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FILE - In this Wednesday Oct. 23, 2019 file photo, forensic police officers attend the scene after a truck was found to contain a large number of dead bodies, in Grays, South England. Police have arrested 26 people suspected of human trafficking during a large-scale operation in Belgium and France in relation to the death of the Vietnamese migrants whose bodies were found in a refrigerated truck in Britain last year. Judicial authorities said that a series of early Wednesday May 27, 2020 raids took place simultaneously in Belgium and France on Tuesday as part of two legal investigations (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, file)

Belgium, France: 26 arrests over ring linked with UK deaths

May. 27, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Judicial authorities in Belgium and France on Wednesday announced the arrests of 26 people suspected of taking part in a human trafficking network involved in the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in a refrigerated truck's container in Britain last year. They said a series of early...

Italy: 10 arrests made in probe of mob-controlled cemetery

May. 26, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian police have arrested 10 people while investigating the alleged control by mobsters of a cemetery in northern Italy. State police on Tuesday alleged that two clans of the ’ndrangheta crime syndicate determined which firms were allowed to perform burials or construction work like...

'Godfather of Grass' seeks prison release over virus concern

May. 22, 2020 9:42 AM EDT

LISBON, Ohio (AP) — The “Godfather of Grass,” who was sentenced for his role in a large marijuana operation after eight years on the run, has asked a judge to release him from a federal prison in Ohio that has seen nine coronavirus deaths. John Robert “Johnny” Boone vouched for...

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2020 file photo, soldiers patrol a neighborhood in Irapuato, Guanajuato state, Mexico. Mexico's drug war has long played out in dusty northern border cities or the poppy fields of its southern mountains, but now the killings have moved to the conservative industrial heartland state of Guanajuato. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Mexico faces continued drug gang violence despite pandemic

May. 20, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Homicides in Mexico dropped only slightly in April despite widespread lockdowns and social distancing measures for the coronavirus outbreak, suggesting the pandemic has done little to stem drug gang violence. Killings nationwide amounted to 3,020 in April, down from 3,078 in March. That...

Albania arrests 24 in alleged human trafficking ring

May. 19, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police have arrested 24 people involved in an alleged criminal organization who produced false documents to illegally smuggle people into the United States, Canada and Britain. A statement Tuesday said a joint operation with the U.S. embassy’s Diplomatic Security...

Ex drug cartel hitman 'El Chino Antrax' killed in Mexico

May. 18, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A former top enforcer for Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel who spent time in a U.S. prison has been identified as one of three people found murdered in Sinaloa state over the weekend, officials said Monday. The Sinaloa state prosecutors’ office identified the dead man as José...

Nurses lay on the ground to represent colleagues who died in their fight against the new coronavirus pandemic, during a protest marking International Nurses Day, in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

May. 12, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

Thousands of new coronavirus infections are being reported daily, many of them job-related, even as President Donald Trump urges people to return to work. There are plenty of new infections outside the workplace, including in nursing homes, and among retired and unemployed people. Yet all of the 15 U.S. counties...

Italian police nab mafiosi to thwart pandemic exploitation

May. 12, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian police have arrested 91 suspected mobsters in a probe of money-laundering and extortion in a bid to thwart Sicily’s Cosa Nostra from exploiting economic woes triggered by the pandemic. Hundreds of Financial Guard police officers fanned out early Tuesday through Palermo, the...

FILE - In this June 2, 2011 file photo, Mexico's Genaro Garcia Luna speaks during a ceremony to designate June 2 as the Federal Police Day in Mexico City. The former Federal Secretary of Public Safety is to be arraigned in New York, on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. The indictment claims that Garcia Luna allegedly received millions of dollars in bribes from the Sinaloa Cartel. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini, File)

Mexican president: US should probe its ties to ex top cop

May. 4, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president said Monday that the U.S. government should investigate its own officials who had ties to Mexico’s former top security official, who is currently facing trial accused of taking tens of millions of dollars in bribes to protect the Sinaloa cartel. Former...

FILE- This undated file photo shows Fabio Ochoa Vasquez.  Federal prosecutors oppose a bid for early prison release by the former Medellin cocaine cartel kingpin. They contend in court documents filed in Miami that his request far underplays the vast amount of drugs he helped smuggle into the U.S. over two decades. (AP Photo/File)

Not so fast: US against release of Colombian cocaine kingpin

May. 1, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors oppose a bid for early prison release by former Medellin cocaine cartel kingpin Fabio Ochoa, contending that his request far underplays the vast amount of drugs he helped smuggle into the U.S. over two decades. The lawyer for Ochoa argues that new retroactive...