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New Zealand to clamp down on ‘legal’ highs

New Zealand announced plans on Monday to ban the use of drugs offering so-called ‘legal’ highs unless manufacturers can provide clinical evidence that they are safe. Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne described the move as a knockout blow to the market for products such as synthetic cannabis and legal “party…

New UN campaign against ‘organized crime’

The UN’s drugs and crime office launched a new media awareness campaign on Monday to highlight the threat posed by the multi-billion dollar operations run by organised crime groups worldwide. International crime rackets pull in an estimated annual turnover of $870 billion (710 billion euros), the United Nations Office on…

South African becomes first woman to chair African Union Commission

By Helen Vesperini (AFP) – 2 hours ago ADDIS ABABA — She beat the incumbent, Jean Ping of Gabon, in a closely fought election over several rounds of voting. “Now we have the African Union chair Madame Zuma, who will preside over the destiny of this institution,” Benin’s president and…

Archbishop Tutu accuses Britain of neglecting human rights obligations

LONDON — Archbishop Desmond Tutu has accused Britain of neglecting its human-rights duties over a case brought by Kenyans allegedly abused by British colonial officials in the 1950s, The Times reported Monday. The case of three elderly Kenyans who claim to have been tortured during the Mau Mau uprising begins…

Russia accused of sabotaging probe into murder of human rights activist

World activists accused the Russian state of sabotaging a probe into the abduction and murder three years ago Sunday of an award-winning campaigner for those struggling in the crisis-torn Caucasus. Natalya Estemirova was bundled into a car moments after stepping out of her home in the Chechen capital Grozny on…

Sudan responds to student protests by shutting down university

Administrators at Sudan’s main university have partially shut down the campus, sources at the institution said Sunday, after several Arab Spring-style student protests sparked by high inflation. “Now there is no teaching from today up to the end of Ramadan,” one University of Khartoum source told AFP. He said the…

U.S. presses Brazil to take larger role in war on drugs

LA PAZ — Brazil should play a more dynamic role in the war on drugs in Bolivia since 60 percent of the latter country’s cocaine winds up in the former, a US diplomat has said. Under the principle of shared responsibility, Brazil should play a bigger part in discouraging Bolivia…

UK police revealed to have infiltrated anti-capitalist T-shirt sellers

Rob Evans, The Guardian Police carried out surveillance on political campaigners while they were at the Glastonbury Festival, newly released documents show. Details of their activities were recorded in a clandestine database run by the secretive police operation which has infiltrated a network of spies into political groups for 40…

Egyptians throw tomatoes, chant ‘Monica’ at Sec. Clinton

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was taunted by chants of “Monica, Monica” by tomato-throwing demonstrators as she visited the Egyptian port city of Alexandria on Sunday. The chants, referring to the Monica Lewinsky scandal when her husband, Bill Clinton, was president, were heard outside the US…

Olympics chair says security gaffe won’t jeopardize games

The chairman of the London 2012 Organizing Committee Sebastian Coe said Sunday that a recruitment shortfall by private security firm G4S would not jeopardize the safety of the Olympic games. G4S chief executive Nick Buckles on Saturday said he was “very sorry” that 3,500 troops had to be drafted in…

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