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DNA Links Argentine Tour Guide to French Murders

Posted August 16th, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Argentina say DNA evidence has linked a 24-year-old Argentine tour guide to the recent murder of two French tourists. A spokesman from the prosecutor’s office in the province of Salta Tuesday said DNA taken from the body of 24-year-old Moumni Houria matches that of suspect Gustavo Lasi. He is one of eight suspects […]

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Nigeria Extradites Scam Suspect To US

Posted August 12th, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Nigeria has extradited a man to the United States for his alleged role in a multi-nation scam that defrauded law firms of more than 30 million dollars. Nigerian officials said Friday the suspect, Emmanuel Ekhator, who is Nigerian, was handed over to U.S. officials earlier this week and charged in the eastern U.S. state of […]

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Mexico Homicides Up Sharply in 2010

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Mexico’s statistics institute says the number of homicides in the country climbed by nearly 25 percent last year as the nation’s drug war intensified. The National Institute of Statistics and Geography said in a new report that it recorded 24,374 homicides over the course of last year, compared with 19,803 two years ago. The statisticians […]

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Bodies Found in Hidden Grave in Mexico

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Mexico say at least 15 bodies have been found in a hidden grave in the northern part of the country. Officials Wednesday said the grave is located in a town near the industrial city of Monterrey, which is the capital of the state of Nuevo Leon. Monterrey has been the scene of deadly […]

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Mexico Police Reporter Found Dead

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A newspaper reporter who covered police stories in Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Veracruz has been found dead. Authorities say the body of Yolanda Ordaz de la Cruz, a reporter for Notiver newspaper, was discovered Tuesday behind the offices of another paper, and that a note had been left beside her remains. Ordaz de la […]

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US Announces Plan to Combat Global Organized Crime

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The Obama administration has announced a new plan to crack down on international organized crime groups. An executive order authorizes new sanctions against criminal cartels in Mexico, Japan, Italy and eastern Europe. The sanctions target Mexico’s violent Los Zetas drug gang; Japan’s Yakuza, which comprises the major Japanese organized crime syndicates; the Camorra, an Italy-based […]

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New Sanctions Against Global Organized Crime

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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President Barack Obama on Monday announced new sanctions against four of the world’s largest criminal organizations. The organizations targeted are Italy’s Camorra, the Japanese Yakuza, the Los Zetas from Mexico and the Brother’s Circle, based in the former Soviet Union. The executive order freezes all property belonging to the groups in the U.S., and bars […]

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Burma Refugee Admits War Crimes Past

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Australia’s government says police will investigate claims by a Burmese refugee living in the country that he murdered dozens of political dissidents in Burma. Htoo Htoo Han told Australian media that he executed 24 people and had an indirect involvement in about 100 other murders before coming to Australia as a refugee in 1996. He […]

Italian Police Seize Cocaine, Make Arrests in Drug Bust

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Italian authorities have seized hundreds of kilograms of cocaine in a crackdown on international drug trafficking, linked to a southern Italian crime organization. Police said Thursday they arrested about 10 suspected members of the crime syndicate ‘Ndrangheta in various locations across Italy. Police allege that the notorious clan, based in the southern Calabria region, has […]

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Mexican Military Rescues 20 Hostages

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 7:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Mexico say the military has rescued 20 people who were being held for ransom in a house in the northern city of Monterrey. Officials Sunday said the men were found with their hands and feet tied, and were being held for ransoms ranging from nearly $2,000 to about $4,300. Monterrey has been the […]

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