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Conjoined whale twins wash ashore in Mexico lagoon

Rare conjoined grey whale twins have been found dead, washed ashore in a Mexican lagoon.

The dead conjoined whales have been washed ashore in a Mexican lagoon. Credit: Handout/APTN

In video footage released by the Mexican Natural Protected Areas Commission, the twins - conjoined at the stomach - are seen in the Ojo de Liebre lagoon in the north-western state of Baja California Sur, which opens out into the Pacific Ocean.

Scientists from the commission told local media they believe the dead calves could have died as a result of a miscarriage. The commission say this could be the first recorded case of conjoined whale twins.

Truck carrying radioactive material 'stolen in Mexico'

Mexico has issued a public alert after a truck carrying potentially "extremely dangerous" radioactive material was stolen on Monday, according to Mexican authorities.

The vehicle was carrying cobalt-60 from a hospital in the northern city of Tijuana to a waste storage site.

A statement from the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said:

At the time the truck was stolen, the source was properly shielded. However, the source could be extremely dangerous to a person if removed from the shielding, or if it was damaged.

The Mexican authorities are currently conducting a search for the source and have issued a press release to alert the public.

– iaea statement


Hundreds of clowns hold 'laugh-a-thon' for peace

Hundreds of clowns have gathered in Mexico City for a "laugh-a-thon" to protest against gang violence in the country.

Around 500 entertainers from across Latin America laughed and played an assortment of comedy instruments for 15 minutes.

Clowns play music as they rally for peace during the 18th Latin American clown convention Credit: REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

They were also protesting against reports that a gunman had disguised himself as a clown to kill a drug lord last week.

"Goly" the clown laughs for fifteen minutes during a rally for peace Credit: REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

"We want a little bit of peace. We spread happiness, laughter, smiles. That's why we're clowns," said clown Esteban Garcia.

The rally took place on the penultimate day of the Latin American clown convention.

Clowns pose for a photo Credit: REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Mexican authorities search for landslide victims

Soldiers dug through tons of mud and dirt in search of victims of a massive landslide, as Mexican authorities looked for a police helicopter that went missing while carrying out relief operations on the flood-stricken Pacific coast.

Soldiers work at the site of a mudslide in the village of La Pintada, in the Mexican state of Guerrero September Credit: REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

The helicopter with three crew members on board was returning from the remote mountain village of La Pintada, where the mudslide occurred, when it went missing on Thursday. There is still no sign of it, said Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong.

Late last night, President Enrique Pena Nieto announced that the confirmed death toll from the flooding and landslides brought by the twin weekend storms of Manuel and Ingrid had risen to 101 from 97. The figure does not include the 68 missing.

Thousands of people still stranded in flood-hit Acapulco

Thousands of tourists are still stranded in Mexico's Acapulco after torrential rain from two thunderstorms caused widespread devastation in the area.

Local authorities say that 80 people died in the weather tragedy and there are no flights out of the city from Acapulco airport.

New pictures show the scale of the devastation:

People queue to receive food rations on a flooded beach in Acapulco. Credit: REUTERS/Tomas Bravo
A man uses a surfboard to cross a flooded street in Acapulco. Credit: REUTERS/Jacobo Garcia
A car lies partially submerged in floodwater on a golf course at a Acapulco hotel. Credit: REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

Crocodile roams the streets of Acapulco after floods

A crocodile was roaming the streets of Acapulco after floods hit Mexico.

Residents watched the reptile as it crawled along the road and eventually captured the crocodile, managing to shut its jaws with black tape.

Heavy rain from two storms has caused widespread devastation in the South American country, with the death toll now standing at 80, according to authorities.

In Acapulco, shops were looted and thousands of stranded tourists waited to leave the country by air.


'58 missing' after landslide near Mexican village

At least 58 people are missing after a landslide near a mountain village in Mexico, the country's interior minister said.

Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said rescue crews evacuated 344 people from La Pintada and said many of them were hurt.

He said there was a risk of further landslides in the village, which has been pounded by rain from hurricane Manuel.

Storms cause flooding and landslides in Mexico

Huge floods have devastated parts of Mexico after rains caused landslides and flooding, As emergency services attempt to get food and clean water through to those effected here is a look at the details around the storms:

  • Up to 55 people have died
  • 40,000 mainly Mexican tourists have been stranded in Acapulco
  • The main highway to Acapulco was hit by more than 13 landslides
  • The heavy rains were spawned when two storms, tropical storm Manuel and hurricane Ingrid, converged
  • The rain has caused more than 5 billion pesos ($387 million)
  • Families waited at a military base for up to eight hours to be ferried to Mexico City

The main states affected include:

  • Veracruz
  • Guerrero
  • Puebla
  • Hidalgo
  • Michoacan
  • Oaxaca

At least 55 believed dead after Mexico storms

Since the weekend rains in Mexico to have killed at least 55 people in the states of Veracruz, Guerrero, Puebla, Hidalgo, Michoacan and Oaxaca, according to regional emergency services.

Soldiers stand on the remains of a bus after it was buried by a mountain landslide in Altotonga in Veracruz state. Credit: Reuters

Guerrero, which is home to Acapulco, was the hardest hit with at least 34 people dead. Some streets in the state capital if Chilpancingo became rivers of mud with Mayor Mario Moreno saying the city had "collapsed."

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