October 16th, 2012
02:11 PM ET

Source: Drug lord 'El Chapo's' daughter arrested at border

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.

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September 18th, 2012
09:31 AM ET

132 inmates escape Mexican prison on U.S. border

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.

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August 24th, 2012
02:05 PM ET

3 U.S. Marines shot in Mexico

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.

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July 1st, 2012
01:16 AM ET

Mexico set to pick new president

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.

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June 4th, 2012
04:25 AM ET

8 killed in rampage at Mexico rehab center

Gunmen entered a rehabilitation center in central Mexico and fired on patients, a blog on the Mexican drug war reported.

The attack Sunday night left eight people dead and eight others injured, police in the city of Torreon said via Twitter.

Family members gathered outside the center as bodies were being removed, according to El Blog del Narco, a blog that publishes information about the Mexican drug war.

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Filed under: Crime • Mexico • World
April 20th, 2012
11:46 AM ET

43 killed in Mexico bus crash

Forty-three people were killed and 18 injured Friday morning in a roadway crash involving a bus in the Mexican state of Veracruz, the governor's office said.

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April 2nd, 2012
02:10 PM ET

6.3 magnitude quake in Oaxaca, Mexico, USGS says

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 struck in the Mexican state of Oaxaca on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake's epicenter was about 17 miles (27 km) from Ometepec, Guerrero. It was about 7.6 miles (12 km) deep, the USGS said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Residents felt the quake in Mexico City, hundreds of miles away from the epicenter.

There were no initial reports of major damage in the capital, Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said on Twitter.

– CNN's Krupskaia Alis and Rafael Romo contributed to this report.

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March 21st, 2012
10:06 AM ET

Officials survey damage after strong quake jolts Mexico

ACAPULCO, Mexico (CNN) - Mexican officials were assessing damage Wednesday, a day after a strong earthquake left homes in ruins and rattled residents hundreds of miles away from the epicenter.

At least 11 people were injured and hundreds of houses were damaged in the 7.4-magnitude quake, which struck mid-day Tuesday in southern Mexico.

Photos from some of the hardest-hit areas showed residents surveying rubble where adobe homes once stood. Broken tiles and pieces of buildings fell onto sidewalks as far away as Mexico City, about 200 miles (320 km) from the quake's epicenter.

The city's mayor said the earthquake was one of the strongest to impact the capital since an 8.0 temblor that struck in 1985, killing about 10,000 people in the sprawling metropolis. But officials said no deaths had been reported after Tuesday's quake, despite the widespread alarm it caused.

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USGS: 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes in Guerrero region of Mexico
A 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck near Ometepec in the Guerrero region of Mexico on Tuesday.
March 20th, 2012
04:00 PM ET

USGS: 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes in Guerrero region of Mexico

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[Updated at 4:00 p.m. ET] The U.S. Geological Survey has again revised the magnitude of the Mexican quake, down to 7.4.

[Updated at 3:29 p.m. ET] Though the epicenter was about 175 miles from Mexico City, earthquakes are a frightening experience for the city's more than 20 million residents of Mexico City. About 10,000 people perished in a massive quake in 1985.

The city, built on volcanic ash and clay, is particularly vulnerable to temblors.

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[Updated at 3:17 p.m. ET] Local authorities in Guerrero state have reported aftershocks, while residents in Oaxaca and Guerrero states and the eastern state of Veracruz reported that phone service had been knocked out in their areas.

[Updated at 3:12 p.m. ET] Pascal Clemens, a businessman in Acapulco, says he has lived in the city for 17 years, and Tuesday's earthquake was in the top five of those he's experienced in that time.

It was "a pretty strong one," he said.

[Updated at 3:03 p.m. ET] A real estate agent in Acapulco told CNN International that he was in an office building when the quake hit. He said that the area has felt tremors for a while now, “but not strong like this one.”

Footage in Mexico City showed people milling around outside office buildings moments after evacuating.

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March 10th, 2012
05:27 PM ET

Authorities find remains of 167 people in southern Mexico

Authorities have found the remains of 167 people, believed to be at least 50 years old, in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, officials said.

The remains were discovered inside a cave on the Nuevo Ojo de Agua ranch, and show no visible signs of violence, according to a statement from state prosecutors.

Studies will be done to determine the age, sex and cause of death of each person, it read. The prosecutors promised not to rule out "any line of investigation."

Though the remains are thought to be more than half a century old, the discovery is still sure to attract attention in a country where mass graves have been unearthed in recent years.

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February 21st, 2012
10:44 AM ET

3 killed in Mexican prison riot

At least three people were killed in a prison riot Tuesday in northern Mexico, a Nuevo Leon state security spokesman said.

Jorge Domene said the riot happened in a prison in Topo Chico, about 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from the site of another prison riot on Sunday that left at least 44 people dead.

