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Mexico violence high on NAFTA summit agenda

US President Barack Obama welcomes the leaders of Mexico and Canada at the White House Monday for a North American summit, with talks expected to focus on rampant violence from the drug war in Mexico. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks are being held as presidential election campaigns…

Mexico group banned for playing drug songs

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Authorities in the capital of Mexico’s most violent state, Chihuahua, have indefinitely banned popular music group Los Tigres del Norte for playing drug ballads at a concert. Songs glorifying drug traffickers, known as narcocorridos, have attracted a growing following in recent years from Mexico City to…

Mexican prison riot kills 44

Members of Mexico’s Zetas drug gang killed 44 rivals from the Gulf cartel in a prison riot before staging a mass escape, possibly with help from authorities, Mexican officials said Monday. Prisoners bludgeoned and stabbed other inmates to death in one of Mexico’s deadliest prison riots Sunday in the Apodaca…

Mexican prison riot leaves at least 38 dead

MONTERREY, Mexico — At least 38 inmates have been killed in a riot at a prison near the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, officials said Sunday. The clashes broke out overnight between rival gangs at Apodoca prison, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Monterrey. Families were gathering outside the institution,…

Pint-sized mariachis learn music of Mexico in New York

He has barely begun learning guitar, but already six-year-old Xcaret Gonzalez is dreaming big. He aspires to play well enough some day to form his own band — one playing the mariachi music that is an important part of his Mexican background, and which has been declared part of world…

Clinton at G20 in Mexico pushing trade

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday entered a weekend of talks of the Group of 20 major economies in Mexico where her aides said she would push for freer but fairer trade. Clinton started her three days in the Pacific Ocean resort of Los Cabos by heading to…

Foreign tourists shrug off Mexico drug violence

Ignoring gruesome news stories of ongoing drug violence, Mexico for the third consecutive year saw an increase in foreign visitors, government tourism figures out Monday showed. Some 22.6 million foreigners visited Mexico in 2011, just slightly less than the record 23 million in 2008, the office of Tourism Secretary Gloria…

U.S. extends travel warning to Mexico over violence

(Reuters) – Spreading drug violence, kidnappings and carjackings in Mexico have led the State Department to increase the number of places it says Americans should avoid for safety reasons for the second time in less than a year. A travel advisory issued this week urged U.S. citizens to avoid all…

Drug gang warnings ahead of pope visit to Mexico

A drug gang warned its rivals to keep the peace during a papal visit to Mexico next month in banners hung around the central state of Guanajuato which Pope Benedict XVI is due to visit. The warnings, signed by the the Knights Templar gang, were quickly removed Tuesday and came…

Romney: ‘I wish I could claim that I’m Hispanic’

Despite receiving criticism for his harsh rhetoric towards immigrants during the campaign cycle, GOP presidential front runner Mitt Romney wished on Monday morning that he could be Hispanic. Appearing on Fox and Friends, the former Massachusetts governor was asked by co-host Steve Doocy if he was gaining more support in…

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