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Positive outlook for Genting Malaysia despite theme park delays

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KUALA LUMPUR: The outlook for the rest of 2H18 remains positive for Genting Malaysia Bhd image: https://cdn.thestar.com.my/Themes/img/chart.png despite the likely delays of both theme parks, said RHB Research. Visitor count to the hill top increased by 21% year-on-year (y-o-y) to 12.8 million as of June, due to the new facilities opened under the Genting Integrated Transformation Plan (GITP) that include ... Read More »

Customs catches smugglers with rare animals

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Hong kong:Customs officials in Xiamen, East China’s Fujian Province, caught two men smuggling sugar gliders from Taipei on September 11, thepaper.cn reported on Tuesday. The officers noticed that two passengers with light luggage appeared to be nervous. With thicker calves, they had difficulty in moving. An inspection found that the two had tied body-colored stockings to their legs which were ... Read More »

Vietnam investigating China’s detention of Vietnamese girl for ivory smuggling

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Vietnam said it is looking into the detention of one of its minor citizens by Chinese authorities for smuggling ivory accessories, and will take protection measures if necessary. The Consulate General of Vietnam in Nanning is contacting the Chinese authorities to learn more about the incident and their approach in handling it, Vietnam’s foreign ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang ... Read More »

Italy busts ‘jihadist’ smuggling ring bringing migrants from Tunisia in high-speed boats

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Italian authorities have arrested 13 suspects in a high-speed migrant trafficking ring operating between Tunisia and Sicily whose members espoused radical jihadist views. Italian financial police in Sicily said Tuesday that a wiretapped conversation between two traffickers revealed one saying he intended to travel to France and carry out a suicide attack and asking for prayers. The trafficking group allegedly ... Read More »

Norway salmon’s ‘big three’ deny any China smuggling links as prices rise

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Norway’s three largest salmon farmers said they are not selling salmon to China via Vietnam, after a crackdown on smuggling from authorities in the world’s second largest economy that is causing prices to increase. Marine Harvest, Cermaq Group and Leroy Seafood Group all issued statements to Undercurrent News refuting any involvement in the trade, after Chinese authorities claimed to have ... Read More »

Indonesia sentences eight Taiwanese drug smugglers to death

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JAKARTA: Eight Taiwanese drug smugglers were sentenced to death by an Indonesian court after being nabbed with around a tonne of crystal methamphetamine in a country that has some of the world’s toughest anti-drug laws. The men were arrested during raids last July, when the drug network’s suspected leader was killed in a shootout with Indonesian police. “The defendants have ... Read More »

Denmark: Man charged in record drug smuggling case

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish police say a 43-year-old man has been charged with illegally smuggling 1.3 tons (1.4 short tons) of amphetamine and about 13.8 tons (15.2 short tons) of hashish into Denmark, in one of the Scandinavian country’s biggest cases. The Copenhagen police say the man, who cannot be identified under a court order, has been in pre-trial ... Read More »

German police arrest 2 Vietnamese in people smuggling raids

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Officers seized wedding rings, identity documents, phones and cash worth more than $30,000. Police raided 20 flats in Berlin and Brandenburg on Tuesday and arrested three men suspected of being members of a gang smuggling Vietnamese people into Germany, officers said. The men, two aged 57 and 35 from Vietnam and one 26-year-old German, were suspected of arranging fake marriages ... Read More »

Belgian police arrest 10 for smuggling migrants to Britain

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Belgian police carried out a major operation targeting a gang that trafficked people to Britain, arresting 10 alleged smugglers and finding 27 migrants, police said. Police made the arrests in a raid on a motorway parking lot in the small western town of Wetteren and in a number of house searches. “Belgium is a transit country for migrants who want ... Read More »

NZ economy may not be as slow as business confidence suggests – for now

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A boost in farm production during autumn could have seen strong economic growth in the June quarter, but any disappointment could tip the scales towards an interest rate cut. Statistics New Zealand will release figures on how quickly the New Zealand economy grew in the three months to June 30. Despite months of headlines about weak business confidence and the ... Read More »

Brazil space station open for small satellite business

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ALCANTARA SPACE CENTER, Brazil: Brazil is ready to launch small commercial rockets from its space base near the equator as soon as it agrees to safeguard US technology that is dominant in the industry, the Brazilian Air Force officer managing the space program said. Brig. Major Luiz Fernando Aguiar said Brazil wants to get a piece of the $300 billion-a-year ... Read More »

74% of Japanese companies against daylight saving time for 2020 Olympics: poll

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Three-quarters of Japanese firms oppose a proposal to adopt daylight saving time ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a poll showed on, citing the time and effort to adjust computer systems as well as disruptions to public life. Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics have floated the idea after scorching heat this summer killed at least 120 people, raising concerns about ... Read More »

US accuses North Korea of illegally smuggling oil products

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The United States has asked the United Nations Security Council to order an immediate halt to all deliveries of refined oil products to North Korea after finding that Pyongyang had violated restrictions on those imports. A confidential US report sent to UN Security Council and seen by AFP news agency, estimated that at least 759,793 barrels of oil products had ... Read More »

New surveillance vessel in ICG Mandapam station to prevent illegal entry and smuggling

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In an effort to strengthen maritime security at Palk Strait, Gulf of Mannar and Adam’s Bridge, patrolling vessel Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Interceptor Boat C432 was moved from Karaikal base station to Mandapam station near Madurai-Rameshwaram. The patrolling vessel, manufactured by Larsen and Toubro at Kattupalli in north Chennai in July 2017, will monitor and prevent any smuggling activity including ... Read More »

Philippines may be forced to allow entry of smuggled rice

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Manila: Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol said the government may be compelled to allow the entry of illegally imported rice in the Tawi-Tawi and Sulu to prevent a shortage of the cereal in the area. According to Pinol, the success of the government efforts to stem smuggling in the two areas in the Southwestern tip of the country had been partly ... Read More »

Accused wildlife smuggling kingpin caught

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Police have arrested a suspected wildlife trafficking kingpin said to be behind much of the illegal trade in Asia for over a decade, officials said. The arrest of Boonchai Bach, a Thai of Vietnamese descent, cracks open the “largest wildlife crime case ever” in the country, the anti-trafficking group Freeland Foundation said in a statement. “It’s like catching one of ... Read More »

South African sentenced to death in Vietnam for drug smuggling

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For the first few days following his disappearance‚ the family of Tyrone Lee Coetzee searched high and low for him in South Africa‚ declaring him missing. however‚ news broke that the former Ferndale High School pupil had since been sentenced to death for smuggling cocaine into Vietnam from Brazil. His sister Chantal had taken to Facebook in 2016 to plead ... Read More »

Dutch trucker gets 10 years in UK for cocaine trafficking

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A 60-year-old truck driver from the Netherlands was sentenced to 10 years in prison in Great Britain for cocaine trafficking. He was caught smuggling 15 kilograms of the drug into the country early this year. According to the British Prosecutor, the drugs are worth around 1.5 million pounds, or about 1.7 million euros, RTL Nieuws reports. The Dutch man was ... Read More »

Australian company charged life insurance premiums to dead clients

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Australia’s biggest listed wealth manager AMP Ltd charged life insurance premiums to dead customers even after concerns over the practice were raised by a staff member, a powerful misconduct inquiry heard on Monday. The disclosures at the inquiry, called a Royal Commission, heaps further pressure on one of the country’s biggest financial institutions which previously revealed it had charged thousands ... Read More »