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'Parasite' actor Lee found dead amid drug allegations -Yonhap

SEOUL, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Lee Sun-kyun, a South Korean actor of the Oscar-winning film "Parasite", was found dead, Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, citing police. Lee had been un...

Taiwan Green Party releases gender policies, targets surrogacy ban

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Green Party Taiwan will work to overturn restrictions on surrogacy if elected in January, the party said as it announced policies targeting gender equality on Thursday...

Joeman marijuana bust 'waste of time,' says Taiwan lawyer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — “Taiwan’s most knowledgeable cannabis lawyer” called the arrest of Taiwan YouTuber Joeman (九妹) a “waste of time” after the influencer was cau...

What is Captagon, the drug mass-produced in Syria?

Captagon, commonly known as "poor man's cocaine," has emerged as the drug of choice among young adults throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Captagon was made illegal in 1986 in ...

New Thai PM comes out against recreational cannabis use

Thailand's newly elected prime minister, Srettha Thavisin, spoke out on Friday against the recreational use of cannabis, which is widely available in the Southeast Asian kingdom following its cont...

Resistance to liberal drug laws in Portugal

Indonesia burns marijuana plantation that was discovered by drones

TEUPIN REUSEUP, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities on Wednesday burned a marijuana plantation in the northern province of Aceh after it was discovered by drones. A joint team of the...

Singapore executes woman for first time in almost 20 years

Singapore on Friday executed a 45-year-old woman for the first time in almost two decades, officials said. Saridewi Djamani was found guilty of possessing over 30 grams of heroin, which is more than ...

Singapore hangs a man for drug trafficking. It will hang a woman on Friday — the first in 19 years

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Singapore executed a man Wednesday for drug trafficking and is set to hang a woman Friday — the first in 19 years — prompting renewed calls for a halt to capital punishme...

High times in Thailand: New weed laws draw tourists from across Asia

BANGKOK (AP) — A Japanese tourist reaches into a baggie of cannabis he’s just bought in a central Bangkok weed shop, pulling out a gram of buds to chop down in a small black grinder, before rolling th...

Scotland wants to decriminalize drugs. The UK government just says no

LONDON (AP) — The Scottish government has proposed decriminalizing possession of all drugs for personal use to tackle one of Europe’s highest overdose death rates. The suggestion was alm...

Ukraine updates: Kakhovka dam blast threatens water supply

The destruction of the Kakhovka dam is a fast-moving disaster that is evolving into a long-term environmental catastrophe affecting drinking water, food supplies and ecosystems reaching into the Black...

Lifesaving fentanyl test strips still illegal in some states under '70s-era war on drugs law

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — At Cleveland's Urban Kutz Barbershop, customers can flip through magazines as they wait, or help themselves to drug screening tests left out in a box on a table with a somber mes...

Washington state to decriminalize drugs unless lawmakers act

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is calling lawmakers back to work after they rejected a bill setting out a new statewide drug policy — a development that has put the state on the brink of de...

More sanctions for deadly fentanyl if bill becomes law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the past year, the U.S. Treasury Department has used its sanctions powers to impose wide-ranging financial penalties on Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine — turning R...