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Microplastics found in every human semen sample tested in study
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Microplastics found in every human semen sample tested in study

Chinese scientists say further research on potential harm to reproduction from contamination is ‘imperative’. Microplastic pollution has been found in all human semen samples tested in a study, and researchers say further research on the potential harm to reproduction is “imperative”. Sperm counts in men have been falling for decades and 40% of low counts remain unexplained,...

Up to 5m of beach are disappearing from this Spanish coast every year: Is climate change to blame?
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Up to 5m of beach are disappearing from this Spanish coast every year: Is climate change to blame?

Human activity from construction along the coast between Torremolinos and Málaga laid the groundwork for this erosion to occur. Construction and climate change are eating away at one stretch of the Spanish coast at an alarming rate. Between 2016 and 2022, the Arraijanal-San Julián coast between Torremolinos and Málaga receded up to 45 metres. The...

‘Cryptoqueen’ Ruja Ignatova, mastermind of the OneCoin scam, was still investing in Dubai while under indictment
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‘Cryptoqueen’ Ruja Ignatova, mastermind of the OneCoin scam, was still investing in Dubai while under indictment

The Bulgarian businesswoman and other founders of the cryptocurrency that turned out to be yet another pyramid scheme were even able to complete luxury real estate transactions after the scandal had already broken. The reign of the “cryptoqueen” was short-lived, but it was, however, very lucrative. In 2014, Bulgarian businesswoman Ruja Ignatova launched OneCoin, a...

Dubai Revelations Prompt Questions From EU Parliamentarians
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Dubai Revelations Prompt Questions From EU Parliamentarians

European parliamentarians are questioning whether the United Arab Emirates should have been taken off the “gray list” of countries at risk of money laundering and terrorist financing, following revelations that Dubai property owners include a host of dubious characters like drug lords and sanctioned businessmen. In mid-May, OCCRP and more than 70 international media outlets...

Bulk of gold smuggled from Africa exported to UAE,saysreport
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Bulk of gold smuggled from Africa exported to UAE,saysreport

The UAE has been accused of being a leading recipient of tens of billions of dollars worth of gold smuggled out of Africa every year, reflecting growing concern over the illicit trade in the region’s precious metals. In a comprehensive study, Swissaid estimated that about 435 tonnes of gold worth about $31bn were exported undeclared...

Cape Verde bearing the brunt of the effects of climate change
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Cape Verde bearing the brunt of the effects of climate change

Cabo Verde, an archipelago of ten islands, nine of which are inhabited, is a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) in West Africa. It is increasingly bearing the brunt of the effects of climate change. In 2018, a severe drought hit the country where approximately one-quarter of the population relies on agriculture for their main income....

Mapping malaria in Africa: climate change study predicts where mosquitoes will breed in future
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Mapping malaria in Africa: climate change study predicts where mosquitoes will breed in future

The relationship between climate and malaria transmission is complex and has been the subject of intense study for some three decades. Mosquito vector populations sufficient to maintain malaria transmission occur within a particular range of temperatures and humidity that are suitable for their survival and breeding. The parasite also needs suitable temperatures to complete its mosquito life stages. And...

DUBAI UNLOCKED: URGENT NEED FOR ENHANCED OVERSIGHT OF UAE’S ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING EFFORTS
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DUBAI UNLOCKED: URGENT NEED FOR ENHANCED OVERSIGHT OF UAE’S ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING EFFORTS

The Dubai Unlocked investigation reinforces the need for ongoing scrutiny of efforts by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to prevent and detect dirty money being invested in the country, Transparency International said today. Authorities in the UAE should now investigate the revealed cases and take action if there is suspicion that properties were purchased with...

Dubai property portfolio calls into question effectiveness of sanctions on Kinahan cartel leader, experts say
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Dubai property portfolio calls into question effectiveness of sanctions on Kinahan cartel leader, experts say

In 2023, Caoimhe Robinson bought a 20,569-square-foot villa, still under construction, for about $2.1 million in an upscale section of Dubai, close to Zayed University. Even unfinished, the structure’s white walls, arched doorways and red roof call to mind an elegant Mediterranean retreat, one befitting an area that one real estate website describes as “a...