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Saudi customs discovers alcohol concealed in car engine

RIYADH: Saudi customs officers at the King Fahd Causeway foiled an elusive attempt at smuggling alcohol in the engine of a car of one of the commuters returning to the kingdom. Customs officers published a video clip in which officers unveiled the pipes that extend from the inside of the section leading to the fuel tank. Read More »

Taiwan customs seizes pharmaceuticals worth $30,460

TAIPEI: A 33-year-old man from Hong Kong was found with 100 cases of botulinum toxin, 31 cases of hyaluronic acid and 16 cases of microcrystalline hydroxyapatite Customs at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Sunday intercepted a shipment of smuggled medical materials at Terminal 2, estimated to be worth NT$1 million (US$30,460), and charged a man in terms of the Pharmaceutical ... Read More »

Petroleum exports drop by 38% while imports surge by 4.7%: report

CAIRO: Exports of petroleum products have notably declined in August, dropping by 38% to reach $310.2m in comparison to $500.6m during the corresponding period last year. The Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) reported that petroleum imports increased during the same month to reach 920.5m tonnes, compared to 879.4m tonnes. Petroleum production in September decreased year-on-year (YoY) to ... Read More »

Ireland: Cocaine worth €770K seized on Tallaght bypass

TALLAGHT: Gardaí have seized cocaine with an estimated street value of €770,000 on the Tallaght bypass. A 36-year-old man has been arrested after a vehicle was intercepted at around 6.15pm on Friday night. The man remains in custody at Tallaght Garda Station under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996. The seizure was part ... Read More »

30 tonnes of fake perfume seized at Dublin Port

DUBLIN: Revenue has said that the seizure of 30 tonnes of counterfeit perfume and aftershave is the largest ever seizure of its kind. The fake fragrances were seized in Dublin Port in recent weeks and could have resulted in a loss to the exchequer of almost €2m. Customs officer Mick O’Hanlon said if the perfumes had been the original brands, ... Read More »

Guyana: Key T&HD vessels for repairs

GEORGETOWN: As part of its mandate to provide quality and safe service to the Guyanese public, the Transport and Harbours Department (T&HD), under the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, is undergoing repair works to motor vessels Kimbia and Sandaka.In a release the Ministry of Public Infrastructure said both MV Kimbia and MV Sandaka were docked yesterday, November 25, 2015, at the ... Read More »

Turkish iron ore imports up 13% in Sep: report

ANKARA: The latest data released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK) suggests that the country’s iron ore imports surged higher during the month of September this year. The imports during the month totaled 950,101 tons, surging higher by 12.77% when compared with the imports during the same month a year ago. The Turkish iron ore imports had totaled 842,512 tons ... Read More »

Jamaica set to benefit from IDB Green Bond

KINGSTON: Jamaica is the only Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country that will benefit from an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) multimillion-dollar-funded regional Energy Efficiency Green Bond Facility. The IDB said that it has approved financing to establish the facility and that the programme was selected to receive up to US$217 million in additional funding as one of eight projects worldwide in the ... Read More »

Jamaica: Digicel releases 51 expatriate members

KINGSTON: Digicel has confirmed the release of 51 expatriate members of its team with expectations that the positions will be taken up by locals. The telecoms company did not specify whether the outgoing individuals occupied managerial positions, but noted that the majority of the team members had completed their contracts while others were transferred to the company’s South Pacific operations. ... Read More »

Canada: Police seize drugs in Summerside raid

SUMMERSIDE: A 57-year-old Summerside man faces a number of charges following a search at his house and business on Nov. 26. Police seized methamphetamine pills, cocaine, marijuana and four boxes containing bags of contraband cigarettes, as well as cash, scales and cell phones. Summerside Police Department say the arrest comes after a four-month investigation by Prince District Joint Forces. Police ... Read More »

US Border Patrol start operation to target wanted smuggler

CHULA VISTA: The U.S. Border Patrol is launching a targeted enforcement operation to shut down a smuggling corridor in eastern portions of San Diego County and the western edge of Imperial County. The operation also focuses on the arrest and prosecution of a specific and particularly dangerous illegal alien smuggler. The operation centers on efforts to arrest 39-year-old Martel Valencia-Cortez. ... Read More »

Egypt to slash poultry imports

CAIRO: Egypt will stick with buying its poultry domestically, turning its back completely on international tenders and bowing to pressure from its local producers, traders said. The ministry of supplies said it will sign a protocol with the Egyptian Poultry Association to supply chicken at government cooperatives, just two weeks after holding its first-ever international tender for poultry. Earlier this ... Read More »

Colombia to begin natural gas imports in January

BOGOTÁ: Colombia in January will begin importing 39 MMcf/d of natural gas from neighboring Venezuela to meet domestic needs, ending decades of natural gas self sufficiency, the head of Ecopetrol said Monday. The country is negotiating to increase that level of imports over coming months, Juan Carlos Echeverry, the CEO of the state-controlled company, said in an interview published Monday ... Read More »

India police seize Rs 20cr in drugs, 4 peddlers held

NEW DELHI: The special cell of Delhi Police has busted a drug racket in the capital and seized 1kg of Alprazolam, 2.8kg heroin and an equal amount of opium. The seizure worth Rs 20 crore originated in Punjab and has narco-terrorism links, police said. Alprazolam is an anti-depressant. DCP (special cell) Sanjeev Yadav confirmed in a statement that his team ... Read More »

Florida bank first to offer debit card in Cuba

HAVANA: American travelers headed to Cuba will finally be able to turn to plastic to foot their hotel and restaurant bills, as MasterCard and Fort Lauderdale-based Stonegate Bank said their debit cards are now active for use on the Communist island. The companies are the first to help U.S. visitors ditch their cash in Cuba, a move made possible by ... Read More »

Venezuela oil vessel traffic snarled on payment hold ups

HOUSTON: More than a dozen oil tankers are waiting to discharge around Venezuelan ports in the Caribbean as ship owners and oil providers refuse to unload cargoes until state-run PDVSA makes payments, according to sources and vessel tracking data. Many of the vessels have arrived near the ports under a type of prepayment agreement that involves loading cargoes and paying ... Read More »

Venezuela oil price crashes to lowest level since 2009

CARACAS: Venezuela’s weekly oil basket crashed to a new low for 2015 as oil prices around the world declined on vastly oversupplied markets. According to figures released by the Venezuela Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, the average price of Venezuelan crude sold by Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA) during the week ending November 20 was $34.46, down $2.87 from the ... Read More »

India police arrest 2 men involved in cattle smuggling

NEW DELHI: With the arrest of three persons, Delhi Police today claimed to have busted a gang involved in robbery, human trafficking, cattle smuggling and also the murder of a police constable at southwest Delhi’s Kapashera area around seven years ago. The three identified as Salim (32), Azim (23) and Mushir (31), were wanted for several cases of robbery in ... Read More »

Mexican man sentences to prison In South Texas smuggling death

McALLEN : A man from Mexico was sentenced to 12½ years in prison for taking part in a human smuggling operation that resulted in the death of a woman. Prosecutors say Victor Manuel Moreno-Ruiz, 32, had pleaded guilty for serving as a foot guide responsible for smuggling a group of individuals into the United States near the South Texas city ... Read More »

US: Police seize nearly $50K in Tracy’s Landing drug bust

ANNAPOLIS: Four people have been charged in connection with a month-long drug investigation in Tracy’s Landing, Anne Arundel County police said. Investigators learned that large quantities of marijuana were being brought into the Southern District area by a known suspect. Police said they conducted a traffic stop on Nov. 16 on a car on Fairhaven Road in Tracey’s Landing. Authorities ... Read More »