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FILE - In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019, file courtroom drawing, defendant Keith Raniere, center, leader of the secretive group NXIVM, is seated between his attorneys Paul DerOhannesian, left, and Marc Agnifilo during the first day of his sex trafficking trial. Raniere, a self-improvement guru whose organization NXIVM attracted millionaires and actresses among its adherents, faces sentencing Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, on convictions that he turned some female followers into sex slaves branded with his initials. (Elizabeth Williams via AP, File)

NXIVM guru gets 120 years in prison in sex-slaves case

Oct. 27, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Disgraced self-improvement guru Keith Raniere, whose NXIVM followers included millionaires and Hollywood actors, was sentenced to 120 years on Tuesday for turning some adherents into sex slaves branded with his initials. U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis called Raniere “ruthless...

Judge throws out extortion charges against megachurch leader

Oct. 22, 2020 3:17 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Citing insufficient evidence, a judge on Wednesday threw out extortion charges against the leader of a Mexican megachurch but left in place accusations of child rape and human trafficking. The California attorney general's office failed to show that Naasón Joaquín García,...

10 arrested in North Macedonia migrant smuggling bust

Oct. 15, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Ten men were arrested in North Macedonia on Thursday, accused of running a smuggling ring that brought in migrants from neighboring Greece. The Macedonian nationals, including a father and son who police say were the ringleaders, allegedly brought at least 100 migrants from...

Libya says human trafficker sanctioned by UN arrested

Oct. 15, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan security forces said they have arrested one of the country’s most wanted human traffickers in the capital, Tripoli, more than two years after the United Nations’ Security Council imposed sanctions against him. The arrest of Abdel-Rahman Milad, who also commanded a Coast...

1 dead, 9 injured as migrant car crashes in northern Greece

Oct. 9, 2020 8:29 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A car involved in suspected migrant trafficking has crashed in northern Greece leaving the driver dead and all nine passengers injured, police said Friday. Police said the driver in Thursday evening's crash was believed to be from Pakistan and was suspected of working for a...

4 Rohingya refugees killed in factional clash in Bangladesh

Oct. 7, 2020 4:20 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — At least four people died late Tuesday when members of two criminal factions attacked each other in a sprawling camp for Rohingya refugees, Bangladesh police said. Twenty other refugees were injured as the two groups opened fire with locally made guns and used sharp weapons at...

FILE - In this May 14, 2020, file photo, a person carries a sign supporting QAnon at a protest rally in Olympia, Wash. Facebook said Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, that it will remove Facebook pages, groups and Instagram accounts for “representing QAnon.” (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Facebook says it will ban groups that openly support QAnon

Oct. 6, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Facebook said it will ban groups that openly support QAnon, the baseless conspiracy theory that paints President Donald Trump as a secret warrior against a supposed child-trafficking ring run by celebrities and “deep state” government officials. The company said...

North Macedonia: 5 migrant smuggling suspects arrested

Oct. 6, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Five men have been arrested in North Macedonia, accused of running a smuggling ring that brought migrants from neighboring Greece. The five Macedonian nationals, including two brothers, are accused of smuggling at least 100 migrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and...

UN authorizes inspection of vessels for migrants from Libya

Oct. 2, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Friday authorizing member nations to inspect vessels on the high seas off the coast of Libya suspected of smuggling migrants or engaging in human trafficking from the north African nation for another year. The German-sponsored...

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2018, file photo, a protesters holds a Q sign waits in line with others to enter a campaign rally with President Donald Trump in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.   Facebook and Twitter promised to stop encouraging the growth of the baseless conspiracy theory QAnon, which fashions President Donald Trump as a secret warrior against a supposed child-trafficking ring run by celebrities and government officials. But the social media companies haven’t succeeded at even that limited goal, a review by The Associated Press found.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Facebook, Twitter flounder in QAnon crackdown

Oct. 1, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Facebook and Twitter promised to stop encouraging the growth of the baseless conspiracy theory QAnon, which fashions President Donald Trump as a secret warrior against a supposed child-trafficking ring run by celebrities and government officials, after it reached an audience of millions on...