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Suspected acquaintance of Berlin attacker Amri detained

A man suspected of being involved in a violent incident in a Berlin shisha bar last year, which also involved Christmas market truck attacker Anis Amri, has been detained by police in the German capital.

Police: Four dead, 20 injured in attack near British parliament

Four people have died and at least 20 were injured near the British parliament in central London on Wednesday, the Metropolitan police said, in what the force described as a "terrorist incident."

Cops capture fugitive Italian Mafia boss after 10 years on the run

A 'Ndrangheta Mafia boss who has been in hiding for 10 years was captured by Italian police at dawn on Wednesday.

India police launch "Anti-Romeo Squads" to protect women

Police in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh have begun deploying "anti-Romeo squads" who conduct surprise checks in public areas to curb sexual harassment and taunting of women, officials said Wednesday.

Ex-president Park questioned by prosecutors for 14 hours

Impeached South Korean president Park Geun Hye spent around 14 hours being interrogated by prosecutors on Tuesday, a lawyer for Park said.

South Sudanese rebels demand million-dollar ransom for oil workers

South Sudanese rebels have demanded a ransom of one million dollars for four kidnapped oil workers, the South Sudanese government confirmed on Tuesday.

Thai junta denies staging assassination plot to crack down dissenters

A Thai government allegation of an assassination plot against the prime minister mushroomed into a potentially bigger scandal Monday as accusations flew that the plot was a government fabrication backed up by little evidence.

Human trafficker suspected of torture arrested in Italy

A people smuggler who allegedly tortured refugees in Libya has been arrested in Italy after he was recognized by migrants there and nearly killed by a lynch mob, police said on Saturday.

Secret Service laptop with Trump Tower evacuation plans stolen

A laptop computer with sensitive information including an evacuation plan for Trump Tower has been stolen from a Secret Service agent in New York, CNN reported Friday.

Irish tourist raped, strangled in India

An Irish woman whose body was found in India's western beach resort state of Goa had been raped and strangled, police officials probing the case said Friday.

Malta customs seizes 350 kilograms cocaine: country's biggest bust

More than 350 kilograms of cocaine were found in a container in Malta, the island's largest-ever narcotics bust, the customs department said on Thursday. 

Armed student arrested after French school shooting

A student at a secondary school in southern France was arrested Thursday, a police source said, after a shooting that officials said left the headmaster and two students injured.

Parcel explodes at IMF Paris office, one person injured

One person was slightly injured on Thursday when a booby-trapped parcel exploded at the Paris office of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), police said.

Italy police seized 2.6 billion euros in assets from Mafia in 2016

Italy's finance police seized assets worth 2.6 billion euros (2.8 billion dollars) from the Mafia last year, the corps said in its annual report out Thursday.

Audi offices raided as cloud of Volkswagen emissions scandal spreads

German prosecutors launched raids Wednesday on offices and homes linked to luxury carmaker Audi, as well as the headquarters of its parent company Volkswagen, amid suspicion of fraud related to the emissions scandal that has engulfed the VW group.

South Sudan bans ivory trade for at least 10 years

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Wednesday banned ivory trade in an attempt to curb poaching in the violence-plagued country, which is believed to have become a hub for ivory smugglers.

Thai activist faces 5 years in prison for conducting Facebook poll

A Thai activist on Wednesday reported to police on a computer crimes charge for conducting a Facebook survey that suggested negative public opinion toward the military government.

Somali pirates holding fuel tanker crew demand ransom, EU says

Pirates who seized a fuel tanker off the Somali coast are demanding a ransom, the European Union Naval Force said Wednesday.

Melbourne blogger who faked cancer cure found guilty of deception

An Australian wellness blogger, Belle Gibson, who lied about beating her brain cancer using natural remedies and nutrition was engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct, a federal court judge has found.

Australian woman kidnapped in Kabul last year released, police say

An Australian aid worker who was kidnapped in Afghanistan last year has been released, government officials confirmed on Wednesday.

250 skulls found in Mexico mass graves

Mexican authorities have discovered at least 250 human skulls in clandestine graves in Mexico's eastern state of Veracruz, authorities told Mexican media Monday.

EU Naval Force investigates reports of Somali pirates seizing ship

The European Union Naval Force has sent a maritime patrol aircraft to the coast of Somalia to investigate reports that Somali pirates have seized a commercial vessel, a spokeswoman for the force said Tuesday.

Unknown rebels abduct American and Swedish UN staffers in Congo

Two United Nation staffers - one American, one Swedish - are among six people recently abducted by unknown rebels in central Congo, the government announced Monday.

Intruder scales White House fence while Trump was inside

An intruder carrying a backpack scaled the White House fence along Pennsylvania Avenue before being arrested late Friday, the Secret Service said.

Dusseldorf train attacker was paranoid schizophrenic, police say

A man who injured nine people when he indiscriminately struck passers-by with an axe at Dusseldorf's main train station suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, police said Friday.

Russian opposition activist Dadin detained soon after prison release

Russian opposition activist Ildar Dadin, whose conviction for attending unauthorized rallies was recently overturned by the Supreme Court, was again detained during a protest on Friday.

Dusseldorf axe attacker was mentally ill, injured count increases

The axe attacker who injured seven people at Dusseldorf train station on Thursday night acted alone and suffered from mental health problems, police have said in a statement.

Manhunt ends in Germany for suspect in killing of 9-year-old boy

The suspect in the killing of a 9-year-old boy in Germany was caught after a manhunt, and police say he has led them to two more bodies.

Europol investigating 5,000 organized crime groups

Some 5,000 organized crime groups are active in Europe, with more than one-third of the rings involved in illicit drug trade, the EU law enforcement agency Europol said in a large-scale report Thursday.

