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  1. News - Hong Kong - DRUGS

    Hong Kong anti-drugs body pushes drug testing, despite opposition

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 03:26am by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Anti-drugs body pushes testing despite opposition A government plan to give police wider powers to test people suspected to be using drugs faced "strong ... the Action Committee Against Narcotics, would allow police to force people to undergo tests if there was "reasonable suspicion" that they had taken drugs. Those who failed could be referred ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1545183/hong-kong-anti-drugs-body-pushes-drug-testing-despite-opposition
  2. News - Hong Kong - CRIME

    HK woman jailed in US$850,000 New Zealand drug smuggling case

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 03:38am by SAMUEL CHAN

    ... Samuel Chan samuel.chan@scmp.com HK woman jailed in New Zealand drugs case A Hong Kong woman who tried to smuggle US$850,000 worth of methamphetamine into New Zealand hidden in a statue has been jailed for 10 years by an Auckland court. Ching Ka-po, 25, pleaded guilty to two charges of importing the drug known as Ice. Auckland District Court told her she must serve four years ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1561340/hk-woman-jailed-us850000-new-zealand-drug-smuggling-case
  3. News - World - DIPLOMACY

    Venezuelan diplomat held in Aruba on US drug charges freed

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 09:39pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Bogota, Colombia Aruba releases diplomat held on US drug charges Aruba has released a former Venezuelan spy chief who was detained on US drug charges when he arrived to serve as his country's consul on the Dutch Caribbean island, sending him home. A US State Department official said Washington had made a "legitimate request" for the arrest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1561245/venezuelan-diplomat-held-aruba-us-drug-charges-freed
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Despite huge profits, Gilead Sciences defends price of its hepatitis drug

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 05:01am by Hari Kumar

    ... Hari Kumar hari.kumar@scmp.com Profits and the cost of life-saving drugs Champagne corks were doubtless popping in the California headquarters of Gilead Sciences on Thursday as its ... C drug, Sovaldi, which generated US$3.5 billion in sales. Sales this year are expected to hit US$10 billion, making it one of the world's best-selling drugs. It offers a complete cure ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1559319/despite-huge-profits-gilead-sciences-defends-price-its
  5. News - Asia - PAKISTAN: ANALYSIS

    Beatings and addiction: Pakistan drug ‘clinic’ prescribes torture

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 09:43pm by AFP

    ... run by a Pakistani mullah claiming to cure addicts who were kept against their will and forced to recite the Koran. Watch: Beatings and addiction: Pakistan drug 'clinic' tortures ... extreme end of the spectrum – even for Pakistan – but offers some insight into how the conservative Islamic nation deals with the taboo subject of drug addiction. Observers say a lack of legal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1559273/beatings-and-addiction-pakistan-drug-clinic-prescribes-torture
  6. Sport - Other Sport - Commonwealth Games

    Wales team rocked by another drug shock

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 12:42am by Reuters

    ... Agence France-Presse in Glasgow Hurdler and co-captain Rhys Williams, son of Lions rugby legend JJ Williams, is second athlete in Commonwealth Games squad to fail doping test Wales team rocked by another drug shock Welsh 400m hurdler Rhys Williams, son of 1970s Wales and British Lion rugby icon "JJ" Williams, has withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games after failing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1559259/wales-team-rocked-another-drug-shock
  7. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Indonesia sentences Frenchman to 15 years in prison for Bali drugs smuggling

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 03:27pm

    ... in January at Bali airport with more than 3kg of the drug, also known as Ice, hidden in two plastic bags in his suitcase lining, prosecutors said. Customs officials said at the time of his arrest that the drugs had a street value of about US$500,000. A court in the Balinese capital Denpasar yesterday sentenced him to 15 years in jail, lighter than the 17-year term demanded by prosecutors. His ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1557489/indonesia-hands-frenchman-15-years-prison-bali-drugs-smuggling
  8. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Drug suspect accused with possession of Ice jumps HK$500 bail

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 03:59am by JULIE CHU

    ... Julie Chu julie.chu@scmp.com Ice suspect leaves court cold with bail jump A drug suspect jumped bail set at HK$500 after a High Court judge last week overrode a magistrate's decision to keep him in detention and released him pending trial, a court has heard. The suspect, Leung Ka-kit, 34, failed to appear in Eastern Court yesterday to answer two charges related to the drug ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1557313/drug-suspect-accused-possession-ice-jumps-hk500-bail
  9. News - World - BRITAIN

    'Fake Sheikh' suspended after singer Tulisa Contostavlos drug trial collapses

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 01:09am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in London 'Fake Sheikh' suspended after drug trial collapses Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid The Sun suspended an investigative reporter nicknamed the "Fake Sheikh" yesterday after a pop star's drugs trial collapsed amid claims that the journalist lied in court. The trial of singer Tulisa Contostavlos, who was accused of offering ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1557136/fake-sheikh-suspended-after-singer-tulisa-contostavlos-drug-trial
  10. News - World - MEDICINE

    Monkey HIV drug-resistant within days, dampening hopes for Aids cure

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 09:26pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse Monkey research dampens hopes for Aids cure The monkey version of HIV can take refuge from anti-Aids drugs within days of entering the body, a study said, dampening ... birth and continued for 18 months, tested positive for the virus after two drug-free years. "The unfortunate clinical findings of viral rebound in the Mississippi baby appear ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1557018/monkey-hiv-drug-resistant-within-days-dampening-hopes-aids-cure

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