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200 additional Kenyan police arrive in Haiti in UN-backed mission to fight criminal gangs

Jul. 16, 2024 11:56 AM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A second contingent of 200 police officers from Kenya arrived Tuesday in Haiti to bolster a U.N.-backed mission led by the East African country to battle violent gangs in the troubled Caribbean country. The officers arrived nearly a month after the...

Brazilian police launch mega-operation in Rio de Janeiro favelas to fight organized crime

Jul. 15, 2024 22:58 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian authorities launched a mega-operation in Rio de Janeiro that sent a force of nearly 2,000 military and civil officers into 10 low income neighborhoods Monday seeking to regain control of areas dominated by organized crime. The officers deployed in...

Gang used drugs, violence to commit robberies that led to four deaths, prosecutors say

Jul. 12, 2024 16:27 PM EDT

A group of gang members who trafficked drugs and guns and used dating websites to connect with people interested in hiring prostitutes were responsible for a series of robberies that led to four deaths, federal prosecutors said Friday. Dubbed the “fentanyl robbery gang,” the...

US sanctions a Venezuela gang for spreading criminal activity across Latin America

Jul. 11, 2024 18:07 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday sanctioned a Venezuelan gang allegedly behind a spree of kidnappings, extortion and other violent crimes tied to migrants that have spread across Latin America and the United States. The U.S. also offered a $12 million reward for...

Biden administration sanctions Venezuela's Tren de Aragua gang for spreading criminal activity throughout Latin America

Jul. 11, 2024 12:12 PM EDT
MIAMI (AP) — Biden administration sanctions Venezuela's Tren de Aragua gang for spreading criminal activity throughout Latin America.

MS-13 leader pleads guilty in case involving 8 murders, including deaths of 2 girls on Long Island

Jul. 10, 2024 16:30 PM EDT

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A leader of an MS-13 gang clique in New York pleaded guilty Wednesday to racketeering in a case involving eight murders, including the 2016 killings of two high school girls who were hacked and beaten as they strolled through their leafy, suburban neighborhood on Long...

Iraqi court sentences wife of slain Islamic State leader to death for crimes against Yazidi women

Jul. 10, 2024 15:30 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi court issued a death sentence against one of the wives of the late brutal Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, alleging that she was complicit in crimes committed against Yazidi women captured by the militant group, the country's judiciary announced Wednesday. ...

New York MS-13 gang leader pleads guilty to racketeering in case involving 8 murders, including deaths of 2 schoolgirls

Jul. 10, 2024 13:01 PM EDT
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — New York MS-13 gang leader pleads guilty to racketeering in case involving 8 murders, including deaths of 2 schoolgirls.

In first comments, the Kenyan force in Haiti says 'no room for failure' against powerful gangs

Jul. 09, 2024 00:53 AM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The head of the Kenya-led multinational force tasked with curbing gang violence in Haiti said on Monday “there's no room for failure” and that the United Nations-backed police mission was committed to ensuring democratic elections in the Caribbean nation. ...

Haiti police retake control of a police station in the capital that was attacked by gangs

Jul. 02, 2024 10:20 AM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Officers regained control of a police station in Haiti's capital that had been the target of armed gangs in recent months, authorities said Monday. The station in Gressier, located in the western tip of Port-au-Prince, was most recently attacked on...