Hundreds arrested globally after joint U.S.-Australian organised crime sting

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By Colin Packham CANBERRA (Reuters) -A joint U.S.-Australian police operation targeting organised crime led to hundreds of arrests in 18 countries after officers penetrated an app used by criminals and read millions of encrypted messages, Australian police said on Tuesday. The operation between Australia and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation ensnared criminals in Australia, Asia, South America and the Middle East involved in the global narcotics trade, police said. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the operation “struck a heavy blow against organised crime – not just in this…

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