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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.

Mexico state arrests mayor suspected of links to drug gang

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican prosecutors have arrested the mayor of a town in the troubled western state of Michoacán on suspicion of collaborating with a violent drug gang. The state government of Michoacán said in a statement it had detained Uriel Chavez, the mayor of Apatzingán, a city that has been a major stronghold of the Knights Templar.

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.

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.

Mexico pledges own anti-money laundering list like US kingpin designation

MEXICO CITY - Mexico has announced plans to fight money laundering by using "kingpin" lists like those issued by the United States, but at least one expert warned Monday it still isn't clear how the process will work. The administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto has gone further than its predecessors in publicly naming tax evaders by publishing their names in press releases. But Mexico has long been criticized because businesses designated by the U.S. Treasury Department as laundering conduits for drug cartels often continue to operate in Mexico.

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.
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