Eritrea calls for UN probe into `abhorrent` people smuggling

Eritrea on Saturday called on the United Nations to investigate the "abhorrent" flood of refugees from its borders to Europe, an exodus attributed to gross human rights violations in the hermit state.

Johnny Depp's wife Amber Heard summoned over smuggling
Johnny Depp's wife Amber Heard summoned over smuggling

Johnny Depp's actress wife Amber Heard has been summoned to appear in court over allegations that she smuggled the couple's dogs into Australia.

Lankan woman held at Chennai airport on charge of smuggling gold

A 33-year-old Sri Lankan woman has been arrested for allegedly smuggling gold worth Rs 55 lakh, airport officials said on Thursday.

Rs 1 crore worth abandoned gold seized from Air Iindia flight

 Gold worth Rs one crore was found abandoned under a seat of an Air India flight that arrived here from Kualalumpur on Wednesday.

Chittoor killings: HC refuses to hand over probe to CBI

The Hyderabad High Court on Monday declined to order a CBI inquiry into the killing of 20 red sander woodcutters by Andhra Pradesh police in Chittoor district of the state in April this year.

ISIS says it destroyed archaeological pieces from Palmyra
ISIS says it destroyed archaeological pieces from Palmyra

Islamic State group militants have destroyed six archaeological pieces from the historic town of Palmyra that were confiscated from a smuggler, the group said.

Police arrest six smugglers over $15mn snake venom haul

Six members of a suspected international smuggling racket were arrested with an estimated US$15 million of snake venom hidden in school bags close to Bhutan border in eastern India, officials said Sunday.

21 cows, buffaloes being smuggled to Kerala seized

 Police on Saturday seized 21 head of cattle, including cows and buffaloes, being smuggled in a lorry to Kerala from Karnataka, in the wee hours on Saturday.

Snake venom worth Rs 100 crore seized; 6 nabbed in West Bengal

Six persons were on Saturday arrested at Belakoba and snake venom worth about Rs 100 crore was seized from them.

Thai police wrap up human trafficking probe
Thai police wrap up human trafficking probe

Thailand`s crackdown on people smuggling and trafficking networks has successfully dismantled the grim trade, police announced Tuesday while admitting that dozens of suspects have yet to be apprehended.

Gold seized at Visakhapatnam airport reveals new tactic by gangs

The seizure of 63 kg gold at Visakhapatnam international airport has revealed a new strategy adopted by smuggling gangs to conceal the yellow metal in consumer electronic goods and landing at less frequented airports.

Four arrested in Rajasthan for smuggling camels

Four people have been arrested here for allegedly smuggling 16 camels to a slaughter house in Uttar Pradesh, police said on Saturday.

Traffickers turn surfboard into mini-sub to ship drugs

Drug traffickers converted a surfboard into a remote-controlled mini-submarine, in a bid to smuggle $100,000 worth of narcotics from a northwest Mexican border city to the United States, authorities said.

EU approves military mission to tackle migrant smugglers: Sources

EU member states approved plans Friday to launch as early as next week the first phase of a military operation against people smugglers in the Mediterranean, sources said.

Japan investigators quizzing Toyota exec on drug charges

Japanese investigators were today questioning Toyota's most senior female executive after finding controlled drugs sent to her from the United States, police said, as the automaker's chief vowed to support his "dear colleague".

Nigerians jailed for smuggling drugs into New Zealand
Nigerians jailed for smuggling drugs into New Zealand

 Four Nigerian nationals and a New Zealander have received jail terms for their involvement in an international drug smuggling ring, New Zealand Police said on Friday.

Japan police arrest American Toyota exec on drugs-related charges

Toyota`s highest-ranking female executive was arrested at a Tokyo hotel on Thursday for allegedly importing a painkiller that is illegal under Japan`s strict drug laws, reports said Thursday.

Calls grow for inquiry into alleged Australian people-smuggler payments
Calls grow for inquiry into alleged Australian people-smuggler payments

Calls grew on Monday for an inquiry into reports that Australian officials paid people-smugglers bound for Australia thousands of dollars to turn their boat back to Indonesia, with Jakarta and the United Nations also expressing serious concern.

Extensive policy for Red Sanders conservation put forward

Amid rampant illegal felling and smuggling of red sanders, a green body has advocated a comprehensive national policy for sustainable conservation of the endemic timber species.

New Zealand man faces 18-year jail term in Bali for drugs

 Indonesian prosecutors Thursday recommended an 18-year jail sentence for a New Zealand man accused of trafficking crystal methamphetamine into the resort island of Bali.