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Peru declares state of emergency on Colombian border

- Peru has declared a 60-day state of emergency on its border with Colombia in order to guarantee security in a region rife with drug trafficking.

US judge delays 'El Chapo' trial two months to November

New York - The US judge overseeing the case against Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, accused of running one of the world's biggest drug empires, ordered Monday that his trial be delayed 60 days until November.

Artificial intelligence to predict drug side effects

Advances in artificial intelligence are helping researchers to predict medicinal drug combinations' side effects. This information will help to enhance patient safety.

Two Colombia police officers killed in emergency zone

Apo - Two police officers were killed and another injured while patrolling an area housing thousands of evacuees who escaped a potentially catastrophic flood in northeast Colombia, authorities said Friday.

Thousands displaced by Colombia conflict, says UN

Apo - At least 16,000 people have been displaced from their homes by armed conflict in the border region between Colombia and Venezuela, the United Nations said.

Honduran Air Force seizes drug trafficking planes

Tegucigalpa - The Honduran Air Force seized two light aircraft suspected of involvement in drug trafficking to the United States, the armed forces said in a statement on Monday.

Pablo Escobar son says money laundering charges violate his rights

Buenos Aires - The son of late drug lord Pablo Escobar is "outraged" that he and his mother have been charged with money laundering in Argentina -- a move he described as judicial "bullying" based on their identities.

Colombia to resume aerial spraying to destroy coca crop

Apo - Colombia will resume aerial spraying of coca plantations with the herbicide glyphosate to counter a record increase in production of the cocaine crop, President Juan Manuel Santos announced Tuesday.

Global opium and cocaine production at record highs: UN

Vienna - Global production of cocaine and opium, stemming largely from Colombia and Afghanistan respectively, has hit record levels, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said Tuesday in its annual report.

Record Colombian coca cultivation, cocaine output in 2017: US

Washington - Coca cultivation and cocaine production in Colombia reached an all-time high in 2017, the office of the US "drug czar" said Monday, calling on the government in Bogota to do more to reverse the trend.

Spain arrests suspected drug lord in trafficking hotspot

Madrid - Spanish police said Thursday they had arrested one of the main suspected drug smugglers in a southern area where narco-traffickers are operating in an increasingly brazen manner, which has alarmed authorities.

Cocaine 'resurgence' in EU as South America output rises: watchdog

Apo - Europe is witnessing a "resurgence" in cocaine use as the drug's output increases in Latin America, an EU watchdog reported Thursday, voicing concern over tens of thousands of people seeking treatment for the first time.An estimated 2.

Bangladesh defends drug war as murder claims surface

Cox's Bazar - Bangladesh says Akramul Haque was a meth kingpin who died after opening fire at police, one of 130 accused dealers killed in murky late-night shootouts in an increasingly bloody war on drugs.

UN rights chief slams Bangladesh drug war

Geneva - The UN rights chief on Wednesday condemned the recent killing of more than 100 alleged drug dealers in Bangladesh, insisting that extra-judicial killings cannot be justified in the fight against narcotics.

11 FARC dissidents killed in Colombian military operation

Apo - Colombian troops killed 11 dissidents of the disbanded FARC guerrilla group, officials said Monday, as a fight looms over the future of a 2016 peace agreement in runoff presidential elections.

11 FARC dissidents killed in Colombian military operation

Apo - Eleven dissidents of the disbanded FARC guerrilla group were killed in a Colombian military operation in the south of the country, Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said Monday.

Colombia nabs Escobar hitman 'Popeye'

Apo - Police in Colombia said Friday they have recaptured one of late drug lord Pablo Escobar's top hitmen, Jhon Jairo Velasquez -- alias "Popeye" -- who was wanted for extortion.

Death toll in Bangladesh 'anti-drugs' crackdown rises above 50

Dhaka - Shootouts across Bangladesh left nine alleged drug dealers dead Thursday, police said, as authorities stepped up a crackdown that now has claimed at least 52 lives in 10 days and drawn criticism from rights groups.

Spain breaks up 'main' hashish smuggling ring

Madrid - Spanish authorities said Sunday they had broken up one of the "main" gangs that smuggles hashish from Morocco to southern Spain with the arrest of 12 people.

Brazen drug trafficking alarms southern Spain

Madrid - Drug gangs are becoming increasingly bold in southern Spain, unloading hashish on beaches in broad daylight and clashing with police, alarming police unions who warn the groups could join forces to form a powerful cartel.

Venezuela crisis cuts deep at children's hospital

Caracas - Eight-year-old Luisito is awaiting surgery for a brain tumor, a daunting prospect at the best of times -- but this is Venezuela, and the hospital, typically, has little medicine or functioning equipment.

Brazilian police seize two tonnes of cannabis

Rio De Janeiro - Police in Brazil on Saturday said they seized two tonnes of cannabis being transported in a refrigerated truck near the southeastern coastal town of Pirai.

Trudeau sees other countries following Canada to legalize pot

Ottawa - The world is closely following Canada's plans to legalize the recreational use of cannabis, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an exclusive interview with AFP, predicting that several nations would follow suit.

Thai police seize $45m-worth of meth from convoy in Bangkok

Bangkok - Ten million made-in-Myanmar "yaba" pills and nearly half a tonne of crystal meth hidden in tea packages have been pulled from a convoy of cars in Bangkok, Thai police said Friday.

Meth trade forges unlikely link between Rohingya and Myanmar soldiers

Cox's Bazar - Huge quantities of meth are seeding unrest inside Bangladesh's refugee camps, as jobless Rohingya turn drug runners for a criminal chain that stretches back to Myanmar -- and the soldiers who drove them out.

Mexico front-runner wants to debate legalizing drugs

Mexico - The leftist front-runner for Mexico's presidential election said Tuesday the country should debate legalizing drugs as a way to staunch violent crime that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

'Shooting gallery' helps addicts in Europe's richest country

Luxembourg - Far from the glitzy bank buildings and boutiques in Luxembourg city sits a run-down prefab building behind the railway station that shows another side to Europe's richest country.

Vet extradited to US over puppy-smuggling heroin plot

New York - A 38-year-old Colombian vet appeared in a New York court Tuesday, accused of injecting liquid heroin into puppies to evade border control in a drug smuggling ring.

China seizes record 1.3 tonnes of cocaine

Bejing - Chinese police have seized 1.3 tonnes of cocaine from South America in the country's biggest ever haul of the drug, authorities said.

Accused Colombian drug kingpin charged in New York

New York - A Colombian former right-wing paramilitary accused of heading one of the country's largest drug cartels was formally charged Tuesday in New York after his extradition one day prior.
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