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Ex-Mexican police official faces drug-trafficking charges

Jan. 24, 2020 6:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Mexican intelligence unit commander who was a main point of contact for intelligence sharing between U.S. agencies and Mexican federal police pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking charges in federal court in New York on Friday. Authorities say Ivan Reyes Arzate received thousands...

Mexico issues arrest warrant in killing of journalist Valdéz

Jan. 24, 2020 4:08 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Mexico said Thursday they have issued an arrest warrant for suspected drug capo Dámaso López in the 2017 killing of crusading journalist Javier Valdéz. López is better known by his nickname “Mini-Lic”and is the son of an...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 file photo, Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, left, arrives at Greece's supreme court in Athens. Greece's justice minister has signed an order on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, for bitcoin fraud suspect Alexander Vinnik to be extradited to France - concluding an international legal battle surrounding the Russian former cryptocurrency trading platform operator. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, file)

France charges bitcoin expert Vinnik with money laundering

Jan. 24, 2020 11:03 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French officials have filed preliminary charges of money laundering and extortion against Russian bitcoin fraud suspect Alexander Vinnik, who's tangled in a multi-country legal battle. The United States also wants to prosecute Vinnik, accusing him of laundering billions of dollars through...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2019 file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador listens to questions during his daily morning press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City. Shortly before taking office Lopez Obrador decided to create an army of volunteers dubbed the “servants of the nation,” to canvass people who receive government benefits collecting their personal information in part to see if they might be eligible for yet more help from various programs promised during the campaign for the likes of farmers, the disabled, unemployed youth and the elderly. The effort alarmed opposition political parties who saw it as an attempt to illegally use public funds to promote López Obrador and his leftist Morena party.  (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Mexico sees rise in gangs, vigilantes recruiting children

Jan. 24, 2020 3:04 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One day after a vigilante group revealed that it was using children as young as 8 as “recruits” for armed defense patrols, Mexico's president said Thursday that drug cartels too are recruiting ever-younger kids. The whole issue has sparked a debate in Mexico over the use...

Julian LeBaron carries a Mexican flag during a protest against violence called

Crime victims march to Mexico City to protest violence

Jan. 23, 2020 6:00 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hundreds of crime victims and their relatives began a four-day march to Mexico City Thursday to protest a wave of killings and disappearances that left 35,588 people dead in 2019. The march is led by poet Javier Sicilia, whose son was killed in 2011. That year Sicilia led a national...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2019 file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador listens to questions during his daily morning press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City. Shortly before taking office Lopez Obrador decided to create an army of volunteers dubbed the “servants of the nation,” to canvass people who receive government benefits collecting their personal information in part to see if they might be eligible for yet more help from various programs promised during the campaign for the likes of farmers, the disabled, unemployed youth and the elderly. The effort alarmed opposition political parties who saw it as an attempt to illegally use public funds to promote López Obrador and his leftist Morena party.  (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Mexico homicide rate edges up in 2019; rate of rise slows

Jan. 21, 2020 5:46 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of homicides in Mexico rose to 35,588 in 2019, the highest number on record, but the rate of annual increase in murders has slowed, according to government figures. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has acknowledged that crime and violence are the toughest...

Cesar De Castro, center, attorney for Genaro Garcia Luna, Mexico's former top security official, is surrounded by reporters as he leaves Federal court in Brooklyn, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Indicted former Mexico security chief not interested in plea

Jan. 21, 2020 2:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mexico’s former top security official is “very much looking forward” to fighting charges he took tens of millions of dollars in drug-money bribes to protect Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s notorious Sinaloa cartel, a defense attorney said Tuesday. ...

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Review: Love and fear drive migrants in `American Dirt’

Jan. 21, 2020 10:51 AM EST

“American Dirt,” Flatiron Books, by Jeanine Cummins In her beautiful, suspenseful and timely new novel ``American Dirt,’’ Jeanine Cummins succeeds in taking migration — one of the central issues of our time — and bringing it down to human size. The story of one Mexican...

FILE - In this May 8, 2014, file photo, then Baylor University President Ken Starr testifies at the House Committee on Education and Workforce on college athletes forming unions. in Washington. President Donald Trump's legal team will include former Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, the former independent counsel who led the Whitewater investigation into President Bill Clinton, according to a person familiar with the matter. The team will also include Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Who's who on Trump's legal team for impeachment trial

Jan. 18, 2020 12:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s legal advocates for his Senate impeachment trial will include a pair of well-known attorneys who have vigorously defended Trump on television and played roles in some of the most consequential legal dramas in recent history. Among those assisting White...

Police: Mafia ripped off EU for millions in farm aid

Jan. 15, 2020 1:59 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Crime clans of the Sicilian Mafia working in cahoots with public officials defrauded the European Union of more than 10 million euros ($11 million) in agricultural aid, Italian authorities said Wednesday. Officers from Italy's paramilitary Carabinieri and financial police fanned out across...