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Dominican court upholds 20-year sentences for French pilots

Santo Domingo - An appeals court in the Dominican Republic upheld 20 year prison sentences for two French pilots who fled the country last year after being snared in a cocaine smuggling case.

U.K. makes a range of psychoactive substances illegal

London - The British parliament has passed a new psychoactive substances bill which renders dozens of drugs and chemicals illegal.

Europe creates Zika drug 'task force'

Paris - Europe's medicines watchdog said Monday it had assembled an expert team to aid the development of drugs and vaccines against the Zika virus, feared to cause brain damage in unborn babies.

Villagers sow Mexico's booming opium poppies

Los Zacatones - Deep in the southern mountains of Mexico, the cicada-like "tsk-tsk-tsk" of a water sprinkler broke the eerie silence as it sprayed a small parcel of opium poppies.

Don't mess with Texas, where law is hard, mistakes common

Washington - Among the 3,000 counties that make up the United States, there is one in Texas where it's best not to mess with the law, because justice is hard and mistakes are common.

Actress 'will not go' to Mexico to be quizzed on 'El Chapo'

- Actress Kate del Castillo is ready to answer questions about her links to drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, but only if quizzed on US soil, her attorney said.

Mexico actress seeks to block any arrest in Chapo case

- Mexican-American actress Kate del Castillo is seeking an injunction to block any attempts to arrest her over an investigation into her links to drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Shkreli set to take the Fifth Amendment at hearing

Washington - Ex-pharmaceutical entrepreneur Martin Shkreli has stated he would like to "berate" and "insult" Congress. However, for this week’s hearing he is set to take the Fifth Amendment.

Is eating an apple as effective as taking statins?

London - The arguments for and against statins are convoluted and have been running for years. Two health experts have stated the benefits of statins are outweighed by the side-effects.

Mexico arrests alleged leader of Beltran Leyva cartel

- Mexico has arrested the alleged leader of the remnants of the once-powerful Beltran Leyva drug cartel, officials said Monday.

Nine killed at teen birthday party in southern Mexico

Acapulco - A teenager's 15th birthday party became the scene of a ghastly massacre in southern Mexico where nine people were fatally shot, including two minors, officials said on Monday.

Mexico arrests gang members on U.S. border in joint op

- Mexican police arrested up to 24 members of the Sinaloa drug cartel in a joint operation with the US that also netted a cache of heavy weaponry and drugs, officials said Sunday.

FARC will be 'ally' in Colombia war on drugs: president

Estanzuela - FARC rebels will be an "ally" of the Colombian government in the war on drug trafficking once they strike a peace deal to end a half century of conflict, President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday.

What do Ireland’s new drug policies mean for the USA?

In November, Irish officials announced radical new plans to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of drugs and offer help and compassion to addicts instead of jailing them. So what’s the case for decriminalization?

Mexican authorities recount Chapo hunt in epic video

- Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman wanted to make a biopic about himself. Instead, authorities produced their own revealing video about his Hollywood-like recapture.

Fighting cancer by trapping drugs in tumors

A research group have developed a novel means to fight cancer. Because anti-cancer drugs only work for a limited time, the new method succeeds in trapping the drug inside the tumor so it works for longer.

Mexico opens landmark debate on marijuana laws

- Mexico opened on Tuesday a national debate on prohibitionist marijuana laws, as the government appeared open to legalizing medical cannabis use.

Mexico says seeking fast extradition of 'El Chapo' drug kingpin

Davos - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Friday his country is working to extradite recaptured drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman for trial in the United States as soon possible.

Motley crew of lawyers defends Mexico's 'Chapo' Guzman

- One lawyer is accused of helping Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escape from prison. Another claims to represent the fallen drug lord for free. In total, 13 attorneys have recently worked for Guzman.

Dog tastes Mexican drug lord Guzman's jail food for poison

- Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has had a rocky return to prison: He arrived depressed, officials gave him "Don Quixote" to read and a dog tastes his food for poison.

Mexico probes if actress's company got money from Chapo

- Mexican authorities have found "signs" that drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman invested in the tequila business of actress Kate Del Castillo, the attorney general said in an interview published Tuesday.

Mexico asks actress to testify on Chapo links

- Mexican prosecutors have formally asked actress Kate del Castillo to testify on her links with drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, authorities said Monday.

Canadian used sled to try to smuggle in $1.6 million of Xanax

North Troy - A man from Canada was arrested after being accused of pulling a sled with drugs on it across the Canadian and United States border.

Three probes launched into tragic France drug trial

Rennes - French authorities launched three investigations Saturday at a research laboratory in the northwestern city of Rennes into a drug trial that left one person brain-dead and three others facing potentially irreversible brain damage.

Chapo's lawyers condemn treatment in Mexico jail

Almoloya De Ju - Lawyers for recaptured Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman condemned prison authorities Friday for refusing them access to their client, after being denied permission to bring him fluffy slippers, a toothbrush and other items.

Chapo's lawyers condemn treatment in Mexico jail

Almoloya De Ju - Lawyers for recaptured Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman condemned prison authorities for refusing them access to their client, after being denied permission to bring him fluffy slippers, a toothbrush and other items.

Drugs trial tragedies a rarity, experts say

Paris - Drugs trial tragedies like that reported in France on Friday which left one person brain dead and three others facing irreversible brain damage are a rarity, experts say.

Portuguese pharma firm says best practice followed in French drug trial

Lisbon - Portuguese pharmaceutical company Bial insisted Friday that it had followed "international best practice" in a French drugs trial that has left one person brain-dead and five others hospitalised.

Guzman recapture will not solve Mexico ills

- Mexico's president declared "mission accomplished" when drug baron Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was recaptured. Cabinet ministers hugged at the news at a meeting with diplomats, where people spontaneously sang the national anthem.

Mexico authorities find 21 kidnapped men alive

- Mexican authorities said Friday they found alive 21 men who had been kidnapped by armed groups in the crime-plagued south of the country.
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