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Captured Mexican drug lord 'Chicago's Enemy No. 1'

Mexico's most wanted man, drug kingpin Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, has been captured in Mexico by US and Mexican law enforcement officials, sources told Reuters, in what would mark a major coup in a grisly fight against drug gangs.

"Shorty" Guzman runs Mexico's infamous Sinaloa Cartel and is believed to command groups of hitmen from the US border into Central America.

A mug shot of Joaquin 'Shorty' Guzman Credit: US State Department

The United States had placed a $5 million bounty on Guzman's head and authorities in Chicago last year dubbed him the city's first Public Enemy No.1 since gangster Al Capone.

"Shorty" Guzman escaped a Mexican prison in a laundry cart in 2001 to become the country's most high-profile trafficker.He was indicted in the United States on dozens of charges of racketeering and conspiracy to import cocaine, heroin, marijuana and crystal meth.

Mexico's top drug lord 'Shorty' Guzman captured

Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman has been captured in Mexico by US and Mexican law enforcement officials, a US government source confirmed to Reuters

He was arrested in Moeico's Sinaloa state.

The US State Department had offered a reward of up to $5 million (£3.2 million) for information leading to his arrest.

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Mexican vigilantes overrun 8 towns over security fears

Armed men on the side of a road in Mexico. Credit: APTN

Vigilante groups have taken over eight towns in southern Mexico, in an attempt to provide citizens with protection from organised crime.

Armed men stop cars on a road in Mexico. Credit: APTN

About 500 armed men spread out in the state of Guerrero on Friday, setting up check points along the Mexico-Acapulco highway where they stopped drivers.

The men are members of a vigilante "self-defence" group and believe the Mexican government has failed to provide adequate protection for its people.

US executes Mexican man despite diplomatic pressure

Campaigners seen outside the Texas prison where Edgar Tamayo was held. Credit: Reuters

Convicted killer Edgar Tamayo, a Mexican national condemned for the 1994 murder of a Houston police officer, has been put to death by lethal injection in Texas despite diplomatic pressure from Mexico, which denounced his execution as a violation of international law.

Tamayo, 46, who was denied an 11th-hour stay of execution by the U.S. Supreme Court, was pronounced dead at 9:32 p.m. local time at a state prison in Huntsville, Texas, according to officials at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Mexico angered over Texas plans to execute citizen

Mexico has strongly objected to the scheduled execution in Texas on Wednesday of a Mexican convicted of killing a U.S. police officer, arguing that by executing him, the United States would be in "clear violation" of international treaties.

Edgar Tamayo was convicted of shooting dead a Houston police officer in 1994 when he was in the United States illegally. But Tamayo was not informed of his right, enshrined in an international treaty known as the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to diplomatic assistance.

In 2004, the United Nations' International Court of Justice ordered the United States to reconsider the convictions of 51 Mexicans, including Tamayo, who had been sent to death row without being informed of their consular rights.

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.

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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
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