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Pope Denounces Terrorism, Organized Crime

Posted November 9th, 2012 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict has delivered an address before members of the world’s largest international police organization, Interpol, condemning organized crime and calling for greater international cooperation to fight it. In his speech Friday, the pope called terrorism “one of the most brutal forms of violence,” saying it “sows hate, death and a desire for revenge.” The […]

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China Sentences 4 Members of Burmese Drug Gang to Death

Posted November 6th, 2012 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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A court in southern China has sentenced four members of a Burmese drug smuggling gang to death for last year’s kidnapping and murder of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River. China’s official Xinhua news agency said Tuesday the gang leader, Naw Kham, and three of his associates were guilty of hijacking two Chinese cargo […]

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Spanish Police Break Up Major Chinese Crime Ring

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Spanish police say they have broken up a major Chinese criminal operation that illegally shipped Chinese products to Spain for distribution throughout Europe. Spanish police chief Ignacio Cosido said Wednesday authorities detained 83 suspected members of the crime syndicate in nationwide raids on homes and businesses the previous day. The suspects include 58 Chinese nationals, […]

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Spanish Police Break Up Major Chinese Crime Ring

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Spanish police say they have broken up a major Chinese criminal operation that illegally shipped Chinese products to Spain for distribution throughout Europe. Spanish police chief Ignacio Cosido said Wednesday authorities detained 83 suspected members of a crime syndicate in nationwide raids on homes and businesses the previous day. The suspects include 58 Chinese nationals, […]

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Chinese Driver Jailed in Toddler Hit-and-Run Case

Posted September 6th, 2012 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese court has given a three-and-a-half year prison sentence to the driver who struck a toddler in a hit-and-run case that prompted a public outcry. The official Xinhua news agency said Thursday that Hu Jun was convicted of involuntary homicide in the southern city of Foshan, where the girl was hit by his minibus […]

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China Gives Life in Prison to Fugitive Smuggler

Posted May 18th, 2012 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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The man once considered China’s most wanted fugitive has been sentenced to life in prison for smuggling and bribery, bringing an end to one of the country’s biggest political corruption scandals. The official Xinhua news agency said Lai Changxing was found guilty and convicted Friday in the southeastern city of Xiamen, from where he had […]

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Biden Joins Central American Leaders in Anti-Narcotics Fight

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says Washington will meet its “shared responsibility” in helping Central American combat drug trafficking that has led to soaring violent crime in the region. Biden held talks Tuesday with the leaders of seven regional countries in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa. During a joint news conference with Honduran President Porfiro Lobo […]

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China Sentences Millionaire to 15 Years in Prison on Fraud Conviction

Posted January 20th, 2012 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese millionaire repatriated from Canada last year was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison on charges of fraud. Zeng Hanlin Fled to Canada in 1999 after being charged in connection with a failed business merger. The 66-year-old fought extradition, saying that if he returned to China, he could possible be tortured or executed. […]

Vatican: 26 Pastoral Workers Killed In 2011

Posted December 31st, 2011 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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The Vatican’s news agency says more than two dozen priests, nuns and lay Catholics were killed worldwide in 2011. The Fides news agency announced Friday at least 26 people were killed in violence this year. Latin America recorded the highest murder rate for pastoral workers for a third straight year, with 13 priests and two […]

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Afghan Girl Imprisoned by In-Laws Rescued

Posted December 27th, 2011 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A 15-year-old Afghan girl locked away by her in-laws is finally able to see the light of day again. Afghan police say Pari Gul was found Monday locked in a windowless room in the basement of her husband’s house in northeastern Baghlan province. Gul told police her husband and her in-laws beat her and tortured […]

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