At least 28 urban areas in Rio Grande do Norte state have been hit by disturbances this week, authorities say.
The Honduran police have been tasked with moving en masse into the country's two largest cities to root out criminal gangs.
Under heavy police escort, dozens of trucks carrying oil leave Varreux terminal blockaded by armed gangs for months before getting flushed out in major operation, officials say.
Escalating violence seen at Rohingya settlements where gangs try to assert control over drug trafficking and intimidate the refugees' civilian leadership.
UN spokesman said Antonio Guterres is gravely concerned over violence in Haiti amid the cholera outbreak.
Almost 69 percent of detainees are accused of belonging to the notorious Mara Salvatrucha gang, officials say. Rights groups have denounced arbitrary arrest of many people, including minors, with no gang links.
Authorities in Central American country have been rounding up suspected gang members since March, following the killing of 87 people in gang-related violence.
Wave of detentions is unprecedented in the Central American country that has suffered decades of violent crime driven by powerful gangs such as Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18.
The reform to the penal code applies to those who "reproduce and transmit messages or communications originating or allegedly originating from" the criminal groups.
El Salvador has enacted a state of emergency to fight a new spike in homicides while thousands of Haitians demonstrate against a lack of governmental support to protect their population from gangs.
Security forces have been conducting operations in the African country's northwest to crack down on gangs and cartels that target regional provinces for looting and mass abductions.
Violence against candidates has reached a record level as gangs push to control more territory.
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