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Brazil police kill suspect in Rio councilwoman's murder

Rio De Janeiro - A suspect in the 2018 assassination of an outspoken Afro-Brazilian member of Rio de Janeiro's city council was shot to death Sunday after he fired on police sent to arrest him, Brazilian authorities said.

Hitman for drug lord Escobar dies in Colombia

Apo - Pablo Escobar's most notorious hitman, known by the nickname Popeye, died on Thursday at age 57 after a life of crime he celebrated on YouTube, Colombia's prison authorities said.

Mexico tells US to invest in Central America to stem migration

Mexico - Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told the United States on Tuesday that if it wants to stem the flow of Central American migrants to its southern border, it needs to invest in the region.

Lopez Obrador to reinforce security in Veracruz after massacre

Mexico - Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday he would reinforce army and navy troops in Veracruz state, three days after a child was among 13 people killed in a mass shooting there.

Mexico breaks violence record in first quarter of 2019

Mexico - Violence in Mexico hit new heights in the first quarter of 2019, with 8,493 murders recorded from January to March, according to official figures.According to the Executive Secretariat of the Public Security National System, that number represents a 9....

Mexico government says fuel theft down 72 percent

Mexico - Mexico said on Thursday that theft of state fuel has been reduced by 72 percent since it launched a strategy to combat the crime at the end of last year."We've achieved a substantial reduction in oil theft.

As 'El Chapo' faces court, Sinaloa cartel advances its pawns

Mexico - Far from the media frenzy around Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's trial in New York, a chess match is playing out between his Sinaloa cartel and its brutal rival, Jalisco New Generation, to decide the future of Mexico's multibillion-dollar narcotics industr...

New president to inherit a Mexico plagued with grisly violence

Mexico - In the middle of the street, corpses riddled with bullets. Underground, thousands of bodies heaped in clandestine graves. And in the mountains, drug gangs locked in armed conflict with the military.

At least five killed in shootout near Mexico's Cancun

Mexico - At least five people were killed and three others wounded in a late Friday shootout between police and criminals near the resort town of Cancun, a magnet for tourists on Mexico's Caribbean coast, local officials said.

Mexican drug baron lawyer asks to push back trial

New York - The lawyer for imprisoned drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on Friday asked for his client's trial to be postponed, arguing that thousands of new documents produced by the prosecution would make it impossible to prepare the defense in time.

More than 200 arrested in Venezuela crackdown on 'speculators'

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities have arrested more than 200 people since April as part of a crackdown on alleged currency speculators as the country battles world-record hyperinflation, Vice President Tareck El Aissami said Friday.

Mexico court orders new probe into massacre of students

Mexico - A court in Mexico has ordered a new probe into a crime that horrified the nation: the disappearance and suspected massacre of 43 students in 2014.

Mexican cartel leader's wife captured: government

Guadalajara - Mexican authorities have arrested the wife of a powerful drug cartel leader in the city of Guadalajara, the interior minister said on Sunday.

Thousands demand justice for Mexican students dissolved in acid

Guadalajara - Close to 12,000 people took to the streets of Guadalajara on Thursday, calling for peace and justice for three film students who were brutally murdered in a crime that has shocked Mexico.

New Brazilian army operation in Rio favela

Rio De Janeiro - The Brazilian army swept into a crime-plagued Rio de Janeiro favela Wednesday, in its third major law enforcement operation since President Michel Temer put the military in charge of security in the former Olympic host city.

Tenancingo, the sex slavery capital of Mexico

Tenancingo - "Tenancingo" means "the walled city" in the Nahuatl language, and it lives up to its name: Mexico's sex slavery capital is not a place that welcomes scrutiny from outsiders.

Weekend violence kills 18 in western Mexico

Aguililla - At least eighteen people were killed in weekend violence on Mexico's west coast, authorities said Sunday.

Rare arrest in Mexico journalist killings

Mexico - Mexican authorities on Monday said they arrested the person behind the murder of a journalist who wrote about the country's drug war, one of the few such media killings to be solved.

Colombia's biggest drug gang announces ceasefire

Bogota - Colombia's biggest narcotics gang, the paramilitary Clan del Golfo, has announced it has stopped armed actions to support peace efforts aimed at burying a half a century of conflict between the government and rebel forces.

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