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Hundreds of dead stingrays found on Mexican beach

More than 250 dead stingrays were found on a beach in Mexico. Credit: Reuters

Mexican authorities are investigating the death of at least 250 stingrays found on a beach off the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

Residents and visitors first spotted the dead stingrays on the Chachalacas beach in the town of Ursulo Galvan on Tuesday.

Mayor Martin Verdejo said witnesses told authorities that fishermen dumped the stingrays on the beach because they were unable to get a good price for them.


Mexico captures boss of brutal Zetas drugs cartel

A screen shows photographs of Miguel Angel Trevino during a news conference in Mexico City. Credit: Reuters

The Mexican government says it has captured the leader of the Zetas drug cartel, delivering a boost to President Enrique Pena Nieto in his fight against violent crime.

Miguel Angel Trevino, 40, known as Z-40, was captured early on Monday by Mexican Marines near the northern city of Nuevo Laredo on the US border, a government spokesman told reporters.

Many of the worst atrocities in the drug war have been blamed on the Zetas, including the massacre of dozens of migrants in northern Mexico in 2010 and the dumping of 49 decapitated bodies near the city of Monterrey last year.

The US State Department had offered a reward of up to $5m (£3.3m) for information leading to Trevino's capture.

Notorious Zetas drugs boss 'captured' in Mexico

Mexico's Navy has captured the leader of the brutal Zetas drug cartel in northern Mexico, according to several media reports in the country.

A spokesman for the Mexican Navy said he could not yet confirm the reports of Miguel Angel Trevino's arrest but that the government would issue a statement shortly on the matter.

The U.S State Department has offered a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to Trevino's capture.

Man killed in honeymoon hit-and-run

A newlywed has died in a suspected hit-and-run crash while he was on his honeymoon abroad.

Ray Cottam, 55, died in Cancun, Mexico, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office said.

Mr Cottam, of Middlestown, near Wakefield, West Yorkshire, was on holiday with his new wife Karen after tying the knot at a hotel near Pontefract last Saturday, according to reports.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was helping Mr Cottam's family. Mrs Cottam is now back home in Middlestown being comforted by family.

Morris the Cat runs for mayor in Mexico

A cat's bid to become mayor of the Mexican city of Xalapa, has become a social media phenomenon.

Morris the Cat's campaign was initially started as a joke by a group of friends who were disenfranchised with their local politicians.

However, since its launch with the slogan, "Tired of voting for rats? Vote for a cat", the campaign has gathered momentum.

A woman holds Morris the Cat campaign materials Credit: Reuters/Oscar Martinez

A Facebook page now more than 131,000 likes, more than any of his human competitors in the election.

The Guardian quotes the cat's owner Sergio Chamorro as saying: "Morris has become an expression of how fed up people are with all the parties and a political system that does not represent us".

Mexico will hold its local elections on 7 July.

Mayoral candidate Morris the Cat is held by his owner at his home Credit: Reuters


Man 'left in coma' after liquid nitrogen poured in swimming pool

A man was reportedly left in a coma after liquid nitrogen was poured in to a swimming pool at an event organised by German drinks company Jagermeister. A further eight revellers were hospitalised.

Video posted online which claims to have been taken at the pool party in Leon, Mexico shows guests jumping into a swimming pool covered in smoke before coughs can be heard.

It is not long before those in the pool appear to have difficulty breathing and are helped out of the water.

According to reports eight people were taken to hospital and have been released while a 21-year-old remains in intensive care, however event organisers Jagermeister say that while the man still in hospital is under observation and is expected to be discharged later today.

A statement from Jagermeister said: “We are aware of this incident in Leon, Mexico, which is currently being investigated by our head quarters in Germany. Fortunately, all of those who required medical attention are out of danger and recovering.

"We are liaising with the responsible distributor in Mexico who is working with the event organisers and the investigating authorities to understand the full circumstances surrounding the events last Saturday night.

"We fully support responsible drinking and adhere to the guidelines within each market in which we operate.”

No damage reported after Mexico earthquake

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit Mexico, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, and tremors were felt in Mexico City.

There were no immediate reports of damage in the city, Mexico City mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said on Twitter, although there were some disruptions to the electricity supply. A Reuters witness said buildings shuddered in the city.

The quake was 20 miles (32 km) south of the central Mexican town of Santa Rosa Treinta, the USGS said.

Thousands join naked bike rides in Mexico

Thousands of naked cyclists took to the streets in Mexico City and Guadalajara
Thousands of naked cyclists took to the streets of Mexico City and Guadalajara. Credit: REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
The ride aimed to encourage cycling as a greener mode of transportation. Credit: REUTERS
The World Naked Bike Ride movement began in 2004 and there has been a ride every year since
The World Naked Bike Ride movement began in 2004 and there have been rides every year since. Credit: REUTERS

Malcolm X's grandson 'murdered in Mexican bar brawl'

Malcolm Shabazz, seen above in 1997 as he was committed to juvenile detention, was the grandson of Malcolm X, who was shot dead in 1965.

The grandson of murdered US civil rights leader Malcolm X has been killed in an apparent bar brawl in Mexico City, Mexican authorities have said.

The country's attorney general's office said a murder investigation is under way after 29-year-old Malcolm Shabazz died in hospital from "blows" suffered in a venue in the city's rough nightclub district.

Mr Shabazz was convicted of manslaughter and arson at the age of 12 after being involved in a fire that resulted in the death of his grandmother Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X's widow.

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