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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.

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.

Mladic has 'case to answer': UN war crimes court

A UN war crimes court upheld all charges against Bosnian Serb ex-army chief Ratko Mladic on Tuesday, saying he "has a case to answer", including for his role in Europe's worst massacre since World War II. Mladic, 72, appeared before judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) half-way through his trial to hear whether they deem that enough evidence exists to continue trying him for his role in Bosnia's bloody 1992-95 war.

Obama: religious violence has no place in US

President Barack Obama warned Monday that religious violence had no place in US society after a gunman with alleged anti-Semitic ties killed three people at a Jewish center and retirement home. "Nobody should have to worry about their security when gathering with their fellow believers. No one should have to fear for their safety when they go to prayer," Obama said at the White House, a day after the shooting in Kansas.

Obama: religious violence has no place in US

President Barack Obama warned Monday that religious violence had no place in US society after a gunman with alleged anti-Semitic ties killed three people at a Jewish center and retirement home. "Nobody should have to worry about their security when gathering with their fellow believers. No one should have to fear for their safety when they go to prayer," Obama said at the White House, a day after the shooting in Kansas.

Three dead, suspect caught in shootings at US Jewish sites

A gunman shot three people dead Sunday at a Jewish community center and a retirement community in Kansas, drawing widespread condemnation and consternation on the eve of Passover. The 70-year-old white male suspect, who is in custody, was not local and did not know the victims, Overland Park Police Department Chief John Douglass told reporters. The bearded man used a shotgun in the assault and investigators, who are being assisted by the FBI, are trying to determine whether a handgun and assault rifle were involved.
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