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Longtime Berlusconi ally declared fugitive ahead of mafia verdict

By Wladimir Pantaleone PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) - A longtime political ally, business associate and friend of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has left the country ahead of a final ruling on mafia collusion charges, a Palermo prosecutor said on Friday. This week the Palermo court issued an arrest warrant for former Senator Marcello Dell'Utri, who co-founded Berlusconi's Forza Italia party in 1994, after prosecutors said they had evidence he might abscond before the verdict due next Tuesday.

Pakistani Taliban plot with seminaries to assault capital: police

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The Pakistani Taliban will coordinate with Islamist activists at major seminaries in or near the capital, Islamabad, to launch attacks if peace talks with the government fail, police said in a report obtained by Reuters. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took power last year promising to end Pakistan's insurgency through negotiations. Talks got going in February but have achieved little.

Pakistani Taliban plot with seminaries to assault capital: police

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The Pakistani Taliban will coordinate with Islamist activists at major seminaries in or near the capital, Islamabad, to launch attacks if peace talks with the government fail, police said in a report obtained by Reuters. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took power last year promising to end Pakistan's insurgency through negotiations. Talks got going in February but have achieved little.

Drug cartel internal feud leaves 28 dead in Mexico

An internal power struggle within the once-powerful Gulf drug cartel has left 28 people dead in gunfights on Mexico's northeastern coast this week, authorities said Thursday. Ten suspected criminals were arrested after a series of shootouts rocked the Gulf of Mexico towns of Tampico and Ciudad Madero, in the state of Tamaulipas, between Saturday and Tuesday. Authorities also seized cocaine, 16 high-caliber rifles, three handguns and 11 vehicles, said the Tamaulipas Coordination Group of federal and state security forces.

Drug cartel internal feud leaves 28 dead in Mexico

An internal power struggle within the once-powerful Gulf drug cartel has left 28 people dead in gunfights on Mexico's northeastern coast this week, authorities said Thursday. Ten suspected criminals were arrested after a series of shootouts rocked the Gulf of Mexico towns of Tampico and Ciudad Madero, in the state of Tamaulipas, between Saturday and Tuesday. Authorities also seized cocaine, 16 high-caliber rifles, three handguns and 11 vehicles, said the Tamaulipas Coordination Group of federal and state security forces.

Drug cartel internal feud leaves 28 dead in Mexico

An internal power struggle within a drug cartel has left 28 people dead in gunfights in Mexico's northeastern coast this week, authorities said Thursday. Ten suspected criminals were arrested after a series of shootouts rocked the Gulf of Mexico towns of Tampico and Ciudad Madero, in the state of Tamaulipas, between Saturday and Tuesday. The Tamaulipas Coordination Group of federal and state security forces said in a statement that 16 high-caliber rifles, three handguns and 11 vehicles were seized along with cocaine.

Pope says 'enough' to human trafficking, calls it crime against humanity

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis said "enough" to human trafficking on Thursday, denouncing it as a crime against humanity as police leaders and religious groups from around the world pledged to work together to combat it. Francis addressed the final session of a two-day Vatican-sponsored international conference on human trafficking attended by top law enforcement officials, politicians and representatives of religions.

Jailed Mafia godfather hospitalised in Milan

Jailed former Sicilian Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano has been taken to hospital in Milan from a maximum security prison suffering from "neurological pathologies", Italian media reported on Wednesday. The 81-year-old, who was arrested in 2006 after 40 years on the run during which he communicated with his lieutenants by word of mouth or typewritten notes, is serving several consecutive life sentences.

Mexican official met Knights Templar capos

The former number two official in Mexico's troubled western state of Michoacan held meetings with leaders of the Knights Templar drug cartel, the attorney general said Monday. Jesus Reyna, a member of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, was sacked as Michoacan's secretary of the interior after authorities placed him under arrest Saturday.

Britain re-arrests fugitive former mafioso on Italian warrant

LONDON (Reuters) - London police said on Saturday they had re-arrested a fugitive Sicilian mafioso who last month won a legal fight against extradition to Italy from Britain where he has been living under an alias for two decades. Domenico Rancadore, 65, has been tried in his absence by an Italian court and sentenced to seven years in an Italian jail for mafia-linked crimes between 1987 and 1995.
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