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Briton given 15 years in Iraqi jail for smuggling antiquities to appeal verdict

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Lawyers for a British geologist handed a 15-year sentence by an Iraqi judge after being convicted of smuggling antiquities will immediately appeal against the shock verdict, which has left his family “stunned”. Jim Fi...

Drug smuggling tunnel with rail system uncovered on US-Mexico border

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US authorities have discovered an underground smuggling tunnel on the California-Mexico border that runs the length of a football field and contains reinforced walls, electricity, ventilation and a rail system. Invest...

MEPs voice fury as Greek judges again postpone refugees’ smuggling appeal

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MEPs appalled by “shocking” legal proceedings against two Afghans convicted of people smuggling in Greece have vowed to raise the issue with the European parliament. Lawmakers who had flown into Lesbos for a scheduled...

US man smuggling 52 lizards and snakes caught at Mexico border

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A man who tried to slither past US border agents in California had 52 lizards and snakes hidden in his clothing, authorities said Tuesday. The man was driving a truck when he arrived at the San Ysidro border crossing ...

Spanish police bust drug ring suspected of faking orca attack to aid smuggling

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Spanish police have busted a drug ring suspected of simulating sailing boat accidents, including an attack by orcas, to smuggle hashish from Morocco to Spain. The group allegedly loaded drugs on to sailboats in Morocc...

Winchelsea by Alex Preston review – a ripping yarn of Sussex smuggling

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Alex Preston’s fourth novel sprang from the notion of crafting a “grown-up” Moonfleet, he explains in his acknowledgments, adding “I hope this is close”. For anyone who’s familiar with J Meade Falkner’s swashbuckling ...

Smuggling Australian rock lobsters into China a national security threat, Hong Kong customs chief says

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Rampant smuggling of Australian rock lobsters into mainland China is a national security threat, Hong Kong’s new customs chief said Thursday as she vowed to crack down on the trade. Lobsters are one of a number of pro...

Randy Lanier: the hotshot driver who juggled racing and drug smuggling

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Here it was, the escape hatch that never fails to present itself in crime films: a chance to get away with it, an opportunity to go legit. Except when this all-too-real turning point arrived 37 years ago, Randy Lanier...

Kingpins in Channel smuggling operations living freely in the UK, say migrants

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Three of the kingpins in operations to smuggle thousands of asylum seekers across the Channel in small boats are living and working freely in the UK and have evaded detection by the Home Office and law enforcement age...

Artin’s journey: asylum seeker speaks of the smuggling trade that killed Iranian baby

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The authorities in Norway did not have much to go on when they found the body on the shore on New Year’s Day. But the baby boy was wearing a jacket – navy blue with white stitching. And that helped them solve the myst...

One person dies in suspected migrant smuggling attempt off San Diego coast

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One person has died and eight have been injured in an apparent migrant smuggling attempt off San Diego’s La Jolla coast, authorities said on Thursday. Lifeguards rescued 10 people in what the San Diego fire-rescue dep...

Iranian asylum seeker cleared of Channel smuggling charges

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An asylum seeker jailed on smuggling charges for helping to steer a boat filled with migrants from France to England has had his conviction overturned at a retrial after spending 17 months in jail. Lawyers and campaig...

Succulent smuggling: why are South Africa’s rare desert plants vanishing?

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In May 2020, 10mm of rain fell at Sendelingsdrif Rest Camp in South Africa’s most north-westerly corner. It may not have been good news for visitors to the Richtersveld’s national park, which straddles the border with...

Refugee rescuers charged in Italy with complicity in people smuggling

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After an investigation lasting almost four years, Italian prosecutors have charged dozens of rescuers, from charities including Save the Children and Médecins Sans Frontières, who were accused of collaborating with pe...