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People smugglers recruiting skippers from central Asia on Turkey to Italy route

Boat drivers from former Soviet republics often have very little experience and no idea what they are doing is illegal, say NGOsPeople smugglers are increasingly recruiting people from former Soviet republics in central Asia to pilot boats carrying mig…

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The shrinking sea: why the Caspian is under threat – a photo essay

With the rivers that feed it drying up, less rainfall and a hotter climate, the world’s largest inland body of water is in peril. With five countries sharing it, can the political will to save this unique habitat be found?Text and photographs by Christ…

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Serious Fraud Office drops 10-year corruption inquiry into Kazakh miner ENRC

UK agency also shuts other high-profile cases including Rio Tinto investigationThe UK’s Serious Fraud Office has abandoned a criminal investigation into the Kazakh mining group ENRC, ending a decade-long corruption inquiry mired in controversy.The SFO …

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