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Italian police arrest 55 doctors, nurses for being clock-in cheats

Police on Friday arrested 55 doctors, nurses, and other staffers at a Naples public hospital for being clock-in cheats.

Italy seizes millions from dodgy Rome businessman

Italian police on Friday seized assets worth 40 million euros (42.4 million dollars) from a Rome businessman who falsely claimed residence in Dubai to dodge taxes.

New Delhi shocked at reports of Indian national dead in US shooting

India was in shock and dismay Friday at the news of the death of an Indian engineer in an alleged racially motivated killing in the United States earlier this week.

Australian archbishops call abuse probe a 'catastrophic failure'

The Australian Catholic Church's handling of a child sex abuse scandal has been a "catastrophic failure" and amounted to "criminal negligence," blasted the country's archbishops Thursday.

Ukrainian lawmaker says he was "bait" in fake abduction

Ukrainian lawmaker Oleksiy Honcharenko told reporters Thursday that his reported abduction in the Odessa region was fake, part of a sting operation to expose an organized crime group, state media reported.

Italy seizes 20 million in assets from Mafia clan

Italian police on Thursday seized assets worth 20 million euros (about 21 million dollars) from a renowned clan of the Neapolitan Camorra Mafia.

Naples doctor nabbed with 50 kilograms of drugs in car boot

Police in Naples on Thursday arrested an Italian doctor who was driving around with 50 kilograms of drugs in the boot of his car.

Two German archaeologists kidnapped in northern Nigeria

Unknown gunmen have kidnapped two German nationals in northern Nigeria, police said Thursday.

EU anti-fraud office eyeing claims against Merkel challenger Schulz

Martin Schulz's time as European Parliament president could become the subject of a probe by EU's anti-fraud office it emerged on Thursday.

Rights group: Video shows Cambodian police beating election candidate

A video posted on YouTube shows eight Cambodian paramilitary police beating a man identified as an opposition candidate at a Phnom Penh shopping mall, a rights group said Thursday. 

British suspect arrested in Deutsche Telekom hacking

A 29-year-old British citizen suspected of involvement in a cyberattack that left nearly 1 million Deutsche Telekom customers without services last year has been arrested, German federal police said on Thursday.

Le Pen's chief of staff indicted in European Parliament jobs probe

The chief of staff of Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate for president in upcoming French elections, was indicted Wednesday over allegations of irregular reimbursements from the European Parliament, a judicial source told dpa.

Bomb explodes outside police officer's home in Northern Ireland

A bomb exploded outside a police officer's home in Northern Ireland on Wednesday but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Croatian crime victims still not exercising rights enjoyed by victims in other EU countries

Victims of crime in Croatia still cannot exercise the rights exercised by victims of crime in other EU member-countries, and the biggest problem is that the national legislation still does not incorporate the EU directive on the protection of victims of crime, heard a conference held in Zagreb on Wednesday on the occasion of the European Day for Victims of Crime.

Report: Le Pen aides held for questioning on European Parliament jobs

Two key aides to Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate for the French presidency, have been held for questioning by police, the Agence France Presse news agency reported on Wednesday.

Thai monks start hunger strike to protest high-profile temple raid

Seven Buddhist monks began a hunger strike on Wednesday to protest against Thai authorities' continued occupation of their temple complex, as a high-profile search for a former abbot hit the one-week mark with no sign of the target.

German official: Possible attack at vocational school was false alarm

A police investigation into a possible attack at a vocational school in western Germany was the result of a false alarm, a local government spokesman said Wednesday.

Barcelona police open fire on stolen lorry laden with gas canisters

Security forces in Barcelona opened fire on a stolen lorry laden with gas canisters to bring a rampage through the city to an end, police in the Spanish city said on Tuesday.

Mainly immigrant suburb of Stockholm hit by riots

Dozens of youth clashed with police in a mainly immigrant suburb of the Swedish capital Stockholm on Monday night after an arrest in an underground train station.

