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5,000 bodies found in unmarked graves in Mexico since 2006

5,000 bodies found in unmarked graves in Mexico since 2006Nearly 5,000 bodies have been found in more than 3,000 unmarked graves since Mexico deployed the army to fight drug trafficking in 2006, the government said Friday in its first comprehensive report on the carnage. Mexico has been hit by a wave of violence since launching the so-called “drug war,” and activists and family members of the country’s 40,000 missing persons have been denouncing mass graves for years. It found 3,024 unmarked graves nationwide, with at least 4,974 bodies, Karla Quintana, head of the national search commission for missing persons, told a news conference alongside President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on International Day of the Disappeared.



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Families begin burying the 28 victims of Mexico bar fire

Families begin burying the 28 victims of Mexico bar fireAnger remained high Thursday as relatives began the slow, tearful task of mourning and burying the 28 people who died horrendously when gang members set a bar on fire after blocking its exits. The families complained that criminals are out of control and making life impossible in this southern Mexico oil town. At least seven of the victims were buried Thursday, with the 3-year-old daughter of one woman, Xochitl Irineo Gomez, waving goodbye to her mother after her coffin was placed into the ground.



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Toll rises to 28 in Mexico bar fire attack

Toll rises to 28 in Mexico bar fire attackGunmen burst into a Mexican strip club in a hail of bullets and killed at least 28 people as they trapped revelers inside and started a raging fire, officials said Wednesday. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador condemned the “shameful” attack in the city of Coatzacoalcos, and said federal authorities would investigate evidence it may have stemmed from collusion between local authorities and organized crime. The Tuesday night attack, which also left nine people badly wounded, is the latest to rock the state of Veracruz, a flashpoint in turf wars between Mexico’s rival drug cartels and a hotbed of political corruption.



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UPDATE 3-At least 25 killed in 'horrendous' arson attack on bar in Mexico

UPDATE 3-At least 25 killed in 'horrendous' arson attack on bar in MexicoAt least 25 people were killed in an arson attack by suspected gang members on a bar in the southeastern Mexican port of Coatzacoalcos late on Tuesday, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said, in a fresh blow to his efforts to curb violence. Calling the attack “horrendous,” Lopez Obrador told a regular morning news conference on Wednesday that the deaths occurred after the suspected gangsters closed the emergency exits of the bar in Coatzacoalcos and set fire to it. Lopez Obrador said 25 people had died so far and that initial investigations indicated that some suspects behind the attack had been in custody this year and were later released.



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23 killed in attack on bar in southern Mexico

23 killed in attack on bar in southern MexicoAn attack on a bar in Mexico’s Gulf coast city of Coatzacoalcos killed 23 people and injured 13 late Tuesday. The state prosecutor’s office in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz said the search was continuing for the attackers. Veracruz Gov. Cuitlahuac Garcia suggested that a gang dispute was involved in the attack.



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Journalist killed in Mexico

Journalist killed in MexicoThe head of a Mexican news website was found stabbed to death in the center of the country, authorities said Saturday, the 10th such killing this year. The body of Nevith Condes Jaramillo “was found Saturday morning… showing injuries from a sharp object,” the state prosecutor said in a statement. Condes Jaramillo, 42, was the head of a local news site in Tejupilco and was also an announcer on a community radio station.



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Mexico City assesses monument damage after anti-rape march

Mexico City assesses monument damage after anti-rape marchWorkers erected a wooden wall around Mexico City’s iconic Angel of Independence monument Saturday after feminists defaced it with graffiti during a raucous protest over a string of alleged rapes by police. The deputy director of artistic patrimony at the National Fine Arts Institute, Dolores Martínez, said at the base of the statue that officials were assessing the damage to the Angel and other points in the capital that protesters attacked. Protesters wrote phrases like “They don’t take care of us” and “rape state” in lime green, purple and black spray paint across the base of the Angel monument, which commemorates Mexico’s independence from Spain and is often the site of celebrations by city residents.



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Mexico president opposes prosecuting predecessors

Mexico president opposes prosecuting predecessorsMexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador repeated Friday his opposition to prosecuting former presidents even as he said that a president would know everything that happened during his administration. The question of prosecuting ex-presidents has taken new life with prosecutors’ pursuit of Rosario Robles, an ex-Cabinet minister of former President Enrique Peña Nieto. This week a judge ordered that Robles be held in jail pending trial for allegedly knowing about the diversion of $ 260 million of public funds going back to 2014 and not doing anything.



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Mexico is busing asylum-seeking migrants to southern border

Mexico is busing asylum-seeking migrants to southern borderThe Mexican government said Friday it is busing migrants who have applied for asylum in the United States to the southern Mexico state of Chiapas. About 30,000 migrants have been sent back to northern Mexican border cities to await U.S. asylum hearings under a policy known as “Remain in Mexico” under which they have to wait for hearings months away.



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Mexico to deport U.S. citizen suspected of supporting 'violent jihad'

Mexico to deport U.S. citizen suspected of supporting 'violent jihad'Mexican authorities arrested a U.S. citizen suspected of supporting militant Islamists in an example of Mexico’s security cooperation with the United States even as the two neighbors grapple with sharp disagreements over trade and migration. The unidentified American man sought by Interpol was under investigation for supporting terrorist groups and will be deported to the United States later on Friday, the Mexico’s attorney general’s office said in a statement. The man was detained at a migrants office near Mexico’s border with Guatemala in the town of Huehuetan with the help of officials from Mexico’s National Migration Institute.



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