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.
California State University has banned university-sponsored activities and classes in Tijuana because of drug war violence. Students, faculty and Baja California officials say the policy is based on a distorted perception of Tijuana.
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.
A new U.S.-Mexico government study estimates that $19 billion to $29 billion is shipped south, then laundered through cash purchases of land, luxury hotels, cars and other high-end items.
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.
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.
Mexican officials say Miguel Ortiz Miranda, alias 'El Tyson,' directed operations in Morelia for the Michoacan-based La Familia, including assassinations, kidnappings and extortion.
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.'
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.
Edelmiro Cavazos of Santiago was seized at his home near Monterrey on Sunday. He might have been targeted because of his efforts to purge corrupt local police, the state governor says.
Julian Leyzaola has chased out major drug traffickers, purged his force of corrupt cops, and helped set the stage for the return of investment and tourism. But he may fall victim to partisan politics.
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.
Gustavo Sanchez of Tancitaro in Michoacan state is found beaten to death with rocks, authorities say. He is the fifth mayor in Mexico killed in six weeks.
Its citizens have made Luis Estrada's 'El Infierno' a blockbuster. But the film, which gives a bleak view of the country's raging drug war, has angered government officials.
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.