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Indonesia arrests 5 people in methamphetamine smuggling

PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Five people suspected of smuggling 29 kilograms (64 pounds) of methamphetamine into Indonesia from Malaysia have been arrested, Indonesian police said Tuesday. ...

Afghanistan opium trade booms since Taliban takeover

The cultivation of opium poppy as a medicinal plant has a long tradition in Afghanistan. The milky sap extracted from the seed pods is dried to produce raw opium, an effective remedy for severe pain....

Syria seizes amphetamine-based drugs headed for Saudi Arabia

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian authorities said Tuesday they seized over 500 kilograms (1,000 pounds) of amphetamine pills known by the brand name Captagon hidden in pasta packages in a van bound for S...

German police smash cocaine ring accused of smuggling tons

BERLIN (AP) — German investigators said 14 suspects were arrested Tuesday in an investigation of a gang accused of bringing nearly five metric tons (5.5 U.S. tons) of cocaine from South America to Ger...

Chief suspect in massive Taiwan heroin catch fled to China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The chief suspect behind the smuggling of NT$5 billion (US$180 million) worth of heroin from Thailand into Taiwan has fled to China, reports said Wednesday (Nov. 24). T...

Lawyer: Czech model freed in Pakistan following acquittal

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Czech model sentenced in 2019 to eight years in prison on charges of attempting to smuggle heroin from Pakistan to the United Arab Emirates was released on Saturday from pris...

UN envoy: Afghanistan on brink of `humanitarian catastrophe'

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Afghanistan is “on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe” and its collapsing economy is heightening the risk of extremism, the U.N.’s special representative for the country war...

Singapore stays execution of Malaysian man convicted of drug smuggling

A Singapore court on Tuesday stayed the execution of a disabled man after he contracted COVID-19. Nagaenthran Dharmalingam, 33, convicted of drug smuggling was due to be hanged on Wednesday morning. ...

Lawyer: Pakistan acquits Czech model sentenced in drug case

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Czech model who was sentenced to eight years on charges of attempting to smuggle heroin from Pakistan to the United Arab Emirates will be freed next week following her acquit...

Cops make biggest onshore heroin bust in Taiwan's history

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — New Taipei police last month seized 400 kilograms of heroin in the largest onshore heroin bust in Taiwan's history. New Taipei City police in October seized 1,172 b...

Lebanon seeks dialogue with Saudi Arabia despite new tension

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon on Wednesday sought a dialogue with Saudi Arabia to resolve an unprecedented diplomatic rift over a Lebanese Cabinet minister’s comments, even as new reasons for tension emerged....

EXPLAINER: Why Saudi Arabia is upset, lashing out at Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) — A televised remark by a game show host turned Cabinet minister in Lebanon about the war in Yemen has taken the country’s crisis with Saudi Arabia to new depths. Anger o...

Laos reports seizing huge amount of methamphetamine

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in the Southeast Asian nation of Laos have made one of Asia’s biggest-ever drug busts, seizing more than 55.6 million methamphetamine pills in a single raid. The drugs were found...

Cops bust New Taipei woman for running marijuana ring

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Police on Tuesday (Sept. 14) arrested a woman suspected of being the head of a marijuana-selling ring in New Taipei City. During a press conference on Tuesday, the Crim...

Afghanistan: Taliban offensive puts Iran in a bind

Iran has been beefing up its military presence along its border with Afghanistan since early May when US-led foreign troops began their total withdrawal from the war-torn nation and the Taliban starte...