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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.

For Mexico's hottest drug balladeer, music has a cost

"El Komander" struts on stage, pours expensive whisky into a fan's mouth and sings about grenade launchers -- just another wild night for a Mexican singer who has faced bans for eulogizing drug lords. Wearing a black leather jacket and military fatigue pants, Alfredo Rios took his show to 5,500 people in Texcoco, in the state of Mexico, a region of 15 million people enduring a spike in murders this year.

Key lieutenant of Mexico's "El Chapo" found slain

Culiacan, Mexico, Apr 11 (EFE).- A former army officer reputed to have been head of security for recently captured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was found shot to death in western Mexico, authorities said. The body of Manuel Alejandro Aponte was found Tuesday in the municipality of La Cruz de Elota along with those of two other people, Sinaloa state Attorney General Marco Antonio Higuera said. All three victims bore marks of torture.

Key lieutenant of Mexico's "El Chapo" found slain

Culiacan, Mexico, Apr 11 (EFE).- A former army officer reputed to have been head of security for recently captured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was found shot to death in western Mexico, authorities said. The body of Manuel Alejandro Aponte was found Tuesday in the municipality of La Cruz de Elota along with those of two other people, Sinaloa state Attorney General Marco Antonio Higuera said. All three victims bore marks of torture.

Security chief for Mexican drug kingpin found dead

The security chief of Mexico's jailed top drug cartel chief Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman has been found dead with three other people in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, officials said on Thursday. The body of Manuel Alejandro Aponte Gomez, head of security for the man who had been considered the world's most powerful drug lord until his arrest in February, was found Wednesday inside a construction materials business in Elota, in Sinaloa. No one has come forward to claim his body and the prosecutor in Sinaloa, Marco Antonio Higuera Gomez, declined to say how Aponte Gomez died.

Top Mexican cartel leader cooperating with US

A son of fugitive Mexican cartel leader Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada Garcia has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges and is cooperating with the American government, US authorities revealed Thursday. Arrested in Mexico in 2009 and extradited to the United States the following year, Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla entered a guilty plea in April 2013 before US District Chief Judge Ruben Castillo in Chicago. His written plea agreement was made public for the first time Thursday.

Son of Mexican drug lord cooperating with U.S.

Chicago, Apr 10 (EFE).- The son of the acting head of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel has been cooperating with U.S. authorities as part of a plea bargain reached a year ago, federal prosecutors said here Thursday. Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla pleaded guilty in April 2013 to one count of conspiracy to distribute tons of cocaine and heroin in the United States, according to a documented presented in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Son of Mexican drug lord cooperating with U.S.

Chicago, Apr 10 (EFE).- The son of the acting head of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel has been cooperating with U.S. authorities as part of a plea bargain reached a year ago, federal prosecutors said here Thursday. Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla pleaded guilty in April 2013 to one count of conspiracy to distribute tons of cocaine and heroin in the United States, according to a documented presented in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Former UK parliament speaker cleared of sex assaults

The former deputy speaker of Britain's House of Commons was cleared on Thursday of charges of sexually assaulting seven young men. Nigel Evans, 56, had been accused of using his "powerful" political influence to take advantage of the men. But a jury at Preston Crown Court in northwest England found Evans not guilty of one count of rape, five sexual assaults, one attempted sexual assault and two indecent assaults.
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