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'American Dirt' Latino backlash part of long publishing war

Jan. 28, 2020 1:39 PM EST

During a trip to Mexico to visit family, writer Myriam Gurba took “American Dirt,” a novel about immigration and cartel violence that was being touted as one of the biggest U.S. releases of 2020. The writer was of mostly white descent, and Gurba felt the book didn't ring true. “I was reading...

Soldier slain, general wounded during Mexico drug plane raid

Jan. 27, 2020 8:43 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican soldier was killed and a general wounded Monday when traffickers opened fire on a military patrol that sought to intercept a drug plane as it landed on a roadway, officials said. The dramatic pre-dawn shootout in the Caribbean coast state of Quintana Roo showed the brazenness...

Mexico anti-obesity activists win fight for food warnings

Jan. 27, 2020 7:01 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — After a decade of fighting for stronger food labeling standards in one of the most obese countries in the world, Mexican activists celebrated Monday over a new rule that will require warning labels on high-calorie products. The new rules will require black octagonal stop signs to be...

A demonstrator carries a poster with the photo of his murdered son during a march against violence called

Mexican march for peace swarmed by angry protesters

Jan. 26, 2020 6:47 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A four-day pilgrimage by family members of murdered or missing Mexicans culminated in a tense confrontation in the capital's main square Sunday as supporters of Mexico's president hurled insults at the families — including dozens of Mormons with dual U.S.-citizenship. Fervent...

Women protest against the latest murder of two women, in Mexico City, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. During the past couple of weeks two women activists, attorney Yunuen Lopez Sanchez and Isabel Cabanillas de la Torre where both murdered by unknown assailants. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

Mexican women protest murders of activists, target monuments

Jan. 25, 2020 10:13 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Several hundred feminist activists warmed up with chants Saturday next to a monument to murdered Mexican women before filling a street in the capital and dousing female police officers with red paint. It was the latest in a series of rowdy all-female protests that have flooded central...

Smugglers allegedly cut a roughly 18-inch (1.2-meter) opening in the steel-pole of a border wall, since repaired, a breach that the U.S. Border Patrol said led to the

Border Patrol allows replanting after bulldozing garden

Jan. 25, 2020 6:03 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Border Patrol, reacting to a breach it discovered in a steel-pole border wall believed to be used by smugglers, gave activists no warning this month when it bulldozed the U.S. side of a cross-border garden on an iconic bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. On Saturday, after a public...

A Mexican National Guard detains a Central American migrant after he crossed the Suchiate River with a group of migrants from Guatemala into Mexico near Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. More than a thousand Central American migrants hoping to reach the United States marooned in Guatemala are walking en masse across a river leading to Mexico in an attempt to convince authorities there to allow them passage through the country. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Use of 'rescues' by Mexican migration officials criticized

Jan. 24, 2020 8:34 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The headline on a statement from Mexico’s National Immigration Institute read: “INM rescues 800 Central American migrants who entered (Mexico) today irregularly.” For many people who watched the moments when hundreds of Mexican national guardsmen with helmets and...

Ex-Mexican police official faces drug-trafficking charges

Jan. 24, 2020 6:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Mexican intelligence unit commander who was a main point of contact for intelligence sharing between U.S. agencies and Mexican federal police pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking charges in federal court in New York on Friday. Authorities say Ivan Reyes Arzate received thousands...

Mexico issues arrest warrant in killing of journalist Valdéz

Jan. 24, 2020 4:08 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Mexico said Thursday they have issued an arrest warrant for suspected drug capo Dámaso López in the 2017 killing of crusading journalist Javier Valdéz. López is better known by his nickname “Mini-Lic”and is the son of an...

Mexican National Guards stand watch over the Suchiate River where locals transport cargo and ferry people between Mexico and Guatemala, near Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, a location popular for Central American migrants to cross from Guatemala to Mexico. One National guard said it’s easy to distinguish local Guatemalans who cross for ordinary workday reasons for their manner of speaking, and they’re welcome “because they’re neighbors.” (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Normalcy returns to Guatemala-Mexico border after caravan

Jan. 24, 2020 2:26 PM EST

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — From the roadside stand where his family sells mole, barbecue and chicken stew, Miguel Ángel Vázquez has seen all the caravans of Central American migrants and asylum seekers stream past his front door in recent years, throngs of people driven to flee poverty and...