Why Europe’s big cannabis route is so hard to shut

By Kostas Koukoumakas

“Now we’re on their turf,” says one of the three Greek drug enforcement officers, walking, guns at the ready and bloated in their bulletproof vests.

A short distance ahead lies the porous border with Albania. This is the biggest land route for cannabis trafficking in Europe.

The Greek border village of Haravgi Ioannina is nearby, but there is no barbed wire or any other barrier to mark the frontier.

“Cannabis is trafficked on foot by Albanians who live in villages on the other side of the border,” says Greek officer Lambros Tsoumanis, who spends much of his time patrolling these mountains. “They are hardy, tough people and know all the crossings like the back of their hand. They can survive for days in the forest.”

Greek police have confiscated 1.5 tonnes of cannabis since the beginning of the year. The previous two years, they seized almost nine tonnes.

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House to take historic vote on federally decriminalizing marijuana

ByJohn Parkinson

The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act would also mandate a reassessment of prior marijuana convictions, invest in services for people caught up in the war on drugs and open Small Business Administration funding for legitimate cannabis-related businesses.

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These Tech Startups Want to Sell You Their Life Insurance

By Leslie Scism and Alexandra Bruell

Technology startups are ready to challenge traditional life insurers head on.

Bestow Inc. and Dayforward Inc. are making the leap to become life-insurance carriers, a move away from a model where startups only sell traditional insurers’ policies.

The companies are banking on their versions of online technology for sizing up the risk of insurance…

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Stock Market Books Tell The Story: A Generational Bull Market Is Starting

By John S. Tobey

Tracking new investing books can be rewarding. New editions ride a popularity wave (to maximize sales), so they reflect well the market environment.

Additionally, new books reveal investors’ emotions, particularly in times of bull market euphoria and bear market distress. The insight gained helps maintain composure and produce timely, contrarian decisions and actions .

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Rescuers Search for 30 Trapped Miners in Zimbabwe

By VOA News

Rescuers are trying to reach at least 30 miners in Zimbabwe trapped underground after a shaft in an outdated gold mine collapsed.

Relatives of those trapped have been holding vigil since late Wednesday, when the accident occurred in the town of Bindura, well north of the capital, Harare.

The French news agency Agence France-Presse reports the head of Zimbabwe’s miners’ federation, Wellington Takavarasha, said Thursday that six people have been rescued.

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Bitcoin price dives back under $16,900 as whale deposits spike again


The price of Bitcoin (BTC) dropped below $16,900 again on Nov. 27 across top exchanges, including Binance. The recent pullback comes as whale exchange deposits started to increase.

Ki Young Ju, the CEO of CryptoQuant, reported that the All Exchange Inflows Mean indicator reached the “danger zone.” Historically, this caused BTC to suffer short-term corrections.

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It’s Time For Tech To Help Us Understand What’s In The Food We Eat

By Greg Shewmaker

It’s never been easier to find information. Technological advancements have allowed us to quickly dig deep into just about everything we’re interested in, and advances in artificial intelligence and machine language have made information even faster. Yet with all this information available to us, we still can’t answer the most fundamental question of what is actually inside of the food we eat.

Informed Decisions

Data is available for virtually anything we tune our senses to. Apps tell us the names of the songs we can’t get out of our heads, show us the names of the constellations overhead and recognize millions of products just by barcode. Consumers have multitudes of information to help them make the best, most personal choice.

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