The European Union will for the first time use a new mechanism against human rights abusers to punish Russian officials believed to be responsible for the recent jailing of Kremlin's top critic Alexei Navalny. Critics said on Tuesday the move will not have much of an impact.
The World Bank has said on Tuesday that if it is true that Lebanese officials had jumped the line to receive the vaccine, it will suspend its COVID-19 program for the country which includes the funding of the purchase of coronavirus vaccines.
More than US$4 billion in conflict-affected or high-risk gold from Central and East Africa gushes every year through world gold centers like Dubai to permeate international markets, according to a report published Monday.
Azerbaijan lost three cases in front of the European Court of Human Rights last week and will have to pay 282,850 euro (US$344,122) to the plaintiffs for violating their rights.
The United States has revealed that Nigerian social media influencer and purported fraudster Ramon “Hushpuppi” Abbas allegedly helped Pyongyang-backed hackers launder proceeds from an “unprecedented” global campaign of state-sanctioned cyberattacks.
Indonesian authorities seized over 11,000 wild birds last month, mostly songbirds headed for the notorious bird markets on the island of Java, according to an NGO press release on Friday.
As the Arab Spring rippled across the region in 2011, Syrians took to the streets to protest government corruption and call for freedom and democracy, but the uprising turned into a decade-long civil war that saw “massive crimes” including genocide, a U.N. commission said in a report published end of last week.
A Bishkek court has put Raimbek Matraimov, former deputy head of the Kyrgyzstan’s Customs Service, in pre-trial detention on Saturday, after the State Committee for National Security (GKNB) rearrested him last week.
German police arrested two people last week and raided over 20 locations in Berlin during a massive operation that targeted members of a family-based organized crime group allegedly involved in arms and drug trafficking, financial crime, museum heists and clan clashes.
Olympian smugglers and meth-laced candles, allegations of money laundering at Nelson Mandela’s funeral, and dispatches from the international trade in tiny fighting songbirds — OCCRP’s Daily News team here with a recap of all things weird and criminal from this past week.