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'Special operation' underway to find kidnapped footballer

Alan Pulido has been missing since Saturday evening. Credit: REUTERS/Henry Romero

A "special operation" is currently underway in Mexico to find kidnapped footballer Alan Pulido, officials confirmed.

Officials in Tamaulipas said a 'special operation' was currently underway. Credit: Twitter

Pulido, 25, a forward for Greek team Olympiacos, disappeared from his hometown of Ciudad Victoria on Saturday night after reportedly being "intercepted by armed people after leaving a party", according to the local state prosecutor.

Ciudad Victoria is a town in Mexico's northern state of Tamaulipas which sits on the border with the U.S. state of Texas.

Mexican football star Alan Pulido reported kidnapped

Alan Pulido has reportedly been kidnapped Credit: Reuters

Mexican football star Alan Pulido has been kidnapped in northern Mexico, according to reports quoting local officials.

Pulido appears to have been kidnapped close to his hometown of Ciudad Victoria - in the northern state of Tamaulipas - on Sunday after leaving a party.

A relative of Pulido's also told Milenio TV that teh footballer had been kidnapped.

Pulido, 25, is a forward for Greek team Olympiacos.

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Mexico grant extradition of drug lord 'El Chapo' to US

'El Chapo' was captured in January, six months after he absconded from prison Credit: Prensa Internacional/ZUMA Wire

Mexico's Foreign Ministry has approved the extradition of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States, after receiving guarantees the death penalty would not be sought against him.

"El Chapo" was the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel and one of the world's most wanted drug lords, after he escaped from the maximum-security Altiplano jail in July 2015.

He was captured in January and faces charges in the US federal courts in Texas and California.

It is unclear at this stage when he will be extradited.

Mexican judge approves 'El Chapo' extradition to US

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman was recaptured in January this year. Credit: Reuters/Henry Romero/File Photo

A judge in Mexico has approved an extradition request from the US for notorious drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman.

The extradition must still be approved by the country's foreign ministry within the next 20 days, and the defense can appeal, but the judge ruled that the legal requirements laid out in the extradition treaty between the two countries had been met.

At the weekend 'El Chapo' was reportedly moved from a prison outside Mexico City to one in Ciudad Juarez near the US border.

'El Chapo' was recaptured in January after six months on the run following an audacious prison escape.

Three dead after blast at petrochemical site in Mexico

The blast also injured at least 45 people and sent a cloud of noxious chemicals into the sky.

Local emergency officials said hundreds of people had been evacuated from the site in the Gulf state of Veracruz.

Television footage showed an initial burst of flames followed by a tower of thick smoke.

The cause of the blast is unclear, but Pemex warned local residents to keep their distance from the site due to what it described as a dissipating cloud of toxic fumes.

A company official said local oil exports were not affected.

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Mexico confirms 11 pregnant women have Zika virus

Eleven pregnant women in Mexico have been diagnosed with the Zika virus, with 121 cases in total in the country, the government has revealed.

The Zika virus has been linked to microcephaly Credit: Reuters

Most of the cases have been reported in the southern states of Chiapas and Oaxaca, the health ministry report said, as official figures show a 50 per cent rise in reports since mid-February.

The virus has been linked with neurological conditions including microcephaly, a condition which leads to babies being born with undersized skills and developmental problems.

More than 580 cases of microcephaly have been confirmed in Brazil, with health bosses there considering them to be related to Zika infections in the mothers.

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