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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...
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Mapping Sinaloa Cartel Operatives in Juarez Battleground

The latest US indictment against Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman and other members of his Sinaloa Cartel is a mine of information about the group's activities and...
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With 18 Killed, Zetas Bring Nuevo Laredo War to Jalisco

Authorities in Jalisco, Mexico have discovered 18 human heads, along with other body parts, in two abandoned vehicles, possibly the Zetas' revenge for attacks by...
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El Salvador’s Perrones Regroup, Reestablish Dominance

Four years after several of its members were arrested, the Perrones, El Salvador's formidable illicit transport organization, has quietly regrouped, reestablishing...
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Brazil Security Surge Tries to Plug Leaks in Amazon Border

Brazil has deployed 8,700 troops to the northern Amazon frontier, its fourth ambitious border crackdown in less than a year. But questions remain about Brazil's...
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Has Colombia’s Biggest Mafia Boss Surrendered?

Reports that the head of Colombia’s most powerful drug cartel, the Rastrojos, has surrendered to US authorities are false, according to sources contacted by...
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Hostages Go Free, But Shining Path Shows its Strength

With the abduction of 36 gas workers in Peru, released days later under mysterious circumstances, the Shining Path’s southern faction have demonstrated that they...
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Gorilla in the Room: Mapping Pre-Summit Drug Policy Positions

Drug policy will not officially be discussed during this week's Summit of the Americas, making it the proverbial "gorilla in the room." In the first in a series of...
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Did Knights Templar Keep ‘Truce’ During Pope’s Mexico Visit?

The Knights Templar drug gang promised to halt violence during the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Mexico, and called on other criminal organizations to do the same....
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‘Mara’ Gangs Behind 11 Deaths in North Honduras: Govt

The government says a wave of violence in northern Honduras that left at least 11 people dead within 48 hours is due to gang warfare, but the reality may be more...