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EXPLAINER: What are Colombia's ex-FARC splinter groups?

Dec. 01, 2021 00:07 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Biden administration revoked the terrorist designation of Colombia’s former FARC guerrilla army on Tuesday, five years after the rebel group signed a peace deal with the government. However, it imposed the same designation on two splinter groups that are still...

Leftist wins Honduran presidential vote after rival concedes

Nov. 30, 2021 23:03 PM EST

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras' ruling party conceded defeat Tuesday in presidential elections held two days earlier, giving victory to leftist opposition candidate Xiomara Castro and easing fears of another contested vote and violent protests. Tegucigalpa Mayor...

Honduras leftist leader could present opportunities for US

Nov. 30, 2021 11:54 AM EST

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — If Xiomara Castro’s wide lead in Honduras’ presidential election holds, her leftist government could present challenges, but also opportunities for a Biden administration that has struggled with how to work on the country’s problems while keeping current...

Syria seizes amphetamine-based drugs headed for Saudi Arabia

Nov. 30, 2021 09:20 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian authorities said Tuesday they seized over 500 kilograms (1,000 pounds) of amphetamine pills known by the brand name Captagon hidden in pasta packages in a van bound for Saudi Arabia. An investigation was underway to determine who was...

German police smash cocaine ring accused of smuggling tons

Nov. 30, 2021 07:49 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German investigators said 14 suspects were arrested Tuesday in an investigation of a gang accused of bringing nearly five metric tons (5.5 U.S. tons) of cocaine from South America to Germany. The investigation was triggered by the seizure in a shipping...

3 N. Carolina prison officers resign after inmate overdose

Nov. 24, 2021 17:29 PM EST

WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A state agency has initiated an investigation after an inmate at a North Carolina correctional institute died of a suspected overdose amid allegations that officers smuggled drugs into the facility. Authorities said Tabor Correctional...

Guard pleads guilty to sneaking drugs into Alaska prison

Nov. 23, 2021 19:08 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska correctional officer has pleaded guilty to charges she helped smuggle drugs and cell phones that had been dropped into her yard to a prison inmate convicted of two counts of murder, authorities said Tuesday. Angela Lincoln, 43, was...

Trucker arrested in record-breaking drug seizure at border

Nov. 22, 2021 18:29 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A trucker from Mexico was arrested after trying to smuggle record-breaking amounts of methamphetamine and fentanyl into the U.S., federal prosecutors said. More than 17,500 pounds (7,930 kilograms) of meth and 389 pounds (176 kilograms) of fentanyl...

Lawyer: Czech model freed in Pakistan following acquittal

Nov. 20, 2021 14:57 PM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Czech model sentenced in 2019 to eight years in prison on charges of attempting to smuggle heroin from Pakistan to the United Arab Emirates was released on Saturday from prison following her acquittal earlier this month, her lawyer said. Late...

Man gets probation for smuggling pot across US-Canada border

Nov. 20, 2021 11:12 AM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man who authorities say participated in a scheme that illegally moved hundreds of pounds of marijuana from Canada into the U.S. by using snowmobiles to haul it across a frozen border lake has been sentenced to probation, federal prosecutors said. ...