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Bahrain plans crackdown on fish smuggling

A new crackdown on fish smuggling has been launched amid growing fears of depleting stocks in Bahrain.   The Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Ministry wants to introduce tougher penalties, saying the exi

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Egypt food subsidy bill to total $4.3bn this year

Egypt's food subsidy bill will be 30 billion Egyptian pounds ($4.31 billion) this year, an amount that is expected to remain stable in the next fiscal year that begins in July, the new supplies minister said, pledging to tackle a smuggling &

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Father-son jailed for arms smuggling in Bahrain

A Bahraini father and his teenage son have been jailed for 10 years each in connection with smuggling weapons into Bahrain. The 49-year-old man, who worked for the Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry, and the 19-year-

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Drug smuggling gang busted in Bahrain

New details of a notorious drug smuggling gang that was operating in Bahrain have come to light. Twenty-three men were apprehended last November when an estimated BD2 million ($5.2 million) worth of raw heroin was discovered at an

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Smuggling cartels, militants hinder revival of Somali port

Al Qaeda-linked militants, drug smugglers and shadowy criminal networks stand in the way of the Somali federal government's hopes of hiring a foreign firm to manage the lucrative but run-down southern port of Kismayu. One of o

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Arab Spring fallout fuels Mediterranean smuggling

The chaotic fallout of the "Arab Spring" is fuelling a surge in the smuggling of drugs, weapons and people across the Mediterranean, and cash-strapped regional powers are struggling to respond. Last month, European leade

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Middle East ‘top transit area for narcotics’

Countries in the Middle East continue to be transit areas for smuggling illicit drugs, particularly Iraq, said a (UN) United Nations report. Seizures of the drug has increased in the region in the last year, and were reported in B

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Abu Dhabi Customs foils drug smuggling bid

Inspectors from the General Directorate of Customs in Abu Dhabi have foiled an attempt by an individual of Pakistani background to smuggle 4.189 kg of drugs in Abu Dhabi Airport. This occurred after the inspectors found clear bags

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Iran to ration diesel to curb smuggling

Iran plans to ration diesel supplies in a bid to curb rampant smuggling of the scarce fuel to neighbouring countries, its oil minister said on Wednesday. Government-issued smart cards have controlled private Iranian motorists'

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Fuel shortage 'not linked to smuggling'

Claims that a diesel smuggling operation was behind a shortage of the fuel in the Bahraini market have been denied by officials. They attributed the issue to a confusion over Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) opening its new diesel load

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