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Germany calls for more global action against drug smugglers

Global cooperation needs to be ramped up in order to combat drug trafficking, Germany's Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said in comments published on Monday. "The harbors in the Netherlands, ...

Taiwan in record marijuana haul on ships near Kaohsiung

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan detained 10 members of a tanker crew after they tried to smuggle a record 1.3 tons of marijuana with an estimated street value of NT$3.5 billion (US$114.24 million)...

Taiwan premier doubles down on zero-tolerance drug policy

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan Premier Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) reiterated the government's zero-tolerance drug policy at an annual meeting on combating drug use. Chen said Taiwan's High P...

Taiwan detains 4 Hong Kong citizens for smuggling drugs from Belgium

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Aviation Police Bureau (APB) detained four members of a Hong Kong group smuggling ketamine from Belgium to Taiwan, but the chief suspect was believed to have fled to T...

Taiwan nabs Thai tourist with heroin valued at NT$100 million

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Thai tourist was caught at Taoyuan International Airport carrying more than NT$100 million (US$3.19 million) of heroin, police said Thursday (Nov. 30). The man, ident...

4 face death penalty for smuggling heroin into Taiwan from Thailand

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Four individuals have been charged after more than NT$100 million (US$3 million) of heroin was smuggled into Taiwan inside an espresso machine in July, prosecutors said Mo...

Father, two sons charged after 30kg of ketamine smuggled into Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Prosecutors have charged a father and his two sons after 30 kilograms of ketamine worth NT$30 million (US$930,000) was brought into Taiwan in a shipment of pillows from Th...

Syria's Assad in China, seeks exit from diplomatic isolation

BEIJING, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has arrived in China's eastern city of Hangzhou, kicking off his first visit to the Asian nation since 2004 as he makes further stride...

Texas prison lockdown over drug murders renews worries about lack of air conditioning in heat wave

HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas prison system’s 100 units have been placed on a statewide lockdown due to a series of drug-related inmate homicides, officials announced on Wednesday. But the lo...

Thousands in Bosnia protest against violence after man livestreamed killing of ex-wife on Instagram

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Thousands of Bosnians took to the streets on Monday to demand authorities act to curb violence against women after a man last week shot and killed his ex-wife while...

Man in Bosnia kills ex-wife live on Instagram and kills 2 more people before taking his own life

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A man in Bosnia shot and killed his ex-wife while streaming the slaying live on Instagram and then killed two other people while on the run before taking his own li...

Italy: Police seize record 5 tons of cocaine near Sicily

Italian police seized a record 5.3 tons of cocaine during an operation off the southern coast of Sicily, authorities said on Friday. The haul had an estimated value of €850 million ($946 million)...

Jordan's foreign minister calls for investment into war-torn Syria to speed up refugee returns

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Jordan's foreign minister Monday called for international investment into conflict-ravaged Syria's crippled infrastructure to speed up refugee returns. Ayman Safad...

Taiwan auctions NT$39 million yacht from Sierra Leone used by drug smugglers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A yacht registered in Sierra Leone and valued at NT$39 million (US$1.26 million) will be auctioned next month after it was caught being used by a drug smuggling gang, repo...

Dutch soccer player Quincy Promes convicted of stabbing cousin, sentenced to 18 months

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Netherlands forward Quincy Promes was found guilty Monday of stabbing his cousin in the leg and was sentenced to 18 months in prison. The Amsterdam District Court judges...