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Hunger is driving up crime in Venezuela as violence hits new highs, report says

Hunger is driving up crime in Venezuela as violence hits new highs, report says

Venezuela’s violence hit new peaks in 2016 amid a breakdown in the law enforcement and judicial systems and a spike in hunger-related crimes, a leading nonprofit reported Wednesday. According to the Observatory of Venezuelan Violence, or OVV, the South American nation saw at least 28,479 violent deaths this year for a total of 91.8 deaths per 100,000 residents. If the number proves accurate, Venezuela would have the second-highest homicide rate in the world after El Salvador and ahead of Hond…
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French woman who killed allegedly violent husband pardoned

A French woman who was convicted of shooting and killing her allegedly violent husband was granted a presidential pardon on Wednesday in a case that drew public attention to the issue of domestic abuse. Two hours after President Francois Hollande pardoned her, 69-year-old Jacqueline Sauvage was seen leaving a prison southeast of Paris in a dark gray sedan after spending more than three years behind bars. Two different juries sentenced Sauvage to 10 years in prison for fatally shooting her husband, Norbert Marot, three times in the back with a hunting rifle in 2012. During the trials in 2014 and 2015, Sauvage said her late husband had beaten her for 47 years. The couple’s adult daughters also claimed Marot had abused them. Neither Sauvage nor the daughters ever filed a complaint against him. The three women said they were too humiliated to seek help and instead suffered violence that included sexual abuse silently behind closed doors. In a statement, the Elysee Palace said Hollande decided that “the place of Ms. Sauvage was no longer in prison, but with her family.” Women’s rights advocates, politicians and sympathizers around France had mobilized to support Sauvage, with a petition calling for her to be pardoned signed by hundreds of thousands. Nathalie Tomasini, one of Sauvage’s lawyers, told RTL radio the pardon was a “very strong message sent by François Hollande to all women victims of domestic violence.” Actress Eva Darlan, who chairs a support committee that advocated for Sauvage, said on BFM television that the presidential pardon is a “strong gesture toward men who hit (women).” In January, Hollande granted a partial pardon to Sauvage, allowing her to seek parole. But two more courts made up of professional magistrates refused to free her. The president of the main union of French magistrates said Hollande made a “deplorable” decision “to please the public and to respond to a media request.” “It is a political decision… that challenges the functioning of our institutions,” Virginie Duval said on BFM. The French Constitution allows a president to pardon convicts and to reduce prison sentences. The Associated Press doesn’t typically name victims of extremely severe abuse, but the victims in this case have told their stories publicly.
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Aborigines outside Australia's Parliament protest violence

Aborigines outside Australia’s Parliament protest violence

Aboriginal traditional dancers carrying clap sticks and spears and with faces painted white with clay traveled from remote northern Australia to Parliament House on Monday to draw attention to rampant domestic violence in Outback indigenous communities. Scores of Rirratjingu people flew 2,900 kilometers (1,800 miles) from Yirrkala in the Northern Territory to dance a ceremony at the front door of Parliament and to urge national action against family violence in communities such as theirs. &quot…
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Collums Column: Thanking Those Who Serve

Collums Column: Thanking Those Who Serve

Zach Collums • zcollums@delcojournal.com For most, thanking a firefighter or a emergency responder is easy. These are the people who serve our communities but never have to harm people intentionally. They are the people who we can thank and never have to question why we thanked them. For most, thanking the people whom, when it comes to it must harm people to keep us safe, is hard. Sure, there are bad examples of those people, law enforcement officers and military service men and women, w…
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Violence by, toward police backdrop for South Carolina trial

Against a backdrop of violence by and toward police across the nation, opening statements will get underway Thursday in the murder trial of a white former police officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist. A panel of 11 white jurors and one black juror will decide the case against Michael Slager, who faces 30 years to life if convicted of murder in the April 2015 shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott. Scott fled a traffic stop in North Charleston and his shooting wa…
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Miami passes resolution condemning hate speech, violence against Muslims

Miami passes resolution condemning hate speech, violence against Muslims

Miami passes resolution condemning hate speech, violence against Muslims. 0. Sponsored by Revcontent. You May Also Like. This Meal Kit Service …
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Miami resolution condemns anti-Muslim hate speech, violence

(WPLG) Nezar Hamze stood in front of the Miami Commission last week, holding back tears before thanking officials for placing a resolution condemning hate speech and violence against Muslims on the agenda. Hamze looked down, cleared his voice and began to speak. “Wanted to thank you for your courage commissioner,” Hamze, operations director with the Council of American-Islamic Relations, and Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy. “As a father I appreciate your courage. It&#821…
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Gunman Kills New York Anti-Violence Activist In Miami

Gunman Kills New York Anti-Violence Activist In Miami

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Anti-Violence Activist Shot Dead In Miami

