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Pipeline explosion injures several people in Mexico

Mexico City, Dec 16 (EFE).- Several people were injured and hundreds of others had to be evacuated Monday when a pipeline belonging to state-owned oil giant Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, exploded as it was being tapped illegally in Acolman, a city in Mexico state, officials said. The incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. and "was caused by an illicit tap" on a pipeline, Pemex said.

Environmentalists fear change in status could endanger Mexican park

Mexico City, Dec 2 (EFE).- Nevado de Toluca, the fourth highest mountain in Mexico, has a new status that has sparked concern among the area's residents and environmental groups who fear the new measure will open the door to exploitation by commercial and touristic interests. By presidential decree, the 4,680-meter (15,344-foot) volcano, located southwest of the capital of Mexico state, has gone from being a "national park" to become "a protected area for flora and fauna."

2 Arrested for slaughtering family in northern Mexico

Mexico City, Nov 20 (EFE).- Two suspects are in custody in connection with the slaughter of eight members of a family inside a home in the northern Mexican metropolis of Ciudad Juarez, the Chihuahua state government said Wednesday. Edgar Uriel Lujan Guevara, 31, and Jesus Daniel Mendoza Hernandez, 21, were arrested Tuesday night in Juarez, just across the border from El Paso, Texas. Police are still searching for a third suspect, state authorities said.

3 Bodies found in western Mexico

Culiacan, Mexico, Nov 19 (EFE).- Authorities discovered three badly decomposed bodies in a clandestine grave in the western Mexican municipality of Tecomate de la Noria, the Sinaloa state Attorney General's Office told Efe. Though municipal police went to the site in the Sierra de Mazatlan mountains after receiving a report of an armed confrontation, the bodies found Monday had nothing to do with that incident, the AG's office said.

Mexican authorities unearth 7 bodies near Acapulco

Chilpancingo, Mexico, Nov 18 (EFE).- Seven bodies were found in clandestine graves outside the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, authorities in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero said. Police discovered five hidden graves at a nursery in the rural community of El Salto - near the popular tourist area of Diamante - thanks to an anonymous phone call. The bodies bore gunshot wounds and were in an advanced state of decomposition, the state government said Sunday, adding that no motive has yet been determined.

Seven bodies found in hidden graves near Acapulco: reports

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The bodies of seven people were found buried in several hidden graves in a rural area near the Mexican resort city of Acapulco, local media reported on Saturday. An anonymous caller alerted police to bodies buried in the town of El Cayaco near the Pacific coast in Guerrero state, the reports said. The seven bodies, all men, were found in five graves, magazine El Proceso said on its website. The bodies were already decomposed, the newspaper Reforma said.

Motorcycling: US rider Caselli dies in Mexico crash

American motorcyclist Kurt Caselli was killed on Saturday during a desert raid race on the Baja California peninsula after suffering serious head injuries in a fall, organisers said. The 30-year-old Californian had been favourite to win the the SCORE Baja 1000 race which was due to finish in La Paz, Bolivia. He suffered fatal injuries when he fell off his KTM machine as he chased down race leader Colton Udal. The SCORE Baja 1000 is celebrating its 40th anniversary. str/yo/dg/dj

Mob sets fire to town hall in central Mexico

A mob angry over the murder of a shopkeeper in central Mexico set fire to a town hall, the mayor's residence and police cars on Tuesday, authorities said. The attack in the state of Puebla came three days after a similar assault on municipal offices by residents angry over a killing in another central Mexico town. Hours after a shopkeeper was shot dead in the town of Guadalupe Victoria, the mayor fled with his family as residents took out their anger on his office and home as well as four police cars.

Tropical Storm Sonia weakens after hitting Mexico

Tropical Storm Sonia weakened to a tropical depression on Monday after making landfall in northwestern Mexico, but it brought heavy rainfall and some flooding that required evacuations. A fisherman was reported missing after Sonia dissipated over the mainland hours after crossing the state of Sinaloa, the US National Hurricane Center said. Some 650 people were evacuated from their homes and taken to shelters around Sinaloa and schools closed in five towns, the state public safety agency said.

Criminals prevent storm aid from reaching victims in Mexico

Mexico City, Oct 24 (EFE).- Gangs are preventing aid from reaching victims of Hurricane Manuel in southern Mexico, with most of the problems in Guerrero state, the Reforma newspaper reported Thursday. The cities of Coyuca de Catalan, Ajuchitlan del Progreso, Arcelia, Teloloapan and San Miguel Totolapan, all located in the Tierra Caliente region, have been affected. Problems have also been reported in the cities of Tlacoapa, San Luis Acatlan and Metlatonoc, all located in the Montaña region, the newspaper said.
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