Italian cops bust ring giving fake EU papers to 'enormous number'

Police said Monday they had busted a criminal ring that sold fake work papers to thousands of immigrants, allowing them to obtain Italian residency permits and access to the rest of the European Union.

Thai monks clash with police on fifth day of high-profile temple raid

Several monks were injured early Monday in clashes with Thai police at a Buddhist temple where thousands of officers have been searching for a former abbot wanted on money laundering and land encroachment charges.

At least 30 injured after explosion in Bogota

A explosion in the Macarena area of Bogota injured at least 30 people on Sunday, many of them police officers who were guarding a bull running through the streets of the Colombian capital.

Reports: Pakistani duo to be hanged in Singapore for murder

Two Pakistani men were sentenced to death by a Singapore court Friday for murdering and dismembering a fellow compatriot and disposing the body parts in a Muslim cemetery near the city's popular Mustafa Centre shopping mall, local media reported.

Swedish police arrest eight in child pornography raid

Swedish police have arrested eight men this week on suspicion of possession and distribution of child pornography, prosecutors said Friday.

Cops bust Italy-Colombia cocaine trafficking ring ahead of 8-ton deal

Police said Thursday they have arrested 68 suspected members of an international drug trafficking ring made up of mobsters and businessmen that was about to smuggle eight tons of cocaine from Colombia to Italy.

Australia's Catholic Church paid 276 million to abuse victims

Australia's Catholic Church has paid 276 million Australian dollars (212 million US dollars) in compensation to thousands of people who were victims of sexual abuse by priests and other members of the church, an inquest was told on Thursday.

German police raid imams suspected of spying for Turkish government

German police conducted raids early Wednesday against four imams suspected of acts of espionage on behalf of the Turkish government.

Police called out for possible terrorism alert in Chemnitz, Germany

Police have responded to a possible terrorism alert in the eastern German city of Chemnitz, local police said Monday, confirming a tweet by the tabloid Bild.

Drug hub Tanzania declares 'war' on traffickers

Tanzania on Monday declared a “war” on drug trafficking, announcing the upcoming questioning of dozens of officials and others in the East African country regarded as a significant international hub for the trade.

Violence in Paris suburb as protests against police escalate

A peaceful demonstration against police brutality in the Paris suburb of Bobigny descended into violence on Saturday with riots and vehicles being set on fire.

Inmate catches ride in rubbish truck to escape Austrian prison

A prisoner made a dirty escape from an Austrian jail after climbing into a rubbish disposal truck in order to flee.

Mexico cartel power struggle sets off wave of violence, 140 dead

A power struggle roiling the Sinaloa drugs cartel since the arrest of its leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has left 140 people dead in 2017, daily La Jornada reported Friday, citing Mexican government sources.

Report: 'Panama Papers' lawyers arrested in corruption case

The founders of the Panama law firm at the centre of the "Panama Papers" leaks last year were under arrest Friday for suspected links to a mushrooming bribery scandal, according to media reports.

Bomb threats trigger evacuation of Swedish trains

Two separate bomb threats prompted the evacuation of two Swedish passenger trains, and disrupted services on one of the country's main lines, police and train operators said Thursday.

Burundian teacher sentenced to 30 years for raping 17 pupils

A Burundian teacher was on Wednesday sentenced to 30 years in prison for raping 17 female pupils aged between 9 and 12 years, the court announced in the central city of Gitega.

Mafia boss's son arrested along with 44 others in Italian crackdown

Italian police on Tuesday arrested 45 suspected members of a powerful Mafia clan, including the boss's son.

Asylum seeker in Germany with seven IDs cons his way to 22,000 euros

A Sudanese man who used fake identities to defraud the German state of nearly 22,000 euros (23,600 dollars) was handed on Monday a suspended prison sentence of one year and nine months.

South Sudan soldiers charged with rape, murder to face execution

South Sudanese soldiers guilty of rape or murder amid the country's civil war will be executed by firing squad, the country's president, Salva Kiir, announced Monday.

