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Indian voters lured by cash handouts, drugs, bootleg liquor

By Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian election officials have seized a record $36 million dollars of cash concealed in cars, private planes and even ambulances that they say was destined to buy off voters and pay for expenses over and above the spending limit.

U.S. federal judge sentences Florida pill mill doctors

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday sentenced a South Florida doctor to more than six years in prison on a money-laundering conviction related to prescriptions she wrote for thousands of painkillers to addicts and drug dealers.

Chance of a new life at Kabul clinic for drug addicts

It is a spartan life of dormitory beds, communal eating and prayer, but the Jangalak treatment centre in Kabul offers a rare glimmer of hope for heroin addicts caught in Afghanistan's spiralling drug problem. About 250 male addicts at a time undergo a 45-day course at the government centre, with 70 percent of all patients successfully staying off heroin after they leave.

Chance of a new life at Kabul clinic for drug addicts

It is a spartan life of dormitory beds, communal eating and prayer, but the Jangalak treatment centre in Kabul offers a rare glimmer of hope for heroin addicts caught in Afghanistan's spiralling drug problem. About 250 male addicts at a time undergo a 45-day course at the government centre, with 70 percent of all patients successfully staying off heroin after they leave.

Philip Seymour Hoffman died from drug cocktail

US actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died after taking a cocktail of drugs that included heroin, cocaine and amphetamines, the New York medical examiner's office said Friday. The respected Oscar-winning star was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on February 2 with a needle still stuck in his arm. He was 49. bd/nss/dc

Philip Seymour Hoffman died from drug cocktail

US actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died after taking a cocktail of drugs that included heroin, cocaine and amphetamines, the New York medical examiner's office said Friday. The Oscar-winning star -- widely hailed as the finest character actor of his generation -- was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on February 2 with a needle still stuck in his arm. He was 46. The coroner's office said the death appeared accidental, and that Hoffman had suffered "acute mixed drug intoxication, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine."

Cancer-stricken South African lawmaker in bid to legalise pot

A South African opposition lawmaker battling terminal cancer made an impassioned plea Thursday for marijuana to be legalised for medical use as he submitted a bill to parliament. The draft legislation put forward by Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, who was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer last year, seeks to decriminalise cannabis for medical use. "The prohibition on the use of medical marijuana and other forms of cannabis is so irrational, so un-South African," Oriani-Ambrosini, an Italian-born lawyer, told journalists.

Families with kids with seizures move to Colorado for special pot, but doctors are concerned

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The doctors were out of ideas to help 5-year-old Charlotte Figi. Suffering from a rare genetic disorder, she had as many as 300 grand mal seizures a week, used a wheelchair, went into repeated cardiac arrest and could barely speak. As a last resort, her mother began calling medical marijuana shops.

Police bust 2 drug labs, arrest 19 in central Mexico

Mexico City, Feb 16 (EFE).- Nineteen people were arrested by the Federal Police at two labs used to produce synthetic drugs in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, officials said. "In a simultaneous operation in the city of Xalostoc, federal officers located two properties in the Esfuerzo Nacional neighborhood, where 19 people allegedly linked to the manufacturing of said drugs were arrested," the National Security Council and the Government Secretariat said in a joint statement.

Australia seizes $162 mln of meth hidden in kayaks from China

Authorities in Australia have seized Aus$180 million (US$162 million) of methamphetamine stashed in a consignment of kayaks from China and arrested four Taiwanese nationals, police said Wednesday. The 183-kilogramme (402-pound) haul was discovered during a joint Australian Federal Police and Customs and Border Protection Service operation at Sydney's container port. Border officers selected a container from China for X-ray inspection which revealed that 19 of the 27 kayaks inside contained packages of methamphetamine, or crystal meth.
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