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2006-03-21 22:54:30

By Alistair Bell CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (Reuters) - The leftist front-runner in Mexico's presidential race said on Tuesday he wanted to get along well with Washington, sending a message of conciliation as concern in the United States grows that Latin America is turning against it. In a speech he had advertised as a major presentation of his foreign policy, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told supporters he would avoid diplomatic friction if elected in July. "The relationship with the...

2006-03-21 21:43:10

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (Reuters) - The leftist favored to become Mexico's next president said on Tuesday he would seek to get on well with the United States if he wins elections in July. In a speech he had advertised as a major unveiling of his foreign policy, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told supporters he would avoid extremism in dealing with Washington. "The relationship with the U.S. government should be one of mutual respect and cooperation," he said at a campaign rally in the...

2005-12-17 17:56:03

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - At least six inmates died in a prison riot on Saturday in the notorious northern Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez, the Reforma daily said on its Web site. Two rival gangs fought each other at visiting time in the city's municipal jail in an incident sparked by a knife attack on a prisoner on Friday, Reforma reported. Twelve people were also injured in the fighting and security forces later regained control of the prison, the newspaper said. Ciudad Juarez, across...

2005-12-01 14:19:54

By Tim Gaynor CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (Reuters) - The number of women murdered in this notorious city on the U.S. border has surged this year, despite a government effort to crack down on crime, prosecutors said on Thursday. More than 340 women have been strangled, beaten and stabbed to death in Ciudad Juarez, south of El Paso, Texas, in a 12-year killing spree that has provoked outrage in Mexico and abroad and led to calls for decisive government action to end the crimes. Chihuahua...

2005-11-08 18:33:40

MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexican police have found the body of a woman apparently beaten to death in Ciudad Juarez, a violent city on the U.S. border notorious for gender violence, prosecutors said on Tuesday. More 350 women have been stabbed, strangled and beaten to death in Ciudad Juarez, which lies south of El Paso, Texas, in a 12-year killing spree that has triggered condemnation in Mexico and abroad. Police found the latest victim dumped in a vacant building plot early on...

2005-10-07 15:48:09

By Tim Gaynor NOGALES, Mexico (Reuters) - Pop diva and actress Jennifer Lopez has put aside her usual glamour and is filming in a hilltop shantytown this week for a gritty movie about the murders of hundreds of women on the U.S.-Mexico border. Wearing a blond wig, slacks and long-sleeved shirts, Lopez plays a Chicago-based reporter sent to Mexico to investigate the wave of more than 300 slayings in Ciudad Juarez, a violent border city in Chihuahua state across from El Paso, Texas....

2005-10-06 15:50:11

By Tim Gaynor NOGALES, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexico's Chihuahua state plans to use oral trials instead of traditional, written criminal hearings to try serious crimes beginning next year, prosecutors said on Thursday. The announcement was welcomed by families of some of the more than 370 women who have been killed over the past 12 years in Chihuahua's Ciudad Juarez, an industrial city of 1.2 million located across the border from El Paso, Texas. "It's just fantastic. With oral trials...

2005-08-29 19:08:33

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A U.S. Marine was shot dead in the crime-ridden Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez in the early hours of Monday morning, a U.S. official said. Mexican media named the soldier as Herbert Galvan, 23, a sergeant, who was shot apparently during an argument with the driver of a vehicle that sped away. Chihuahua state's attorney general, Patricia Gonzalez, told the United States that authorities would "pursue vigorously those responsible," the U.S. official said....

2005-08-26 21:35:25

By Sito Negron LAS CRUCES, New Mexico (Reuters) - A Mexican governor agreed on Friday to demolish abandoned buildings in a border village New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson wanted razed because it is said to be a center for drug and human smuggling. The compromise was reached at a meeting of Richardson and Chihuahua state Gov. Jose Reyes Baeza after Richardson's August 12 declaration of a state of emergency along the New Mexico-Mexico border due to what he described as an increase in...

2005-07-31 12:24:49

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A policeman fatally shot a U.S. tourist in increasingly violent northern Mexico in an apparent accident, a state official said on Sunday. A Mexican policeman shot the woman as she drove in a pick-up truck early on Saturday morning with two companions near the industrial city of Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, said Chihuahua state spokesman Fernando Sandoval. The police officer, who has been taken into custody, said his rifle fired as he lost...


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