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Police official is shot to death in Mexico's troubled resort of Acapulco

Apr. 11, 2024 20:09 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The head of traffic police was shot to death Thursday in Mexico’s troubled Pacific coast resort of Acapulco. The city government said gunmen killed Eduardo Chávez, the head of municipal traffic police. The assailants opened fire on Chávez on a street...

A journalist. An army sergeant. An 80-year-old patient. Haitian human rights group details gang toll

Apr. 11, 2024 15:37 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A photographer slain in a drive-by shooting. An 80-year-old patient executed in a hospital surgery room. A couple decapitated as they closed their small store for the day. A new report released by a Haitian human rights group details the horrific...

Turkey seizes its third largest cocaine haul. Experts say the country is becoming a drug transit hub

Apr. 11, 2024 04:09 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish police have seized the third largest haul of cocaine in the country’s history, Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya announced Thursday, as groups monitoring organized crime warned that the country was becoming an entry point for drugs reaching Europe. Some 608...

Man pleads not guilty to terrorism charge in alleged church attack plan in support of Islamic State

Apr. 10, 2024 16:43 PM EDT

COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho. (AP) — An 18-year-old man accused of planning to attack churches in a northern Idaho city in support of the Islamic State group has pleaded not guilty to a federal terrorism charge. Alexander Mercurio appeared Wednesday in Idaho’s U.S. District Court and...

2 alleged Iraqi militants arrested in Germany, accused of keeping Yazidi girls as slaves

Apr. 10, 2024 10:49 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Two Iraqis accused of being members of the Islamic State group and keeping two young Yazidi girls as slaves as well as sexually and physically abusing them have been arrested in Germany, prosecutors said Wednesday. The man and the woman, identified only as Twana H.S....

Lebanon official urges restrictions on Syrian refugees after slaying blamed on Syrian gang

Apr. 09, 2024 11:36 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s caretaker interior minister said Tuesday that this week's slaying of a local politician by what authorities say was a gang of Syrian nationals signals the need to restrict the number of refugees entering the country from neighboring Syria. Bassam Mawlawi...

Haiti police recover hijacked cargo ship in rare victory after 5-hour shootout with gangs

Apr. 09, 2024 00:31 AM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s National Police agency says that it has recovered a hijacked cargo ship laden with rice following a gunbattle with gangs that lasted more than five hours. Two police officers were injured and an undetermined number of gang members were killed...

Retired Venezuelan general who defied Maduro gets over 21 years in US prison

Apr. 08, 2024 16:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A retired three-star Venezuelan army general who twice tried to mount coups against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was sentenced Monday to over 21 years in prison after he admitted providing weapons to drug-funded rebels. Cliver Alcalá, 62, of Caracas,...

Christiania, Copenhagen’s hippie oasis, wants to rebuild without its illegal hashish market

Apr. 06, 2024 12:06 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The now-aging hippies who took over a derelict naval base in Copenhagen more than 50 years ago and turned it into a freewheeling community known as Christiania want to boot out criminals who control the community's lucrative market for hashish by ripping up the...

At least 241 people have died in El Salvador's prisons during the 'war on gangs,' rights group says

Apr. 03, 2024 19:02 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR (AP) — At least 241 people have died in El Salvador prisons since the start of President Nayib Bukele's “war on gangs” two years ago, according to the organization Humanitarian Legal Relief. Ingrid Escobar, director of the rights organization, said they received...