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Two Ukrainians imprisoned in Greece for 180 years for smuggling of migrants


A court in Greece has sentenced Serhiy Shvayuk, a musician of the Ivano-Frankivsk band Perkalaba, and his friend Petro Lytvynchuk to 180 years in prison for smuggling of migrants. The trial took place both were found guilty, the Ukrainian news outlet Slidstvo.Info said. Interpreter of the prosecutor’s office in the city of Piraeus Lidia Kostiv said that the Ukrainians were ... Read More »

Greek Police Bust Heroin Smugglers


A gang of Greek and Albanian drug smugglers were arrested in Athens and Thessaloniki the Greek Police announced on Monday. After searching the homes of the suspects in Athens and Thessaloniki, police discovered 13.5 kilograms of pure heroin and five kilograms of a chemical substance probably used to cut the heroin. The gang was smuggling the narcotics from Turkey to ... Read More »

Russian Family Jailed For People Smuggling Operation


A court in eastern Finland has jailed a Russian family for up to five years for trafficking people through the Saimaa Canal to Finland. At least 67 people were smuggled on that route in a motor boat by the family. Many of them, from Yemen, Lebanon and Turkey, had paid large sums of money to human traffickers already to get ... Read More »

Poland Arrests International Tobacco Smugglers


Polish police arrested five alleged members of an international organized crime group involved in illegal trade of tobacco and seized over 39 million cigarettes, Europol announced. After an almost three years-long investigation supported by Europol, British and Italian authorities, Polish investigators detected that the group fictitiously exported legally-made cigarettes to avoid paying taxes and sold them on the black market. ... Read More »

Spain, Portugal bust gang smuggling glass eels to Asia


Spanish and Portuguese authorities announced Friday that they have taken down a criminal network that has been making large profits by smuggling glass eels to Asia. Authorities across the continent have been trying to tackle the smugglers, who take European glass eels to Asian countries, where they are raised into adults and their meat commands high prices for local delicacies. ... Read More »

Arrest of Manuel Charlín, 85, reveals resilience of Galicia’s cocaine clans


When police intercepted a ship off the Azores carrying a shipment of 2.4 tonnes of cocaine bound for Galicia in north-west Spain last week, they were surprised when the trail led them to the legendary drug trafficker Manuel Charlín Gama. The 85-year-old head of the “Charlines” clan, whom everyone assumed had retired, and his son Melchor were among 28 people ... Read More »

Sailors Flee Burning Oil Tanker Off Oman


At least four seafarers jumped at sea to escape a raging fire Tuesday on a very large crude carrier off the coast of Muscat operated by state owned Shipping Corp. of India Ltd. A number of commercial ships were around the burning Desh Vaibhav and salvage crews looking for the sailors. “It’s a serious blaze, but the rest of the ... Read More »

Bar high for NZ rate cut – economists

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Economists agree the risk of a New Zealand rate cut is real but most don’t actually expect it to happen. The central bank kept the official cash rate at a record low 1.75 percent last Thursday and pushed out the timing of the first rate hike. Governor Adrian Orr reiterated that “the direction of our next OCR move could be ... Read More »

Brazil-China joint ventures could boost soymeal trade: China diplomat

Qu Yuhui, Minister-Counselor at the Chinese embassy in Brazil, poses for a picture after an interview with Reuters in Brasilia, Brazil August 10, 2018.  REUTERS/Adriano Machado

BRASILIA: Chinese and Brazilian companies could form soy-processing joint ventures as a way for Latin America’s largest economy to export more processed soymeal to its top buyer of raw soybeans, a senior Chinese diplomat in Brazil said in an interview. Chinese firms overwhelmingly process soybeans in domestic plants rather than buying soymeal directly from Brazil, but companies will choose whatever ... Read More »

80% of major Japanese firms expect domestic economy to grow in 2018


Over 80 percent of major companies expect the economy to grow toward the end of this year, but most do not see the expansion lasting beyond the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, according to a recent Kyodo News survey. Around 82 percent of the 113 companies surveyed in July, including Toyota Motor Corp. and Sony Corp., said they think the economy will ... Read More »

