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Romanian guru suspected of running international sex sect handed preliminary charges with 14 others

Dec. 02, 2023 12:53 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A 71-year-old Romanian yoga guru and 14 others were handed preliminary charges by a Paris magistrate on a raft of counts linked to an international ring that for years allegedly subjected followers seeking enlightenment to sexual exploitation. The Paris prosecutor’s...

Inmate who stabbed Derek Chauvin 22 times is charged with attempted murder, prosecutors say

Dec. 01, 2023 20:43 PM EST

Derek Chauvin was stabbed in prison 22 times by a former gang leader and one-time FBI informant who told investigators he targeted the ex-Minneapolis police officer because of his notoriety for killing George Floyd, federal prosecutors said Friday. John Turscak was charged with...

Detainees in El Salvador's gang crackdown cite abuse during months in jail

Dec. 01, 2023 00:02 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The day he was arrested, Luis was in a government office trying to get a document attesting to his clean criminal history so he could apply for a call center job. “What I wanted at that time was something better for my life,” said the 23-year-old, who was...

Trucking boss gets 7 years for role in 2019 smuggling that led to deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants

Nov. 30, 2023 14:55 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A trucking company boss who claimed he thought he was smuggling booze into Britain was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison for his role in a human trafficking ring in which 39 Vietnamese migrants suffocated in a cargo container in 2019. Caolan Gormley was the...

Teenage suspects accused of plotting to blow up a small truck at a German Christmas market

Nov. 30, 2023 05:56 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A 15-year-old boy and an alleged accomplice are accused of plotting to blow up a small truck at a Christmas market in western Germany in an attack modeled on the methods of the Islamic State group, prosecutors said Thursday. The teenager was detained Tuesday in...

Rapper Young Thug's trial on racketeering conspiracy and gang charges begins in Atlanta

Nov. 28, 2023 16:39 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Young Thug is the ruthless leader of a violent street gang that terrorized Atlanta neighborhoods or he's an inspiring success who pulled himself out of poverty to rap stardom through hard work and determination. Those are the competing narratives presented to the jury as the...

UN warns that gang violence is overwhelming Haiti's once peaceful central region

Nov. 28, 2023 12:19 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Gangs are invading Haiti’s rural central region, suffocating a once peaceful area that served as the country’s food basket but that is now plagued by kidnappings, killings and rapes, according to a U.N. report released Tuesday. Only a handful of...

Greek police arrest 6 alleged migrant traffickers and are looking for 7 others from the same gang

Nov. 26, 2023 14:58 PM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek police have arrested six people who they say are members of a large human trafficking gang that violently extorted money from migrants to assist them in crossing into neighboring Albania and travel to European Union countries to the north. The six...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Nov. 24, 2023 13:52 PM EST

Brunswick News. November 18, 2023. Editorial: Federal, state, local collaborations crucial to fighting crime A federal life sentence given this week to a man already in state prison for murder is the product of something we hope to see more of in the future —...

Mexico's arrest of cartel security boss who attacked army families' complex was likely personal

Nov. 24, 2023 11:34 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. government thanked Mexico for arresting a hyper violent alleged Sinaloa cartel security chief, but according to details released Friday, the detention may have been highly personal for the Mexican army. Defense Secretary Luis Cresencio Sandoval said...