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Islamic State attacks on track to double in Iraq and Syria compared to last year, US military says

Jul. 17, 2024 10:25 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. Central Command said Wednesday that the Islamic State group is trying "to reconstitute” as the number of attacks in Syria and Iraq is on track to double this year, compared to the year before. IS claimed 153 attacks in the two countries in the first six...

Interpol arrests 300 people in a global crackdown on West African crime groups across 5 continents

Jul. 17, 2024 09:13 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — In a global operation targeting West African organized crime groups across five continents, police arrested 300 people, seized $3 million and blocked 720 bank accounts, Interpol said Tuesday. Operation Jackal III, which ran from 10 April to 3 July in 21...

Prosecutors say neo-Nazi 'murder cult' leader plotted to give poison candy to Jewish kids in NYC

Jul. 16, 2024 22:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The leader of a neo-Nazi extremist group based in eastern Europe has been charged with plotting to have an associate dress up as Santa Claus and hand out poisoned candy to Jewish children in New York City to sow terror, prosecutors said Tuesday. Michail...

El Salvador has arrested 3,319 minors and sentenced almost 600 as part of anti-gang crackdown

Jul. 16, 2024 16:20 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A rights report released Tuesday says the government of El Salvador has arrested 3,319 underage suspects and sentenced 579 to prison terms during the harsh 2 1/2 year-old crackdown on street gangs. The report by Human Rights Watch says the minors...

Brazilian police launch mega-operation in Rio de Janeiro favelas to fight organized crime

Jul. 15, 2024 22:58 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian authorities launched a mega-operation in Rio de Janeiro that sent a force of nearly 2,000 military and civil officers into 10 low income neighborhoods Monday seeking to regain control of areas dominated by organized crime. The officers deployed in...

Gang used drugs, violence to commit robberies that led to four deaths, prosecutors say

Jul. 12, 2024 16:27 PM EDT

A group of gang members who trafficked drugs and guns and used dating websites to connect with people interested in hiring prostitutes were responsible for a series of robberies that led to four deaths, federal prosecutors said Friday. Dubbed the “fentanyl robbery gang,” the...

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...

Biden administration sanctions Venezuela's Tren de Aragua gang for spreading criminal activity throughout Latin America

Jul. 11, 2024 12:12 PM EDT
MIAMI (AP) — Biden administration sanctions Venezuela's Tren de Aragua gang for spreading criminal activity throughout Latin America.

MS-13 leader pleads guilty in case involving 8 murders, including deaths of 2 girls on Long Island

Jul. 10, 2024 16:30 PM EDT

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A leader of an MS-13 gang clique in New York pleaded guilty Wednesday to racketeering in a case involving eight murders, including the 2016 killings of two high school girls who were hacked and beaten as they strolled through their leafy, suburban neighborhood on Long...

Iraqi court sentences wife of slain Islamic State leader to death for crimes against Yazidi women

Jul. 10, 2024 15:30 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi court issued a death sentence against one of the wives of the late brutal Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, alleging that she was complicit in crimes committed against Yazidi women captured by the militant group, the country's judiciary announced Wednesday. ...