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Cartels, ex-FARC alliance poses new threat in Colombia: HRW

Apo - A growing alliance of Mexican drug cartels and dissident FARC guerrillas is opening up a new front in Colombia's deadly war on drugs, Human Rights Watch warned Thursday.

Briton accused of trafficking 1.3 tons of cocaine was 'big fish'

Paris - A British man charged with trafficking 1.3 tons of cocaine into France was on Thursday described in court as a "big fish" in the international narco-trade.

AI can boost cancer drug discovery

Drug discovery is a long and often arduous process, with the typical time to market being 14 years and costs running into the billions per drug. AI offers a means to accelerate the development process and reduce costs.

Pablo Escobar's dark legacy refuses to die 25 years on

Medell - Twenty-five years after he was gunned down by police, Pablo Escobar's legacy refuses to die in Medellin, the Colombian city where he ran his cocaine empire with a mix of brutality and largesse.

Mexican barons are the new Colombian drug trade orchestrators

Tumaco - Mexican drug traffickers used to wait at home for shipments of Colombian cocaine that would then be transferred to the United States, the world's biggest consumer of the white powder.

Peru's untouched indigenous tribes facing growing threats

- Just like the Sentinelese tribal people who recently killed an American who ventured onto their Indian Ocean island, Amerindians from the Amazon rainforest reject all contact with the outside world.

First police conviction in Philippine drug war killing

Manila - Three Philippine policemen were sentenced on Thursday to decades in prison for murdering a teenager during an anti-narcotics sweep, a first conviction of officers carrying out President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.

US life expectancy drops again as overdoses climb

Tampa - Life expectancy in the United States dropped yet again as drug overdose deaths continued to climb -- taking more than 70,000 lives in 2017 -- and suicides rose, a US government report said Thursday.The drug overdose rate rose 9.

Witness says El Chapo tried to kill him four times

New York - A Mexican former pilot and one-time friend of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman told the kingpin's New York trial Wednesday how the defendant had ordered him dead four times.

El Chapo's high life: Swiss clinics, mansions and a zoo

New York - Rejuvenation treatments at Swiss clinics, a beachfront mansion in Acapulco and a private zoo of lions: the US trial of drug baron Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was given an extraordinary glimpse Tuesday into his life of excess.

El Chapo wife off hook — for now — over banned phone

New York - The US trial of Mexican drug baron Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman hit a roadblock Tuesday over allegations that his beauty queen wife had access to a banned cell phone and was using it to communicate with her husband.

US charges Honduran president's brother over cocaine

New York - US prosecutors said Monday they have charged Juan Antonio Hernandez, the brother of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, with conspiring to import cocaine into the United States, weapons offenses and making false statements.

Brother of Honduran president arrested in US over drug ties: officials

Tegucigalpa - Juan Antonio Hernandez, the brother of the Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, was arrested in the United States on Friday over suspected ties to drug trafficking, officials said Friday.

Released Bali Nine drug-smuggler returns home to more legal woes

Sydney - An Australian woman held in Indonesian prisons for 13 years for being part of the "Bali Nine" drug-smuggling gang returned home Thursday, facing more possible jail time for alleged crimes committed before her overseas ordeal.

El Chapo trial details suitcase millions for ex-minister

New York - A former cartel operative told the US trial of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Tuesday that he bribed a former Mexican cabinet minister with millions of dollars stuffed into two suitcases and hand delivered in a restaurant.

Indonesia set to free Bali Nine drug smuggler Lawrence

Bangli - The first member of the "Bali Nine" heroin-trafficking gang to be released from prison is expected to leave jail on Wednesday after serving 13 years, in a case that caused a huge diplomatic rift between Indonesia and Australia.

El Chapo bribed Interpol, Mexican officials to keep drugs flowing, informant says

New York - Drug baron Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman paid huge bribes to Mexican prosecutors, police, military and even Interpol to ensure smooth operations for his Sinaloa cartel, a key informant said at his US trial on Thursday.

Mexico's AMLO to continue anti-crime military efforts

Mexico - Mexico's president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced Wednesday he would maintain the country's controversial military efforts to fight organized crime and seek to reinforce them by creating a national guard.

El Chapo was co-leader, informant tells US drugs trial

New York - Drug baron Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman co-headed the Sinaloa cartel, an informant told his US trial Wednesday, skewering defense claims that he was little more than a scapegoat and spilling the operational secrets of the criminal enterprise.

Mexican presidents accused as defense opens El Chapo trial

New York - Drug baron Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is the "scapegoat" of a cartel that bribed Mexican presidents, the defense told his New York trial Tuesday, as the prosecution branded him a ruthless criminal boss who murdered in cold blood.

Mexican presidents accused as defense opens El Chapo trial

New York - Drug baron Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's defense told his New York trial Tuesday that his cartel bribed Mexican presidents, painting the absent co-defendant as a ruthless criminal who murdered in cold blood.

Jury delay snarls El Chapo's US drug trial

New York - Juror complications on Tuesday delayed opening statements in the New York trial of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of the world's most notorious criminals accused of spending a quarter of a century smuggling cocaine into the United States.

'Lebanese Connection' drug trial to open in Paris

Paris - Fifteen alleged members of a vast crime ring accused of laundering Colombian drug money through luxury jewellery and using shadowy middlemen from the Lebanese diaspora go on trial in Paris on Tuesday.

Colombia's Duque calls for action against Venezuelan 'dictatorship'

Leticia - Colombian President Ivan Duque is stressing the need for international action to halt Nicolas Maduro's "dictatorship" in Venezuela, which he blames for a "massive humanitarian crisis" and a migration wave.

Even from jail, 'El Chapo' looms large in Mexican home state

Culiac - He has lost weight in his New York jail cell, and some of his larger-than-life aura, but Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman still looms large over Mexico's Sinaloa, where he launched his narcotics empire.

Bayer applies artificial intelligence to medical cases

Major pharmaceutical firm Bayer is exploring how artificial intelligence can be used to assess case reports relating to adverse drug events in relation to its medicines.

Meth precursors fuelling Myanmar's unstoppable drug trade

A flood of precursor chemicals into Myanmar is fuelling record meth production, officials said Wednesday, as the country's multi-billion-dollar drug trade spills out across Asia-Pacific.

Mexican Congress eyes legalizing pot

Mexico - President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's future interior minister introduced a bill Tuesday to legalize marijuana in Mexico, a country wracked by violence fueled by its powerful drug cartels.

Leader of Colombian rebel splinter group killed in clash

Apo - A top leader of a splinter group of Colombia's FARC rebels was killed Monday in a clash with security forces in the south, the army said.

El Chapo's US drugs trial kicks off under tight security

New York - The New York trial opened Monday under huge security for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of the world's most notorious criminals accused of spending a quarter of a century smuggling cocaine into the United States.
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