2012 Mexican Elections

Ten bodies and 11 heads found in violent Mexican state

MEXICO CITY - Mexican police found 10 decapitated corpses and 11 heads in a southwestern state that has become a major problem for President Enrique Pena Nieto since the apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers there in September.


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Mexico's Pena Nieto plans no mea culpa in house scandal: spokesman

MEXICO CITY - Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, embroiled along with his wife and finance minister in a scandal over homes bought from and financed by a government contractor, plans no mea culpa, his spokesman said on Tuesday, dismissing any conflict of interest. | Video

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Cuba has released some of 53 'political' prisoners, U.S. says

WASHINGTON - Cuba has freed some of 53 people the United States regards as political prisoners, as agreed under last month's U.S.-Cuban rapprochement, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday in its first public acknowledgement that some detainees have been released. | Video

Nine dead after clashes in violent western Mexican state

MEXICO CITY - At least nine suspected gang members were killed on Tuesday in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, which is falling back into violence after authorities said it had been stabilized.

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Obama, Mexican president discuss Cuba and drug cartels

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the United States would insist that human rights in Cuba be discussed at a Summit of the Americas later this year and that Washington would help crack down on drug cartels in Mexico.

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Mexico vigilante founder, 26 others arrested in 10 shooting deaths

MEXICO CITY - The founder of a vigilante group in Mexico's restive western state of Michoacan was arrested on Saturday along with 26 followers for their alleged role in 10 deaths during a shootout with a rival group last month.

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Security on agenda as embattled Mexican president visits Obama

MEXICO CITY - Mexico's embattled President Enrique Pena Nieto will discuss security and justice with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington next week amid public anger about how he has handled a probe into the apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers.

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Mexico questions 37 over shootout in troubled western state

MEXICO CITY - A chief suspect in a gunfight in western Mexico that killed 11 people turned himself in for questioning on Wednesday as the government struggles to impose order in a violent state it claims to have pacified.

Mexico calls for larger, more diverse U.N. Security Council

MEXICO CITY - Mexico on Sunday called for an overhaul of the United Nations Security Council, envisaging more member countries across a wider geographical swathe, as the government steps up efforts to raise its profile on the global stage.

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Austrian experts may need months to identify murdered Mexican students

VIENNA - Austrian forensic experts will need at least two months to determine whether they can identify the victims of an apparent massacre of 43 Mexicans, they said on Tuesday, but said the chances were slim because of damaged samples.

IN THE RUNNING

Mexican presidential front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto greets supporters at one of his last campaign rallies in Toluca June 27, 2012.  REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Enrique Pena Nieto

Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and Green coalition  Full Article 

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, presidential candidate for the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), greets his supporters after a rally in Toluca June 26, 2012. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) led coalition  Full Article 

Josefina Vazquez Mota, presidential candidate from the ruling National Action Party (PAN), talks to supporters during her last campaign rally at Omnilife stadium in Zapopan, in the outskirts of Guadalajara  June 27, 2012.  REUTERS/Alejandro Acosta

Josefina Vazquez Mota

National Action Party (PAN)  Full Article 

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