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Mexico: Families of slain police angry, AMLO defends policy

Oct. 15, 2019 11:52 PM EDT

MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — Grieving relatives of 13 police officers killed in an apparent cartel ambush gathered outside a funeral home Tuesday, many of them angry at the government and police commanders they believe sent their loved ones to a certain death. "The good ones are here," said the brother of slain...

The Latest: 1 soldier, 14 civilians die in Mexico gunbattle

Oct. 15, 2019 11:44 PM EDT

MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — The latest on violence in Mexico (all times local): 8:20 p.m. Mexican authorities say armed men confronted soldiers, touching off a gunbattle that resulted in the deaths of one soldier and 14 civilians in the southern state of Guerrero. The Guerrero government says the bloodshed...

New Orleans collapse site worry: Tropical weather

Oct. 15, 2019 7:56 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A tropical disturbance over Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula was being eyed Tuesday by New Orleans authorities, who fear it could become a tropical depression or storm that would topple a partially collapsed building and two huge construction cranes onto neighboring buildings at the edge of...

3 Ecuador opposition lawmakers seek refuge at Mexico embassy

Oct. 15, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Three lawmakers aligned with former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa have taken refuge in the Mexican Embassy in Quito amid the country's subsiding upheaval. Opposition legislators Luis Fernando Molina, Soledad Buendía and Carlos Viteri were at the embassy Tuesday, according to...

Gunmen ambush police convoy in Mexico; kill 13 and wound 9

Oct. 15, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — State police expected the worst when they ventured into the wild township of Aguililla to serve a single warrant. Commanders sent 42 officers in five trucks. It wasn't enough. More than 30 suspected drug cartel gunmen were waiting for them Monday, some in vehicles that were...

13 police killed by suspected cartel gunmen in west Mexico

Oct. 14, 2019 11:01 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — At least 13 police officers were killed and nine others wounded Monday in an ambush by gunmen in the Mexican state of Michoacan, a western region where violence attributed to drug cartels has spiked in recent months. The state police officers had gone to a home in the town of El Aguaje...

Hundreds of migrants corralled at detention center in Mexico

Oct. 13, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — Hundreds of migrants from Africa, the Caribbean and Central America found themselves corralled in a migrant detention facility in southern Mexico on Sunday after a futile attempt to head north as part of a caravan aiming to reach the United States. The group set out before sunrise...

Impeachment dominates, but much other work awaits Congress

Oct. 13, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeachment may have leapfrogged to the top of the national agenda, but members of Congress still have their day jobs as legislators, and they're returning to Washington this coming week with mixed hopes of success. It's a volatile, difficult-to-predict time in Washington as lawmakers end...

Caravan of 2,000 migrants detained in southern Mexico

Oct. 12, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — Mexican officials broke up a caravan of around 2,000 migrants that had set out from southern Mexico Saturday in the hopes of reaching the United States, amid increasing difficulty obtaining permission to pass through Mexico. Many of the migrants who departed from Tapachula, Chiapas...

Venezuela denies entry of Guatemala's president-elect

Oct. 12, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The president-elect of Guatemala said he was blocked Saturday from entering Venezuela where he planned to meet opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who is seeking to oust socialist President Nicolás Maduro. Officials defended their actions, saying Guatemala's incoming leader,...