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Mexico quietly marks 10 years of drug war

Mexico - Ten years after Mexican troops were unleashed against drug cartels, the country will mark the anniversary without fanfare on Sunday, with murders rising again and the military eager to return to barracks.

Mexico says army to stay in streets

Mexico - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Friday troops will remain in the streets to combat drug violence after his defense minister issued a rare complaint about the controversial deployment.

'Unnatural' for Mexican military to fight drug trafficking: minister

Mexico - Mexico's defense minister has complained about his troops having to take part in the country's war on drug trafficking -- a rare expression of criticism about the controversial, decade-old deployment.

Trump says Philippines fighting drugs 'the right way': Duterte

Manila - Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday that President-elect Donald Trump told him Manila was conducting its deadly drug war "the right way", in stark contrast to the criticism he has received from the current White House.

Girl of four dies after mother fed her meth, heroin and ketamine

Grimsby - A four-year-old girl died after she was persuaded to take a cocktail of drugs that her mother, Michala Pyke, 37, referred to as Smarties.

Vaccine developed against opioid overdose

A vaccine has been developed that blocks the pain-suppressing effects of certain opioid drugs. It is hoped the vaccine with decrease the risk of fatal opioid overdose.

Guinea-Bissau islands feel the bite of antivenom crisis

Bolama - The vivid red wound at the base of Gina's ankle has remained open for three months and refuses to heal, leaving the Guinea-Bissau islander in constant pain.

Maduro calls nephews' US conviction 'imperialist attack'

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday railed against a US court ruling that convicted two of his nephews for drug trafficking, calling it an "imperialist attack.

32 bodies, 9 human heads found in Mexico mass graves

Mexico - Authorities have exhumed 32 bodies and nine heads from several clandestine graves in a southern Mexican state plagued by kidnappings, murders and drug cartel turf wars, officials said Thursday.

Rio: 11 dead, vast police sweep in notorious slum

Rio De Janeiro - Police in Rio launched a vast operation Sunday in the City of God slum, where seven youths were found killed a day after four police officers died when their helicopter crashed nearby.

Use of prescription painkillers surpasses tobacco

A new trend exposes the use of prescription painkillers in the U.S.; the use of opioid-based medication now exceeds that of tobacco. This is based on a U.S. government backed survey.

Award-winning Philippine filmmaker backs Duterte drug war

Manila - Award-winning Philippine director Brillante Mendoza has turned his cinematic skills to promoting someone many in the West would see as an unlikely hero -- President Rodrigo Duterte and his deadly drug war.

Argentina extradites Colombian druglord Londono to US

Buenos Aires - Argentina extradited alleged Colombian drug boss Henry Jesus Lopez Londono to the United States on Thursday, authorities said.

Philippines' Duterte threatens to copy Russia ICC exit

Davao - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to follow in Russia's footsteps Thursday and pull his country out of the International Criminal Court, incensed at foreign criticism of his deadly drug war.

Barcelona cannabis club shut down for selling marijuana candy

Barcelona - Authorities in Spain closed down a cannabis club in Barcelona that sold marijuana candy and other similar products to more than 16,000 people, many of them tourists, police said Tuesday.

Costa Rica busts narco ring linked to Mexican kingpin

San Jos - Costa Rican police on Wednesday arrested 14 suspects when they busted a drug-running ring linked to Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, the network formerly run by jailed kingpin Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman, officials said.

NY drug trial starts for two nephews of Venezuela's first lady

New York - The drug trafficking trial of two nephews of Venezuela's first lady got under way in Manhattan Tuesday, with the leftist government in Caracas saying they were essentially framed.

Mexican drug lord appeals US extradition

Mexico - The Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman filed an appeal on Tuesday to prevent his extradition to the United States, which the government hopes to carry out in early 2017.

Mexican drug lord set to appeal US extradition

Mexico - Lawyers for Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman could file on Tuesday an appeal to prevent his extradition to the United States, arguing he could face the death penalty.

Denmark to trial medical cannabis programme

Copenhagen - The Danish government on Tuesday announced a four-year trial programme for medical cannabis use starting in 2018, saying it would target "some of the patients who self-medicate with illegal products.

Dominican court rejects Frenchman's drugs appeal

Santo Domingo - A court in the Dominican Republic upheld a 20-year prison sentence Thursday for a Frenchman convicted of brokering a 2013 plot to smuggle a planeload of cocaine into France.

Mixing energy drinks and alcohol is like taking cocaine

Mixing energy drinks with alcoholic drinks can be dangerous, according to a new study. Mixing large quantities mimics the effects in the brain experienced by cocaine users.

New method for assessing addiction in people

Addiction to a substance affects the brain and once some is dependent, removing the need for the substance becomes psychologically and physically difficult. This is not a simple process as a new method indicates.

Church protests drug war killings as Philippines honours the dead

Manila - Philippine church leaders on Tuesday renewed calls for an end to killings linked to President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war as millions of people took part in traditional ceremonies to remember the dead.

Afghans losing war on drugs, minister says

Kabul - Afghanistan is losing a multi-billion dollar war on drugs as it combats terrorism, a minister warned, denouncing a lack of political will and dwindling foreign aid to fight narcotics.

No running high for drug smuggler nabbed in Italy

Rome - How much jogging can one person do? On holiday? In Rome?

Philippine mayor, nine bodyguards killed in police shoot-out

Kidapawan - A Philippine mayor accused of drug trafficking was killed along with nine bodyguards in a shoot-out with police Friday, authorities said, hours after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to intensify his crackdown on crime.

Philippine mayor, nine bodyguards killed in police shoot-out

Kidapawan - A Philippine mayor accused of drug trafficking was killed along with nine bodyguards in a shoot-out with police Friday, authorities said, hours after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to intensify his crackdown on crime.

Philippine mayor, nine bodyguards killed in police shoot-out

Kidapawan - A Philippine mayor accused of drug trafficking was killed along with nine bodyguards in a shoot-out with police Friday, authorities said, hours after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to intensify his crackdown on crime.

Afghan opium cultivation skyrockets as eradication collapses

Kabul - Afghanistan saw a 10 percent jump in opium cultivation this year because of bumper harvests, collapsing eradication efforts due to growing insecurity and declining international aid to combat drugs, the UN said Sunday.
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