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The Philippines: Locked Up

How the war on drugs is pushing Filipino jails to breaking point as they operate at 600 percent their capacity.

Opinion

A long-awaited turning point in Duterte's bloody drug war

A landmark court ruling in the Philippines could be the beginning of a major pushback against police abuses.

Richard Javad Heydarian

by Richard Javad Heydarian

Richard Javad Heydarian

Colombia

Pablo Escobar's legacy 25 years on: Tributes and disgust

On December 2, 1993, Pablo Escobar was killed, ending the life of one of the world's most notorious outlaws.

Philippines

Philippine court jails police officers for drug-war murder

Ruling is the first conviction for police killings in the Philippines drug crackdown that's claimed thousands of lives.

Philippine court jails police officers for drug-war murder

Malaysia

Malaysia death penalty abolition opens door to drug policy review

Campaign to legalise use of medical cannabis gathers momentum in the country known for draconian approach to drugs.

Malaysia death penalty abolition opens door to drug policy review

Drugs

US trial of Mexico's 'El Chapo' to begin amid heavy security

Nearly two years after his extradition, the long-awaited trial of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman is set to begin in New York.

US trial of Mexico's 'El Chapo' to begin amid heavy security

Asia Pacific

Fear and killings on the rise in Duterte's war on drugs

Residents of Cebu, in the Philippines, say they have never felt more afraid after police conduct an anti-drug operation that resulted in a spate of killings.

Myanmar

Golden Triangle's drug production surges amid opioid worries

UN official says increase 'like nothing we have seen before' in an area notorious for illicit drug production.

Golden Triangle's drug production surges amid opioid worries

Latin America

El Chapo trial: It's business as usual for Sinaloa drug cartel

The upcoming trial of Mexican drug lord might be stopping traffic in New York, but things have moved on back in Sinaloa.

Philippines

Philippines: Duterte sacks top customs officials over drugs

Failure to intercept a tonne of drugs prompts Philippines' leader to order restaffing of customs office.

Philippines: Duterte sacks top customs officials over drugs

United States

Trump signs bipartisan legislation to combat US opioid crisis

Legislation is geared to expanding access to drug addiction treatment and crack down on illicit drug shipments.

Trump signs bipartisan legislation to combat US opioid crisis

South Africa

On night patrol with a South African vigilante group

In Galeshewe township, a group of men and women patrol the streets, dishing out 'blessings' to suspected criminals.

Latin America

Colombia's cannabis users light up in protest against crackdown

Critics questions whether President Duque's decree banning personal drug possession will any effect on criminal organisations, production or trafficking.

US & Canada

California to grant parole to nonviolent third-strike criminals

Some are serving life sentences for offences as trivial as shoplifting or possessing small amounts of narcotics.

US & Canada

US: Can supervised injections of illegal drugs save lives?

Initiatives aim to reduce overdose deaths as the country faces of its worst drug epidemics in history.