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Shorty's lessons: 5 things 'El Chapo' Guzman's arrest teaches us

MEXICO CITY — The arrest last Saturday of Mexican crime lord Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman offers some valuable lessons, both for armchair drug lords and anyone hoping to replace him.

Even caged, Mexican kingpin El Chapo can bite

MEXICO CITY — With cartel kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman back behind bars, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto must decide what to do with his prize, as communities and gunmen the mega-gangster controlled brace for a bloody backlash.

Marines take down drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman

MEXICO CITY — Pictures of the arrested gangster showed him shirtless, suggesting he was in bed at the time he was nabbed, reportedly with female company.

Ecuador, cocaine’s stopover on the way to market

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador — If smuggling cocaine onto an airplane sounds dicey, then imagine navigating 2,000 miles on the open sea in a homemade submarine with half a ton of the white stuff and no oxygen tanks. Ecuadorean seized such a vessel, highlighting this nation’s burgeoning reputation as a transit point for cocaine out of the Andes and onward to the streets of New York, Sydney, Moscow and Bangkok.

Afghan civilian casualties rise as NATO pulls out

The number of civilians killed and wounded in Afghanistan rose 14 percent last year, the UN said Saturday, as NATO troops draw down after more than a decade of war.

Why Mexico's 'drug war' is not about drugs

TIERRA COLORADA — Major events these days in Mexico's seven-year-long criminal conflict have precious little to do with a war on drugs.

Military industrial complex: These 15 countries have the largest defense budgets

The US is still No. 1 when it comes to defense spending, but China and Russia are growing.

Why Al Jazeera's journalists are being targeted in Egypt

CAIRO — In Egypt, journalists are being accused of terrorism.

Morsi trial adjourned until Feb. 4

CAIRO — A Cairo court on Saturday adjourned the trial which sees Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi accused of inciting the killing of protesters, while dozens of supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood were jailed for other crimes.
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