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Mexican gov't to disarm militias

Morelia, Mexico, Apr 4 (EFE).- The Mexican government is preparing to disarm the self-defense groups who have been battling the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel in the western state of Michoacan since February 2013, officials said. Authorities will also remove the barricades the militias have erected in several communities, according to the federal commissioner for Security and Comprehensive Development in Michoacan, Alfredo Castillo Cervantes.

Federal court denies judicial review for alleged Macau crime kingpin

VANCOUVER - The accused kingpin of a Macau triad will not get a new hearing of his immigration case, after a Federal Court judge found there is ample evidence of his ties to criminal activity. Lai Tong Sang was ordered deported by an Immigration and Refugee Board adjudicator last August, on the grounds that he was criminally inadmissible to Canada. Lai, 59, quickly filed the application for a judicial review by the Federal Court.

Ex-Berlusconi government official arrested for mafia collusion

By Amalia De Simone and Steve Scherer NAPLES (Reuters) - Italian police arrested a former member of Silvio Berlusconi's government, accusing him of colluding with the mafia to quash competition against his family's petrol distribution business near Naples, officials said on Thursday. Nicola Cosentino, an undersecretary in the Economy Ministry from 2008-2010 and the ex-boss of Berlusconi's party in the region around Naples, was arrested along with 12 others on suspicion of extortion and unfair competitive practices.

Shootouts in Mexican border city leave 6 dead

Monterrey, Mexico, Apr 2 (EFE).- At least six people were killed in a running shootout between gunmen and army troops in Reynosa, a border city in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, officials said. The gunfight started around 4:00 p.m. Tuesday and continued on different streets and avenues in Reynosa, located across the border from McAllen, Texas, a Tamaulipas Attorney General's Office spokesman told Efe. The shootout was sparked by the arrest of a cartel boss, the AG's office spokesman said without identifying the suspect.

Japanese mobsters launch own website

Japan's biggest organised crime syndicate has launched its own website, complete with a corporate song and a strong anti-drugs message, as the yakuza looks to turn around its outdated image and falling membership. The clunky-sounding "Banish Drugs and Purify the Nation League" website is an offering from the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan's largest yakuza grouping.

Japanese mobsters launch own website

Japan's biggest organised crime syndicate has launched its own website, complete with a corporate song and a strong anti-drugs message, as the yakuza looks to turn around its outdated image and falling membership. The clunky-sounding "Banish Drugs and Purify the Nation League" website is an offering from the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan's largest yakuza grouping.

Mexico takes out drug lords but violence persists

Mexico's government has taken down almost the entire leadership of one of the country's most vicious drug cartels, but it can barely savor victory amid rising violence around the capital. With the killing of Knights Templar gang leader Enrique "Kike" Plancarte on Monday, authorities have now captured or gunned down all but one of the chiefs of a gang that has tormented the western state of Michoacan. But success against the Knights Templar may have come with a price, with security experts saying that Mexico City's suburbs could be affected by the "cucaracha" effect.

Japanese mobsters launch own website

Japan's biggest organised crime syndicate has launched its own website, complete with corporate song and a strong anti-drugs message, as the yakuza looks to turn around its outdated image and falling membership. The clunky-sounding "Banish Drugs and Purify the Nation League" website is an offering from the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan's largest yakuza grouping.

Mexican security forces kill cartel boss in shootout

Mexico City, Apr 1 (EFE).- One of the top leaders of Mexico's Caballeros Templarios drug cartel died in a shootout with the security forces, an official told Efe. Enrique Plancarte Solis was killed in a gunfight Monday in the central state of Queretaro, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "The identity of Enrique Plancarte, presumably killed in a shootout with the Navy Secretariat, is being verified," the Government Secretariat said in a Twitter post. Marines participating in an anti-drug operation were involved in the shootout, media reports said.

Mexico kills Knights Templar drug cartel leader

Mexican marines killed a leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel on Monday, three weeks after the cult-like gang's top chief was gunned down, officials said. Enrique "Kike" Plancarte was killed in the state of Queretaro in central Mexico, two government officials said on condition of anonymity. "It was in a navy operation," one of the officials told AFP, declining to give more details because the interior ministry will make an official announcement on Tuesday.
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