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Top News: Crime

US sentences nephews of Venezuelan first lady to 18 years

New York - A US judge on Thursday sentenced two nephews of Venezuela's first lady to 18 years in prison for drug trafficking, damning them as "not the most astute drug traffickers that ever existed.

Italy tightens noose on Mafia godfather fugitive

Rome - Italian police were on Thursday searching the homes and businesses of known allies of mobster Matteo Messina Denaro, looking for hidden bunkers where the fugitive godfather may be hiding.

Indian court sentences man to death for brutal rape, murder

New Delhi - An Indian court Thursday handed down the death penalty to a man found guilty of raping and murdering a law student in a brutal knife attack in southern Kerala state.

Brazil's 'most wanted' drugs suspect caught in Paraguay

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's most wanted alleged narco trafficker was arrested Wednesday in neighboring Paraguay, Brazilian officials said.

Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam's lawyer asks to postone Belgian trial

Brussels - Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam's lawyer asked on Wednesday for next week's opening of his client's trial in Belgium to be postponed, a senior court official said, adding it is "highly likely" it will be delayed.

Indian court convicts man over brutal rape, murder of student

New Delhi - An Indian court Tuesday found a man guilty of raping and murdering a law student in a frenzied knife attack in southern Kerala state that sparked nationwide outrage.

US unveils terror charges against New York 'subway bomber'

New York - The United States on Tuesday unveiled federal terrorism charges against the Bangladeshi driver accused of detonating a bomb in the New York subway after being inspired by the Islamic State extremist group and self-radicalizing as early as 2014.

British double murderer appeals Hong Kong conviction

Hong Kong - A British banker jailed for life for the horrifying murder of two Indonesian women at his upscale Hong Kong apartment in a cocaine-fuelled rampage appealed against his conviction Tuesday.

Man charged over jihadist murders of French police couple

Paris - French police charged a man on Monday in connection with the jihadist murder of a police couple after his DNA was matched to traces found in their home near Paris, legal sources said.

Three arrested over attempted arson on Swedish synagogue

Stockholm - Police in Sweden on Sunday arrested three people over a failed arson attempt at a synagogue in the country's second largest city, Gothenburg.

Germany's Love Parade organisers on trial over deaths

D - Organisers of Germany's 2010 Love Parade went on trial on Friday for their alleged roles in the deaths of 21 young people during a catastrophic stampede at the popular street festival.

Turkish trader in US sanctions trial accused of sexual assault by inmate

New York - Reza Zarrab -- the key witness in a New York trial over alleged skirting of US economic sanctions against Iran -- has been accused of sexually assaulting a cellmate, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Indian police arrest suspect in brutal video murder

New Delhi - Indian police on Thursday arrested a Hindu man over the murder of a Muslim labourer after identifying him from a video of the brutal killing that went viral and has sparked widespread outrage.

Philippines a global hotspot for environmental murders

Oton - Environmental activists are being killed in record numbers around the world, with the corruption-plagued Philippines one of the most dangerous countries, according to watchdog Global Witness.

Man charged with plot to kill British PM

London - A 20-year-old man appeared in court on Wednesday charged with plotting to assassinate British Prime Minister Theresa May in a bomb and knife attack.

Euphoric Rio police celebrate capture of top gang suspect

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian police expressed "euphoria" Wednesday after capturing one of Rio de Janeiro's most wanted alleged drug trafficking bosses in a rare high-profile success for the city's beleaguered security forces.

Germany parcel bomb blackmailer demands millions in bitcoins

Berlin - A blackmailer whose parcel bomb sparked the evacuation of a German Christmas market last week demanded 10 million euros ($11.8 million) worth of bitcoins, a news report said Wednesday.

Corsican mobster gunned down at French airport

Bastia - A notorious Corsican mobster was killed and two people were wounded on Tuesday in an suspected tit-for-tat shooting at an airport on the French island of Corsica.

Ten suspects arrested over Malta journalist slaying

Valletta - Maltese authorities on Monday arrested 10 people in connection with the killing of a whistle-blowing journalist that turned an international spotlight onto crime and corruption on the Mediterranean island.
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