Uruguay to approve legal marijuana dealing in bid to curb organised crime

Uruguay seems determined to create a legal marijuana market despite warnings from educators, psychiatrists and pharmacists of dangerous side effects.

Tulisa Contostavlos charged for involvement in the supply of Class A drugs

Tulisa Contostavlos charged for involvement in the supply of Class A drugs: full statement

She is set to appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 19 December

Drug courier jailed for supplying heroin to grandmother who hid stash amongst Cornish pasties

Simon Kinney, 49, and Teresa Wood, 63, part of a £1m drug supply chain

From LSD to a public hanging...three cruel and unusual elephant deaths

Elephants have suffered at the hands of humans in more ways than one

Police are searching for James Leslie, 37, who is wanted in connection with the shooting of a police officer in Leeds

James Leslie faces court over 'attempted murder' of police officers

A man in Leeds has been charged with the attempted murder of two police officers.

The News Matrix: Friday 6 December 2013

Militia fight fierce battles in capital

Cannabis can cause man boobs, US surgeon claims

Worries about those man boobs? Then ‘put out that joint’, says Dr Anthony Youn

Nigella Lawson leaves Isleworth Crown Court, west London

Nigella Lawson denies stashing cocaine in hollowed-out book and tells court 'that regular cocaine users do not look like this'

TV chef tells court: “If you want to put me on trial, put me on trial”

Aurelia Castro is embraced by her son Raul as his daughter stands by his side. Aurelia's first husband was killed in 1984 when the couple tried to escape from soldiers who accused villagers of collaborating with Shining Path rebels, Peru

In pictures: Biggest exhumation underway from Peru conflict

The exhumation in the district of Chungui in Peru brings back traumatic memories for survivors of the internal conflict of 1980-2000, in which soldiers and their paramilitary allies dismembered and killed women and children left behind by fleeing Shining Path rebels.

A groundswell of support from the public led to full legalisation in Colorado

Is cannabis culture finally going mainstream? As Colorado welcomes legal marijuana, The Denver Post has appointed a ‘weed editor’

The rest of the US – and the world – will be watching closely as the new law takes effect

Government's official drug advisers have advised changes to the status of two 'legal highs'

Former legal high NBOMe set to become Class A substance

Dealers could face up to life in prison

Paul Flowers was arrested on Thursday night on drug allegations

Two arrested in connection with Paul Flowers allegations

Two men have been arrested in connection with allegations of supplying drugs to shamed former Co-op Bank boss Paul Flowers.

What does it feel like to murder someone?

"Without a doubt this is probably the most personal question I think I could ever answer. This is a question I have been asking myself for a very long time now, and I am just coming to grips with the answers I have found. To say my answer is complex, and that I am going to have difficulties expressing exactly how I have felt, and still feel about murdering someone, is an understatement.

Former Co-op bank chairman Paul Flowers has been arrested

Paul Flowers arrested over drug allegations

Mr Flowers was allegedly filmed handing over £300 for illegal drugs

So what if David Cameron took drugs? We all did

If he was still snorting coke now, I’d worry

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

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Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee