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US sanctions a Venezuela gang for spreading criminal activity across Latin America

Jul. 11, 2024 18:07 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday sanctioned a Venezuelan gang allegedly behind a spree of kidnappings, extortion and other violent crimes tied to migrants that have spread across Latin America and the United States. The U.S. also offered a $12 million reward for...

Land routes across Africa are twice as deadly for migrants as Mediterranean voyages, UN estimates

Jul. 05, 2024 03:08 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations and partners say more migrants and refugees in Africa are heading northward toward the Mediterranean and Europe, crossing perilous routes in the Sahara where criminal gangs subject them to enslavement, organ removal, rape, kidnapping for ransom and other abuses. ...

Authorities find 19 bodies piled in a dump truck in a cartel-dominated area of southern Mexico

Jul. 01, 2024 22:28 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities said Monday they have found 19 bodies piled in and around a dump truck in a cartel-dominated area of southern Mexico, near the border with Guatemala. The federal public safety department said the men's bodies were found in a truck abandoned on a...

Stolen at birth, an adoptee sues Chile over thousands of similar dictatorship-era crimes

Jul. 01, 2024 19:59 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean-American raised in the United States filed a criminal complaint against the Chilean government on Monday, alleging that it engaged in a systematic plan to steal thousands of babies from perceived enemies of the state in the 1970s and 1980s. The case...

4 members of a billionaire family get prison in Switzerland for exploiting domestic workers

Jun. 21, 2024 17:21 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — An Indian-born billionaire and three family members were sentenced to prison on Friday for exploiting domestic workers at their lakeside villa in Switzerland by seizing their passports, barring them from going out and making them work up to 18 hours a day. A Swiss...

Philippine Vice President Sara Duterte resigning from posts in Marcos' Cabinet as alliance flounders

Jun. 19, 2024 21:03 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine Vice President Sara Duterte is resigning from her posts of education secretary and head of an anti-insurgency body, as her whirlwind alliance with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. unraveled over key differences, including efforts to arrest a religious leader...

As the number of displaced people surges, an 'Inflatable Refugee' in Barcelona sparks questions

Jun. 14, 2024 10:46 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Hugging his knees and clad in a bright orange life vest, the giant “Inflatable Refugee” looks vulnerable as he sits alone in a sea of empty red velvet chairs. Belgian visual artists Schellekens & Peleman, who created the figure in 2015 following the refugee crisis...

Seven charged in smuggling migrants in sweltering secret compartment with little water

Jun. 07, 2024 19:06 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) — Seven people in southern Texas have been charged after endangering nearly two dozen migrants smuggled in a secret trailer compartment during high temperatures and with little water, authorities said. One person remained hospitalized on Friday. Following a...

Andrew Tate loses appeal to relax judicial restrictions as he awaits human trafficking, rape trial

May. 30, 2024 21:42 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Andrew Tate, the divisive social media influencer awaiting trial in Romania on charges of human trafficking and rape, lost an appeal Thursday to have the court relax geographical restrictions preventing him from traveling outside the eastern European country. ...

Video appears to show Sean 'Diddy' Combs beating singer Cassie in hotel hallway in 2016

May. 18, 2024 15:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Security video aired by CNN appears to show Sean “Diddy” Combs attacking singer Cassie in a Los Angeles hotel hallway in 2016, the latest in a monthslong series of public allegations and revelations of physical and sexual violence from the hip-hop mogul. The...