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Mexico gang leader sentenced to 60 years in prison

Jan. 15, 2022 11:34 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The leader of a crime gang notorious for siphoning gasoline from government fuel ducts has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for kidnapping, according to authorities in the central Mexico state of Guanajuato. José Antonio Yépez Ortiz had been one of Mexico's...

Ex-Mexican prosecutor so corrupt he betrayed drug cartel

Jan. 14, 2022 18:57 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A former Mexican state prosecutor was so corrupt even the crooks who paid him off couldn’t trust him, according to a report released this week by the Mexican government’s Interior Department. The department's National Search Commission issued the report as...

Report: Dozens of El Salvador journalists, activists hacked

Jan. 14, 2022 10:53 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Dozens of journalists and human rights defenders in El Salvador had their cellphones repeatedly hacked with sophisticated spyware over the past year and a half, an internet watchdog said Wednesday. Reporting on its latest findings about use of the Israeli firm...

Court decision deals blow to Boston police gang database

Jan. 12, 2022 16:57 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has dealt a blow to the Boston Police Department’s controversial gang database. A panel of judges for the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled Monday in favor of Cristian Joshue Diaz Ortiz, a Salvadoran national who maintains...

Haiti honors victims of massive earthquake 12 years later

Jan. 12, 2022 15:10 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Flags at half-mast flapped in the wind Wednesday as Haiti honored the estimated 316,000 people who died in a devastating earthquake that hit 12 years ago. Prime Minister Ariel Henry and other government officials clad in black suits visited the monument...

Macron talks up security in French conservative stronghold

Jan. 10, 2022 11:40 AM EST

NICE, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron traveled to his country's Mediterranean coast on Monday to talk about internal security, making a pit stop in the city where an extremist drove a cargo truck into a Bastille Day crowd in 2016, killing 86 people and injuring hundreds. ...

Mexican governor denies drug links after photo with capos

Jan. 05, 2022 15:51 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The governor of Mexico’s Morelos state has denied any links to drug traffickers after a 3-year-old photo surfaced showing him posing with three men identified as local drug gang leaders. Former Mexican national soccer team star Cuauhtemoc Blanco won the...

Haiti PM flees under gunfire as Haiti rings in new year

Jan. 03, 2022 12:55 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti welcomed the new year with violence as Prime Minister Ariel Henry fled the northern city of Gonaïves following a shootout between his security forces and an armed group that had warned the leader not to set foot in the city. Local media reported...

Omaha reports 32 homicides in 2021, down from 37 in 2020

Jan. 02, 2022 13:47 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The number of homicides reported in Omaha declined to 32 in 2021, but that remained higher than the four years before killings spiked in 2020. Omaha police said the number of homicides in Nebraska's largest city declined about 14% from 2020's 37. Omaha Police...

El Salvador congress votes to strip politician of immunity

Dec. 15, 2021 19:32 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's congress voted Wednesday to strip a politician accused of making a deal with the country's powerful street gangs of the legislative immunity that had prevented his prosecution. Sixty-six of the Legislative Assembly's 84 lawmakers voted...