Gambian authorities discover hidden body of opposition leader

Gambian authorities discovered the body of opposition leader Solo Sandeng, who died in custody during former autocrat Yahya Jammeh's regime, the police said Thursday.

Robbers reportedly net millions of dollars at South African airport

Armed robbers masquerading as police have staged an audacious cash heist at Johannesburg airport in South Africa, stealing 15 million dollars, the newspaper Times Live reported Thursday.

Indian government criticized for silence on attacks in US

India's opposition parties on Thursday criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi for failing to comment on the recent attacks on people of Indian origin in the United States.

Britain rejects EU demand it repay 2 billion euros in custom duties

British customs authorities on Wednesday rejected demands from the EU's anti-fraud office that Britain repay 1.987 billion euros (2.1 billion dollars) in lost customs duties for Chinese textile and footwear imports.

Purported son of Kim Jong Nam releases video after airport killing

A man claiming to be the son of the recently murdered half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un appeared in a YouTube video that went online Wednesday, saying that he hopes the situation "gets better soon."

EU fine worth 155 million euros for five car suppliers in cartel case

The European Commission imposed a 155-million-euro (164-million-dollar) fine on five car suppliers on Thursday following a cartel investigation.

Britain should repay 1.987 billion euros says EU anti-fraud office

Britain should repay 1.987 billion euros (2.1 billion dollars) in lost customs duties for Chinese textile and footwear imports, to the EU budget, the EU anti-fraud office (OLAF) said Wednesday.

Australian police seize 'protein powder' meth worth millions

At least eight people have been arrested in Australia while trying to smuggle methamphetamine worth hundreds of millions of dollars disguised as protein powder, police said Wednesday.

Police charge man with racism, threats against Brexit campaigner

Police have charged a 50-year-old man over online racism and threats against Gina Miller, who led a successful legal fight to force the Conservative government to consult parliament before triggering Brexit negotiations.

Nine people on trial in Swedish love triangle killing

Nine people went on trial Tuesday in Sweden, charged with involvement in a murder that resulted from a love triangle gone horribly wrong.

Elephant tusks worth nearly half a million dollars seized in Thailand

Thai customs on Tuesday seized 422 elephant tusks worth 17 million baht (484,000 dollars) smuggled from Malawi, the authorities said at a press briefing.

Turkey arrests third suspect in probe of Russian ambassador murder

A Russian national who was allegedly in contact with the Turkish police officer who gunned down Moscow's envoy to Turkey in December has been arrested, according to Turkish media reports on Monday.

Teenager reports parents' drug use to police

A 14-year-old from the southern German city of Passau could stand his parents' drug use no longer and reported them to the authorities, police said Sunday.

Game ranger and four elephant poachers killed in shootout in Kenya

A game ranger and four elephant poachers were killed in a fierce gun battle in a nature reserve in south-eastern Kenya, the national wildlife service said Saturday.

Italian police bust fake fuel smuggling ring

Police said Saturday they had arrested seven suspects and busted a smuggling ring that brought fake diesel fuel from northern Europe into Italy.

Jilted lover arrested over threats against Jewish community centres

A Missouri man was arrested Friday in connection with several threats against Jewish institutions, which federal prosecutors allege was part of a revenge scheme against a former lover.

False bomb scare grounds Thai Airways plane in Stockholm

A plane bound for Thailand was set to resume its flight from Stockholm late Friday after a bomb threat delayed the flight originally scheduled for a day earlier.

Eight Iraqi asylum seekers convicted of gang-raping woman in Vienna

Eight Iraqi asylum seekers were convicted on Thursday of gang-raping a woman in Vienna on New Year's eve 2015.

Rights group: Philippine police falsify evidence to justify killings

Police in the Philippines falsify evidence to justify extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a new report published on Thursday.

Clerical abuse survivor quits pope's child protection commission

A victim of clergy sexual abuse has resigned from the commission Pope Francis established to advise him on the issue, citing frustration with the lack of cooperation from the Holy See, the Vatican said Wednesday.

Nicaraguan woman dies from burns incurred during exorcism

A woman died in northern Nicaragua from severe burn injuries suffered during an exorcism, local authorities said Tuesday.

Two German police killed in hunt for man suspected of murdering gran

Two police officers were killed in Germany on Tuesday when a man suspected of killing his grandmother rammed into them with a car in an apparently drug-fuelled spree to evade capture, police said.

Austria identifies US-based Turk as source of cyberattacks

A string of cyberattacks against Austrian institutions has been linked to a Turkish suspect operating out of the US state of Kentucky, an Austrian newspaper reported Tuesday, citing an investigation by the army's intelligence agency.

Arson attack at French cultural institute in Athens

Unknown assailants have carried out an arson attack on the French cultural institute in Athens, the fire brigade and police reported on Monday.

Seven killed in attack on prison bus in Sri Lanka

Seven people were killed Monday when unidentified gunmen disguised as police officers opened fire on a convoy transporting prisoners to a court south of Sri Lanka's capital, officials said.

Five injured as car hits pedestrians in south-east London

A man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and drink-driving on Sunday after five people were injured by a car he was driving in south-east London, police said.

Anarchist riots hit central Athens district

Clashes broke out between Greek police and self-styled anarchists in a central Athens neighbourhood early Sunday.

Details emerge on Heidelberg car-ramming as police seek motive

German police on Sunday were puzzling over a motive for a car-ramming attack in the south-western German town of Heidelberg, which left one person dead and two injured.

73-year-old man dies after car ramming in Germany

A 73-year-old male pedestrian died from his injuries after being run over when a car rammed into people in the south-western town of Heidelberg, police said Saturday.

German police shoot man who rammed car into pedestrians in Heidelberg

Police in Germany shot a man who rammed a car into pedestrians in the south-western town of Heidelberg on Saturday.

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.