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Three killed in Mexico City tourist hotspot

MEXICO CITY: Gunmen with rifles and pistols killed three people on Friday and injured at least seven in a tourist plaza in downtown Mexico City, police said, adding that they were chasing three men dressed as mariachi musicians who fled on motorbikes. Mexico City police said in a statement the victims were killed at an intersection on the edge of Plaza Garibaldi, a major tourist destination packed with mariachi bars. Videos from the scene on social media and television showed a heavy police presence, with the site of…

Mexico navy found 50 tons of meth in mountain lab

MEXICO CITY: Mexican marines on Friday said they had discovered an underground drug lab in the mountains outside the capital of Sinaloa state where they destroyed 50 tons of meth. Marines found the lab after intelligence reports indicated that tons of drugs were being produced in the area of Alcoyonqui municipality, about 12 miles (19 km) outside the state capital of Culiacan, the ministry of the navy said in a statement. In photos provided by the ministry, two marines in hazmat suits can be seen examining dozens of…

Fireworks factory blasts kill at least 24 near Mexico City

MEXICO CITY:  Two explosions at fireworks workshops outside Mexico City on Thursday killed at least 24 people, including rescue workers, and injured dozens more, officials said, in the latest deadly blast to hit a town known for its fireworks production. After a first blast in the municipality of Tultepec, firefighters, police and other rescue workers arrived at the scene when a second explosion occurred, the state government said in a statement. “Emergency crews attended the call of the first explosion, when a second…

First woman elected Mexico City mayor

MEXICO CITY: Mexico City has elected a woman mayor for the first time in history, local politician and scientist Claudia Sheinbaum, according to exit polls. Sheinbaum, 56, won the election to lead North America's largest city with between 47.5 and 55.5 percent of the vote, according to an estimate by polling firm Mitofsky. A woman had previously served as mayor of the capital on an interim basis -- Rosario Robles, from 1999 to 2000 -- but Sheinbaum, who holds a doctorate in physics, is the first woman elected to the…

New quake shakes traumatized Mexico City

MEXICO CITY: A new quake sowed panic in Mexico City on Saturday, causing no casualties but suspending rescue operations to free survivors from the earlier, more powerful earthquake this week that devastated parts of the capital. The seismic disturbance, with a magnitude of 6.2, was smaller and farther to the south than the 7.1-magnitude one that struck on Tuesday, killing nearly 300 people and toppling 39 buildings in the capital. But as an alarm sounded, residents raced out into the street, some barefoot, some…

Tempers fray as search for survivors winds down after Mexico quake

MEXICO CITY: Tempers frayed in Mexico City on Friday as the search for survivors amidst twisted rubble of collapsed buildings began to wind down three days after the country’s most deadly earthquake in a generation. The 7.1 magnitude quake leveled 52 buildings in the sprawling Mexican capital at lunchtime on Tuesday, leaving thousands homeless and close to 300 people dead. Apartment blocks, offices, a school and a textile factory were among the structures that were destroyed. Across the city, thousands of rescue…

Hope fades in search for Mexico quake survivors

MEXICO CITY: Time pressed on Mexico on Thursday as rescuers looking for survivors picked through the rubble of buildings felled by a powerful earthquake two days earlier, with hopes fading as the hours rolled by. Authorities put the death toll from Tuesday’s 7.1-magnitude quake at 272 people, but it was expected to rise further with more than 200 still missing in Mexico City. Volunteers fought off growing fatigue to remove tons of rubble at dozens of flattened buildings in the capital and across several central states.…

Mexico races to save 12-year-old girl as quake toll hits 237

MEXICO CITY: Rescuers labored against the odds as dawn broke on Thursday to save a 12-year-old schoolgirl and other possible survivors trapped beneath crumpled buildings in central Mexico following the country’s deadliest earthquake in 32 years. More than 50 survivors have been plucked from several disaster sites in Mexico City since Tuesday afternoon’s 7.1-magnitude quake, leading to impassioned choruses of “Yes we can!” from the first responders, volunteers and spectators gathered around the ruins. At least 237…

Strong 7.4 quake hits Mexico on anniversary of deadly 1985 tremor

MEXICO CITY: A 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico on Tuesday, shaking buildings in the capital of Mexico City and sending people fleeing into the street. The quake hit only hours after many people participated in earthquake drills around the nation on the anniversary of the devastating quake that killed thousands in Mexico City in 1985. The 7.4 quake hit 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Atencingo in the central state of Puebla at a depth of 32 miles (51 km), the U.S. Geological Survey said. Luis Felipe Puente, the head…

Mexico on alert after nuclear material theft

MEXICO CITY: Authorities in Mexico put several states on alert Monday after thieves stole nuclear material used in medical equipment that is dangerous if not handled properly. The iridium was inside industrial X-ray equipment that was stolen from the back of a truck in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco state, an interior ministry statement said. "This was industrial equipment that included Iridium-192... which can be dangerous for people if it is taken out of its container," the statement said. It issued a warning for Jalisco,…