17 Jan 2017

10 Found Slain in Southern Mexico

“The bodies of 10 murder victims were discovered Monday at three different locations in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, an official spokesman told EFE. In Chilpancingo, the state capital, six men were found decapitated in a pick-up truck, public safety department Roberto Alvarez said.” Source: Latin American Herald Tribune

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13 Jan 2017

Violence In Brazil: Police Killed Nearly 3,500 People In 2015, Report Says

“Brazil police, including officers who were off duty, killed nearly 3,500 people in 2015, and some of those incidents were extrajudicial killings, a report said. The report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), published Thursday, said the extrajudicial executions contributed to ‘a cycle of violence in Brazil.’” Source: Violence In Brazil: Police

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11 Jan 2017

Trail of slaughter in prisons shocks Brazilians as gang war explodes

“The men on the prison roof laughed as they raised a hand-painted flag emblazoned with the initials of two of Brazil’s most dangerous drug gangs. In the yard below, other gang-members hacked the heads off prisoners from a rival mafia faction and lined them up in a row. The horrific

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11 Jan 2017

UN Experts: Rebels, Criminals, Some Army Exploit Congo Gold

“Some army officers, rebel groups and criminal networks in Congo are still illegally exploiting the country’s gold and mineral riches despite government and military bans, U.N. experts said in a report circulated Monday.” Source: UN Experts: Rebels, Criminals, Some Army Exploit Congo Gold – The New York Times

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09 Jan 2017

Brazilian prison riot leaves 4 dead

“Four people died Sunday in a riot at a prison in Brazil, the nation’s third deadly prison uprising in seven days.” Source: Brazilian prison riot leaves 4 dead – CNN.com

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05 Jan 2017

Several dead after gunmen attack market in Mexico

“The assailants fled the scene after shooting three men and three women to death at an informal open-air market on Wednesday. The shootings occurred around midday in the parking lot of a supermarket in an area far from the tourist areas. Government spokesman Jose Luis Mendez Rodriguez said the gunmen

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03 Jan 2017

Brazil drug gangs spark prison riot, 56 dead

“Drug gangs sparked a prison riot that killed 56 people, with decapitated bodies thrown over prison walls in the bloodiest violence in more than two decades in Brazil’s overcrowded penitentiary system, officials said on Monday.” Source: Brazil drug gangs spark prison riot, 56 dead | Reuters

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03 Jan 2017

China Says It Will Shut Down Its Ivory Trade in 2017

“Almost a million elephants roamed Africa 25 years ago. Assessments of their population now vary, but suggest there are fewer than half that many. The main reason for the decline is ivory. Despite a 1989 ban on ivory trade, poachers continue to kill elephants for their tusks. Now China, the

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29 Dec 2016

Rangers apprehended 446 ‘target killers’ in Karachi this year

“Sindh Rangers apprehended a total of 446 ‘target killers’ in 2016, mostly belonging to the ‘militant wings’ of different political groups, according to a report issued Thursday by the paramilitary force.” Source: Rangers apprehended 446 ‘target killers’ in Karachi this year: report – Pakistan – DAWN.COM

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28 Dec 2016

Colombia kidnappings down 92% since 2000, police say

“Police in Colombia say the number of people kidnapped has fallen 92% since 2000. The head of the counter-kidnapping police force, Fernando Murillo, said 188 people had been abducted in 2016. Colombia was for years the world’s kidnapping hotspot with human rights groups estimating that almost 33,000 people have been

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