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Vietnam sentences Filipina drug mule to death
Vietnam sentences Filipina drug mule to death

Vietnam has sentenced a 61-year-old Filipina to death after she was caught smuggling the illegal drug methamphetamine into the country.

Vietnam sentences Filipina drug mule to death
Asia battles drug-resistant malaria
Asia battles drug-resistant malaria

Drug-resistant malaria is spreading in Asia, experts warned as a high-level conference opened Wednesday with the aim of hammering out an action plan to strengthen the region's response.

Asia battles drug-resistant malaria
Annan says anti-drug policies have failed
Annan says anti-drug policies have failed

Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan called Thursday for a discussion on decriminalization of drugs, criticizing the crackdown on traffickers in Mexico led by outgoing President Felipe Calderon.

Annan says anti-drug policies have failed
US court overturns Anna Nicole Smith rulings
US court overturns Anna Nicole Smith rulings

A US court on Thursday overturned rulings that squashed drugs-related convictions against late model Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend and most convictions against her former psychiatrist.

US court overturns Anna Nicole Smith rulings
US army contractor in hot water over Afghan video
US army contractor in hot water over Afghan video

A private security company working for the US government in Afghanistan is in hot water after a video surfaced allegedly showing several of its employees drunk and on drugs.

US army contractor in hot water over Afghan video
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Criminal investigators at US pharmacy linked to outbreak

Criminal investigators from the US Food and Drug Administration searched a Massachusetts pharmacy Tuesday which made tainted drugs tied to a meningitis outbreak that has killed 15 people.

Criminal investigators at US pharmacy linked to outbreak
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US officials find new drugs tied to meningitis outbreak

US health officials identified two new drugs Monday which may have infected patients with meningitis as they investigate a widening outbreak tied to tainted products from a Massachusetts pharmacy.

US officials find new drugs tied to meningitis outbreak
US meningitis cases climb to 205 as outbreak worsens
US meningitis cases climb to 205 as outbreak worsens

Fungal meningitis tied to a contaminated steroid has affected 205 people in a worsening outbreak of the infection that has killed 15 people in the United States.

US meningitis cases climb to 205 as outbreak worsens
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Columbian drug lords tried to make business in Kazakhstan

Criminal groups from Columbia and Peru tried to set cocaine sales networks in Kazakhstan.

Columbian drug lords tried to make business in Kazakhstan
Belize, a paradise for tourists -- and drug traffickers
Belize, a paradise for tourists -- and drug traffickers

Belize, a tropical tourist paradise, is developing a dark side and turning into a transit point for the trafficking of drugs bound for the United States.

Belize, a paradise for tourists -- and drug traffickers
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Contaminated drug linked to deadly US meningitis outbreak

A contaminated drug has been linked to a deadly outbreak of meningitis that has claimed the lives of at least five people and sickened 42 others in seven US states.

Contaminated drug linked to deadly US meningitis outbreak
16 bodies found in van on Mexican highway
16 bodies found in van on Mexican highway

The bullet-riddled bodies of 16 men were found Monday inside an abandoned van in a western Mexico region mired in drug violence.

16 bodies found in van on Mexican highway
New nano-code ups the fight against counterfeiters
New nano-code ups the fight against counterfeiters

Scientists on Wednesday reported they had invented an invisible tag using the widely-used "quick response" code to help thwart banknote forgers and criminals who sell bogus drugs or fake vintage wine.

New nano-code ups the fight against counterfeiters
Brazil is world's largest crack market: study
Brazil is world's largest crack market: study

Brazil is the world's largest market for crack and the second for overall cocaine use, researchers from the Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP) said Wednesday.

Brazil is world's largest crack market: study
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German thalidomide firm 'very sorry', 50 years on

The German firm that made thalidomide has issued its first apology in 50 years to the thousands born disabled as a result of the drug's use, drawing stinging criticism from advocates for some survivors.

German thalidomide firm 'very sorry', 50 years on
US approves new once-a-day pill to treat HIV
US approves new once-a-day pill to treat HIV

A new pill to treat HIV infection -- combining two previously approved drugs plus two new ones -- has been approved for adults living with the virus that causes AIDS, US regulators said Monday.

US approves new once-a-day pill to treat HIV
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Bank HSBC probed for money laundering: report

US prosecutors are looking into whether British bank HSBC was involved in laundering money for Mexican drug cartels and moving cash for Saudi Arabian banks with ties to terrorists, The New York Times reported Saturday.

Bank HSBC probed for money laundering: report
Mexico murders almost triple since 2005
Mexico murders almost triple since 2005

The murder rate in drug-violent Mexico has almost tripled since 2005, government figures showed Monday, though officials did not specify how many homicides were linked to the country's war on drugs.

Mexico murders almost triple since 2005
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Addiction to heroin can be blocked: research

Addiction to morphine and heroin can be blocked, according to research released Wednesday which could prove a major breakthrough in treating addicts and in pain relief treatments.

Addiction to heroin can be blocked: research
Jail for Hong Kongers after huge Australia cocaine bust
Jail for Hong Kongers after huge Australia cocaine bust

Two men from Hong Kong were on Friday handed lengthy jail terms in Australia after importing Aus$173 million (US$181 million) of cocaine hidden in lawnmowers.

Jail for Hong Kongers after huge Australia cocaine bust