Kim Jong-un Calls K-Pop a ‘Vicious Cancer’

South Korean music, movies and dramas are winning the hearts of young North Koreans. Their influence is seen as a threat to Mr. Kim’s grip on society.

#computers-and-the-internet, #k-pop, #kim-jong-un, #millennial-generation, #north-korea, #propaganda, #smuggling, #south-korea

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George Jung, Who Made Millions Smuggling Cocaine, Dies at 78

Part of the Medellín drug cartel, he was imprisoned multiple times and was later played by Johnny Depp in the 2001 movie “Blow.”

#blow-movie, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #deaths-obituaries, #depp-johnny, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #escobar-pablo, #jung-george-1942-2021, #movies, #smuggling

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‘Will I Recognize You?’ She Traveled 2,500 Miles to Reach Her Mother.

Migrant children are crossing the southwestern border by the thousands each week. They are often rejoining parents who immigrated to the United States years ago.

#border-patrol-us, #family-separation-policy-us-immigration, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #oxnard-calif, #smuggling

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Five in Houston Face Charges in Suspected Case of Human Smuggling

Police officers in Houston responded to a kidnapping tip on Friday and found nearly 100 undocumented people crammed into a house, according to the authorities.

#houston-tex, #illegal-immigration, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #police-department-houston-tex, #search-and-seizure, #smuggling

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Police Find More Than 90 People Crammed Into a Houston Home

Houston police officers found more than 90 people — some showing symptoms of Covid-19 — “all huddled together” on Friday in what they believe may be a case of human smuggling.

#crime-and-criminals, #houston-tex, #police-department-houston-tex, #smuggling

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Man Caught Smuggling 35 Songbirds Into J.F.K. Airport, Authorities Say

Kevin Andre McKenzie of Guyana concealed finches inside hair curlers in his clothing, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #birds, #finches-birds, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #guyana, #kennedy-international-airport-queens-ny, #smuggling, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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Armed Groups Step Into Venezuela as Lawlessness Grows

With Venezuela in shambles, criminals and insurgents run large stretches of the nation’s territory. We traveled through one of the regions under their control.

#indigenous-people, #maduro-nicolas, #smuggling, #terrorism, #venezuela

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A Man Who Shipped Himself in a Crate Wants to Find the Men Who Helped

Over 50 years after Brian Robson mailed himself out of Australia, emerging almost 8,000 miles away, he is looking for two friends who assisted.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #australia, #content-type-personal-profile, #great-britain, #london-england, #melbourne-australia, #robson-brian-1945, #smuggling

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‘I Have No Idea Where My Daughter Is’: Migrant Parents Are Desperate for News

With a record 20,000 migrant children in shelters and detention facilities, many parents have waited weeks to learn what happened to their children after they crossed the border.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #families-and-family-life, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #smuggling, #united-states

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Man Is Charged With Smuggling in Crash That Killed 13 Migrants in California

More than two dozen people were crowded into an S.U.V. that collided with a tractor-trailer near the border. Jose Cruz Noguez was accused of coordinating the smuggling attempt.

#california, #cruz-noguez-jose, #holtville-calif, #illegal-immigration, #mexico, #smuggling, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

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Nearly 200 Baby Tortoises Are Seized at Galápagos Airport

The tortoises were found on Sunday wrapped in plastic inside a red suitcase that was bound for mainland Ecuador. A police officer has been taken into custody, the authorities said.

#airports, #ecuador, #galapagos-ecological-airport, #galapagos-islands, #galapagos-national-park-ecuador, #guayaquil-ecuador, #smuggling, #turtles-and-tortoises, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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How Illicit Oil Is Smuggled Into North Korea With China’s Help

New satellite images obtained by The New York Times show that China has allowed tankers to use its infrastructure and territorial waters to deliver oil to North Korea.

#china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #north-korea, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #satellites, #security-council-un, #ships-and-shipping, #smuggling, #united-nations, #united-states, #your-feed-visual-investigations

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Police Find 16 People Hidden in a Truck in England

Although there were no deaths, the case had echoes of a smuggling episode in the country in 2019, in which 39 people from Vietnam died in a refrigerated tractor-trailer.

#england, #english-channel, #france, #illegal-immigration, #smuggling

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What We Learned From Our Investigation into Covert Oil Deliveries to North Korea

We uncovered how one ship helped North Korea get oil despite sanctions. Here are five takeaways from the investigation.

#center-for-advanced-defense-studies, #china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #ships-and-shipping, #smuggling, #united-nations

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On Mexico’s Border With U.S.,Desperation as Migrant Traffic Piles Up

Mexico is struggling to deal with a new wave of migrants expelled from the U.S. while even more come north hoping to cross. Shelters that were empty four months ago are now having to turn many away.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-barriers, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #mexico, #smuggling, #texas, #trump-donald-j

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Migrants in Deadly Crash Had Crossed Through Border Wall, Officials Say

The Border Patrol said two S.U.V.s packed with people apparently crossed through a breach in the wall. One vehicle went on to collide with a tractor-trailer rig, killing 13 migrants.

#border-barriers, #border-patrol-us, #calexico-calif, #california, #holtville-calif, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #imperial-valley-calif, #smuggling, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

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Smugglers Throw Migrants Overboard; at Least 20 Are Feared Drowned

Several times in recent years, migrants trying to cross between Djibouti and Yemen have been thrown into the sea.

#djibouti, #drownings, #horn-of-africa, #international-organization-for-migration, #migrants, #smuggling, #united-nations, #yemen

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Pigeons: Nuisance Animals, or Expert Accomplices in Diamond Smuggling?

