01 Jul 2015

Spain seizes 3.5 tons of cocaine, 69 arrested across Europe

“Spanish police say they seized more than 3 tons of cocaine and broke up a major international drug trafficking gang whose leader lived in luxury in Madrid, posing as a soccer talent scout. The National Police said the leader, who was not identified, employed a network of Serbian ex-soldiers to

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25 Jun 2015

Pirates and Hold-Ups-Crime Strikes Venezuela’s Oil Industry

“When night falls over western Venezuela, armed gangs known as ‘pirates’ sometimes ride boats into muggy Lake Maracaibo to steal equipment from oil wells. In the country’s Paraguana peninsula, opposite the Caribbean island of Aruba, slum dwellers at times break through a perimeter wall into Venezuela’s biggest refinery and rob

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25 Jun 2015

Gunmen kill two policemen, abduct two foreigners in Nigeria’s delta

“Gunmen shot dead two policemen and abducted two Lebanese nationals on Wednesday from a construction site in Nigeria’s southern delta region, witnesses and police said.” Source: Gunmen kill two policemen, abduct two foreigners in Nigeria’s delta | Reuters

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24 Jun 2015

Son of alleged leader of Mexico’s most violent drug cartel captured

“The son and alleged second-in-command of the leader of the country’s most violent drug cartel has been captured in the western state of Jalisco, Mexican authorities said on Tuesday. A federal official speaking anonymously because he was not authorized to discuss the arrest confirmed that federal forces captured Rubén Oseguera

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23 Jun 2015

EU Launches Anti-Smuggling Ops in the Med

“The European Union has launched a naval operation against people-smugglers in the Mediterranean as part of the ongoing international effort to tackle the flow of migrants from Africa.” Source: EU Launches Anti-Smuggling Ops in the Med

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23 Jun 2015

Arrests over Bosnia-France human trafficking ring

“Fifteen people have been arrested on human trafficking charges as part of a joint operation between Bosnian and French police. “ Source: Arrests over Bosnia-France human trafficking ring – BBC News

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22 Jun 2015

Violent weekend leaves 22 dead in northern Mexico

“Authorities found five bodies in Mexico’s northern state of Nuevo Leon on Sunday, adding to three days of violence that left 22 people dead in the region. The half-naked bodies of three people aged 18 to 30 were discovered in various streets of San Pedro, a suburb of the industrial

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22 Jun 2015

Ten dead after attack on Mexico beer distributor linked to gangs

“Ten people were killed in an attack on a beer distribution centre near Monterrey, Mexico, on Friday, in what authorities said was part of a dispute between gang members.” Source: Ten dead after attack on Mexico beer distributor linked to gangs | World news | The Guardian

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21 Jun 2015

Mexico beer centre attack leaves 10 dead

“Gunmen have shot dead at least 10 people in a beer distribution centre near the Mexican city of Monterrey and then stole from the bodies. Seven people died at the scene. They were found naked or half-naked. Another three people died on their way to hospital. The attack took place

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19 Jun 2015

The Trouble With Measuring Peace in Latin America

“A new report ranks Colombia and Mexico as the least peaceful nations in Latin America — however, this definition of ‘peace’ may not accurately reflect the state of security in the region. “ Source: The Trouble With Measuring Peace in Latin America

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