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Singapore arrests 14 people in football match-fixing bust

Fourteen people believed to be members of an organised crime ring involved in football match-fixing activities have been arrested in police raids across Singapore, authorities said Wednesday. The Singapore Police Force and the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau said in a joint statement the 12 men and two women were nabbed in a 12-hour operation that ended in the early hours of Tuesday. They were suspected of "being part of an organised crime group involved with match-fixing activities," the statement said.

Police seize 30 metric tons of drugs in Central America, Caribbean

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - About 30 metric tons of cocaine, heroin and marijuana with a street value of $822 million was seized in Central America and the Caribbean last month in one of the biggest international drug hauls, pan-European police force Europol said. It said Operation Lionfish, which targeted the maritime trafficking of drugs and illicit firearms by organized crime groups across Central America and the Caribbean, yielded the arrest of 142 people and seizure of 15 vessels as well as guns, cash, and eight metric tons of chemical precursors.

RCMP helps in seizure of drugs, guns in Caribbean and Central America

KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have lent a helping hand to an international police operation in the Caribbean and Central America that seized hundreds of millions of dollars of cocaine and other drugs. The investigation was led by Interpol while the Caribbean council and the World Customs Organization also partnered in the anti-smuggling operation, which was supported by the French Coast Guard and the Mounties.

Europol says terror attacks rising, warns on Mali and Syria

The number of terror attacks in Europe rose significantly last year, the continent's policing agency said Thursday, warning that conflicts in Syria and Mali provided potential breeding grounds for future militants. In its latest "EU Terrorism and Trend Report", Europol said there had been 219 terror-related attacks in the 27-nation bloc last year in which 17 people died as a result. "This and other findings in the report describe a threat from terrorism that remains strong and varied in Europe," said The Hague-based agency.

Estonia adopts new system of Schengen

Estonian interior ministry information technology and development centre announced that Estonia successfully started using the Schengen second generation information system, Public Broadcasting reports.All Schengen visa area members have joined the system that offers faster and more thorough data exchange and hence safer internal security.The transition to the Schengen second generation information channels was a part of the pan-European 8-year cooperation.

Romanian police bust credit card rings

Romanian police have raided seven credit card skimming rings accused of stealing more than two million euros ($2.5 million) from European and US card holders, officials said on Thursday. Police coordinated searches on Thursday in Romania, Britain, Germany, the United States and the Dominican Republic to break up the rings.

Romanian police bust credit card rings

Romanian police have raided seven credit card skimming rings accused of stealing more than two million euros ($2.5 million) from European and US card holders, officials said on Thursday. Police coordinated searches on Thursday in Romania, Britain, Germany, the United States and the Dominican Republic to break up the rings, apprehending more than 70 suspects, Romanian prosecutors said.

Europol says drug trade is Europe's biggest problem

An estimated 3,600 organised crime gangs are active in Europe, the continent's policing agency revealed on Tuesday, mainly trading in illegal drugs including supplying some 124 tonnes of cocaine annually. "International drug trafficking remains the most active organised crime activity," Europol said in a statement as it released its "Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment" report from its headquarters in The Hague.

Swedish cocaine smuggler handed 18-year jail sentence

A Swedish court Friday sentenced a 40-year-old Swede as the mastermind behind a drug ring linked to a massive Caribbean cocaine bust to 18 years in prison. Jonas Oredsson led a drug ring linked to a record cocaine bust in June 2010 on a sailboat off Martinique, where police seized Colombian cocaine worth around one billion kronor (120 million euros, $156 million). French customs said the 1.2-tonne haul was the largest drug find in the country's history. The punishment reflected Oredsson's criminal record, the Stockholm District court said in a statement.

Soccer-France not affected by match-fixing scandal, says Europol

PARIS, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Europol's investigation into a global soccer match-fixing scandal has not revealed any suspicious games in French competitions, the European anti-crime agency said. The French league (LFP) on Wednesday released Europol's written response to LFP president Frederic Thiriez, who had asked if any of the roughly 680 suspicious games identified by the European inquiry had taken place in France.
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