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NGOS to Washington: Cut military aid to Mexico

NGOs argue for less guns and more institution building
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Mexican troops fighting the war on the streets (Samuel Castillo/AFP/Getty Images)
A group of influential NGOs in Washington on Thursday called on the U.S. government to reduce military aid to Mexico and replace it with more help building Mexico’s institutions. Presenting a joint report, entitled “A Cautionary Tale,” the NGOs argued that the U.S. help to Mexico has been too centered in support of its army and marines. While the soldiers have been shooting down drug cartel capos and hit men across the country, they have also been accused of widespread human rights abuses, including torture, murder and forced disappearances.
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Gangsters decapitate Mexican blogger

The fourth blogger is killed in Nuevo Laredo
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Two bloggers hanged from a bridge in Nuevo Laredo in September (Raul Llamas/AFP/Getty Images)
Mexican tweeters and bloggers were shaken anew on Wednesday when a decapitated body appeared by a statue next to a message that the victim was killed because of what he wrote on the Internet. Police found the corpse in Nuevo Laredo, a city on the border with Texas where the ultra violent Zetas cartel fight rivals over the lucrative drug trade.
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Colombian FARC rebels vow to keep fighting despite top leader's death (VIDEO)

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia — or FARC — has vowed to continue its struggle despite the death of the group's supreme commander, Alfonso Cano.

176 Honduran police arrested over corruption charges

A total of 176 Honduran police officers in the same unit have been arrested in an attempt to clear out corrupt law-enforcement, government officials said Thursday.

Mexico’s drug war gets political

Violence around Mexican gubernatorial election could be dangerous spark
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A cartel gunmen is shot dead by soldiers in Michoacan, Mexico (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
A wave of killings in the lead up to a gubernatorial election in the native state of Mexican President Felipe Calderon raise the specter of the relentless drug war becoming more political. Altogether there have been more than 20 murders during the campaigns for the Nov. 13 vote in Michoacan, in which the president’s own sister, Luisa Maria Calderon, is leading the race.
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Drug war shakes Los Cabos

Raw video shows Americans watching Cabo shoot out

Mexico’s Murder City Opera

Mexico’s most violent city is also one of its most cultured
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Residents of Juarez confront daily violence (Jesus Alcazar/AFP/Getty Images)
Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, has gained global notoriety as the most murderous city on the planet with a stunning 3,075 homicides last year. But this week, it has thankfully gained some media attention for a lighter side: opera.
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