Murders in Mexico rise by a third in 2018 to new record

MEXICO CITY: Murders in Mexico rose by 33 percent in 2018, breaking the record for a second year running, official data showed, underlining the task facing the new president who has pledged to reduce violence in the cartel-ravaged country.

Investigators opened to 33,341 murder probes compared with the previous year’s record of 25,036, according to information from the Interior Ministry published on Sunday.

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Three Stolen Trucks With Radioactive Material Recovered in Mexico

If it hasn’t happened already, it’s only a matter of time before this type of material gets smuggled across the Mexican border into the U.S. and turned into a dirty bomb. Radioactive material has also been found in Mexico in 2014 and 2013.

 

Three trucks transporting Iridium-192 were found soon after they were stolen in the first such incident this year.

Mexican authorities found three trucks transoprting potentially deadly radioactive material shortly after they were stolen, the Associated Press reports, citing local officials. Continue reading