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2006-06-30 11:12:06

By Tim Gaynor TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - Hitmen strafe two women with machine guns, severed heads are dumped in garbage bags near the U.S. border and outside public offices in Acapulco, a police chief is gunned town in a Caribbean tourist resort. The grisly murders, all in the past week, are among the latest in an increasingly savage and spectacular wave of drug gang violence sweeping across Mexico as the country heads to the polls in a presidential vote on Sunday. The dead are...

2006-06-27 16:43:21

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Gunmen killed a senior police officer in the Mexican resort of Cancun on Monday night, blowing his head open in the latest grisly assassination to hit the country. Police officials in Cancun said local police chief of staff Wilfrido Flores, 56, and his bodyguard were shot dead in their car in a busy avenue in the Caribbean resort, one of Mexico's biggest tourist pulls, just before midnight. However they played down links to a spate of similar killings in...

2006-06-25 12:52:07

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Kidnappers killed four policemen in southern Mexico, gagging and shooting three and beheading another in the latest attack on officers ahead of next week's presidential election, officials said on Sunday. Local police said the four were kidnapped last week in a remote part of Guerrero state, home to the once-glamorous Pacific resort Acapulco, which has become a key front in a battle between drug traffickers and the government. A police spokesman said a drugs...

2006-05-18 23:27:33

TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - Traffic into Mexico from the United States through the world's busiest land border crossing was blocked for several hours on Thursday after U.S. authorities shot and killed a driver who refused to stop. Mexican news reports said U.S. authorities shot dead a driver heading into Mexico at the San Ysidro border post linking San Diego with the Mexican border city of Tijuana after he refused to stop and hit a border guard standing in his way. The Televisa...

2006-05-18 22:00:47

TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - A shooting at the world's busiest land border crossing stopped traffic entering Mexico from the United States for several hours on Thursday. Mexican news reports said U.S. authorities shot and killed a driver heading into Mexico at the San Ysidro border post linking San Diego with the Mexican border city of Tijuana. Television stations showed long traffic jams north of the crossing, through which more than 17 million vehicles and 41 million people entered...

2006-05-11 07:15:00

By Tim Gaynor OTAY MESA, California -- Dug by hand with the help of rogue mining engineers to link warehouses on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border, it was the longest, deepest and boldest drug smuggling tunnel found to date. But before the Mexican gang had even punched through a concrete floor to emerge opposite a washroom in a distribution depot in Otay Mesa, California, a crack law enforcement team with expertise honed in the hunt for Osama bin Laden was on their trail. Little known...

2006-05-11 07:13:17

By Tim Gaynor OTAY MESA, California (Reuters) - Dug by hand with the help of rogue mining engineers to link warehouses on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border, it was the longest, deepest and boldest drug smuggling tunnel found to date. But before the Mexican gang had even punched through a concrete floor to emerge opposite a washroom in a distribution depot in Otay Mesa, California, a crack law enforcement team with expertise honed in the hunt for Osama bin Laden was on their...

2006-05-02 13:40:00

By Tim Gaynor REYNOSA, Mexico -- Hard-partying U.S. teens and college students have long crossed the Rio Grande to knock back cheap beers and tequila shots in Mexico away from the watchful gaze of parents, teachers and police. Now, a move to legalize drug possession in Mexico is set to put wings on their traditional revels and create the type of weekend drug tourism more commonly seen in Europe. That worries local authorities already swamped by drug crime. "When I heard the news I said,...

2006-04-14 16:04:56

TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - Two Mexican police officers have been shot dead in Tijuana, local authorities said on Friday, the latest in a spate of police shootings along the U.S. border in recent months. The body of a homicide unit officer was found on Thursday, dumped inside the trunk of an abandoned car with U.S. number plates. He had been shot with three bullets. Separately, a police officer working with an anti-kidnap unit, was shot in the abdomen late on Thursday evening and...

2006-04-10 09:57:41

By Tim Gaynor TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - Posing in a Mexican sombrero for a souvenir photograph, a tourist pauses to rub the snout of a zebra. Throwing back its ears it starts to shift, snort and heave until a rasping bray erupts. Actually painted donkeys, Tijuana's fake zebras have been part of life along a main strip of tequila bars and trinket stands in this fast-changing city south of San Diego, California, for more than seven decades. Daubed with black hair-dye stripes, the...


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  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
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