Sweden decries blast targeting vehicle owned by police chief

Swedish police said Monday they had no suspects after an explosive was planted on a vehicle owned by a Stockholm-area police chief, which was widely condemned.

Afghan diplomat killed by security guard in Pakistan

An Afghan diplomat was killed inside an Afghan consulate in Pakistan by a security guard, police said on Monday.

French man arrested for mailing drugs to Australian outback town

A French man was arrested and charged for allegedly posting illicit drugs from his home country to a remote Australian outback town, police said Monday.

Australian inquiry details extent of "shocking" Catholic child abuse

Allegations of child sexual abuse in Australian Catholic churches and institutions were Monday described as "shocking" and "indefensible" during a public inquiry in Sydney.

Norway probes Russian cyberattack on key agencies

Russian-based hackers have attempted to hack nine email accounts linked to the Norwegian police security service (PST) as well as other government agencies, the PST said Friday, amid an ongoing probe.

Latest on the attack outside Louvre Museum in Paris

A French soldier has shot a man who attempted to attack him with a knife in a shopping centre beneath the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Nine arrested for stealing EU funds for the needy in Italy

Italian police on Thursday arrested nine people they say conspired to embezzle large amounts of European Union funds meant for needy families in the southern Calabria region.

Anti-Semitic incidents jump 36 per cent in Britain, group says

Recorded anti-Semitic incidents in Britain rose 36 per cent last year, fuelled by factors including the Brexit referendum, a Jewish support group said on Thursday.

Italian police bust arms traffickers to Iran, Libya

Italian police said Tuesday they have arrested a four-member ring that trafficked arms and dual-use materials to the embargoed countries of Iran and Libya.

Quebec premier says province stands with its Muslim citizens

Government leaders in Quebec on Monday reassured Muslim citizens of the Canadian province that they stand in solidarity with them after a shooting at a mosque killed six people.

Men accused of funding jihad with German church robbery head to jail

A court in western Germany sentenced eight church thieves to jail on Monday after they were accused of robbing churches to raise money to mount an armed jihad in Syria.

Italy busts international human trafficking ring

Italian law enforcement has busted an international migrant smuggling ring that trafficked hundreds from Italy into France, police said Monday.

Terrorist attack at Quebec mosque leaves 6 dead, 8 wounded

Officials in Canada called Sunday's shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, in the French-speaking province of Quebec, a terrorist act, as local media reported that the death toll had risen to six.

Bodies of six teens discovered in garden shed in Germany

A father worried about his children discovered the bodies of six teenagers, including his own, in a shed in the German town of Arnstein in Bavaria, police said Sunday.

Russian bill to ease punishments for domestic abuse passes key hurdle

Russian draft legislation seeking to soften punishments for first convictions for domestic violence was overwhelmingly approved by the lower house of parliament on Friday.

Israel moves towards decriminalizing marijuana use

Israel on Thursday moved closer to decriminalizing marijuana use after its public security minister declared his support for a policy emphasizing education and fines over criminal penalties.

Three men held over livestreamed rape in Sweden

Three men were remanded in custody Wednesday in connection with a suspected rape of a Swedish woman that was allegedly streamed online at the weekend.

Kremlin defends bill to soften punishments for domestic violence

The Kremlin defended a controversial bill to soften punishments for domestic violence, emphasizing that there is a difference between a one-time incident and repeat offenders.

Rise of populist movements will exacerbate corruption, watchdog says

Populist movements gaining traction in the United States, Europe and elsewhere will hinder efforts to fight corruption, Transparency International said Wednesday as it released its annual corruption index.

Czech sex offender suspected of spreading HIV deported from Thailand

Thai police have deported a Czech national believed to be infected with HIV and wanted by Interpol for sex-related crimes, an official at the country's main airport confirmed on Tuesday.

Sweden investigates three over alleged live stream rape

Three men were questioned Monday in connection with a suspected rape of a Swedish woman that was allegedly streamed online, authorities said.

