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Top Story — Mexican authorities on Monday reaffirmed their earlier statement that a shootout Friday between federal police officers and suspected criminal gunmen was a legitimate engagement, in which not one of the 42 gunmen killed was executed. Mexico’s top federal police official, Enrique Galindo, said as much on Monday despite statements by people claiming…

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Top Story — The administration of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is drafting legislation to give foreign investors and private companies more leverage over rural landowners, according to government sources who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity. If passed in its current format, the proposed bill will comprise the most significant reform of land…

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Top Story — A Mexican military helicopter was shot down on Friday by gunmen seemingly affiliated to the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG), highlighting the group’s increased prominence as a target of the government’s ongoing crackdown on criminal organizations. At least three soldiers were killed when the helicopter was shot down over the state of…

Viacrucis participants march through Chahuites, Mexico. (Photo by author)

MEXICO CITY — Ciudad Tecún Umán is sweltering. All of the town’s households and its handful of ramshackle cantinas still use wood-burning stoves, their sweaty attendants braving the compounded afternoon heat. The smoke trails out into the few dusty streets, unpaved, potholed and barely stretching to the edge of the Rio Suchiate, which divides Tecún…

A burning bus used as a blockade Saturday in the Mexican city of Reynosa. (YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — Mexico’s government on Sunday announced the arrest of the accused leader of the Juárez drug cartel, just days after apprehending the head of the Gulf cartel, an arrest which sparked an outburst of violence in the border city of Reynosa. Jesús Salas Aguayo was arrested Friday in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico’s…

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An ambush by criminal gunmen against police in the western Mexican state of Jalisco killed 15 officers and injured five, authorities announced on Tuesday — the deadliest attack targeting the security forces to date since the government launched an offensive against drug cartels in 2006. The attack targeted state police officers as they drove in…