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Lawmakers cite a ProPublica investigation and an inspector general report that detail how teams of foreign police officers trained by the DEA were linked to innocent lives lost in Mexico and Honduras. Read more»

Gold nuggets.

When gunmen in Mexico carried out one of the world’s biggest ever gold heists this month, Canadian pit operator McEwen Mining was left looking at $8.5 million in lost metal. Read more»

Berta Diaz Torres lost her daughter and four grandchildren to unknown killers. Their mutilated remains were found with the bodies of 26 others at an abandoned Veracruz ranch. Read more»

Mexican communal militia members keep guard in Michoacan state.

Armed residents are taking on the feared Zetas cartel in Tamaulipas state. One desperate town’s mayor applauds them. The vigilantes are rising after the Mexican government failed to stop the country from becoming a world kidnap capital, with more than 1,600 reported abductions in 2013. There have been more than 70,000 cartel-related killings since 2006. 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»

In our immigration news roundup and border media criticism column, Sonoran Ramblings, we’re looking at a recent Slate piece on cocaine trafficking, a New York Times piece on artists living in the Texas-Mexico borderlands, and the recent protests of undocumented Africans living in Israel. Read more»

Spain is urging its citizens to take extra precautions when visiting Mexico following the “virtual” kidnappings of Spaniards traveling here, including indie music band Delorean. Virtual kidnapping? It’s exactly that — a case of ransom being demanded when no one has actually been abducted. Read more»

Lax regulation and corruption enable a flood of small arms to reach Mexico’s deadly drug cartels. Read more»

Despite uncertainty south of the Rio Grande in the aftermath of the killing of one of Mexico’s most brutal warlords, recent successes against organized crime suggest military intervention remains the best option there, according to the former deputy director of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Read more»

The suspected leader of the Gulf Cartel, Mario Cardenas Guillen, or 'El Gordo,' was arrested in northeastern Mexico on Monday. Read more»

The famous Pacific resort city of Acapulco has been losing tourists to other destinations in Mexico due to escalating violence.

More than 40 people were killed across Mexico at the weekend as violence linked to the country's drug war intensifies. Read more» 1

A newspaper in Nuevo Laredo announced Wednesday it would no longer cover “violent disputes” after a second grenade attack against its office in as many months. Other newspapers in northern Mexico have stopped publishing stories about the drug war to protect their journalists against threats. Read more»

Oscar Naranjo at the World Economic Forum on Latin America in 2010.

Colombian Gen. Oscar Naranjo will be Mexico's chief security advisor if presidential front-runner Enrique Peña Nieto wins next month's election. Read more»

U.S. authorities have accused 14 members of the Mexican Zetas drug cartel of hiding millions of dollars of drug proceeds in a horse racing and breeding operation in the United States. Read more»

Fourteen dismembered bodies were found in a truck parked outside city hall in the Mexican town of Ciudad Mante. Read more»

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