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Mexican cartels are diversifying business beyond drugs. Here's where they are profiting

MEXICO CITY — In a small town in Mexico’s western state of Michoacán, members of a criminal group forced residents to pay for high-cost internet service — or face death.

After these threats, residents made monthly extortion payments while simultaneously reporting the situation to authorities.

After months of investigations, officials raided three properties, finding evidence such as antennas, internet repeater equipment and connections, which were handed over to the prosecutor's office.

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Mexico elected its first female president. Here’s what to know about Claudia Sheinbaum

Known as “la Doctora” for her glittering academic credentials, Claudia Sheinbaum is a physicist with a doctorate in energy engineering, the former mayor of one of the world’s most populous cities, and was part of the United Nations panel of climate scientists that received a Nobel Peace Prize.

And on Sunday, she became the first woman, and the first Jewish person, to be elected president of Mexico.

Sheinbaum won around 60% of the vote in the largest election in Mexico’s history, marking a hist

Mexicans vote in historic election expected to choose first woman president

Mexicans headed to the polls on Sunday to vote in a historic election, overshadowed by violence, that is expected to return the country’s first woman president.

The two leading presidential candidates are women: Claudia Sheinbaum from the leftist Morena party and Xochitl Gálvez, from the conservative PAN party, who is representing a coalition of opposition parties.

The third candidate is Jorge Álvarez Máynez, the youngest in the race, who is representing the center-left Citizens’ Movement.

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Mexico brings first charge in case of American and Australian tourists killed on surfing trip

A suspect has been indicted in relation to the deaths of two Australian brothers and an American, who died during a surfing trip in Mexico, according to Baja California’s Prosecutor’s Office.

The suspect was indicted on a charge of forced disappearance in the case involving the three tourists, whose bodies were found last week dumped in a 50-foot well with gunshot wounds to the head.

The prosecutor’s office said in a statement Wednesday that it would also press charges of homicide.

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Podcast: Who is behind the Mexican cartel linked to Ireland’s latest drugs bust?

Last week, a drugs haul valued at nearly €33 million, and owned by a Mexican cartel, was seized by gardaí in Cork Port.

In the days that followed, dozens of gardaí, aided by the Defences Forces, carried out an extensive search in counties Cork, Kerry and Waterford.

Gardaí believe the suspected crystal meth found in the container in Cork Port is owned by the infamous Sinaloa cartel, which is based in Mexico. They’re also currently investigating whether two Irish men, based in Kerry and Cork, ha

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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