Malaysian trafficking camps 'abandoned after crackdown'
By Praveen Menon and Andrew R.C. Marshall WANG KELIAN, Malaysia (Reuters) - Malaysian police believe at least two of the jungle camps where they have found nearly 140 graves of suspected human trafficking victims were abandoned in the last two to three weeks, around the time that Thailand launched a crackdown on people smugglers. The first body removed from the site had been dead for around the same amount of time and may have been left unburied as the traffickers fled in a hurry from the area near the Thai border, the local police chief said. The dense jungles of southern Thailand and northern Malaysia have been a major stop-off point for smugglers bringing people to Southeast Asia by boat from Myanmar, most of them Rohingya Muslims who say they are fleeing persecution, and Bangladesh.
3 burglars share tips of trade in crime prevention videoCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ? Three convicted burglars are sharing tips of their trade in a YouTube crime prevention video produced by the police in Columbus, Ohio.
Samsung to merge two major units
Samsung Group announced on Tuesday the merger of two major affiliates, as the South Korean business giant accelerates restructuring efforts ahead of a generational power transfer within the founding Lee family. The all stock deal, approved by the boards of both companies would see Samsung's de facto holding company Cheil Industries -- which has interests from fashion to theme parks -- acquire general trade and construction affiliate Samsung C&T. The merger, which is expected to be completed by September pending shareholder approval, will see Cheil offer 0.35 new shares for each Samsung C&T share. The two companies are both listed on the Seoul stock market, with Cheil valued at 22 trillion won (US$2 billion) and Samsung C&T 8.6 trillion won as of Tuesday morning.
AP source: Cleveland, Justice Department reach policing deal
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Cleveland has reached a settlement with the Department of Justice over a pattern of excessive force and civil rights violations by its police department, and it could be announced as soon as Tuesday, a senior federal law enforcement official said.
Fire at China nursing home kills 38: state media
Thirty-eight people were killed in a fire at a home for senior citizens in China's central Henan province, state media said, the latest disaster in a country with a poor record on work safety. The fire broke out late on Monday at the "privately-owned Kangleyuan rest home in Lushan county", the official Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday, citing local authorities. The cause of the fire, which injured another six people, was unclear, Xinhua said.
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Tornado, floods leave deadly trail at Mexico-US border
A tornado ripped into a town in northern Mexico, killing at least 13 people and flattening hundreds of homes in a deadly six-second blast of carnage, officials said. The savage twister roared through the Mexican border town of Ciudad Acuna at dawn, tossing cars and big rig trucks into the air before they smashed into houses and buildings. The tornado came as ferocious weather battered swathes of Mexico and the southern United States, where rescuers hunted for 12 people missing in flash floods across Texas and Oklahoma that left three people dead.
Militants kill UN soldier in Mali's capital: security sources
Militants opened fire on two United Nations peacekeepers in Mali's capital Bamako on Monday, killing one and wounding the other, security sources said. "Armed men that we have not yet identified shot at two peacekeepers who were on board a UN vehicle on Monday night. A source from MINUSMA, the UN's peacekeeping mission in Mali, told AFP the two UN soldiers were Bangladeshi.
Obama at Arlington: Never stop paying tribute to the fallen
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) ? President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying the country must "never stop trying to fully repay them" for their sacrifices. He noted it was the first Memorial Day in 14 years without U.S. forces engaged in a major ground war.