Lavon Walker, 30, an anti-violence activist, died at a hospital after being shot Sunday on a street corner in Miami Beach, CBS News reports. The incident took place near the popular Miami Beach street Ocean Drive right before 7 a.m. Three suspects were seen in a surveillance video speeding away from the scene of the shooting in a white Jeep Cherokee. Police are currently searching for them. According to the Miami Herald, Walker, the father of two, used to work with a Brooklyn, N.Y., advocacy …
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One person detained in railroad line theft

One person detained in railroad line theft

Officer Joe Sheen flies down Keowee Street in his Dayton Police cruiser, makes a hard left turn and then throttles upward of 60 mph on East Third Street. He doesn’t say a word, dodging other drivers, before jamming the vehicle into park sideways in front of a house on Irwin Street. He bounds past the toys in the yard and the Halloween decorations on the front door and races up to a second-floor bedroom where an unconscious man is on the carpet. As heroin and its many substitutes course th…
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UNICEF calls for end to ‘dire’ situation in Aleppo

UNICEF’s representative in Syria called Saturday for an end to the violence that has beset northern Aleppo, causing “dire” humanitarian and psychological impacts on both sides of the divided city. U.N. agencies are on “standby” to deliver needed assistance, Hanaa Singer of the U.N.’s children agency told The Associated Press. The U.N. Security Council is expected to vote later Saturday on rival Syria resolutions sponsored by France and Russia. Both are virtually certain to b…
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Court upholds teacher's conviction for showing violent movie

Court upholds teacher’s conviction for showing violent movie

An Ohio appeals court has upheld the felony conviction of a former substitute teacher who was sentenced to three months in jail for showing a movie including graphic sex and violence to a high school class. Sheila Kearns previously apologized. She said she didn’t watch “The ABCs of Death” before showing it to her Spanish classes at Columbus’ East High School in April 2013. The movie has 26 chapters depicting grisly death, such as “E is for Exterminate.” Kearns was convicted …
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‘I’m trapped. … Oh my God, they’re coming!’ 911 calls reveal terror in Charlotte

Huddled in gridlocked cars as a roiling street protest bore upon them in the darkness, motorists pleaded with 911 operators for help in the week’s first wave of violence early Wednesday. Scenes of chaos were described in recordings released Monday by the city of Charlotte. Starting around 1:30 a.m., calls poured in to the emergency communications center as demonstrators angered by the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott flooded onto W.T. Harris Boulevard and Interstate 85. One of the first calls came from a woman in a Chrysler 300 stuck in traffic at Harris Boulevard and North Tryon Street when demonstrators began pounding on cars. “I’m trapped,” she said. “They’re all in the street … Oh my God, they’re coming!” She said no one appeared to have any weapons, but demonstrators were climbing on cars. About 50 vehicles were stopped around her, she said, and there was nowhere to go. Someone had placed traffic cones in the travel lanes ahead, she said, and when motorists got out to move them, demonstrators would put them back up to block traffic. “Now they’re trying to run over the cones and get home,” she said, and the call ended. A woman from Georgia traveling with her husband, two sons and their dog reported that a rock had shattered their windshield. “I’m still stuck in this,” she said. “I would like to get out of it before I pull over.” “I don’t want you to stop there, period. Just follow traffic and get out of the area.” He guided her to refuge in the IKEA parking lot near the highway. Next came a call from a trucker on the side of the highway reporting that people were looting trailers. “They are coming this way,” he said. “And I’m scared … Oh my God, there’s hundreds of them.” “I can’t move. There’s a whole mob of people, I’m not kidding. Yep, they’ve taken everything. They’ve got the whole road blocked.” From another trucker whose trailer was being looted: “I’m so scared … They’re just taking stuff and running with it. They’ve got the doors of the trailer open.” “Someone needs to get cops down here before these truckers start shooting some of these SOBs … Now they’ve started a fire … There’s just nowhere to go.” As word of the blockade spread by the news and social media, some northbound drivers on I-85 stopped short of the chaos, turned around and drove against traffic that was oncoming at speeds of up to 70 mph. facebook twitter email Share More Videos 0:35 Curious lemurs investigate camera Pause 0:21 Man caught on video sucker-punching woman 0:33 Video shows Houston transit police officer beating homeless man 0:34 Drone footage of 370-foot-tower imploding 2:22 Charlotte police release footage of Scott shooting 1:29 Video shows rattlesnakes fighting for dominance 2:24 Video shows fatal encounter between police, Keith Lamont Scott 2:31 Charlotte police include photo showing ‘weapon’ in shooting investigation 2:14 Third night of protests in Charlotte 0:36 Video shows woman shooting at home invaders, killing one 1:10 Dramatic video shows deadly shootout between rival gang members 0:15 Students kneel during National Anthem performance Share Video Video link: Select Embed code: Select facebook twitter email Fire on I-85 during Charlotte protests A fire was set on I-85 in the early-morning hours Wednesday during a protest following the officer-involved shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte.   A fire was set on I-85 in the early-morning hours Wednesday during a protest following the officer-involved shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte. According to a timeline from the city of Charlotte, a peaceful protest began in University City about 7 p.m. Tuesday. An hour later, the crowd grew more aggressive. At 8:30 p.m., the Civil Emergency Unit – what Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department calls its riot unit – was sent in “to de-escalate the situation and restore order,” the city said in a statement. But the friction grew – around 9 p.m., people began damaging police cars and throwing things at officers. Around 1:30 a.m., demonstrators began moving toward I-85. Traffic in both directions was shut down at about 1:45 a.m. and looting began. Another round of tear gas cleared the highway at 3 a.m. and it was reopened about 3:30 a.m. as a crowd descended on the Walmart in the 7700 block of North Tryon Street where they broke windows and looted the store. One demonstrator was arrested and 16 officers were hurt, none critically. No citizens were reported injured. facebook twitter email Share More Videos 0:35 Curious lemurs investigate camera Pause 0:21 Man caught on video sucker-punching woman 0:33 Video shows Houston transit police officer beating homeless man 0:34 Drone footage of 370-foot-tower imploding 2:22 Charlotte police release footage of Scott shooting 1:29 Video shows rattlesnakes fighting for dominance 2:24 Video shows fatal encounter between police, Keith Lamont Scott 2:31 Charlotte police include photo showing ‘weapon’ in shooting investigation 2:14 Third night of protests in Charlotte 0:36 Video shows woman shooting at home invaders, killing one 1:10 Dramatic video shows deadly shootout between rival gang members 0:15 Students kneel during National Anthem performance Share Video Video link: Select Embed code: Select facebook twitter email A timeline of the Charlotte police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott Protesters have taken to the streets of Charlotte following the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott on Tuesday. Officials allege a black officer opened fire on Scott after he emerged from his car with a gun in the University City area. Family members say Scott, a disabled black man, was holding a book. Nicole L. Cvetnic McClatchy   Protesters have taken to the streets of Charlotte following the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott on Tuesday. Officials allege a black officer opened fire on Scott after he emerged from his car with a gun in the University City area. Family members say Scott, a disabled black man, was holding a book.
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Study: As a species, humans inherit murderous tendencies

