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UN seeks to verify reports of gang-rape by Sudan militias

New York - The United Nations raised concerns on Thursday over reports that Sudan's militias and Rapid Support Forces gang-raped women protesters and medical personnel during a crackdown on demonstrators.

4 dead in shootout between rival Indian political parties

Kolkata - Three supporters of India's ruling right-wing party and another from a rival regional party have been killed in a gun battle in West Bengal state, police and a local politician said Sunday.

Election violence continues in India's Bengal

Kolkata - Violent clashes continued in India on Sunday between supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party and a regional party in the politically volatile eastern state of West Bengal, officials said.

Venezuela's pro-regime 'colectivos' vow to back Maduro whatever it costs

Caracas - Jorge Parrado collects water for his Caracas district. But he is also ready to fight completely in support of President Nicolas Maduro as a member of a "colectivo," cells that uphold and enforce the regime's socialist ideals.

Teaching gender equality encourages domestic violence: Brazil minister

Bras - Teaching boys and girls they are equal in every way encourages domestic violence, Brazil's women's minister said Friday as she urged a return to chivalry.

Turkish pop star's case highlights violence against women

Ankara - When Turkish pop star Sila told police she had been beaten by her partner, it was a rare moment in Turkish history: a celebrity breaking the silence on abuse.

'Abused' Saudi sisters trapped in Hong Kong risk deportation

Fpo - Two Saudi sisters trapped in Hong Kong say chronic physical abuse by male family members prompted them to flee the kingdom, where they now fear they will be forcibly returned.

Rio police suspected of using snipers in favela

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro's favelas are known for high crime. But in one of the city's poor neighborhoods, rights groups say residents face a new threat: police snipers.

Astronomers are latest victims of Mexico's gang violence

Astronomers have become the latest victims of Mexico's violence with activities at two observatories being reduced because their staff suffered crimes while traveling to the remote mountain sites, researchers said Thursday.

Rio to test facial-recognition cameras during Carnival

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro plans to test a facial-recognition system during its famed Carnival as part of the city's campaign to fight crime, the head of the regional police force said.

The elusive face of the Paris rioters

Paris - Angry "yellow vest" protesters, hard-core agitators or young delinquents: building a typical profile of the rioters in Paris this weekend is no easy task.

No evidence between violent video games and behavior

York - It's a recurrent question: Does playing violent video games lead to a person becoming more aggressive and displaying acts of violence in real life? The answer from a new study is 'no'.

AI used by historians to study periods of violence

Oxford - A new application of artificial intelligence has enabled researchers to study the contributory factors that have led to violence in the past. The particular focus is with societies that have majority and minority populations with distinct religions.

In Iraq, bloody tribal custom now classed as 'terrorism'

Baghdad - A bloody, age-old custom used by Iraq's powerful tribes to mete out justice has come under fire, with authorities classifying it as a "terrorist act" punishable by death.

IS kills 3 Iraq village chiefs in a week: officials

Kirkuk - Jihadists have killed three village chiefs in less than a week in Iraq's restive north, local officials said Saturday, as the targeting of state representatives escalates.

Impacts of climate change on today's Central American migrants

Violence and poverty have been cited as the reasons for the exodus of migrants from Central America, however, experts say the big picture is that changing climate is forcing farmers off their land – and it’s likely to get worse.

French teen charged over brandishing fake gun at teacher

Paris - A French teenager who was filmed threatening his teacher with a fake gun in a tough Paris suburb was charged Sunday with aggravated violence, prosecutors said.

Bolsonaro woos Brazil voters with simple recipe for ending violence

Rio De Janeiro - Jair Bolsonaro topped the poll in the first round of Brazil's presidential elections, having seduced tens of millions of voters with simple -- though radical -- solutions to eradicating violence in one of the world's deadliest countries.

Brazil's favelas, the oft-overlooked election hunting grounds

Rio De Janeiro - A quarter of Rio de Janeiro's population lives in slums, or favelas, yet too often those very people are left feeling marginalized.

Venezuela murder toll worse than some war zones: Amnesty

Buenos Aires - Amnesty International hit out on Thursday at the repression by Nicolas Maduro's government in Venezuela, saying that more people were murdered in the South American country than in some war zones.

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.
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