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  1. News - Asia - CORRUPTION

    New graft chief John Sevilla in front line against corruption at Philippines customs

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 09:58pm by AFP

    ... of goods destined to be smuggled through the Philippines' biggest port, the nation's customs chief admits that being on the front line of the president's war on graft ... the gall," Aquino said in his annual State of the Nation address as he accused customs staff of "heedlessly permitting the smuggling of goods, and even drugs, arms and other items". He said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1584581/john-sevilla-front-line-against-corruption-philippines-customs
  2. News - World - SYRIA

    New report highlights threat to aircraft from militants in Syria

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 08:48pm by Reuters

    ... commercial planes, according to a report by a respected international research group. It cites the risk that the missiles could be smuggled out of Syria by terrorists. The report was released hours ... in rebel arsenals. Mostly Russian and Chinese in origin, the weapons have been seized by Syrian opposition militias from government forces and smuggled in from nations sympathetic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1577016/new-report-highlights-threat-aircraft-militants-syria
  3. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Large cache of smuggled exotic animals seized in Philippines

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 05:14pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila Wildlife officers said on Wednesday they had seized almost 100 exotic animals and birds including cockatoos, echidnas and wallabies that had been smuggled ... The head of the government’s wildlife division Josefina de Leon said a crime syndicate with members from different countries was known to be smuggling rare animals from Malaysia into the southern ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1431129/large-cache-smuggled-exotic-animals-seized-philippines
  4. News - Hong Kong - CONSERVATION

    Hong Kong craft shop staff secretly filmed advising customers how to smuggle ivory across border

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 04:00pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... ivory smuggling tips Employees at two established craft stores in Hong Kong advised undercover reporters on how to illegally smuggle ivory across borders, according to a British news report. Raw ... as customers, how to avoid customs when smuggling ivory across borders. Ivory is “easy to take out, even if you go through the metal [detector], there’s no sign. You [just] hide it somewhere”, one ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1426537/hong-kong-craft-shop-staff-secretly-filmed-advising-customers-how
  5. News - Hong Kong - DRUGS

    Crystal meth seizures at Lo Wu border crossing soar

    Posted Aug 24th 2014, 04:52am by Bryan Harris

    ... product. Wong said there had been seven significant drug seizures at the Lo Wu crossing in the past three weeks, all of which involved Hongkongers trying to smuggle crystal meth or ketamine from ... in the smuggling or manufacture of the drug. A UN report last year on the drugs trade in Indonesia pinpointed the roles of both the city and Guangdong. "Most of the crystalline methamphetamine ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1580207/ice-seizures-lo-wu-border-crossing-triple-those-last-year-customs
  6. News - China Digest - ESPIONAGE

    Hong Kong man arrested in US for trying to smuggle space technology to China

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 11:30am by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com A Hong Kong man was arrested in Seattle last week for attempting to export spacecraft navigation technology to China, US prosecutors have said. Chin See-kee, alias Alfred Chin, was part of a scheme to obtain export-restricted technology and illegally smuggle it to China, according to a statement by Jenny Durkan, the US attorney ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-digest/article/1430154/hong-kong-man-arrested-us-trying-smuggle-space-technology-china
  7. News - Hong Kong

    Hong Kong seizes 113 smuggled ivory tusks worth HK$3m

    Posted May 01st 2013, 01:17pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse Hong Kong customs officers have seized 113 ivory tusks worth about HK$3 million on the Chinese ivory market, officials said on Wednesday. The smuggled ivory was seized at the airport on Tuesday in a container marked “spare parts” from Burundi which was bound for Singapore, said an official statement. The total seizure, weighing 300kg, was worth an estimated HK$3 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1227435/hong-kong-seizes-113-smuggled-ivory-tusks-worth-hk3m
  8. News - Asia - WEAPONS TRADE

    Detained North Korean sailors released after Panama arms-smuggling flap

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 02:51pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Panama City 32 North Korean crew set to head to Cuba, but three officers will remain to face weapons trafficking charges Thirty-two sailors held since July after their North Korean ship tried to move undeclared weapons through the ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1426521/detained-north-korean-sailors-released-after-panama-arms-smuggling-flap
  9. News - Hong Kong - CRIME

    Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into Hong Kong amid booming demand for drugs

    Posted Feb 02nd 2014, 04:14am by Bryan Harris

    ... lives since 2006. Describing the group as the "most notorious", a local law enforcement source confirmed that the cartel was smuggling cocaine into Hong Kong, but declined to give more ... Kong, five Mexicans were sentenced last year to up to 27 years in prison for smuggling 538kg of cocaine into the city in 2011. Police and customs officials have declined to say whether the five ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1418852/mexican-cartel-smuggling-cocaine-hong-kong-amid-booming-demand-drugs
  10. News - World - ISLAMIC MILITANCY

    Iran rejects role in coalition against Islamic State

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 10:39pm by AP

    ... for Muslim extremists from all over the world and rakes in more than US$3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to US intelligence officials and private ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1593398/iran-rejects-role-coalition-against-islamic-state

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