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Mexico is world's deadliest spot for environmental activists

Sep. 29, 2022 01:33 AM EDT

VICAM, Mexico (AP) — Mexico has become the deadliest place in the world for environmental and land defense activists, according to a global survey released Wednesday, and the Yaqui Indigenous people of northern Mexico are still mourning the killing of water-defense leader Tomás Rojo found dead...

Mexico is world's deadliest spot for environmental activists

Sep. 28, 2022 23:21 PM EDT

VICAM, Mexico (AP) — Mexico has become the deadliest place in the world for environmental and land defense activists, according to a global survey released Wednesday, and the Yaqui Indigenous people of northern Mexico are still mourning the killing of water-defense leader Tomás Rojo found dead...

Greek police: Campus was 'staging ground' for crime gangs

Sep. 28, 2022 09:58 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A raid on a sprawling university campus complex in Athens led to the arrests of 32 people who are suspected of belonging to gangs that carried out armed robberies, drug trafficking and other offenses, police in Greece said Wednesday. The suspects are not...

DEA: Fake pills containing fentanyl helping drive OD deaths

Sep. 27, 2022 18:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An increasing number of fake prescription pills that contain potentially deadly fentanyl are helping drive overdose death rates to record levels in the U.S., including some now manufactured in rainbow colors designed to look like candy, federal officials said Tuesday. ...

Police: Michigan trooper shot, critically wounded in Detroit

Sep. 27, 2022 09:49 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — An undercover trooper with Michigan State Police was shot and critically wounded early Tuesday as he and other members of a narcotics unit were conducting surveillance in Detroit, police said. The trooper was struck by gunfire around 1:30 a.m. EDT on Detroit's west...

Hawaii man pleads not guilty to kidnap, sex assault of teen

Sep. 26, 2022 18:41 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii man on Monday pleaded not guilty to charges he kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl and forced her to smoke meth. Duncan Mahi, 52, also requested a trial by jury. Judge Wendy M. DeWeese maintained bail for Mahi at $2 million and set his trial...

Belgian justice minister under protection over kidnap plot

Sep. 26, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium's justice minister remained under strict protection Monday after four people suspected of taking part in a plot by alleged drug criminals to kidnap him were arrested in the Netherlands. Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne said in a message on social media that...

Alabama eyes fentanyl penalties; critics say they won't work

Sep. 26, 2022 09:57 AM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers may consider harsher penalties for traffickers and distributors of illicit fentanyl next year, but some say a comprehensive approach should also include more health services and helping drug users reduce overdoses. Republicans Reps. Matt...

EXPLAINER: Mexican army's role in students' disappearance

Sep. 25, 2022 14:22 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican army's role in the disappearance of 43 college students, its participation in covering up the facts and its alleged links to organized crime are now at the center of a case that has shaken the nation. The government's Truth Commission declared the incident a...

Police in Laos seize meth pills in one of biggest busts

Sep. 24, 2022 12:34 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities in Laos have made their third largest seizure ever of methamphetamine, confiscating a haul of 33 million tablets along with 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine, an official with the U.N. anti-crime agency said Saturday. The huge bust...