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Second journalist shot dead in a week in Mexico’s Tijuana

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MEXICO CITY, Jan 23 (Reuters) – A Mexican journalist was shot dead in the northern border city of Tijuana on Sunday, the state government said, becoming the second killed in the area within a week. Lourdes Maldonado, a journalist with decades of experience, was shot dead in her car in......

Philippines’ presidential hopefuls tout post-pandemic recovery plans

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MANILA, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Four of the Philippines’ presidential candidates on Saturday laid down plans to tackle the country’s biggest issues in an interview with the nation’s leading broadcaster, but notable was the absence of early frontrunner Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Marcos, a clear favourite for the May 9 presidential......

Murders in Mexico fall 3.6% in 2021, but femicides rise

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Women hold banners during a protest to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, in Mexico City, Mexico November 25, 2021. The banner in the center reads: “Stop femicide violence in Mexico”. REUTERS/Raquel Cunha Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register MEXICO CITY, Jan......

Panama makes record seizures of drugs in 2021, ministry says

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PANAMA CITY, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Panama made record drugs seizures in 2021, confiscating some 126 tonnes of contraband, chiefly cocaine, the security ministry of the Central American country said on Sunday. This year’s haul compared with 81.7 tonnes in 2020, 86.8 tonnes in 2019 and 76.8 tonnes in 2018,......

Hondurans vote for president as leftist contender vies to end conservative rule

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TEGUCIGALPA, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Hondurans headed to the polls on Sunday to pick a new president, with leftist candidate Xiomara Castro hoping to oust the right-wing National Party, whose 12-year rule has been beset by graft scandals, chronic unemployment and waves of fleeing migrants. If she wins, Castro would......

In Honduras, parties flag fears of fraud ahead of pivotal vote

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TEGUCIGALPA, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Warnings of potential foul play are flying from all sides ahead of Sunday’s presidential election in Honduras, raising fears of possible disputes and unrest if leading challenger Xiomara Castro does not win by a clear margin. The charged political atmosphere reflects memories of the disputed......

‘Out of control’: Small Australian firm wrongly named as Taliban hashish partner

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SYDNEY, Nov 25 (Reuters) – A small Australian medical consulting firm got caught up in an unexpected publicity storm on Thursday after being wrongly named as agreeing with Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban to bankroll a $450 million hashish processing plant in the Central Asian country. A report by Afghanistan’s Pajhwok Afghan......

U.S. drug deaths surpass 100,000 for first time, spurred by pandemic

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A man living on the streets displays what he says is the synthetic drug fentanyl, across the street from where San Francisco mayor London Breed just held a news conference introducing legislation in curbing the rise of deadly overdoses in the city, at the Tenderloin section of San Francisco, California,......

Washington state, in $95 billion opioid trial, blames drug distributors for crisis

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Nov 15 (Reuters) – Washington state’s attorney general on Monday argued that three large drug distributors’ excessive shipments of pain pills helped create the U.S. opioid epidemic, calling it the “worst man-made public health crisis in history,” at the start of a trial seeking $95 billion from the companies. Washington......

‘You beat me’: Colombia’s most-wanted drug lord caught

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Dairo Antonio Usuga David, alias “Otoniel”, top leader of the Gulf clan, is photographed after being captured, in Bogota, Colombia October 23, 2021. Picture taken October 23, 2021. Colombian Police/Handout via REUTERS NECOCLI, Colombia, Oct 24 (Reuters) – The man Colombia describes as the world’s most dangerous drug trafficker told......

Colombia armed forces capture top drug trafficker Otoniel -sources

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BOGOTA, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Dairo Antonio Usuga, known as Otoniel, Colombia’s most sought after drug trafficker and leader of the Clan del Golfo, was captured on Saturday during an operation carried out by the country’s armed forces, military and police sources confirmed. Colombia had offered a reward of up......

Spanish, Italian police arrest 106 in mafia sting operation

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MADRID, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Spanish and Italian police said on Monday they had arrested 106 people for belonging to a gang that allegedly laundered money for mafia groups and made millions of euros through online scams. Most of the suspected members were Italian nationals and the majority of the......

U.S. drug overdose deaths rise 30% to record during pandemic

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July 14 (Reuters) – A record number of Americans died of drug overdoses last year as pandemic lockdowns made getting treatment difficult and dealers laced more drugs with a powerful synthetic opioid, according to data released on Wednesday and health officials. U.S. deaths from drug overdoses leapt nearly 30% to......

Central American officials blacklisted by U.S. as part of corruption crackdown

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SAN SALVADOR, July 1 (Reuters) – Central American presidential aides, top judges and former presidents were put on a U.S. State Department list on Thursday that names individuals the U.S. government accuses of corruption, obstructing justice, or undermining democracy. The so-called Engel List was created under a law sponsored by......

Philippines’ Duterte will not cooperate with ICC probe

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during their joint press statement with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Abe’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan May 31, 2019. Kazuhiro Nogi /Pool via Reuters/File Photo Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will not cooperate with an investigation of the southeast Asian......

Drug trafficker’s death triggers vandalism in Amazon city of Manaus

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Fourteen buses and two police cars were set on fire and destroyed in the early hours of Sunday in the Brazilian Amazon city of Manaus in reprisal for the death of a drug trafficker, the state government said. Bus services were suspended until reinforced police patrols could be deployed in......

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