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

Felipe Solis: Archaeologist who assembled one of the world's greatest collections of Pre-Colombian artefacts

Thirty-one years ago, when Felipe Solis was working with the team that discovered the first image of the Moon Goddess, Coyolxauhquil, he "felt the hands of the gods on my shoulder."

Police probe deaths of midget wrestlers

Mexican authorities said two professional wrestlers found dead in a low-rent hotel in the capital Mexico City may have been drugged to death by female robbers.

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Strong earthquake hits Mexico City

A strong earthquake shook skyscrapers in Mexico City on today, sending frightened people into the streets.

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As the number of swine flu cases rises, a hotelier in Mexico City describes how he and his guests have been coping in this rapidly emptying capital

Guy Adams: When 'love hotels' are empty, Mexico is in deep trouble

Twiddling his thumbs, and twirling one of Mexico City's most extravagant moustaches, Adan Tellez spent yesterday at his shuttered "tortas" stand, wondering how, exactly, he will survive the spiralling crisis that has emptied the once-busy streets and suddenly robbed him of his livelihood.

Now Mexico is shaken by earthquake

Southern Mexico was hit by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake today that shook buildings in the capital, Mexico City, but there were no immediate reports of deaths or damage.

Swine flu closes football stadiums

A surreal quality came to Mexican football on Sunday as a league game between clubs America and Tecos was played in a nearly empty Aztec Stadium, the giant 100,000-seat facility closed to the public because of the outbreak of swine flu.

Fear as killer disease stalks Mexico streets

Doctors report hundreds queueing at hospitals as death toll rises to more than 80

Obama's host dies from 'flu-like symptoms'

The White House says that Barack Obama is "highly engaged" in monitoring the swine flu outbreak that has spread over the border from Mexico into the US – and well he might. For a while, the President's doctors feared that he may have come closer than almost anyone in the country to contracting the virus.

Pandemic fears as flu kills 68

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2666, By Roberto Bolaño,trans Natasha Wimmer

Roberto Bolaño's 2666 is a difficult experience to shake off; it lingers in the unconscious like a sizzling psychotropic for days or weeks after reading. It is a novel both prodigious in scope and profound in implication, but a book ablaze with the furious passion of its own composition. At times, it reads like a race against death. At others, you can only wonder at the reach and raw intelligence of the writing.

Trade (15)

Not since Amores Perros has Mexico City looked such a perilous place. This drama digs into the squalor of sex-trafficking, its focus 13-year-old Adriana (Paulina Gaitan) and a Polish immigrant Veronica (Alicja Bachleda), both snatched off the street and processed through a grinder of exploitation that will end with their internet auction. The girl's brother (Cesar Ramos) and a bereaved US cop (Kevin Kline) go in pursuit. Jose Rivera's script plays uneasily, as do some of the directorial flourishes: the shots of rose stems and caged birds are galumphingly emphatic at moments that need no underlining.

Mexico minister killed in plane crash

The Mexican Interior Minister Juan Camilo Mourino, an ally of President Felipe Calderon, died last night when a small plane he was travelling in crashed into evening rush hour traffic in Mexico City.

Mexican drug leader arrested after shootout

A drug cartel leader who directed cocaine trafficking through Mexico City's international airport was arrested after a shootout in the capital, prosecutors said on Monday.

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