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Prosecutors demand life sentences for leaders of Dutch gang

Jun. 28, 2022 10:07 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch prosecutors demanded life sentences Tuesday for five alleged gangsters accused of six murders, four attempted murders and plotting four more hits, in a long-running trial that exposed the grim reality of the Netherlands' violent criminal underworld. ...

Prosecutor: 4 police, up to 8 suspects killed in west Mexico

Jun. 23, 2022 23:32 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Four police officers were shot to death after being drawn into an ambush in western Mexico, and as many as eight suspected attackers were killed in a gunbattle with other police who rushed to the site, authorites said Thursday. Luis Joaquín Méndez, chief...

EXPLAINER: What led to priests being killed in Mexico?

Jun. 23, 2022 18:39 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two Jesuit priests and a tour guide murdered in Mexico’s Sierra Tarahumara this week are the latest in a long line of activists, reporters, travelers and local residents who have been threatened or killed by criminal gangs that dominate the region. The Revs....

Jesuit priests killed by gunmen in church in northern Mexico

Jun. 21, 2022 23:53 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two elderly Jesuit priests were killed inside a church where a man pursued by gunmen apparently sought refuge in a remote mountainous area of northern Mexico, the religious order’s Mexican branch announced Tuesday. Javier Campos Morales, 79, and Joaquín César...

Two women still hospitalized after brutal attack in China

Jun. 21, 2022 06:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Two of the four female victims remain hospitalized 11 days after a group assault in northern China that sparked nationwide outrage, authorities said Tuesday, as they announced the firing of one police official and an investigation into the handling of criminal cases by the local...

Man charged with killing bystander in Oakland gang shootout

Jun. 17, 2022 20:40 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors have filed murder charges against a 32-year-old man in connection with a January gun battle between rival gang members that killed a bystander. John Avalos was shot in the head when at least 14 people fired 200 rounds during the gunfight on Jan....

Bloody toll of Mexican criminals' fixation on exotic pets

Jun. 17, 2022 12:45 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican narcos’ fascination with exotic animals was on display this week after a spider monkey dressed up as a drug gang mascot was killed in a shootout, a 450-pound (200 kilogram) tiger wandered the streets in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit, and a man died after trying...

Costa Rica chaos a warning that ransomware threat remains

Jun. 17, 2022 07:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Teachers unable to get paychecks. Tax and customs systems paralyzed. Health officials unable to access medical records or track the spread of COVID-19. A country’s president declaring war against foreign hackers saying they want to overthrow the government. For...

UN: Haiti police need immediate help amid surge in violence

Jun. 16, 2022 19:12 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A U.N. special envoy warned Thursday that Haiti’s police force needs immediate help to fight crime and violence, noting that gangs have grown so powerful they recently seized control of a local courthouse. Helen La Lime, the top U.N. official in...

California prison lifer rearrested after mistaken release

Jun. 09, 2022 20:51 PM EDT

A man who was serving a life sentence for carjacking and armed robbery was mistakenly freed from a Northern California jail for more than 13 hours before was rearrested Thuresday afternoon, authorities said. Shaquile Lash, 28, was released from the Sacramento County Main Jail at...