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In Iraq, tribal traditions rob women, girls of rights

Amarah - Two weeks into Mariam's forced marriage to her cousin according to Iraqi tribal custom, she desperately doused herself in fuel, flicked on a lighter and attempted suicide by self-immolation.

French customs Brexit strike causes major disruption at Calais

Calais - French customs officials warned of lengthy delays at the port of Calais on Tuesday as their work-to-rule strike snarled traffic for a second day, leading to queues of trucks several kilometres (miles) long.

British MPs warn of 'catastrophic' customs failure after Brexit

London - Britain's customs system needs extra funding to prepare for an expected five-fold increase in work after Brexit, a group of MPs said on Tuesday, warning that failure to adapt in time would be "catastrophic".

Britain outlines customs powers if Brexit deal fails

London - Britain on Monday outlined proposals for new laws to set tariffs and quotas including if Britain leaves the European Union with no agreement in place, as it prepares for a post-Brexit customs system.

Swiss billionaire fined $4 mn over undeclared artwork: reports

Geneva - Swiss customs authorities have slapped a billionaire with a $4 million fine for failing to properly declare some 200 artworks imported into Switzerland, according to media reports confirmed by officials Sunday.

Spain's Picasso 'national treasure' seized by French customs

Ajaccio - A Picasso worth 25 million euros and considered a national treasure by Spain -- which had barred the painting's export -- has been seized from a boat in Corsica, French authorities said Tuesday.

With colored undies, potatoes, LatAm readies for 2015

Estanzuela - Put on your yellow underwear, toss your potatoes under the bed and grab your suitcase for a walk around the block: the clock is about to strike midnight on New Year's Eve in Latin America.

Giant African snails seized by U.S. Customs agents at LAX

Los Angeles - Officials at Los Angeles International Airport recently confiscated a shipment containing 67 live giant African snails. The snails were being shipped from Nigeria to an address in Southern California likely for human consumption.

Backpacker arrested for remaining in U.S half hour too long

A South American backpacker visiting the United States was locked in federal detention after reportedly over-extending his stay by 30 minutes. Diego Simonassi said he roamed freely with just a backpack in the United States for six months.

NYPD cop and US Customs officer charged in weapons smuggling ring

Federal authorities claim that three brothers, two of which are active law enforcement, conspired to ship weapons to the Philippines without proper licenses.

Pharma companies funding Interpol to crack down on fake drugs

More than two dozen of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies have agreed to provide funding and support to Interpol to prevent the sale and distribution of counterfeit prescription drugs.

82 million doses of illegal medicine seized

A Customs enforcement operation spanning 16 African countries has led to the seizure of more than 82 million doses of illicit medicines.

Chinese authorities arrest 2,000 for making counterfeit drugs

Chinese authorities have arrested nearly 2,000 people in relation to the manufacture and distribution of counterfeit drugs.

300 radioactive Japanese cars seized by Russian customs

Russian officials started monitoring imports from Japan soon after the Fukushima Daiichi disaster in March 2011. They state that they have stopped 300 radioactive cars from entering the country.

Customs uses x-rays to find Meth hidden in cheese sauce cans

San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Patrol used an x-ray machine to stop an alleged smuggling attempt this week at the San Ysidro port of entry. Agents reported finding methamphetamine hidden inside sealed cans of jalapenos and cheese sauce at the border crossing.

Woman's chocolate egg confiscated at U.S. border

A woman and her two sons were crossing the border from Manitoba into Minnesota on their way to Ontario to visit her two daughters. After a random search, she was told she had illegal contraband in her car and could be fined.

China faces troubles in trading with Russia

The Russian government said on June 18 that it's going to destroy a batch of commodities from China whose value is reportedly around US$2 billion, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

US Customs Refuses Family Chance To Visit Dying Father

With his father dying in Los Angeles Fazle Rabbi and his young family rushed to be by his side. They never got the chance to be with him. Customs agents at Los Angeles International Airport detained the family and then sent them packing.

TinFoil Hat Alert: Laptops Subject To Search When Entering The Country

Kiss your privacy goodbye! An appeals court upholds the decision that is it OK for customs to search your laptop for inappropriate files as you enter and exit the country, giving the government direct access to your financial and other private records.

US man charged with smuggling iguanas from Fiji in his prosthetic leg

A man was charged with stealing three endangered iguanas from Fiji and smuggling them into United States in his prosthetic leg. He said he has smuggled them in the past and put them in a special compartment in his prosthetic leg.

U.S. Customs Seizes Sub Full of Cocaine

Four suspected smugglers were operating a submarine-like vessel that was filled with hundreds of millions of dollars worth of cocaine. It was seized off the Guatemalan coast..

The Origins of Our Favorite Wedding Customs

June is coming, and as it's the most popular month of the year for weddings, a lot of mothers and wedding planners and tearing their hair out trying to accomodate all the traditions and customs that we in the West love so much.

Anything to declare? Tell Norway's customs machine

Passengers arriving at Norway's busiest airports can declare their additional tipple or cigarettes to an automatic teller instead of a customs officer in what Oslo says is a world first.

U.S. to Begin Drone Patrols on Canadian Border

The United States government has announced that it will begin using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to patrol the border with Canada by this fall, in an effort to keep out possible threats.

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