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28 BIRD TRAFFICKERS NETTING €1 MILLION PER YEAR ARRESTED IN SPAIN

The Spanish Civil Guard’s Environment Protection Service (Guardia Civil – SEPRONA), together with the Portuguese Republican National Guard (Guarda Nacional Republicana) and the Moroccan Royal Guard (الحرس الملكي المغربي‎) have arrested with the support of Europol 28 bird traffickers in a crackdown on an illegal wildlife smuggling business netting €1 million per year. 280 exotic […]

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Fragile States Index 2020: Chile and Mozambique Rate as Most-Worsened Countries

Cityscape and roads in Santiago, Chile. Phopt by Public Domain. Chile, Mozambique, and Libya Most-Worsened Countries in 2020 Fund for Peace’s 2020 Fragile States Index (FSI) has rated Chile as the most-worsened country since last year, after recent large-scale protests over economic and social inequality and a heavy-handed government response highlighted underlying vulnerabilities. The FSI […]

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HACKER GROUP SELLING DATABASES WITH MILLIONS OF USER CREDENTIALS BUSTED IN POLAND AND SWITZERLAND

Hackers accessed more than €600 000 in loyalty points and sold them on to another criminal group Polish and Swiss law enforcement authorities, supported by Europol and Eurojust, dismantled InfinityBlack, a hacking group involved in distributing stolen user credentials, creating and distributing malware and hacking tools, and fraud. On 29 April 2020, the Polish National […]

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Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore offloads approximately 1,300 pounds of marijuana in Miami Beach

The Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore (WPC-1109) crew offloaded approximately 1,300 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $1.1 million dollars, April 13, 2020, at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach. The drugs were interdicted by the Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane (WMEC-903) in the Caribbean Sea from a suspected drug smuggling vessel.(U.S. Coast Guard photo by […]

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CORONA CRIMES: SUSPECT BEHIND €6 MILLION FACE MASKS AND HAND SANITISERS SCAM ARRESTED THANKS TO EUROPOL INTERVENTION

A 39-year old man has been arrested in Singapore for his suspected involvement in money laundering offences linked to a business email scam-related to COVID-19. This person was usurping the identity of a legitimate company and advertised the fast delivery of FFP2 surgical masks and hand sanitisers.  A European Member State reported to Europol that […]

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IOM Raises Concern Over Increasing COVID-19 Cases Recorded in Greece Mainland Refugee and Migrant Camp

IOM staff establishing a quarantine space in Ritsona camp in Greece. Photo. IOM Athens – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is concerned that twenty-three migrants have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Ritsona open accommodation site in Central Greece. The IOM-managed camp, which hosts 2,700 people, reported its first confirmed case on Tuesday. As per the house cleaning […]

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Shenzhen becomes mainland China’s first city to ban eating of dogs, cats and wildlife in consumption and trade crackdown

BEIJING — China’s city of Shenzhen has just passed a ground-breaking law to ban the consumption and production of dog and cat meat, the first city in mainland China to do so. The ban has been welcomed by long-time anti-dog meat trade campaigners Humane Society International as a watershed moment in efforts to ban the […]

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Dozens of Migrants Die in Shipping Container in Mozambique

MAPUTO – The bodies of 64 men were discovered asphyxiated in a sealed shipping container on the back of a truck at a checkpoint in Tete, Mozambique on Tuesday morning. Fourteen others rescued when authorities opened the container, are being treated in hospital. The head of the Tete Provincial branch of the National Migration Service […]

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THE SIM HIGHJACKERS: HOW CRIMINALS ARE STEALING MILLIONS BY HIGHJACKING PHONE NUMBERS

SIM swappers arrested by Spain, Austria and Romania as police gears up against this growing threat It is a common story: the signal bars disappears from their mobile phones, they call the phone number – it rings, but it’s not their phone ringing. They try to login to their bank account, but the password fails. […]

