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January 7, 2019 6:23 PM Stowaway found in school trip coach luggage compartment

A stowaway has been found in the luggage hold of a school coach returning from a ski trip to France. The man was discovered when pupils at St John's school in Marlborough, Wiltshire, returned from Alpe d'Huez at about 11:30 GMT on Saturday. He "emerged from the luggage compartment" when the driver unlocked it, the school said. However, one of the parents 105

December 5, 2018 10:01 AM Mafia raids across Europe target 'Ndrangheta group

The early-morning raids are the culmination of a two-year offensive against the Italian crime group. Police swooped just a day after the alleged "godfather" of the Sicilian mafia was arrested, along with 45 other suspected mobsters. Early-morning raids took place in Italy, the German states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria, as well as in Belgium 97

November 13, 2018 4:30 PM Border officer caught smuggling drugs and guns

A corrupt UK border officer has been found guilty of attempting to smuggle firearms and drugs into the country. Simon Pellett, from Dover, was on duty when he was arrested by French officers in October last year. Jurors at Isleworth Crown Court heard he was caught with holdalls containing eight pistols, two revolvers, ammunition, and heroin and cocaine 55

October 24, 2018 8:54 AM Where are the EU border guards? 10,000 were promised – NONE are in place, says Verhofstadt

ARCH federalist Guy Verhofstadt warned European Union leaders they are on the verge of “sleepwalking” the bloc into another financial meltdown if they continue to fail to resolve massive crises from migration and border security to catastrophic economic mismanagement . The influential MEP accused them of “evading their responsibility” by walking away from the negotiation 34

October 4, 2018 12:16 PM EU ON BRINK: Ukraine EXPELS Hungarian diplomat as tensions SOAR

UKRAINE has expelled a Hungarian consul accused of carrying out “activities incompatible” with the consulate’s status, the latest retaliatory act in a series of diplomatic rows between the two nations. Kiev’s foreign ministry declared the diplomat leading the consulate in Berehove, a Ukrainian western town, “persona non grata” in an announcement issued 57

September 20, 2018 5:11 PM EU frontline state ‘reluctant’ to boost bloc border force, claims Kurz

SOUTHERN frontline states are “reluctant” to deploy additional Frontex patrols to protect the bloc’s external borders amid concerns the EU-run body could make it harder for them to wave migrants through, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said today. Mr Kurz was referring to the European Commission’s plan to raise the number of guards at the EU’s Frontex 55

July 26, 2018 11:01 PM Edinburgh and Skye top picture postcard poll

EDINBURGH is the top Scottish beauty spot to send a postcard from, followed by The Fairy Glen and Portree on the Isle of Skye, according to a new poll. South of the Border, the top beauty spots to send a postcard from include the artists’ and surfers’ town of St Ives in Cornwall, Windermere in the Lake District, and Tenby in Pembrokeshire. Book and manuscripts 35

June 26, 2018 9:12 AM 3 border guards killed by militants in south Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's semi-official Fars news agency is reporting that three border guards have been killed in a clash with a "terrorist group" in southeastern Iran. The Tuesday report said the clash took place in Mirjaveh, a town in Sistan and Baluchestan Province near the Pakistani border, some 1,150 kilometers (715 miles) southeast of Tehran 35

June 23, 2018 12:12 AM Border Patrol: Heroin seized at New Mexico checkpoint

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - The U.S. Border Patrol says its agents have seized more than $1 million in heroin at an immigration checkpoint in New Mexico. The agency says authorities conducting an inspection at the checkpoint on New Mexico Highway 70 found the drugs Thursday in a black Honda that was being transported across the border on a tractor-trailer 38

June 22, 2018 4:12 AM Where pot is now legal, no-longer-criminals seek forgiveness

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Despite its name, hippie reputation and liberal spirit, Vermont hasn't always been kind to pot smokers. Now, as the state moves to legalize weed beyond medical use, those punished in the past for marijuana misdemeanors are seeking forgiveness. On July 1, Vermont will become the ninth state, along with Washington, D.C., to legalize 39