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Mexicans return to get Juarez cooking again

CIUDAD JUAREZ — Gourmet chef Oscar Herrera fled across the Rio Grande to Texas as gangland savagery engulfed this border city five years ago. Now like many others Herrera has returned to Ciudad Juarez, determined to sink deeper roots in a community and country he’d never fully appreciated. Customers tell him, “What a good thing that we can go out at night for dinner again.”

Juarez: The sequel

CIUDAD JUAREZ — This city’s former cauldrons of carnage may now prove vanguards of Mexico’s long-promised peace. They’re providing a road map for a nationwide pacification campaign in gangster-spawning communities being rolled out by President Enrique Peña Nieto. Will the peace last? Many think not. Nearly all the causes of the violence remain, lurking. But a hopeful few are determined to rebuild.

In-depth series: Ciudad Juarez’s unthinkable comeback

CIUDAD JUAREZ — Not long ago, all headlines out of Juarez screamed bloody drug war murder. Now something unexpected is happening in the Mexican border town. Homicides have plummeted. Some who fled have returned. Sports clubs keep kids out of gangs. GlobalPost went to find out if this amazing recovery is built to last.

Seeing hope in Juarez

Clear eyes, full hearts in Juarez

Mexico's Chapo Guzman named world's most powerful drug trafficker

Government announces nearly 50,000 have died in drug violence over five years.
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This archive photo of drug lord Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman was taken July 10, 1993 at the Almoloya prison in Juarez after he was apprehended by Mexican authorities. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
The US Treasury Department has named notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman the “world’s most powerful drug trafficker,” boosting the evasive cartel leader’s legendary status as the country’s drug wars appear to have killed nearly 50,000 people in five years.

Mexican soldiers tortured American

El Paso man freed after two year ordeal
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Mexican soldiers fighting the war on drugs (Hector Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)
Accusations of police or soldiers in Mexico torturing and wrongfully imprisoning suspects are so common that they rarely make news. But it does make a splash when the alleged victim of the abuse is American. Shohn Huckabee, a 24-year old from El Paso, was released from prison after almost two years when the U.S. Justice Department determined that he had been tortured in Mexican custody.

Mexico’s Murder City Opera

Mexico’s most violent city is also one of its most cultured
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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