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Pope urges Mexico bishops to fight drug trade with 'courage'

- Pope Francis urged Mexican bishops Saturday to take on drug trafficking with "prophetic courage," warning that it represents a moral challenge to society and the church.

Pope urges Mexico leaders, bishops to tame drug mayhem

- Pope Francis admonished Mexico's political and religious leaders to take on drug violence, calling for "true justice" and "prophetic courage" against the scourge afflicting the country.

Pope to make landmark visit to Mexico National Palace

- Francis will be the first pope to enter Mexico's National Palace to meet the president on Saturday as he starts a cross-country tour that will highlight the country's violence and migration troubles.

Drug cartel ruled in Mexico prison hit by riot

Monterrey - Authorities found dozens of knives, cocaine and flat-screen televisions at the Mexican prison where a brawl killed 49 inmates, officials said Friday, highlighting the control drug cartels hold over many penitentiaries.

Ahead of Pope's visit, Mexico gang violence targets priests

- When Pope Francis arrives in Mexico on Friday he will land in the most dangerous country for priests in Latin America, with dozens killed in the past decade.

Pope heads for historic encounter with Russian patriarch

Vatican City - Pope Francis headed to Cuba on Friday looking to heal a 1,000-year-old rift in Christianity before embarking on a tour of Mexico dominated by modern day problems of drug-related violence and migration.

Relatives sob as 49 dead in Mexico prison battle

Monterrey - Relatives of 49 inmates slaughtered in a fiery Mexican prison brawl sobbed and fainted as they read the list of victims on a wall after the country's deadliest jailhouse riot in years.

At least 30 dead in Mexico prison riot: Reports

Monterrey - At least 30 people died in a pre-dawn prison riot in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on Thursday, as smoke billowed from the building, local media reported.

Pope takes bridge-building mission to Mexico

Vatican City - Pope Francis heads to Cuba and Mexico on Friday for a trip encompassing two of the defining themes of his papacy: bridge-building diplomacy and his concern for migrants seeking a better life.

Pope faces Mexicans worshipping skeletal 'Death Saint'

Tultitla - Two weeks after baptizing her at a Catholic church, baby Adriana's parents put her in a white gown again for a second sacrament: This time, with Mexico's skeletal "Death Saint.

New probe rejects claim missing Mexican students incinerated

- A second independent forensic investigation rejected on Tuesday the Mexican government's conclusion that 43 students who went missing in 2014 were incinerated at a garbage dump.

Mexico finds bones of two of five missing young people

- Mexican authorities have found the bones of two of five young people who vanished after they were detained by police officers last month, the government said.

Mexicans to light pope's route with mobile phones

- Worshipers will line the roadside holding up their mobile telephones to light the way for Pope Francis when he arrives on his visit to Mexico next week, organizers said Sunday.

Two dead in oil rig fire off coast of Mexico

- Two workers were killed and at least seven injured Sunday in an oil platform fire off the coast of Mexico, state petrol company Pemex said.

Villagers sow Mexico's booming opium poppies

Los Zacatones - Deep in the southern mountains of Mexico, the cicada-like "tsk-tsk-tsk" of a water sprinkler broke the eerie silence as it sprayed a small parcel of opium poppies.

Mexico flights offered to U.S.-bound Cubans in C.America

San Jos - Thousands of US-bound Cubans stranded in Costa Rica and Panama will be able to take direct flights to Mexico, if they can afford the cost, the governments of the Central American countries said Friday.

'Juarez is Love': City hosting pope sheds murder image

Juarez - Billboards with pictures of Pope Francis welcome the pontiff to Mexico's former murder capital with the inviting phrase "Juarez is Love," as the northern border works to shed its violent image.

Actress 'will not go' to Mexico to be quizzed on 'El Chapo'

- Actress Kate del Castillo is ready to answer questions about her links to drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, but only if quizzed on US soil, her attorney said.

Mexico actress seeks to block any arrest in Chapo case

- Mexican-American actress Kate del Castillo is seeking an injunction to block any attempts to arrest her over an investigation into her links to drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Mexico arrests alleged leader of Beltran Leyva cartel

- Mexico has arrested the alleged leader of the remnants of the once-powerful Beltran Leyva drug cartel, officials said Monday.

Nine killed at teen birthday party in southern Mexico

Acapulco - A teenager's 15th birthday party became the scene of a ghastly massacre in southern Mexico where nine people were fatally shot, including two minors, officials said on Monday.

Mexico arrests gang members on U.S. border in joint op

- Mexican police arrested up to 24 members of the Sinaloa drug cartel in a joint operation with the US that also netted a cache of heavy weaponry and drugs, officials said Sunday.

S.F. waterfront slaying suspect claims 2015 killing was accident

San Francisco - The suspect in what seems to have been a random slaying on the San Francisco waterfront has asked for the most serious charge against him — second-degree murder — to be dismissed.

From DF to CDMX, Mexico City changes name and status

- Mexico's sprawling capital changed its official name on Friday as it launched steps to become virtually like a federal state.

U.S., Canada to seek new ways to fight IS after jets withdrawn

Quebec City - The United States and Canada vowed Friday to work together in the fight against the Islamic State, even if Ottawa plans to withdraw its jets from the campaign.

Mexican cops again at center of a mass disappearance

Tierra Blanca - For more than two weeks, the parents of five missing young people have been living inside a Mexican state prosecutor's office in an attempt to pressure authorities to find their children.The parents spent the first night sitting on cold plastic chairs....

Pope to plead for justice in Mexico visit: Archbishop

- Pope Francis will call for justice for victims of violence during his visit to Mexico and plead for a more humane treatment of migrants, the country's archbishop said Thursday.

Minaret and Muslims in Mexican city set to host pope

San Crist - The domed mosque with a minaret rises above small homes in a seemingly unlikely place: A southern Mexican indigenous city that will greet Pope Francis in three weeks.

Mexican authorities recount Chapo hunt in epic video

- Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman wanted to make a biopic about himself. Instead, authorities produced their own revealing video about his Hollywood-like recapture.

U.S. 'affluenza' teen faces Mexico deportation soon

- A US teenager known for using an "affluenza" defense in a deadly Texas drunk-driving accident could soon be deported from Mexico after dropping an appeal, his lawyer said Tuesday.
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