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US Coast Guard seizes $33 million of hashish and meth in Gulf of Oman

US Coast Guard seizes $33 million of hashish and meth in Gulf of Oman

The U.S. Coast Guard seized $33 million worth of drugs from a fishing vessel that was smuggling narcotics in the Gulf of Oman on Tuesday, according to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. More than 8,800 pounds of hashish and about 1,128 pounds of methamphetamine were found by Coast Guard cutter Emlen Tunnell. The ship was patrolling waters in the Gulf of Oman as part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, a consortium of allies that work to disrupt criminal and terrorist activities in the area. 
About $33 million worth of hashish and methamphetamine seized from a fishing vessel smuggling the drugs in the Gulf of Oman on Tuesday. 
(U.S. Coast Guard)”This is just the beginning of our work in delivering maritime security operations in the region to stop illicit activities and drug smuggling,” UK Royal Navy Capt. James Byron, the CTF 150 commander, said in a statement. “This comes as a result of a valued partnership between CTF 150 and all partner nations in Combined Maritime Forces.”RUSSIA’S LAVROV CLAIMS ‘IRREVERSIBLE’ ARMS RACE WITH IRAN IF NUCLEAR DEAL NOT REACHEDAbout $1 billion worth of drugs, including hashish, heroin, opium, and amphetamines, have been seized since 2021 by CTF 150. 
U.S. Coast Guard cutter Glen Harris personnel interdict a fishing vessel smuggling drugs in the Gulf of Oman on Aug. 30, 2022. 
(U.S. Coast Guard)In October, U.S. Coast Guard cutter Glen Harris seized about $48 million worth of hashish and meth from drug smugglers, while another cutter seized about $20 million worth of narcotics in August. Aside from drugs, patrols led by the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard have also interdicted smugglers trying to sneak weapons through the Gulf of Oman. 
More than 2,000 assault rifles confiscated by the U.S. Navy from Iranian smugglers.
(NAVCENT Public Affairs)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPEarlier this month, the U.S. Navy seized 2,116 AK-47 assault rifles from a vessel that was crewed by Yemeni nationals in the gulf. The lethal aid was being smuggled from Iran to Houthi rebels in Yemen. 

Texas man allegedly murdered DJ girlfriend in Colombia, stuffed body in suitcase and tossed in dumpster

Texas man allegedly murdered DJ girlfriend in Colombia, stuffed body in suitcase and tossed in dumpster

A Texas man is accused of killing his girlfriend, a popular DJ in Colombia, and stuffing her body inside a suitcase before trying to flee the country.The body of Valentina Trespalacios, 23, was found in a blue suitcase wrapped with tape and thrown into a dumpster last week near an airport in Colombia’s capital city of Bogota, the New York Post reported.It was determined Trespalacios, who was a popular DJ with 16,000 followers on Instagram, was killed by “mechanical asphyxia” or “strangulation.”John Nelson Poulos, the 35-year-old boyfriend of Trespalacios who had met her on a dating app last year, left Colombia for Panama days before her body turned up. He was arrested Jan. 24 as he was about to board a flight to Montenegro, a country that does not have an extradition agreement with Colombia or the United States.CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST US-TRAINED AFGHAN SOLDIER DETAINED WHILE CROSSING BORDER AFTER ESCAPING TALIBAN
Valentina Trespalacios and John Nelson Poulos
(Jam Press)Poulos, who is said to be married with three kids, reportedly told police he was fleeing the country to escape from a drug cartel and says the cartel is responsible or the death of Trespalacios.In his mugshot, a visible scratch can be seen on Polulos’ face, and El Pais reported that Trespalacios’ family said he was “jealous and controlling” and hired a private investigator to track her movements last year. AMERICANS TRAVELING BETWEEN MEXICO, US SEE VACATIONS TURN INTO NIGHTMARES AT THE BORDER
Valentina Trespalacios was a DJ with over 16,000 followers on Instagram
(Jam Press)Poulos has been charged with aggravated femicide.”He was the one who hurt my daughter, and he doesn’t deserve to be around like if nothing happened. I want justice done,” Laura Hidalgo, Trespalacios’ mother, said, according to Daily Mail.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
Valentina Trespalacios was killed shortly after finishing a DJ set last week
(Jam Press)”It is not fair that a foreigner comes to excite a Colombian girl and ends up like this. I hope this case does not go unpunished. He was the last person to see her alive, and he didn’t have to hurt her.”

