Smuggling

Doctors tend to a pregnant woman on a Mediterranea Saving Humans NGO boat, as they sail off Italy's southernmost island of Lampedusa, just outside Italian territorial waters, on Thursday, July 4, 2019. An Italian humanitarian group whose boat has been barred from docking in Lampedusa said the health of the 54 migrants it rescued at sea is rapidly deteriorating, prompting fears of another standoff with Italy's populist government. Mediterranea Saving Humans said Friday in a tweet that its sailing boat ALEX was off Italy's southernmost island of Lampedusa, just outside Italian territorial waters, and that it has been banned from entering Italian jurisdiction by ministerial decree. (AP Photo/Olmo Calvo)
July 06, 2019 - 11:50 am
MILAN (AP) — The Latest on migration into Europe (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Germany's interior minister is appealing to his Italian counterpart to rethink his policy of closing the country's harbors to humanitarian groups' rescue ships. News agency dpa reported that Horst Seehofer wrote Saturday...
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June 28, 2019 - 3:43 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Two people have been charged in Florida with orchestrating a massive arms smuggling scheme involving thousands of weapons and parts sent to South America, federal officials said Friday. Homeland Security Investigations officials said at a news conference that authorities seized 5,300...
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Naason Joaquin Garcia appears in court in Los Angels on Monday, June 10, 2019. Prosecutors in a case against the leader of Mexico-based megachurch La Luz del Mundo and two followers charged with child rape and human trafficking said they have "significant concerns" the church's followers could harass or intimidate victims and potential witnesses. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)
June 21, 2019 - 8:00 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge continued the extraordinary $50 million bail Friday for the leader of Mexico-based megachurch La Luz del Mundo but said prosecutors must offer more evidence of their child sex and human trafficking allegations at the next court hearing. Naasón Joaquín García, the church's...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, file photo, Harvey Weinstein, center, leaves New York Supreme Court in New York. Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers are arguing against the sex trafficking claims of an actress who the disgraced movie-making mogul says is capitalizing on the legal successes of other women. The lawyers filed papers Friday, June 21, 2019 in Manhattan federal court to try to toss out the trafficking claims made by Wedil David. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
June 21, 2019 - 7:03 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein's lawyers are arguing against the sex trafficking claims of an actress the disgraced movie-making mogul says is trying to capitalize on the legal successes of other women. The lawyers filed papers Friday in federal court in Manhattan to try to toss out the...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 file photo, investigators stand near an abandoned truck on the shoulder of Highway A4 near Parndorf, Austria, south of Vienna. A Hungarian court has extended the prison sentences of four human traffickers convicted last year for their roles in a 2015 in which 71 migrants suffocated to death in the back of a refrigerated truck found on a highway in Austria. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, file)
June 20, 2019 - 6:03 am
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Hungarian court has extended the prison sentences of four human traffickers convicted last year for their roles in a 2015 in which 71 migrants suffocated in the back of a refrigerated truck found on a highway in Austria. According to Thursday's decision by an appeals...
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In this courtroom drawing, defendant Keith Raniere, center, sits at the defense table with his attorneys Paul DerOhannesian, left and Marc Agnifilo, as the jury foreperson reads the guilty verdict in his sex trafficking trial in New York, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The former leader of a cult-like self-help group was convicted Wednesday of manipulating his female followers through shame and humiliation and turning them into what prosecutors call his sex slaves. The man at rear is a Deputy US Marshal. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)
June 19, 2019 - 8:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The guru of a cult-like self-improvement group that attracted heiresses and Hollywood actresses was convicted Wednesday of turning his female devotees into his sex slaves through such means as shame, punishment and nude blackmail photos. A jury in federal court in Brooklyn took less...
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The MSC Gayane is moored at the Packer Marine Terminal in Philadelphia, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. U.S. authorities say they have seized more than $1 billion worth of cocaine from the container ship at Philadelphia's port, calling it one of the largest drug busts in American history. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
June 19, 2019 - 5:42 pm
If drug interdiction can be compared to a giant game of whack-a-mole, federal law enforcement officials delivered one mighty wallop this week when they raided a container ship at Philadelphia's port and discovered a staggering amount of cocaine. Hidden inside seven shipping containers were 33,000...
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June 13, 2019 - 7:07 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New York have charged four African men with trafficking millions of dollars' worth of rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan said Thursday the conspiracy involved the poaching of some three dozen endangered rhinoceroses...
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In this June 7, 2019, photo, a Quiche indigenous woman stands facing a monument that pays homage to migrants from the town of Salcaja, at the entrance to the town in Guatemala. Central Americans still dream of reaching the United States as Mexico cracks down on migrants entering the country. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
June 10, 2019 - 4:28 pm
SAN MARCOS, Guatemala (AP) — A near-death experience in the Arizona desert a year ago won't deter Francisco Pérez from another attempt to migrate to the U.S., nor will an increased police presence in southern Mexico. The 23-year-old Guatemalan teacher and auto mechanic hopes to set out again soon...
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