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Illegal waste trafficking: how to make EUR 1.8 million from 200 000 used tyres

The Spanish Guardia Civil, with the support of Europol and Ameripol, dismantled a criminal group illegally trading used tyres in several countries across Africa, America and Europe As part of Operation ROTAMM, the Guardia Civil dismantled a criminal group operating from Spain that acquired used tyres and sold them illegally in Africa, America and Europe. […]

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Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate retired by the World Meteorological Organization

Due to the extensive damage caused in the United States and Caribbean last year, the World Meteorological Organization’s Region IV Hurricane Committee has officially retired these names. Storm names are retired if they were so deadly or destructive that the future use of the name would be insensitive – otherwise names are reused by NOAA’s National Hurricane […]

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GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH GROWING RAPIDLY, STUDY SHOWS

Photo: The Ocean Cleanup Delft, the Netherlands, March 22, 2018 – 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic weighing 80,000 metric tons are currently afloat in an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – and it is rapidly getting worse. These are the main conclusions of a three year mapping effort conducted by an international team […]

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300 MIGRANTS SMUGGLED A MONTH: SLOVENIA AND KOSOVO* APPREHEND MAJOR ORGANISED CRIME GROUP IN THE BALKANS

Law enforcement authorities worked together on 21 March to arrest 12 migrant smugglers operating in the Balkans. Slovenia, Kosovo, the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) and Europol arrested the individuals as part of a cross-border operation to dismantle an organised crime group based in the area. Law enforcement authorities worked together […]

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Gravesend nightclub: 13 people hurt as car drives into club

Detectives remain at the scene of an incident in Gravesend where a number of people were injured by a car. Kent Police was called at 11.47pm on Saturday 17 March 2018 after a Suzuki Vitara drove into Blake’s nightclub in Queen Street. Officers attended and arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder. He is believed to have been […]

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Prolific cybercriminal suspected of spreading ransomware arrested by Polish Police

This week, the Polish Police, in close cooperation with the Belgian Federal Police and Europol, has arrested a Polish national, known online as “Armaged0n”, who is suspected of having encrypted several thousands of computers and having committed a series of online attacks on various Polish companies between 2013 and 2018. The detainee will have to […]

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More than 900 instances of online terrorist propaganda uncovered

On 14 and 15 March 2018 Europol’s European Union Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) took part in two Referral Action Days with colleagues from the national referral units of Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Slovenia and the United Kingdom, targeting terrorist content located on WordPress.com, a blogging service, and VideoPress, a video-hosting service for WordPress sites. […]

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Finland Wins Double Gold in World Happiness Report 2018

ROME, March 14 – This year Finland takes the top spot as the happiest country as measured by surveys undertaken by Gallup International from 2015-2017. Rounding out the rest of the top ten in order of overall happiness are Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, and Australia. The U.S. ranked 18th, dropping […]

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More than 600 smuggled reptiles found in Spain: 9 people arrested

A Spanish criminal network trafficking rare animals has been dismantled by the Spanish Guardia Civil after more than 600 reptiles from the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania were found. Nine people have been arrested and seven, suspected members of the criminal network, are under investigation. Members of the criminal group bought the animals from Australia, […]

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Hundreds urged to wash clothes after UK nerve agent attack

Dr Jenny Harries, Deputy Medical Director at Public Health England said: The immediate risk to the general public remains low and this has not changed. Rigorous scientific analysis has been ongoing and we have learnt that there has been some limited contamination in both The Mill pub and Zizzi restaurant in Salisbury. Anyone who visited […]

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Florida shooting: NRA sues as Florida enacts gun-control law

FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association today announced that it has filed a lawsuit challenging the State of Florida’s newly-enacted ban on the purchase of firearms by young adults between the ages of 18-21. Florida’s ban is an affront to the Second Amendment, as it totally eviscerates the right of law-abiding adults between the ages of […]

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New report finds Afghan government anti-corruption efforts insufficient for its SDG committments

The Afghan government’s anti-corruption efforts are insufficient to achieve the targets set out by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a new report by Transparency International. Adopted by 193 nations, the SDGs seek to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by 2030. Recognising that peace, justice and strong […]

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Large cross-border vehicle theft ring busted in Poland

Police have seized 55 cars and identified car parts stolen from Germany in a joint operation between German and Polish law enforcement. Since 27 February 2018 nearly 200 police officers and technical and forensic experts have taken part in operations in western Poland to bring down one of the largest organised crime groups involved in […]

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SPANISH MONEY LAUNDERING NETWORK FRONTING AS KEBAB MEAT SUPPLIER DISMANTLED BY POLICE

The Spanish Guardia Civil led a police operation against an international criminal organisation that resulted in 5 arrests and pressing charges against 15 persons. The targeted organisation operating both in Germany and Spain was involved in money laundering activities. The criminal enterprise used a network of food establishments to conceal their activities, fronting as kebab […]

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100KG OF COCAINE AND 150KG OF MARIJUANA SEIZED IN MAJOR INTERNATIONAL OPERATION DISMANTLING BALKAN CARTEL

An organised crime group was dismantled and 9 suspects arrested on 8 March in a major operation in Europe and South America. Operation NANA was led by the Croatian Police and the Rijeka State Prosecutor’s Office and jointly conducted by Colombia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Panama, Slovenia, Spain, the Drug Enforcement Administration of the United […]

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STATISTICS ICELAND: The gender pay gap narrows

Statistics Iceland’s analysis on the gender pay gap, in cooperation with an action group on equal pay appointed by the government and the social partners, shows a narrowing gender pay gap during the period 2008-2016. The adjusted gender pay gap measured 6.6% in 2008 but was down to 4.5% in 2016 using an ordinary least […]

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25 million child marriages prevented in last decade due to accelerated progress, according to new UNICEF estimates

© UNICEF/UN062021/Vishwanathan Improving trend in child marriage driven largely by significant reductions in South Asia, but problem persists with over 150 million girls likely to marry by 2030 NEW YORK, 6 March 2018 – The prevalence of child marriage is decreasing globally with several countries seeing significant reductions in recent years, UNICEF said today. Overall, the […]

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 10,584 in 2018; Deaths Reach 421

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 10,584 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through the first nine weeks of 2018, with just over 50 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece (27%), Spain (22%) and Cyprus (less than 1%). This compares with 19,824 arrivals across the region through […]

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US shrinks its Cuba mission after mystery ‘attacks’

State Department photo/ Public Domain The U.S. Embassy in Havana has operated under ordered departure status since September 29, 2017, due to health attacks affecting U.S. Embassy Havana employees. It will reach the maximum allowable days in departure status on March 4. On Monday, March 5, a new permanent staffing plan will take effect. The […]

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Melon listeria kills three in Australia

NSW Health is urging high risk groups to be wary of foods that cause listeriosis, confirming there are now 15 cases linked to the national rockmelon outbreak, three of whom have died. Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director Communicable Diseases NSW Health, said four of the additional cases are from Victoria and one is from Tasmania. The […]

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