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A Colombian businessman was carrying a letter from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accrediting him to Iran's supreme leader, according to a new court filing.

Child marriage in Iran is being facilitated by state banks that are giving off unregulated loans to those who want to marry.

Lebanese '<em>drug</em> dealer' arrested in Brazil

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Lebanese 'drug dealer' arrested in Brazil

Assad Khalil Kiwan is a naturalised Brazilian citizen from Lebanon who was arrested on Monday over drugs charges.

Arrest warrant issued for Beirut Port customs chief

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Arrest warrant issued for Beirut Port customs chief

The customs chief was accused of lifting a travel ban on a Saudi Prince after he was inprisoned for smuggling two tonnes of an amphetamine-based ...

Bangladesh sends troops to halt Rohingya refugee <em>drug</em> fighting

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Bangladesh sends troops to halt Rohingya refugee drug fighting

Bangladesh has sent more troops into a refugee camp after days of fatal fighting between Rohingya drug gangs.

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4,000 Afghan prisoners launch hunger strike

The largest prison in Afghanistan is witnessing a mass protest by detainees that launched a hunger strike.

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Egyptian arrested for smuggling narcotics in box of dates

The man was found smuggling Tramadol and marijuana inside a carton of dates.

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Chinese death-row inmate digs tunnel to escape Indonesian jail

A Chinese drug trafficker on death row escaped from an Indonesian jail cell.

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Greece's main migrant camp gutted by huge blaze

Migrants in the camp have endured months of lockdowns as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, with access severely restricted.

Fears for Italian arrested in Egypt for '<em>drug</em> <em>trafficking</em>'

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Fears for Italian arrested in Egypt for 'drug trafficking'

An Italian man arrested on suspicion of trafficking drugs in Cairo has prompted fears of Giulio Regeni, who was killed by Egypt ...

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'End of the world': Countdown to Beirut's devastating blast

More than 180 people were killed when an explosion rocked the Lebanese capital earlier this month, devastating much of the city and changing ...

Syrian regime could be culprit in Italy's <em>drug</em> <em>trafficking</em>

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Syrian regime could be culprit in Italy's drug trafficking

Rome blamed IS for being the culprit in the 'biggest seizure of amphetamines in the world', but analysts have blamed the Syrian regime.

Italy seizes 14 tonnes of IS-made amphetamines from Syria

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Italy seizes 14 tonnes of IS-made amphetamines from Syria

Police said in a statement that the operation was "the biggest seizure of amphetamines in the world".

Award-winning Filipino journalist conviction sparks international outrage

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Award-winning Filipino journalist conviction sparks international outrage

A trial, labelled by rights groups as another example of limitations of press freedom amid an ongoing rights crackdown by President Rodrigo ...

Danish 'crime boss' Amir Mekky arrested in Dubai

Danish 'crime boss' Amir Mekky arrested in Dubai

A Danish citizen allegedly involved in gang-related crime that span from Denmark to Spain has been arrested in the United Arab Emirates.

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Venezuela's Maduro to visit Iran following oil shipments

Nicolas Maduro wants to 'personally thank' Iran for sending five oil tankers to Caracas during a shortage of refined oil, despite Venezuela having the world's largest reserves.

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Fourth Iranian tanker docks at Venezuelan port

A fourth Iranian tanker has arrived in Venezuela amid concern in Washington over the burgeoning relationship between the two countries.

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Iranian oil tanker arrives at Venezuela's largest refinery

The first of five Iranian tankers has arrived at Venezuela's main oil refinery, bringing gasoline and oil derivatives to help boost the ...

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Egypt's Sisi tests team daily to prevent coronavirus infection

Dozens of people working closely with Egypt's President Sisi are subject to the daily coronavirus testing, said an official Egyptian source.

Egypt's president expands powers, citing virus outbreak

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Egypt's president expands powers, citing virus outbreak

President Sissi approved amendments to the country's state of emergency, granting him and security agencies additional powers.

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UAE needs 'stronger measures' against money laundering, terrorism financing

A global illicit finance monitoring group found the UAE has not done enough the combat money laundering and terrorist financing.

Saudi Arabia eliminates death penalty for minors

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Saudi Arabia eliminates death penalty for minors

Saudi Arabia ended the death penalty for crimes committed by minors after effectively abolishing floggings as the kingdom seeks to blunt ...

Egypt uses coronavirus pandemic to grant Sisi more powers

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Egypt uses coronavirus pandemic to grant Sisi more powers

President Sisi will be granted 18 extra powers during the coronavirus emergency, including the authority to suspend classes at schools and ...

No new corona cases in Lebanon in 24 hours

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No new corona cases in Lebanon in 24 hours

Lebanon has not reported any new coronavirus cases in one day, as lockdown measures keep people in their homes.

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