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:SWEDEN: One person suspected of preparation to commit a terrorist offence

One person has been arrested on suspicion of preparation or conspiracy to commit a terrorist offence, among other things. Several other persons have been taken in for questioning. In the morning of Thursday 13 December, the Swedish Security Service carried out a number of interventions in several places in Western Sweden. The interventions were carried […]

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Italian operation arrests ten members of an organised crime group

An international operation successfully dismantled an organised crime group, suspect of money laundering and illegally trading gold. Italy’s Guardia di Finanza (Bologna) led the operation. The Guardia di Finanza handles all areas of financial crime. Europol supported the case with codename Pietra Filosofale. House searches were carried out on 12 December in the Italian regions […]

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International cooperation disrupts illegal fireworks network

80 tons of F4 explosives seized and 4 webshops blocked Illegal fireworks are a huge Europe-wide problem. Their unregulated distribution causes considerable safety risks to those shipping and buying them due to their substantial explosive character, as well as millions of euro in tax losses for some economies. A remarkably high level of cooperation and […]

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From Vietnam to Spain: an illegal journey costing EUR 18 000

The Spanish Policía Nacional, with Europol’s active support, arrested 37 members of an international gang charging 730 Vietnamese migrants EUR 18 000 each to be smuggled to Spain. The irregular migrants were smuggled from Vietnam via South America and finally into the EU in groups of 6 to 12 individuals. Each group was led by […]

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Masterminds behind German rooftop burglaries halted in Moldova

Criminal group caused EUR 20 million+ of damages in sophisticated heists Two suspects of more than 20 high-profile burglaries in Germany were arrested on 5 December 2018 in Moldova. The arrests are the result of a successful international criminal investigation by the German and Moldovan authorities, supported by Europol. The burglars made their way into […]

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Over 1500 money mules identified in worldwide money laundering sting

168 arrested, 1504 money mules and 140 money mule organisers identified, as a result of the fourth European Money Mule Action ‘EMMA 4’, a global law enforcement action week tackling the issue of money muling. The action took place over the course of three months (September-November 2018). 30 States took part in EMMA 4, alongside […]

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Europol signs Working Arrangement with the National Police Agency of Japan

The Commissioner General of the National Police Agency of Japan (NPA), Shunichi Kuryu, and Europol’s Executive Director, Catherine De Bolle, today signed a Working Arrangement to initiate cooperation between Europol and Japan to combat international cross-border crime. The Working Arrangement will allow both parties to enhance future cooperative relations in the fight against terrorism, drugs, […]

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Huge Marriott breach puts 500 million victims at risk

Marriott has taken measures to investigate and address a data security incident involving the Starwood guest reservation database.  On November 19, 2018, the investigation determined that there was unauthorized access to the database, which contained guest information relating to reservations at Starwood properties* on or before September 10, 2018. On September 8, 2018, Marriott received an […]

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New Zealand: 1.8 million smuggled cigarettes seized

A Customs investigation has resulted in the seizure of around 1.8 million smuggled cigarettes and cash estimated to be over $2 million. As a result of this investigation, the NZ Police have also restrained multiple properties, luxury cars and bank accounts. An Auckland businessman was arrested by Customs investigators at Auckland Airport last Wednesday 21 […]

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The United States Sanctions Two Close Associates of Nicaraguan President Ortega

Today, President Trump signed an Executive Order (E.O.) designed to counter the worst abuses of the Ortega regime in Nicaragua, including its dismantling of democratic institutions and serious human rights violations and abuses. The E.O. is a new U.S. tool to expose and promote accountability of those responsible for the abuses taking place in Nicaragua, […]

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Whale stranding in New Zealand leaves 145 dead

Two pods stranded at the southern end of Mason Bay, approximately 2 km apart. DOC was notified at 10.30 pm on Saturday evening after a tramper camping in the area hiked to a nearby field base to report the stranding. DOC Rakiura Operations Manager Ren Leppens says that sadly, half of the whales had already […]

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“We will stick with Britain“ says Gibraltar’s Chief Minister

Chief Minister of Gibraltar Fabian Picardo Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar welcomes the unwavering commitment of the United Kingdom that it will negotiate future trade and other arrangements with the EU that work for all of the British family of nations, including Gibraltar. The deep and unbreakable bonds that bind the United Kingdom and Gibraltar […]

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TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL EXPRESSES CONCERN AT THE ARRESTS OF ACTIVISTS AND ACADEMICS IN TURKEY

Credits: Photy.org Transparency International expresses concern at the detention of human rights defender Yiğit Aksakaloğlu and the ongoing investigation against 12 other members of civil society and academia. It asks the Turkish authorities to stop the arrests of civil society organisation members and academics, giving them the space to operate freely and express their views without fear of reprisal. Transparency International believes Yiğit Aksakaloğlu should be immediately and unconditionally released, and […]

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In Moscow, Gakaev brothers and their accomplice found guilty of preparing terrorist act

The evidence gathered by the Moscow Main Investigations Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation was found sufficient by the court to sentence Adam and Ibragim Gakaevs and Fokshan Golub. In accordance with their involvement, they were found guilty of committing offences under Part 1 of Article 30; Paragraph A of Part 2 […]

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New INTERPOL President elected – Kim Jong Yang of the Republic of Korea

INTERPOL President Kim Jong Yang Delegates attending INTERPOL’s General Assembly have elected Kim Jong Yang of the Republic of Korea as the Organization’s new President. Meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 18-21 November, the 87th session of the General Assembly comprised some 1,000 senior law enforcement officials from 180 countries. The General Assembly democratically […]

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Europol helps detain dangerous Belgian fugitive in Spain

Wanted by the Belgian authorities, the fugitive is suspected of carrying out more than 20 robberies with extreme violence, as well as other crimes such as drug trafficking and the illegal trade of firearms. He laundered the illicit proceeds from his crimes in Belgium via a restaurant in Spain. Arrested following a European Arrest Warrant. […]

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Historic Vote Ties Kilogram and Other Units to Natural Constants

© Rob Bouwman – Dreamstime.com Versailles, France—A convocation of delegates representing 60 countries voted today in Versailles to implement the most significant change to the International System of Units (SI) in more than 130 years. For the first time, all measurement units will be defined by natural phenomena rather than by physical artifacts. The event […]

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Probe into financing of terrorism launched in Tomsk

Upon materials obtained by the Federal Security Service of Russia, the Tomsk Regional Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has launched a probe into assisting in commission of crimes of terroristic nature in a form of financing of terrorism (Part 1 of Article 205.1 of the Criminal Code of Russia) in the […]

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MARINE POLLUTION CRIME: FIRST GLOBAL MULTI-AGENCY OPERATION

An international law enforcement operation against maritime pollution has revealed hundreds of violations and exposed serious cases of contamination worldwide. Codenamed 30 Days at Sea, the month-long (1 to 31 October) operation saw some 276 law enforcement and environmental agencies across 58 countries detect over 500 offences, including illegal discharges of oil and garbage from […]

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Amnesty International withdraws human rights award from Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi Amnesty International announced today that it has withdrawn its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, from Aung San Suu Kyi, in light of the Myanmar leader’s shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for. Today, we are profoundly dismayed that you no longer represent a symbol of hope, courage, […]

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