Bangladesh ranks 82nd in Anti Money Laundering Index of 146 countries

Bangladesh has also secured the fourth position among the 10 fastest developing countries in the index Bangladesh has massively improved in its efforts to counter terrorism financing and money laundering according to a press release published by Bangladesh Bank on Monday. Citing Basel Anti Money Laundering (AML) Index-2017, the press release said Bangladesh has beaten 28 countries and ranked 82nd among 146 countries. Bangladesh has also secured the fourth position among the 10 fastest developing countries in the index. According to the AML’s findings, 10 countries with the highest AML risk are Iran,…

Coffs a target of Australian Border Force raids

MORE than 110 illegal workers were found in NSW and ACT after warrants were executed in Coffs Harbour, Sydney, Mittagong and Griffith. The Australian Border Force identified a number of labour hire mediators involved in sourcing illegal labour and sending money derived from this exploitation offshore following Australia-wide Operation Bonasus. More than 225 people were found working in breach of their visa conditions were also located during the operation. The individuals identified working illegally were from Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Vietnam Tunisia, Pakistan and Bangladesh. They were found to be working…

Program coordinators reflect on intercultural summer experience

Thousands of miles separate Saint Mary’s from the Middle East and North African, but the Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) once again aimed to bridge that gap by inviting 20 women from Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia, Jordan and the Kurdistan to campus over the summer. According to student program coordinator and senior Marilla Opra, the College’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) instills values of confidence and hope in participants, granting everyone the distinct opportunity to grow in understanding. “There are a bunch of different chapters of SUSI, from agriculture…

Barcelona Attacks Turn Attention to Threat of Returning IS Jihadists across Gibraltar Strait- The Guardian

As the search intensifies to arrest the terrorists involved in the Catalonia attacks, the residual danger posed by ISIS foreign fighters in North Africa and Europe comes to the fore, said the Guardian in an article entitled “Moroccan ISIS terrorists ‘pose a threat on Europe’s doorstep” “Up to 1,000 jihadists are thought to have been smuggled back to Morocco and Tunisia from the battlefields of Islamic State’s now crumbling caliphate. About 300 are thought to have returned to Morocco, from where six of the 12 terrorists who carried out the…

Barcelona a different kind of target

Barcelona is a new kind of target. It is one of the top five city break destinations in Europe and the biggest that is not a national capital. Since it successfully reinvented itself with the 1992 Olympics, it is a byword as a chic and sophisticated party destination for young people, uniquely combining culture, beach and a nightlife in a way that is emulated by its competitors. Furthermore, it is an Irish favourite. Ireland has 39 weekly flights to Barcelona El Prat airport, 18 from Ryanair, 14 from Aer Lingus…

Anti-migrant ship ends troubled Med mission

Defend Europe, the group which sent a ship to waters off Libya to protest and potentially block migrant flows to Europe, has ended its controversial and setback-plagued mission. The multinational network of far-right activists said the chartering of the boat, the C-Star, had been an unqualified success, despite the boat spending less than a week patrolling the area off Libya where hundreds of thousands of migrants have been rescued in recent years. Its crew never got the chance to act on their threats to take any distressed migrant boats they…

Numerous U.S. allies trust Putin more than Trump, survey finds

Citizens of U.S. allies — including Japan, South Korea, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Hungary, France, Spain, Italy, and Sweden — trust Russian President Vladimir Putin more than President Trump, a Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday revealed. Although citizens of these countries are leery of Putin, they have greater trust in him than in Trump to “do the right thing regarding world affairs,” Pew found. Of 36 countries surveyed, 22 reported trusting Putin more. In Greece and Lebanon, for instance, citizens trust Putin more than Trump by a margin of 31 percentage points. Putin is…

Las Ramblas: First terror attack in Spain for years

(CNN) — Spanish police say they are treating a deadly van ramming in Barcelona as a terror attack — a revelation that is likely to come as a shock to a country that has largely been spared the assaults that have hit its neighbors in recent years. The Spanish capital, Madrid, was hit by its deadliest terror attack in history in March 2004, when coordinated bombings on commuter trains killed 191 people and injured 1,800 more. The bombings were blamed on Islamist militants, who were based in Spain but inspired…

China poised to take on more responsibility with new peace initiative for Middle East

China as a rising power is poised to shoulder more responsibilities in helping resolve hotspot issues around the world, especially in the chaotic Middle East. By launching a new peace initiative to push forward the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, China has sent out a signal that it is ready to play a bigger role in the Middle East peace process. Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed a four-point proposal on the Palestine issue during Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ visit to Beijing in July. In the proposal, Xi reiterated that China supports a…

Africa offers mainland tourists cool vacation

Africa has become a new hot destination for Chinese tourists this summer, as the continent’s cooler weather and more relaxed visa policies have boosted local tourism. This summer, Chinese tourists who went to Kenya to watch the great migration of animals surged more than 100 percent over last summer, and those who traveled to Morocco soared more than 500 percent. On average, Chinese tourists spend about 24,000 yuan ($3,597) on trips to South Africa and East Africa, and spend 15,000 yuan in North Africa, according to Ctrip.com, China’s largest online…