Mexico: 116 bodies found in mass graves

The toll of murder victims buried in mass graves in northern Mexico has risen to 116, with the attorney general blaming the atrocities on the brutal Zetas drug cartel.

Scores of kidnap victims found dead in Mexico

Fifty-nine bodies were found buried in pits in the state of Tamaulipas in northern Mexico, near the site where suspected drug gang members massacred 72 migrants last summer.

A Day That Shook The World: Hurricane Mitch

On 28 October 1998, Hurricane Mitch - a tropical storm in the south Caribbean - suddenly intensified into one of the worst hurricaines of the century.

Guatemala: First lady divorces to run for office

Guatemala's first lady is ending her eight-year marriage so she can seek to succeed her husband as president.

Mexican cartel threatens new police chief

The new police chief in the violent Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez received a threat on just his second day on the job.

Video: Mexican navy rescues beached whale

100 strong team helped guide a beached one-year-old humpback back into the sea. .

Video: Gang arsenal seized in Mexico

Mexican police have seized an arsenal of machine guns after a vicious shootout in Zitacuaro, Michocoan.

Seven shot dead at Mexican 'peace park'

Gunmen have killed seven people at a park built as an anti-violence measure in the border city of Ciudad Juárez, highlighting the bloodshed gripping the area as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Mexico.

Drugs cartel boss and five officers killed in shootout

One of Mexico's most flamboyant and brutal drug cartel leaders was killed by police on Thursday after a two-day shootout in the western state of Michoacan. Eleven others were also killed, including five police officers.

Brutal Mexican La Familia cartel chief killed

Known as "The Craziest One," he indoctrinated gang members in a pseudo-Christian ideology, and purportedly wrote a book of moral values for his cult-like cartel — all the while gruesomely decapitating his foes and selling cocaine and methamphetamine by the ton.

Kate Allen: Nicaragua's hidden scandal

Connie was just nine years old when her father first raped her. The abuse continued until she was 14. She told Amnesty International that her father would regularly hit her so much that she was unable to go to school the next day. Why? Chillingly because he wanted her to stay at home so “he could abuse her as much as he wanted”.

The life and death of Tony the Storm

In a day-long gunfight, Mexican forces killed a top drugs baron. But that won't end the violence

Gunmen kill 13 youths at Mexico party

Gunmen stormed two neighbouring homes and massacred 13 young people at a birthday party in the latest large-scale attack in this violent border city, even as a new government strategy seeks to restore order with social programs and massive police deployments.

Children missing after Mexican mudslide

A landslide in a mountain town sent authorities scrambling to deploy rescue workers but initial reports that hundreds were buried proved overblown.

Hundreds feared buried as giant landslide hits Mexican town

Rescue workers were struggling to reach a remote town in south-western Mexico where hundreds were feared buried last night after a giant landslide triggered by days of rain buried up to 300 homes while people were sleeping.

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