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Iran parliament softens drug death penalty laws

1 year, 2 months ago
TEHRAN: Iran's parliament passed a long-awaited amendment to its drug trafficking laws on Sunday, raising the thresholds that can trigger capital punishment and potentially saving the lives of many on death row. The bill must still be…

Illegal drugs market ‘thriving’: UN

1 year, 3 months ago
VIENNA: The global narcotics market is "thriving", with production of cocaine and opium substances soaring and opioids wreaking havoc, the UN crime and drugs agency said Thursday in a gloomy annual assessment. "As the report... clearly…

Saudi executes three Pakistanis for heroin smuggling

1 year, 6 months ago
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia on Sunday executed three Pakistani nationals convicted of smuggling heroin, bringing the number of executions in the kingdom to 26 this year.  The state-run SPA news agency said the three had been found guilty of…

Obama to sign bill to battle heroin addiction

2 years, 3 months ago
WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama will sign legislation passed by Congress aimed at combating a nationwide epidemic of heroin and other opioid addictions, the White House said on Wednesday.