Thousands of historic artefacts seized, 75 arrested in Europol raids

More than 4,000 works of art and archeological objects have been recovered and 75 people arrested in a Europol operation involving 18 countries, the European law enforcement agency said Monday.

Turkey arrests 610 on terrorism related charges in past week

Turkey has arrested 610 people on terrorism related charges in the past week, including 572 people who are alleged followers of Fethullah Gulen, a preacher the government blames for the coup attempt last year, the Interior Ministry said Monday.

Police in northern Brazilian city investigate series of 30 killings

Police in the northern Brazil city of Belem were alarmed Sunday by a series of 30 mysterious killings in a 24-hour period.

Four, including a child, killed as car hits pedestrians in Melbourne

A young child is among four people killed in the Australian city of Melbourne on Friday when a man known to the police for domestic violence-related issues deliberately drove through a busy pedestrian mall, officials said.

NATO logs 60 per cent increase in cyberattacks in 2016

NATO logged a 60-per-cent increase in cyberattacks in 2016 compared to the previous year, the organization said on Thursday, noting that its experts responded to roughly 500 incidents each month last year.

Two remanded in custody over assassination of Russia envoy in Turkey

Two people have been remanded in custody over the assassination last month of the Russian ambassador to Ankara, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Thursday.

Five killed in shooting in Mexico after music festival

A shooting early Monday at a Mexican beach disco where people had gathered at the end of a music festival killed five people and injured 15, according to police.

Mafia boss captured in Italy after two years on the run

A Mafia boss was arrested in Italy on Sunday after being on the run since 2014.

Six charged in Kardashian West jewellery heist case in Paris

Six people were handed preliminary charges Friday in the armed robbery of reality television and social media celebrity Kim Kardashian West, the Paris prosecutor's office said.

Cologne police: Only few New Year's suspects were so-called 'Nafris'

Cologne police have corrected their statement on the nationalities of men checked by police during New Year's Eve festivities, almost two weeks after falsely reporting that they were mainly North African.

Acid attack on Italian beauty queen puts her eyesight at risk

Doctors on Thursday were struggling to save the eyesight of a former Miss Italy finalist after an ex-boyfriend threw acid in her face, Italian news agency ANSA reported.

Anti-state extremist carrying 'fantasy ID' resists arrest in Germany

A wanted member of Germany's Reichsbuerger movement, which does not recognize the authority of the modern German state, presented police with a 'fantasy ID card' upon his arrest near Frankfurt, according to a police statement released on Thursday.

Police in Italy and Germany bust migrant smuggling ring

Italian and German police have busted a six-member ring that smuggled asylum seekers into the European Union via the Balkans, state police in the Italian city of Ancona said Wednesday.

Danish man kills wife and four children before taking his own life

A man in Denmark killed five members of his family before taking his own life, police said Tuesday.

Afghans suspected of molesting women on New Years' Eve in Austria

A group of six Afghans are suspected of having sexually harassed a number of women in Innsbruck on New Year's Eve, the city's police chief said Monday.

Seventeen arrested with links to Kardashian West heist in Paris

French police arrested 17 suspects in connection with the October robbery of US reality television and social media star Kim Kardashian West, the Paris prosecutor's office told dpa Monday.

Arrest made in shooting of US diplomat in Mexico

A man suspected of shooting a US diplomat in Mexico has been captured, Mexican and US officials said Sunday.

German police shoot knife-wielding man who charged into station

German police officers fatally shot a knife-wielding man who charged into their police station in the western city of Duisburg late Saturday.

Report: Recorded talks back allegations against Israel's Netanyahu

Israeli police are in possession of a recording of a conversation between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a businessman discussing "mutual benefits," the Haaretz newspaper reported on Sunday.

Several women allegedly raped by police in restive Indian state

Police in India's insurgency-hit Chhattisgarh state raped and physically assaulted at least 16 women in 2015 and 2016, the country's top rights panel has found in an initial probe.

