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Hours After Mexico Broke Glass Ceiling, Female Mayor Killed

Cotija mayor Yolanda Sanchez was shot 19 times

(Newser) - Mere hours after Mexico broke the glass ceiling in its highest office with the election of Claudia Sheinbaum to the presidency, gunmen mowed down a female mayor in the state of Michoacan. As the BBC reports, Yolanda Sanchez was the first woman elected to the post in the city of...

2 Ukrainian Colonels Accused in Plot to Kill Zelensky

They were allegedly recruited by Russia

(Newser) - Two of Volodymyr Zelensky's own colonels are accused of joining a Russian plot to assassinate him. Multiple assassination plots have surfaced previously, but the BBC notes this one stands apart because of the military officers involved. They were allegedly working with Russia's FSB—successor to the KGB—and...

Ecuador's Youngest Mayor Assassinated

Brigitte Garcia, aide were shot dead in car

(Newser) - Ecuador's youngest mayor has been shot dead in what her party describes as an assassination. Brigitte Garcia, the 27-year-old mayor of the coastal town of San Vicente, was found dead in a car Sunday alongside communications director Jairo Loor, the BBC reports. Police say the shots that killed the...

Investigation Ends With Widow of President Charged in Slaying

Former prime minister and police chief also are indicted in Jovenel Moïse's assassination

(Newser) - A judge investigating the July 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse issued a final report on Monday that indicts his widow, Martine Moïse; ex-Prime Minister Claude Joseph, and the former chief of Haiti's National Police, Léon Charles, among others. Charles, who now serves as Haiti's...

Haiti's Assassination Probe Implicates President's Wife

Meanwhile, protesters demand resignation of the prime minister over his ties to 2021 killing

(Newser) - A Haitian prosecutor has accused former President Jovenel Moïse's widow, who was seriously injured during her husband's 2021 assassination , of involvement in the killing. In a criminal complaint, Port-au-Prince public prosecutor Edler Guillaume recommends charges against 70 people, including former First Lady Martine Moïse, reports the...

Prosecutor Probing TV Station Attack Shot Dead in Broad Daylight

César Suárez was ambushed on his way to court

(Newser) - The prosecutor investigating the storming of a TV station in Ecuador was shot dead in broad daylight in one of the South American country's most violent areas. César Suárez was in a vehicle heading to a court hearing in Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city, when he was...

US: 'Defendant Conspired From India' to Have This Man Killed

American prosecutors have charged an Indian man who they say tried to hire a hit man

(Newser) - US prosecutors have charged an Indian man with trying to take out a hit on a US citizen living in New York City. In an indictment unsealed Wednesday, prosecutors allege Nikhil Gupta, 52, paid someone he believed to be a hit man $100,000 to murder Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. The...

60 Years After JFK Was Shot, 'a Race Against Time'
60 Years After JFK Was
Shot, 'a Race Against Time'

60 Years After JFK Was Shot, 'a Race Against Time'

As surviving witnesses try to log their assassination accounts, conspiracy theories continue to abound

(Newser) - It's the day before Thanksgiving, and also the commemoration of another somber day in American history: the 60th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. JFK was fatally shot in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, by Lee Harvey Oswald while riding in a motorcade with wife Jacqueline...

Seventh Suspect in Slaying of Presidential Candidate Is Killed

All were slain in Ecuadorian prisons

(Newser) - A seventh man accused in the August assassination of an Ecuadorian presidential candidate was killed inside a prison in Ecuador's capital, authorities said Saturday, a day after six others accused of being linked to the crime were slain in a different lockup. The killing of the seven suspects happened...

Rare Memento From Night Lincoln Was Shot Just Sold for Big Bucks

RR Auction hawks 2 front-row balcony tickets from Ford's Theatre for $262K

(Newser) - A pair of front-row balcony tickets to Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865—the night President Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth—have sold at auction for $262,500, according to a Boston-based auction house. The tickets are stamped with the words "Ford's Theatre, APR 14,...

