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Mexico raises to 24 death toll in border gunbattles

Dec. 5, 2019 12:06 AM EST

VILLA UNION, Mexico (AP) — Authorities in northern Mexico have raised the death toll from weekend gunbattles in the small town of Villa Union to 24. Coahuila state authorities say another suspect’s body has been found after a search of the area following the clashes Saturday and Sunday. According to...

Barr set for Mexican meetings as US seeks cartel crackdown

Dec. 4, 2019 3:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr will meet with Mexico’s president and law enforcement officials about one week after President Donald Trump suggested that the United States would seek to classify Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations. Barr planned to be in Mexico City on...

Mexican president prays with family of dead US dual citizens

Dec. 4, 2019 12:05 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador prayed for the safety of the country with the relatives of nine U.S. dual citizens slaughtered in northern Mexico last month and assured them “at least four” suspects have been detained, a family member said. Julian...

Northern Mexico fears return to dark past after gunfights

Dec. 3, 2019 10:53 PM EST

VILLA UNION, Mexico (AP) — Mexico’s president says he wants to fight drug cartels with “hugs, not bullets,” but after 23 people were killed in a weekend gunbattle in the border state of Coahuila, some communities want a more forceful strategy to prevent cartel assailants from...

Relatives of massacred Americans say Mexico needs help

Dec. 3, 2019 9:07 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Relatives of nine U.S. dual citizens slaughtered in northern Mexico last month said Tuesday that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador prayed with them for the safety of the country and pledged to visit the region. Julian LeBaron said that during the family’s Monday...

Mexican border town gripped by fear after gunbattle kills 22

Dec. 2, 2019 5:14 PM EST

VILLA UNION, Mexico (AP) — A small town near the U.S.-Mexico border began cleaning up Monday, gripped by fear after the killing of 22 people in a ferocious weekend gunbattle between drug cartel members and security forces. A 72-year-old woman living near Villa Union’s city hall recounted how she...

Death toll put at 20 for Mexico cartel attack near US border

Dec. 2, 2019 1:27 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican security forces on Sunday killed seven more members of a presumed cartel assault force that rolled into a town near the Texas border and staged an hour-long attack, officials said, putting the overall death toll at 20. The Coahuila state government said in a statement that lawmen...

Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving

Nov. 28, 2019 7:17 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Thanksgiving arrived with a sense of loss, but also a sense of solidarity, in enclaves of U.S. dual-national families in northern Mexico, coming almost four weeks after nine of their relatives were slaughtered by drug cartel gunmen. Extended families gathered Thursday for the traditional...

Mexico fears return to “certification” with terrorism label

Nov. 27, 2019 5:44 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans reacted Wednesday with anger to U.S. President Donald Trump’s pledge to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations. Mexican officials and experts don’t fear that Trump will send killer drones into Mexico. Such drone strikes have been a mainstay of...

Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups

Nov. 27, 2019 2:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump put the Mexican government on the defensive when he said he “absolutely” will move ahead with plans to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations. Trump said in a radio interview this week that tens of thousands of Americans are killed...