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Monday
Mar072011

Female Mexican Police Chief Fired

HECTOR GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images(PRAXEDIS G. GUERRERO, Mexico) -- Marisol Valles Garcia, the 20-year-old who became police chief of Praxedis G. Guerrero, one of the most violent towns in Mexico, was fired after failing to show up for work Monday. 

It had been reported previously that Valles Garcia was seeking political asylum in the United States because of death threats; however, Andres Morales, secretary of the county in Mexico and second in charge after the mayor, told ABC News that he couldn't confirm that report.

Valles Garcia did request a few days off to care for her sick son, he said.

An unnamed relative of Valles Garcia told The New York Post that the chief had left Mexico with her young son.

Valles Garcia, called "the bravest woman in Mexico," was sworn in in November 2010 as the head of a new program of crime prevention in a farming town located in one of the bloodiest regions in Mexico. Since her predecessor's head was left outside the police station over a year ago, no one wanted to fill the vacancy. Valles Garcia took the position.

"I'm doing this for my people," she said then. "This is not for me. I'm tired of all the drug violence."

ABC News tried to talk to Valles Garcia about her job in December, but was unable to. A person who answered the phone said her presence in the office is unpredictable, for obvious reasons.

The downward spiral of drug violence in Mexico has touched nearly every community.

"[Drug-related violence] could deter leaders from taking government positions, a very pernicious development," said Vanda Felbab-Brown, a professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. "We have seen more than 20 mayors in Mexico killed over the past three years."

President Barack Obama met with Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Thursday to extend their collaboration on combatting drug violence. During the joint news conference at the White House, Obama said that he would speed up aid from the U.S. meant to train and equip Mexican forces, but he also acknowledged that the countries should make a greater effort to keep that aid out of the hands of the drug cartels.

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Tuesday
Sep282010

Moscow Mayor Luzhkov Loses Feud With President Medvedev

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- On Tuesday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev fired the mayor of Moscow, Yury Luzhkov, who'd held the position since 1992 and was resisting scathing attacks to get him to resign. The president dismissed Luzhkov for a "loss of confidence." The firing followed a bruising campaign by the state-run media that accused Luzhkov of giving preference to his beloved bees over his constituents and helping his wife become the only female billionaire in Russia.  "It is difficult to imagine a situation in which a governor and the president of Russia as the top official would continue working together, if the president loses confidence in the head of the region," Medvedev told reporters during a trip to Shanghai.  The Luzhkov drama has dominated the headlines in Russia since early September when he criticized Medvedev for suspending the controversial construction of a highway through a forest north of Moscow. 

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