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Colombian military seizes more than two tonnes of cocaine

Bogota - Colombian authorities have seized more than two tonnes of cocaine belonging to a splinter group from the now-disarmed FARC guerrilla organization, the military said Saturday.

Anti-drug operation nets 4 tonnes of cocaine in Spain, Morocco

Madrid - Spanish and Moroccan police have netted close to four tonnes of cocaine with a street value of over 100 million euros and arrested 40 people in a long-term anti-trafficking operation, Spain's interior ministry said Friday.The ministry said that 1.

Australian police seize huge cocaine haul being smuggled in yacht

Sydney - A huge cocaine haul hidden in the hull of a yacht has been seized off the east coast of Australia, police said Thursday.

US judge allows psychologist to evaluate 'El Chapo'

New York - A US judge on Wednesday authorized a psychologist to examine Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of the world's most notorious criminals, after his lawyer complained that his mental state is deteriorating in a New York jail.

Luxembourg moves further towards legalising medical marijuana

Brussels - Luxembourg, following a broader EU and global trend, took another step on Tuesday towards legalising medical marijuana by announcing plans for a two-year pilot project.

Dutch councils aim high in dope growing experiment

Den Haag - Local Dutch councils are queueing up to join a government experiment to grow marijuana which could see its production legally licenced in the Netherlands, the NOS broadcaster said Tuesday.

Black leaders who urged farmers to dump coca on run from Colombia gangs

Tumaco - There is a price on their heads, and one of them has already been gunned down.

Two Mexicans get life sentences for killing US immigration official

Washington - Two Mexican members of a hit squad for the notorious Los Zetas drug cartel were given life prison sentences Monday for the 2011 murder of a US immigration agent inside Mexico.

Philippine bishops lead thousands in call to end killings

Manila - Catholic bishops on Sunday led thousands of Philippine worshippers in calling for an end to killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war as they urged police and troops to stop the violence.

China disputes Trump claim it produces most US-bound fentanyl

Bejing - Chinese authorities on Friday disputed US President Donald Trump's claim that most of the drug fentanyl, which is blamed for thousands of American deaths, was made in China, reports said days before his visit.

Italy seizes 50 million euros worth of IS 'fighter drug'

Rome - Italian police have seized 50 million euros worth of tablets of a synthetic opiate destined to be sold by the Islamic State (IS) group in Libya to raise funds for attacks, a court said Friday.

UN, Colombia sign key anti-cocaine pact

Vienna - The United Nations and Bogota signed a major pact Friday to uproot Colombia's booming cocaine business, as part of peace efforts between the government and drug trade-controlling rebels.

Essential Science: New antibiotics from a molecular ‘sharpener’

Scientists have developed a "molecular pencil sharpener." This is a device that uses chemicals to generate a "warhead" of proteins that increase in toxicity once “sharpened”. The research has focused on killing the E. coli bacterium.

Amazon looks set to enter pharmacy market

The distribution of medicines in the U.S. looks set for a shake up with renewed rumours that Amazon is going to enter the medicines distribution market.

Dominican court jails 'Air Cocaine' suspect Naudin

Santo Domingo - Frenchman Christophe Naudin was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for helping two French pilots involved in the "Air Cocaine" drug-smuggling case to escape justice in the Dominican Republic.

Morocco recalls Algeria envoy over 'hashish money' jibe

Rabat - Morocco has recalled its ambassador after the Algerian foreign minister accused the kingdom's banks of "laundering hashish money" in Africa, in the latest diplomatic spat between the North African rivals.

Pablo Escobar's widow and son face money laundering probe

Buenos Aires - The widow and son of late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar are facing scrutiny as part of an investigation into money laundering in Argentina, judicial sources said Friday.

Peruvian congress approves legalisation of medicinal pot

- Peru's congress late Thursday overwhelmingly approved a measure supported by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski that legalises marijuana for medicinal use.

Shallow graves in Thailand's drug warehouse

Amphoe Hankha - Stuck on a merry-go-round of drug taking, dealing and jail, Somphal Boonsanoon's journey through addiction ended in a shallow grave in Ayutthaya, Thailand's historic heart and Southeast Asia's meth warehouse.

Chef Gordon Ramsay says he's proud of being 'a pain'

Cannes - Superstar chef Gordon Ramsay revealed the secret of his success Monday, "I am the biggest pain in the ass in the world, because I want the best.

Paying for household staples with cocaine paste in Colombia

La Paz - Customers in Lorena's shop place innocuous white pebbles on an electronic scale. In exchange they take away staples like cooking oil and eggs - in the depths of the Colombian jungle, you pay with cocaine base paste.

EU watchdog OKs cancer drugs without evidence they work: study

Paris - European regulators approved 39 new cancer drugs between 2009 and 2013 despite having no evidence that they worked, unnecessarily exposing patients to toxicity, researchers said Thursday.

A dissident FARC leader says 'war goes on'

Puerto Gait - A dissident guerrilla leader points his assault rifle into the air and fires, shouting "FARC is alive, the war goes on." Peace is a long way from this part of the Colombian jungle.

Thyroid drug back on sale in France after complaints over new version

Paris - An old version of a thyroid medication went back on sale in France on Monday after thousands of the country's three million users complained of serious side effects from a new formula.

Well-heeled Rio gets worrying glimpse of favela violence

Rio De Janeiro - When hundreds of Brazilian soldiers battled heavily armed drug traffickers in Rocinha last week, anxiety flared not only in Rio's biggest favela but also in chic neighborhoods just down the road.

Doubts grow over Duterte drug war killings: Philippine poll

Manila - Nearly half of Filipinos believe police are killing innocent people in waging President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drugs war, according to survey results released Wednesday.

Colombia captures 28 members of feared drug gang: Santos

Bogota - Colombian security forces have captured 28 members of the country's most-feared drug gang, President Juan Manuel Santos said Tuesday.

Interpol sting seizes $51 million in fake drugs

Lyon - Interpol said Monday that it seized a record total of 25 million illicit and counterfeit medicines worth more than $51 million (42 million euros) in a weeklong worldwide operation.

Ex-Norway cop gets 21 years for helping smuggle tons of hash

Oslo - A Norwegian court on Monday sentenced a former top police officer to 21 years in prison for allowing nearly 14 tonnes of hashish to be smuggled into the country over nearly a decade.

Rio's bid to wrest 'favelas' from gangs loses steam

Rio De Janeiro - Known as the setting of a Michael Jackson video clip in the late 1990s, Santa Marta is Rio's best known favela, a hillside community perched between Sugarloaf and a colossal Christ the Redeemer.
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