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In this Aug. 14, 2014 photo, residents watch from behind police tape where private security guard Jonatan Josue Rosales was killed while guarding a bakery in Guatemala City. While private security is growing worldwide, Latin America is the region where the boom is accompanied by rising rates of homicide, kidnapping and extortion. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Private firms filling Latin America’s security gap

Thursday, November 27, 2014

MEXICO CITY — A panic alert flashed across Alberto Herrera’s computer screen. Men claiming to be with the notorious Gulf Cartel had stopped a convoy transporting chemicals through a lawless region of northeastern Mexico. They seized two drivers from an escort truck and demanded the valuable cargo in exchange for their release. Giant flat-screen monitors blinked with the GPS locations … 0

Abuse of trust

Thursday, November 27, 2014

SAN DIEGO — Advocacy groups barely waited for President Barack Obama to finish speaking about sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system to start warning about scams. “We hear horror stories about people getting taken advantage of horribly,” attorney Ginger Jacobs told several dozen people who watched the president’s speech at Alliance San Diego offices. California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Mexican consulates … 0

Death penalty sought for Nigerian child bride

Thursday, November 27, 2014

KANO, Nigeria — The father of a 14-year-old child bride accused of murdering her husband said Thursday he was appealing to a Nigerian court to spare his daughter the death sentence. Wasilat Tasi’u is on trial for the murder of her 35-year-old husband, Umar Sani, who died after eating food that Tasi’u allegedly laced with rat poison. “We are appealing to the judge … 0

Pope addresses Europe

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

STRASBOURG, France — Pope Francis sought Thursday to inspire an old and “haggard” Europe to find its vigor and greatness once again, urging European governments to welcome migrants, care for the elderly and create jobs for the unemployed. … 0

Hungary police warn women of dangers of flirting

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, police in Hungary have warned young women about the risks of flirting. The Vas County police department issued a statement Tuesday about rape prevention, cautioning that “flirting by young women can often elicit violence.” … 0

Police: Students ran high school prostitution ring

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

VENICE, Fla. — Authorities say two southwest Florida high school students organized a prostitution ring of students from nearby high schools. Police say a 15-year-old Venice High School student was already in juvenile custody for an unrelated case when he was charged Tuesday with human trafficking. On Friday, … 0

Conservationists sue over federal coal program

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. — Conservation groups sued the government Tuesday to force officials to undertake their first broad review of the federal coal-leasing program in decades and consider how burning the fuel contributes to climate change. The lawsuit from Friends of the Earth and the Western Organization of Resource … 0

Activists: Syrian strikes kill 60 in IS-held city

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BEIRUT — Syrian government warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday on the de-facto capital of the extremist Islamic State group, killing at least 60 people, shattering shop fronts and setting dozens of cars ablaze, activists said. … 0

Ferguson unrest spurs worldwide reaction

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

For China’s state media, the violence in Ferguson, Mo., was an opportunity to point out the type of rights abuses the United States and its Western allies often accuse Beijing authorities of committing. In Russia, which faces accusations … 0

Space station’s 3-D printer pops out 1st creation

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The first 3-D printer in space has popped out its first creation. The 3-D printer delivered to the International Space Station two months ago made a sample replacement part for itself this week. It … 0

Ferguson protesters rally across US for 2nd day

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

People protesting the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision took to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day Tuesday, showing that the racially charged case has inflamed tensions even hundreds of miles from the predominantly … 0

Defense Secretary Hagel resigns

Monday, November 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — As the Pentagon absorbed the shock of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s unexpected resignation Monday, another realization set in: Neither Hagel’s departure, just like those of his two predecessors, nor the arrival of his successor promises major … 0

Thousands rally across US

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thousands of people rallied late Monday in U.S. cities including Los Angeles and New York to passionately — but initially peacefully — protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer who killed a black … 0