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Mexico accuses DEA of fabricating ex-defense chief crimes

Mexico - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday accused the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of fabricating crimes in the case of a former defense minister whose arrest sparked diplomatic tensions.

'Miracle' drug ivermectin unproven against Covid, scientists warn

Paris - Scientists have warned against taking an anti-parasite drug as a treatment for Covid-19 despite headlines that have touted it as a cure.

Mexican prosecutors clear ex-defense chief accused by US

Mexico - Mexican prosecutors on Thursday exonerated a former defense minister who was arrested in the United States on drug trafficking charges and sent home to face a possible trial.

Mexican prosecutors clear ex-defense chief accused by US

Mexico - Mexican prosecutors on Thursday exonerated a former defense minister who was arrested in the United States on drug trafficking charges and sent home to face a possible trial.

US-Mexico drug war ripe for rethink under Biden, experts say

Mexico - President-elect Joe Biden's arrival in the White House is expected to bring a shake-up of US-Mexican cooperation in a bloody war on drugs that has failed to rein in powerful cartels, experts say.

Colombia sets new record in eradicating coca production

Tumaco - Colombia beat its record for eradicating coca crops for the second year in a row, the government said Wednesday, although the country still remains the world's leading producer of cocaine.

Former mayor arrested for 'complicity' in Mexican journalist's murder

Juarez - A former mayor from northern Mexico's Chihuahua state was arrested Thursday for "complicity" in the 2017 murder of journalist Miroslava Breach, authorities said.

Mexico unveils tribute to Mormon massacre victims

Mexico - Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday inaugurated a monument in honor of nine Mormon women and children killed in a massacre last year in the country's north.

Cocaine-laden ghost boat washes up in Marshall Islands

Majuro - Marshall Islands police have found the Pacific nation's largest-ever haul of cocaine in an abandoned boat that washed up on a remote atoll after drifting on the high seas, potentially for years.Attorney General Richard Hickson said the 5.

US House backs decriminalizing cannabis in historic vote

Washington - US House legislators voted for the first time Friday to decriminalize cannabis, a key step towards bringing federal laws in line with states and other countries that have freed up use of the drug.

Canada blocks certain drug exports in response to US plan

Montr - Canada announced Saturday a ban on exporting certain medicines that are or may soon be in short supply, a measure in response to a US plan to import drugs from its northern neighbor.

Will Mexico's 'Godfather' ever stand trial after US release?

Mexico - Mexico has vowed "no impunity" for its former defense minister accused of drug trafficking, but experts say political interests and the military's power put the chances of a trial in doubt.

US judge approves dropping drug charges against Mexican ex-defense chief

New York - A US judge on Wednesday granted a government request to drop drug trafficking and money laundering charges against a former Mexican defense minister who will now be sent back to Mexico.

Guatemalan police find ton of cocaine in crashed plane

Guatemala City - Guatemalan police have recovered more than 1.5 tons of cocaine worth an estimated $20 million from a crashed plane near the Mexican border, the attorney general's office said Thursday.

New Zealanders reject pot reform in reefer-endum

Wellington - New Zealanders have narrowly rejected a proposal to legalise recreational marijuana, according to official referendum results released on Friday.The "no" vote gained 50.7 percent support, compared to 48.

New Zealanders back euthanasia - early poll results

Wellington - New Zealanders have voted overwhelmingly to legalise euthanasia in what supporters said was a victory for "choice" and "dignity", preliminary referendum results released Friday showed.

New Zealanders back euthanasia, cannabis vote still hazy

Wellington - New Zealanders have voted overwhelmingly to legalise euthanasia, preliminary referendum results released Friday showed, with another vote on allowing recreational cannabis appearing set to fail.

Illicit drug trade at Belgian port fuels crime wave

Antwerp - Bomb explosions, shootings and even kidnapping of children: drug trafficking around Antwerp in northern Belgium is generating increasingly violent crime, which the authorities are struggling to tackle.

Indian star Akshay Kumar acknowledges Bollywood's drug 'problem'

New Delhi - Bollywood megastar Akshay Kumar acknowledged on Saturday a drug problem within India's film industry, following a growing narcotics probe surrounding the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Bollywood star Deepika Padukone questioned in drugs probe

Mumbai - Indian police hauled in Bollywood megastar Deepika Padukone for questioning on Saturday in an escalating drugs probe following the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Safe space: helping Glasgow's drug users from a van

Glasgow - In the shade of the buildings at the bottom end of a secluded street in central Glasgow, Peter Krykant gets out of his converted white minibus and glances up an adjacent alleyway.Drug spoons, bloody syringes and human excrement litter the ground.

Crushed by virus and war, jobless Afghans turn to opium for cash

Jalalabad - Afghans pushed out of work by the coronavirus pandemic after businesses and schools were shuttered have turned to opium cultivation for cash during this year's poppy harvest.

Police raid French city after drug dealer videos

Grenoble - French police have conducted a major security operation in the southeastern city of Grenoble after two videos appeared to show heavily armed men wearing balaclavas guarding a drug-selling spot.

India says five killed carrying heroin at Pakistan border

Amritsar - Indian security forces shot dead five men trying to smuggle heroin across the border from Pakistan on Saturday, a spokesman has said.

Stop partying through pandemic, Goa minister says

Panaji - The Indian resort state of Goa is cracking down on revellers throwing illegal, drug-fuelled parties as coronavirus cases climb in the tourist hotspot, a government minister said Tuesday.

'Not marijuana': US hemp farmers battle tough market and thieves

Stanley - When she planted hemp to make extra money for her family farm, Susan Corbett did not imagine thieves would find their way to her rural plot in Virginia to steal the plants.

China sentences another Canadian to death on drug charges

Bejing - China sentenced another Canadian to death on drugs charges Friday, the second in two days to be handed the punishment, as tensions soar between Beijing and Ottawa.

Current medications can block coronavirus replication in the lab

Scientists are undertaking a review of existing medicines to determine which ones might have sufficient anti-viral activity. This forms part of an area of scientific inquiry where medicines are 'repurposed'.

Mexican journalist shot dead, the fourth in 2020

Chilpancingo - A Mexican journalist and his police bodyguard were murdered in a hail of gunfire in the southern state of Guerrero early Sunday, police and human rights officials said.

Bolivia records 10% increase in coca cultivation in 2019: UN

La Paz - Bolivia recorded a 10 percent increase in coca cultivation in 2019 as compared to the previous year, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said on Wednesday.
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A rolling paper with a filter and marijuana.
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Mexican authorities seizure of guns and cash in the Drug Wars
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Imaging methods show different sections of the brain, under the influence of LSD or a placebo.
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Although not related to this case, a discarded syringe was seen on the ground. Possible evidence of drug abuse in the housing commission (council house/project) dominated area.
Spanish police seized 550 kilos of cocaine from a sailboat and arrested two French nationals and one...
Spanish police seized 550 kilos of cocaine from a sailboat and arrested two French nationals and one Spanish man.
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Spacefill model of the Cholesterol molecule
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Discarded medicine vial.
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Picture of the year 2013 - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford responds to the Toronto police investigation dubbed "Project Brazen 2" to the media at City Hall in Toronto, October 31, 2013
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A line of crystal meth
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A variety of needles
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Merck & Co. posted a revenue decline as generic competition and currency fluctuations hurt its results.
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J. Michael Pearson, CEO of the publicly traded Montreal-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals International.
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