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Thousands of Japan police in manhunt for rape suspect

A massive manhunt was underway in Japan on Wednesday with 4,000 police officers, 850 vehicles, sniffer dogs, helicopters and boats scouring a port city for an escaped rape suspect, reports said. Yuta Sugimoto, 20, was being questioned over claims he was part of a gang that raped and robbed a woman on the streets of Kawasaki, just south of Tokyo, on January 2. He slipped away from his guard during a visit to prosecutors in an office building on Tuesday, the day after he and another man were arrested.

Gunmen kill two soldiers in troubled Mexican state

Gunmen ambushed a military patrol in western Mexico, killing two soldiers in a tense state gripped by a standoff between a drug cartel and vigilantes, a prosecutor said Monday. The attack compounded a tense weekend in Michoacan after self-defense forces seized another town, buses were burned and their most prominent leader was injured in a plane crash. The soldiers were on patrol Sunday on a road leading to the city of Apatzingan when they shot back at the unidentified assailants, Michoacan's chief prosecutor Marco Vinicio Aguilera Garibay told AFP.

Gunmen kill two soldiers in troubled Mexican state

Gunmen ambushed a military patrol in western Mexico, killing two soldiers in a tense state mired in violence between a drug cartel and vigilantes, officials said Monday. The soldiers were on patrol on a road leading to the city of Apatzingan when they shot back at the unidentified assailants on Sunday, Michoacan state prosecutor Marco Vinicio Aguilera Garibay told AFP. "Two soldiers died in an attack by an armed group whose whereabouts are unknown," he said.

NYPD's Ray Kelly oversaw transformative era in NY policing

By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the final weeks of New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly's 12-year tenure, the spotlight has been focused on the city's falling crime rate and the NYPD's aggressive use of policing tactics like stop-and-frisk. Often overlooked in press reports about his legacy have been Kelly's efforts to transform policing in the country's biggest city through technological innovation and mass data-collection, which has been met with a mixture of praise and accusations of overreaching.

Russia built like a prison camp: freed Pussy Riot punk

Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who was freed Monday in a Kremlin-backed amnesty, slammed Russia's prison system and said that the whole country is built like a penal colony. "Russia is built on the model of a penal colony and that is why it is so important to change the penal colonies today to change Russia," Tolokonnikova told journalists after her release. "Penal colonies and prisons are the face of the country."

Italy's fugitive 'Valentine's Day monster' detained in France

An Italian serial killer nicknamed the "Valentine's Day monster", whose escape from prison in Genoa this week triggered a huge manhunt, was caught Friday on the French Riviera, police said. Bartolomeo Gagliano went on a murder spree in the 1980s, killing two prostitutes and a transvestite and seriously injuring another sex worker, for which he served years in a criminal psychiatric ward. At the time of his escape on Wednesday, he had been serving time in prison in the northwestern Italian town of Genoa for a hold-up.

U.S. prosecutor defends treatment of Indian diplomat

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. attorney in Manhattan defended on Wednesday the treatment of an Indian diplomat who was strip-searched after her arrest last week on charges of underpaying her nanny, a case that has strained U.S.-Indian relations.

Toronto police officers face lawsuit over allegations of racial profiling

TORONTO - Four black Toronto teenagers who were stopped by police and thrown in jail two years ago have filed a lawsuit against the officers alleging they were targeted because of their race. The suit alleges the officers had no reasonable or probable grounds to believe Buraa Abdulkadir, Burhan Abdulkadir, Yohannes Brhanu and Muathe Mahdi had committed an offence on Nov. 21, 2011.

Commuter bus crashes off Philippine highway onto van, 22 dead: police

MANILA (Reuters) - At least 22 people were killed when a speeding commuter bus crashed off an elevated motorway onto a delivery van in the Philippine capital, Manila, early on Monday, emergency authorities said. At least a dozen bodies had been pulled from the twisted debris of the overturned bus, police spokeswoman Elizabeth Velasquez told reporters. "It was not clear how this accident happened," she said. One witness reported seeing the bus speeding in poor weather.

7 Die in shootout between police and gang in Venezuela

Caracas, Dec 15 (EFE).- At least seven people, including six suspected criminals and a law enforcement agent, died in a shootout, Venezuelan Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez said. The shootout occurred in a city in western Venezuela on Saturday when officers tried to search several houses being used by members of a "mega gang dedicated to extortion and kidnapping," Rodriguez said. Gang members, who "were behind a long list of murders," opened fire on officers with "automatic rifles and pistols," the interior minister said.
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