Mexico

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MEXICO CITY — A Texas woman got her long-missing daughter back and headed for home, concluding an eight-year search at a Mexican court hearing a cross-border custody case that earlier mistakenly sent another girl to the U.S. against her will.

Houston resident Dorotea Garcia and 13-year-old Alondra Diaz didn’t speak with reporters after the judge’s ruling Friday afternoon, but they were expected to fly out of Guadalajara on Saturday morning.

At a hearing in Los Reyes, a town in the southwestern state of Michoacan, Judge Cinthia Elodia Mercado returned Alondra to Garcia, noting that DNA tests concluded the previous day showed they are daughter and mother.

They emerged from court under heavy police guard. Clad in jeans, a turquoise T-shirt and matching backpack, Alondra climbed into the backseat of a police van with her beaming mother and the two embraced.

What Is Cinco De Mayo?

May 5, 2015

Today is Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May), a Mexican holiday traditionally celebrated with colorful costumes, singing, dancing and lots of drinking.

The day is well known in U.S., but as we sip on margaritas, do we know exactly what we’re celebrating?

The holiday commemorates a Mexican victory over the French in Puebla on May 5, 1862.

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CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico — An official says nine police officers were kidnapped by a criminal gang in northern Mexico and later rescued, though one was killed in the confrontation.

The officers from Nuevo Leon state were abducted when they pursued suspects into neighboring Tamaulipas, on the Texas border, Sunday night. They were following a vehicle carrying armed men. On a highway they encountered two other vehicles full of gunmen. One officer was killed, and the others kidnapped.

EL PASO — A fatal police shooting in El Paso is drawing Mexican government scrutiny. Police spokesman Chris Mears says officers responding to a burglary call Wednesday night encountered Erick Emmanuel Salas Sanchez, who armed himself with a metal object and threatened the officers.

Mears says a Taser failed to to subdue the 22-year-old man, who charged the officers. One officer shot Sanchez, who died later at Del Sol Medical Center.

Authorities Seize Wrong Mexican Girl For Forced Return To Texas

Apr 22, 2015
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MEXICO CITY  — A 14-year-old Mexican girl who was taken by authorities and sent screaming to live in the United States was returned home Wednesday after DNA tests showed she is not the daughter of the Houston woman who claimed her.

The case of Alondra Luna Nunez drew international attention after a video of the distraught girl being forced into a police vehicle last week circulated in media and on social networks. There was no immediate explanation of why authorities did not confirm her identity before sending her out of the country.

The Foreign Ministry said Mexican officials were carrying out a court order to send Alondra to Dorotea Garcia, a Houston woman who claimed the girl was her daughter who had been illegally taken to Mexico by her father years ago. Alondra's family insisted authorities were mistaken but their pleas were ignored. “They stole my daughter,” Susana Nunez told Milenio Television on Wednesday. “I didn't know this woman existed.”

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