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Illnesses among Los Angeles homeless blamed on 'spice' drug

Los Angeles - Synthetic marijuana is suspected to be behind an illness that has sent dozens of homeless people from a downtown Los Angeles neighborhood to emergency rooms in recent days, authorities said.

Guzman relative says 'El Chapo' son released in Mexico

Culiac - The son of jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been released following his abduction earlier this week, a member of the Sinaloa cartel leader's family said.

Armed attackers kidnap, kill eight in Mexico

Coatzacoalcos - Armed attackers kidnapped and killed eight people in the Mexican town Alto Lucero in Veracruz state, officials said Saturday.

Mexico federal prosecutors probe Chapo son kidnapping

Puerto Vallarta - Mexican federal prosecutors took over investigations into the gunpoint kidnapping of a son of notorious drugs boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, officials said.

Mexico fears new cartel war after 'El Chapo' son abducted

Mexico - The brazen kidnapping of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's son has unleashed fears of a new war between rival cartels in the violence-weary country.

Venezuela jails soldiers for smuggling drugs to France

Caracas - A Venezuelan court sentenced three soldiers and seven civilians to two decades in prison for shipping more than a ton of cocaine to France, officials said Tuesday.The three airport customs officers were arrested after 1.

Mothers find 28 clandestine burial sites in Mexico

Veracruz - Mothers in east Mexico searching for missing loved ones said they have found a total of 28 clandestine gravesites with remains of some 40 bodies in the gang-ravaged state of Veracruz.

Nicaragua seeking copters, coastal vessels from US, Russia

Managua - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is negotiating with Russia and the United States to acquire helicopters and coast guard vessels to modernize the country's military fleet as it fights drug smuggling, the government said Saturday.

UK court jails Turkish cocaine smugglers after £500 mn sting

London - Two Turkish drug traffickers caught with three tonnes of cocaine on a boat in the North Sea were on Friday jailed by a British judge for a combined total of 42 years.

Indonesia orders probe into alleged police role in drugs

Jakarta - Indonesian President Joko Widodo has ordered an official investigation into allegations top police and military officers were involved in trafficking illegal drugs.

Mexico mothers searching for loved ones turn up hidden graves

Coatzacoalcos - Mothers searching for missing loved ones said they have found seven clandestine gravesites with remains of an undetermined number of people in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz, one of the most afflicted by drug gang violence.

Philippines leader rebuffs top judge over drug row

Manila - President Rodrigo Duterte warned the Philippines' top judge Tuesday to let him pursue a deadly anti-crime campaign that has left hundreds of suspects dead, suggesting otherwise he would impose "martial law".

Philippines leader rebuffs top judge over drug row

Manila - President Rodrigo Duterte warned the Philippines' top judge Tuesday to let him pursue a deadly anti-crime campaign that has left hundreds of suspects dead, suggesting otherwise he would impose "martial law".

Philippines leader rebuffs top judge over drug row

Manila - President Rodrigo Duterte warned the Philippines' top judge Tuesday to let him pursue a deadly anti-crime campaign that has left hundreds of suspects dead, suggesting otherwise he would impose "martial law".

Smoking 'mota': Drug slang enters Mexico's dictionary

Mexico - Pot smokers in Mexico inhale "mota." A flamboyant drug cartel member bedecked in gold chains is dubbed a "buchon." A corpse wrapped in sheets is "encobijado.

Philippine leader names, threatens officials over drugs

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has led a bloody war on drug suspects, on Sunday named over 30 politicians, officials and judges whom he linked to narcotics and warned them to surrender.

Acapulco's surfers seek to escape crime wave

Acapulco - Luis Rey Hernandez feels safe and happy when he's on his surfboard, riding waves off the shores of Acapulco.

Philippines' Duterte vows to keep 'shoot-to-kill' order

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to maintain his "shoot-to-kill" order against drug dealers while in office and says he "does not care about human rights".

Human toll as bodies pile up in Philippine drug war

Manila - Men shot and left to bleed out on busy streets, mutilated corpses dumped in vacant lots. The bodies are piling up as President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war brings terror to Filipino slums.

Breaking code of honor, gangs kill families in Mexico

- A series of murders targeting families, including children, has rocked Mexico in recent weeks, signaling that drug gangs are willing to break an unspoken code of honor within the criminal underworld.

Doping for gold, Olympians ignore health risks

Paris - For as long as athletes have been battling for gold medals, they have been taking fortifying tonics -- some stomach-churning, others downright dangerous -- with little concern for their health.

Violent weekend leaves more than 20 dead in Mexico

- More than 20 people were killed in three Mexican states plagued by drug violence over the weekend, with 11 found dead in a single day in Acapulco, authorities said.

Indonesian executions a 'complete mess', says lawyer

Cilacap - Indonesia executed four drug convicts Friday but 10 others due to face the firing squad were given an apparent reprieve in a confused process one lawyer condemned as a "complete mess".

Indonesian executions a 'complete mess', says lawyer

Cilacap - Indonesia executed four drug convicts Friday but 10 others due to face the firing squad were given an apparent reprieve in a confused process one lawyer condemned as a "complete mess".

Indonesian executions a 'complete mess', says lawyer

Cilacap - Indonesia executed four drug convicts Friday but 10 others due to face the firing squad were given an apparent reprieve in a confused process one lawyer condemned as a "complete mess".

Indonesia executes foreign convicts despite protests

Cilacap - Indonesia Friday executed four drug convicts, three of them foreigners, by firing squad, an official said, drawing swift condemnation as Jakarta pushes on with its tough campaign of capital punishment.

Indonesia executes foreign convicts despite protests

Cilacap - Indonesia Friday executed four drug convicts, three of them foreigners, by firing squad, an official said, drawing swift condemnation as Jakarta pushes on with its tough campaign of capital punishment.

Indonesia executes foreign convicts despite protests

Cilacap - Indonesia Friday executed four drug convicts, three of them foreigners, by firing squad, an official said, drawing swift condemnation as Jakarta pushes on with its tough campaign of capital punishment.

Mexico moves jailed drug lord Fonseca Carrillo to house arrest

- Mexican authorities transferred aging drug lord Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo to house arrest Thursday after serving 31 years in prison for the killing of a US undercover agent.

Indonesia rejects international pleas to halt executions

Cilacap - Indonesia on Thursday rejected mounting international pressure to halt the looming execution of 14 drug convicts as speculation mounted they could face the firing squad in a matter of hours.
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