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Migrant-smuggling ring that enslaved Pakistanis in EU busted

Twenty-nine arrests were made in Spain and Poland in raids targeting a migrant-smuggling operation that illegally brought Pakistanis to the European Union and forced them to work in slave-like conditions upon arrival, the EU law enforcement agency said on Tuesday. A Pakistani organised crime network transported the immigrants over the …

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Zim cops caught trying to sell anteater

Two police officers from southern Zimbabwe were caught last week allegedly trying to sell a live rare ground pangolin to a businessman in Zimbabwe, it was reported Sunday. The state-controlled Sunday News paper said the two, both in their 20s, are currently in police custody and have been charged with “possessing a specially-protected animal …

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India to ban surrogacy services for foreigners

The Indian government on Wednesday said it would ban foreign couples from using surrogate mothers to have children, targeting a rapidly growing industry. An affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court by the government’s top law officer, Ranjit Kumar, said surrogacy would still be available to Indian couples who can’t have …

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Afghan quake leaves devastation

A massive earthquake in a remote part of the Hindu Kush mountain range in north-eastern Afghanistan sent tremors rippling through Pakistan and India, leaving scores dead and hundreds injured in inaccessible areas. As night fell, Pakistani officials said the death toll had crossed 150, and at least 700 people were …

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Child sex criminals will be chemically castrated

Child rights activists on Wednesday welcomed the Indonesian government’s plans to use chemical castration as additional punishment for child sex offenders. President Joko Widodo on Tuesday voiced approval for a law that provides for chemical castration for convicted paedophiles, the cabinet secretariat website said. The chairperson of the national commission on …

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Buddhist nationalism divides Myanmar

At least once a week in the offices of a weekly newspaper in Yangon, editors engage in a spirited debate about the future of Buddhism in Myanmar. They always intend to discuss it peacefully, but it often turns into a heated altercation between supporters and opponents of the committee for …

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Greenpeace aims to buy Swedish lignite mine

Greenpeace submitted a bid on Tuesday to buy a lignite mine in eastern Germany from Swedish power company Vattenfall, the environmental organization’s Nordic branch announced. However, based on its calculations of the difference between what the remaining lignite reserves in the region of Lusatia are worth and what it will …

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Philippines typhoon survivors rescued from rooftops

Emergency workers on Monday fanned out across flooded areas in the northern Philippines to rescue residents trapped on their roofs after Typhoon Koppu triggered floods and landslides. At least four people were killed in accidents caused by Koppu, which slammed into the country on Sunday, toppling trees and cutting off electricity in …

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Australia seizes record 71 tons of smuggled tobacco

A record 71 tons of illicit tobacco was caught being smuggled into Australia, the government announced on Friday. The loose leaf tobacco brought in on ships from Indonesia would have been worth about $29m if sold on the black market, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said in a statement. The haul …

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