Mexican troops have detained the police chief and 36 other officers in the resort of Cancun in connection with the murder last week of an ex-army general. Soldiers swooped on the police HQ and took police chief Francisco Velasco to Mexico City for questioning. Former general Mauro Enrique Tello, who had just taken command of a squad to tackle crime in Cancun, was tortured and shot by suspected traffickers. Some 5,400 people were killed in drug-related violence in Mexico in 2008. (BBC)

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