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Mexico president heads to Washington for meeting with Trump

MEXICO CITY (AP) — For his first foreign trip as president, Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador travels to Washington Tuesday to meet with President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly taken shots at Mexico and Mexican migrants to rally his base.

The visit, coming just four months before U.S. elections, has many Mexicans cringing. Trump has insulted them, threatened crippling tariffs to strongarm Mexico into playing an uncomfortable role in U.S. immigration policy and insisted they will pay for a border wall meant to keep migrants out of the U.S.

Mexican police arrest 3 over rehab centre attack that left 27 dead

MEXICO CITY, July 6 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Mexican police have arrested three men over a bloody gun attack on a drug rehabilitation centre that left 27 people dead, the local prosecutor’s office said.

Gunmen burst into the centre in the city of Irapuato in the central Guanajuato state last Wednesday, forcing victims “onto the ground and shot them”, authorities said.

The suspects were captured in a swoop by special forces, the prosecutor’s office said on Twitter, calling the incident a “heinous crime.”

Mexican military finds plane in flames and truck carrying drugs

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican military officials said on Sunday they discovered a small plane from South America in flames after it made an illegal landing on the Yucatan Peninsula possibly carrying hundreds of kilos of drugs.

Nearby, military officials said they also found a truck carrying drugs that appeared to be cocaine, packaged into 13 parcels weighting 30 kg (66 pounds) each, and likely coming from the plane.

Mexican president says will travel to U.S. on Tuesday

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday he will travel to the United States on Tuesday ahead of his first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump a day later.

It will be determined on Friday whether Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will also attend talks with Trump in Washington next week, Lopez Obrador said during a regular news conference.

24 shot to death in attack on drug rehab center in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Gunmen burst into an unregistered drug rehabilitation center in central Mexico and opened fire Wednesday, killing 24 people and wounding seven, authorities said.

Police in the north-central state of Guanajuato said the attack occurred in the city of Irapuato. Three of the seven wounded were reported in serious condition.

Apparently the attackers shot everyone at the rehab center. State police said nobody was abducted. Photos purporting to show the scene suggest those at the center were lying down when they were sprayed with bullets.

Brazen cartel attack in Mexico City opens new front in crime battle

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s bustling capital was once seen as a relative oasis in the country’s raging drug war, but a shocking military-style assassination attempt on the city’s police chief offers proof at least one gang is unafraid to shatter the peace.

The hyper-violent Jalisco New Generation Cartel, or CJNG, was quickly fingered as the probable culprit by the wounded target of the attack, Mexico City security head Omar Garcia Harfuch, in a message tapped out on his phone shortly after the shooting, likely from his hospital bed.

China-Mexico airlift begins new phase amid pandemic

MEXICO CITY, June 27 (Xinhua) -- An airlift program carrying medical supplies from China to Mexico was extended this week after completing the first planned flights as the North American country is grappling with surging COVID-19 cases.

A plane, which arrived Thursday night in Mexico City from Shanghai, has become the 21st flight completed since April 7.

The air bridge has been made possible due to an agreement between the two countries to cooperate in fighting the pandemic.

Mexico City police chief shot in assassination attempt, blames drug cartel

MEXICO CITY, June 27 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Mexico City’s chief of police was shot and injured and two of his bodyguards killed in a dramatic assassination attempt early on Friday that he quickly blamed on one of Mexico’s most powerful drug gangs, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

The city’s public security chief Omar Garcia Harfuch suffered three bullet wounds as he and bodyguards came under heavy fire around dawn in an upscale Mexico City neighbourhood, where the attack was captured on security cameras.

Mexico: Gun battle over El Chapo legacy leaves 16 dead

CULIACAN (Mexico), June 26 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The fight for control of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s legacy spilled into the open on Thursday after a gun battle between rival Mexican gangs left 16 dead, authorities said.

The 16 men, heavily armed and wearing bullet-proof vests, died in a six-hour running shootout near the rural town of Tepuche in northwestern Sinaloa province.

Mexico earthquake death toll rises to 10

MEXICO CITY, June 25 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck southern Mexico has risen to ten, the federal government said.

The 7.4-magnitude quake, which was followed by more than 1,500 aftershocks, was felt in Mexico City, some 700 kilometers away from the epicenter in Oaxaca.

It sent people fleeing their homes and workplaces and forced the closure of an oil refinery.

Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat said in an interview with Milenio TV earlier in the day that 2,000 homes had been damaged.

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