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Drugs smuggler ordered to pay £2.6m

A drugs gang "Mr Big" who smuggled £25 million of cannabis into the UK from Holland in lorry loads of flowers has been ordered to pay £2.6 million.

Deaf slave did not understand border staff, jury told

A deaf girl allegedly trafficked to the UK from Pakistan and imprisoned in a cellar where she was abused and raped was spoken to by UK border officials when she arrived in the country, a court heard yesterday.

Editor who led fight against Brazilian corruption murdered by gunmen

Journalists in Brazil are calling for more protection after a journalist who campaigned against corruption was shot dead, just days after the murder of another journalist.

Trafficked girl tells court of her life as slave

A deaf girl allegedly kept in a cellar, raped, beaten and treated as a slave has told a court of the years of cruelty she endured.

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Number of Afghans seeking asylum soars

More Afghans fled the country and sought asylum abroad in 2011 than in any other year since the start of the decade-long war, suggesting that many are looking for their own exit strategy as Nato troops prepare to withdraw.

Women sailors row into record books

An all-woman team have completed a crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, storming into the record books along the way, organisers said today.

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"I'm sick and tired of the people we have to deal with in this business," Mark Strong's drug-smuggling hood, Clive, moans.

Three arrested in LA police sting on arms smugglers

Three Philippine nationals have been arrested for attempting to sell military-grade weapons, including grenade and mortar launchers, to undercover US police officers.

Thousands mourn Turkey air strike victims

Thousands of mourners gathered in southeast Turkey for the funerals of 35 Kurdish civilians who were killed in a botched raid by Turkish military jets that mistook the group for Kurdish rebels based in Iraq.

Thalidomide victim let off drugs charges

A Thalidomide victim who was jailed for drug offences in the Philippines nearly 20 years ago has been pardoned from his life sentence.

Campaigners hail release of Briton after 19 years

Campaigners today welcomed the news that a Thalidomide victim who was jailed for drug offences in the Philippines nearly 20 years ago has been pardoned from his life sentence.

Urban intellectual: Cano speaks to the media in 2001

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