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After falling, homicides up again in Mexico in 2015

- More than 20,500 homicides were committed in Mexico in 2015, rising slightly from 2014 after murders had fallen for three consecutive years, official figures showed on Monday.

Mexican musician decapitated, wife and son killed

Oaxaca De Ju - Gunmen burst into a musician's home in southern Mexico before dawn on Thursday, decapitated him and killed his wife and son, police said.

Grenade attack kills policeman in Venezuela: officials

Caracas - Attackers killed an officer and injured 25 people by hurling grenades at a police station in Venezuela on Friday, authorities said.

Man takes hostages in Paris suburb after killing policeman: police sources

Paris - A man has taken the wife and son of a policeman hostage in the Paris suburbs after stabbing the officer to death, police sources said late Monday.

Chicago police use algorithm to combat gun violence

Washington - The Chicago police department is using a unique algorithm in its battle against armed violence, to figure out who is most likely to be involved in a shooting, either as a victim or perpetrator.

George Zimmerman to auction gun used to kill Trayvon Martin

Washington - George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood-watch volunteer who shot and killed black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, said he would sell the gun he used in the shooting at auction on Thursday.Zimmerman listed the gun on GunBroker.

Nine men found beaten, hanged in northern Mexico home

Monterrey - Nine men were found beaten to death and hanged in a home in this northern Mexican city plagued by drug-related violence, prosecutors said Sunday.In a departure from the norm in such cases, guns were apparently not used in the killings.

As crime continues, El Salvador weighs limiting citizens' rights

San Salvador - Following the March killings of 11 people, including eight workers at an electric plant, the Salvadoran government is considering severe limits on the rights of the nation's six million citizens in an effort to get the country back under control.

Thousands attend funeral of slain Honduran environmentalist

Thousands of mourners paid their final tributes Saturday to Berta Caceres, the indigenous activist killed on Thursday, demanding justice for the renowned environmentalist.

Nicaraguan accused of 'massacre' of five awaits his fate

A Nicaraguan man who allegedly killed a U.S. citizen, his wife, and their three children in a stabbing rampage at their home in Costa Rica, is in custody in his country but it is not clear if he will face charges.

Nine killed at teen birthday party in southern Mexico

Acapulco - A teenager's 15th birthday party became the scene of a ghastly massacre in southern Mexico where nine people were fatally shot, including two minors, officials said on Monday.

Gunmen kill prominent ally of Venezuelan president

Caracas - Gunmen killed a prominent ally of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, prosecutors said on Wednesday, a crime the socialist leader suggested was politically motivated.

Drug gang suspected in Mexico mayor's slaying

Cuernavaca - The Mexican drug cartel known as Los Rojos is suspected of being behind the murder of a mayor who was gunned down a day after taking office, authorities said.

San Francisco police to investigate artist's death as homicide

San Francisco - San Francisco police said Tuesday they would investigate this week's death of a well-known North Beach artist as a homicide.

Baltimore sees massive surge in murders in 2015

Baltimore - In a stunning crime wave, Baltimore tops 300 murders in 2015 with a month still left in the year. These high number of killings have not been seen in the city since 1999.

German suspected of killing refugee, 4, admits murdering second boy

Berlin - A German man accused of sexually abusing and killing a four-year-old Bosnian refugee has admitted to murdering another child, police said Friday, as investigators probed possible links to other missing children.

Spanish woman tells court she did not kill adopted Chinese girl

Madrid - A Spanish mother accused with her ex-husband of drugging and suffocating their adopted Chinese daughter denied they gave the child sedatives, in a tearful first testimony at their trial Thursday.

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.

Two stabbed to death at Ikea store in Sweden: Police

Stockholm - Two people were stabbed to death at an Ikea store in the central Swedish town of Vasteras and a third person was wounded, police said on Monday."Police received a call about wounded people at Ikea ... around 1:00 pm.

Radio journalist fatally shot in Brazil: police

Bras - A Brazilian radio journalist was shot and killed in his studio according to police, who say they suspect political motives for the murder.

US cinema shooter escapes death penalty

Centennial - The American gunman who stormed a Batman movie premiere and killed 12 cinemagoers escaped the death penalty but will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Two dead, three injured at Drake Toronto rap party

Ottawa - Two people were shot dead and three were injured at a party hosted by Grammy-winning rapper Drake at a downtown Toronto nightclub early Tuesday, police said.The shooting started in the Muzik Nightclub and spilled out onto the street.

Jury says Batman gunman mental illness no bar to execution

Centennial - The US jury deciding the fate of James Holmes, who gunned down 12 people at a "Batman" movie premiere, on Monday refused to take the death penalty off the table.

Thirty-seven killed in three days in Brazilian city

S - Thirty-seven people were killed in three days in the Brazilian city of Manaus, and one hypothesis being considered is a coordinated wave of attacks involving police, an official said.

Sheriff: Feds could have demanded arrest of S.F. slaying suspect

San Francisco - San Francisco would have kept an illegal Mexican immigrant locked up and unable to attack a young woman he is suspected of killing if federal authorities had demanded it, a top official said this week.

Canadian man claims triple homicide on Facebook

Montr - Canadian police are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide after a man announced on Facebook that he had killed his daughter, wife and sister, before burning himself to death.

Shooter kills cousins in Missouri murder spree

Washington - A gunman who killed seven people in rural Missouri before turning the gun on himself was related to at least four of his victims, police said Friday.

Headless corpses found in troubled southern Mexico

Acapulco - At least 10 decapitated bodies and 11 heads have been discovered in unmarked graves in violence-plagued Guerrero state in southern Mexico, authorities said.

Ex-porn actor in Canada found guilty in Chinese student's murder

Montreal - A jury in Montreal found a one-time porn actor guilty Tuesday in the murder of a Chinese engineering student with a screwdriver before sexually abusing him and dismembering his corpse.

Pakistan sentences four to death for honour killing of Farzana Parveen

Lahore - A Pakistan court on Wednesday sentenced four men to death for bludgeoning to death a pregnant woman in the centre of the country's second-largest city for marrying against her family's wishes.
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