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.
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.FULL STORY
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.FULL STORY
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."FULL STORY
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."FULL STORY
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.FULL STORY
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.FULL STORY
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.FULL STORY
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.
[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.FULL STORY
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.FULL STORY
[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.FULL STORY
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.
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:
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.
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.
U.S. authorities have arrested a woman they believe is the daughter of Mexico's most-wanted drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a federal source told CNN.
Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman Salazar was arrested Friday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the international crossing at San Ysidro, California.
Guzman Salazar, who doesn't have legal documents to enter the United States, was caught trying to use a counterfeit visa to enter the country, according to a criminal complaint filed in the case.
She is pregnant and wanted to have her baby in the United States, the complaint said.
A federal official, who is not authorized to speak to the media and declined to be named, said that the woman is the daughter of the drug lord Guzman.FULL STORY
Mexican authorities have detained a prison director and two other prison officials after 132 inmates escaped from the facility Monday, officials said.
The attorney general for Coahuila state had asked a judge to detain the three prison leaders for 30 days while an investigation into the escape from the border city of Piedras Negras began.
Piedras Negras is across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas, and about 150 miles from San Antonio.
The inmates escaped one by one from what's known as a social rehabilitation center, a minimum-security facility, by using a 7-foot-long tunnel, according to a statement from the state attorney general. The escapees then cut through a chain-link fence and ran through an empty lot.
The tunnel, which was about 4 feet wide and nearly 10 feet deep, began inside a wood shop inside in the prison, authorities said.FULL STORY
Three U.S. Marines were injured in a shooting south of Mexico City on Friday morning, a Mexican military official told CNN Mexico.
The motive behind the attack on the American servicemen, who were on a diplomatic mission, was not immediately known.
Unknown gunmen inside what was described as a Mexican federal police vehicle fired upon a U.S. Embassy vehicle that carried the U.S. servicemen, said the official, who declined to be named for security reasons.
The injured Marines were transported to a hospital in Cuernavaca, Mexico.FULL STORY
Mexicans head to the polls to vote Sunday in what officials have called "the largest and most complex election day" in the country's history.
Four candidates are vying for the presidency. Voters will also cast ballots in congressional contests and, in six states, gubernatorial races.
"Never in Mexican democracy have so many posts been at play in the same popular election," Federal Election Institute President Leonardo Valdes said in a statement.
More than 2,100 federal, state and local offices will be decided by Sunday's vote, the institute said.
For the first time, more than 79 million people were registered to vote, according to the institute. Among them are 3.5 million young people who will vote for the first time, the institute said.
Nationwide, authorities said there would be more than 143,000 polling stations and more than 13,000 accredited observers.
Mexicans also cast ballots from beyond the country's borders. On Saturday, election officials they had received 40,737 absentee ballots from Mexicans living abroad.
Voters will elect new governors in the states of Chiapas, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Morelos, Tabasco and Yucatan. In Mexico City, the nation's capital, residents will elect a new mayor.FULL STORY