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Pressure mounts on Indonesia to call off looming executions

Cilacap - Indonesia will be "on the wrong side of history" if it proceeds with a fresh round of executions this week, rights groups warned Wednesday, as authorities confirmed 14 prisoners will face the firing squad.

Pressure mounts on Indonesia to call off looming executions

Cilacap - Indonesia will be "on the wrong side of history" if it proceeds with a fresh round of executions this week, rights groups warned Wednesday, as authorities confirmed 14 prisoners will face the firing squad.

Pressure mounts on Indonesia to call off looming executions

Cilacap - Indonesia will be "on the wrong side of history" if it proceeds with a fresh round of executions this week, rights groups warned Wednesday, as authorities confirmed 14 prisoners will face the firing squad.

Italian MPs debate controversial cannabis law

Rome - Italian lawmakers began discussing a proposal Monday to authorise the recreational use and growing of cannabis -- a highly inflammatory topic, with the government declining to take sides.

Venezuela first lady's nephews admitted drug smuggling: US

Washington - Two nephews of Venezuela's first lady admitted being part of a cocaine smuggling scheme in a US sting operation before their arrest last year, according to recently filed court documents.

Mexican drug lord denies killing US agent

- A veteran Mexican drug lord wanted by the United States for the 1985 murder of a US undercover agent has denied killing the man and insisted that he has left the crime world.

In hot Acapulco, too many bodies in morgue's fridges

Acapulco - Morgue workers lift a dismembered male body dumped on the street of a poor Acapulco neighborhood in broad daylight, then pick up his severed leg and a bag containing his head.

Opioids prolong chronic pain: Study

Opioids are regularly prescribed to deal with chronic pain. A new study casts some doubt over the effectiveness of this class of drugs and indicates they can sometimes make certain conditions worse.

Philippines' Duterte 'not afraid of human rights' in war on drugs

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said human rights are not a concern in his war on drugs, vowing to ignore due process and comparing himself to former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin.

El Chapo going 'crazy' in jail: Lawyer

- Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is losing both his mind and his hair because of the "psychological turmoil" he faces in maximum-security prison, one of his lawyers said Thursday.

Mexican soldiers kill five suspected criminals

- Mexican soldiers killed five suspected criminals in a gunfight in a northern state where 14 other people were murdered over the weekend, authorities said.

After Prince death, Chaka Khan seeks help for painkiller addiction

New York - Funk legend Chaka Khan has revealed that she is seeking treatment for addiction to painkillers, which cost the life of her friend and musical partner Prince.

Mexico dispels rumors of third El Chapo escape

- There was no third time's a charm for Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Colombia cocaine production soars: UN

Estanzuela - Colombia's cocaine production surged by nearly half its previous amount last year, United Nations experts said Friday.

Five bullet-riddled bodies dumped on Mexican road

Acapulco - The bound and bullet-riddled bodies of five young men were found on a Mexican road in the violence-plagued southern state of Guerrero, authorities said.

Uruguay to sign up smokers to buy state marijuana

Montevideo - Uruguay will this month start signing up smokers to buy marijuana from pharmacies in the world's first scheme for state-production and sale of the drug, an official source said Wednesday.

Malaysian charged in Australia over $206 mn meth haul

Sydney - A Malaysian is among eight men charged over a seizure of the drug "ice" worth some Aus$275 million (US$206 million) in Australia, authorities said Monday.

Why has the cost of EpiPens increased for consumers?

Epipens, used by those who suffer from allergies and anaphylaxis have significantly risen in cost over the past year. Pharmacists are putting this down to a lack of competition.

New Zealand police bust coke horse head

Wellington - New Zealand police said Sunday they have seized a record NZ$14 million (US$10 million) dollars worth of cocaine hidden inside a large diamante-encrusted horse head from Mexico.

Mexican judge temporarily suspends Chapo extradition to U.S.

- A judge temporarily blocked the extradition of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States Tuesday after his lawyers filed appeals against the transfer.

World drug abuse rates fall, but serious addicts rise

New figures released by the United Nations suggest that while drug abuse remains a global problem, the rate of drug abuse has slightly fallen. In addition, deaths as a result of the misuse of drugs has stabilized.

Antibodies found which 'neutralise' Zika virus: Study

Paris - European scientists announced Thursday they had found antibodies which attack Zika, a discovery they hope will pave the way for a protective vaccine against the brain-damaging virus.

Huge opium production fall won't stop heroin glut: UN

Vienna - Global opium production plunged almost 40 percent last year but the world remains awash with heroin, the narcotic that still kills the most people worldwide, the United Nations said Thursday.

Peru expels British woman jailed for drug trafficking

- Peru expelled a British woman held in jail for more than two years for cocaine-trafficking in the South American country, authorities said.Melissa Reid, 22, was put on a plane on Tuesday accompanied by her father, officials said.

In Mexico, no war but many internally displaced

Chilpancingo - A television wrecked by a bullet, a shirt abandoned on a hammock, pots resting on a stovetop: They're among the belongings that Mexican villagers left behind after gunmen stormed their hamlet.

Canada gets set to address the future of drug use

Toronto - On June 17, Dr. Jane Philpott, the federal Minister of Health, opens the 2nd national conference on “Charting the Future of Drug Policy in Canada,” in Toronto. The focus is on Canada's changing approach to drug use.

FedEx accused of shipping illegal prescription drugs

Washington - The U.S. government has accused global distributor FedEx of knuckling shipping company illegal prescription drugs. The case has begun in a federal court.

'Bungling sailors' in record New Zealand 'ice' bust

Wellington - Some bungling boating by a group of landlubber drug smugglers led to New Zealand's largest ever haul of methamphetamine, commonly known as 'ice', with their fumbling efforts arousing the suspicion of locals, police said on Tuesday.

'Bungling sailors' in record New Zealand 'ice' bust

Wellington - Some bungling boating by a group of landlubber drug smugglers led to New Zealand's largest ever haul of methamphetamine, commonly known as 'ice', with their fumbling efforts arousing the suspicion of locals, police said on Tuesday.

'Bungling sailors' in record New Zealand 'ice' bust

Wellington - Some bungling boating by a group of landlubber drug smugglers led to New Zealand's largest ever haul of methamphetamine, commonly known as 'ice', with their fumbling efforts arousing the suspicion of locals, police said on Tuesday.
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