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Monday, March 10, 2014
Nazario Moreno, leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel, is dead — again. He was wrongly confirmed dead in 2010, but now, Mexican authorities claim they know "100 percent" that they killed him.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The arrest of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman is a coup for Mexican authorities. Now comes the tussle over where he will be tried. He's wanted in at least seven U.S. federal districts.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Powerful cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was charged Monday with violating drug trafficking laws. He was a vicious killer. But many see him as a hero who helped the poor and maintained order.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Joaquin Guzman known as "El Chapo," was arrested in an early Saturday morning raid in the Pacific beach resort of Mazatlan. Multiple U.S. agencies provided intelligence that helped take down Guzman.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
One of the world's most powerful drug lords has been captured. Mexican authorities say Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was taken into custody after a months-long investigation.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Seventeen men are being held in a Tijuana prison for allegedly digging a drug-smuggling tunnel that had almost reached the United States. The men say they were held hostage by drug traffickers who were going to kill them once the tunnel was completed. NPR's Carrie Kahn spoke with one of them.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Federal forces are backing away from a plan to disarm the civilian militias that are defending their communities from ruthless drug traffickers. In the western state of Michoacan, it's unclear how long the fragile peace will last.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
A Mexican truck carrying radioactive material was hijacked and couldn't be located for two days. The truck was found empty on Wednesday and later the radioactive material was located separately. It's unclear if the thieves knew what they were stealing.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Mexico's Senate is set to pass a whole host of new taxes to boost the country's anemic tax collection. Among the many new taxes is one that will raise what maquiladoras pay for imported goods to the rate the rest of the country pays. Border communities are worried that losing their coveted tax break will lead to a flood of foreign companies leaving the region.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
In the battle against the bulge, lawmakers in Mexico are taking aim at consumers' pocketbooks. They're proposing a series of new taxes on high-calorie food and sodas. Health advocates say the higher prices will get Mexicans to change bad habits, but the beverage industry and small businesses are fighting back.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Mexico's president has unveiled a major shakeup of the country's tax system. His administration says it's aimed at capturing more of Mexico's paltry tax collection. Critics say it's unfairly targeting the middle class. Among the items slated for taxing: dog food and private school tuition.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Mexicans are outraged over allegations that the National Security Agency was spying on President Enrique Pena Nieto even before he was elected Mexico's leader. The charges were broadcast over the weekend in Brazil and claimed the NSA spied on Brazil's leader, Dilma Rousseff, as well.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
President Enrique Pena Nieto gave an upbeat assessment of his nine-month-old administration on Monday in his first State of the Union address. Despite his positive review of Mexico's condition, the new president is dealing with chaotic teacher protests in the capital, intractable levels of violence and a less favorable economic outlook than predicted.
Monday, September 02, 2013
Tlacoyos are a doughy corn tortilla of sorts that's cooked on a grill. Whether enjoyed on a plastic plate as street food or fine china in a high-end restaurant, it's been a favorite snack for centuries.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
The teachers are protesting education changes that would institute evaluations and reduce the power of unions in hiring educators. It's common practice for teachers in Mexico to buy and sell tenured positions. The protests in Mexico City have caused traffic mayhem, and at one point blocked access to the international airport.
Monday, August 26, 2013
In Mexico City, there's a sad conclusion to a mass abduction of 12 youth abducted in May from a bar near a popular tourist destination. Authorities say they have identified 10 of the missing youth among bodies found in a mass grave outside the capital.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
In Mexico, as students head back to the classroom this week, their teachers will have extra work ahead of them. They're going to have to correct more than a hundred errors found in the free textbooks handed out to millions of students.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
In Honduras, there's a masked man on a mission to change his country's violent image. He calls himself the Maeztro Urbano, the "Urban Master." By day, he works in advertising; at night, he covers city walls with pictures of weapons turning into balloons or fat bureaucrats spending money on art, not guns. This story originally aired on Morning Edition on July 23, 2013.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
A best-selling book and a popular ballad have been written about Sandra Avila Beltran. The so-called Queen of the Pacific is Mexico's best-known female drug boss. She is notorious for her lavish lifestyle and love of cosmetic surgery. And soon she'll be heading home from a U.S. prison after winning her release in a plea deal.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is in Mexico City on Wednesday to discuss cooperation between the United States and Mexico. The visit comes at a time when the two countries' security cooperation has been under close scrutiny.