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Nearly 60 dead in a day in Mexico's killing spree

Mexico City - At least 58 people were killed in one day in Mexico, media reports said Tuesday.

Monday was the bloodiest day of the year in the country as 58 people died in incidents related to the notorious organized crime syndicate, the daily El Universal reported.

The newspaper has, since 2005, maintained a daily count of such violent deaths - there were 4,325 this year. On September 12, about 41 people were killed in a single day.

Four members of band killed in northern Mexico

Mexico City - Four members of the music group Los Herederos de Sinaloa (the heirs of Sinaloa) were killed in Culiacan, the capital of the northern Mexican state of Sinaloa, police said Friday.

The band was attacked Thursday opposite the Sinaloa headquarters of the newspaper publisher Organizacion Editorial Mexicana, where one of the members had just been interviewed.

Drug lord's brother, nephew arrested by Mexican authorities

Mexico City - A brother and a nephew of Mexican drug lord Ismael Zambada, known by the alias "El Mayo," were arrested Monday in Mexico City, the Mexican public prosecutor's office confirmed Wednesday.

A total of 16 people belonging to the Sinaloa Cartel were arrested in the raid on a mansion.

Jesus Zambada Garcia, alias "El Rey Zambada" and brother of "El Mayo," initially identified himself as Victor Rosas Montes. He is one of the leaders of the cartel, the authorities noted.

Eleven people killed at a bar in northern Mexico

Mexico City - Eleven people were killed and at least four others were injured when an unidentified armed group opened fire in a bar in the city of Chihuahua, capital of the northern Mexican state of the same name, the authorities said Friday.

The attackers, travelling in at least three vehicles, arrived at the Rio Rosas bar close to midnight and said they were federal agents. They then started shooting, police said based on the statements of survivors.

One journalist who wrote editorials for the Chihuahua daily El Diario was among those killed.

Seventeen inmates escape from Mexican jail

Mexico City - A group of 17 inmates fled Thursday from the jail in the north-eastern Mexican city of Reynosa with the help of four guards, jail director Carlos Hernandez said.

Hernandez said the escape happened overnight, and noted that the four guards who allegedly helped the inmates to flee remained missing.

The head of the jail in the state of Tamaulipas declined to say who the inmates were and of what crimes they had been convicted.

Local and federal security forces were on alert in an effort to find the runaway convicts. (dpa)

OAS proposes plan against organized crime

Mexico City - Jose Miguel Insulza, secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), proposed a plan to fight crime at a meeting of regional leaders Tuesday in Mexico City.

Before representatives from 34 countries attending the first meeting of American Security Ministers, Insulza estimated the cost of crime in Latin America and the Caribbean at 14 per cent of the region's gross domestic product (GDP). He said crime was the main cause of death among men aged 15-29 and that it has a greater impact on homes than the economic crisis.

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