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Failed raid against El Chapo's son leaves 8 dead in Mexico

Oct. 18, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — Mexican security forces aborted an attempt to capture a son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman after finding themselves outgunned in a ferocious shootout with cartel henchmen that left at least eight people dead and more than 20 wounded, authorities said Friday. The...

AP Explains: A look at Mexico's security strategy

Oct. 18, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A display of armed might by a drug cartel forced Mexican authorities to abandon an attempt to arrest a son of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzman, leading Mexicans to question President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's security strategy and ask who really runs parts of the country....

The Latest: Mexico says 8 died in Culiacan cartel clash

Oct. 18, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — The Latest on violence in northern Mexico after an attempt to capture drug trafficker's son (all times local): 9:10 a.m. Mexican officials say eight people were killed in gunbattles in the Sinaloa state capital of Culiacan in what is being described as a failed operation to detain...

Gunbattles rattle Mexican city after troops find Chapo's son

Oct. 18, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — An intense gunfight with heavy weapons and burning vehicles blocking roads paralyzed the capital of Mexico's Sinaloa state Thursday after security forces located one of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's sons who is wanted in the U.S. on drug trafficking charges. Mexican security...

Correction: Mexico-Violence story

Oct. 16, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — In a story Oct. 15 about two shootouts between Mexican security forces and suspected drug cartel gunmen, The Associated Press reported erroneously that they took place the same day. One took place Monday, and the other Tuesday. A corrected version of the story is below: Mexico:...

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...

Honduran cartel figure testifies he bribed presidents

Oct. 11, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The former boss of Honduras' Los Cachiros cartel testified Friday that he paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to the current and former presidents of Honduras in exchange for protection from extradition to the United States and other favors. Devis Leonel Rivera Maradiaga said in...

Ex-Colombia president questioned on witness tampering

Oct. 8, 2019 11:24 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Powerful former President Alvaro Uribe appeared before Colombia's Supreme Court on Tuesday for questioning in a case involving alleged witness tampering that could potentially cast a dark shadow over is legacy. A magistrate queried Uribe behind closed doors for over seven hours...

Philippines: Indonesia woman nabbed with drugs from Cambodia

Oct. 7, 2019 5:00 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities said they arrested an Indonesian woman who was carrying 54 million pesos ($1 million) worth of illegal drugs in her carry-on bag from her flight from Cambodia on Monday, amid a crackdown on drug smuggling attempts. The Bureau of Customs said Agnes Alexandra...