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Top News: Crime

The rape case that shadowed Polanski

Paris - Four decades on, award-winning film director Roman Polanski is still dogged by the greatest stain on his reputation: the rape of a 13-year-old girl.

Thai court muzzles media as trafficking defence begins

Bangkok - Dozens of people including a general arrested in Thailand's crackdown on human trafficking appeared in court on Tuesday to begin presenting their defence but journalists were barred from reporting trial proceedings.

12 bodies found in Mexican tourist town: officials

Guadalajara - A dozen bodies -- including seven that were headless and mutilated -- were discovered over the weekend in western Mexico's seaside resort of Manzanillo, apparent victims of the country's epidemic of drug violence, local officials said.

Gambia's Barrow names VP, could go after Jammeh plunder

Banjul - Gambian President Adama Barrow's team announced Monday his vice-president would be a woman who has vowed to prosecute former leader Yahya Jammeh and take back assets she says were stolen from the nation.

Police use shipping containers to separate Brazil prison gangs

Natal - Brazilian police used shipping containers on Saturday to try to separate rival gangs in a prison where clashes a week ago left at least 26 people dead.

Seven held over $72 mn Amsterdam diamond heist from 2005

Den Haag - Seven people have been arrested over the robbery of $72 million (67 million euros) in jewellery, one the world's biggest ever heists, from Amsterdam's airport nearly 12 years ago, authorities said Saturday.

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' pleads not guilty in US

New York - Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of the world's most notorious criminals, pleaded not guilty in a US court Friday to a raft of firearms, drug trafficking and conspiracy charges that could see him jailed for life.

$70K worth of cocaine found in Jamaican beef patties at JFK

New York - On Thursday, Officials at JFK airport in NYC said customs agents found four pounds of cocaine hidden in a box of Jamaican beef patties. belonging to a Jamaican woman.

Mexico court dismisses Chapo extradition appeals

Mexico - Mexico's Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed appeals by jailed drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman against his extradition to the United States, a court source said.

British ex-war correspondent on trial in Bali for hashish

Denpasar - A British former war correspondent and an Australian businessman went on trial Thursday on the Indonesian resort island of Bali accused of using hashish.

Guatemala leader's son and brother arrested on corruption charges

Guatemala City - A son and a brother of Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales were arrested Wednesday on corruption charges over suspected fraud in a state food contract, officials said.

Families of Pakistan missing bloggers deny blasphemy charges

Islamabad - The families of two missing Pakistani bloggers claimed their loved ones were innocent on Wednesday after a virulent social media campaign painted the activists as blasphemers deserving execution under the country's draconian laws.

Philippine police kidnapped and murdered S. Korean businessman

Manila - Philippine police kidnapped and murdered a South Korean businessman, then led his wife to believe he was alive for months to extort money from her, authorities said Wednesday.

Breivik's isolation harming his mental health: lawyer

Oslo - A lawyer for jailed Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik said Wednesday the neo-Nazi's isolation was harmful to his mental health, a key point in his legal battle over prison conditions.

Mexican resort area reels from back-to-back shootings

Canc - A tranquil Mexican seaside region reeled Wednesday from two shootings that left nine people dead and shattered the peace in a beach resort area beloved by US and European tourists.

Mexico probes drug links to deadly club shooting

Mexico - Mexican authorities investigated on Tuesday whether a feud over local drug sales was behind a nightclub shooting that killed three foreigners and two Mexicans at a popular beach resort.

Istanbul nightclub attack suspect 'confesses'

Istanbul - A 34-year-old Uzbek man suspected of slaughtering 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Eve confessed to the massacre on Tuesday, hours after his capture in a police raid.

Turkey terror suspect found living in comfy Istanbul flat

Istanbul - Istanbul resident Ali Haydar Demir knew something was wrong when he heard a noise at midnight in his apartment block on 911 Street in the far-flung Istanbul district of Esenyurt.

Ordinary jail for El Salvador ex-president

Sansalvador - A former president of El Salvador who is detained pending trial for alleged embezzlement was transferred to an ordinary jail Tuesday.
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