Morocco, Spain Help France Seize 11 Tons of Cannabis

Rabat – French security seized on Friday 11 tons of cannabis in the region Besancon region. The record-setting dismantling operation was possible thanks to massive support from Moroccan and Spanish investigation teams.France, Morocco, and Spain have cooperated on various criminal investigations, but the latest is the biggest operation of its kind that involved a tight cooperation between the three allies. A statement from the public prosecution’s office in Nancy said that police intercepted several vehicles, including a truck on the “A36 motorway toward paris in the area of Besancon.” Police arrested four suspects, including an Italian national during the operation.France’s Minister of Interior Christophe Castaner expressed pride about the security collaboration between France and its two partners, highlighting how helpful information from Spain and Morocco have been helpful in other criminal cases in France.Félicitations à la PJ de Strasbourg et à l’office central pour la répression du trafic illicite des stupéfiants pour cette saisie record, concrétisation d’une enquête exemplaire menée avec leurs homologues marocains et espagnols. #FiersDeNosPoliciershttps://t.co/00PuMaXFt4— Christophe Castaner (@CCastaner) 13 mai 2019Castaner said in a tweet: “Congratulations to the judicial police of Strasbourg and the Central Office for the repression of the illicit traffic of drug on this record seizure, realization of an exemplary investigation carried out with their Moroccan and Spanish counterparts.” The operation was the culmination of a judicial investigation opened in 2017. The prosecutor’s office said in the statement that investigated found the existence of “traffic of magnitude between Morocco, Spain, France, and Belgium,” according to AFP.French Central Directorate of the Judicial Police launched the investigation in collaboration with Morocco’s security services and Spanish police, which provided “valuable elements for the investigation,” added the statement.The amount of the cannabis seized on Friday is a record since 1999; when police busted 23.5 tons of cannabis in Boulogne-sur-mer, in the north of France, added AFP.Morocco maintains strong diplomatic ties with France and Spain, with which the North African country share a counterterrorism collaboration.Throughout the year, Morocco’s police raided on several drug trafficking networks, seizing big amounts of multiple sorts of drugs, including cocaine, and cannabis. read more

Canada looks forward to constructive engagement with Sri Lanka

The Canadian Foreign Minister said it was the first high level interaction she had with Sri Lanka since her appointment in January 2017 and look forward to further constructive engagement on all aspects of the bilateral relationship. Canada has said it looks forward to constructive engagement with Sri Lanka, according to the Sri Lankan Embassy in Manila.Vasantha Senanayake, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka, had a bilateral meeting with Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada on the sidelines of the 24th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Manila and exchanged views on measures to strengthen relations and enhance cooperation between the two countries. The interactions also delved into areas which could benefit from Canadian development assistance, training, capacity building and support livelihood generation, humanitarian assistance and in this regard, the State Minister requested Canada’s continued support.The State Minister also said Sri Lanka is keen on enhancing contribution to the UN Peacekeeping operations and looks forward to the Ministerial Meeting on Peacekeeping to be hosted by Canada in November 2017. State Minister Senanayake briefed the Canadian Minister on the political developments and progress on all aspects of the reconciliation process underway in Sri Lanka. He mentioned Sri Lanka’s ongoing consideration of acceding to several international instruments. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the grand celebration of the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN and 24th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) at which the State Minister is representing Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Garbine Muguruzas delight at eclipsing Venus Williams to claim Wimbledon womens title

first_imgMuguruza said she had longed to see her name on the list of Wimbledon champions at the All England Lawn Tennis club, and added she was “so happy that it’s there now”.Alongside a picture of her lifting her trophy on Centre Court, she tweeted: “Yes!!!!”Muguruza, who was born in Caracas, Venezuela, began playing tennis at the age of three and, after moving to Spain with her family in 1999 when she was six years old, enrolled at the Bruguera Tennis Academy near Barcelona.She won her first Grand Slam last year when, in a rematch of the 2015 Wimbledon final, she beat Serena in straight sets in the final of the French Open. It’s great to go out there and play somebody you admireGarbine Muguruza after the match With joy and surprise lighting up her face Garbine Muguruza lifted her first Wimbledon ladies’ singles trophy after vanquishing the five-times winner Venus Williams in straight sets.It was a sweet victory for the Spanish player, who lost to Williams’ younger sister Serena in the final two years ago.Speaking moments after winning the title Muguruza said that on that occasion Serena – who had been her tennis idol growing up – had told her she would win herself one day.”Two years ago, I lost in the finals against Serena, and she told me one day I was going to maybe win. Two years after, here I am, ” the 23-year-old told a Centre Court Crowd which contained some of the game’s great luminaries, including Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova. “I had the hardest match today against Venus, an incredible player. I grew up watching her play, so it’s incredible to play the final,” said Murguruza, adding later: “It’s great to go out there and play somebody you admire.”Muguruza is only the second Spanish woman to win a Wimbledon singles title. In 1994, in a neat parallel to Saturday’s final, her stand-in coach Conchita Martinez beat Martina Navratilova, who was the same age as Venus Williams is now. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Muguruza in action during the final match  Credit: Anadolu Agency Martinez agreed to step in as her coach because Muguruza’s regular coach Sam Sumyk could not be in England as his wife is shortly expecting a baby.But Murguruza said she had spoken to him every day, including in the hours before the final.Williams had been looking to add a sixth Wimbledon singles title to her crown, nine years after winning her last major title here.But she squandered two set points in the first set to lose 5-7, and her game appeared to collapse in the second set, which she lost 0-6 to an opponent growing in confidence with each stroke of play.The match ended on an anticlimactic note, with a challenge to a line call by the Spanish player. Hawkeye showed Venus’ ball had been out and the championship was Muguruza’s.As she fell to her knees in disbelief, Venus immediately stepped forward to the net to congratulate her. Williams had been looking to add a sixth Wimbledon singles title to her crownCredit: TOBY MELVILLEcenter_img Muguruza in action during the final match   Her victory brought Muguruza £2.2m in prize money, equal to that awarded the male players – something Venus Williams was herself instrumental in finally persuading All England Lawn Tennis Club to adopt in 2007. “The coincidence of her winning Navratilova, me winning Venus, there were a lot of things there, was, like, awesome,” said Murguruza. Muguruza’s triumph comes a month after she she barely survived her first round opener at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham,where she was taken to three sets against Russian Elizaveta Kulichkova, who is ranked 148th in the world.Now, as well as lifting the famous Venus Rosewater dish, she gets to dance with the winner of today’s men’s final. She admitted she secretly hopes Roger Federer will win.“I like [Marin] Cilic, I have to say seriously,” she said. “But I want to see if he’s [Federer] that elegant also dancing.” Today also saw victory for Britain’s Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid in the wheelchair men’s doubles final.The pair lost the first set 6-7(5) to France’s Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer, but they came back to win the next two 7-5 7-6(3).Reid, 25, said: “I have been playing wheelchair tennis now for 12 years and never once did I think we would fill a stadium out in Wimbledon like this.” Williams had been looking to add a sixth Wimbledon singles title to her crownlast_img read more