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Jamaica imposes state of emergency amid sharp criticism

Dec. 06, 2022 18:47 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Jamaica’s prime minister declared a widespread state of emergency Tuesday to fight a surge in gang violence on an island with one of the highest murder rates in the region. The measure applies to certain communities in the capital of Kingston as well...

Honduras suspends rights in 2 big cities amid gang crackdown

Dec. 05, 2022 19:34 PM EST

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras became the second country in Central America to impose a state of exception suspending some constitutional rights to help fight street gangs when a decree took effect Monday. The extraordinary measures target the capital Tegucigalpa and the...

El Salvador sends 10,000 police, soldiers to seal off town

Dec. 03, 2022 17:24 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The government of El Salvador sent 10,000 soldiers and police to seal off a town on the outskirts of the nation’s capital Saturday to search for gang members. The operation was one of the largest mobilizations yet in President Nayib Bukele’s...

Mayor: More than 12 killed in Haiti as gangs vie for control

Dec. 01, 2022 16:27 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — More than 12 people were slain and numerous homes set on fire in a community near Haiti’s capital as gangs fight to control more territory, a mayor told The Associated Press on Thursday. The incident occurred in the small town of Cabaret northwest of...

Head of Haiti's police academy killed at training facility

Nov. 25, 2022 21:33 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The director of Haiti’s National Police Academy was shot and killed at the doors of a police training facility in a gang-controlled neighborhood in the country’s capital of Port-au-Prince, Haitian police said Friday night. The killing of Harington...

Honduras declares state of emergency against gang crime

Nov. 25, 2022 18:29 PM EST

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras became the second country in Central America to declare a state of emergency to fight gang crimes like extortion. For years, street gangs have charged protection money from bus and taxi drivers and store owners in Honduras, as in neighboring...

El Salvador announces new anti-gang measures

Nov. 23, 2022 23:05 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The president of El Salvador announced Wednesday he will seal off sections of cities to search for street gang members, the latest phase in an increasingly tough nine-month anti-crime crackdown. President Nayib Bukele told a gathering of 14,000...

Dominican Republic expels 1,800 children to Haiti: UNICEF

Nov. 23, 2022 13:33 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Dominican authorities have expelled at least 1,800 unaccompanied Haitian migrant children this year, sending them back to their crisis-stricken country, UNICEF said. The Dominican Republic denied the claim, which came Tuesday amid the government's intensifying...

Israeli arrested in South Africa with weapons, torture van

Nov. 17, 2022 12:44 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A man reputed to be one of Israel's most wanted gang leaders was arrested during a raid of a home in a posh Johannesburg suburb where South African authorities said they also found guns, drugs, and a van equipped for torture. The 46-year-old Israeli is a member...

Haiti prime minister ousts top officials amid US sanctions

Nov. 14, 2022 08:17 AM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Prime Minister Ariel Henry has dismissed Haiti’s justice minister, interior minister and its government commissioner in a fresh round of political upheaval. Former Justice Minister Berto Dorcé first fired Government Commissioner Jacques Lafontant on...