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'Drug cartel henchmen' killed in Mexico gunfight

Forty-two 'suspected drug cartel henchmen' have been killed in a shootout with police, a government security force official confirmed today.

Mexico gunfight leaves 42 drug cartel members dead Credit: APTN

National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said the gunfight on a ranch just inside the Michoacan state border with Jalisco, western Mexico, lasted three hours and began after security forces were alerted to an "invasion" of the ranch.

After calling in air and ground support, government forces reportedly managed to capture three suspected gang members and seized a grenade launcher and 39 guns of varying calibres during the assault.

Federal policemen gather outside a ranch where a gunfight between hitmen and federal forces left several casualties Credit: REUTERS/Alan Ortega

One federal policeman died and another was injured in the battle which is being described by Reuters as "one of the bloodiest shootouts in a decade".

'40 killed' in Mexico drug cartel gunfight

At least 40 people have been killed in a huge gun fight between police and suspected drug cartel members in western Mexico.

File photo: A federal cop stands guard after a raid on the villa of a drug cartel boss Credit: Reuters

Officials say that "almost all" of the dead were suspected criminals.

The bloody firefight took place in an area between Michoacan and Jalisco states that is known as a stronghold of the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel, which has mounted several large-scale attacks on federal and state forces in recent weeks.

Michoacan governor Salvador Jara told local media "the likeliest thing is" the Jalisco cartel was involved in the shootout.

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Eight killed and 44 injured in two-bus smash in Mexico

Eight people have died and 44 others injured in a crash between two buses in Mexico.

The crash happened in the early hours of the morning on a highway in Tamaulipas state, a government statement said. What caused the smash is not yet known.

Twenty-six of those injured are being treated in hospital, described as being in a "serious but stable condition", while 18 suffered minor injuries.

Judge rejects BP's bid to reduce fine from 2010 oil spill

A US federal judge has rejected BP's bid to reduce the maximum fine it could face over its role in the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP could face a fine of up to $13.7 billion (£8.9bn) of civil fines from the 2010 spill. Credit: Reuters

The fuel firm was hoping to cut its civil penalty per barrel spilled to $3,000 (£1,945), but US District Judge Carl Barbier upheld the government's ruling that the maximum fine should be $4,300 (£2,788).

It means BP could still face as much as $13.7 billion (£8.9bn) of civil fines from the spill.

Barbier did not rule on how much the company should actually pay out, and it is not yet known when he will make a decision.

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Mexico hospital blast kills seven, including three children

Local news reports show the destruction at the scene Credit: APTV

Seven people, including three children, were killed when a gas truck exploded and destroyed a large part of a maternity hospital in the west of Mexico City, emergency services said.

Luis Felipe Puente, the head of the country's civil protection agency, confirmed the seven deaths.

Dozens of people were evacuated, some with injuries from broken glass, while rescue workers scour the area for survivors.

Gas explosion rips through maternity hospital in Mexico

A gas explosion has ripped through a maternity hospital in Mexico City.

A number of people were injured in the blast Credit: AP

Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told the Televisa network that at least 52 people were injured in the blast, 22 of whom were children.

He said the explosion, from a gas tank truck, caused part of the building to collapse, but added there are no deaths reported at this time.

Smoke can be seen at the scene, as the building collapses Credit: AP
Smoke can be seen at the scene, as the building collapses Credit: AP
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