Gang members release guards from Guatemala prison

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Ten guards taken hostage by gang members in a Guatemala prison were released early Tuesday after hours of captivity and negotiations with police. Imprisoned members of the Barrio 18 gang had seized the guards Monday in retaliation for the transfer of some of their leaders to another prison. Interior Minister Gendri […]

Congress investigates Fort Hood following soldier deaths

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Congress will launch an investigation into sexual assault, disappearances, deaths and the leadership’s response at Fort Hood after 28 soldiers stationed at the U.S. Army base in Texas died this year, two subcommittee leaders announced Tuesday. Democratic Reps. Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts and Jackie Speier of California sent a letter to […]

14 killed, 75 wounded in bomb attacks in south Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Muslim militants allied with the Islamic State group set off a powerful motorcycle explosive followed by a suicide bombing that together killed 14 people on Monday, many of them soldiers, in the worst extremist attack in the Philippines this year, military officials said. At least 75 soldiers, police and civilians were […]

Mourners gather to bid farewell to murdered Mexican reporter

TEZONAPA, Mexico (AP) — Mourners gathered Thursday at the wake of a newspaper reporter whose decapitated body was found a day earlier in an area of the Gulf coast state of Veracruz that has suffered months of organized crime violence. The newspaper El Mundo in the city of Cordoba reported Wednesday that the body of […]

Family of detained ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero seeks Belgium’s help

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A daughter of the man portrayed in the film “Hotel Rwanda” said Wednesday that his family has met with Belgian officials about contacting Paul Rusesabagina in jail after Rwandan authorities paraded him in handcuffs this week but gave no details about how he had been apprehended overseas. “They’re going to try to […]

Pakistan’s top court accepts appeal by Daniel Pearl’s family

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Monday accepted an appeal by the family of slain American journalist Daniel Pearl seeking to keep a British-born Pakistani man on death row over the beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter. The court delayed until next week hearing the appeal over the lower-court acquittal of Ahmed Omar […]

Group: 1 million people displaced in Burkina Faso

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Norwegian Refugee Council said Tuesday that a record one million people are displaced by violence in Burkina Faso amid the COVID-19 outbreak, saying it results “in some of the worst crimes including murders, kidnappings and bombings perpetrated against civilians, many of whom are children.” The Oslo-based humanitarian group that helps […]

UK Supreme Court lifts info share block on IS ‘Beatles’ case

LONDON (AP) — British authorities can share information with U.S. prosecutors about two members of a suspected Islamic State militant cell in Syria known as “The Beatles,” after a U.K. Supreme Court ruling that may lead to the men being tried in America. The decision released Wednesday comes a week after U.S. Attorney General William […]

Feds bring terrorism charges in latest MS-13 gang crackdown

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities announced terrorism charges Wednesday against a leader of MS-13, continuing a nationwide crackdown against a notorious street gang that President Donald Trump described as “vile and evil.” An indictment unsealed in Virginia against Melgar Diaz marked the first time the Justice Department has brought terrorism charges against a member […]

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