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El Salvador to use terror charges against gangs

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - El Salvador's government on Wednesday said it would charge gang members who attack police and military personnel under anti-terrorism laws, which impose longer prison sentences, to crack down on rising homicides in the poor Central American nation. Justice Minister Ricardo Perdomo blamed a faction of the country's Barrio 18 gang for ordering attacks against government troops, saying there had been 60 so far this year.

Life after 'Chapo': 'El Mayo' heads Sinaloa cartel

A veteran drug baron has taken over Mexico's powerful Sinaloa cartel, apparently averting a war of succession after the capture of kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, US security officials told AFP. Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada filled the void after Mexican marines backed by US intelligence arrested his longtime associate in February, the two officials said. Zambada inherited the crown even though Guzman has sons in the business, but they lack enough experience and respect within the cartel to take charge, the sources said.

Mexico captures Beltran Leyva cartel honcho

Police have arrested the deputy leader of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel in Mexico City as he visited the capital, authorities said Wednesday. Arnoldo Villa Sanchez was arrested by federal police on Tuesday, three days after he arrived to see family and associates during Holy Week, said National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido. At a news conference, Rubido described Villa, 40, as the second highest member of the criminal group headed by Hector Beltran Leyva.

2 Mayors arrested on organized crime, theft charges in Mexico

Morelia, Mexico, Apr 16 (EFE).- The mayor of Apatzingan, a city in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, was arrested for allegedly having links to organized crime groups, while the mayor of the city of Tacambaro was detained on theft charges, state prosecutors said. Uriel Chavez Mendoza, the mayor of Apatzingan, was arrested on extortion charges for allegedly intimidating three councilmen into paying 20,000 pesos ($1,527) each monthly to the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel, the Michoacan Attorney General's Office said.

2 Mayors arrested on organized crime, theft charges in Mexico

Morelia, Mexico, Apr 16 (EFE).- The mayor of Apatzingan, a city in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, was arrested for allegedly having links to organized crime groups, while the mayor of the city of Tacambaro was detained on theft charges, state prosecutors said. Uriel Chavez Mendoza, the mayor of Apatzingan, was arrested on extortion charges for allegedly intimidating three councilmen into paying 20,000 pesos ($1,527) each monthly to the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel, the Michoacan Attorney General's Office said.

Rape-prevention program cuts sexual assaults in Kenya

By Ronnie Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Self-defense and empowerment classes designed to arm girls with tools to prevent rape reduced sexual assaults among Kenyan students, a new study shows. The number of rapes dropped 38 percent among adolescents living in high-crime Nairobi settlements 10 months after the classes began, the study found.

Police kill 4 gunmen in shootouts in eastern Mexico

Veracruz, Mexico, Apr 15 (EFE).- At least four suspected criminals died in separate shootouts with police in the port city of Veracruz, Mexican officials said Tuesday. State police launched several operations on Monday night to find and arrest members of criminal organizations, setting off the shootouts, Veracruz state officials told Efe. Public Safety Secretariat and navy police officers engaged gunmen in shootouts in different sections of the city.

Police kill 4 gunmen in shootouts in eastern Mexico

Veracruz, Mexico, Apr 15 (EFE).- At least four suspected criminals died in separate shootouts with police in the port city of Veracruz, Mexican officials said Tuesday. State police launched several operations on Monday night to find and arrest members of criminal organizations, setting off the shootouts, Veracruz state officials told Efe. Public Safety Secretariat and navy police officers engaged gunmen in shootouts in different sections of the city.

Turkey ordered to pay damages 20 years after military disappearances

The European Court of Human Rights ordered Turkey Tuesday to pay 65,000 euros ($90,000) each to four families whose relatives disappeared after a battle with security forces more than 20 years ago. The court ruled the families of those who went missing after a night of fighting between the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and Turkish security forces should be compensated because Turkey violated the "right to life", guaranteed under the European Convention on Human Rights.

Vigilantes cut deal with Mexican gov't

Morelia, Mexico, Apr 15 (EFE).- The leaders of the community self-defense groups in 20 cities in the western Mexican state of Michoacan have reached an agreement with federal officials to begin demobilizing, officials said. The vigilantes also agreed to work with federal authorities to strengthen efforts to identify Caballeros Templarios drug cartel "targets," the office of the federal commissioner for security and development in Michoacan, Alfredo Castillo Cervantes, told Efe.
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