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Mexico seizes industrial-scale meth, fentanyl lab in capital

Oct. 25, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Soldiers and police in Mexico seized an industrial-scale meth and fentanyl lab that was so big it startled investigators, federal prosecutors announced Sunday. The lab had chemical preparation vats about two stories tall that could process 11,000 pounds (5,000 kilograms) of raw material...

Mexico ruling party works out leadership dispute on 3rd try

Oct. 23, 2020 10:36 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Morena party of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador finally chose a leader Friday after two failed, acrimonious attempts. A poll of party members gave a comfortable margin of victory to congressional leader Mario Delgado, a centrist seen as more obedient to the...

Men are seen through safety netting as they stand atop a less-damaged section of Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, or Our Lady of Angels church, during the early stages of reconstruction work, three years after an earthquake collapsed nearly half of the church's 18th-century dome in Mexico City, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. The experts working on projects like this across Mexico face some of the same issues confronting restorers everywhere, like France’s re-building of the Notre Dame Cathedral: are the materials and craftsmen's skills of centuries ago still available? (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Mexico halfway through quake restoration of old churches

Oct. 20, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The earthquake struck in seconds, but three years later restorers still face a monumental task: about half of the 2,340 colonial-era buildings and churches damaged in the 2017 Mexico quake still need to be repaired, restored or partially rebuilt. It is a titanic challenge: crumbling old...

Mexican rights agency: marines executed 4 men near pipeline

Oct. 15, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission said Thursday that marines illegally detained, beat and executed four people who were doing farm work near a government fuel pipeline in 2019. And in another case, the governmental commission said soldiers illegally detained and tortured...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2018 file photo, buildings collapsed and damaged in last year's 7.1 magnitude earthquake are seen at The Enrique Rebsamen school, in Mexico City. The owner and director of a private elementary school that collapsed in Mexico City during the 2017 earthquake killing 26 people, including 19 children, was sentenced Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, to 31 years in prison. (AP Photo/Claudio Cruz, File)

Mexico school owner gets 31 years for 2017 quake collapse

Oct. 14, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The owner and director of a private elementary school that collapsed in Mexico City during the 2017 earthquake killing 19 children and seven adults was sentenced Wednesday to 31 years in prison. Mónica García Villegas had been convicted of charges equivalent to manslaughter in...

Mexico freezes 1,352 alleged criminal accounts in capital

Oct. 13, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police and Mexico’s federal anti-money laundering agency said Tuesday they have frozen 1,352 bank accounts that allegedly moved about $125 million on behalf of 14 crime gangs, including some of Mexico’s biggest drug cartels. While Mexico City officials have long denied...

Supporters of Porfirio Munoz Ledo hold up posters of him outside Morena party headquarters, amid elections to select the party's leader in Mexico City, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. The ruling party is making its third try at electing a party leader. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Party chaos threatens Mexican president's administration

Oct. 13, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Andrés Manuel López Obrador created his own party to win Mexico's presidency. Now its internal weakness and divisions threaten to undermine his administration. López Obrador's National Regeneration Movement — known to all in Mexico as Morena — has been trying...

A pedestrian takes a photo of graffiti that reads in Spanish

Mexico City marks Columbus Day without statue of Columbus

Oct. 12, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans have never had much affection for Cristopher Columbus, and officials were being coy about why his statue was removed from the capital's main boulevard over the weekend before Monday's observances of Columbus Day, which saw protests in several Latin American nations. Unlike in...

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador addresses family members of 43 missing students from the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, during a presentation of the ongoing investigations on the sixth anniversary of the students’ enforced disappearance, at the National Palace in Mexico City, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Mexican president asks Pope Francis for conquest apology

Oct. 10, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president published an open letter to Pope Francis Saturday calling on the Roman Catholic Church to apologize for abuses of Indigenous peoples during the conquest of Mexico in the 1500s. In the letter, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also asks the pope to...

FILE - In this Feb 25. 2010 file photo, Mexico's Nobel Chemistry Prize laureate Mario Molina gestures during a conference on global warming in Guadalajara, Mexico. Molina has died on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, his family informed. (AP Photo/Carlos Jasso, File)

Mario Molina, Mexico chemistry Nobel winner, dies at 77

Oct. 7, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mario Molina, winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1995 and the only Mexican scientist to be honored with a Nobel, died Wednesday in his native Mexico City. He was 77 years old. Molina’s faamily announced his death in a brief statement through the institute that carried his...