Mafia’s Capo di Capi Dead

VOA Sicily’s Mafia boss of bosses is dead. The former capo of the Cosa Nostra, Salvatore 'Toto' Riina, one of the world’s most notorious criminals, died in prison in the northern Italian town of Parma at the age of 87 after a
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Blast in St. Petersburg Metro Kills 11, Injures Dozens

VOA Russian authorities have identified a suspect in Monday's deadly subway bombing in St. Petersburg, the Interfax news agency reports. Interfax says police believe it was a suicide bombing, and they identified the alleged bomber as a 23-year-old man from Central Asia. The news agency quotes police who say he carried the bomb (more...)

Truck Plows Into Crowded Christmas Market in Berlin; 12 Dead

A truck in Berlin plowed into a crowded open air market, killing at least 12 people and injuring as many as 50 others as Germans celebrated the Christmas season with traditional outdoor festivities. Police say the crash occurred outside the landmark Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Monday evening, and later reported the (more...)

Son of Russian Lawmaker Convicted of Fraud in US

VOA The son of a Russian lawmaker was found guilty in the United States on charges of organizing a global hacking ring, in what a prosecutor called one of the most prolific credit card trafficking schemes in history. Roman Seleznev, son of Russian lawmaker and Vladimir Putin ally Valery Seleznev, was
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Milwaukee Sees Second Night of Unrest After Police Shooting

VOA The northern U.S. city of Milwaukee saw a second night of unrest Sunday with police in riot gear confronting a group of people protesting the killing of a black man by police. The Milwaukee Police Department said one person was shot during the protests and that they used an armored vehicle (more...)

Obama: ‘No Clear Evidence’ Orlando Mass Killing Directed from Overseas

VOA Ken Bredemeier U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday there is "no clear evidence" that the shooter who carried out the biggest mass killing in the country's history at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was directed by an overseas terrorist group. "It appears the shooter was informed by extremist (more...)

Two Shot Dead on University Campus in California

VOA News Two people were shot dead Wednesday at the University of California, Los Angeles, prompting authorities to temporarily lock down the campus. Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck says the shooting was a murder-suicide. He described both victims as male adults. Authorities say reports of a shooting near an engineering studies (more...)

Russian National Accused Charged With Foreign Bribery

The former owner and President of Chestnut Consulting Group Inc. and Chestnut Consulting Group Co. (generally referred to as the “Chestnut Group”) was indicted by a federal grand jury or his alleged participation in a scheme to pay bribes to a foreign official in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices (more...)

Hundreds of Children Sexually Abused by Priests in Altoona-Johnstown Diocese

Jurors issue report that details cover-up taking place over decades A statewide investigating grand jury has determined that hundreds of children were sexually abused over a period of at least 40 years by priests or religious leaders assigned to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's (more...)

6 Dead in Michigan Mass Shooting

VOA News Authorities say they have detained a suspect in a deadly shooting spree that left six people dead and two others wounded in the northern U.S. state of Michigan. Police early Sunday arrested 45-year-old Jason Dalton, a driver for the ride hail company Uber. Officials say he has no known criminal (more...)

Actor Sean Pen Interviewed Mexican Drug Lord for ‘Rolling Stone’

VOA News U.S. actor Sean Penn met with legendary Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in Mexico, months before his capture, for an interview posted on Rolling Stone magazine's website late Saturday, a day after Guzman was captured by Mexican authorities. Guzman "proudly" volunteers to Penn "I supply more heroin, (more...)

US Investigators Focus on Friend of California Shooter

VOA Ken Bredemeier U.S. investigators probing last week's deadly massacre in California are now intensely focusing on the activities of Enrique Marquez, who they say supplied the assault-style weapons to the husband-and-wife attackers who killed 14 people and wounded another 21. Authorities say that the 24-year-old Marquez spent hours tinkering (more...)

FBI Chief: California Shooters Radicalized Long Before Attack

VOA Mike Richman The head of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation says the two shooters in last week's California massacre were radicalized before they met online and started discussing jihad and martyrdom about two years ago. The head of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation says the two shooters in last week's (more...)

Police: Married California Shooters Were Heavily Armed

VOA News The husband-and-wife attackers who shot to death 14 people at a California holiday party fired as many as 75 shots in the horrific rampage and left behind a remote-controlled toy car rigged with three pipe bombs that failed to detonate, police said Thursday. San Bernardino, California police chief Jarrod (more...)

14 Killed in California Shooting, One Suspect Dead

VOA News At least 14 people were killed and 17 others wounded on Wednesday when three gunmen burst into a handicapped training center in San Bernardino, California and started shooting. Hours later, police killed one suspect and arrested another after stopping an SUV in which the gunmen escaped. Officers late (more...)

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