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An officer investigates the scene of a shooting in Chicago on Sunday, July 5, 2020. At least a dozen people, including a 7-year-old girl at a family party and a teenage boy, were killed in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend, police said. Scores of people were shot and wounded. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Chicago's holiday weekend ends with 17 dead, 70 wounded

Jul. 6, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — One of Chicago's bloodiest holiday weekends in memory ended with 17 people fatally shot, including a 7-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, and 70 more wounded, despite a concerted effort to quell the violence with an additional 1,200 police officers on the streets. The violence was far...

Policemen stand guard after a gang of criminals ambushed and fired on police who had come to arrest them in Kanpur, India, Friday, July 3, 2020. The criminals blocked a road with excavators and fired on the police officers from rooftops, said Awanish Awasthi, an Uttar Pradesh state government spokesman. Five officers were injured and the assailants fled before police reinforcements could reach the area, Awasthi said. (AP Photo)

Crime gang accused of killing 8 police in northern India

Jul. 3, 2020 5:52 AM EDT

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — A gang of criminals ambushed and fired on police who had come to arrest them in a northern Indian village early Friday, killing eight of the officers, a government official said. The criminals blocked a road with excavators and fired on the police officers from rooftops, said Awanish...

FILE - In this April 26, 2016 file photo, family members and supporters of 43 missing teachers college students carry pictures of the students as they march to demand the case not be closed and that experts' recommendations about new leads be followed, in Mexico City. Nearly six years after 43 students disappeared in Mexico’s southern Guerrero state, Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero said Tuesday, June 30, 2020 that prosecutors had requested 46 arrest warrants for various municipal level public servants in the state in relation to the case. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

New arrest warrants issued in case of Mexico's missing 43

Jun. 30, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nearly six years after 43 students disappeared in Mexico’s southern Guerrero state, Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero said Tuesday that prosecutors had requested 46 arrest warrants for municipal officials in the state in relation to the case. The warrants are based on forced...

A police vehicle arrives to the place where an abandoned vehicle that is believed to have been used by gunmen in an attack against the chief of police was found, in Mexico City, Friday, June 26, 2020. Heavily armed gunmen attacked and wounded Omar Garcia Harfuch in a brazen operation that left an unspecified number of dead, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said Friday. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Brazen ambush of Mexico police chief leaves few options

Jun. 27, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The dramatic assassination attempt on Mexico City’s police chief was just the latest and clearest sign that Mexico’s powerful criminal element is bringing the violence it has unleashed on the general population directly to President Andrés Manuel López...

Overnight gun violence wounds 11, kills 1 in Philadelphia

Jun. 12, 2020 9:14 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Several episodes of gunfire overnight in Philadelphia left a total of 11 people wounded and at least one person dead, police said Friday, calling the spate of violence a major concern. At least one of the instances of violence may be gang-related, police said. A group of men jumped out...

Man sentenced on gun charge in park shooting that wounded 4

Jun. 10, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge sentenced a man to more than three years in prison for firearms charges stemming from a 2018 shooting in a park that left him, another man and two children wounded. Keveante Smoot, 28, of Columbus, appeared in U.S. District Court on Tuesday. Last month, Smoot pleaded guilty to...

FILE - In this Monday, June 1, 2020 file photo, protesters gather at a memorial for George Floyd where he died outside Cup Foods on East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. The deaths of Floyd and other black men at the hands of Minneapolis police have exacerbated the corrosive relationship between people of color and a criminal justice system they feel is stacked against them. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

In Minneapolis, rage over George Floyd extends beyond cops

Jun. 8, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — To truly understand the rage people in this city felt as they watched a video of George Floyd begging, gasping and slowly succumbing beneath the weight of a police officer’s knee, it’s necessary to step back in time. Seven years before Floyd’s cheek was smashed...

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador waves to supporters in Lazaro Cardenas, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, Monday, June 1, 2020. Amid a pandemic and the remnants of a tropical storm, President Lopez Obrador kicked off Mexico's return to a

Weekend of violence lashes Mexico, sparks dispute

Jun. 8, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — After a weekend of drug-gang killings left almost three dozen people dead in the industrial state of Guanajuato, as well as confrontations along the border, Mexico’s president cited it Monday as an example of “neoliberal polices that have been a resounding...

Mexico nabs gang chief allegedly behind US journalist attack

May. 29, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in northern Mexico said Friday they arrested a gang leader allegedly involved in as many as 50 killings and an attack on a U.S. journalist. Prosecutors in Chihuahua state identified the suspect only by his given names, Omar Alfredo, alias “El Fredy,” in keeping...

In this May 2, 2020, photo, Danny, a senior member of the Hard Livings gang, helps distribute food with rival gang members in Manenberg neighborhood in Cape Town, South Africa. The gangs are working together, under the direction of a preacher, to deliver bread, flour and vegetables to poor families who are struggling during South Africa's coronavirus lockdown. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

Gangs deliver food in poor Cape Town area amid lockdown

May. 18, 2020 9:32 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Preston’s new face mask is emblazoned with the stars and stripes of the U.S. flag. While protecting him from the coronavirus, it would normally also put him in danger in Manenberg, one of a number of violent and poor neighborhoods on the outskirts of Cape Town known as...