October 29th, 2010
10:23 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular stories on CNN.com in the past 24 hours, according to NewsPulse.

Packages 'contain explosive material,' Obama says: Suspicious packages found in at least two locations abroad that were bound for Jewish organizations in the United States "apparently contain explosive material," that represent a "credible threat" against the United States, President Obama said Friday.

Men and sex - Survival of the quickest: Even though it’s often the butt of many jokes, premature ejaculation is no laughing matter. It’s the most common type of sexual dysfunction a man can have, with experts estimating that up to 30 percent of men have it.


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October 2nd, 2010
12:50 PM ET

Sheriff: Body of American shot by Mexico pirates still missing

Days after an American man was fatally shot by pirates on a lake that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border, his body still has not been found, a sheriff told CNN on Saturday.

Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez Jr. of Zapata County, Texas, said U.S. authorities have not made much progress because the incident happened on the Mexican side of Lake Falcon.

“The body was not recovered” by U.S. authorities and is presumably still in the lake, Gonzalez said.

“We’ve been in touch with Mexico authorities but they say they don’t know anything about a body,” Gonzalez said.


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Filed under: Crime • Drug violence • Mexico • Pirates • Texas
September 13th, 2010
10:00 PM ET

Shots fired into Mexico by U.S. Border Patrol agents

U.S. Border Patrol agents fired gunshots into Mexico over the weekend after being attacked during a marijuana seizure in Mission, Texas, the agency told CNN on Monday.

The incident between border patrol agents and alleged drug traffickers took place around 7:40 a.m. Saturday, Border Patrol spokeswoman Rosalinda Huey said.

"Our agents were being fired upon and they did respond with fire back into Mexico," she said. "I don't have the number of how many people were involved. But none of our agents were injured."

Agents seized over 1,000 pounds of marijuana during the incident, according to Huey. The incident is under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI and the Mexican government, Huey said.


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Filed under: Drug violence • Mexico • Texas
August 27th, 2010
02:13 PM ET

Officials investigating massacre in Mexico disappear

The lead investigator and another official looking into the massacre of 72 immigrants whose bodies were found this week in northern Mexico are missing, President Felipe Calderon said Friday.

Calderon, who was giving a speech on drug violence, initially said the body of one of the men had been found. But he was handed a note few minutes later and corrected himself, saying the investigator was missing but there was no information about his death.

Mexican media reported Friday morning that two bodies had been found and that one of them belonged to the investigator.

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Filed under: Crime • Drug violence • Mexico • World
August 21st, 2010
09:26 PM ET

Drug traffickers, police in 'major gun battle' in Mexico

A "major gun battle" between drug traffickers and Mexican federal police
broke out Saturday evening in Juarez, Mexico, just 30 yards from the U.S.
border at El Paso, Texas, according to a U.S. Border Patrol spokesman.

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Filed under: Crime • Drug violence • Juarez • Mexico • World
August 20th, 2010
10:57 AM ET

Arrest made in slaying of Mexican mayor

Police have made an arrest in the abduction and killing of a Mexican mayor this week, Gov. Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz said.

Santiago Mayor Edelmiro Cavazos Leal was found Wednesday, two days after his abduction in the border state of Nuevo Leon, just over the Texas border.

According to the news agency Notimex, Cavazos' blindfolded and handcuffed body was found on the side of a road leading to a tourist attraction.

Nuevo Leon has been the site of frequent drug violence, especially around the capital, Monterrey. More than 28,000 people have been killed since President Felipe Calderon announced a crackdown on cartels in December 2006.

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Filed under: Crime • Drug violence • Mexico
August 3rd, 2010
07:15 PM ET

Official: Mexican drug war kills more than 28,000 since 2006

More than 28,000 people have died in drug violence in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon took office in December 2006 and stepped up the fight against organized crime, the nation's intelligence and national security director said Tuesday.

In addition, said Guillermo Valdes Castellanos, Mexican authorities and drug gang members have been engaged in 963 gun battles in that time period, or about one per day.

The large number of confrontations show that the government is taking the fight to the drug cartels, which previously operated with impunity, Valdes said.


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Filed under: Drug violence • Mexico
July 29th, 2010
08:49 PM ET

Mexican drug lord killed in raid, officials say

Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel, a top leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, was killed Thursday during a military raid in a suburb of Guadalajara, Mexico, sources with knowledge of the operation told CNN en Español.

Filed under: Crime • Drug violence • Mexico
June 22nd, 2010
06:04 PM ET

Alleged drug lord arrested in Jamaica

Alleged druglord Christopher "Dudus" Coke has been arrested in Kingston, Jamaica, police said Tuesday.

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Filed under: Drug violence • Jamaica
May 8th, 2010
10:48 PM ET

Officials: Gunmen kill 1, kidnap 4 at Mexico wedding

Gunmen stormed into a church in the middle of a wedding ceremony in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on Friday, kidnapping the groom and three others, and killing one before fleeing, state prosecutors told CNN Saturday.

"It's unclear if this was gang or drug related," Chihuahua State Attorney
General's Office spokesman Carlos Gonzalez said, adding the incident is still
under investigation. 


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Filed under: Drug violence • Mexico
April 23rd, 2010
05:05 PM ET

7 dead in Juarez shootout

Seven people - including six police officers - were killed Friday in a noon shootout in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Three others were wounded, the city's mayor said.

Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz told CNN that five of the dead were federal police officers and one was a female city officer. The seventh was a civilian.

Another federal officer was gravely wounded, he said, and a city officer was wounded but not with life-threatening injuries. A civilian was hit by shrapnel but those injuries were not serious, he added.

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Filed under: Drug violence • Mexico
March 31st, 2010
09:21 AM ET

Officials: Zetas cartel lieutenant arrested in Mexico

Mexican federal police say they have captured a top lieutenant of the Zetas drug cartel and arrested a local police chief who was bribed to offer protection to the presumed mobster.


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Filed under: Drug violence • Mexico • World
March 29th, 2010
03:24 PM ET

10 people, ages 8-21, shot dead in Mexico

Ten children, youths and young adults between the ages of 8 and 21 were gunned down, presumably by drug traffickers, in the northern Mexican state of Durango, the state's attorney general said Monday.


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Filed under: Drug violence • Mexico
March 25th, 2010
09:23 AM ET

Federal alert: Crime gang may target Texas police

Law enforcement officers in El Paso, Texas, have been warned that a Mexican-related gang may target them in retaliation for a crime sweep over the weekend.


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Filed under: Drug violence • Mexico
March 23rd, 2010
01:33 AM ET

Clinton heads to Mexico to discuss border security

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Mexico on Tuesday for meetings with President Felipe Calderon and other top Mexican officials on narcotics trafficking and border security.


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Filed under: Drug violence • Justice • Mexico • National security
March 19th, 2010
02:12 PM ET

Drug criminals block roads in Mexico

Five presumed drug gang members and one soldier were killed in shootouts Thursday and Friday after criminals blocked thoroughfares in two northern Mexico states to prevent military reinforcements from arriving, authorities said.


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Filed under: Drug violence • Mexico
March 10th, 2010
10:25 PM ET

Juarez police: Mayor gets death threat

A decapitated pig's head wrapped in a blanket and accompanied by a death threat directed at the mayor of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, was found in a suburb of Juarez early Wednesday, a municipal police spokesman said.


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Filed under: Drug violence • Mexico
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