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A Mexican Federal Police officer guards an international bridge between Mexico and Texas, Feb. 10. Photo: JCA/AFP via Getty Images

At least 19 people are dead after an hour-long gunfight between Mexican security forces and suspected cartel gunmen broke out on Saturday in Villa Union, a town in Coahuila state about an hour’s drive southwest of Eagle Pass, Texas, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: The attack comes days after President Trump said in an interview that he plans to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations.

Details: Coahuila state Gov. Miguel Angel Riquelme said four police officers were killed after an armed group stormed the town in a convoy of trucks and attacked local government offices. Security forces killed 13 suspected cartel members, according to WashPost, which reports two kidnapped civilians also died in the incident.

The big picture: Mexico’s murder rate has increased by 2% in the first 10 months of Andrés Manuel López Obrador's presidency. There have been 29,414 homicides in 2019 so far, compared to 28,869 in the same period of 2018, per figures released by the Mexican government and reviewed by the Associated Press.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect the fact that authorities revised the death toll down from 21. They also clarified that two kidnapped civilians had died in the incident.

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A sweeping new report released today by an Australian research organization reveals new details about how the Chinese Communist Party — and specifically who within the party — is carrying out its campaign of repression in Xinjiang.

Why it matters: Uncovering the actual offices and individuals implementing the Chinese government's genocide and forced labor policies in Xinjiang can bring accountability and help international companies delink supply chains in compliance with U.S. and EU forced labor laws.

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Why it matters: As we've reported, politics is no longer just the purview of career politicians, as companies and their CEOs throw their weight around to affect policies. Now, movie stars, famous musicians and professional athletes also are using their influence in politics.

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Starting next season, MLB teams will be required to provide housing for minor league players.

Why it matters: "This is a historic victory," Harry Marino, director of the nonprofit Advocates for Minor Leaguers, told ESPN. It's also just the beginning of a fight for improved quality of life.