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In barely four years, a little-known criminal gang has grown to challenge the world’s most notorious drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, for domination of the Mexican underworld, unleashing a new tide of violence. Once minions of Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel, traffickers of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) have turned on their former masters, seizing...
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The son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was among the half-dozen men abducted by a squad of gunmen at a restaurant in the Mexican beach resort of Puerto Vallarta, authorities said Tuesday. Authorities in the western state of Jalisco, where Puerto Vallarta is located, earlier said that 10 to 12 men had...
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Armed men abducted 10 to 12 presumed members of a crime gang who appeared to be celebrating at an upscale restaurant in the popular Mexican beach resort city of Puerto Vallarta, authorities said Monday. Jalisco state prosecutor Eduardo Almaguer said at a news conference that preliminary results of the investigation indicated that all involved –...
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The President hosted President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico on July 22.  Mexico is one of the United States’ closest and most valued partners.  Our countries are economically entwined.  Mexico is our third largest trading partner, and on any given day more than $1.5 billion in bilateral trade crosses our border.  We are working together...
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The morning after Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, President Barack Obama on Friday opened the White House to Mexico’s president, who has blamed the GOP candidate for damaging relations with the U.S. with his rhetoric about Mexicans bringing drugs and crime to America and being rapists. President Enrique Pena Nieto’s visit comes less...
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migrants
Migrants from Central America making the overland journey through Mexico are seeking out new, hidden routes to evade deportation, putting them a greater risk of being trafficked, experts say. Rampant gang violence, poverty and few jobs, drives tens of thousands of people every year from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala – countries with the world’s...
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saint of death
At the beginning of each month in the Mexico City neighborhood of Morelos dozens of followers of the country’s “Santa Muerte,” or “Saint Death,” cult bring offerings to a shrine featuring the grim reaper figure. People crawl on their knees and leave tequila, rum, beer, cigarettes, cash, flowers and candy at the shrine, which is...
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zika olympics
New research attempting to calculate the risk of the Zika virus at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro may reassure organizers and many of the more than 500,000 athletes and fans expected to travel to the epicenter of the epidemic. Controversy about the global gathering in August has grown as more about the disease becomes...
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Puerto Vallarta has maintained its safety status in this week’s updated travel warnings for Mexico issued by the U.S. State Department. While Jalisco state border regions along the states of Michoacán and Zacatecas remain under a warning by the U.S., these areas remain eight hours from Puerto Vallarta. The State Department warns U.S. citizens have...
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A Mexico City newspaper and its executive were sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday for alleged links to drug trafficking. The Treasury Department said in a statement that the publication Unomasuno and its vice president, Naim Libien Tella, support the activities of Los Cuinis drug-trafficking organization and its leader, Abigael Gonzalez Valencia. Other...
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The State Attorney’s office in Jalisco has confirmed the arrest of a male suspect in possession of 68 sea turtle eggs and one sea turtle that was dead at the time of arrest on the Rio Cuale bridge in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The man is charged with ‘crimes against biodiversity’, a felony in Mexico. Sea...
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At least eight people died in a shootout between Mexican federal police and suspected gang members in the troubled western state of Jalisco, a government official said on Tuesday. The gunfight took place on Monday in the municipality of Villa Purificacion, where members of the Jalisco New Generation (JNG) cartel shot down an army helicopter...
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The Attorney General of Jalisco, Luis Carlos Najera, reports that the state is calm after a violent day on Friday in 25 municipalities. “There have not been any threats today,” the official said. He also clarified that while things are calm, the state is still in ‘Code Red’ awareness. On Friday, Jalisco experienced one of...
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The events that unfolded yesterday in Puerto Vallarta read like a horrifying attack on the city of Puerto Vallarta, and even the state of Jalisco, however the reality of the situation was less dire. This is not to downplay the significance of the attacks suspected to be carried out by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel,...
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At least seven people died as flames and gunfire erupted around the western Mexico state of Jalisco on Friday when a military operation targeting a violent drug cartel was launched at the start of a three-day holiday weekend. Suspected cartel members stopped buses and trucks to block key highways in the state capital of Guadalajara...
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