Four Indonesians arrested over Rohingya refugees smuggling

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MANILA: As tens of thousands of people have been crowding the streets of American cities for the past six months to protest US support for Israel’s war on Gaza, some of the leading voices have been coming from Asian diaspora groups. Their support for Palestine often stems from personal history, as many Asians living in … Read more

Syria teen rescued in Austria mountains as new smuggling routes used

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VINENA: Austrian mountain rescuers have saved a Syrian teen found injured and suffering from severe hypothermia, they said Tuesday, as new smuggling routes are being used to avoid stepped-up border controls in central Europe. Central European countries stepped up border controls last year as the numbers of migrants and asylum seekers crossing into the EU … Read more

Ex-Dutch international gets six years for coke smuggling

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Diaz makes up for Bellingham’s absence, leads Real Madrid to win over Leipzig in Champions League LEIPZIG, Germany: After scoring Real Madrid’s winner with a mazy solo run, Brahim Díaz jogged to the sideline and spread his arms wide open to celebrate. He was imitating the trademark goal celebration of Jude Bellingham, the injured teammate … Read more

Captagon smuggling attempt thwarted at Haditha port

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RIYADH: The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority at Haditha port has intercepted an attempt to smuggle 1,683,000 Captagon pills into the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.  The contraband was discovered concealed within the tires of a truck during a routine inspection. The authority has reiterated its commitment to bolstering customs controls regarding … Read more

Egypt rejects Israeli claim of weapon smuggling into Gaza

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DUBAI: The UAE is set to host the World Government Summit next month to help states develop proactive solutions for future challenges, it was announced on Tuesday. The 11th edition of the summit, which runs Feb. 12-14, will bring together more than 4,000 delegates, representatives of international organizations, thought leaders, and private sector leaders from … Read more

Saudi border guards thwart qat smuggling attempts

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RIYADH: Curiosity was her guide, creatively unveiling the hidden wonders in the ordinary, and product designer Lamees Alfadhel designed Qitmeer, a machine that produces vegan leather sheets using damaged and wasted dates. Qitmeer was the young designer’s graduation project. Fascinated by science, creativity, and the ability to shape human interaction with the world, Alfadhel explored … Read more

Egypt thwarts drug smuggling attempt on border with Israel- sources

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Growing global relevance of Saudi Arabia and Gulf region highlighted at Riyadh roundtable discussion RIYADH: Over the past decade, Saudi Arabia has undergone an “astonishing” transformation, helped along by internal reforms and geopolitical shifts that have raised the Kingdom’s global profile and relevance, according to Federico Rampini, an award-winning Italian journalist, writer and lecturer. Speaking … Read more

Cairo customs thwart 10 smuggling attempts within a week

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CAIRO: Cairo International Airport’s customs authorities thwarted 10 attempts during the past week to smuggle high-end phones, medicines, and cosmetics. Customs officials said all seizures were made in Terminal 3 during the past week and that legal measures were being taken. An Egyptian passenger who arrived from Istanbul was arrested for possessing 107 strips of … Read more

Saudi authorities thwart the smuggling of 252 Kg of qat in Asir

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RIYADH: The celebration of Christmas in Saudi Arabia, a country known for its rich cultural heritage and Islamic traditions, presents a unique and evolving narrative. While Christmas is a Christian festival, its universal appeal resonates across different cultures and faiths, including in Saudi Arabia, where the expatriate community brings its own traditions to the season. … Read more

Jazan border guards thwart the smuggling of 90 kilograms of qat

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JAZAN: Saudi border guards in Jazan region foiled an attempt to smuggle 90 kilograms of the narcotic qat, and arrested 6 Ethiopian nationals.
 The seized narcotics were handed over to the competent authority, and preliminary legal procedures were completed, state news agency SPA reported. 
Qat is a flowering shrub native to the Arabian Peninsula. Individuals … Read more