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Musician Elton John. ©REUTERS/Fred Prouser
Calls to decriminalise drugs at Elton John HIV conference

Former Polish president Aleksander Kwasniewski on Sunday called for drug decriminalisation at the opening of a global conference to curb the spread of HIV, with backing from the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Calls to decriminalise drugs at Elton John HIV conference
US panel wants diabetes drug restrictions eased
US panel wants diabetes drug restrictions eased

Independent experts urged US regulators Thursday to reduce restrictions on GlaxoSmithKline's controversial diabetes drug Avandia, banned in Europe over heart attack risk concerns.

US panel wants diabetes drug restrictions eased
People who inject drugs deserve help: Elton John
People who inject drugs deserve help: Elton John

Rock icon Elton John has urged compassion for people who inject drugs, saying "stigma and criminalisation" robbed them of their humanity and exposed them to a life of addiction and disease.

People who inject drugs deserve help: Elton John
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Spain seizes 17 tonnes of hashish on boat

Spanish customs agents have intercepted a fishing boat carrying just over 17 tonnes of hashish in the Mediterranean and detained the ship's 14 crew members, all of them Egyptian nationals.

Spain seizes 17 tonnes of hashish on boat
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First 'methadone baby' born in Aktobe

A man who used to take heroine and replaced it with methadone (a synthetic substitute of heroine) has had a son.

First 'methadone baby' born in Aktobe
Drug traffickers targeting Australia
Drug traffickers targeting Australia

Australia seized a record 23 tonnes of illicit drugs in 2011-2012 with arrests at a 10-year high, data showed Monday, as officials warned the country had become a key target for traffickers.

Drug traffickers targeting Australia
Costa Rica's President Laura Chinchilla. ©REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate
Costa Rica president caught in scandal over travel

Costa Rica's President Laura Chinchilla was embroiled in scandal Thursday amid revelations that she used a private jet made available by a Colombian suspected of links to drug trafficking.

Costa Rica president caught in scandal over travel
Obama to talk trade, drugs at Central America summit
Obama to talk trade, drugs at Central America summit

US President Barack Obama heads to Costa Rica on Friday for a summit with Central American leaders on trade, immigration and the drug war after renewing security ties with Mexico.

Obama to talk trade, drugs at Central America summit
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HRW urges Obama to address Mexico drug war abuses

US President Barack Obama should address human rights violations related to Mexico's Washington-backed war on drugs when he visits the country this week.

HRW urges Obama to address Mexico drug war abuses
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Gene clues point to Cambodia for resistant malaria

Gene analysis of malaria parasites has pinpointed western Cambodia as the hotspot of strains that are dangerously resistant to artesiminin, the frontline drug against the disease.

Gene clues point to Cambodia for resistant malaria
Could New York hold record for pot possession arrests?
Could New York hold record for pot possession arrests?

Could New York hold the record for most pot possession arrests? A new report out Tuesday said police there spent about a million hours taking offenders into custody between 2002 and 2012.

Could New York hold record for pot possession arrests?
40 000 drug addicts are registered in Kazakhstan at present. ©RIA Novosti
Average age of Kazkahstan drug addicts is 20

There are 40 000 registered drug addicts in Kazakhstan at present.

Average age of Kazkahstan drug addicts is 20
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Leprosy: an ancient disease thrives in 21st century

It has been called the world's oldest recorded disease, an evil that humans have known for more than 3,500 years, as papyri from ancient Egypt testify.

Leprosy: an ancient disease thrives in 21st century
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Epilepsy drug has long-term effect on child IQ: study

A drug found to affect the cognitive ability of toddlers born to women who took the medication for epilepsy has a longer-term impact on their IQ.

Epilepsy drug has long-term effect on child IQ: study
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Withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan may have negative effect on Central Asia: Expert

Afghan militants may come to Central Asia after withdrawal of the international coalition troops from Afghanistan: Asseylbek Mendygaliyev.

Withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan may have negative effect on Central Asia: Expert
Drug trials in India 'causing havoc to human life'
Drug trials in India 'causing havoc to human life'

India's Supreme Court said Thursday that unregulated clinical trials of new drugs were causing "havoc" in the country as it ordered the health ministry to monitor any new applications for tests.

Drug trials in India 'causing havoc to human life'
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Kazakhstan Interior Minister on complications in countering drug business

Kazakhstan Interior Minister speaks about complications in countering drug business.

Kazakhstan Interior Minister on complications in countering drug business
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Singapore eases death penalty policy

The Singapore parliament has passed legal reforms abolishing mandatory death sentences in some drug trafficking and murder cases, giving fresh hope to dozens of inmates awaiting execution.

Singapore eases death penalty policy
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Kazakhstan student serving life sentence in China

A Kazakhstan student who used to study in one of Guangzhou universities is currently serving a life sentence for possession and distribution of hard drugs.

Kazakhstan student serving life sentence in China
Asia drug boom fuels surge in opium cultivation: UN
Asia drug boom fuels surge in opium cultivation: UN

Opium cultivation in Southeast Asia has doubled over the last six years as growing demand for heroin in China and the rest of Asia lures more farmers to grow poppies.

Asia drug boom fuels surge in opium cultivation: UN