A Month of Record Contraband Seizures in Hong Kong

In a series of anti-smuggling operations this past month, customs officials in the Chinese special administrative region of Hong Kong have seized tens of millions of dollars of contraband, surpassing local records.

Human Rights Concerns Overshadow the Saudi Newcastle Takeover

Since the English Premier League announced their approval of a Saudi Arabian bid to buy Newcastle United Football Club last week, human rights groups and civil society actors have expressed concern over what they see as the kingdom’s attempt to ‘sport wash’ its negative international image and have urged for tighter ownership rules.

U.S. Sanctions Alleged Drug Traffickers of Mexico’s CJNG Cartel

The U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned four Mexican nationals last week, accusing them of trafficking large quantities of fentanyl and other dangerous substances into the United States on behalf of the Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG), one of Mexico’s most dangerous criminal organizations.

Ukraine Arrests Two Suspects of Ransomware Attacks

Ukrainian authorities have arrested two suspected ransomware operators who are believed to have broken into the systems of several large industrial groups in Europe and North America, encrypted their files and demanded up to US$81 million to give them back, Europol reported on Monday.