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Mexico Is Called World's Second Most Violent Country

Mexico's government is contesting a new international report that says the country's drug cartel violence caused 23,000 homicides in 2016 — a level surpassed only by Syria.
A new report on armed conflicts includes Mexico's drug cartel violence in its rankings. Here, Mexican marines arrive after an attack against the building of the Quintana Roo State Prosecution in Cancun earlier this year. Source: AFP/Getty Images

Mexico's government is contesting a new international report that says the country saw 23,000 homicides in 2016 — a level surpassed only by Syria. The International Institute for Strategic Studies says that intense violence fueled by Mexico's drug cartels has now reached the level of

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