News A heroin user prepares the drug in Zhukovsky, near Moscow

Seventeen-year-old told doctors she had been using the drug for two months

Troops capture 'drug baron' in shootout

Troops battled a suspected drugs gang in a wealthy suburb of Mexico City and captured an alleged major trafficker with a $2m (£1.3m) US bounty on his head.

Lawsuit accuses cardinal of sheltering paedophile priest

A Mexican citizen filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Los Angeles accusing Roman Catholic cardinals in Mexico City and Los Angeles of conspiring to shelter a Mexican paedophile priest in both countries.

The US-Mexico border: where the drugs war has soaked the ground blood red

Cartels have murdered thousands in the past four years as they fight over the spoils of hugely lucrative trafficking. American policy has only fuelled the carnage. The chaos will not change without fresh thinking

Mexico City stages first gay marriages

Two glowing brides in matching white gowns and four other same-sex couples made history in Mexico City as they wed under Latin America's first law that explicitly approves gay marriage.

Traveller's Guide To: Mexico 2010

It's been 200 years since this alluring nation gained independence from Spain – and a century since the Mexican revolution. So why not join the party?

Twitter users face tip-offs action

Twitter users revealing the locations of police drink-driving checkpoints in Mexico city could face prosecution, authorities say.

Esther Chávez: Prominent women's rights activist

Esther Chávez was a career accountant approaching 60 and retirement when she became appalled by what became known in Mexico as los feminicidios, or femicides, the largely unsolved murders of women in her city, Ciudad Juárez, on the border with the United States. Concerned by an apparent lack of action or even interest by the city or state governments and police, she became a passionate and internationally known campaigner for justice for the city's victims and against the abuse of women worldwide.

Kahlo 'fakes' flood into Mexico

As a judge hears a forgery case, a second 'lost' cache is hawked as original work

Victory for gay rights in Mexico's Catholic stronghold

Legalisation of same-sex marriages in capital is a first for Latin America

Leading article: Sombreros off

Until yesterday Mexico City's standout international contribution to 2010 seemed destined to be the swine flu virus. But now the Latin American city has an altogether more welcome claim to global fame.

Mexico's most unlikely mayor turfed out by political elite

Accidental leader Juanito forced from office after reneging on promises to quit

Amulet, By Roberto Bolaño trans Chris Andrews

With the arrival into English first of the magnum-sized The Savage Detectives and then the jeroboam of stories that is 2666, the late Roberto Bolaño not only recruited an army of fresh followers. He attracted a multitude of hangers-on who felt intrigued by the literary legend – the vagabond Chilean turned Mexican bohemian poet, who crossed the ocean to become, in Catalonia, one of the most original of postwar European novelists - but also wary of the looming bulk of these twin monuments. First published in 1999, this short novel (or fictional fantasia) might promise to act as a curtain-raising taster to the epic of his landmark works. Indeed, its first-person heroine turns up in The Savage Detectives: the Uruguayan immigrant Auxilio Lacouture, not so much a groupie as a protective mother-hen to young poets in Mexico City during and after the rebellions and repressions of 1968.

Travel By Numbers: Aztec Mexico

As Moctezuma fever hits the UK, Katie Reynolds sums up the ancient ruler's homeland

Dom Joly: Play is no fun in the white rage of the gaming world

A psychological crutch and a repository for morons' anger. Our columnist despairs at the nastier side of the internet

Mission of the month: Sun, sea and Mayan pyramids: Mexico's Yucatán celebrates Independence Day

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