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Authorities Underestimated the 'Little Chapos'
the 'Little Chapos'

Authorities Underestimated the 'Little Chapos'

Reuters looks at how 4 sons of drug kingpin El Chapo have built a fentanyl empire

(Newser) - They are collectively known as Los Chapitos, or the "Little Chapos"—Ivan, Jesus Alfredo, Joaquin Jr., and Ovidio Guzman. Ranging in age from 33 to 40, they are the four surviving sons of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who is serving a life sentence in...

Millions Told to Prep for Evacuation in Mexico

Volcanic threat level raised as ash from Popocatépetl closes airports, schools

(Newser) - Some 3 million people in Central Mexico have been told to prepare for a possible evacuation amid rumblings from the country's most dangerous active volcano. Hundreds of tremors have been registered around Popocatépetl volcano within the last week, while smoke and ash fills the air. Some 25 million...

10 Killed in Shootout at Mexico Car Rally

Officials say attackers opened fire on people, vehicles at Baja California event

(Newser) - Authorities say they are investigating an apparent gunfight at an off-road vehicle rally in Mexico’s Baja California state that left 10 people dead and another 10 wounded. Videos posted on social media showed heavy shooting at the rally in an area of Ensenada and at least three bodies lying...

Woman Who Killed Her Rapist Sentenced to Prison

Case of Roxana Ruiz angers advocates of women's rights in Mexico

(Newser) - A Mexican woman who killed a man when he attacked and raped her in 2021 has been sentenced to more than six years in prison, a decision her legal defense called “discriminatory” and vowed to appeal. The ruling against Roxana Ruiz spurred anger from experts and feminist groups who...

26 Dead, Including Children, in Fiery Mexico Crash

Many of the victims may have been members of an extended family

(Newser) - A tractor trailer and a passenger van collided in northern Mexico Sunday, leaving at least 26 people dead. Authorities warned that was just a preliminary number, since a blaze broke out and consumed both the van and the trailer from the freight truck, making it difficult to determine how many...

Mexico to Track Down World's Most Endangered Sea Mammal

Search is on in Sea of Cortez for elusive vaquita porpoises; there may only be 8 left

(Newser) - Mexican officials and the conservation group Sea Shepherd said Monday that experts will set out in two ships in a bid to locate the few remaining vaquita marina, the world's most endangered marine mammal. Mexico's environment secretary said experts from the United States, Canada, and Mexico will use...

One Nation Still Spying on Civilians With Potent Tool

Israeli military spies on civilians with Pegasus despite promises to stop, reports 'New York Times'

(Newser) - It is, write Natalie Kitroeff and Ronen Bergman in the New York Times , the "world's most infamous spyware." The pair do a deep dive into Pegasus , a surveillance tool that can compromise every piece of data on a target's phone—even encrypted phones—including the camera....

3K Migrants Start Procession in Mexico

Organizers say march to Mexico City is in response to fatal detention center fire

(Newser) - Around 3,000 migrants set out Sunday on what they call a mass protest procession through southern Mexico to demand the end of detention centers like the one that caught fire last month, killing 40 migrants . The migrants set out early Sunday from the city of Tapachula, near the Guatemalan...

Mexico's President Dumps Unwanted Luxury Jet for $92M

Austerity-loving Lopez Obrador sells presidential plane to former Soviet republic of Tajikistan

(Newser) - After almost 4 1/2 years of trying, Mexico's president said Thursday he has finally sold his unwanted presidential jet—to the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that nation's government paid the equivalent of about $92 million for the Boeing 787 jet. Lopez...

Border Wall's Height Leads to 'Unnecessary' Horrors

Neurological surgery resident warns of rise in traumatic injuries, economic costs

(Newser) - Changes made to the US-Mexico border wall under the Trump administration aren't stopping people from scaling it, but they're resulting in "unnecessary human suffering" that's not only horrifying but also putting more burden on hospitals and government coffers, according to Alexander Tenorio, a neurological surgery resident...

