink Zone. The area has a vibrant night scene with bars, nightclubs and upscale restaurants on every street.

The protesters say their relatives were kidnapped on May 26 as they were partying at Heaven, an after-hours bar in the neighborhood. All 11 disappeared sometime between 10 a.m. and noon, they say.

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Hurricane Barbara moves over Mexico
May 29th, 2013
05:07 PM ET

Hurricane Barbara moves over Mexico

Hurricane Barbara crashed ashore Wednesday afternoon along Mexico's southern Pacific coast.

Barely a hurricane, Barbara made landfall in the state of Chiapas, about 20 miles west of Tonala, the U.S.-based National Hurricane Center said.

Barbara had sustained winds of 75 mph, and was moving north-northeast at 9 mph. It was located about 80 miles east of Salina Cruz, in the state of Oaxaca, according to the hurricane center's last advisory.

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May 15th, 2013
09:36 PM ET

Season's first named storm forms in eastern Pacific

The hurricane season opened Wednesday with a flourish, and more specifically, with the debut of its first named storm, Tropical Storm Alvin.

Tropical Depression 1-E was upgraded and named a tropical storm on Wednesday, which happens to be the first day of the Eastern Pacific hurricane season, according to the National Hurricane Center. The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on June 1, and both seasons end November 30.

"Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours," the Miami-based hurricane center said, "and Alvin could become a hurricane in a couple of days."

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April 16th, 2013
03:37 AM ET

Immigration bill: Must secure border

The border with Mexico must be secure.

This requirement is the cornerstone of an immigration reform bill a bipartisan group of senators are to file on Capitol Hill Tuesday. There will be no path to legal residency for migrants without it.

Undocumented immigrants may also not reach the status of fully legal residents under the proposed legislation, until the Department of Homeland Security has implemented measures to prevent "unauthorized workers from obtaining employment in the United States."

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March 27th, 2013
05:35 PM ET

Obama to visit Mexico

U.S. President Barack Obama will head to Mexico in May, officials said.

Obama accepted Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's invitation to visit Wednesday morning, Mexico's foreign ministry said in a statement.

Obama will travel to Mexico during the first week in May to discuss a variety of issues with Pena Nieto, the statement said.

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U.S., Mexico tie in key World Cup qualifier
Mexico's Javier Aquino and U.S. defender DaMarcus Beasley go to head-to-head for the ball in Mexico City on Tuesday.
March 27th, 2013
01:00 AM ET

U.S., Mexico tie in key World Cup qualifier

In a World Cup qualifier featuring heated regional rivals, the United States and Mexico tied 0-0 at Mexico City on Tuesday night.

The result was a huge disappointment for the Mexican team, which through the years has dominated the United States at the Azteca Stadium.

The hosts controlled the match, taking 10 shots to the 1 for the United States. Mexico also had 15 corner kicks as most of the game was played in the U.S. end.

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February 23rd, 2013
10:41 AM ET

Mexican blogger vows to fight despite threats

The name of the Facebook page matches the personality of its administrator: Courage for Tamaulipas.

Tamaulipas is the northeastern Mexican state that borders Texas, a diverse place whose reputation is overshadowed by violence carried out by rival drug cartels. Under threats from the drug gangs, many media outlets make the choice to self-censor and not cover the violence.

But reporting violence is precisely what Courage for Tamaulipas does. The Facebook page, which has reported on the region's violence for more than a year, will remain active despite a bounty put on the administrator, presumably by a cartel.

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February 13th, 2013
08:02 PM ET

Mexican attorney general: Six suspects confess to raping Spanish tourists

Six suspects arrested and accused of raping a group of Spanish tourists in a Mexican resort city have confessed, a top official said Wednesday.

Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam declared the case "resolved," although one suspect remains at large.

"There are already six arrests, confessed, totally confessed the full story of what happened, and we need only to arrest one more person identified in this process," he said. "The case is solved."

The allegations last week grabbed headlines across Mexico and around the globe. Authorities said hooded gunmen stormed into a beach bungalow in the Pacific port of Acapulco and attacked a group of Spanish tourists, raping six women and tying up a group of men with cell phone cables and bikini straps.

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February 6th, 2013
09:37 AM ET

Mexican police have 'strong leads' in Acapulco rapes

[Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET] Marcos Juarez, the principal investigator for the prosecutor of Guerrero state and lead investigator on the case, says investigators know the identities of the men described as perpetrators, and that some if not all of them are under surveillance.

