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This simple illustration explains the sweeping reach of the heroin trade

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Vice News has produced a fascinating infographic detailing the global heroin trade, spanning poppy cultivation hubs in Southeast Asia, Afghanistan and Mexico, and nations without poppy cultivation but with a significant heroin demand.

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

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Heroin entering the US is shipped largely through South America. Meanwhile, heroin that originates in Afghanistan is trafficked to Central Asia, Western Europe and Russia via well established routes.

The “Balkan Route” takes traffickers through Iran, Turkey, Greece and Serbia. Afghan heroin makes its way into Russia through Central Asia, as well as across the ocean into parts of Africa. Interestingly, despite the proximity of the US and Canada, the vast majority of heroin in Canada is from Afghanistan while the vast majority of US heroin is smuggled through Mexico.

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China’s heroin predominantly comes from southeast Asia, making up the traditional Golden Triangle of heroin traffic. Vice has published equally informative infographics depicting global cocaine and methamphetamine traffic. Check them out here.

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

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Heiress and designer, Gloria Vanderbilt dies at 95

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American heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, a designer and artist who became one of the most chronicled socialites of her era, died Monday, her son announced. She was 95 years old.

The great-great granddaughter of railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, she was thrust into the spotlight as the "poor little rich girl" at the center of a sensational custody battle in the 1930s, before finding fame in her own right for her line of designer blue jeans and it-girl fashion.

"Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms," her son, the popular CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, said in a tribute read on air.

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‘Black students don’t tip’: Texas restaurant says forcing African-American kids to pay gratuity is not racist

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A restaurant in Cypress, Texas has come under fire after an employee allegedly said that black students "don't tip."

Brittany Blakney told KPRC that she and her friends went to Locatelli’s restaurant to celebrate graduating from Prairie View A&M University.

Blakney said that she was surprised to find out that the server had already added a 15% gratuity to her check.

“He said, 'Black students from Prairie View don’t tip,'” she recalled.

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Kids in cages: Geneva protest urges UN action on Trump migration policy

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Teenagers huddled in a cage outside the UN in Geneva Monday, as protestors demanded that the world body address the "unconscionable" US policy of separating migrant families crossing its southern border.

Three teens wearing t-shirts with "#ClassroomsNotCages" scrawled across the front stood inside a small cage erected outside the gates of the United Nations's European headquarters, as dozens of demonstrators urged the UN Human Rights Council take on President Donald Trump's administration.

"The action today is about creating more pressure and more exposure of just how terrible and dehumanising this policy of the American government is towards children," said Randi Weingarten, president of American Federation of Teachers, which helped organise the protest.

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