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Congresswoman-elect kidnapped in Mexico: official

Pachuca - An incoming member of Mexico's Congress was kidnapped at gunpoint Tuesday, an official said, the latest violent episode surrounding the July 1 elections, the bloodiest in the country's history.

Mali's Keita on track for second term in election runoff

Bamako - Malians vote on Sunday in a presidential runoff expected to return Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to the helm of a country battling jihadist violence and ethnic attacks.

In rural Zimbabwe, the novel taste of a peaceful election

Rusape - From a ruling party rally in the east, to opposition door-to-door canvassing in the northwest, Zimbabweans have been experiencing the novelty of a relatively free and peaceful election campaign.

Seven die as army-backed police operations sweep Rio

Rio De Janeiro - Seven people, including a boy of 14, have been killed in continuing violence between army-backed police units and Rio de Janeiro's criminal gangs, reports said Thursday.

Violence pushes world's refugees to record high of 68.5 million

Wars, persecution, and violence have driven a record 68.5 million people from their homes, worldwide, more than the population of Britain or France, the U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday.

In Mexico, running for office can be a 'death sentence'

Acapulco - Running for office in Mexico is "practically a death sentence," says mayoral candidate Mario Alberto Chavez, who was eating dinner at a restaurant when a gunman opened fire on his table.

Rio baby hit by stray bullet is 15th child shot this year: reports

Rio De Janeiro - A baby was wounded by a stray bullet in Rio de Janeiro while in his mother's arms, becoming the 15th child shot here this year, reports said Tuesday.

Mexico 'community police' fight cartels' fire with fire

Tlacotepec - In the rugged mountains of Guerrero, the most violent state in a Mexico awash in blood, the civilians who have taken up arms to protect their communities often tell a similar story.

'Never put down or humiliated': community policing in Mexico

Mexico - In Tlacotepec, in southern Mexico, dozens of armed civilians patrol a mountainous area to keep organized crime from taking root.In the sweltering heat, the community policing group joins similar squads from neighboring villages in a show of force.

Slain Rio councilwoman was voice of favelas' voiceless

Rio De Janeiro - Before being gunned down in the center of Rio de Janeiro, city councilwoman Marielle Franco built a career standing up for the many others living in danger of bullets and abuse.Wednesday's killing had the hallmarks of an assassination.

Brazilians flock to mourn slain Rio councillor, rights activist

Rio De Janeiro - Tens of thousands of Brazilians poured into the streets Thursday to mourn a Rio de Janeiro councilwoman, black rights activist and outspoken critic of police brutality who was shot in an assassination-style killing.

Left-leaning Rio city councillor gunned down

Rio De Janeiro - A young, leftist Rio city councillor who grew up in a slum and worked on human rights issues was shot and killed Wednesday, authorities said.The attack outraged Brazilian politicians and citizens, and protest rallies were called for Thursday.

Honduras protests may have included 'extra-judicial killings': UN

Tegucigalpa - Military and police officers in Honduras used "excessive" force against protestors angry over November's disputed elections, said the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Monday.

Slovak PM refuses to ratify treaty to protect women

Bratislava - Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico on Thursday said he refused to ratify a treaty safeguarding women because he considers it at odds with the country's constitutional definition of marriage as a heterosexual union.

Brazilian public security 'broken:' minister

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's defense minister said Wednesday that the country's public security system is "broken" as gunmen fought with officers in a huge Rio de Janeiro slum, shutting down a major highway.

Ten killed in northeast Brazil prison clash: official

S - Fighting between gangs at a prison in Brazil's northeastern Ceara state left 10 dead early Monday, state law enforcement authorities said.

'What's that shot?' ask disturbing videos going viral in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - In the middle of the street or a crowded mall, Brazilians hurl themselves to the ground as if struck by lightning, in scenes that are filmed and posted on the internet, where they are taking the crime-plagued country by storm."What's that shot?

Honduras post-election crisis leaves dozens dead

San Pedro Sula - A wave of violence in Honduras triggered by a contested presidential election in November has left dozens of people dead and hundreds in jail, officials and human rights activists say.

Rubber bullets are not safe: study

Paris - About three in every 100 people injured by rubber bullets died as a result, according to a review of recorded casualties published Tuesday, calling for alternative crowd control measures.

Rio's stray bullets give innocent nowhere to hide

Rio De Janeiro - While the fighting in Rio de Janeiro's crime war is done by commando-style police and heavily armed drug traffickers, a growing number of the victims look quite different: innocent, joyful children like Maria Eduarda.

Thousands in Madrid protest violence against women

Madrid - Thousands took to the streets of Madrid Saturday to protest violence against women, just as Spain reels from a grisly trial over an alleged gang rape.

France's Macron vows to combat 'shameful' violence against women

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday proposed a raft of measures to combat "horrific and shameful" violence against women, as leaders and activists around the globe spoke out on the issue.

Latin America is world's most violent region for women: UN

Panama - Latin America and the Caribbean is the most violent region in the world for women, the United Nations said Wednesday, highlighting Central America and Mexico as particularly dangerous.

Nicaragua deploys police to quell post-poll violence

Managua - Nicaragua's government deployed riot police to a remote town on its Caribbean coast on Wednesday to put down days of violence triggered by weekend local elections.

Five reported killed after Nicaragua local elections

Managua - At least five people died and 11 were wounded in acts of violence during and after weekend municipal elections in Nicaragua that saw President Daniel Ortega's party the victor, various party leaders and local media said Monday.

Catalans describe moment they were hurt in vote chaos

Barcelona - From a grandmother whose wrist was broken to an independence supporter violently hit in the head, several people who were injured by police during Catalonia's independence referendum banned by Madrid told AFP of their ordeal.

Brazil's army deploys in Rio after favela shootout

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian soldiers deployed by armored vehicle, truck and helicopter Friday to reinforce police after heavily armed drug traffickers rampaged through the country's biggest favela, spraying bullets and terrifying locals.

Brazil's army sent to help quell shootouts in Rio favela

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian soldiers deployed Friday to help Rio de Janeiro police after heavily armed drug traffickers rampaged through the country's most heavily populated favela, spraying bullets in the built-up community.

Smooth Criminal: Michael Jackson statue given rifle by Rio narcos

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro drug gangsters gave a famous statue of Michael Jackson a scary new prop in a photo circulating on Brazilian social media: an assault rifle.

'Gang war' blamed for Nigeria church massacre

Lagos - Eleven worshippers gunned-down in a Nigerian church funded by a man accused by some of being a drug lord and described by others as a philanthropist may be victims of "gang war".
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A Starbucks window smashed at Yonge and College.
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Anti-India sentiments have reached a feverish pitch in Kashmir Valley.
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Cops standing in formation to prevent protesters from walking through the street.
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Cop wearing riot gear in preparation for upheaval.
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Police vehicle on fire near Queen and Spadina.
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Cops in fully prepared riot gear.
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The city of Chicago, which has seen a spike in homicides.
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