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Eight killed in rare Mexico City gun battle

Mexico - Marines killed eight alleged drug traffickers in a rare Mexico City gun battle on Thursday - and presumed gang members retaliated by burning vehicles in unprecedented unrest in the country's safest city.

US, European police say 'dark web' markets shut down

Washington - US and European police on Thursday announced the shutdown of two huge "dark web" marketplaces that allowed the anonymous online trade of drugs, hacking software and guns.

Bolivia seizes one ton of cocaine heading to Brazil

Trinidad - Bolivian police have announced the seizure of one ton of cocaine worth some $10 million and destined to be shipped to Brazil.

Uruguay pharmacies start selling marijuana

Montevideo - Pharmacies in Uruguay started selling marijuana Wednesday under a four-year-old law that has made the small South American country the first in the world to legalize pot from production to sale.

Colombia's coca cultivation is up by 50%: UN

Estanzuela - The area devoted to coca cultivation in Colombia grew by more than half last year, with cocaine production up by a third, the UN said Friday in an annual report on the subject.

Albanian ex-dictator's grandson jailed for smuggling cocaine

Tirana - An Albanian court has sentenced the grandson of former communist dictator Enver Hoxha to ten years in jail for smuggling cocaine, a statement said on Wednesday.

Australia cautiously enters medical marijuana market

Melbourne - At a secret location in Australia's southeast, Peter Crook delicately tends to a two-month-old cannabis cutting.

Mexico state sees spike in violence: 30 dead in a weekend

Culiac - Amid a bloody dispute between rival drug gangs battling for control, the Mexican state of Sinaloa has just seen its deadliest weekend in years with at least 30 people killed.

Brazilian police nab 'phantom' cocaine kingpin

Rio De Janeiro - One of South America's biggest cocaine kingpins, who evaded police for three decades and even underwent surgery to change his face, has been captured, Brazilian authorities said Saturday.

Southeast Asian nations torch $1 billion of seized drugs

Yangon - Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia torched nearly $1 billion worth of seized narcotics on Monday, a defiant show of force as police struggle to stem the rising flow of drugs in the region.

Illegal drugs market 'thriving': UN

Vienna - The global narcotics market is "thriving", with production of cocaine and opium soaring and opioids wreaking havoc, the UN crime and drugs agency said Thursday in a gloomy annual assessment."As the report...

Illegal drugs market 'thriving': UN

Vienna - The global narcotics market is "thriving", with production of cocaine and opium soaring and opioids wreaking havoc, the UN crime and drugs agency said Thursday in a gloomy annual assessment."As the report...

Illegal drugs market 'thriving': UN

Vienna - The global narcotics market is "thriving", with production of cocaine and opium soaring and opioids wreaking havoc, the UN crime and drugs agency said Thursday in a gloomy annual assessment."As the report...

Albania grapples with cannabis, a hurdle to EU accession

Tirana - As Albania gears up for elections, one huge challenge facing the Balkan country has been low on the campaign agendas: the scourge of its cannabis fields, which threatens to hinder EU accession.

War for Sinaloa Cartel leaves trail of bodies in Mexico

Mexico - Since the infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was extradited to the United States, a war has broken out for control of his Sinaloa cartel, leaving a growing trail of bodies.

Guatemala's jailed former VP agrees to extradition to US

Guatemala City - Guatemala's former vice president, in jail pending possible trial for alleged graft, said Thursday she had agreed to be extradited to the United States to face charges related to drug trafficking.

US urges Central America to fight drugs, with less cash

Miami - The United States pledged to help Central America defeat drug gangs and build a prosperous future Thursday, despite planning a near 30 percent cut in its own support.

'Air Cocaine' smuggler transferred to France

Paris - A Frenchman sentenced to 20 years' jail in the Dominican Republic over a plot to smuggle a planeload of drugs has been transferred to France for health reasons, his lawyer said.

Philippine lawmaker appeals for ICC probe into drug war

Den Haag - A Philippine lawmaker on Tuesday appealed to the International Criminal Court to urgently probe thousands of killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, warning a new martial law in the south could spread.

Philippine lawmaker appeals for ICC probe into drug war

Den Haag - A Philippine lawmaker on Tuesday appealed to the International Criminal Court to urgently probe thousands of killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, warning a new martial law in the south could spread.

Philippine lawmaker appeals for ICC probe into drug war

Den Haag - A Philippine lawmaker on Tuesday appealed to the International Criminal Court to urgently probe thousands of killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, warning a new martial law in the south could spread.

Drug overdoses on rise in Europe: EU watchdog

Brussels - Death by drug overdose is on the rise in Europe spurred by more lethal strains of heroin, the EU's drug monitoring body warned in a report released on Tuesday.

Colombia police say closing in on top drug gang boss

Apartad - Police are using Black Hawk helicopters to scour the green banana fields of northern Colombia in a newly intensified search for the country's most-wanted drug boss.

Golden Triangle narco-gangs churning out new highs, UN warns

Bangkok - Southeast Asian drug cartels are diversifying the narcotics they produce, the UN's crime agency warned Wednesday, with more than 160 new highs hitting the market in the last eight years.

Golden Triangle narco-gangs churning out new highs, UN warns

Bangkok - Southeast Asian drug cartels are diversifying the narcotics they produce, the UN's crime agency warned Wednesday, with more than 160 new highs hitting the market in the last eight years.

Golden Triangle narco-gangs churning out new highs, UN warns

Bangkok - Southeast Asian drug cartels are diversifying the narcotics they produce, the UN's crime agency warned Wednesday, with more than 160 new highs hitting the market in the last eight years.

'Jihadist drug' Captagon seized for first time in France

Paris - French customs officials said Tuesday that they had intercepted 135 kilogrammes (300 pounds) of Captagon, dubbed the "jihadists' drug", at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport this year, a first for France.

In Swedish asylum limbo, young Afghans turn to heroin

Uppsala - Beer cans, newspapers drenched in vomit and aluminium foil litters the ground inside a parking garage where young Afghan asylum seekers smoke heroin as they shelter from the cold in central Sweden."When we smoke...

Media frenzy as Australian drug trafficker Corby returns home

Brisbane - Australian Schapelle Corby battled a media storm as she returned home from Bali Sunday 12 years after her conviction for drug trafficking, in a dramatic end to a saga that captivated her homeland.

Media frenzy as Australian drug trafficker Corby returns home

Brisbane - Australian Schapelle Corby battled a media storm as she returned home from Bali Sunday 12 years after her conviction for drug trafficking, in a dramatic end to a saga that captivated her homeland.
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