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CRIME GROUP SUSPECTED OF SMUGGLING NUCLEAR MATERIALS ARRESTED IN VIENNA

Austrian law enforcement together with the General Police Inspectorate of The Republic of Moldova (National Investigative Inspectorate) coordinated and supported by Europol, have jointly investigated and arrested an organised crime group suspected of smuggling nuclear materials. The cooperation, that included transnational investigative measures, targeted a group of criminals when they attempted to sell nuclear container […]

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At Least 58 Migrants Dead After Boat Capsizes Near Coast of Mauritania

Nouadhibou –  At least 58 people are confirmed dead after a vessel carrying migrants sank as it approached the coast of Mauritania today. Eighty-three others swam to shore and are receiving assistance from Mauritanian authorities, International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNHCR. Survivors told IOM staff in Nouadhibou, the second largest city in northern Mauritania, that at […]

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Parliament approves €4.5 million in EU aid to Greece after cyclone damage

On Wednesday, MEPs said yes to EU Solidarity Fund aid worth €4.5 million to help reconstruction in western Crete, severely hit by exceptional weather in February. Between 23 and 26 February 2019, exceptionally heavy rain and storms hit Crete, in particular the western part of the island. The resulting floods and landslides caused the loss […]

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79 ARRESTED IN WORLDWIDE CRACKDOWN ON AIRLINE FRAUD

Between 18 – 22 November 2019, 60 countries, 56 airlines and 12 online travel agencies were involved in the 12th edition of the Global Airline Action Days (GAAD), an international and multidisciplinary operation to fight fraudulent online purchases of flight tickets with compromised credit card data, which took place at more than 200 airports across […]

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Europol and Telegram take on terrorist propaganda online

On 21-22 November 2019, Europol’s European Union Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) organised at its headquarters in The Hague the 16th joint Referral Action Days. This coordinated action focused on the dissemination of online terrorist content. Among the items referred were propaganda videos and social media accounts glorifying or supporting terrorism and violent extremism. Since July […]

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Former CIA agent sentenced to 19 years for conspiracy with China

A former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) case officer was sentenced today to 19 years in prison for conspiring to communicate, deliver and transmit national defense information to the People’s Republic of China (PRC). “In just over a year, we have convicted three Americans for committing espionage offenses on behalf of the Chinese government.  Each has […]

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Southern Colorado Man Indicted on Federal Hate Crime and Explosives Charges for Plotting to Blow Up Synagogue

Richard Holzer was arrested for was allegedly planning to bomb a synagogue in Pueblo, Colorado. Photo: El Paso County Sheriffs Office via Twitter Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Civil Rights Division and Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers for the National Security Division, U.S. Attorney Jason R. Dunn for the District of Colorado, […]

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17 ARRESTED IN POLAND FOR MIGRANT SMUGGLING AND USING FAKE DOCUMENTS

On 18 November 2019, the Polish Border Guard (Straż Graniczna) under the supervision of the regional prosecutor’ s office and supported by Europol, dismantled an organised crime group involved in migrant smuggling and facilitation of irregular migration. On the action day, Polish law enforcement officers arrested 17 suspected members of the criminal network, four of […]

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REFERRAL ACTION DAY AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE ONLINE TERRORIST PROPAGANDA

Between 21-22 November 2019, the 16th Referral Action Day coordinated by the European Union Internet Referral Unit took place at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague. This action was joined by a total of 9 online service providers, including Telegram, Google, Files.fm, Twitter, Instagram and Dropbox. This process is based on the referral by Europol of branded terrorist […]

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Nine arrested in Romania and the UK in sexual exploitation network bust

The traffickers used the “loverboy” method to manipulate their victims On 19 November, the United Kingdom’s South Yorkshire Police and the Romanian National Police (Poliția Română), supported by Europol and Eurojust, dismantled an organised crime group involved in human trafficking for sexual exploitation. On the action day, law enforcement officers from Romania and the UK carried […]