Korea to ban some BMW vehicles over engine fires


The South Korean government has said it will ban about 20,000 BMWs from its streets after a spate of the vehicles catching fire. The ban will apply to cars which have not yet been sent to BMW for safety checks under a voluntary recall. Nearly 30 engines caught on fire in 2018 mainly in the BMW’s 520d sedan models. BMW ... Read More »

Bullion smuggling outstrips narcotics to feed gold crazed India

Gold biscuits are seen in this picture illustration taken inside a jewellery showroom in Mumbai June 4, 2013. The Reserve Bank on India on Tuesday extended the restrictions on the import of gold on consignment basis by banks to all nominated agencies and trading houses. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES) - RTX10B6M

Singapore/Mumbai: Indian gold smugglers are adopting the methods of drug couriers to sidestep a government crackdown on imports of the precious metal, stashing gold in imported vehicles and even using mules who swallow nuggets to try to get them past airport security. Stung by rules imposed this year to cut a high trade deficit and a record duty on imports, ... Read More »

Dutch economic growth reaches 2.9% in Q2, consumer spending up 2%


The Dutch economy grew 0.7% in the second quarter of 2018 compared with the first quarter, taking year on year growth to 2.9%, the national statistics office CBS said on Tuesday. Consumer speaking, investments and exports all helped drive the economy upwards, the CBS said. Consumers spend 2% more in the second quarter, continuing four years of solid growth. Companies ... Read More »

House to probe P6.8-billion shabu smuggled from China, Taiwan

Bureau of Customs commissioner Isidro Lapeña and PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino extract the alleged shabu worth P3.4 billion inside steel cases during a press conference at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) in Port Area, Manila on August 7, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The House committee on dangerous drugs is set to conduct an investigation into the P6.8 billion worth of shabu or methamphetamine smuggled into the country from China and Taiwan. The hearing will be held at 10 am on Tuesday, August 14, at the Belmonte Hall of the Batasang Pambansa. Officials from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) ... Read More »

Ivorian woman with 1kg cocaine in stomach held at Thai airport


A 27-year-old woman from the Ivory Coast has been arrested on the Thai island of Phuket after an airport X-ray found more than one kilogramme of cocaine in her stomach wrapped in scores of small packets. The woman was stopped by officials late Wednesday night at Phuket’s international airport after landing on a flight from Doha. An X-ray revealed more ... Read More »

South African held for drug smuggling in Indonesia


Kathlyn Dunn was arrested at Lombok’s airport after arriving on a flight from Singapore, provincial police detective chief Ricky Simon Paays told reporters. “X-ray screening at the airport found suspicious materials inside the suspect’s suitcase. Two packages containing methamphetamine were later found in the lining of her suitcase,” Paays said, adding that the offence could carry a death penalty. Indonesia ... Read More »

Chinese woman arrested in 22 kg gold smuggling case

A Chinese citizen has been arrested in connection with the 22 kg gold smuggling case from the Tribhuvan International Airport. J Jhong (passport no. E 37476987), who arrived in Nepal boarding a Chinese aircraft via Chendu, was arrested after the immigration department discovered that her name had been “blacklisted”. A police team deployed from the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on ... Read More »

Arab expat arrested for marijuana smuggling in Kuwait


Kuwait: Customs officers at Kuwait International Airport arrested an Arab expatriate who tried to smuggle marijuana into the country by replacing cigarette packs with around 55 grams of marijuana and possessing sweets made with marijuana. According to security sources and Kuwait MOI news website, a custom officer suspected the Arab passenger who arrived from an European country where marijuana is ... Read More »

Emirates airline launches biggest ever sale on fares


Emirates airline has launched one of its biggest sales yet, with reduced fares to over 70 destinations worldwide. The Dubai carrier said the sale, which lasts until August 20, applies to bookings for travel between September 1 2018 and March 31 2019. The discounts apply to destinations in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and the Far East. Passengers booking flights ... Read More »

Iraq steps up efforts to Stop Smuggling of Rare Species


Iraq’s Ministry of Health and Environment released 20 falcons back into the wild. The falcons had been smuggled earlier in the month to Kuwait, which returned them to Iraq. This incident is but one example of the systematic smuggling of rare birds and animals out of the country, and the authorities are working to better enforce existing laws and adding ... Read More »