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Askhat Daulbayev. Photo courtesy of the official website of Kazakhstan's General Prosecutor's Office
Kazakhstan General Prosecutor discusses anti-drug-trafficking methods with United States

Kazakhstan's General Prosecutor's Office will cooperate with the United States in the fight against drug trafficking.

Kazakhstan General Prosecutor discusses anti-drug-trafficking methods with United States
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Australian police crack global money-laundering racket

Australian police revealed they had cracked a major global money-laundering ring with operatives in more than 20 countries and funds syphoned off to groups reported to include Hezbollah.

Australian police crack global money-laundering racket
Justin Bieber. ©Reuters/Mario Anzuoni
Drugs found at Bieber home after egg-attack raid: police

Detectives searching pop singer Justin Bieber's Los Angeles mansion over an egg-throwing attack seized illegal drugs and arrested one of the singer's associates.

Drugs found at Bieber home after egg-attack raid: police
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New Japan research scandal brewing over Alzheimer's study

Japan's health ministry said Friday it was probing claims falsified data was used in an Alzheimer's disease study involving major pharmaceutical firms, a day after filing an unrelated criminal complaint against Swiss drugs giant Novartis.

New Japan research scandal brewing over Alzheimer's study
Chiara de Blasio. ©Reuters/Brendan McDermid
NYC first daughter confesses to drug, alcohol abuse

The teenage daughter of New York's incoming mayor confessed on Christmas Eve to smoking pot and underage drinking in a video aimed at helping others battling depression.

NYC first daughter confesses to drug, alcohol abuse
Sex, drugs and beards: an afternoon in a Pakistani porn cinema
Sex, drugs and beards: an afternoon in a Pakistani porn cinema

Three times a day dozens of men pack the auditorium, the air heavy with hashish smoke, to watch graphic sex movies: welcome to the Shama -- a pornographic cinema in Pakistan's Taliban heartland.

Sex, drugs and beards: an afternoon in a Pakistani porn cinema
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Dubai police in record $31 mn drugs haul

Dubai police have made a record drug seizure of some 4.6 million Captagon pills, an amphetamine-like stimulant, worth more than $31 million (23 million euros), the local press reported Monday.

Dubai police in record $31 mn drugs haul
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US charges three more people in Silk Road website case

US authorities said Friday three more people were charged in connection with the operation of Silk Road, the online black market bazaar for drugs, hacker tools and other illicit goods.

US charges three more people in Silk Road website case
Cast members Bryan Cranston (L) and Dean Norris pose at the premiere of the documentary "No Half Measures: Creating the Final Season of Breaking Bad". ©Reuters/Mario Anzuoni
'Breaking Bad' namesake meth dealer gets 12 years' jail

A US judge has sentenced meth dealer Walter White to 12 years in prison, in a case of life mirroring art a few months after the end of cult TV show "Breaking Bad," local media reported.

'Breaking Bad' namesake meth dealer gets 12 years' jail
Uruguay becomes world's first country to legalize marijuana trade
Uruguay becomes world's first country to legalize marijuana trade

Uruguay's Senate has approved ground-breaking legislation legalizing marijuana, becoming the first nation in the world to oversee the production and sale of the drug.

Uruguay becomes world's first country to legalize marijuana trade
Film spotlights pop culture inspired by Mexican drug gangs
Film spotlights pop culture inspired by Mexican drug gangs

A new documentary shines a worrying and grisly light on a growing Latino pop culture phenomenon in the United States inspired by the deadly drug violence which has ravaged neighboring Mexico.

Film spotlights pop culture inspired by Mexican drug gangs
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. ©Reuters/Aaron Harris
Toronto mayor may have tried to buy crack video

Weeks before the public first became aware of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's crack video, the disgraced politician may have tried to buy it, according to court documents made public Wednesday.

Toronto mayor may have tried to buy crack video
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Cancer drug Xeloda linked to severe skin reactions: official

A drug used to treat advanced breast and colorectal cancers has been linked to sometimes fatal skin reactions in patients, its Swiss manufacturer and Canadian health officials said Wednesday.

Cancer drug Xeloda linked to severe skin reactions: official
Japan's top drugmaker appoints first foreign boss
Japan's top drugmaker appoints first foreign boss

Japan's top drugmaker said Saturday it had picked a GlaxoSmithKline executive as its next president in a rare example of overseas head-hunting by a major Japanese firm.

Japan's top drugmaker appoints first foreign boss
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US lifts restrictions on anti-diabetes drug Avandia

US authorities on Monday lifted restrictions on the prescription of diabetes drug Avandia after a new study indicated it did not carry an elevated risk of heart attacks.

US lifts restrictions on anti-diabetes drug Avandia
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Global gangs target Australian pupils as drug mules

Australian authorities on Monday warned that high school students were being recruited by international drug syndicates to help them bring illicit substances into the country.

Global gangs target Australian pupils as drug mules
US congressman Radel arrested for cocaine possession
US congressman Radel arrested for cocaine possession

First-term US congressman Trey Radel of Florida has been arrested for possession of cocaine, court documents showed Tuesday.

US congressman Radel arrested for cocaine possession
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Drugs scandal rocks Britain's troubled 'ethical' bank

Britain's Co-operative Bank, which prides itself on ethical investments, has been plunged deeper into crisis after its former chairman was filmed allegedly seeking to buy drugs.

Drugs scandal rocks Britain's troubled 'ethical' bank
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US Embassy offers anti-drug grants to Kazakhstan NGOs

The US Embassy in Kazakhstan is giving out smaller grants to NGOs for projects to reduce drug abuse in Kazakhstan.

US Embassy offers anti-drug grants to Kazakhstan NGOs
Afghan opium cultivation hits record high in 2013: UN
Afghan opium cultivation hits record high in 2013: UN

Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record high this year as farmers seek to "insure" themselves ahead of NATO forces' withdrawal next year, the United Nations said Wednesday.

Afghan opium cultivation hits record high in 2013: UN