Relatives of inmates at Apodaca prison pull the security fence following a riot inside the prison, on Feb. 19, 2012, in the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico. (JULIO CESAR AGUILAR/AFP/Getty Images)
A Mexican prison riot in which 44 people were stabbed, strangled or beaten to death was originally mourned as just another Latin American prison tragedy, days after a fire in a Honduras jail killed more than 350 inmates.
The Casino Royale smolders after 52 people died inside. Police say the owner failed to pay off a drug cartel. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
In perhaps a final affront to the United States today, Mexican President Felipe Calderón unveiled a billboard with the words, “No more weapons,” facing north of the border in Ciudad Juárez, one of the world’s most violent cities ravaged by drug crime.
Mexican presidential candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota (C) celebrates her victory with her counterparts Santiago Creel (L) and Ernesto Cordero (R) from National Action Party (PAN in Spanish) during a press conference in Mexico City on February 5, 2012. Mota is the official presidential candidate of the National Action Party. (ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
Mexico's ruling National Action Party (PAN) has chosen female candidate Josefina Vázquez Mota as its candidate for July's election, ready to take on current frontrunner, the Institutional Revolutionary Party's (PRI) Enrique Peña Nieto.