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Global homicide rates drop, but nearly 500,000 murdered in 2012

Geneva - Global homicide rates have plunged 16 percent since the beginning of the century, but nearly half a million people were still murdered worldwide in 2012, a UN report said Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Religious dialogue should produce good results

New York - There are people who go to church and other places of worship all their lives, every day or every week, practically without exception.

Op-Ed: A terrible case of a few bad apples — Keene Pumpkin Fest '14

Keene - This is the second time, as a parent who has had children in college, that I have woken up to their schools in the headlines for negative reasons. The first time, the incident was clearly caused by non-students.

German LGBT activist severely beaten in Belgrade

Belgrade - A German man who participated at a conference on LGBT rights was in intensive care Saturday after he was severely beaten by unknown attackers in Belgrade, a doctor said.

Dismemberment latest gory trend in Venezuela crime

Caracas - Violent crime in Venezuela has taken a gory turn as a spate of dismembered bodies has turned up around the country, their detached heads and limbs often scattered far away.

One in 10 girls sexually abused worldwide: UN

Washington - Around 120 million girls around the world, close to one in 10, have been raped or sexually assaulted by the time they turn 20, a new UN report has found.

Ecuador women turn to boxing to fight sexual violence

Quito - After surviving a harrowing rape attempt, Any Hurtado took up boxing -- and found herself surrounded by other Ecuadoran women using their fists for protection in a country torn by sexual violence.

Op-Ed: Rwanda, in crisis, uses coercive force to achieve justice

What happens when moral law is absent and the arbitrary exercise of power becomes the only means of delivering justice? Tyranny ensues.

Woman reportedly stabs man after he uses their son as a shield

Clarksville - According to police reports a man used his child as a human shield in a dispute with the mother of that same child. She responded by stabbing him in his legs so as not to hit their son.

Japanese teen reportedly strangled and decapitated friend

Nagasaki - According to reports a 15-year-old girl, name withheld due to being a minor, attacked Aiwa Matsuo with a blunt instrument. Allegedly she bludgeoned her friend into submission, choked her and finally decapitated her.

Review: CanStage tries to soften 'Titus Andronicus' brutality in Toronto Special

Toronto - Not that I'm a fan of Trigger Warnings, but if any Shakespeare play really needs to be preceded by one, it's “Titus Andronicus”. Murder, rape, mutilation, cannibalism, racism — this early Bard tragedy is a grim celebration of meaningless atrocity.

Boko Haram fighters assaulted by Africa's natural environment

For some time now the Boko Haram fighters have waged yet another holy war and sowed terror through Nigerian areas. Now the environment is actually flushing them out of many of their hiding spots due to venomous snakes and bees.

McDonald's diners get shocking visit from stabbing victim

New York - The internet is buzzing with pictures of a stabbing victim who walked into a nearby McDonald's restaurant shortly after the incident. While the attached video is not overly graphic discretion is advised for those with very young children.

Colombia adopts new sexual violence law

Bogot - Sexual violence now may be prosecuted as a crime against humanity in Colombia, where President Juan Manuel Santos signed a law to stem assaults against women during the ongoing civil war.

Mob violence over work hours claims life of Indian CEO

Kolkata - CEO H.K. Maheswari got an unwelcome surprise when he was in his office at the North Brook Jute Mill. Around 200 workers stormed in and beat him to death over work hours.

Japanese pop group attacked by saw-wielding man

Members of Japan’s popular singing group AKB48 were injured in a violent attack by a man wielding a saw during a fan event.

Man slapped and killed teen daughter, only gets 60 days jail time

Longueuil - A Quebec man is given the sentence of 60 days in jail after raising his hand to his teenage daughter and subsequently ending her life.

Kids killed in Honduras for refusing to join gangs

Tegucigalpa - The cry of the grandmother was gut-wrenching as she watched the burial of her grandson, the second killed in just days in a horrific wave of violence against children in Honduras.

Op-Ed: Teen beaten and brutalized online: Social media to blame?

Des Moines - High school students videotaped the graphic beating of 16-year-old sophomore, Nathan Rogers, then posted their videos on Facebook. Is social media to blame for cyberbullying?

Five Latin American countries lead the world in homicides

Honduras continues to have the world's highest homicide rate, according to a recent United Nations report, followed by four other countries in Latin America.

Mideast talks postponed after West Bank slaying, Jerusalem unrest

Jerusalem - A planned meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators has been postponed for one day after violence in the West Bank and in Jerusalem, the Palestinian Authority acknowledged Wednesday.

Drug cartel internal feud leaves 28 dead in Mexico

Mexico - An internal power struggle within a drug cartel has left 28 people dead in gunfights in Mexico's northeastern coast this week, authorities said Thursday.

Police homes destroyed in violent Bloemhof protests

A total of 12 police homes have now been destroyed in violent protests after residents of the Boitumelong township in the Bloemhof area went on the rampage over nepotism and lack of service delivery in the local ANC government.

Eight killed in village feuds in Turkey local polls

Istanbul - Violent feuds broke out Sunday in Turkish local elections for village and neighbourhood leaders, leaving eight people dead and 13 wounded, media reports said.

Grenade attack on C. Africa funeral service 'kills 20'

Bangui - At least 20 people died when extremists threw hand grenades at a crowd of mourners during a funeral service in the Central African Republic capital Bangui overnight, the government said on Friday.

Video shows police officer in Texas breaking student's arm

The actions of a police officer in Beaumont, Texas are being questioned after a recently released video shows the officer breaking a student's arm.

Rape victim dies after setting herself ablaze

Muzaffargarh - An eighteen year old college student who was allegedly gang raped by five men set herself on fire in front of a local police station after the man accused of initiating the rape was released by officials.

Xinjiang separatists behind deadly China rail attack: Xinhua

Beijing - Separatists from China's northwest region of Xinjiang orchestrated the attack on a train station which left 29 dead, the Xinhua news agency reported Sunday, quoting the city government.It said evidence from the scene of the attack late Saturday in Kunm...

Mass stabbing at China rail station leaves 28 dead in 'terrorist attack'

Beijing - A mass stabbing at a Chinese train station late Saturday left 28 people dead and 113 injured in a "violent terrorist attack", state media said.Victims described knife-wielding attackers dressed in black bursting into Kunming railway station and slashin...

Aid organizations warn of market collapse in CAR

Bangui - The continuing violence between the Christian majority and Muslims in the Central African Republic (CAR) has torn the country apart. With the continued exodus of thousands of Muslims from the country, there are now fears of a market collapse.
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