Mexico’s president Enrique Peña Nieto (centre) congratulates interior secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong and defence secretary Gen Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda after his speech about the recapture of drug baron Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Loera. Photograph: Omar Torres/AFP/Getty Images

Statistics from Mexico’s war on drugs tell a story so cruel it can be difficult to comprehend. Estimates of the number killed over the past decade ran(...)

 A composite image of three file photos showing (L-R) alleged Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman; US actor Sean Penn; and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo.  Photograph: EPA

An interview that Hollywood star Sean Penn conducted with Mexican Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman late last year helped Mexico’s government catch the world’s (...)

Mexico is a major consumer of soda and other sugared drinks. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Consumer rights and health groups are calling on the Mexican government to ban a new Coca-Cola ad depicting young white people handing out Coke as a s(...)

Some of the reported victims. Top row (left-right) followed by bottom row (left-right): Valentin Ribet; Caroline Prénat; Nick Alexander; Nohemi Gonzalez; Guillaume B. Decherf; Djamila Houd; Mathieu Hoche; Alberto González Garrido; Kheireddine Sahbi; Elif Dogan.

Three co-ordinated teams of gunmen struck at six different sites across Paris on Friday night in a bloody wave of suicide bombings and shootings that (...)

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(...)

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker  listens as Donald Trump speaks during the Republican presidential debate. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump dominated the first Republican presidential debate, where the property mogul was the literal and figurative centre of the action. Trump d(...)

Mexico captured its most wanted drug lord on Friday, former primary school teacher Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, and delivered a boost to a government battered by gang violence. The 49-year-old gang boss was the prime target of President Enrique Pena Nieto’s effort to regain control of Michoacan, a western state wracked by clashes between Gomez’s Knights Templar cartel and armed vigilantes trying to oust them. Photograph:Henry Romero/Reuters

Mexico captured its most wanted drug lord on Friday, former primary school teacher Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, delivering a boost to a government batter(...)

Marchers carry posters of Antonio Zambrano-Montes during a protest over his killing in Washington State. Photograph: Rajah Bose/The New York Times

Police officers who fatally shot a Mexican farm worker in Washington state after he pelted them with rocks fired 17 shots at the man, striking him fiv(...)

Pope Francis wrote about the Mexicanisation” of Argentina’s growing drug trade in an email. Photograph: REUTERS/Max Rossi

Not for the first time, Pope Francis’s habit of forthright speaking, even in a private context, has caused a deal of difficulty for the Vatican’s dipl(...)

Mexican police have captured a fugitive former mayorJose Luis Abarca and his wife who the government suspects were the masterminds behind the abduction of 43 student teachers who it is feared were massacred, officials said today. File photograph: Stringer/Reuters.

Mexican police have captured a fugitive former mayor and his wife who the government suspects were the masterminds behind the abduction of 43 stude(...)