Pope Francis   in Mexico City: Unlike his predecessor Pope Benedict, who visited Mexico’s conservative heartland in 2012, the pontiff is stopping in some of the country’s most troubled regions. Photograph: Reuters

Pope Francis is to arrive in one of the poorest and most dangerous cities in Mexico on Sunday to celebrate Mass. The ceremony is to be attended by hun(...)

Drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is escorted into a helicopter at Mexico City’s airport on January 8th, 2016 following his recapture during a  military operation in Los Mochis,  Sinaloa State. Photograph: Omar Torres/AFP/Getty Images

A light rain pattered on the rooftops of Los Mochis in Friday’s pre-dawn darkness, the town silent and still as the Sea of Cortez lapped its shore. H(...)

Alleged fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquin ’El Chapo’ Guzman is escorted by the authorities to a Mexican Army helicopter in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico on Friday. Photograph: Jose Mendez/EPA

Mexico recaptured the world’s top drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in a pre-dawn shootout and chase through drains on Friday, returning him to the (...)

The security forces said they had believed the vehicles were being used to transport terrorists. File Photograph:  Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

Egyptian security forces opened fire on a caravan of tourist vehicles in the country’s Western Desert late on Sunday night, killing at least 12 people(...)

Relatives and friends of the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa attend a press conference  this weekend. Photograph: Omar Torresomar/AFP/Getty

An independent report dismantled the Mexican government’s investigation into the disappearance of 43 students, saying the contention they were inciner(...)

A federal police officer stands guard outside a ranch where gunmen took cover during an intense gun battle with the police along the Jalisco-Michoacan highway in Vista Hermosa, Michoacan State, Mexico, on May 22nd, 2015. One official said two police had been killed in the shootout, while the other said three police had died. Photograph: Hector Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images

At least 39 people were killed on Friday in western Mexico during a battle between suspected gang members and security forces, two government official(...)

A file image of protesters in Mexico City presenting  a photomontage of  43 student teachers who went missing from the  southwestern city of Iguala last September. Photograph: Henry Romero/Reuters.

Police in Mexican have arrested a senior colleague accused of involvement in the disappearance of a group of 43 student teachers last year, the count(...)

Outside the teacher training college in Ayotzinapa is a poignant reminder of tragedy, a memorial to 43 Raúl Isidro Burgos students who “disappeare(...)

A female member of the Fuerza Civil (civil force) police unit holds her weapon during a patrol at an impoverished neighbourhood in Monterrey. Photograph: Reuters

This week Pope Francis described Mexico as terrifying and expressed fear of the “Mexicanisation” of his native Argentina. Amnesty International denoun(...)

Noche de Rábanos (’Night of the Radishes’) in Oaxaca, Mexico: ‘People queue for hours to get access to the viewing walkway that, for one night only, borders the whole square.’ Photograph: Liliana Pérez

A giant flea nursing a bottle of mezcal, a bug-eyed parrot swaying in the evening breeze, a pastoral tableaux and an abundance of nativity scenes - ju(...)