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El Salvador extends anti-gang emergency for another month

May. 25, 2022 22:48 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s congress granted a request Wednesday by President Nayib Bukele for a second extension of the country’s anti-gang emergency decree. The vote extends for 30 more days the state of emergency that was originally issued for one month...

Gangs strangle Haiti's capital as deaths, kidnappings soar

May. 22, 2022 12:14 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — It was about 6 a.m. when Venique Moïse flung open the door of her house and saw dozens of people running — their children in one hand and scant belongings in the other — as gunfire intensified. Minutes later, she joined the crowd with her own three...

Police bust gang for tricking old men with love in Italy

May. 20, 2022 06:54 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Police in four European countries have busted a crime gang accused of using young women to trick elderly Italian men out of their savings, the European Union's law enforcement agency said Friday. Europol said the gang was mostly composed of members of one Romanian...

Ransomware gang threatens to overthrow Costa Rica government

May. 16, 2022 18:19 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — A ransomware gang that infiltrated some Costa Rican government computer systems has upped its threat, saying its goal is now to overthrow the government. Perhaps seizing on the fact that President Rodrigo Chaves had only been in office for a week, the...

Fatal boat trip highlights Haitians fleeing violence

May. 13, 2022 17:13 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Haitians are fleeing in greater numbers to the neighboring Dominican Republic, where they board rickety wooden boats painted sky blue to blend with the ocean to try to reach Puerto Rico — a trip in which 11 Haitian women drowned this week, with dozens of other...

Official: 8 Turkish citizens kidnapped from bus in Haiti

May. 09, 2022 19:29 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Eight Turkish citizens have been kidnapped in Haiti’s capital, an official told The Associated Press on Monday, apparently the latest in a string of high-profile kidnappings by powerful gangs. Hugues Josue, Turkey’s honorary consul in Haiti, said...

Rights groups cite 338 violations in El Salvador arrests

May. 04, 2022 23:30 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Five human rights groups reported Wednesday there have been complaints of at least 338 violations of human rights during El Salvador's massive arrests of suspected gang members. The five non-governmental organizations said the most frequently cited...

Rights groups criticize El Salvador's mass gang roundups

May. 02, 2022 19:17 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Human rights groups on Monday criticized the massive arrests of suspected gang members in El Salvador.. The roundups, begun in late March after a spike in homicides, have resulted in the arrest of over 22,000 presumed gang members. ...

US prosecutors indict Mexican Mafia leadership in California

Apr. 27, 2022 16:58 PM EDT

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Federal prosecutors announced a sweeping racketeering case Wednesday aimed at dismantling the leadership of the Mexican Mafia that controlled street gangs in part of Southern California. The indictment unsealed in U.S. District Court against three members of...

El Salvador extends state of emergency

Apr. 24, 2022 23:04 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s congress voted Sunday to grant a request by President Nayib Bukele to extend an anti-gang emergency decree for another 30 days. The measure was approved with 67 votes in the 84-seat congress, where Bukele's party holds a majority. ...