In “Flight of the Diamond Smugglers,” Matthew Gavin Frank details the surprising role pigeons play in South African diamond smuggling.

#books-and-literature, #diamonds, #flight-of-the-diamond-smugglers-a-tale-of-pigeons-obsession-and-greed-along-coastal-south-africa-book, #frank-matthew-gavin, #mines-and-mining, #pigeons, #smuggling, #south-africa

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New Zealand Sentences Woman Caught With Cacti Tied to Her Body

The woman, Wenqing Li, pleaded guilty to violating biosecurity laws in two attempts to smuggle nearly 1,000 cacti and succulents into the country.

#auckland-new-zealand, #cacti-plants, #smuggling

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Risking Everything to Come to America on the Open Ocean

The border with Mexico extends well beyond the desert. Tighter enforcement on land has driven record numbers of migrants to attempt dangerous crossings by water.

#california, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #mexico, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #san-diego-calif, #smuggling

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Who is Jonathan Braun? Trump’s Last Minute Pardon Still Faces Accusations of Violence

Jonathan Braun’s 10-year sentence for running a drug ring was commuted by the departing president. The White House did not mention that he faces separate accusations of violence and threats.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #bloomberg-news, #braun-jonathan, #content-type-personal-profile, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #federal-trade-commission, #james-letitia, #justice-department, #new-york-city, #smuggling, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In a Village of Widows, the Opium Trade Has Taken a Deadly Toll

Afghan men in an impoverished border settlement die trying to smuggle opium into Iran, leaving behind loved ones forced to survive on their own.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #herat-afghanistan, #iran, #smuggling, #taliban

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Armed Mexicans Were Smuggled In to Guard Border Wall, Whistle-Blowers Say

In a complaint unsealed on Friday, whistle-blowers working on President Trump’s wall said that contractors were illegally bringing in Mexican guards to protect construction sites.

#army-corps-of-engineers, #border-barriers, #border-patrol-us, #building-construction, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #guards, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #mexico, #san-diego-calif, #smuggling, #sullivan-land-services, #trump-donald-j, #ultimate-concrete, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whistle-blowers

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He Once Trafficked in Rare Birds. Now, He Tells How It’s Done.

After a chance encounter in Brazil, Johann Zillinger became one of the world’s most prolific wildlife smugglers. Three decades and two prison stints later, he says he has gone straight.

#austria, #birds, #brazil, #breeding-of-animals, #content-type-personal-profile, #convention-on-international-trade-in-endangered-species, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #parrots, #portugal, #smuggling, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #zillinger-johann

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For Young Rohingya Brides, Marriage Means a Perilous, Deadly Crossing

Girls and young women from refugee camps in Bangladesh, promised to men they have never met, are undertaking the dangerous journey to Malaysia to join them.

#aceh-province-indonesia, #bangladesh, #human-trafficking, #indonesia, #malaysia, #myanmar, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #rohingya-ethnic-group, #smuggling, #southeast-asia, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #women-and-girls

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The Ship That Stopped 7,000 Migrants, and Smuggled 700,000 Cigarettes

The Caprera, an Italian warship, was deployed to Tripoli to help combat people-smugglers in Libya. Some of its sailors gathered a cargo of contraband.

#brindisi-italy, #european-union, #italy, #libya, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #smuggling

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Fossil Reveals ‘One of the Cutest Dinosaurs’ Ever Found

While many fossils have been flattened by time and the elements, a titanosaur found in an egg was preserved in three dimensions.

#argentina, #current-biology-journal, #dinosaurs, #eggs, #eyes-and-eyesight, #fossils, #paleontology, #reproduction-biological, #skull-body-part, #smuggling, #your-feed-science

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How American Guns Are Fueling U.K. Crime

Handguns are quietly being smuggled into Britain, despite tough gun-control laws. The police fear that the illegal weapons are contributing to a rise in gang-related crime.

#arms-trade, #bains-josh, #england, #firearms, #gun-control, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-ballistics-intelligence-service-uk, #national-crime-agency-uk, #smuggling, #turkey, #united-states

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African Migrants in Yemen Scapegoated for Coronavirus Outbreak

Migrants say Houthi militia who control northern Yemen are brutally forcing them out of their territory and into dangerous situations.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ethiopia, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #immigration-and-emigration, #saudi-arabia, #smuggling, #yemen

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The Strange Revival of the Religious Relic Trade

What does a supposedly secular world want with the creepy (and probably fake) remains of medieval saints?

#berger-peter-l, #christians-and-christianity, #e-commerce, #religion-and-belief, #smuggling

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26 Arrested in People-Smuggling Case Linked to U.K. Truck Deaths

France and Belgium said the suspects were part of a wider network that transported the 39 Vietnamese migrants whose bodies were found in Britain last year.

#belgium, #france, #great-britain, #human-trafficking, #smuggling

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What Is the Coronavirus Doing to North Korea?

There are no cases here, Kim Jong-un’s government claims, while acting as if its survival were at stake.

#abrams-robert, #caste-systems, #china, #cnn, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #epidemics, #famine, #johns-hopkins-university, #kim-jong-un, #north-korea, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #radio-free-asia, #smuggling, #south-korea, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #workersparty-of-korea, #world-health-organization

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Coronavirus: Revenge of the Pangolins

China has banned the trade of wildlife, suspecting that exotic animals infected humans. What will that really do?

#animals, #chinese-food-cuisine, #convention-on-international-trade-in-endangered-species, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #meat, #national-peoples-congress-china, #pangolins, #poaching-wildlife, #politics-and-government, #smuggling

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