Evolution and genetics seem to have baked a certain amount of murder into humans as a species, but civilization has tamed some of the savage beast in us, according to a new study. Scientists calculated the rate at which more than 1,000 mammal species kill their own kind, and noticed how closely related species have similar rates of lethal violence. They essentially found that where a species is on evolutionary tree of life tells a lot about how violent the species is to its own kind. And we’re …
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Grieving Families Walk For Peace In Face Of Senseless Gun Violence

Grieving Families Walk For Peace In Face Of Senseless Gun Violence

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter MIAMI GARDENS (CBSMiami) — Dealing with grief is something that all of us face sooner or later and while many may have their own ways to cope with loss, having someone by your side can make a world of difference. “What brought me out here today?” asked Sussy Salazar. “They murdered my brother not too far from here.” Michael Lopez was fatally shot two months ago in Miami Gardens in a car with his girlfriend. He was 23. &#8…
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Milbank: How Trump winks at political violence

“Absolutely nonsense,” Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, told ABC News when asked if such a message could incite violence. If Trump’s “let’s see …
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Miami-Dade Students Wear Green to Stand Against Youth Violence

Students at Miami-Dade School District wore green Wednesday to stand against youth violence. It’s part of a new national initiative launched this week called ‘Sandy Hook Promise’. “We wear green so people don’t feel left out because recently there’s been violence with kids,” explained Sara Ruiz Mesa, a 4th grader at I-Prep Academy. ‘Sandy Hook Promise’ is a non-profit group created by several families whose children were killed at a Connecticut school in 2012. The core program is called “Know t…
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50th anniversary events begin today at Miami

HOW TO GO WHAT: 50th anniversary kick-off celebration WHEN: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 WHERE: Campus Quad at Miami University Regionals’ Middletown Campus, 4200 N. University Blvd. We’ve sent an email with instructions to create a new password. Your existing password has not been changed. By submitting your registration information, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. We have sent you a verification email. Please check your email and click on the link to activate y…
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2nd night of violent protests over Charlotte police shooting

Violent protesters rampaged through parts of downtown Charlotte as anger continued to build over the deadly police shooting of a black man and the wildly different stories about what happened from authorities and the victim’s family and neighbors. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency Wednesday night in the state’s largest city and called in the National Guard after Charlotte’s police chief said he needed the help. A peaceful prayer vigil turned into an angry march and t…
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Gun violence more lethal than acts of terrorism

Gun violence more lethal than acts of terrorism

Gun violence more lethal than acts of terrorism … from England attempted to detonate a shoe bomb unsuccessfully on Flight 63 from Paris to Miami.
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Maine anti-violence group to give away trigger locks

Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence is launching a trigger lock giveaway, revisiting a program that was well-received more than a decade ago …
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Damion St Patrick Baston accused of using violence to force Australian women into global sex trade

A JAMAICAN man accused of being a violent pimp who forced women into prostitution in Australia will face trial in a Miami, Florida, court.
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