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US intelligence says Huawei funded by Chinese state security: report


US intelligence has accused Huawei Technologies of being funded by Chinese state security, The Times said on Saturday, adding to the list of allegations faced by the Chinese technology company in the West. The CIA accused Huawei of receiving funding from China’s National Security Commission, the People’s Liberation Army and a third branch of the Chinese state intelligence network, the ... Read More »

Irish Brexit border issue could endanger EU-U.S. trade deal: congressman

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DUBLIN: An influential U.S. congressman has warned the European Union that any Brexit arrangement that undermines Northern Ireland’s 1998 peace agreement could endanger a proposed EU-U.S. trade deal, the Irish Times. The European Union last week said it was ready to start talks on a trade agreement with the United States and aims to conclude a deal before year-end. “If ... Read More »

Turkey gives Serbia devices to fight human smuggling


Turkey gave Serbia a high-tech edge against human smuggling. Serbian border police received two carbon dioxide measuring devices from Turkey with a ceremony at the Batrovci border crossing between Serbia and Croatia. Turkey’s Deputy Interior Minister Muhterem Ince and Dijana Hrkalovic, the state secretary of Serbia’s Interior Ministry, as well as Turkish Ambassador to Serbia Tanju Bilgic took part in ... Read More »

Emirates says to make Riyadh its newest A380 route


Emirates said on it will make Riyadh its newest Airbus A380 service when it launches the superjumbo on the route from Sunday. The Saudi capital city will be the 51st destination to join the Emirates A380 network. Flight EK 817/818, currently operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, will will be operating on the route five times a week, the airline said. ... Read More »

Iran, Oman to launch new shipping line by late April

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Iran and Oman are set to launch a new direct shipping route between their ports in the Persian Gulf in a move to help boost economic ties between the two countries, said Iran’s ambassador to Muscat. Addressing a gathering of 120 Iranian and Omani businesspersons in Muscat on Wednesday, Mohammadreza Nouri Shahroudi said the new line will go on stream ... Read More »

Saudi recruitment firm said to plan $200m share sale


Saudi Arabia’s Maharah Human Resources is seeking to raise more than $200 million in an initial public offering that’s likely to start next week, according to people familiar with the matter. Maharah plans to offer 30 percent of its existing share capital to investors through a listing on the kingdom’s stock exchange, the people said, asking not to be identified ... Read More »

Russian Detained Smuggling Drugged Orangutan out of Bali


A Russian national has been detained in Indonesia after attempting to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of the country in his suitcase, local media reported Saturday. The animal was found sleeping in a basket in the man’s luggage as he passed through security at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport on Friday night. “The Russian deliberately used an inhumane method to ... Read More »

Chinese police stop smuggling operation that used drone


Chinese police stopped a smuggling operation that used a zip line and drone to send electronic gadgets, high-end cosmetics and nutricial supplements totaling more than $70.000, from Hong Kong to mainland China. Chinese police said that the zip line and drone made smuggling the items easy. At the Liantang-Heung Yuen Wai Border Control Point between the northeastern New Territories and ... Read More »

Swisscom launches 5G network in 102 locations in Switzerland


5G coverage is now available in 102 locations in 54 towns, including Basel, Bern, Chur, Davos, Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich. The company has pledged to roll out nationwide coverage by the end of this year. “The Swisscom 5G network will be ready for everyone across Switzerland by the end of the year,” said Urs Schaeppi, CEO Swisscom’s CEO, in a ... Read More »

French lawmakers back tax on tech giants


French lawmakers approved a new tax on digital giants such as Facebook and Apple that has angered the United States, with Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire boasting that France was proud to be in the vanguard of such a move. The United States has urged its NATO ally to drop the plan, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warning ... Read More »

15kg gold found at Dhaka airport


Customs intelligence recovered 48 gold bars, weighing over 15 kilogrammes, at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in Dhaka during the wee hours of today. Tipped-off, a team of the Customs intelligence recovered the gold bars beside the gents’ washroom in the boarding bridge area of the airport around 1:30am, Dr Shahidul Islam, director general of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate ... Read More »

Two Palauh held for smuggling in 10 Filipinos


SEMPORNA: Two Palauh (sea gypsies or Bajau Laut) – whose suspicious activities in Sabah waters were raised in the ongoing State Legislative Assembly – were nabbed at Singamata waters for smuggling in 10 Filipinos via a tempel boat at 12.30pm during an Ops Gelora Khas launched by Marine Police here. Sabah Region 4 Marine Police Commander, ACP Mohamad Pajeri Ali, ... Read More »

Woman caught for smuggling cigarettes hidden in packet of sanitary pads


SINGAPORE: A 41-year-old woman was caught for trying to smuggle cigarettes into Singapore by concealing them in a packet of sanitary pads and among clothing in her luggage. The Singapore Permanent Resident was stopped at the Singapore Cruise Center when Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers noticed anomalies in the scanned images of her backpack and luggage. “Further checks revealed ... Read More »

Exposed! Gold smuggled by mixing with sand

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COLOMBO: In August 2018, News 1st exposed a scam where sand mixed with gold was being smuggled out of Sri Lanka. The details revealed by News 1st in the August report have now been confirmed in a special audit report. The original report – August 4, 2018: News 1st reported that that gold mixed by-products disposed of by three jewellery ... Read More »

Coastal towns urged to play a role in stopping drug-smugglers


Coastal communities have been warned that local intelligence is critical if Ireland is to win the battle against drug-smuggling gangs. Gardaí, Customs and Excise, and the Naval Service urged people suspicious of any activities at sea or along isolated stretches of coastline to immediately contact the authorities. The plea came as the Cork West Garda Division staged a ‘Coastal Watch’ ... Read More »

2,272 pieces of ivory seized in Dubai to be destroyed

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Dubai: The General Department of Airports Security at Dubai Police has handed over 2,272 pieces of seized ivory, weighing 1,346kg, to the Ministry of Environment and Water for destruction. The ivory was intercepted while being smuggled through Dubai Airports over the past few months. Colonel Muhammad Ahmad Bin Delan, Deputy Director of Airports Security, said the seized ivory shipments included ... Read More »

Australia’s NAB flags additional US$376m charge for customer refunds

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BENGALURU: National Australia Bank Ltd on Thursday flagged additional charges of A$525 million (US$376.64 million) after tax as the lender bulks up provisions to refund customers. Melbourne-based National Australia Bank now estimates a A$325 million hit to cash earnings for the first half of this year as a result of the increased provisions. “We are putting things right where we ... Read More »

16 months in prison for cab driver who smuggled people via Windsor rail tunnel


A Canadian cab driver has been sentenced to 16 months in a U.S. prison for sending immigrants through a risky international tunnel under the Detroit River. Juan Garcia-Jimenez, 53, wept and apologized in federal court in Detroit, Mich. Besides prison, he was fined $8,680, which is the amount of money paid by nine people who were caught last year when ... Read More »

Member of Hong Kong’s endangered species board fined for ivory trading


A Hong Kong ivory trader fined this week for illegal ivory possession sits on a government advisory group for protecting endangered species, records showed, potentially an embarrassing blow as Hong Kong fights ivory smuggling. Lau Sai-yuan, a member of the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce and the Hong Kong Art Craft Merchants Association, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to illegal ivory ... Read More »

Terna Energy acquires Texas wind farm


Terna Energy SA, a Greece-based company engaged in the renewable energy sector, has signed a deal to acquire a 200-MW wind farm in Texas, US. The total value of the investment is around 275 million euros, the company said. Terna, which already operates wind farms in Elmore County, Idaho and Scurry County, Texas, has plans for another project in Texas. ... Read More »