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Move to ban several 'legal highs'

London - Due concerns with so-called “legal highs”, which are being used more frequently in the U.K., the government has instigated a ban on five types of recreational drugs.

Gun battles rock Mexican border city

Nuevo Laredo - Gunfights erupted in broad daylight in a Mexican city across the US border and vehicles were torched, apparently in reaction to a drug cartel leader's arrest, officials said.

Mexico's 'New Generation' cartel takes police head-on

Ocotl - The town still bears the scars from the unprecedented offensive launched by a powerful Mexican drug cartel against government forces: bullet-pocked buildings and blood stains on the street.

Mexican drug cartel figure arrested: Official

- Mexican authorities have arrested a top drug trafficker, Cesar Gastelum Serrano, reputed to be a key link in a network smuggling cocaine to the United States via Central America, an official said Sunday.

Obama's personalized medicine plan advances

Washington D.c. - The U.S. National Institutes of Health has assembled a team of medicine and science experts to begin the process of building President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative.

Australia sets up task force to tackle 'dreadful' ice epidemic

Sydney - Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday launched a national task force to fight the scourge of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, which he said was causing "absolute devastation" in Australia.

Everything you need to know about the street drug 'flakka'

There's a new drug in town called flakka. While many reports are saying this new designer drug is sweeping the state of Florida, the mind-altering substance has also been popping up in a few other states across the country, including Ohio and Texas.

Mexico gang kills 15 police in worst attack in years

Guadalajara - Fifteen police officers were killed in a gang ambush in western Mexico, an official said, marking the deadliest day in recent years for security forces battling the drug war.

Indonesian court rejects death row Australians' appeal

Jakarta - An Indonesian court Monday dismissed an appeal by two Australian drug smugglers facing imminent execution, and the country's legal chief said the pair have now exhausted all options to avoid the firing squad.

Desperate parents ask gang help to find missing Mexican students

- Some desperate parents of 43 missing Mexican students have turned to a drug gang leader for help to locate the young men, saying the government has failed them.

Indonesian court to rule Monday on death row Australians' appeal

Jakarta - An Indonesian court will rule Monday on the appeals of two Australian drug smugglers facing execution, a judge said, as their lawyers insisted they had done their best to save the men.

Can existing drugs help to combat MS?

Edinburgh - Existing medications for conditions like depression and heart problems could hold the clue to treating multiple sclerosis, according to medical experts.

Deadly synthetic drug seized for the first time in Edmonton

Edmonton - A drug bust by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) have seized close to 2000 fentanyl pills from the streets of Edmonton.

Will we soon see an anti-obesity drug?

Scientists have re-programmed bacteria to generate a molecule that can function as a hunger-suppressing lipid. So far, the molecule has proved successful in rodent studies.

Police bust Argentine 'Breaking Bad' ecstasy ring

Buenos Aires - Argentine police said Wednesday they had busted a drug ring whose affluent members made ecstasy for exclusive parties and drew their inspiration from "Breaking Bad" -- with one even wearing a T-shirt bearing the face of the central character in the hit...

Op-Ed: Why Arum, Roach should insist on parallel drug test for Pacquiao

Bob Arum and Freddie Roach should watch out for a possible scheme that could lead to the cancellation of the Mayweather-Pacquiao super fight due to a positive drug findings by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the designated agency for testing.

U.S. approves first biosimilar medicinal product

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved pharma company Sandoz’s drug Zarxio. This is a biosimilar to Amgen’s filgrastim, which is mainly prescribed for cancer patients.

Ireland closes drug legalisation loophole

Dublin - Ireland rushed emergency laws through parliament on Wednesday to close a loophole that made the possession of ecstasy, crystal meth, magic mushrooms and other drugs temporarily legal.

Ireland rushes law after inadvertently legalising drugs

Dublin - Ireland's parliament sat late into the night Tuesday to rush through emergency laws to close a loophole making the possession of ecstasy, ketamine, magic mushrooms and other drugs temporarily legal.

Netherlands justice minister resigns over deal with drug trafficker

Den Haag - The Dutch justice minister resigned late Monday in an ongoing scandal over a deal worth millions of guilders (euros) struck by prosecutors with a famous drug trafficker 15 years ago.

Gunmen fire on Mexican mayor's convoy

Nuevo Laredo - Mexican police arrested four armed men on Monday accused of firing at the mayor's convoy in Matamoros, a northern city bordering Texas in the grips of drug cartel violence.

Families visit Australians on Indonesian death row

Cilacap - Relatives of two Australian drug smugglers visited them Monday for the first time on an Indonesian prison island where they will be put to death, as their prime minister urged Jakarta to rethink the planned executions.

Mexico's drug cartels adapt to U.S. pot legalization

- The growing legalization of cannabis in the United States is forcing Mexico's drug cartels to rethink their illicit business model, turning to opium poppy plantations and domestic pot consumption, experts say.

Australia protests Indonesia's treatment of death row men

Sydney - Australia issued a formal protest to Indonesia Friday after photos emerged of a smiling senior police officer posing with the two men due to face the firing squad, as it was confirmed that the executions would not happen this week.

Mexico running out of drug cartel big fish

- One by one, the Mexican government is taking down the country's most notorious drug cartel capos, leaving very few recognizable names on the most wanted list.

Indonesia rejects prisoner swap to save death row Australians

Cilacap - Indonesia on Thursday rejected the offer of a prisoner swap proposed by Canberra in an 11th-hour bid to save two Australian drug smugglers facing execution, saying it is determined to put to death those "who have poisoned our nation".

Australia floats prisoner swap to save Indonesia pair

Sydney - Australia on Thursday proposed a prisoner swap with Indonesia in an 11th-hour bid to save two drug smugglers facing execution, while voicing "deep concern" about Jakarta's international reputation if they are killed.

Mexico nabs Zetas drug cartel leader 'Z-42'

- Mexican federal forces captured Zetas drug cartel leader Omar Trevino in an upper-class suburb of the northern industrial city of Monterrey on Wednesday, dealing a new blow to the feared gang.

Australians on Indonesia death row arrive on execution island

Cilacap - Two Australian drug smugglers in Indonesia were transferred Wednesday to an island where they will be executed, as the Australian leader said his country was "revolted" by their looming deaths after frantic diplomatic efforts to save them.

Bat-filled cave, donkeys and cake: A drug lord's fall

La Mira - During his months on the run, Mexican drug baron Servando Gomez fled on donkeys and hid in a bat-filled cave -- a far cry from his days of showing off in videos and flashing cash in his fiefdom.
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