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ORGANIZED CRIME MAY BE MOVING BIOWEAPONS

Officials with the United Nations Security Council’s Counterterrorism Committee have expressed concern about the close connection between terrorists and transnational organized criminals, including cooperation in the illegal movement of biological weapons of mass destruction.

UN AGENCIES JOIN FORCES TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND MIGRANT SMUGGLING

The United Nations agencies that deal with helping refugees and with fighting crime signed a joint agreement today to work together more closely to combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling. The memorandum of understanding, signed by the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres, aims to combine the work of both entities in overlapping issues to more effectively target criminals involved in human trafficking and to better protect their victims.

SLIDING TOWARDS TERRORISM

Left wingers in the Berlin area carry out arson attack on the railway. Group called Hekla claims responsibility. Opening shots in a new conflict?

UN HIGHLIGHTS ECONOMIC COST OF ORGANISED CRIME IN ITALY

The study by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna out on Tuesday (25 October) estimates that organised crime in Italy – mostly illegal waste disposal, drugs and people trafficking – is worth €116 billion a year, equivalent to 7.7 percent of the country’s GDP.
The scale of the problem is far larger than in other industrialised nations – organised crime accounts for 1.3 percent of the economy in Germany, 1.2 percent in the UK and 2.3 percent in the US.

THE HIDDEN WIKI: AN INTERNET UNDERWORLD OF CHILD ABUSE

Within the Tor network, sites that cant be accessed through Google, a “darknet” market in all sorts of things, but amongst them paedophilia. Anonymous have launched an attack on LolitaCity, a site for paedophiles. Problem is that the darknet is also for opponents of authoritarian regimes.

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