Deadly Fire Breaks Out at Mexican Day-Care Center
By Mariela Rosario | 06/08/2009 - 12:15

A deadly fire ripped through a day-care center in the northwestern state of Sonora, Mexico, killing at least 38 children. 

President Felipe Calderón, himself the father of two young children, promptly ordered a government investigation and gave an emotional speech on Saturday in which he offered his prayers for the parents of the deceased children. “I want to express, in the name of the federal government, of all Mexicans and of me personally, our condolences to the mothers and fathers for this tragic accident,” he said.

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Mexico Arrests 27 High-Ranking Officials in Drug Raid
By Mariela Rosario | 05/27/2009 - 11:00

Mexican authorities have detained 27 high-ranking officials—including 10 mayors, a judge and an aide to the governor of Michoacan—on suspicion of corruption and cooperation with infamous drug cartels. These latest arrests come just a few short days after members of the Mihoacan drug cartel known as La Familia were detained. La Familia is largely considered to be one of the most violent drug gangs in Mexico. 

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Dozens Die in Guerrero, Mexico On Eve of President Obama's Visit
By Mariela Rosario | 04/16/2009 - 17:30

President Obama was expected to focus heavily on helping Mexico curtail the drug-related violence that has been plaguing the country for the last few years during his visit to the beleaguered country today. It was obviously an appropriate topic to be discussing as on the eve of Obama's visit, soldiers were forced into a deadly gun battle with heavily armed drug gangsters in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, resulting in the deaths of dozens of people. 

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Hillary Clinton Says U.S. Shares Blame for Violence in Mexico
By Yuliana Gomez | 03/26/2009 - 17:32

On Wednesday Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States shares at least part of the blame for the drug trafficking–related violence that has already killed thousands in Mexico in the past year alone. “Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade,” she said while on her way to Mexico City, CNN.com reports.

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Mexico Offering $2 Million For Tips on Top Drug Lords
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 03/24/2009 - 15:45

In an effort to release the deathly chokehold drug lords have taken over their country, Mexican officials are offering a $2 million reward for any information that leads to the arrest of one of 24 top cartel members, and $1 million for 13 of their lieutenants. From the AP:

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Obama Considers Moving Troops to Mexico Border
By Mariela Rosario | 03/12/2009 - 14:45

President Barack Obama spoke out about the recent violence that has enveloped our neighbor to the south and has begun to spill over from Mexico into the United States. He admitted that he has been weighing the possibility of moving National Guard troops to the border in an effort to contain the violence but ruled out immediate military action.

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1,500 Mexican Troops Move into Ciudad Juarez
By Mariela Rosario | 03/05/2009 - 16:05

Ciudad Juarez has become synonymous with the violence and crime committed by the Mexican drug cartels. Over the past several years, countless numbers of women have disappeared or been killed, and in 2008 alone, two thousand people were murdered. Mexican officials moved 1,500 soldiers into the region to try to regain control of the city and say they plan on having 7,000 in place by the end of the week.

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Latin American Leaders Meet to Discuss Increasing Violence in the Region
By Maya Pope-Chappell | 01/16/2009 - 17:20

Drug wars and escalating violence has prompted a summit in Panama between Latin leaders from Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala and Panama. The summit, being held today will address the substantial increase in crime and violence in an effort to counter drug-trafficking, money laundering and organized crime groups.

The summit between Presidents Felipe Calderon of Mexico, Alvaro Colom of Guatemala, Alvaro Uribe of Colombia, and Martin Torrijos of Panama is a clear recognition by the leaders of these countries that they share a common problem.

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Obama Eats Tortilla Soup With Mexican President Felipe Calderon
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 01/12/2009 - 16:16

The President-elect broke bread with Felipe Calderon on Monday and vowed that his administration will build an even better relationship with Mexico. With only eight days to go before he is sworn into office, Barack Obama held up a long-standing tradition that the incoming American president meet with his Mexican counterpart before taking office.

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