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From cannabis cafes to death row: drugs laws around the world

As a commission calls for global drug decriminalisation, we look at how some countries deal with the issue<p>US<p>The hardline drug policies adopted during the 1980s in the “war on drugs”, including mandatory minimum sentences for some drug-related crimes, has led to extremely high levels of …

Cannabis

A new force in drug trafficking reaches Tijuana

Menacing, crudely written signs hung from highway bridges or left with mutilated corpses have delivered the message: Mexico's fastest-growing drug trafficking group, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion, is now in Tijuana — and fighting to expand its influence.<p>The group's growing presence coincides with …

Mexico

Here are the powerful Mexican drug cartels that operate in the US

Virtually the entire US illicit-drug market is controlled by seven Mexican cartels, according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration's 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary.<p>The DEA report notes that there are no organizations at this time with the infrastructure and power to challenge …

Cartels

The Battle of Juárez: A bloody siege just south of the border

The Battle of Ciudad Juárez<p>A bloody siege just south of the border<p>In 1911, the dictatorial rule of Mexican President Porfirio Díaz had fomented a …

The deadliest war in North America's modern history started 105 years ago today

The revolution resulted in more than 1.5 million deaths. Hundreds of thousands of Mexican refugees fled to the US. A cascade of leaders rose to prominence — only to be assassinated. Peasant uprisings broke out throughout the country that was in a decade-long state of crisis.<p>At the heart of the …

World History

Cocaine, sex and social media: the untold story of Rio's most notorious cartel boss

Bibi Perigosa was furious. She had discovered text messages on her husband's phone that made it pretty clear he was seeing another woman. Perigosa, …

Brazil

40 years ago the US sent Mexico into a financial crisis — and it transformed the narcotics industry

<i>In this excerpt from A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the Mexican Drug War, coauthors Carmen Boullosa and Mike Wallace</i> <i>explain how the US and Mexico jointly created the Mexican Drug War.</i><p>In the mid 1970s, the United States had added to its woes of recession those of …

Mexico

True-crime film thriller 'El Clan' wows Argentina and Venice

Pablo Trapero's film tells the story of the outwardly respectable Puccio family, who in the 1980s kidnapped rich acquaintances for ransom, keeping them bloodied, bound and gagged in the basement of their house while everyday family life went on above.<p>Around 2 million people have seen "El Clan" …

Argentina

Film based on real-life horror breaks records in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Arquimides Puccio seemed to neighbors like a pious, conservative and obsessively tidy man. Several times a day, he'd sweep the sidewalk in front of his home in an upper-class Buenos Aires neighborhood.<p>Cleanliness was not his only aim. Puccio was making sure that the …

Latin America

Don Winslow, Author of ‘The Cartel,’ Levels About El Chapo

The best-selling novelist weighs in on “Chapo” Guzmán, his daring escape, corruption in Mexico and America’s responsibility in the carnage down south.<p>…

Mexico

One murder every hour: how El Salvador became the homicide capital of the world

A 2012 truce between the government and gangs has fallen apart, and a police offensive is under way to combat a murder rate 90 times greater than the UK’s<p>On the deadliest day of the century in the world’s most homicidal country, a gang leader and convicted murderer sits quietly in a vegetable farm …

Latin America

The 10 Best Music Documentaries, Ranked

1. Don't Look Back<p>There have been a number of Bob Dylan documentaries through the years, and though Martin Scorsese’s <i>No Direction Home</i> comes a close …

Rotten Tomatoes

A Royally Good Grandma: The Unstoppable Rise of Kate Middleton’s Mom

As grandma to the future royal king, Carole Middleton is one of the most trusted intimates in Kate and William’s circle.<p>With her grandson perched on …