Ecuador Busts 6 Foreigners in Assassination; 7th Is Killed

6 Colombian nationals arrested in murder of presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio

(Newser) - Six people have been arrested in connection with the assassination of Fernando Villavicencio , the Ecuadorian presidential candidate gunned down Wednesday, and they're all Colombia nationals. Citing a police report, the AP reports the men were found hiding in a home in Quito, Ecuador's capital, and that cops also...

Haiti President's Killing Was Planned in Florida

4 South Florida residents arrested, including 2 accused of devising the plan

(Newser) - Another four South Florida residents have been arrested for alleged roles in the 2021 assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise. A year and a half into their investigation, US federal authorities believe Moise was killed in an attempted coup that went awry. Dozens of suspects have been arrested, including several...

Amid Death Threats, Suspects in Haiti Assassination Sent to US

7 suspects in president's slaying now in US custody

(Newser) - Four key suspects in the killing of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse were transferred to the United States for prosecution as the case stagnates in Haiti amid death threats that have spooked local judges, US officials announced Tuesday. The suspects now in custody of the US government include James Solages,...

'Hard to Think of a More Unexpected Place'
'Hard to Think
of a More

'Hard to Think of a More Unexpected Place'

Japanese laws mean gun violence is almost non-existent

(Newser) - There will be no erasing the scars carved into Japan with Friday's assassination of former prime minister Shinzo Abe, say those familiar with Japanese society. The country has been "brought to a standstill by the news," which is especially shocking given that gun crime is almost non-existent...

The World Reacts to Shinzo Abe's Assassination
The World Reacts to
Shinzo Abe's Assassination

The World Reacts to Shinzo Abe's Assassination

A 'dark day for Japanese democracy'

(Newser) - World leaders are expressing sadness, shock, and outrage at the assassination of a man many of them knew personally—Shinzo Abe, Japan's longest-serving prime minister. Abe, who resigned in 2020, was fatally shot while delivering a speech at a campaign event in western Japan Friday. Former Australian prime minister...

Ex-Japan PM Shinzo Abe Dies After 'Barbaric' Shooting

Suspected assassin identified as Tetsuya Yamagami

(Newser) - Doctors were unable to save Shinzo Abe, Japan's former prime minister, after he was shot during a campaign event Friday. The 67-year-old died from his injuries after the attack in Nara, western Japan, public broadcaster NHK has confirmed. Abe, who resigned in 2020, was Japan's longest-serving prime minister....

Biden Administration 'Startled' by Alleged Russian Hit Lists

Sources: Russia has lists to kill or arrest Ukrainian political foes, others after an invasion

(Newser) - Whether President Biden will end up meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Ukraine tensions remains to be seen, but one thing they might want to talk about are lists allegedly held by Russia that detail Ukrainians it wants to detain or assassinate if Russia invades Ukraine. Foreign Policy first...

Haiti Assassination Suspect Arrested During Stopover

Mario Palacios is now in US custody

(Newser) - US authorities have taken custody of a main suspect in the killing of Haitian president Jovenel Moïse, and he is scheduled to appear Tuesday in federal court in Miami. Mario Antonio Palacios was arrested in Jamaica in October and was scheduled to fly to his native Colombia on Monday....

They Escaped Certain Death Only to Face It Again

For some Rohingya refugees, assassins lurk

(Newser) - As the New York Times tells it, they've gone from one hell to the next. The first would be Myanmar, the country Rohingya Muslims fled en masse in 2017 to escape ethnic cleansing. Where most have landed is Bangladesh, which is home to what is the biggest single refugee...

Trial Begins in Killing of 'Africa's Che Guevara'

Burkina Faso leader Thomas Sankara was assassinated in 1987

(Newser) - In Burkina Faso, more than a dozen people went on trial Monday accused of involvement in the assassination of the leftist leader who gave the West African country its name. Thomas Sankara, often called "Africa's Che Guevara," changed the country's name from Upper Volta as part...

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