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Soccer star’s murder highlights South Africa’s crime problem as election nears

Johannesburg, South Africa Reuters In the South African township where Luke Fleurs grew up, some friends joined gangs before they reached high school age, but Fleurs found another path: he was so brilliant at soccer that he rose to be a professional player at South Africa’s top club. Fleurs’ success story ended abruptly last month […]

Slovakia approves criminal law reforms that sparked protests

Reuters The Slovak parliament approved reforms scrapping a special prosecution branch dealing with high-level crime and lowering punishments for financial crimes in a fast-track procedure on Thursday, amid public protests and concerns from the European Commission. The government of Prime Minister Robert Fico, who took power last October for the fourth time after a stint […]

Mexico high schoolers take up arms after village kidnappings

Acapulco, Mexico Reuters A volunteer police force in rural Mexico that says it has been overwhelmed by local kidnappings has recruited schoolchildren as young as 12 to join its ranks, the latest sign of how some parts of the country are struggling to cope with organised crime. Armed with rifles and sticks, and with their […]


Police tape

Did you know that most crimes in Australia are trending down. Some of the few exceptions include youth crime, domestic violence and cybercrime. PICTURE: David von Diemar/Unsplash Cybercrime is booming because that’s where commerce is moving. It’s easier to sit at a computer and steal money than rob a bank. Cyber crime is annoying, but domestic […]

South Koreans shocked after back-to-back stabbing rampages

Rescue workers are seen at a scene where, according to media reports, nine people have been stabbed and four others hurt by a car driven by the suspected attacker in Seongnam, South Korea, on 3rd August, 2023.

Seongnam, South Korea Reuters An apparently random stabbing attack in a commuter town near Seoul, the second such rampage in South Korea in less than two weeks, has sparked fear in a country that has long been considered safe with a low murder rate and strict firearm curbs. A man rammed his car into passers-by […]