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Failed raid against El Chapo's son leaves 8 dead in Mexico

Oct. 18, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — Mexican security forces aborted an attempt to capture a son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman after finding themselves outgunned in a ferocious shootout with cartel henchmen that left at least eight people dead and more than 20 wounded, authorities said Friday. The...

Brother of Honduran president convicted of drug conspiracy

Oct. 18, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The brother of the Honduran president was convicted Friday in a massive drug conspiracy case in New York City after prosecutors said he relied on "state sponsored drug trafficking" enabled by the Central American leader. Juan Antonio "Tony" Hernández, 41, a former Honduran congressman,...

The Latest: Mexico says 8 died in Culiacan cartel clash

Oct. 18, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — The Latest on violence in northern Mexico after an attempt to capture drug trafficker's son (all times local): 9:10 a.m. Mexican officials say eight people were killed in gunbattles in the Sinaloa state capital of Culiacan in what is being described as a failed operation to detain...

Gunbattles rattle Mexican city after troops find Chapo's son

Oct. 18, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — An intense gunfight with heavy weapons and burning vehicles blocking roads paralyzed the capital of Mexico's Sinaloa state Thursday after security forces located one of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's sons who is wanted in the U.S. on drug trafficking charges. Mexican security...

Closings in US drug trial of Honduran president's brother

Oct. 16, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The brother of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez created "state-sponsored" drug trafficking by corrupting the country's politics to protect drug dealers, a prosecutor told a jury during closing arguments Wednesday at a drug trial. Assistant U.S. Attorney Emil Bove in New York made...

Honduran cartel figure testifies he bribed presidents

Oct. 11, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The former boss of Honduras' Los Cachiros cartel testified Friday that he paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to the current and former presidents of Honduras in exchange for protection from extradition to the United States and other favors. Devis Leonel Rivera Maradiaga said in...

Amnesty International urges Malaysia to end death penalty

Oct. 10, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Amnesty International urged Malaysia's government on Thursday to keep its promise to abolish the death penalty, saying unfair trials and the use of harsh treatment to obtain confessions put people at risk of execution. The rights group released details of nearly two years of...

Thai court sentences Taiwanese to life for smuggling heroin

Oct. 9, 2019 5:58 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Wednesday commuted a Taiwanese man's sentence for smuggling heroin to life imprisonment after sentencing him to death. A Bangkok Criminal Court official confirmed Thai media reports that 38-year-old Chen Kuan Lin had been arrested while trying to smuggle 5.6 kilograms...

Ex-Colombia president questioned on witness tampering

Oct. 8, 2019 11:24 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Powerful former President Alvaro Uribe appeared before Colombia's Supreme Court on Tuesday for questioning in a case involving alleged witness tampering that could potentially cast a dark shadow over is legacy. A magistrate queried Uribe behind closed doors for over seven hours...

Trafficker: Honduran president sought money for campaign

Oct. 8, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Honduran former drug trafficker and mayor testified Tuesday that Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández wanted thousands of dollars in bribes from him for his re-election campaign in 2017. On the witness stand on the fifth day of the drug trial against Hernández's brother...