Thousands of people from the country's southern states were recently internally displaced due to vicious drug wars in their towns and villages, while a procession of migrants heading toward the US border are in the spotlight.
The exchange of gunfire took place in the farming community of La Concepcion, just south of Acapulco.
Students and teachers in rural Mexico who have been forced to stay at home because of gang warfare have come up with a novel idea to continue their education.
Earlier this year, Mexican police made the grisly discovery of six decapitated bodies in the region as well as the corpses of four more men in the town of Chilapa.
This year's annual parade paid tribute to the 228 people who were killed in the September 19 earthquake in Mexico City.
The toll from The 7.1 magnitude quake in central Mexico will likely rise, as rescue crews and volunteers in Mexico City claw through the rubble of collapsed buildings looking for survivors and bodies.
The murder of women in Mexico usually go unsolved with activists saying police do little. Seven women are murdered each day in Mexico, the National Citizen Femicide Observatory said.
It was the latest deadly riot in Mexico's chronically overcrowded prisons where inmates often have de facto control, and contraband weapons and drugs are rife.
Pacific resort of Zihuatanejo is one of few regions where federal forces are the dominant authority in Mexico and a town where the military detained the town's entire 246-strong municipal police force.
There are 56 drug cartels known to be operating in Mexico today. Twenty of them are based in Acapulco.
Parents of 43 missing Mexican students accuse the government of lying and planting evidence a day after an IACHR report criticised the investigation.
International investigators claim Mexico's army has withheld evidence relating to the case of 43 students who were massacred in late 2014
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