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New crime-fighting network to help ASEAN tackle cross-border cases

Japan and UN back effort to combat traffickers and cyberthieves in time of COVID

A police officer arranges seized drugs in Bangkok in 2018: The region's governments hope better communication will help tackle cross-border crimes including smuggling.   © Reuters

KYOTO -- Ten Southeast Asian countries have established a new framework to fight cross-border criminal activity, from human trafficking to cybercrime, amid fears that COVID-19 has created more fertile ground for lawbreakers.

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