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Hong Kong: First arrests under ‘anti-protest’ law as handover marked

Hong Kong: First arrests under ‘anti-protest’ law as handover marked

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Hong Kong police have made their first arrests under a new "anti-protest" law imposed by Beijing, as crowds marked 23 years since the end of British rule.Ten people were held accused of violating the law, including a man with a pro-independence flag. About 360 others were detained at a banned rally.The national security law targets secession, subversion and terrorism with punishments up to life in prison.Activists say it erodes freedoms but China has dismissed the criticism.Hong Kong's sovereignty was handed back to China by Britain in 1997 and certain rights were supposed to be guaranteed for at least 50 years under the "one country, two systems" agreement.The UK has now said up to three million Ho...

Spain arrests 89 for speed boat smuggling of migrants, drugs

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Spanish police have arrested 89 people suspected of belonging to a crime ring that smuggled both migrants and drugs from North Africa to mainland SpainByThe Associated PressMarch 7, 2020, 9:39 AM2 min readMADRID -- Spanish police have arrested 89 people suspected of belonging to a crime ring that smuggled both migrants and hashish from North Africa to mainland Spain. The Civil Guard said Saturday that the smuggling network allegedly used speed boats to bring people and drugs across the Strait of Gibraltar from Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in northern Africa. The national law enforcement agency said investigators found evidence that 11 speed boats carried a total of 269 people and over 10,000 kilograms of hashish. The ring used radar systems and lookouts on the coast to avoid detection, the ...

Egypt arrests human rights activist who criticized gov’t

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Egyptian police have arrested an activist and researcher who has been a vocal critic of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's governmentBy SAMY MAGDY Associated PressFebruary 9, 2020, 8:40 PM3 min readCAIRO -- Egyptian police arrested an activist and researcher who was a vocal critic of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's government, the interior ministry and a human rights group said Sunday. Patrick George Zaki, 27, was detained at Cairo's international airport after returning from Italy on Friday, according to the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, a local NGO, where he works as a researcher. He was taken to the prosecutor's office in his home city of Mansoura in the Nile Delta. Zaki's arrest was the latest in an unprecedented crackdown on dissent waged by El-Sissi in recent years. Thou...
U.S. border arrests down as Mexico’s enforcement rises

U.S. border arrests down as Mexico’s enforcement rises

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Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A Customs and Border Protection official said Monday that 64,000 people were arrested in August, less than half of a peak in May, as Mexico's enforcement rises. Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said at a press conference Monday that August arrests were down 56 percent from the peak in May when there were over 144,000 arrests. Arrests at the southern border in August were also down from just over 82,000 the previous month, which represents a 22 percent decline, he said. Morgan credited President Donald Trump's efforts to "curb the flow of illegal migration" as a reason for the decline, along with cooperation from Mexico to step up enforcement, but said Congress still needs to do more to pass legislation to address a border crisis where childre...
German arrests as police attack dark web drugs market

German arrests as police attack dark web drugs market

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Police in western Germany have arrested three men suspected of running the world's second-largest dark net market place for illegal drugs, stolen data and malicious software.The FBI took part in the investigation and arrested two alleged drug-dealers in Los Angeles, the German DPA news agency reported. The site - now taken down - was named "Wall Street Market".Cash and crypto-currencies were seized.The dark net is an internet area beyond the reach of mainstream search engines.Dutch police and the EU police agency Europol were also involved in smashing the network. In a tweet, Dutch police say they launched the operation.The German police arrested a 31-year-old in Bad Vilbel, a man aged 22 in Kleve and a man aged 29 in Esslingen.P...