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Mapping Violence in the Run-Up to Mexico’s Election

Mexico's presidential election was relatively peaceful, with only a handful of isolated attacks and threats of violence towards politicians. InSight Crime maps...
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Urban Battle in Medellin as Outsider Drug Cartel Moves in

An outsider criminal group from the Caribbean coast, far more ruthless, wealthy, and disciplined than Medellin’s street gangs, is poised to take over Colombia’s...
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Mexico’s Presidential Favorite Sticks Close to Party’s Old Guard

A map of the relationships of Enrique Peña Nieto, who is set to win Mexico's presidential election on Sunday, is a reminder of his ties to the old power brokers of...
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As Gangs Flee Police, North Rio Becomes Epicenter of Violence

Operations to pacify certain Rio favelas may be pushing drug gangs to flee to northern areas of the city, sparking violence and all-out turf wars when criminal...
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US Agent Kills ‘Trafficker’ in Honduras Anti-Drug Mission

A US agent's killing of a suspected drug trafficker in Honduras highlights Washington's deepening involvement in the country's fight against crime, despite rising...
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‘Operation Martillo’ and Cocaine in Colombia’s Pacific

The US military's South Command has released data on the impact of Operation Martillo, intended to cut maritime drug trafficking through Central America, which...
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How Organized Crime Damages the Environment in LatAm

As delegates descend on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the Rio+20 environmental sustainability conference, Insight Crime maps how Latin America’s criminal gangs...
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Honduras, Guatemala Discuss Binational Border Police

Honduras and Guatemala are in talks to create a joint security patrol for their 256 kilometer border, where Mexican drug cartels like the Sinaloa and Gulf Cartels...
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Rastrojos Power Vacuum Leaves Colombia’s Pacific Vulnerable to Upheaval

Authorities in southwest Colombia's Valle del Cauca province are bracing themselves for another violent realignment of underworld forces following the capture of...
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Ecuador Identifies Illegal Crossings on Colombia Border

Ecuador's government has reported the existence of 26 unsanctioned border crossings into Colombia, which pose a security problem to both countries, as Ecuador is...
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In Battle for Sierra Madre, Old Allies, New Foes Displace Thousands

A flood of villagers are fleeing their homes in the state of Sinaloa, driven out by a battle between two of the country's biggest criminal organizations -- the...
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In Mexico, Cartel Fragments Battle for Control of Morelos

Splinters of once-powerful criminal cartels are causing havoc in the central state of Morelos, in an example of how much of Mexico's violence is now driven by newly...