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U.S. accuses China of ‘flagrant’ North Korea sanctions violations, offers $5 million reward

The United States accused China on Tuesday of “flagrant violation” of its obligation to enforce international sanctions on North Korea and offered rewards of up to $5 million for information about sanctions evasions. Deputy Assistant Secretary for North Korea Alex Wong accused China of seeking to undo a United Nations… Read More

Former footballers among many arrested in Maltese fuel smuggling raids

Former footballers Darren Debono and Jeffrey Chetcuti have spent the night in prison after police carried out a nationwide anti-smuggling sting operation. Law enforcement sources confirmed that a number of raids were carried out between Monday and the early hours of Tuesday morning targeting Debono and a number of his… Read More

Corruption, Containers, Cocaine: Guyana’s Role In Transnational Drug Trafficking

By Katie Jones, InSight Crime, 20 November 2020 InSight Crime — A recent string of high-profile interceptions targeting international drug trafficking operations have confirmed Guyana remains a crucial transit point for cocaine headed to the United States and across the Atlantic. InSight Crime looks at Guyana’s decisive role as a… Read More
23rd November 2020
Four alleged members of a sophisticated Vietnamese-Australian crime syndicate have been arrested after $123 million worth of liquid methamphetamine was found concealed in a shipment of mustard bottles. Border force officials intercepted a shipment of more than 1600 bottles of classic yellow mustard that arrived via air cargo from Chicago… Read More
19th November 2020
It isn’t much fun these days being Prince Andrew, eighth in line to the British throne. Last year he was grounded by his mother, the queen, after a disastrous TV interview about his links to the late money manager and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The prince rarely leaves… Read More
12th November 2020
The U.S. is drawing up additional sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project, the latest obstacle in the path of the 9.5 billion-euro ($11.2 billion) Russia-to-Germany link that’s been halted almost a year. House and Senate negotiators agreed to target insurers and technical certification companies working on… Read More
11th November 2020
On Aug. 21, a tanker called the Otoman docked at the Jose oil terminal on Venezuela’s coast in the Caribbean to load 1.82 million barrels of heavy crude, according to the state oil company’s internal documents. Yet no tanker with that name is registered in major global shipping databases. Muddying… Read More
6th November 2020
The U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office is investigating Bombardier Inc. over what the agency described as suspected bribery and corruption related to deals with airline PT Garuda Indonesia. Bombardier disclosed the investigation Thursday with its third-quarter financial results. The Canadian plane and train maker said it had launched an… Read More
2nd November 2020
Economic and trade sanctions have become a top U.S. foreign-policy tool for the Trump administration, and that would be unlikely to change under his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden. Yet, with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic fallout taking center stage of the election season, Mr. Biden hasn’t said much about… Read More
30th October 2020
The Trump administration on Thursday unveiled a set of punitive measures against Iran, including sanctions for petrochemical sales, in a pre-election move that analysts say could complicate efforts if a new administration takes office and seeks to rejoin the nuclear agreement with the country. The Treasury and State departments sanctioned… Read More
26th October 2020
Persian Gulf waters off Iraq have become a new, important waypoint for Iranian oil smugglers looking to avoid U.S. sanctions, according to American officials, who expressed frustration that Baghdad and other allies aren’t acting more aggressively to enforce curbs on commerce with Tehran. Iranian tankers now regularly transfer… Read More
22nd October 2020
Four Hong Kong shipping companies sanctioned this week by the U.S. Department of State for doing business with an Iranian state shipping line have been traced to a single name, purportedly belonging to a person based in Shanghai, an RFA investigation has revealed. The U.S. on Monday named Reach Holding… Read More
21st October 2020
The State Department broadened the scope of sanctions targeting an unfinished Russian-backed natural-gas pipeline that has been a source of tension between Germany, Russia and the U.S. Sanctions enacted late last year focused on pipe-laying vessels for Nord Stream 2 and halted the $10.5 billion pipeline, which is… Read More