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El Chapo to seek new trial over jury misconduct, lawyer says

New York - Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman -- convicted earlier this month of trafficking crimes spanning a quarter-century -- plans to request a new trial following media reports of jury misconduct, his lawyer announced Friday.

US charges two of El Chapo's sons with drug trafficking

New York - Two sons of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman -- both on the run in Mexico -- have been charged with drug trafficking by US authorities, the Department of Justice said Thursday.

'Air Cocaine' smuggling trial starts in France

Aix-en-provence - Two former French air force pilots went on trial in France on Monday six years after they fled the Dominican Republic following a spectacular drugs bust on a private jet in the Caribbean nation.

Trump hails China's use of death penalty for drug dealers

Washington - President Donald Trump on Friday praised China's use of capital punishment for drug dealers, suggesting that the United States would deal better with narcotics trafficking if it put offenders to death.

Cyprus legalises medical cannabis

Nicosia - Cypriot legislators on Friday voted to approve the cultivation and use of medical cannabis, joining a growing trend among other European Union nations.

El Chapo likely headed to 'Alcatraz of the Rockies'

Los Angeles - He has already managed to escape twice from high-security prisons in Mexico.But this time, crime lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman may find it more difficult to slip away from the "Supermax" prison in Colorado where he is likely headed.

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' found guilty by NY jury

New York - Mexican mobster Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was found guilty Tuesday by a New York jury of crimes spanning a quarter of a century as head of one of the world's most powerful drugs gangs.

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' convicted by NY jury

New York - Mexican mobster Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was convicted Tuesday of crimes spanning a quarter-century in a trial that laid bare his lavish lifestyle and penchant for extreme violence as the head of one of the world's most powerful gangs.

Miracle treatment or dangerous drug? Indonesia cashes in on Kratom

Pontianak - The sweltering backwaters of Indonesian Borneo have become the unlikely ground zero for the global production and export of Kratom, a tree leaf hailed by some as a miracle cure for everything from opioid addiction to anxiety.

Spanish police deal blow to Camorra crime network

Madrid - Spanish police said Tuesday they had broken up a violent branch of Italy's Camorra crime group which they believe stole hashish from rival drug traffickers in Spain and then transported it to Rome in motorhomes.

Jury weighs fate of Mexican drug kingpin

New York - A New York jury began deliberating the fate of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Monday after a three month drug trial that laid bare the loves, schemes and escapes of Mexico's most famous drug lord.

Indonesian cop charged over French drug suspect's jailbreak

Lombok - An Indonesian police officer has been arrested for allegedly taking a bribe to help a French drugs suspect escape from jail, authorities said Friday, as the search for the fugitive continued.

US Border Patrol make major fentanyl bust — with technology, not wall

Los Angeles - The US Customs and Border Patrol announced Thursday they had seized 115 kilograms (254 pounds) of deadly fentanyl, one of the largest-ever seizures of a drug blamed for tens of thousands of overdose deaths annually in the country.

El Chapo defense to US jury: Don't believe 'garbage' testimony

New York - Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's defense team on Thursday urged a US jury not to believe "garbage" testimony of government witnesses, insisting their client was not the real mastermind of the Sinaloa cartel.

Italy thwarts Colombian cartel with massive cocaine haul

Rome - Italian police on Thursday said they had seized over two tonnes of pure cocaine from Colombia in the biggest drug bust in Italy of the past 25 years.

Italy thwarts Colombian cartel with massive cocaine haul

Rome - Italian police on Thursday said they had seized over two tonnes of pure cocaine from Colombia in the biggest drug bust in Italy of the past 25 years.

Mexican president declares 'drug war' over

Mexico - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador declared the country's war on drugs over Wednesday, saying his government would no longer prioritize using the army to capture cartel kingpins.

US prosecutors to El Chapo jury: 'Do not let him escape'

New York - US federal prosecutors on Wednesday urged a New York jury to convict Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, saying the "avalanche of evidence" presented over the past three months proved his guilt.

Nigerians' drugs more than twice global average: study

Abuja - One in seven Nigerians uses drugs, more than twice the global average, according to the country's first major national drug-use survey published on Tuesday.

Ten killed in clash of Mexican self-defense forces

Chilpancingo - Ten members of rival civilian self-defense groups were killed in a gun battle in the Mexican state of Guerrero, a local security official said late Sunday.

Israel gives green light for medical cannabis exports

Jerusalem - The Israeli government on Sunday gave the final go-ahead for the export of medical cannabis, the health ministry said, a move expected to generate significant revenues for the state.

Did El Chapo's sons kill acclaimed journalist? Doubts arise in Mexico

Mexico - Who ordered the murder of acclaimed Mexican journalist Javier Valdez?The former right-hand man to Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman says it was the kingpin's sons. But a friend and colleague of the late reporter rejected that theory Thursday.

At El Chapo trial, ex-hitman tells of kingpin's gruesome tactics

New York - A former hitman for Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on Thursday offered gruesome testimony in a US court about acts of torture and killings of rivals allegedly committed by the ex-Sinaloa boss.

El Chapo's sons killed Mexican journalist Javier Valdez, witness tells trial

New York - The sons of former drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman killed Mexican journalist Javier Valdez because he insisted on publishing an interview with a drug trafficker, who told of the murder in court Wednesday.

Did 'Chapo' really pay Mexico's ex-president $100M?

Mexico - Did the world's most famous drug lord really pay Mexico's ex-president a $100-million bribe not to arrest him?

El Chapo Guzman wanted to direct film of life story

New York - For years, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman worked on plans for a book and film about his life story that he wanted to direct himself, the Mexican drug lord's ex-right hand man testified Monday.

Chapo's lawyers seek visa so mother can visit him in US prison

Mexico - Lawyers for accused Mexican kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman said Thursday they have asked Mexico's government for help obtaining a humanitarian visa for his mother so she can visit him in prison in the United States.

21 bodies found on US-Mexico border as Trump visits

Mexico - Mexican authorities said Thursday they had found 21 bodies on the US-Mexican border after a drug-gang shootout in a town near where President Donald Trump was due to visit later in the day.

Colombia-themed bar in Paris accused of glamourising drug trade

Paris - A new Colombia-themed bar in Paris that features waiters in bullet-proof vests, cocktails named after famous cocaine traffickers and a portrait of drug lord Pablo Escobar has been accused by activists of glamorising the trade.

Chapo's secret messages to his wife and lover revealed

New York - Prosecutors trying Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman opened an extraordinary window Wednesday into the intimate life of the Mexican drug lord as he plotted crime deals with his wife and a lover while doting on his twin daughters.
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