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Mariachis serenade Mexicans to boost tourism after deadly attack

Mexico - About 200 mariachis performed in Mexico City's iconic Garibaldi Plaza on Friday in a bid to bring wary tourists back to the capital after a deadly attack last month in the square by gunmen dressed as musicians.

Suspected Hezbollah financer arrested in Brazil

S - Brazilian police on Friday arrested a Lebanese citizen on suspicions of raising funds for Lebanon-based Shiite military group Hezbollah, which the United States considers a terrorist group.

Police recover Bolivian presidential medal stolen while custodian at brothel

La Paz - Police in Bolivia on Wednesday recovered a jewel-encrusted presidential medal which had been stolen the night before when its custodian was reportedly visiting a brothel.

US police find body of boy at raided camp

Los Angeles - The body of a four-year-old boy has been found in a dilapidated camp in the US state of New Mexico where 11 children were rescued in appalling conditions, police said.

At least five killed in shootout near Mexico's Cancun

Mexico - At least five people were killed and three others wounded in a late Friday shootout between police and criminals near the resort town of Cancun, a magnet for tourists on Mexico's Caribbean coast, local officials said.

Two arrested in $1.2 bn Venezuela currency scam

Miami - The United States has arrested two people in a ring of ex-officials and business people who laundered $1.2 billion in funds from Venezuela's state oil firm, authorities said Wednesday.

The Pena Nieto years: the reforms, the scandals, the Chapo

Mexico - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto swept to office in 2012 as a youthful reformer with movie-star looks, but is preparing to leave it with a legacy marred by crime and corruption.

Mexico court orders new probe into massacre of students

Mexico - A court in Mexico has ordered a new probe into a crime that horrified the nation: the disappearance and suspected massacre of 43 students in 2014.

Rio university suffers rash of express kidnappings

Rio De Janeiro - Students and staff at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro are calling for help after a rash of express kidnappings, where assailants briefly detain their victim while carrying out a robbery.

Mexico arrests fourth suspect in film students' killing

Guadalajara - Mexican authorities said they arrested a fourth suspect Thursday in the killing of three film students who were abducted, tortured and dissolved in acid, an episode that triggered outrage in a crime-weary nation.

More than 100 arrested in Brazil child pornography blitz

Bras - More than 100 people were detained Thursday across Brazil in what authorities said was the country's biggest ever crackdown on internet child pornography.

Rio councilor and paramilitary member accused in activist's death

Rio De Janeiro - A Rio de Janeiro city councilor and a leader of the city's underground paramilitary militias have been accused of masterminding the high-profile killing of black rights activist Marielle Franco, local media reported Wednesday.

Thousands demand justice for Mexican students dissolved in acid

Guadalajara - Close to 12,000 people took to the streets of Guadalajara on Thursday, calling for peace and justice for three film students who were brutally murdered in a crime that has shocked Mexico.

A month after her murder, Rio remembers Marielle Franco

Rio De Janeiro - A handful of quiet memorials took place in Rio de Janeiro Saturday remembering Marielle Franco, the black councilor gunned down a month ago in a killing that made international headlines but for which no-one has been arrested.

Army to withdraw from street patrols in Guatemala

Guatemala City - Troops in Guatemala withdrew from patrolling the country's streets Saturday, after 18 years of supporting the police in the fight against crime."This Saturday is the last day that the army will support the police.

Brazil's senate approves military intervention in Rio

Bras - Brazil's Senate overwhelmingly approved the army's takeover of security in Rio de Janeiro following a breakdown of law and order in drug-ravaged neighborhoods.

Brazil's Temer gives army full control of Rio security

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's President Michel Temer on Friday handed the military full control of security in Rio de Janeiro in an increasingly desperate fight to tame runaway gang violence.

Brazil to use army in shock tactic to tame Rio violence

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil is to send in the army in an increasingly desperate fight to tame runaway gang violence in Rio de Janeiro, following a decree signed Friday by President Michel Temer.

Crime-ridden Brazil gets off to a bloody start in 2018

Rio De Janeiro - The year was just a few hours old when a prison riot near the capital Brasilia left nine inmates dead -- two of them decapitated -- and set the stage for what is proving to be a deadly 2018 in Brazil.

Ex-Guatemala Supreme Court president shot dead

Guatemala City - The ex-president of the Guatemalan Supreme Court was shot dead Friday during an incident on the outskirts of the capital Guatemala City, according to emergency personnel.

Nine dismembered bodies found in Mexico

Coatzacoalcos - Mexican authorities found the dismembered bodies of nine people in an abandoned pickup truck in the state of Veracruz, one of the country's most violent, police said Sunday.

Guatemalan lawmaker arrested in killing of journalists

Guatemala City - Police in Guatemala arrested a ruling party lawmaker Saturday for involvement in plotting a 2015 killing of journalists.Julio Juarez, of the FCN-Nacion party, was arrested near his home in San Bernardino, Suchitepequez, south of the capital.

Costa Rica murder rate hits record in 2017

San Jos - Costa Rica recorded its highest-ever annual murder rate in 2017, authorities said Tuesday, blaming score-settling between gangs and drug trafficking for the rise.
 

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