Namibia endangered rhino poaching nearly doubled in 2022

Namibia endangered rhino poaching nearly doubled in 2022

Rhino poaching in Namibia increased dramatically last year, with nearly twice as many of the critically endangered animals killed than the year before, the country’s environment ministry says.The Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism released figures on Monday showing that 87 rhinos were poached in 2022, up from 45 in 2021.It was “a serious concern,” the ministry said.Of the 87 rhinos poached last year, 61 were black rhinos and 26 white rhinos, the ministry said. And 46 of those rhinos were poached at the Etosha National Park, Namibia’s flagship game reserve.SOUTH AFRICAN TIGER ON THE LOOSE SUCCESSFULLY CAPTURED
Endangered rhino poaching has nearly doubled to 87 in Namibia in 2022 compared to the country’s prior year. The black and white rhinos are only found in the African wild.
(Fox News)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPNamibia has more than one-third of the world’s black rhinos and the Etosha National Park is home to the biggest single black rhino population, according to the Save The Rhino organization.Save The Rhino estimates there are approximately 6,000 black rhinos left and around 15,000 white rhinos. Those two species are only found in the wild in Africa.Conservation groups have warned that the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic could undermine efforts to stop poaching.

African civil society groups call for independent probe into Rwandan journalist's death

African civil society groups call for independent probe into Rwandan journalist's death

Dozens of African civil society groups and press associations on Tuesday called for an independent investigation into the death of a Rwanda-based journalist, saying the official explanation lacked backing evidence.Investigative journalist John Williams Ntwali had previously expressed fears for his life and told the Human Rights Watch rights organization that he had received phone threats and had strangers visiting his house.His family was informed on Jan. 19 of his death, which Rwandan police attributed to a motorbike accident.A joint statement by 90 organizations on Tuesday said that no evidence of the accident has yet been released.MALAWI DEATH TOLL CAUSED BY CHOLERA OUTBREAK PASSES 1,000
African civil right activist are urging for an investigation into the death of a Rwanda-based journalist who received threatening messages. 
(Fox News)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”Rwandan authorities have failed to provide a police report, the exact location of the alleged accident, any photo or video evidence or detailed information on the others involved” in the accident, the statement said.Ntwali has been described as Rwanda’s last independent journalist who exposed alleged human rights violations on detained opposition figures and journalists.His latest coverage was highlighting the plight of people facing land evictions by the authorities.United States Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power on Saturday urged the Rwandan government to independently investigate Ntwali’s death.Rwanda has in the past been accused of infringing on media freedom.

Wagner chief says he's turning Russian convict fighters destined for Ukraine into 'cannibals'

Wagner chief says he's turning Russian convict fighters destined for Ukraine into 'cannibals'

Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin championed the training efforts of his newest recruits swept from Russia’s penal system and slotted for deployment on Ukraine’s front lines and said they will “will make real cannibals.”The term is not meant as a literal interpretation, explained Russia expert and former Defense Intelligence Agency intelligence officer for Russian Doctrine & Strategy Rebekah Koffler.The expression is intended as way for Prigozhin to claim he is turning his convicts into fighting machines as they prepare for the warfront in Ukraine. 
A man places flowers at the coffin during the funeral of Dmitry Menshikov, a mercenary for the private Russian military company Wagner Group, killed during the military conflict in Ukraine, in the Alley of Heroes at a cemetery in Saint Petersburg, Russia December 24, 2022. 
(REUTERS/Igor Russak)RUSSIAN WAGNER GROUP GAINS GLOBAL NOTORIETY FROM AFRICA TO UKRAINE, BUT DIVISION BREWS AT HOMEIn a video shared by the Daily Mail Tuesday, Prigozhin spoke as Wagner forces trained behind him and said, “This is a supplementary training base for our fighters.””The primary training is in Molkino and here experienced fighters are given additional training in their specialties,” he said in reference to where Wagner’s main base in Russia is located. “Here they make real cannibals.”Wagner began offering Russian convicts a chance to fight in Ukraine and in exchange secure their release from prison — no matter the charge.
Wagner Group head Yevgeny Prigozhin attends the funeral of Dmitry Menshikov, a fighter of the Wagner group who died during a special operation in Ukraine, at the Beloostrovskoye cemetery outside St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022. 
(AP Photo)RUSSIA’S WAGNER CHIEF FREES FIRST ROUND OF CONVICTS WHO TRADED JAIL TIME FOR WAR IN UKRAINESo long as a convict can survive on the front lines for a six-month stint, they can return home without fulfilling their full prison term. Though Wagner forces receive ammunitions and equipment from the Russian defense ministry they do not work with or function as a part of the Russian military forces.Prigozhin, a Putin ally, has concentrated his forces in the most harshly fought over regions in Ukraine like Donetsk and claimed recent victories for Russia were down to his forces, not Russia’s military. 
People in military uniform, claimed to be soldiers of Russian mercenary group Wagner and its head Yevgeny Prigozhin, pose for a picture believed to be in a salt mine in Soledar in the Donetsk region, Ukraine, in this handout picture released January 10, 2023. 

3-month-old among 171 victims who died from freezing temperatures in Afghanistan

3-month-old among 171 victims who died from freezing temperatures in Afghanistan

Shamila doesn’t have a photo of the baby son who died in her arms in freezing temperatures at their home in Kabul this month, but she remembers his face perfectly.”He had a white and bright face, big eyes, a small nose and black hair,” she said.Three-month old Amrullah was one of at least 171 people who have died due to the cold weather in Afghanistan in recent weeks, in a bitter freezing snap that has hit just as the country is experiencing a severe humanitarian crisis.ICY WEATHER BRINGS SNOW, RAIN TO TENNESSEE VALLEY, PLAINSThe United Nations has said 28 million Afghans, many of them children, are in need of urgent assistance during the coldest winter in 15 years, which has seen temperatures dip as low as -29.2 degrees Fahrenheit.Many aid groups have partially suspended operations in recent weeks due to a Taliban administration ruling that most female NGO workers are forbidden from working, leaving agencies unable to operate many programmes in the conservative country.Amrullah’s father, Nek Mohammad, 40, lost his income a few months ago when health problems stopped his work as a labourer.
Sister of Amrullah, a three-month-old who died due to the cold, stands at her home in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Jan. 30, 2023.
(REUTERS/Ali Khara TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)With no money for heating, little food besides bread and tea, and drafty windows in their mountainside home, several of their eight children quickly fell sick.They took baby Amrullah to hospital around two weeks ago for coughing and congested lungs.Afghanistan’s hospital wards have been filling up in recent months with children suffering from pneumonia and other respiratory diseases as many families face stark choices between being able heat their homes or afford food.The night his parents took Amrullah back home, a severe cold snap hit.NYC STILL REPORTS NO MEASURABLE SNOWFALL AS JANUARY ENDSShamila, 35, clutched her baby and covered herself in a quilt. But around midnight she woke to find his face was cold.”The night that I lost my baby it was terribly cold, I was trying to… warm my baby boy, but I couldn’t succeed,” she said.Without money to host funeral guests, they quietly buried their baby without informing family.A family friend has since given them a basic charcoal heating system to take the edge off the deadly cold, but unable to afford much food other than bread, Shamila is worried about several of her surviving children who have heavy coughs.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”I am … always thinking of my baby boy and my two other small children, they are also sick, I don’t want to lose them as well,” she said. She asked for more international aid for Afghanistan.Without a camera phone, the family did not manage to get a photo of Amrullah. But his mother keeps the clothes she made for him before he was born wrapped up in a small bundle.On Tuesday, they visited the cemetery, blanketed in snow, and said prayers for their son.”May God spare other mothers the pain of losing their children,” Shamila said, by the rock marking his grave. “It is very difficult for humans to bear it.”

