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American judge kidnapped and held for $36,000 ransom after hiring two prostitutes while vacationing in Rio de Janeiro:

A judge from the United States was kidnapped and held for ransom in Rio de Janeiro on Monday The judge had met with two prostitutes, Shayna Monteiro and Beatriz Freitas, he had known from his previous visits to the Brazilian city, according to police The women visited the apartment he rented in the Rio de …

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US Tourist warned “travel at own risk” to Mexico.

Americans are putting themselves at serious risk traveling to Tijuana and Rosarito, Baja California According to a new travel advisory issued by the United States Embassy in Mexico, elevating the current threat level to three of four.  Officials said the risk was increased due to the arrest of a prominent cartel leader in Baja. The travel advisory reads:  “There is the potential for …

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Germany returns the first 2 of 1,100 Benin Bronzes back to Nigeria

BERLIN, July 1 – German authorities on Friday returned to Nigeria the first two of more than 1,100 priceless sculptures known as the Benin Bronzes that were looted by Europeans in the 19th century. British soldiers looted some 5,000 of the artifacts – intricate sculptures and plaques dating back to the 13th century onwards – …

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New U.S state Law to end arrest for Loitering for Prostitution

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a controversial bill to decriminalize “loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution.” Senator Scott Wiener, who sponsored the bill, says loitering laws are used by police to discriminate against people of color and the LGBTQ community. “This criminal provision – arrests for which are based on an officer’s subjective perception of whether …

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