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FILE - In this April 3, 2020 file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador waves to supporters at the end of a visit to a Social Security Institute hospital that will be converted to receive patients infected with the new coronavirus, in the Coyoacan borough of Mexico City. Lopez Obrador said Thursday, July 30, 2020, that he is creating a central national purchasing and distribution agency for medicines, vaccines and medical equipment amid persistent shortages during the pandemic and the arrest of a doctor who advised a patient's family to buy their own medications. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Mexico sets up justice commission for Yaqui Indians

Aug. 7, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government on Friday set up a Justice Commission for the Yaqui People, looking to solve the land, water and infrastructure problems of what President Andrés Manuel López Obrador calls Mexico’s most persecuted Indigenous group. The Yaquis were attacked and...

FILE- In this Oct. 8, 2010 file photo, Mexico's Secretary of Public Safety Genaro Garcia Luna attends a press conference on the sidelines of an American Police Community meeting in Mexico City. Garcia Luna, who is in custody and facing drug trafficking charges in New York, has been charged in a superseding indictment on Thursday, July 30, 2020, with continuing criminal enterprise. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Mexico purges security agencies of those tied to ex-chief

Aug. 4, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Top directors in Mexico’s National Guard and elsewhere in the state security apparatus have been purged due to their ties with a former security secretary now held on drug trafficking charges in the United States. Current Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo said Tuesday that two...

Mexico arrests violent gang leader known for emotive videos

Aug. 2, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police and military forces on Sunday arrested the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima gang who spread violence through north-central Mexico and fought a years-long bloody turf battle with the Jalisco cartel. The armed forces and officials in the state of Guanajuato said they had...

FILE - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks at the National Palace in Mexico City on April 5, 2020. The countries which top the rankings of COVID-19 deaths globally are led by populist, mold-breaking leaders like Obrador. The U.S., Brazil, the United Kingdom and Mexico all are led by leaders who have been skeptical of the scientists and who initially minimized the disease. And their four countries alone account for half of the total 585,000 COVID-19 deaths worldwide so far, according to statistics tracked by Johns Hopkins University. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

Mexico president happy as focus shifts to predecessors

Jul. 24, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is enjoying the spectacle as investigations into corruption under previous administrations advance. The extradition of a former head of the state-run oil company this month has provided a near daily leak of juicy details about...

FILE - In this Dec. 25, 1997 file photo, family members carry coffins of victims killed in a massacre in Acteal, in the remote highlands of the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas. The Mexican government said Thursday, July 23, 2020, that it will build as many as 20 public works projects in the area that was the scene of the 1997 massacre of 45 indigenous villagers. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel, File)

Mexico to build public works in reparation for 1997 massacre

Jul. 23, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government said Thursday it will build as many as 20 public works projects in an area of southern Chiapas state that was the scene of the 1997 massacre of 45 Indigenous villagers. The Interior Department said the projects will be part of a plan to provide reparations for...

Mexico probe: marines abducted 27 at border, 12 found dead

Jul. 21, 2020 10:15 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican marines allegedly abducted 27 people in the northern border city of Nuevo Laredo in early 2018, 12 of whom were later found dead, according to an investigation by Mexico’s governmental human rights commission. The rights commission said Tuesday that marines had violated...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2019 file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, center, stands with Secretary of Defense Luis Crescencio Sandoval, left, and Secretary of the Navy, Vidal Francisco Soberon, in an open military vehicle during the Independence Day military parade in the capital's main plaza, the Zocalo, in Mexico City. López Obrador announced Friday, July 17, 2020 that the military will take over the country’s land and maritime ports of entry, as he tries to root corruption out of the country’s customs offices. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Mexico puts military in charge of customs operations

Jul. 17, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president said Friday he is putting the army in charge of customs at border crossings and seaports to combat corruption and the massive smuggling of drugs and precursor chemicals. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador made the announcement during a visit to the...

Mexico joins international labor agreement on maids' rights

Jul. 4, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government says it has formally adhered to the International Labor Organization’s Convention 189 on the rights of domestic workers. The Domestic Workers Convention sets out guidelines for ensuring that maids are protected from exploitation, violence or unsafe working...

Mexican soldiers kill 12 gunmen in city on border with Texas

Jul. 3, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican soldiers patrolling in the border city of Nuevo Laredo came under fire from drug cartel gunmen Friday, then killed 12 of their attackers in a gunbattle, the military said. The Defense Department said three army patrol trucks were hit by gunfire, but no troops were hurt. The...

Mexico's top human rights official says she was threatened

Jul. 2, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The head of Mexico’s governmental human rights commission said Thursday she has received threatening telephone calls, text messages and social media postings. Human Rights Commissioner Rosario Piedra Ibarra said the threats started after she took up the case of a young man who...