El Salvador's government continues to step up its fight against criminal groups after declaring a state of emergency in March and arresting more than 58,000 suspected gang members.
Gangsters had been ejected from Cabaret town north of capital Port-au-Prince several days ago but they returned, killing 12 people and burning many houses, says mayor.
All eight Turkish nationals seized last month are now free after the gang released three Turkish women earlier in June "because they were sick."
The casualty count comes after several days of heavy gunfire forced some capital residents fleeing their homes and snarled traffic in several neighborhoods.
Experts and protestors point at Iran-affiliated militias, accusing them of being responsible for a string of assassinations that mainly targeted activists.
Haitian authorities have announced that more than 400 inmates have escaped and 25 people are dead in a prison break, making it the country's largest and deadliest in a decade.
No ransom was paid for the release of the men held for a week by a gang of armed men in Nigeria’s Kwara State, police said.
"Turkey has gained historic results against terror groups, gangs and drug dealers, and any other action targeting peace in our term since 2002" - Turkish President Erdogan.
Police in the Netherlands say the country's permissive drug policy has spawned an underground economy with criminal gangs in charge.
Reflecting the fear of being shot by police looking for Rio's well-armed drug gang members, the activists caution against carrying a long umbrella.
Pakistani Chottu gangesters kill six police officers and captures 24 people as hostages in clash with police
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