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Brazilian soldiers lay siege to striking police officers

Brazilian soldiers lay siege to striking police officers

Brazilian soldiers on Monday laid siege to hundreds of striking military police  in Salvador, trying to quell a protest that has triggered violence in a World Cup 2014 venue and…

Canadian tourist brutally assaulted in Mexican resort

Canadian tourist brutally assaulted in Mexican resort

  The governor of the Mexican state of Sinaloa has promised an extensive probe into what happened to a Canadian woman hospitalized after she was badly beaten at a posh Mexico…

U.S. Peace Corps pulls out of Honduras

U.S. Peace Corps pulls out of Honduras

Worsening drug and organized-crime violence in Central America has forced the Peace Corps to pull out of Honduras and halt the flow of new volunteers to Guatemala and El Salvador, that organization has announced.…

Mexican drug war death toll now approaching 50,000

Mexican drug war death toll now approaching 50,000

Mexican officials report that almost 13,000 people were killed in violence blamed on drug cartels between January and September of 2011. That would bring the death toll to 47,515 since…

Venezuelan murder rate four times higher than Mexico

Venezuelan murder rate four times higher than Mexico

According to the Venezuela Violence Observatory, over 19,336 people have been killed there so far in 2011, averaging 53 per day. Those figures would make Venezuela’s murder rate the highest…

Violent crime continues dropping in U.S.

Violent crime continues dropping in U.S.

Murders, rapes and other violent crimes declined significantly in the United States during the first six months of 2011, extending a downward trend that has lasted 4 1/2 years, the…

US loaned surveillance plane for Jamaica raid

US loaned surveillance plane for Jamaica raid

An American military aircraft helped monitor the deadly 2010 raid by Jamaican security forces to capture a fugitive crime boss, that country’s prime minister has admitted, in spite of earlier…

Gadhafi son planned escape to Mexico

Gadhafi son planned escape to Mexico

Mexican authorities said Wednesday that a surviving son of late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi and three other relatives planned to enter Mexico under false names and hide at a Pacific…

Colombian president blames FARC for hostage deaths

Colombian president blames FARC for hostage deaths

FARC guerrillas are “the only ones responsible” for the death of four hostages found shot this weekend after a firefight with government troops trying to free them, according to Colombian…

Venezuela deploys National Guard against crime

Venezuela deploys National Guard against crime

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sent thousands of National Guard soldiers into the streets of Caracas and surrounding states on Thursday,  to reinforce  police overwhelmed by widespread violent crime. “We’ve been…

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