AJ Impact

Armed robbers in Mexico steal $2.5m in gold coins

The coins have a face value of 50 pesos, but trade for 31,500 pesos ($1,610) apiece, according to Mexican bank Banorte.

Armed robbers in Mexico steal $2.5m in gold coins

United States

US man who sent pipe bombs to Trump critics sentenced to 20 years

Cesar Sayoc had pleaded guilty to explosives charges for mailing 16 pipe bombs days before midterm polls.

US man who sent pipe bombs to Trump critics sentenced to 20 years

Counting the Cost

What's the cost of piracy in West African waters?

The Gulf of Guinea has turned into one of the world's most notorious piracy hotspots. Plus, why's the gold price rising?

The Listening Post

Anti-corruption hero or villain? Brazil's Moro and the media

Anti-corruption icon Sergio Moro was lionised by Brazil's news media. Now he is fighting for his political life.

Vietnam

Vietnam seizes 55 pieces of rhino horn hidden in plaster

The 125-kilogram haul discovered at Hanoi's Noi Bai airport on same day suspects found with seven tiger carcasses.

Vietnam seizes 55 pieces of rhino horn hidden in plaster

Latin America

In Brazil's Belem, rogue cop-run militias 'make their own laws'

The Amazon city grapples with expanding 'militias', a growing number of drug gangs, and the 'massacres' that result.

In Brazil's Belem, rogue cop-run militias 'make their own laws'

Football

Kolasinac fends off knifemen trying to steal Mesut Ozil's car

Attempted robbery took place in north London; both football players unhurt, Arsenal says.

Kolasinac fends off knifemen trying to steal Mesut Ozil's car

Crime

Why are troops on the streets of Cape Town?

Effectiveness of police under scrutiny as soldiers fan out across ten precincts of South African city.

Why are troops on the streets of Cape Town?

United States

Turkish banker jailed in US over Iran sanctions repatriated

Mehmet Hakan Atilla, convicted on five counts of bank fraud and conspiracy, has been freed early on good behaviour.

Turkish banker jailed in US over Iran sanctions repatriated

Mexico

Murders in Mexico surge to record in first half of 2019

Mexico recorded 14,603 murders from January to June, versus 13,985 homicides registered in the first six months of 2018.

Murders in Mexico surge to record in first half of 2019

South Africa

Cape Town army deployment 'not a long-term solution'

Some living in 'murder hotspots' welcome move but others doubt it can ensure safety amid spiraling violent crime.

Cape Town army deployment 'not a long-term solution'

Special series

Pre-Crime: Has Minority Report-style Policing Become a Reality?

Police are using technology and data to predict behaviour and prevent crime - but are innocent people being targeted?

South Africa

South African military deployed in Cape Town to help fight gangs

Soldiers to help the police 'restore law and maintain order' in gang-hit parts of the port city for three months.

South African military deployed in Cape Town to help fight gangs

Morocco

Morocco sentences three to death for killing Scandinavian hikers

Anti-terrorist court hands down maximum penalty to ISIL supporters over the December murder of two Scandinavian women.

Morocco sentences three to death for killing Scandinavian hikers

Asia

Transnational crime boom a destabilising influence in SE Asia: UN

New report on how criminal groups rake in billions of dollars via drug trade, human trafficking and other activities.

Transnational crime boom a destabilising influence in SE Asia: UN