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  1. News - Hong Kong - CRIME

    Tanzania envoy 'warns inmates to stop campaign to deter drug mules'

    Posted Sep 28th 2014, 05:08am by Bryan Harris

    ... Bryan Harris bryan.harris@scmp.com Tanzanians say ambassador warned their families could suffer unless they end campaign to alert others to avoid their fate; embassy denies it Jailed drug mules tell of threat by envoy A war of words has erupted between Tanzania's ambassador to China and a group of his countrymen who campaign against drug smuggling from their Hong Kong prison ...

  2. Comment - Letters

    'War on smoking' will achieve same result as war on drugs

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 02:52am by LETTERS

    ... 'War on smoking' will achieve same result as failing war on drugs I am a smoker and an ordinary old man. I have lived for 70 years and spent much of my youthful time ... Why don't we simply ban smoking right away? Let's look at how much the war on drugs has achieved. Drugs are illegal, hence none are on display or put up for public sale. Everyone ...

  3. News - World - DRUGS

    'End the failed war on drugs', urges group including Nobel economists

    Posted May 06th 2014, 10:06am by Reuters in London

    ... Reuters in London The 'war on drugs' has failed and new approaches are required that 'redirect resources towards effective evidence-based policies underpinned by rigorous ... a former US secretary of state, the deputy prime minister of Britain and others. “It is time to end the ‘war on drugs’ and massively redirect resources towards effective evidence-based policies ...

  4. News - World - COLOMBIA

    Anger as hit man for drug lord Pablo Escobar freed from a Colombian jail

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 08:37pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Bogota Protests as Escobar hit man freed A former hit man for Pablo Escobar, who confessed to hundreds of murders as head of the drug kingpin's army of assassins, ... The slaying of the cartel-fighting politician Luis Carlos Galan during the 1990 presidential campaign he was heavily favoured to win marked the apex of drug violence that engulfed Colombia two decades ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Fame is no excuse for taking drugs

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 05:05am by SCMP Editorial

    ... of a worsening problem. President Xi Jinping declared a war on drugs in June for good reason: China has more than 2.5 million addicts, 75 per cent under the age of 35. Growing affluence has fuelled ... SCMP Editorial Fame is no excuse for taking drugs The special treatment and adulation that celebrities receive can be highly addictive. But fame can also lead to drug addiction, which ...

  6. News - Asia - INDIA

    Drugs war in state on smuggling highway

    Posted Sep 30th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in New Delhi A former breadbasket, today Punjab is gripped by a drugs crisis that has seen 67 per cent of rural households succumb to addiction Drugs war in state ... in drug-related crime with a rate that is nearly ten times the national average, according to police records. In an affidavit submitted in 2009 to the state high court, the local government estimated ...

  7. News - China - DRUGS

    Actor Gao Hu latest Chinese celebrity to face drugs charges

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 07:21pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Beijing An actor has become the latest Chinese celebrity to face drug charges in a wave of detentions that an official said on Wednesday is one of China’s sternest crackdowns on illegal drug use in two decades. Gao Hu, 40, who had a small part as a soldier in Zhang Yimou’s 2011 movie The Flowers of War, was detained by police for possession and use of marijuana ...

  8. News - World - MEXICO

    Civilians forced to take sides in Mexico's drug war

    Posted Jan 19th 2014, 06:16am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Apatzingan Mariachi musician joins vigilantes to battle cartel that killed his nephews Forced to take sides in drug war Mariachi musician Efrain has traded his ... but it is now the main security issue facing the president as he wages war on the cartels. The conflict has left more than 77,000 people dead in drug-related violence since 2006. The first thing ...

  9. News - China - DRUG SMUGGLING

    Chinese police seize US$6.5 million worth of cocaine in shipping container after US tip-off

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 04:45pm by Agence France-Presse in Beijing

    ... Police – who are cracking down on drugs as part of a wider war on excess – were tipped off about a suspect shipping container from Peru by US Drug Enforcement Administration officials, ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing The 70kg haul, transported to Shanghai by a Mexican drug cartel, is the largest amount recovered by Chinese police in a single case in recent years, ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Drug patent war is costing lives

    Posted Apr 06th 2013, 12:00am

    ... SCMP Editorial Drug patent war is costing lives The hundreds of millions of people who suffer from chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes are mostly unaware that a drug war is raging ... of life-saving drugs to the poor. Drug wars and holding back treatments is no way forward. Instead, there has to be innovation, price flexibility and deal-making. ...




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