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Filed under: Mexico
February 20th, 2012
09:14 AM ET

Mexican official: Prisoners may have escaped in riot that killed 44

MONTERREY, Mexico (CNN) - Authorities are investigating what caused clashes that left at least 44 dead in a northern Mexico prison - and whether any inmates escaped.

A fierce rivalry between drug cartels likely fueled the fighting Sunday inside a prison in Apodaca, Nuevo Leon, state security spokesman Jorge Domene told reporters.

Prisoners could have used the riot to engineer a breakout, Domene said. He did not say whether inmates had escaped from the overcrowded prison or how prisoners inside acquired the clubs, stones and sharp objects they used in the fighting.

Guards may have been complicit, he said, and authorities have detained them - along with the prison's director - for questioning.

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February 7th, 2012
08:37 AM ET

Obama campaign returning contributions from donors tied to fugitive

The reelection campaign of President Barack Obama said Tuesday it plans to return about $200,000 in donations collected by two Chicago men after a newspaper report described their brother as a fugitive with alleged links to violence and corruption in Mexico.

"More than 1.3 million Americans have donated to the campaign and we constantly review those contributions for any issues. On the basis of the questions that have been raised, we will return the contributions from these individuals and from any other donors they brought to the campaign," Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said.

The announcement came after The New York Times published a report detailing alleged ties between two campaign donors and a Mexican casino magnate.

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February 2nd, 2012
01:52 PM ET

'Fast and Furious' consequences coming, Holder says

Firings and charges against the justice department officials who oversaw the agency's flawed gun-running operation are likely to come in the next six months, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday.

Holder was speaking before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to discuss the controversial sting operation called Operation Fast and Furious.

Asked what steps he had taken since the controversy came to light 13 months ago, Holder said he is awaiting the conclusions of an internal investigation.

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January 11th, 2012
11:36 AM ET

Mexico: 13,000 killed in drug violence in first 9 months of 2011

Nearly 13,000 people were killed in Mexico by suspected drug violence in the first three quarters of 2011, the country's federal attorney general's office said Wednesday.

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December 10th, 2011
09:19 PM ET

6.7 earthquake strikes near Acapulco, Mexico

A 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck about 80 miles north of Acapulco, Mexico, on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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Gadhafi son tried to go secretly to Mexico
Moammar Gadhafi's son, Saadi Gadhafi, tried to flee to Mexico, officials say.
December 7th, 2011
11:01 AM ET

Gadhafi son tried to go secretly to Mexico

Saadi Gadhafi, a son of the deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, tried to travel secretly to Mexico with false documents, Mexico's interior minister said Wednesday.

Four people have been implicated in the plot - a Canadian, a Dane and a two Mexicans, said the minister, Alejandro Poire.

The arrests of the plotters were made in November and announced Wednesday.

"With these actions, the federal government contributes actively to a safe North America," said Alejandra Sota, a government spokeswoman.

The plan was to provide false documents claiming Mexican nationality for Saadi Gadhafi and his family, and to purchase a number of properties in Mexico that would be used as safe houses, Poire said.

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November 24th, 2011
11:55 AM ET

At least 20 bodies found in western Mexico

Authorities found more than 20 bodies inside three abandoned vehicles in Guadalajara, Mexico, Thursday, state media reported.

The vehicles were discovered near a monument on one of the city's main avenues, the state-run Notimex news agency said, citing police sources.

Officials did not release the exact number of bodies found Thursday morning.

Jalisco state Attorney General Tomas Coronado Olmos told CNN affiliate TV Azteca that a message was found with the bodies, but he did not disclose what it said.

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Mexico's interior minister killed in copter crash
Mexican Interior Minister Jose Francisco Blake Mora was appointed in 2010.
November 11th, 2011
01:33 PM ET

Mexico's interior minister killed in copter crash

[Updated at 2:41 p.m. ET] Mexico's interior minister, Jose Francisco Blake Mora, was killed in helicopter crash Friday, the government said.

The Super Puma helicopter crashed in the Xochimilco area south of Mexico City, government spokeswoman Alejandra Sota said.

Also killed in the crash were deputy minister Felipe Zamora and the ministry's press office chief, Jose Alfredo Garcia, she said.

In all nine people perished seven passengers and two crew members, she said.

In July 2010, Mexican President Felipe Calderon appointed Blake Mora to the post that oversees security efforts against drug cartels in Mexico. That battle has has cost thousands of lives.

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November 7th, 2011
12:04 PM ET

Mexican army arrests top Tijuana cartel lieutenant

Mexico City (CNN) - Authorities have arrested a top lieutenant of the Arellano Felix cartel, the Mexican defense ministry announced Monday.

Juan Francisco Sillas Rocha, 34, "is considered one of the most violent subjects responsible for countless killings," defense ministry spokesman Col. Ricardo Trevilla Trejo told reporters.

Sillas, also known as "The Wheel," has been one of the key lieutenants in a brutal turf war over drug-trafficking territory with the Sinaloa Cartel, the defense ministry said in a statement.

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