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A still from a video of masked alleged members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel holding supposed local kidnappers.

Mexican security forces have captured or killed most major cartel bosses. The latest arrest came on Friday, when federal forces raided a house in Morelia, Michoacan, and nabbed Servando “La Tuta” Gomez. But a number of them are still at large. Read more»

'Clausurado' — closed down. This iron mine in Aguililla, in Mexico's Michoacan state, is one of many victims of the cartel fight.

A government offensive against the Knights Templar cartel has had the side effect of leaving thousands of miners out of work. Read more» 1

Mexican communal militia members keep guard in Michoacan state.

The rise of thousands of vigilantes bearing assault rifles to rout a drug cartel in Michoacan state has presented President Enrique Peña Nieto with a policy nightmare. Attacking the vigilantes is unpopular and morally questionable. But tolerating these gun-wielding militias, who are manning checkpoints, detaining suspects and swarming on towns, shows a breakdown of the basic rule of law. Read more»

The story of how vigilante militias took their western Mexican towns back from Knights Templar meth lords — for now. (with video) Read more»

Things are shifting quickly and bloodily in Mexico's western Michoacan state, as troops fight to disarm vigilante gangs intent on combating a dangerous drug cartel. A clash between soldiers and militiamen in one town Monday night ended with multiple deaths — reports vary on how many, but the government has confirmed two fatalities. That's apparently hardened the militia leaders' resolve to continue fighting. Read more»

Self-defense groups have surged in western Mexico's Michoacan state, fighting gangs in at least 70 communities in 25 municipalities. The Spanish text says 'Apatzingan is considered a bastion of the Knights Templar [gang].'

Hell seems ever more liable to bust loose in western Mexico’s Michoacan state, with heavily armed civilians squaring off against feared meth-producing gangsters who’ve had the run of rural hamlets and towns for years. The self-defense militias, at least some of them accused of connivance with criminal rivals of the local Knights Templar gang, have been working to encircle the Templar-dominated city of Apatzingan since last summer. Read more» 1

Vice Adm. Carlos Salazar and a bodyguard were shot dead Sunday when gunmen attacked their official navy car, which had been diverted by a protest blockade on a major toll road on to a secondary road in Michoacan. Read more»

A statue of Nazario Moreno as 'San Nazario,' onetime leader of La Familia Michoacana cartel who's venerated by the splinter gang, Knights Templar.

They worship their leader "San Nazario" like a saint and claim they need extortion cash to protect the unprotected. But for many, this cult-like, meth-pushing Mexican gang is a menace to society. Read more»

Mexican communal militia members keep guard in Michoacan state.

The county of Coalcoman, Michoacan became fed up with the cult-like Knights Templar gang's extorting, raping and killing. Here's what it took to stop it — for now. Read more»

In an interview for Norwegian television, Kevin Forts, a 23-year-old Massachusetts man, said he 'dreams' of one day meeting confessed Norway mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, and called Breivik's actions 'atrocious but necessary.'

The Oklahoma City bombing and al-Qaida attacks served as inspiration and education for confessed mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, he told a courtroom in Norway on Friday Read more»

Anders Behring Breivik

A Norwegian court has ruled that Anders Behring Breivik be held in solitary confinement after he boasted that he carried out Friday's massacre to "save Norway" and warned of "two more cells" prepared to carry out further attacks. (with video) Read more»

In grainy video, masked men with machine guns can be seen traveling in a convoy in Michoacan, Mexico. The propaganda video was sent to media outlets by the newest cartel on the block, which has baptized itself with the bizarre name 'Los Caballeros Templarios' or 'The Knights Templar.'

When they first announced their founding in March, the Knights Templar hung up banners around their native Michoacan state, promising they would “safeguard order, stop robberies, kidnappings, extortion and shield the state from rival organizations.” But their mission quickly turned bloody. Read more»