Florida shooting suspect could face death penalty

The suspect in an airport shooting in Florida could face the death penalty after prosecutors on Saturday filed court documents accusing him of airport violence, gun crimes and murder, local media reported.

US diplomat wounded by shooting in Mexico

Mexican and US officials were seeking information about a gunman who wounded a US diplomat in Mexico, the consulate in the western city of Guadalajara said Saturday.

German intelligence uncovered cyberattack on OSCE last year

Germany’s domestic intelligence service uncovered a cyberattack targeting the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) last year, the head of the German service, Hans-Georg Maassen, told dpa in an exclusive interview.

Baltic News Service reports cyberattack; offline for 10 hours

The Baltic News Service BNS was back online Saturday after suffering a cyberattack that kept it from broadcasting much news the day before, the agency reported.

Five dead in shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport, suspect held

A man has been detained after five people were killed in a shooting Friday in southern Florida at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, local police said.

Around 700 cannabis plants discovered in Leipzig penthouse

A cannabis farm with around 700 plants has been discovered in a penthouse flat in the German city of Leipzig, police said on Friday.

At least 33 reported dead in second Brazil prison riot this week

At least 33 people are dead after the second prison riot in Brazil this week, local media reported Friday, citing justice officials.

Four charged in Chicago over racial assault on disabled man

Chicago police filed hate crime and other felony charges against four people after a video of an attack on a mentally disabled man was distributed on the internet.

Bangalore police find no sign of mass molestations on New Year's Eve

There was no evidence of molestation of women on a large scale during New Year's Eve revelry in the Indian city of Bangalore, but five cases had been registered, police commissioner Praveen Sood said Thursday.

Assets worth millions seized from ex Monte dei Paschi execs

Authorities have seized assets worth 22.6 million euros (23.6 million dollars) from two former executives at Italy's troubled Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) bank.

Reported assaults in Bangalore lead to 4 arrests, "safer" city pledge

Four people have been arrested in connection with sexual assaults on women during New Year's eve revelry in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, the minister in charge of law and order said Thursday.

New video emerges amid reports of New Year sex assaults in Bangalore

Days after reports of widespread sexual assaults on women during New Year's eve celebrations in Bangalore, a new video emerged Wednesday showing two men attacking a lone woman on a street.

Seven dead, more than 150 inmates escape in attack on Philippine jail

Suspected Muslim rebels attacked a provincial jail in the southern Philippines on Wednesday, leaving one guard and six inmates dead and allowing more than 150 inmates to escape, officials said.

Man shoots Swiss police officers in house search, turns gun on self

A man in north-eastern Switzerland shot two police officers during a house search on Tuesday before later turning the gun on himself.

Fifty reported dead in Brazil jail riot

At least 50 inmates have died in a prison riot in Brazil, security authorities in the north-western state of Amazonas say.

12 killed as man opens fire at New Year's party in Brazil

Twelve people died when a man opened fire at a New Year's Eve party in Brazil and then turned the gun on himself, the country's state news agency, Agencia Brasil, reported Sunday.

Chicago records its most violent year in nearly two decades

2016 was the most violent year in the US city of Chicago in almost two decades, local media reported Sunday, citing annual police statistics.

German city uncovers 300 cases of welfare fraud by asylum seekers

A city in northern Germany has set up a special commission to investigate more than 300 current cases of welfare fraud by asylum seekers.

US officials ramp up response to alleged Russian hacking

US officials are expressing growing concern over the alleged cyberthreat posed by Russian hackers, news reports said Saturday.

Brazil police: wife, lover plotted murder of Greek ambassador

The wife of Greece's ambassador to Brazil and her presumed lover were arrested Friday for murdering the diplomat in what authorities called a planned "crime of passion," Rio de Janeiro's Policia Civil said.

Killings, kidnappings, terrorism decreased in Karachi, report says

Assassinations, kidnappings and terrorist attacks have significantly decreased in Pakistan’s largest city Karachi in 2016, said a report released by one of country’s most important paramilitary forces on Friday.