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Philippines plans to give free guns to ‘clean’ community leaders willing to fight drugs & crime

The Philippines’ Interior Ministry has announced plans to provide some 42,000 community leaders with free handguns to ramp up the statewide battle against drugs and crime, which continues to draw the ire of human rights defenders. The decision to give state-issued handguns to the community leaders – known locally as barangay captains – was announced by the ministry on Wednesday. ...

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Bisexuality, drugs & raffling Swedes: TV star exposes Escobar cartel’s bizarre parties

A Colombian music producer has given new insight into the wild and debaucherous parties thrown by members of Pablo Escobar’s Medellin drug cartel. Jairo Martinez told Colombian broadcaster Caracol TV that he attended parties thrown by the infamous drug kingpin as well as his chief lieutenant Carlos Lehder. The entertainer said he was in good company at a lot of ...

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Sweden arrests record number of smugglers with nearly 1,5 tons of drugs

A record number of smugglers have been arrested in Sweden since late 2017, according to a report. Investigators seized record quantities of illegal drugs, including nearly 1 ton of cannabis, 330 kg of cocaine and 40kg of heroin. The report concerns Sweden’s Region South, which consists of the Skane, Blekinge and Kalmar counties.  Customs officers have made as many as ...

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13 percent of people have drugs on their fingertips – study

More than 10 percent of people who don’t use drugs may still have traces of banned drugs on their fingers, new research suggests. The astonishing figures are a stark reminder of the prevalence of cocaine and heroin in society. Scientists from the University of Surrey in the UK collected samples from the hands of 50 people who claimed not to ...

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Defiant Duterte withdrawing Philippines from ICC as international tribunal probes his ‘war on drugs’

The confrontation between Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and the International Criminal Court (ICC) has escalated after the defiant leader moved to withdraw Manila from the Rome Statute. “I therefore declare and forthwith give notice… that the Philippines is withdrawing its ratification of the Rome Statute, effective immediately,” he said in a statement released to media on Wednesday.  Read more The ...

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UK ‘complicit’ in Duterte’s war on drugs – anti arms-trade group

The UK is “complicit” in human rights abuses in the Philippines as it has emerged it is selling spying equipment to President Rodrigo Duterte. The country’s leader is currently waging a war on drugs that has killed thousands. According to the Guardian, the British government has sold some £150,000 worth of spying equipment to Duterte as he endeavors to hunt ...

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Tory MP tasked with regulating drugs has husband that grows 45 acres of cannabis

A Tory MP and drugs minister has been accused of “deception” by a pro-legalization pressure group after it was found her husband has a 45-acre cannabis farm. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism, Victoria Atkins MP, has come under fire over the revelations about her husband. Campaign group Clear has revealed how the drugs minister, ...

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London Bridge terrorists pumped up on drugs before attack – court hears

Terrorists who killed eight people on London Bridge had pumped themselves full of steroids before launching their brutal van and knife rampage on Saturday night revellers, a pre-inquest hearing has heard. Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, each had traces of Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) in their system when they carried out the attack on June 3 last ...

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Norwegian Olympians found with alarming stash of asthma drugs in PyeongChang

The Norwegian Olympic delegation has brought around 6,000 doses of asthma medication to the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics to treat national team members diagnosed with the chronic respiratory disease. Norwegian government-owned broadcasting corporation NRK published the list of drugs brought to PyeongChang by the Norwegian team doctor. It includes 1,800 doses of Symbicort, 1,200 doses of Atrovent, 1,200 doses of Alvesco, ...

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France to add illegal drugs to GDP calculation, but not prostitution

France’s national statistics bureau will now add illegal drug sales when measuring its GDP in adherence with EU rules. It still falls short of full compliance though, as it requires counting in prostitution too. The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (Insee) said it will partly yield to Eurostat regulations aimed at harmonizing the GDP estimates of member states. ...

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