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R. Kelly's Chicago trial on federal sex charges set Aug. 1

Oct. 20, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered R&B superstar R. Kelly to stand trial in Chicago on child pornography and obstruction of justice charges next year after the scheduled sentencing for his conviction in an earlier sex trafficking trial in New York. ...

Spanish court rules to extradite Venezuela spy chief to US

Oct. 20, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court on Wednesday ordered the extradition of a former Venezuelan spy chief to the United States where he is wanted on charges of drug trafficking and belonging to a terror organization. Retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who for more than a decade...

Germany sees more patrols on Polish border to curb migration

Oct. 20, 2021 06:59 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security official on Wednesday proposed introducing joint German-Polish patrols on the two countries' border to help clamp down on illegal crossings into Germany by migrants arriving from Belarus, but said no one has any intention of closing the frontier. ...

Former teacher sentenced on sex abuse, trafficking charges

Oct. 19, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former New Hampshire high school teacher who pleaded guilty to human trafficking and manufacturing child sex abuse images was sentenced to prison on Tuesday. Joshua Harwood, 38, of Manchester, pleaded guilty to the charges last month. ...

Dutch prosecutors place Eritrean on most wanted list

Oct. 19, 2021 09:25 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch authorities placed an Eritrean on the Netherlands' most-wanted list Tuesday, as they seek to prosecute him for his alleged involvement in large-scale human trafficking, abuse of migrants trying to reach Europe and extortion. The Dutch...

Ecuador's president decrees state of emergency over crime

Oct. 18, 2021 23:04 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — President Guillermo Lasso decreed a state of emergency Monday to confront drug trafficking and other crimes in Ecuador, saying the military and police will take to the streets to provide security. In a national broadcast, the president said that...

Judge agrees to delay in sentencing for Gaetz friend

Oct. 18, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday agreed to push back until next year the sentencing for U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz's friend who pleaded guilty earlier this year to sex trafficking and other charges. U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell said sentencing for Joel...

Pair indicted in hostage-taking death of San Diego teen

Oct. 18, 2021 16:09 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two Mexican nationals have been indicted on drug-trafficking and hostage-taking charges in connection with the killing of a San Diego teenager in Mexico. Prosecutors say the 19-year-old victim, identified in court papers only by his initials, stole...

Rhode Island man pleads guilty to drug trafficking charges

Oct. 18, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Providence man who tried to sell a large amount of fentanyl and heroin while under surveillance by law enforcement pleaded guilty Monday to drug trafficking charges, federal prosecutors said. Josimar Delacruz-Reyes, 31, was under investigation...

More than 5 tons of cocaine seized in Atlantic operation

Oct. 18, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — An international police operation has seized 5.2 metric tons (5.73 short tons) of cocaine with a street value estimated at around 200 million euros ($232 million) on a yacht in the Atlantic Ocean, authorities said Monday. Portuguese police said...