[Posted at 9:37 a.m. ET] Mexican authorities have strong leads in the investigation of the rape of six Spanish tourists in Acapulco, and arrests could be made as early as this week, a government official with knowledge of the case told CNN today.

Masked gunmen broke into a beach bungalow on the outskirts of Acapulco and raped six women tourists after tying up a group of men with cell phone cables and bikini straps, officials said Tuesday.

The victims are Spanish nationals, ranging in age from 20 to 34, Mexican authorities said.

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Explosion hits Mexican state oil company Pemex
February 1st, 2013
10:37 AM ET

Mexico office blast death toll now at 32, company says

A day after an explosion rocked its offices in Mexico City, Mexico's state-run oil giant Pemex says it's too early to speculate on the cause of the deadly blast.

At least 32 people - 20 women and 12 men - were killed in the explosion, Pemex chief Emilio Lozoya said at a news conference Friday. More than 100 were injured, including 52 who remain hospitalized.

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January 31st, 2013
06:06 PM ET

At least 14 dead, 80 injured after blast rocks oil company office

[Update 8:14 p.m.] At least 14 people were killed and 80 were injured in an explosion at the offices of Mexico's state-run oil company Thursday, the country's interior minister said.

[Update 6:50 p.m. ET] Citing the Mexico City district governor, Mexican CNN affiliate FOROtv is reporting five dead, 75 injured, 30 trapped after an explosion at the Pemex oil company offices in Mexico City.

[Original post] Injuries were reported after an explosion at the administrative offices of Mexico's state-run Pemex oil company in Mexico City on  Thursday, the company said in a Twitter post.

The blast injured workers and prompted an evacuation of personnel, a company spokesman told Mexico's state-run Notimex news agency.

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January 30th, 2013
04:28 PM ET

Mexican cult accused of forced labor

A cult operating in Mexico, along the U.S. border, is accused of kidnapping and forcing victims to work and have sex, the country's National Migration Institute said Wednesday.
Fourteen foreigners - accused by victims' relatives of demanding "tithes" from local followers - were detained, and at least some are in the process of being deported, said the federal attorney general's office, or PGR.
Three Mexican citizens are being held on suspicion of human trafficking, the PGR said.
Immigration authorities and police raided the Defenders of Christ group in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, the migration institute said Tuesday night. Nuevo Laredo is across the border from its sister city, Laredo, Texas.
Six of the detained foreigners were Spanish, two Brazilian, two Bolivian, two Venezuelan, one Argentinean and one Ecuadorean.

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December 13th, 2012
12:56 PM ET

Jenni Rivera's remains found, turned over to family

We are just learning that the remains of music star Jenni Rivera, who died in a plane crash Sunday, have been identified and turned over to her family, according to a spokesman for Mexico's Nuevo Leon state.

The remains of Rivera's publicist and the plane's co-pilot were also identified. It is unclear how officials were able to identify all of the remains at this point.

We are continuing to learn more about what happened during the flight Rivera was on, including that her plane plunged from 28,000 feet, according to Mexican officials.

For more on the accident and Rivera's legacy you can read the following stories:

Jenni Rivera is mourned, but still inspires

Plane's owners tied to troubled businessman

 

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Alleged Mexican drug kingpin extradited to U.S. to face charges
Luis Rodriguez-Olivera is accused of money laundering and importing, possessing and distributing cocaine.
November 9th, 2012
08:04 PM ET

Alleged Mexican drug kingpin extradited to U.S. to face charges

Nearly one year after he was arrested, an alleged Mexican drug kingpin is now in New York to face charges he co-led the drug ring that shipped more than 100 tons of cocaine to the United States.

Luis Rodriguez-Olivera was extradited from Mexico on Thursday, in order to appear later today in a federal courthouse in Brooklyn, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York said in a press release.

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At least 48 dead after 7.4-magnitude quake off Mexico-Guatemala border
November 7th, 2012
09:28 PM ET

At least 48 dead after 7.4-magnitude quake off Mexico-Guatemala border

Editor's note: A 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit Wednesday off the coast of Guatemala, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Guatemalan officials say at least 48 people died and about 125,000 people were without power. The quake, centered about 15 miles from the coastal city of Champerico at a depth of 26 miles, was felt throughout Central America and as far north as Mexico City. Below are updates:

[Updated at 9:27 p.m. ET] At least 48 people were killed as a result of the earthquake, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina said.

[Updated at 5:07 p.m. ET] The death toll in the Guatemalan quake has risen to at least 29, said David de Leon, a spokesman for the country's disaster relief agency.

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