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Raped, widowed, homeless: Haiti's slum women abandoned to gangs

Port-au-prince - As the first bursts of gunfire rang out, the women from La Saline slum grabbed their kids and fled for cover.

Salvadoran president says four years to eradicate gangs

Sansalvador - Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele said on Sunday that security measures implemented by his government would do away with the country's long-running gang problem in four years.

Wave of shootings in Sweden as gangs settle scores

Stockholm - Honour, debts, and prestige are serving as the pretext for an increasing number of deadly shootings that challenge the ideals of equality and social harmony on which modern Sweden was built.

Aussie gangsters eye freedom amid police informant scandal

Melbourne - Some of Australia's most dangerous criminals could have their convictions overturned after revelations their defence lawyer was secretly feeding information to police.

Rehabilitating El Salvador gang members have message for Trump

Chalatenango - Some 1,700 imprisoned gang members in El Salvador claiming to be turning around their lives in a rehabilitation program have a message for US President Donald Trump: they're neither "terrorists" nor "animals.

Salvador police strike blow against MS-13 gang

Sansalvador - Salvadoran police said Monday they had struck a "heavy blow" against the Central American country's violent MS-13 gang, arresting 117 members for a raft of crimes from murder to extortion.

Belgium holds 60 in sweep against Albanian gangsters

Apo - Police have detained more than 60 suspects and seized thousands of cannabis plants in a major operation against Albanian gangsters spanning Belgium, France and the Netherlands, Belgian prosecutors said Friday.

Arab refugees in sights of Berlin's crime 'clans'

Berlin - Berlin crime gangs of Arab origin have long earned infamy with violence and brazen robberies but now, police warn, they have targeted a new generation of refugees for recruitment.

El Salvador's 'vigilante' mayor battling the gangs

Caserio Montepeque - Mauricio Vilanova is no typical small-town mayor. The 60-year-old patrols the streets of El Salvador's San Jose Guayabal in a 4x4 vehicle wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying an automatic rifle.

In El Salvador, ruthless gangs draw invisible borders

Soyapango - Facing the majestic Chinchontepec volcano a seemingly bucolic path runs past a suburb of El Salvador's capital -- but this "devil's alley" is nothing but a strip of homes emptied by gang violence and swallowed by tropical vegetation.

Gangs stockpiling untraceable weapons called 'ghost guns'

Los Angeles - The Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Station had dozens of firearms spread out on tables this week - all seized in a six-month undercover sting against LA-area gangs.

El Salvador arrests 200 gang members in nationwide sweep

Sansalvador - Prosecutors in El Salvador said Monday they had detained a man over the November killing of a cameraman and arrested more than 200 gang members in an overnight sweep following another journalist's murder.

Calls for army patrols as S.Africa gangland violence spirals

Cape Town - With rifles raised, South African police speed through the streets of Manenberg, responding to yet another call to quell violence in one of the country's most murderous ganglands.

Powerful explosion rocks Swedish police station

Stockholm - A powerful explosion blew out the entrance to a police station in the southern Swedish city of Helsingborg early Wednesday, an attack authorities linked to their fight against organised crime.

Six dead in Rio drug gang violence

Rio De Janeiro - Shoot-outs between drug gangs left at least six people dead over the weekend in two Rio de Janeiro favelas, the latest in a flare-up of violence in recent months.

Central America cracks down on gangs in coordinated swoops

Sansalvador - Central America's "northern triangle" -- consisting of its most crime-ridden nations -- waged a coordinated crackdown this week on two major gangs infamous for extortion, murder and violence: Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18.

Guatemala police nab 170 in swoop on extortion rings

Guatemala City - Guatemalan police and prosecutors on Monday arrested at least 170 people suspected of belonging to gang-linked groups that extorted money from shopkeepers and bus companies under threats of violence and murder, officials said.

Inside the brutal world of Ivory Coast's 'microbe' child gangs

Abidjan - Vieux-Pere runs his fingers through his patchy hair as he remembers escaping being lynched."The locals caught me and hit me everywhere, I still have scars on my skull," he says."That's why I can't get my hair right," he says with a laugh.

Trump plays up gang threat, urges rough policing

Brentwood - President Donald Trump traveled to a crime-afflicted New York town Friday, seeking to magnify the threat from Latino gangs and encouraging police to dole out rough justice.

In gang-plagued New York town, some are wary of Trump visit

Brentwood - President Donald Trump on Friday will visit a New York suburb traumatized by the violent street gang MS-13, which he has pledged to wipe out, but many in the Long Island community of Brentwood are wary of his motives.

In gang-plagued New York town, some are wary of Trump visit

Brentwood - President Donald Trump on Friday will visit a New York suburb traumatized by the violent street gang MS-13, which he has pledged to wipe out, but many in the Long Island community of Brentwood are wary of his motives.

Brentwood: living in terror of MS-13 in New York suburbia

Brentwood - The town of Brentwood on New York's Long Island may look like an oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. But behind its timber homes and neat front yards, terror lurks.

Trump blames Obama for formation of MS-13 crime gang

Washington - President Donald Trump on Tuesday blamed -- without proof -- his predecessor Barack Obama for allowing the MS-13 criminal gang to take root in US cities.

Schools on the frontline of Honduras gang turf battles

Tegucigalpa - The clatter of bullets piercing the school's roof sent pupils running for safety. Four of them and their teacher were wounded.

Guatemala gang attacks police after raid on detention center

Guatemala City - One of Guatemala's most-feared gangs, Barrio 18, has launched a wave of murderous attacks on police across the country following the storming of a detention center overrun by its jailed members, officials said Tuesday.

Sri Lanka prison bus shooting kills seven: police

Colombo - Attackers opened fire on a prison bus outside Colombo on Monday, killing five prisoners and two armed guards in the worst gang-related violence to hit Sri Lanka in decades.

Sri Lanka prison bus shooting kills seven: police

Colombo - Attackers opened fire on a prison bus outside Colombo on Monday, killing five prisoners and two armed guards in the worst gang-related violence to hit Sri Lanka in decades.

Sri Lanka prison bus shooting kills seven: police

Colombo - Attackers opened fire on a prison bus outside Colombo on Monday, killing five prisoners and two armed guards in the worst gang-related violence to hit Sri Lanka in decades.

Brazen phone scammers terrorise Bulgaria's elderly

Bulgaria - From impersonating police to threatening to hurt loved ones, brazen Bulgarian gangs terrorise the elderly and rob them of their life savings with increasingly aggressive phone scams netting millions of euros.

Hundreds of inmates abandon gang life in El Salvador

- Inside a Salvadaron prison Francisco Lopez teaches fellow ex-gang members how to make paper figurines, as part of a program designed to reinsert them into society once they are released.
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