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Romanian organized crime group targeting places of worship: police

Romanian mobsters are traveling the country and targeting religious institutions in brazen daylight robberies, police suspect. In April and May, they hit two Buddhist temples, two mosques and one Hindu temple in the Washington, D.C., area, according to authorities.Montgomery (Maryland) County Police suspect that the Romanian Organized Crime Group, who call themselves the ROMAs, targeted seven similar places in 2023, …

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Over 53,000 Haitians flee capital in weeks following gang takeover

More than 53,000 people have fled Haiti’s capital in less than three weeks, the vast majority to escape unrelenting gang violence, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday. More than 60% are headed to Haiti’s rural southern region, which worries U.N. officials. “Our humanitarian colleagues emphasized that these departments do not have sufficient infrastructure, and host communities do not …

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Floridians worry about relatives in Haiti as gang-dominated chaos rages on

Florida residents watching the unfolding unrest in Haiti are expressing concerns for family and friends on the Caribbean island nation, saying they are virtually being held prisoners in their own homes because of the ongoing violence. Cosy Joseph, of Boynton Beach, runs the Gaskov Clerge Foundation, which has worked to provide healthcare, education and sports opportunities in Haiti and the …

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In Cuba, the terminal stage of communism is a mafia

This essay was originally published inDiscourse magazine. On Feb. 5, Mirtza Ocana, an American citizen of Cuban origin, arrived at Tampa International Airport from Havana andwas arrested for attempting to smuggle more than $100,000 into the country. When questioned, Ocana confessed to having carried out 45 similar assignments since May 2023. The smuggling operation involved millions of dollars. Because Cuba …

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Romanian mob is coming for your debit cards, with ATM-style skimmers now at self-checkouts: authorities warn

Prosecutors in California say the Romanian mafia has given a new look to an old scam — debit card skimming — by placing devices to steal personal information on self-checkout machines in grocery stores. Debit card skimmers have long been problematic at gas stations and ATMs. Now a highly organized network of crooks is branching out. “They’ll have people sitting …

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