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Indonesia and Australia hold defense talks as both nations move toward signing a security agreement

Feb. 23, 2024 09:48 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia and Australia held high-level talks in Jakarta on Friday as the neighboring countries seek to strengthen security ties by signing a defense cooperation agreement in the coming months. Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, who is set to become...

'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...

Illegally adopted during Chile's dictatorship, they're now reuniting with biological families

Feb. 18, 2024 19:07 PM EST

SANTIAGO (AP) — Romina Cortés couldn't pronounce her sister’s last name. She didn’t know what she smells like, what her favorite food is, or what she likes to do in her free time. Cortés, 43, waited impatiently Sunday at the airport in Santiago, Chile, where she would soon...

Police in Georgia responding to gun shots at home detain 19 people, probe possible sex trafficking

Feb. 01, 2024 15:15 PM EST

SOUTH FULTON, Ga. (AP) — Police in an Atlanta-area city responding to shots fired at a home on Thursday found numerous women there and are investigating the possibility the residence was used for sex trafficking, authorities said. South Fulton police detained 19 people at the home,...

Andrew Tate loses his appeal to ease judicial restrictions as human trafficking case continues

Jan. 30, 2024 13:32 PM EST

A Romanian court on Tuesday rejected an appeal by influencer Andrew Tate to ease judicial control measures imposed while the legal case continues in which he is charged with human trafficking, rape and forming a criminal gang to sexually exploit women. The Bucharest Court of...

Legislative panel shoots down South Dakota bill to raise the age for marriage to 18

Jan. 30, 2024 12:47 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Sixteen- and 17-year-olds call still wed in South Dakota after a legislative committee shot down an effort to raise the age of marriage to 18. The House State Affairs Committee on Monday voted 8-5 to reject the bill and let stand the current law, which lets 16-...

Backpage founder will face Arizona retrial on charges he participated in scheme to sell sex ads

Jan. 23, 2024 20:21 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Arizona said Tuesday they will retry a co-founder of the lucrative classified site Backpage.com on dozens of prostitution facilitation and money laundering charges that alleged he participated in a scheme to sell sex ads. A jury in mid-November...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jan. 12, 2024 10:44 AM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. ___ Discovery of a tunnel at a Chabad...

Cellebrite donates AI investigative tools to nonprofits to help find missing children faster

Jan. 12, 2024 09:10 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — John Walsh, advocate for missing children and longtime host of “America’s Most Wanted,” said he feels outmanned by criminals all the time – especially in the courtroom. “I say to myself, ‘My god, the lawyer for this dirtbag predator is smarter and more...

FACT FOCUS: Discovery of a tunnel at a Chabad synagogue spurs false claims and conspiracy theories

Jan. 11, 2024 17:39 PM EST

News of a brawl between police and worshippers on Monday over a secret underground tunnel found connected to a historic Brooklyn synagogue was picked up quickly on social media, with posts spreading baseless claims about the passage, many laced with antisemitism. The conflict at the...