24 Feb 2017

Mexico: Murders up by a third following Guzman’s extradition

“Official figures from Mexico show that the number of homicides was higher by a third in January compared to the same month of 2016. The authorities believe the spike in violence is linked to the extradition of the drug lord, Joaquin Guzman, known as ‘El Chapo,’ or ‘Shorty’.” Source: Mexico:

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21 Feb 2017

Colombia death toll rises as gangs fill vacuum left by Farc rebels

“‘They are leaving a power vacuum, even though this was anticipated. The government said they were going to move the armed forces into these zones and they haven’t. And the people in these areas are very concerned,’ said Marc Chernick, director of the centre for Latin American studies at Georgetown

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21 Feb 2017

Nigeria: 14 killed as gunmen attack two Southern Kaduna communities

“Within 24 hours, gunmen invaded different communities in two local governments of Southern Kaduna, killing at least 14 people and destroying several properties.” Source: 14 killed as gunmen attack two Southern Kaduna communities – Premium Times Nigeria

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19 Feb 2017

Colombian families flee criminal gangs as Farc leaves, says UN

“Families on Colombia’s border with Venezuela have been displaced by criminal former paramilitary groups trying to fill the vacuum left by the departure of Farc rebels, the UN says. Officials said 96 families in the northern region of Norte de Santander had fled their homes.” Source: Colombian families flee criminal

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19 Feb 2017

Colombian families flee criminal gangs as Farc leaves, says UN

“Families on Colombia’s border with Venezuela have been displaced by criminal former paramilitary groups trying to fill the vacuum left by the departure of Farc rebels, the UN says. Officials said 96 families in the northern region of Norte de Santander had fled their homes.” Source: Colombian families flee criminal

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15 Feb 2017

Dominican Republic: Two radio journalists shot dead mid-broadcast

“Three men have been arrested after two journalists were killed during a live radio broadcast in the Dominican Republic. One of the journalists was filming his show on Facebook Live when he was shot.” Source: Dominican Republic: Two radio journalists shot dead mid-broadcast – BBC News

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13 Feb 2017

Report Reveals Intersection of Development Projects, Organized Crime in Honduras

“A new report by the watchdog group Global Witness suggests that state institutions co-opted by business and political elites helped transform Honduras into the world’s most dangerous place for environmental activists, highlighting how criminal networks can turn development projects into deadly illicit enterprises.” Source: Report Reveals Intersection of Development Projects,

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13 Feb 2017

Mexican military helicopter fires on drug kingpin hideout in one of two raids that left 12 dead

“A Mexican military helicopter gunship fired on the alleged hideout of a drug kingpin in one of a pair of raids that left 12 suspects dead, including the cartel capo, Mexican authorities said Friday.” Source: Mexican military helicopter fires on drug kingpin hideout in one of two raids that left 12

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09 Feb 2017

Albania smashes major migrant smuggling ring

“Albanian police dismantled the biggest human trafficking ring uncovered since the start of the migrant crisis, arresting 18 people in a series of stings, public prosecutors said Wednesday.” Source: Albania smashes major migrant smuggling ring

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09 Feb 2017

Armed men kidnap Colombian nun in southern Mali

“Armed men have kidnapped a Colombian nun from the town where she worked in southern Mali, officials said on Wednesday.” Source: Armed men kidnap Colombian nun in southern Mali | Top News | Reuters

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