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Haiti orders a curfew after gangs overrun its two largest prisons. Thousands have escaped

Mar. 04, 2024 07:32 AM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Authorities have ordered a nighttime curfew in an attempt to regain control of Haiti's streets after an explosion of violence during the weekend, including gunmen from gangs overrunning the country's two biggest prisons and freeing their inmates. A...

Haiti declares a curfew as it tries to restore order after weekend jailbreak, explosion of violence

Mar. 03, 2024 22:06 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti's government declared a state of emergency and nighttime curfew late Sunday in a bid to regain control of the streets after an explosion of violence over the weekend saw armed gang members storm the country's two biggest prisons. The 72-hour...

Police in Haiti struggle against gangs storming prison in latest surge of violence

Mar. 02, 2024 22:09 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Police in Haiti urgently appealed for help Saturday night as they struggled to hold back gangs trying to storm the country's main prison in a major escalation of violence sweeping the troubled Caribbean nation. “They need help,” a union representing...

Haitian police spokesman says new gang attacks overwhelmed officers: 'The city center was at war'

Mar. 01, 2024 22:08 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian police were overwhelmed by a series of coordinated violent attacks by gang members across the capital in which four officers were killed, a national police spokesman said Friday. The attacks Thursday in Port-au-Prince were led by gunmen who...

Reputed mobster gets four years in prison for extorting NYC labor union

Feb. 28, 2024 15:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Mafia member was sentenced Wednesday to more than four years in federal prison for his role in a long-running scheme in which he and others extorted funds from a New York City labor union, federal prosecutors said. Vincent Ricciardo, a captain in Colombo crime...

Dutch court convicts 17 members of criminal gang and sentences 3 to life imprisonment

Feb. 27, 2024 06:23 AM EST

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Dutch court convicted 17 suspects on Tuesday in the long-running trial of an underworld gang that planned a string of killings. Judges handed life sentences to three of them, including the gang's “undisputed leader,” Ridouan Taghi, once the Netherlands most-wanted fugitive....

A senior police officer and 2 wanted Pakistani Taliban members were killed in a shootout, police say

Feb. 27, 2024 02:01 AM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A senior police officer and two wanted Pakistani Taliban members died in an intense shootout set off when police raided a militant hideout early Tuesday in the country's northwest, a local police official said. Two other police officers were wounded in...

The Taliban hold another public execution as thousands watch at a stadium in northern Afghanistan

Feb. 26, 2024 18:23 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban held a public execution on Monday of a man convicted of murder in northern Afghanistan as thousands watched at a sports stadium, the third such death sentence to be carried out in the past five days. The execution took place in heavy snowfall in the...

7 people in the Cayman Islands are seriously injured by gunfire at a soccer game, police say

Feb. 26, 2024 16:20 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — At least seven people were shot at a crowded soccer match in the Cayman Islands and were hospitalized with serious injuries, police said Monday. The shooting that police believe could be gang-related occurred late Sunday in West Bay, located in the...

An official in Burundi says rebels kill 9 people and accuses Rwanda of backing the group

Feb. 26, 2024 11:09 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An official in Burundi says nine people have been killed in an attack by rebels opposed to his government and again accuses neighboring Rwanda of supporting the armed group. Government spokesman Jérôme Niyonzima described a “cowardly attack” by...