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Mexico nabs Beltran Leyva cartel leader

- The alleged co-leader of the once-mighty Beltran Leyva drug cartel, who is wanted in the United States, was arrested in Mexico City where he had gone to celebrate his birthday, authorities said.

Mexico may soon free vigilante movement founder

Mexicali - Mexican authorities may soon release a founder of the vigilante movement who fought against a powerful drug cartel in the western state of Michoacan until he was jailed last year.

Mexico govt denies army gave orders to 'kill' criminals

- Mexico's government denied on Friday that soldiers were given standing orders to kill criminals days ahead of an alleged massacre of gang suspects last year.

Mexico army ordered soldiers to kill criminals: NGO

- Mexican military documents show soldiers were given a standing order to kill criminals, just days before the alleged extrajudicial execution of several gang suspects last year, a human rights group said Thursday.

Mexico drug lord's son freed, and arrested again

- The son of Mexico's most wanted drug lord was re-arrested Wednesday shortly after he had been freed for a second time in six months.

Eight arrested over Albania 'cannabis kingdom' shootout

Tirana - Police arrested eight people overnight Saturday in connection with a deadly shootout in an Albanian village known as a "cannabis kingdom" for its industrial-scale production of the drug.

Peru nabs Shining Path logistics boss, ends state of emergency

- Peru announced Saturday that the logistics chief of the Shining Path rebel group had been captured and that the government is lifting a three-decade-long state of emergency in a coca-growing region.

Peru nabs Shining Path logistics boss

- Peruvian police caught the logistics chief of Shining Path, the rebel group largely gutted after 20 years of fighting but whose remnants are active in coca-growing regions, officials said Saturday.

Record Afghan opium output prompts cheaper U.S. heroin supply: UN

Vienna - Opium cultivation and production in Afghanistan have reached record levels, triggering "a large increase" in cheaper heroin supply in the US, the United Nations said on Friday.

Policeman killed in shootout in Albania's 'cannabis kingdom'

Gjirokast - A police officer was killed and two others seriously wounded Wednesday during a shootout in an Albanian village known as a "cannabis kingdom" for its industrial-scale production of the drug.

Pfizer buys leading drugs from GSK to extend market share

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer has purchased two vaccine manufacturers from GSK: Nimenrix and Mencevax. These products extend the company’s interest in this field.

Mexico nabs US-born son of Jalisco cartel boss

- The US-born son of the powerful Jalisco New Generation drug cartel's leader was arrested Tuesday, armed with an assault rifle bearing his nickname "El Menchito" and appearing to have had plastic surgery.

Hollande vows fight to save Frenchman facing death in Indonesia

Brussels - French President Francois Hollande said his country was doing "everything" it can to save a Frenchman accused of drug offences in Indonesia from the firing squad after he lost an appeal against his death sentence on Monday.

Frenchman loses Indonesia execution appeal, lawyers vow fight

Jakarta - A French drug convict lost an appeal against his death sentence Monday, but his lawyers vowed to fight on and prevent another foreigner from facing the firing squad in Indonesia after a series of executions that generated an international uproar.

Violent weekend leaves 22 dead in northern Mexico

Monterrey - Authorities found five bodies in Mexico's northern state of Nuevo Leon on Sunday, adding to three days of violence that left 22 people dead in the region.

In Mexico, your name can mean big trouble

Chilapa De Alvarez - In the violent southern Mexico town of Chilapa, just being named Sanchez, Nava or Carreto can lead to trouble.

Seven dead as gunmen, police clash in western Mexico

Morelia - Gunmen opened fire on a police convoy and torched vehicles in western Mexico on Tuesday in violence that left two officers and five civilians dead, authorities said.

Saudi Arabia beheads 100th person this year

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia on Monday beheaded a Syrian drug trafficker and a national convicted of murder, taking to 100 the number of executions in the kingdom this year.

U.K. moves to ban ‘legal highs’

London - The U.K. Parliament is currently debating The Psychoactive Substances Bill. The bill, if passed, will place a number of so-called "legal highs" into the illegal category of stimulant drugs.

Silk Road mastermind appeals U.S. life sentence

New York - The American jailed for life for masterminding the online criminal enterprise Silk Road, which sold $200 million in drugs across the world, has appealed his sentence, court papers showed Friday.

Colombian army says dismantles huge FARC drug lab

Estanzuela - The Colombian army said Tuesday it dismantled a large synthetic drug laboratory it alleges was used by the FARC guerrillas to fund their insurgency against the government.

Teva Pharmaceuticals fined $1.2 billion in generics row

Teva Pharmaceuticals has been fined $1.2 billion. This is to settle the charge that a subsidiary of the big pharma company blocked the launch of low-cost generic versions of the sleeping pill Provigil.

US judge jails Silk Road mastermind for life

New York - The American convicted of masterminding the criminal website Silk Road was sentenced in court Friday to life in prison over the online enterprise that sold $200 million in drugs to customers worldwide.

Silk Road website mastermind faces lengthy jail term

New York - The American convicted of masterminding criminal website Silk Road, which sold $200 million worth of drugs to customers all over the world using digital currency Bitcoin, will be jailed Friday.

Mexico arrests senior New Generation cartel operative

- Mexican authorities have detained a senior operative of a drug cartel that has clashed with security forces in the western state of Jalisco in recent weeks, officials said.

Two new diabetes drugs approved for U.S. and Japan

Big pharma companies Lilly and Takeda have announced that two new types of diabetes drugs are now available for patients, after being approved by regulatory authorities.

Mexico must probe police gunfight: rights group

- A US-based human rights group urged Mexican prosecutors Thursday to investigate whether police committed extrajudicial executions after a "shootout" left 42 suspects dead, raising questions about the lopsided death toll.

Mexico rights body probes gunfight that killed 43

- Mexico's human rights commission formally opened an investigation on Tuesday to determine whether federal police committed any abuses in a shootout that killed 42 drug cartel suspects and one officer.

Meth seizures quadruple across much of Asia-Pacific: UN

Bangkok - Methamphetamine seizures across much of the Asia-Pacific region have quadrupled over five years, the UN said Tuesday, citing rising wealth as one reason for a boom in production and consumption.

Mexico rejects abuse claims in deadly gunfight

- Mexican authorities rejected suggestions Monday that police executed criminals in a gunfight that killed 42 suspects and one officer after the one-sided death toll raised doubts among security experts.
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