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The Taliban hold another public execution as thousands watch at a stadium in northern Afghanistan

Feb. 26, 2024 08:23 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban held a public execution on Monday of a man convicted of murder in northern Afghanistan as thousands watched at a sports stadium, the third such death sentence to be carried out in the past five days. The execution took place in heavy snowfall in the...

Taliban hold public execution for 2 men, who are killed by gunfire in a stadium as thousands watch

Feb. 23, 2024 02:53 AM EST

GHAZNI, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's ruling Taliban carried out a double public execution Thursday at a stadium in the country's southeast, where relatives of the victims of stabbing deaths fired guns at two convicted men while thousands of people watched. The Taliban’s...

Utah man sues Maduro over trauma caused by nearly two years of imprisonment in Venezuela

Feb. 22, 2024 21:27 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A Utah man imprisoned for nearly two years in Venezuela has sued President Nicolás Maduro, accusing the leftist leader of heading a “criminal enterprise” that kidnaps, tortures and unjustly imprisons American citizens. The complaint filed Thursday in Miami federal...

The strangled bodies of 2 men have been found on a popular beach in the Mexican resort of Acapulco

Feb. 22, 2024 17:40 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The strangled bodies of two men were found Thursday on a popular beach in the Mexican resort of Acapulco. The resort has been struggling to recover it tourist trade after being hit by Category 5 Hurricane Otis in October, leaving at least 52 dead and destroying...

Former Haitian police chief accused in 2021 presidential slaying resigns as OAS representative

Feb. 22, 2024 13:10 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Léon Charles, the former chief of Haiti’s National Police who was recently accused in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, announced Thursday that he was stepping down as permanent representative of Haiti to the Organization of American States. ...

Feds accuse alleged Japanese crime boss of conspiring to traffic nuclear material

Feb. 22, 2024 11:25 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A leader of a Japan-based crime syndicate conspired to traffic uranium and plutonium from Myanmar in the belief that Iran would use it to make nuclear weapons, U.S. prosecutors alleged Wednesday. Takeshi Ebisawa, 60, and his confederates showed samples of nuclear...

'Little dark secret': DEA agent on trial accused of taking $250K in bribes from Mafia

Feb. 22, 2024 11:20 AM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The way prosecutors tell it, Joseph Bongiovanni went to work for years with a “little dark secret.” Behind the veneer of a veteran U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent, they alleged, was a turncoat on the take from the Buffalo Mafia, offering an...

Mexican police arrest members of drug gang behind the alleged killing of 8 people in Cancun

Feb. 12, 2024 15:42 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors said Monday they have arrested six members of a drug gang in the Mexican resort of Cancun that allegedly killed and hacked up five people with a machete, and dumped three other victims in a shallow grave. The gang, which prosecutors say also engaged...

Haiti's rum industry takes a hit as gangs torch sugarcane fields

Feb. 12, 2024 12:32 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Haiti’s renowned rum has become the newest victim of violent gangs vying to control a growing number of businesses and territory in the troubled Caribbean nation. At least eight hectares (19.8 acres) of sugarcane fields were torched in recent days as...

2 Afghans who were detained at Guantanamo Bay for 14 years have been released, the Taliban say

Feb. 11, 2024 11:12 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Two Afghan prisoners who were held in U.S. custody for at least 14 years at the Guantanamo Bay detention center after 2002 were released from house arrest in Oman, a Taliban spokesman said Sunday. Abdul Zahir Saber and Abdul Karim were released as a result of the...