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6 ARRESTED AND SCORES OF WEAPONS SEIZED IN RAIDS ACROSS SLOVAKIA

With the active support of Europol, the Slovak National Crime Agency (Národná Kriminálna Agentúra) has seized hundreds of illegal guns and ammunition, including decommissioned guns that had been restored to their full operation, as part of the Operational Taskforce LYNA. The Slovak police found the weapons in a series of house searches in the region […]

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Balkan cocaine cartel taken down in Montenegro

Trafficking gang is going down after the interception of a catamaran transporting 850kg of cocaine from the Caribbean to Europe A large Balkan criminal network trafficking drugs, mainly cocaine, from source countries to Europe has been dismantled in a large international operation. This hit has severely disrupted/cut one of the smuggling routes from Central America […]

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6 ARRESTED IN GERMANY FOR SMUGGLING OVER A HUNDRED VIETNAMESE MIGRANTS TO EUROPE

A key Vietnamese migrant smuggling network was broken up today after the German Federal Police (Bundespolizei), with the support of Europol, targeted suspects across the country, arresting 6 individuals. It is estimated that this criminal network facilitated the entry into Germany of almost 160 irregular migrants of Vietnamese origin, charging each migrant between €5000 and […]

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Australian Police take legal action against more than 180 people so far during 2019/2020 bushfire season

The NSW Police Force has taken legal action against more than 180 people for bushfire-related offences since late last year. Numerous bush and grass fires have impacted the state, claiming the lives of 18 people and destroying hundreds of millions of animals and livestock, thousands of homes, and more than 4.9 million hectares of land, […]

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2 million 320 thousand visitors at the Auschwitz Memorial in 2019

In 2019, 2 million 320 thousand people from all over the world visited the sites of the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz and Auschwitz II-Birkenau, under the protection of the Museum. It is about 170,000 more than in the record-breaking year – 2018. As much as 81 per cent of visitors learned […]

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Mediterranean Arrivals Reach 110,699 in 2019;Deaths Reach 1,283. World Deaths Fall

Geneva – The International Organization for Migration reported today 110,669 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea during the year just ended, marking the sixth straight year that at least 100,000 arrivals were recorded on three Mediterranean Sea Routes. The total is only slightly below the 116,273 men, women and children who crossed the Mediterranean in this […]

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Continued airstrikes in western Libya ‘utterly unacceptable’, says UN mission chief

Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), briefs the Security Council on the situation in Libya (Source: UN News) NEW YORK, United States of America, December 30, 2019/ — Ghassan Salamé, head of the UN Support Mission in the country, UNSMIL, called for greater […]

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Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attack in Mogadishu

NEW YORK, United States of America, December 30, 2019/ — The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack of 28 December 2019 at the Ex-control Afgoye Junction in Mogadishu, which killed and injured innocent people. The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to […]

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Royal Navy HMS Defender crew seizes £3.3m haul of crystal meth from drug smugglers’ dhow in the Arabian Sea

Sailors and Royal Marines have dealt a pre-Christmas blow to terrorists with a £3.3m drugs bust in the Middle East. The crew of destroyer HMS Defender pounced on a suspicious dhow as they swept the northern Arabian Sea for smugglers and traffickers. A day-long search by the Portsmouth-based warship’s boarding teams ended in success with […]

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Ocean Viking’s SAR Coordinator on the rescue of 112 people from a deflating rubber boat

Early this morning, the Ocean Viking rescued 112 people from a deflating rubber boat 34 NM from the Libyan coast. Among them: 24 women, incl. 3 pregnant & 38 children, the youngest just 3 months old. Photo: SOS Mediterranee Nicola Stalla, Search and Rescue Coordinator onboard the Ocean Viking, comments on the 20th of December rescue. 112 […]

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CRIME GANG MAKES OVER €2 MILLION TRAFFICKING ILLEGAL STEROIDS WORLDWIDE

On 16 December an investigation by  the Financial Police Division of Hellenic Police (Διεύθυνση Οικονομικής Αστυνομίας της Ελληνικής Αστυνομίας), the Central Office to fight Against Environmental and Public Health Crime (OCLAESP) and French Customs (Direction générale des douanes et droits indirects) with the support of experts from Europol resulted in the arrest of  nine members […]

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