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Iran Military Power Report Statement released: U.S Defense Intelligence Agency

Front view of a Zulfiqar tank of the Iranian Army. Today, the Defense Intelligence Agency presents Iran Military Power, a report that examines the core capabilities of Iran’s military.  This publication is part of DIA’s series of unclassified military reports that provide details on foreign military intent, strategy and capabilities.  This report examines Iran’s military […]

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EU Budget 2020 deal: Investing more in climate action, youth and research

Provisional deal between Parliament and Council reached on Monday Over €500 million for climate action on top of Commission’s proposal Deal still to be formally endorsed by Council and Parliament MEPs have fought for and obtained better support for climate action, research, SMEs and the young in next year’s EU budget, after a second round […]

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23 ARRESTS AND AROUND 10 000 CULTURAL ITEMS SEIZED IN AN OPERATION TARGETING ITALIAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL TRAFFICKING

On 18 November 2019, an international police operation involving over 350 police officers, supported by Europol (within the framework of EMPACT) and Eurojust, dismantled an international organised crime group involved in large-scale trafficking of looted archaeological items resulting in the arrest of 23 individuals, 80 house searches, and the seizure of around 10 000 cultural items. Operation Achei, […]

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UNESCO closely follows tides and flooding in Venice World Heritage site

© UNESCO The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is closely monitoring the state of conservation of the World Heritage site of Venice and its Lagoon. Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1987, Venice faces several threats from overtourism, damage caused by a steady stream of cruise ships, and from the potential negative effects of new […]

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1 176 KG OF COCAINE HIDDEN IN BANANAS SEIZED IN ITALY

On Monday 11 November 2019, the Italian Carabinieri (Carabinieri) and the Italian Finance Corps (Guardia di Finanza), supported by Italian Customs, Europol and Frontex, seized 1 176 kg of cocaine worth €250 million in the Port of Gioia Tauro, southwest Italy. The shipping documents show that the container was destined for Germany. The seized cocaine […]

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More than 20,000 People Displaced by Floods in Bangui, Central African Republic

Bangui – Heavy, unseasonable rains in Bangui, Central African Republic for the past three weeks continue to cause significant material damage, displacing at least 20,500 people and exposing to further danger a population that has weathered repeated cycles of violence since 2013. Like most of the displaced, Beatrice and her five children are being hosted by […]

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Large network smuggling migrants in lorries dismantled in Germany and Romania

580 migrants were smuggled by the criminal group On 13 November 2019, the German Federal Police (Bundespolizei) and the Romanian Police (Poliția Română) supported by Europol, concluded their operation into a large criminal network smuggling migrants to western Europe in lorries. Austria, Hungary, the United Kingdom and Eurojust also took part in this two-year, Europe-wide operation. During […]

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UNI supports striking Finnish postal workers

After Finnish postal union PAU kicked off a strike today, UNI Post & Logistics is joining the call for the country’s postal service, Posti, to respect workers’ right to dignity and fair pay. Roughly 9,000 Finnish mail delivery, handling and transportation workers will be on strike for two weeks in November unless a fair contract […]

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15 ARRESTED IN A HIT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING GANG IN LITHUANIA AND SPAIN

On 12 November 2019, the Lithuanian Police (Lietuvos Policija) and the Spanish National Police (Policía National) supported by Europol and Eurojust, have dismantled a large organised crime group involved in human trafficking for sexual exploitation. THE OPERATION LED TO: two leaders of the criminal network arrested in Spain; 13 suspected members arrested in Lithuania; 50 […]

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Joint Statement ILO, OECD, IOM and UNICEF – Child Labour and Human Trafficking Remain Important Concerns in Global Supply Chains

Geneva, 12 November – A new report indicates that a significant share of child labour and human trafficking in global supply chains occurs at their lower tiers, in activities such as raw material extraction and agriculture, making due diligence, visibility and traceability challenging. The report, Ending child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in global […]

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