3 Americans Set Sail From Mexico 2 Weeks Ago, Disappeared

They were en route to San Diego

(Newser) - Three Americans set sail from Mazatlán, Mexico, for San Diego, California, earlier this month—but they haven't been seen in nearly two weeks. The group was last heard from April 4, the day they left Mazatlán on a 44-foot LaFitte sailing yacht, CNN reports. The weather was...

Gunmen Kill 7, Including Child, at Mexico Resort

Gunmen shot up pool area of La Palma resort

(Newser) - Six adults and a child under the age of 7 were killed Saturday when gunmen shot up a resort in Mexico. The shootings took place at La Palma, a resort in the municipality of Cortazar in Guanajuato state, NBC News reports. An eighth victim was also hospitalized with serious injuries,...

No US Charges in Woman's Mysterious Death in Mexico

Shanquella Robinson's family says they're not giving up

(Newser) - There will be no federal charges regarding the mysterious death of an American woman in Mexico last year, US prosecutors told the family of Shanquella Robinson on Wednesday. "Based on the results of the autopsy and after a careful deliberation and review of the investigative materials by both US...

Kidnapping Survivor: 'He Said He Loved Us and He Was Gone'

Two Americans recount their ordeal in Mexico on CNN

(Newser) - The two Americans who survived a deadly kidnapping in Mexico last month spoke to Anderson Cooper of CNN about their ordeal Tuesday night. LaTavia Washington McGee and Eric Williams survived, though Williams was shot in both legs, while Shaeed Woodard and Zindell Brown were fatally shot. The four had gone...

This Nation Spends the Most Time Online

South Africans spend average 578 minutes per day on the internet, per Atlas VPN

(Newser) - It can be hard to accurately estimate how much time we spend online, though Atlas VPN notes that for many of us, it's a "significant portion of our day." Using data on internet usage trends among internet users 16 to 64 years old, the VPN service found...

'Looks Like These Guards Didn't Have Any Training'

After deadly fire at Mexican migrant facility, guards could face murder charges

(Newser) - Mexican prosecutors are treating a deadly fire at a migrant facility across the border from El Paso, Texas, on Monday as a possible homicide case. The fire at the federally operated detention center in Ciudad Juarez killed at least 39 men from Central and South America and injured dozens more,...

Somebody Stole a Tiger From a Home in Mexico
Full-Grown Tiger
Stolen From Home

Full-Grown Tiger Stolen From Home

Police in Mexico say owner has proper paperwork for Bengal tiger

(Newser) - Northern Mexico has developed such a habit of exotic animals and violence that people not only keep tigers as pets, they steal them. Prosecutors in the violent northern state of Sonora said Tuesday they are searching for a full-grown Bengal tiger named Baluma. They said the 5-year-old male tiger was...

US Bolsters Post on Fentanyl in Pharmacy Pills Sold in Mexico

Victim's family has tried to get agencies to act since overdose in 2019

(Newser) - The State Department has strengthened its cautioning about pharmacies in Mexico selling counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl, warning that the doses can be fatal. The alert was posted Friday, per the AP , mentioning stores for the first time. "Counterfeit pills are readily advertised on social media and can be...

Boy, 14, Arrested After Murder of 8 in Mexico City

Police arrest 'El Chapito' in shooting linked to drug cartels

(Newser) - Mexican authorities have arrested a 14-year-old boy nicknamed "El Chapito" in the drug-related killing of eight people near Mexico City, the federal Public Safety Department said Thursday. The boy allegedly rode up on a motorcycle and opened fire on a family in the low-income Mexico City suburb of Chimalhuacan,...

Don't Spend Spring Break in Mexico, Texas Warns

Americans who crossed the border have met with cartel violence recently

(Newser) - After a total of seven Americans have been kidnapped, killed, or gone missing in Mexico in the past few weeks, Texas officials are urging spring breakers to spend their vacation someplace else. "Drug cartel violence and other criminal activity represent a significant safety threat to anyone who crosses into...

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