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Police arrest 3 men wanted for over 200 murders in Mexico

Mexico City, Dec 10 (EFE).- Three members of a criminal organization were arrested by the Federal Police in the western state of Jalisco in connection with more than 200 murders, as well as kidnappings and extortion, the Mexican National Security Commission said Tuesday. Felipe Viveros Garcia, 30, Jose Bernabe Lopez Alcaraz, 43, and Froylan Barrera Morales, 40, allegedly committed "the crimes of criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, extortion, murder and arms trafficking and possession," the commission said in a statement.

Sex offenders' recidivism rate falls

SEOUL, Nov. 24 (Yonhap) -- The recidivism rate among sex offenders has dropped somewhat over the past year due in part to stronger oversight by the police, data showed Sunday. According to the National Police Agency (NPA), a total of 24,471 sex offenders have been arrested nationwide since November last year. Of that total, 1,556 offenders were found to have committed the same crime before, marking a recidivism rate of 6.35 percent. Over the same period between 2011 and 2012, the rate was 8.01 percent, according to the NPA.

Fierce debate as France looks to punish prostitutes' clients

French lawmakers will next week consider a bill that punishes the clients of prostitutes and has sparked fierce debate in a country with a long history of liberal attitudes to sex. The bill, which the government says is aimed at preventing violence against women, has come under fire from celebrities like Catherine Deneuve and Charles Aznavour, leading intellectuals and prostitutes themselves.

Fierce debate as France looks to punish prostitutes' clients

French lawmakers will this week consider a bill that punishes the clients of prostitutes and has sparked fierce debate in a country with a long history of liberal attitudes to sex. The bill, which the government says is aimed at preventing violence against women, has come under fire from celebrities like Catherine Deneuve and Charles Aznavour, leading intellectuals and prostitutes themselves.

Manitoba schools face requirement to hold lockdown drills every semester

WINNIPEG - Manitoba schools will be required to hold at least one lockdown drill every semester. The provincial government is mandating the practice lockdowns on top of 10 fire drills that must be held each year. Education Minister James Allum says everyone inside a school must remain in secure rooms during lockdowns. Schools will also be required to review their emergency response plans every year. Allum says although violence in schools is rare, lockdown drills ensure staff and students know what to do in an emergency.

Court martial convicts military medic of sex assault in bogus breast exams

GATINEAU, Que. - A military judge has delivered a guilty verdict in the sex assault court martial of a former Canadian Forces medic on more than two dozen charges. Retired petty officer James Wilks will now face sentencing on 25 sexual assault and breach of trust charges involving 16 women over six years. In a West Quebec courtroom near Ottawa, military judge Lt.-Col. Louis-Vincent d'Auteuil handed down the verdict after reading a detailed summary of the case that concluded the testimony of the women should be believed.

Trial of U.S. Air Force officer accused of groping woman begins

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The trial of an officer accused of groping a woman while he headed the U.S. Air Force's sexual assault prevention unit began on Tuesday in a Virginia courtroom. Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Krusinski is facing a jury trial in Arlington County, outside Washington, on a misdemeanor charge of assault and battery for allegedly groping a woman in a Pentagon parking lot in May.

Drugs, guns and race feed Malaysia gang violence

Jobless at 16 and facing the economic marginalisation of many Malaysian Indians, Raju opted for the danger and easy money of life in the notorious "04" criminal gang. He was nearly beaten to death by a rival gang a few years ago, his teeth and bones broken. But he survived, and is flush with cash thanks to the lucrative drug-trafficking and protection rackets on his Kuala Lumpur turf. "To live a luxurious life you have to deal in drugs. There is a lot of money to be made," the burly, mustachioed gang captain, now 33, told AFP, asking that his real name be withheld.

U.S. crime rate rising, but fewer Americans believe it: Gallup poll

By Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fewer Americans are aware that violent crime has been on the rise in the United States for the past few years, according to a Gallup poll published on Thursday.

9 Dead in Brazil prison brawl

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 10 (EFE).- Nine inmates were killed and 20 others injured in a fight between rival gangs at a prison in the northern Brazilian city of São Luis, authorities said Thursday. The clash at Pedrinhas penitentiary involved jailed members of two drug-trafficking outfits, the Maranhão state government said. Police recently arrested 16 reputed members of one of the two gangs, Bonde dos 40, which is seen as the most powerful criminal organization in the state.
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