Hong Kong residents scramble to get rid of CBD products after ban lumps it with heroin, cocaine

Hong Kong residents scramble to get rid of CBD products after ban lumps it with heroin, cocaine

Hong Kong residents have rushed to dump whatever cannabidiol (CBD) products they have as the city institutes a ban starting Wednesday. “Starting from February 1, cannabidiol, aka CBD, will be regarded as a dangerous drug and will be supervised and managed by the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance,” customs intelligence officer Au-Yeung Ka-lun said at a news briefing. “As of then, transporting CBD for sale, including import and export, as well as producing, possessing and consuming CBD, will be illegal.”New penalties will include up to life in prison and Hong Kong $5 million (roughly $638,000) in fines for importing, exporting or producing CBD. Possession alone can result in a maximum seven-year sentence and Hong Kong $1 million (roughly $128,000) in fines. The Wall Street Journal reported that businesses and residents started dumping their products before the law took effect. BRITISH COLUMBIA BECOMES FIRST PROVINCE IN CANADA TO DERIMINALIZE HEROIN, FENTANYL, COCAINE, OTHER HARD DRUGSProducts including oils, drinks and gummies infused with CBD have disappeared from store shelves and authorities have set up disposal boxes around the city for residents to deposit affected items. 
Coffee, biscuits, green tea and chocolate mooncake that contain cannabidiol, or CBD, are displayed at the Found Cafe in Hong Kong on Sept. 13, 2020.
(AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)Authorities have so far collected some 77,400 CBD products as of Sunday, according to a government statement, mostly consisting of skin care products, edible oils and health supplements. DETROIT-AREA DOCTOR SENTENCED TO NEARLY 17 YEARS IN PRISON FOR VAST OPIOD SCHEMEShops have slashed prices on the remaining stock in a fire sale to clear shelves and shift business focus. The government announced the ban last year as it cited difficulty in isolating pure CBD from cannabis, leading to the possibility of contamination with THC during production. 
Hong Kong will outlaw cannabidiol (CBD) on Feb. 1, 2023, with the government placing it in the same category as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.
(Photo illustration by Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images)Chan Kai-ho, a divisional commander with the department’s Airport Command, said law enforcement will handle enforcement on a case-by-case basis. The ban aims to bolster Hong Kong’s efforts to apply a zero-tolerance policy toward drugs. ANIMAL TRANQUILIZER FOUND IN 90%+ OF PHILLY DRUG SUPPLY, ‘TRANQ’ IS EATING USERS’ SKIN LEADING TO AMPUTATIONSThe government aims to eliminate cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, ketamine and “ice,” and it warned travelers to not bring CBD products to Hong Kong from abroad. Criminal penalties for both sale and usage are also enforced for marijuana. 
Cannabidiol (CBD) products in Hong Kong on Jan. 30, 2023.
(Photo illustration by Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images)In one of the most high-profile cases, Jaycee Chan, the son of Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan, served a six-month sentence in 2014-2015 for allowing people to consume marijuana in his Beijing apartment amid a crackdown on illegal narcotics in the Chinese capital.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPMost Asian nations maintain strict drug laws and enforce harsh penalties for violators, including the death penalty, except for Thailand, which made it legal to cultivate and possess marijuana last year.The Associated Press contributed to this report.