Ken Ellingwood, Correspondent

Ken Ellingwood, a Times staff writer since 1992, is based in Mexico City, with responsibility for covering Mexico and Central America. He was previously based in Jerusalem and covered Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He has also reported from Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon. Before joining the foreign staff in 2003, Ellingwood was the newspaper's bureau chief in Atlanta, where he covered a six-state swath of the American South. From 1998 to 2002, Ellingwood covered the U.S.-Mexico border, based in San Diego, and is the author of "Hard Line: Life and Death on the U.S.-Mexico Border." He earlier held a number of local beats, from the San Gabriel Valley to police and courts in Orange County, while on the Times staff in Southern California.

Yitzhak Shamir dies at 96; former Israeli prime minister

Yitzhak Shamir served four terms as Israeli prime minister in the 1980s and early '90s. His unyielding pro-settlement views and hard-line stance toward the Palestinians often exasperated U.S. policymakers.

Miguel de la Madrid dies at 77; former president of Mexico

Miguel de la Madrid, who led Mexico between 1982 and 1988, helped open up the country economically and politically. His tenure was besmirched by Mexico's lingering financial troubles and a weak response to the catastrophic 1985 quake.

Mexico still waiting for answers on Fast and Furious gun program

Top Mexican officials say the U.S. kept them in the dark. One official was stunned to learn that the cartel hit men who killed her brother had assault rifles from Fast and Furious in their arsenal.

Mexican president wants to do away with local police

President Felipe Calderon's reform would eliminate Mexico's 2,000 local police departments, seen as tainted by corruption from the drug war. The plan must still be approved by Congress and the states.

In Mexico City, crowds protest drug violence

Demonstrators crowd Mexico City's historic downtown to call for an end to the country's unrelenting drug violence. The primary target of the protest is President Felipe Calderon, who has ruled during a period of extraordinary bloodshed.

Mexico's crackdown on organized crime is working, Calderon says

In his annual state of the nation report, President Felipe Calderon notes the arrests or killings of drug kingpins and efforts to clean up police. He also touts job gains and other economic improvements.

Calderon calls on Mexicans to unite against criminal gangs

In the wake of the slaying of a gubernatorial candidate, Mexico's president urges citizens to join against 'a common enemy that today threatens to destroy not only our tranquility but our democratic institutions.'

U.S.-Mexico relationship hits some bumps

A trucking dispute and the drug war stir up hidden tensions just as Clinton prepares for her first visit south as secretary of State.

Suspect held in U.S. consulate worker's killing in Ciudad Juarez

Mexico police say Jesus Ernesto Chavez, of the Aztecas gang in Ciudad Juarez, told them that Lesley A. Enriquez, 35, was shot to death along with her husband because his gang thought she was providing visas to rivals.

Shootout leaves 14 dead in Mexico tourist spot

Mexican news reports said the shooting broke out when troops went to search a suspected criminal hide-out in Taxco, a picturesque town of stone-paved streets and silver shops that draws thousands of visitors each year. All the dead were said to be gunmen.

Mexico official blames army in two child deaths

The military had said the two children were killed at Easter in Tamaulipas state after their van was caught in cross-fire between troops and drug gang gunmen. But the human rights official rejects that version of the incident.

Mexico prison riot leaves at least 23 dead

All the dead in the riot in a prison in the capital of the state of Durango are inmates. The fighting is said have been between members of rival drug-trafficking cartels.

Cancun mayor's arrest adds to Mexico worries

The charges against Mayor Gregorio Sanchez, who is on leave to run for governor of the state of Quintana Roo, add new force to worries that organized crime groups have infiltrated Mexican politics at all levels and are undermining the country's fragile moves toward a real democracy.

Abuse allegations rise against Mexican army

Since President Calderon's deployment of troops in the war against drug trafficking, allegations of illegal searches and arrests, rape and torture have risen, rights groups say.

A side of Cancun not seen during spring break

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A trip to Mexico's Museum of Drugs

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Mayors on front line of the drug war

Mayors say they are the ones personally confronting the toll of drug violence on the streets. Yet they lack any meaningful role in the federal government's battle against organized crime.