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Thai forces shoot dead seven drug suspects

Thai security forces shot dead seven suspected drug smugglers and seized hundreds of thousands of methamphetamine pills after a firefight in the Golden Triangle border region, an official said Saturday. The clash broke out late Friday in the mountains of northern Chiang Rai province after a border patrol spotted about 10 hill tribe people who refused to stop after crossing the frontier, according to the authorities.

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.

Australia seizes $162 mln of meth 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.

Hoffman's cause of death undetermined

The results of an autopsy of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's body were inconclusive, and further tests have been ordered, the medical examiner's office said Wednesaday. US police investigating Hoffman's death of an apparent heroin overdose arrested three men and a woman with a large amount of heroin in Lower Manhattan late Tuesday, charging them with drug-related offenses.

Hoffman cause of death undetermined, 4 charged for drugs

By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three men and one woman arrested in New York have been charged with drugs offences possibly connected to narcotics found at the home of film star Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death of an apparent heroin overdose, law enforcement officials said on Wednesday. Although Hoffman was found with a syringe in his arm, the cause of his death remained undetermined and more study was needed, said Julie Bolcer, a spokeswoman for New York City's Chief Medical Examiner.

Autopsy on Hoffman inconclusive, more tests needed

The results of an autopsy on Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's body were inconclusive, and further tests have been ordered, the New York medical examiner's office said Wednesday. A spokeswoman told AFP that pathologists had not yet reached a conclusion on the cause and manner of the death of the 46-year-old, whose body was found in his New York home on Sunday. Hoffman, who had three children, was hailed by many as the finest character actor of his generation.

Police confirm 4 arrests in Hoffman's death

US police investigating the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from an apparent drugs overdose arrested three men and a woman with a large amount of heroin, police said Wednesday. The three men aged 22, 48 and 57, and the woman, 22, were all detained on drug-related charges, a police spokesman told AFP. "A large amount" of heroin was found in their possession in southern Manhattan, he said. Hoffman died on Sunday in an apparent heroin overdose, with a needle found stuck in his arm. Around 50 envelopes of heroin, syringes and other pills littered the apartment.

Police confirm 4 arrests in Hoffman's death

US police investigating the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from an apparent drugs overdose arrested three men and a woman with a large amount of heroin, police said Wednesday. The three men aged 22, 48 and 57, and the woman, 22, were all detained on drug-related charges, a police spokesman told AFP. "A large amount" of heroin was found in their possession in southern Manhattan, he said. Hoffman died on Sunday in an apparent heroin overdose, with a needle found stuck in his arm. Around 50 envelopes of heroin, syringes and other pills littered the apartment.

Police confirm 4 arrests in Hoffman's death

US police investigating the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from an apparent drugs overdose arrested three men and a woman with a large amount of heroin, police said Wednesday. The three men aged 22, 48 and 57, and the woman, 22, were all detained on drug-related charges, a police spokesman told AFP. "A large amount" of heroine was found in their possession in southern Manhattan, he said. Hoffman died on Sunday in an apparent heroin overdose, with a needle found stuck in his arm. Around 50 envelopes of heroin, syringes and other pills littered the apartment.
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