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Mexican police arrest members of drug gang behind the alleged killing of 8 people in Cancun

Feb. 12, 2024 15:42 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors said Monday they have arrested six members of a drug gang in the Mexican resort of Cancun that allegedly killed and hacked up five people with a machete, and dumped three other victims in a shallow grave. The gang, which prosecutors say also engaged...

Haiti's rum industry takes a hit as gangs torch sugarcane fields

Feb. 12, 2024 12:32 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Haiti’s renowned rum has become the newest victim of violent gangs vying to control a growing number of businesses and territory in the troubled Caribbean nation. At least eight hectares (19.8 acres) of sugarcane fields were torched in recent days as...

2 Afghans who were detained at Guantanamo Bay for 14 years have been released, the Taliban say

Feb. 11, 2024 11:12 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Two Afghan prisoners who were held in U.S. custody for at least 14 years at the Guantanamo Bay detention center after 2002 were released from house arrest in Oman, a Taliban spokesman said Sunday. Abdul Zahir Saber and Abdul Karim were released as a result of the...

How a grieving mother tried to 'build a bridge' with the militant convicted in her son's murder

Feb. 08, 2024 00:11 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After hours of talking about faith and family, redemption and war, the grieving American mother had an additional question for the Islamic militant convicted in her son's murder. Do you know, Diane Foley asked, where my son is buried? The exchange...

3 people killed in alleged extremist attack at Turkey's largest courthouse

Feb. 06, 2024 11:58 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Two people attacked Turkey's largest courthouse before being shot dead Tuesday in an exchange of fire that also left one other person dead and five wounded. Authorities alleged the assailants were part of an extremist organization that had been largely inactive in recent years. ...

4 bus and taxi drivers shot to death in violent southern Mexico city

Feb. 05, 2024 17:12 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Four bus and taxi drivers were killed Monday following apparently coordinated attacks by gunmen in the city of Chilpancingo, the capital of the southern Pacific coast state of Guerrero. Drug gangs battling for control in the state have long been known to kill...

US-backed Syrian fighters liberate Yazidi woman who was raped and forced to marry extremists

Feb. 05, 2024 14:31 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria have liberated a Yazidi woman who had been held for a decade by the Islamic State group, where she was raped and forced to marry extremists, the Syrian Democratic Forces said Monday. The 24-year-old woman along with her son and...

Mexican police hit the beaches after killings in Acapulco, as cartels recruit youths on social media

Feb. 03, 2024 13:23 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tourists have barely started trickling back into the Mexican resort of Acapulco after deadly storm damage last year, but the gangland killings on the beaches have already returned. Late Friday, the government of the Pacific coast state of Guerrero said it was...

Prison gang leader in Mississippi gets 20 years for racketeering conspiracy

Feb. 01, 2024 19:37 PM EST

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A leader of a nationwide prison gang operating in the Mississippi prisons was sentenced Thursday to 20 years behind bars for a racketeering conspiracy conviction, federal prosecutors announced. Allen Posey, 49, of Hazlehurst, Mississippi, oversaw the criminal...

The Islamic State group claims responsibility for the Istanbul church attack that killed one person

Jan. 29, 2024 13:37 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a Roman Catholic church in Istanbul during a Sunday Mass that killed one person. The extremist group said in a statement late Sunday on Aamaq, the group's media arm, that it “attacked a gathering...