Asia Pacific

Duterte allies seek power to postpone village elections

Duterte allies cite war on drugs in move to postpone local elections that would vastly extend the president's powers.

Duterte allies seek power to postpone village elections

Latin America

Second day of Mexican prison riot leaves two dead

Prisoners set mattresses ablaze in protest against new X-ray machines being used on women entering the jail.

Second day of Mexican prison riot leaves two dead

Latin America

Brazil's prisons: A battleground in the drug wars

A growing gang war over drugs is fuelling bloodshed in Brazil's neglected and overcrowded prisons.

Brazil's prisons: A battleground in the drug wars

Philippines

Philippine VP blasts Rodrigo Duterte's 'war on drugs'

Leni Robredo urges Filipinos to 'defy incursions on their rights' as she denounces president's bloody anti-drug war.

Philippine VP: Bullets can't stop illegal drug use

REWIND

Deadliest beat: Reporting on Mexico's war on drugs

The inside story of Mexico's drug war as seen through the work of two newspapers in Sinaloa state back in 2011.

Philippines

Philippines: Drug suspects 'routinely' killed by police

Human Rights Watch report alleges officers execute drug suspects and plant evidence to cover up their crimes.

Philippines: Drug suspects 'routinely' killed by police

Asia Pacific

Ex-cop says Duterte paid him to kill drug suspects

Philippine president ran a 'liquidation squad' as mayor of Davao city targeting drug dealers, alleges former policeman.

Rodrigo Duterte

Children and Duterte's drug war: Lessons from the past

More than 30 children have been killed since the Philippine president launched his controversial war on drugs in June.

Children and Duterte's drug war: Lessons from the past

Drugs

Myanmar monks held for four million meth pills haul

Three Buddhist monks arrested after authorities found about $6m worth of methamphetamine pills in car and monastery.

Myanmar monks held after four million meth pills found

Drugs

Drugs and bullets in Myanmar

As more people in Kachin fall victim to drug abuse, Christian group Pat Jasan is taking matters into its own hands.

Drugs and bullets in Myanmar

Asia Pacific

Philippine police suspend drug war to tackle corruption

Head of national police force says anti-drugs units will be disbanded until 'rogue' officers have been 'cleansed'.

Philippine police suspend drug war to tackle corruption

Health

Prescription heroin

Unconventional treatment for Canada's opioid crisis.

Prescription heroin

Sport

Bolt loses Olympic gold as teammate fails drug test

Jamaican 4x100m relay team stripped of gold medal after Carter was found guilty of doping at 2008 Olympic Games.

Bolt loses Olympic gold as teammate fails drug test

prison

New Brazil prison clash kills four in Amazon region

Behind the prison bloodshed is an escalating feud between Brazil's biggest drug gangs with about 100 killed in a week.

New Brazil prison clash kills four in Amazon region

Drugs

Australian announces record cocaine haul

Authorities in Sydney arrest 15 men allegedly involved in smuggling of contraband worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Police bust record-breaking cocaine haul