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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".

Brazil calls out thousands of troops to fight crime in Rio

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil has mobilized some 8,500 soldiers Friday in Rio de Janeiro state to fight organized crime and a spike in street violence.

Brazil sends 1,000 additional officers to combat Rio violence

Rio De Janeiro - The Brazilian government has deployed a thousand additional personnel to combat insecurity in Rio de Janeiro, which has seen a spike in violence in recent months, authorities said Thursday.

Cop killed in flare up of violence in Rio de Janeiro

Rio De Janeiro - A spasm of violence in Rio claimed another life Monday as a policeman was shot dead, a day after a gun battle sparked panic on the road to the airport and prompted some drivers to seek shelter in the trunks of their cars.

Special class for Rio's teachers: how to survive a shooting

Rio De Janeiro - Teachers in violence-wracked Rio de Janeiro started a new course on Monday -- they are learning how to react to the shootings and violence plaguing the host city of last year's Olympic Games.

International summits marked by violence

Paris - The clashes between demonstrators and security forces which have overshadowed the Group of 20 (G20) summit in the German city of Hamburg are part of a long tradition of often violent protests at major international summits.

Rio's poor rally at posh beach to protest killings

Rio De Janeiro - Hundreds of residents from Rio de Janeiro's ultra-violent favelas descended on the posh Copacabana beach area Sunday to plead for an end to lethal shootouts between drug traffickers and police.
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