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Storming of Ecuador TV station by armed men has ominous connection: Mexican drug cartels

Storming of Ecuador TV station by armed men has ominous connection: Mexican drug cartels

MEXICO CITY – People across the U.S. and world saw shocking video of more than a dozen armed, masked men storming an Ecuadorian television station during a live broadcast last month.

The crime was linked to a prison escape of a local gang leader, but there is a more familiar villain behind the scenes: Mexican drug cartels.

“We are on air, so they know that you cannot play with the mafia,” one of the hoode

Storming of Ecuador TV station by armed men has ominous connection: Mexican drug cartels

MEXICO CITY -- People across the U.S. and world saw shocking video of more than a dozen armed, masked men storming an Ecuadorian television station during a live broadcast earlier this month.

The crime was linked to a prison escape of a local gang leader, but there is a more familiar villain behind the scenes: Mexican drug cartels.

“We are on air, so they know that you cannot play with the mafia,” one of the hooded men was heard saying during the assault at the Guayaquil station on Jan. 9.

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The power of blood: Why Mexican drug cartels make such a show of their brutality

MEXICO CITY — Body parts found inside freezers, bodies hanging from bridges, young men killing each other under cartel orders.

Mexico is no stranger to displays of brutality put on by the nation’s drug cartels.

Bodies hanging from bridges is a near daily occurrence, a display that dates to the early 2000s, when it first astonished the population of a small town in central Mexico.

Other times, the shows of violence reach new, horrific levels.

In 2006, gunmen stormed into a bar in Uruapan and

Are the Sinaloa Cartel's 'Chapitos' really getting out of the fentanyl business?

CULIACÁN, Mexico — “Nobody is producing fentanyl anymore. Whoever does will get killed,” a Sinaloa Cartel commander told The Louisville Courier Journal, part of the USA TODAY Network, here in Culiacán, the cartel's home base.

“There are still people who disobey, and those are the ones dying,” said the commander, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The alleged ban on the synthetic opioid made headlines in October when "narco-messages" signed by the Chapitos cartel appeared around Culiacán,

Milei vows to ‘redraw the ideas of freedom’ after swearing-in as Argentina’s president

Javier Milei pledged a “new era” for Argentina as he was sworn in as the country’s new president on Sunday, sealing the ascent of a political newcomer who garnered popularity by advocating shock economic reforms.

Milei is an economist and former political commentator who took to wielding a chainsaw on the campaign to symbolise his intent to slash spending. His rise surprised Argentina’s political establishment, drawing comparisons with former US President Donald Trump.

The swearing-in ceremony

Are the Sinaloa Cartel's 'Chapitos' really getting out of the fentanyl business?

CULIACÁN, Mexico — “Nobody is producing fentanyl anymore. Whoever does will get killed,” a Sinaloa Cartel commander told The Courier Journal here in Culiacán, the cartel's home base.

“There are still people who disobey, and those are the ones dying,” said the commander, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The alleged ban on the synthetic opioid made headlines in October when "narco-messages" signed by the Chapitos cartel appeared around Culiacán, saying the cartel prohibits the traffickin

The power of blood: Why Mexican drug cartels make such a show of their brutality

The power of blood: Why Mexican drug cartels make such a show of their brutality

MEXICO CITY — Body parts found inside freezers, bodies hanging from bridges, young men killing each other under cartel orders.

Mexico is no stranger to displays of brutality put on by the nation’s drug cartels.

Bodies hanging from bridges is a near daily occurrence, a display that dates to the early 2000s, when it first astonished the population of a small town in central Mexico.

Other times, the shows of violen

Tijuana turf war: CJNG, Sinaloa Cartel battle for control of US/Mexico border city

Musical artists Peso Pluma, Fuerza Regida have canceled shows in the city following threats

MEXICO CITY — The white blanket hanging above a Tijuana road held a scrawled message for all to see — but particularly city leaders.

“Enough of your preference for your Sinaloa Cartel partners … we have you fully located,” it read. “Remember that bullets do not bounce off public officials.”

The threat earlier this month was allegedly signed by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG,) one of Mexico’s m

Hurricane Otis death toll climbs to 45 in Mexico

At least 45 people have died after powerful Hurricane Otis tore through southern Mexico’s Guerrero state as a devastating Category 5 storm last week, the region’s governor said Sunday.

At least 47 people remain missing, Guerrero Gov. Evelyn Salgado Pineda said in a Monday morning news conference.

Shortly after midnight Wednesday, the record-breaking storm brought sustained winds of 165 mph ashore near Acapulco, leaving the popular southern Mexico tourist destination in ruins.

Salgado Pineda’s

Venezuela issues arrest warrant for US-based opposition leader Juan Guaido

Venezuelan authorities on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for opposition leader and former interim president Juan Guaido, who dismissed the move as politically motivated.

During a press conference in the capital Caracas, Attorney General Tarek William Saab alleged that Guaido had used the state-owned oil company PDVSA’s resources to finance himself and pay his legal expenses.

“Juan Guaido used PDVSA resources to finance himself, pay his legal expenses, and forced PDVSA to accept his financin

At least 10 Cuban migrants die after truck overturns in Mexico, officials say

At least 10 Cuban migrants died and 17 others were injured when the truck they were traveling in overturned in southern Mexico on Sunday, Mexican authorities say.

The truck was “irregularly” transporting 27 Cuban nationals on the Pijijiapan-Tonalá highway in the southern state of Chiapas when the accident occurred, Mexico’s National Migration Institute (INM) said in a statement.

Officials said initial reports suggested the driver had been speeding and lost control of the unit, fleeing the scen

Crisis de migrantes: familias caminan entre pastizales para evadir puestos de control en México

Ciudad Hidalgo, México (CNN) -- Un par de decenas de personas se amontonan en una camioneta con cupo para 13 pasajeros. Acaban de cruzar un río en una balsa improvisada y esperan recorrer unos 30 kilómetros en México para llegar a su próxima parada. Pero unos minutos después, la camioneta se detiene y todos tienen que bajar.

Los pasajeros ––niños y sus padres, parejas mayores y adultos solteros–– pagaron para llegar desde Ciudad Hidalgo, en la frontera de México y Guatemala, hasta Tapachula, la

Families weave through long grass to dodge migration checkpoints

A couple of dozen people pile into a van meant for 13. They’ve crossed a river on a makeshift raft and hope to ride 20 or so miles to get to their next stop. But after a short while, the van stops and everyone has to get out.

The passengers – children and their parents, older couples and single adults – have paid to get from Ciudad Hidalgo in Mexico, a small town on the border with Guatemala, to Tapachula, the nearest city.

But they entered Mexico without permission or papers so the van driver

Migrantes cruzan en balsas improvisadas el río entre Guatemala y México para seguir hacia EE.UU.

Ciudad Hidalgo, México (CNN) -- Hay un tránsito ajetreado de personas y mercancías esta semana a través del río que marca la frontera entre Guatemala y México. Pero casi todo el flujo de personas bordea la ruta a través del puente carretero y trata de evadir las miradas de las autoridades sobre el agua.


Balsas improvisadas de madera y neumáticos de camiones transportan, a través del río Suchiate, a las familias. La mayoría de ellas se prepara para cruzar otro país más en su camino hacia Estad
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