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Drug gang kills 20 in attack on city hall in southern Mexico

Oct. 06, 2022 10:14 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A drug gang shot to death 20 people, including a mayor and his father, in the mountains of southern Mexico, officials said Thursday. A video posted on social media showed men who identified themselves as the Tequileros gang claiming responsibility for the mass...

Haiti at breaking point as economy tanks and violence soars

Oct. 04, 2022 15:09 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Daily life in Haiti began to spin out of control last month just hours after Prime Minister Ariel Henry said fuel subsidies would be eliminated, causing prices to double. Gunshots rang out as protesters blocked roads with iron gates and mango trees....

In El Salvador, army surrounds town to root out gang

Oct. 02, 2022 18:09 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — More than 2,000 soldiers and police surrounded and closed off a town in El Salvador Sunday in order to search for street gang members accused in a killing. The large-scale encirclement of the town of Comasagua is the latest example of heavy-handed...

Former Chinese deputy police minister sentenced for graft

Sep. 23, 2022 05:54 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A former deputy police minister who was accused of leading a crime gang of government officials was given a death sentence with a two-year reprieve Friday on charges of manipulating the stock market, taking bribes and other offenses, in a case that involved at least two former...

Police in Haiti blame gang members for slaying of 3 officers

Sep. 15, 2022 20:16 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s National Police said it is investigating the recent slaying of three officers that it blamed on gang members. The agency said a gang called “Ti Makak,” which means Little Macaques, killed the officers Tuesday in Laboule, a largely gated...

Swedish voters boost anti-immigration party amid high crime

Sep. 12, 2022 09:09 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A populist anti-immigration party has surged to become Sweden's second-largest political force after a national election dominated by fears of gang violence, which has given the once-safe Scandinavian country one of Europe's highest levels of gun violence. Overall,...

Swedish conservatives close to election win amid crime fears

Sep. 11, 2022 20:09 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Near final results in Sweden's election Sunday show that a bloc of right-wing parties was expected to defeat a left-wing bloc headed by Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson. The conservative group includes a populist anti-immigration party that made its best ever showing. ...

Sweden holds election amid concerns over energy bills, crime

Sep. 09, 2022 07:33 AM EDT

MALMO, Sweden (AP) — With election day in Sweden approaching, Joakim Sandell, the leader of the Social Democratic Party in the city of Malmo, pulled on a jacket with his party’s rose emblem and headed out to ring doorbells and urge people to vote. Many people in the Mollevangen...

Swedish leader tackles crime, energy fears on campaign trail

Sep. 04, 2022 11:58 AM EDT

NORRTALJE, Sweden (AP) — Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson on Sunday was on the campaign trail a week before Sweden's national election to tackle fears over gang violence and rising electricity bills. Andersson traveled by bus to communities near Stockholm to try to reassure...

Protests in India against release of 11 convicted rapists

Aug. 27, 2022 10:24 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Hundreds of people on Saturday held demonstrations in several parts of India to protest a recent government decision to free 11 men who had been jailed for life for gang raping a Muslim woman during India’s devastating 2002 religious riots. The protesters in the...