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El Salvador: Homicide rate up to civil war-era level

Sansalvador - Violence fueled mainly by street gangs left 907 people dead in El Salvador last month, a level of bloodshed unseen since the civil war of the 1980s, authorities said Tuesday.

Kuwait charges 24 'linked to Iran' with plotting attacks

Kuwait City - Kuwait on Tuesday charged 24 people suspected of links to Iran and Shiite militia group Hezbollah with plotting attacks against the Gulf state, a statement by the public prosecutor said.

Outrage after three journalists killed in Philippines

Manila - Three journalists in the Philippines have been shot dead just days apart, press groups said Tuesday, as they warned of further media bloodshed without serious government action.

Japan arrests 'Flipper' trainer as dolphin hunt starts

Toukyo - Japanese police said Tuesday they had arrested US animal rights activist Ric O'Barry, who trained dolphins for the TV show "Flipper", near the town of Taiji as it kicked off its controversial dolphin hunt.

Ex-US special agent pleads guilty to taking $800k in Bitcoin

Washington - A former US Secret Service special agent pleaded guilty to taking more than $800,000 of electronic Bitcoin currency while investigating the "Silk Road" online black market, the Justice Department said.

Silencer used to kill Mexico photojournalist: Lawyer

- A silencer was used to kill a Mexican photojournalist and four women last month, a lawyer said, providing new details of a murder that drew a new international call for justice.

Spain to extradite Belgian diamond trafficking suspect

Madrid - A US-Belgian businessman accused of enslavement and diamond trafficking during Sierra Leone's civil war will be extradited to Belgium, a Spanish court official said Monday.

Ashley Madison says site growing, insists women are using

Ottawa - Embattled dating-for-cheaters website Ashley Madison insisted Monday that a massive hack and release of user data had not affected the site's prospects, with hundreds of thousands of new members -- including real women.

Indian scholar's execution-style murder sparks anger

Bangalore - Indian scholars on Monday condemned the execution-style killing of a leading scholar who had spoken out against idol worship and angered hardline Hindu groups in the run-up to his death.M.M.

Ex-cop arrested in Mexican journalist's slaying

- Mexican authorities on Sunday arrested a former police officer in connection with the brutal slaying of a prominent photojournalist and four others in a case that sparked international outrage.

Families seek justice on 'lawless' Bangladesh-India border

Chhota Angutia - As thousands of Bangladeshis and Indians celebrated the end of one of the world's most intractable border disputes, Fatema Khatun was quietly hopeful of finally seeing justice.

Murder charge in 'cold-blooded assassination' of U.S. policeman

Washington - The prime suspect in the "cold-blooded assassination" of a Texas sheriff's deputy was charged with murder Saturday, a day after the officer was gunned down from behind and shot multiple times at close range allegedly because he was a policeman.

French thieves posed as Gulf tourists to steal hotel safes

Paris - Two men have been arrested in France suspected of stealing safes out of a dozen hotel rooms by posing as wealthy Gulf tourists, armed with a chisel and a stethoscope, police said Saturday.

Crossing borders, Netflix recreates Pablo Escobar's world

Estanzuela - It's a tall order to play the role of Pablo Escobar, the larger-than-life druglord who became the world's seventh-richest man with his shrewd, ruthless dominance of the international cocaine trade.

Split emerges in Japan's biggest 'yakuza' gang

Toukyo - A rift has emerged in Japan's largest "yakuza" organised crime syndicate, the government has said, with police warning that the split could lead to a wave of gang violence.

Hong Kong diamond thief swapped stone for fake: Police

Hong Kong - A thief swapped a $220,000 diamond with a fake at a luxury jewellery store in Hong Kong, police said Saturday, as the city wrestles with an uptick in shop theft.The diamond, valued at around HK$1.

TV gunman plotted to 'hurt a lot more': State governor

Roanoke - The embittered gunman who shot dead two young American journalists on live TV was seemingly hell-bent on committing more violence before he took his own life, Virginia's governor said Friday.

Organiser of liberal Russian MP's murder jailed for 17 years

Sanktpeterburg - A Russian court on Friday sentenced the organiser of the 1998 killing of prominent opposition politician Galina Starovoitova to 17 years in prison.

Ashley Madison boss steps down after data breach

Ottawa - The chief executive of dating-for-adulterers website Ashley Madison stepped down on Friday after hackers leaked its membership list online.

Graft probe taints Catalan separatists ahead of election

Centro - An anti-corruption operation targeted Catalonia's ruling CDC party on Friday, tainting a separatist coalition that wants the wealthy region to secede from Spain if it wins a regional election next month.

Student shot dead at U.S. university

Washington - A student died early Friday after being shot at a US university in the state of Georgia, in an altercation that triggered a temporary lockdown of the campus.

Vietnam to free 18,200 prisoners in amnesty but no activists

Hanoi - Vietnam on Friday said it will free more than 18,200 prisoners to mark its independence day celebrations, but political activists will be excluded from the country's second biggest-ever amnesty.

Hunting Moroccan hashish in the Strait of Gibraltar

Algeciras - As the powerful motors of their speedboat roared, Spanish police used a thermal imaging camera to scan the sea in the Strait of Gibraltar for traffickers smuggling hashish from Morocco.

Stiffer U.S. gun control? Not any time soon, say experts

Chicago - With mass shootings seemingly on a daily basis, it appears no place in the United States is safe from carnage: not churches, not schools, not even the morning newscast.

Rome district council dissolved due to mafia influence fears

Rome - A district council in southern Rome has been dissolved due to concerns over mafia infiltration, Italy's interior Minister Angelino Alfano announced after a cabinet meeting Thursday.

Journalist killings revive US gun control debate

Roanoke - The brazen killing of two US journalists during a live television broadcast by a former reporter fired by the station reignited calls Thursday for tougher gun control in America -- though there was little hope for change.

China arrests 12 over Tianjin blasts as toll rises

Tianjin - Chinese police have arrested 12 people over giant explosions that killed at least 145 people and devastated a swathe of a Chinese port city, state media said Thursday as prosecutors probe 11 officials for neglecting their duties.

U.S. shooting video shocks Internet in 'new frontier'

San Francisco - It almost looked like a first-person shooter video game: A handgun in a man's grasp comes into view. A woman appears in the gunman's sights. Shots are fired. But this was no game.

Man 'kills two in shooting, stabbing in Louisiana'

Los Angeles - A man shot and killed a police officer in Louisiana and stabbed three women, one of them fatally on Wednesday, local media reported.

Shock, tears as TV station grapples with on-air murders

Roanoke - On any other day, Nadine Maeser would have been out and about, doing her job, covering the darker side of southern Virginia for WDBJ television.
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