News President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto

Militia groups have grown in size and scope since Enrique Pena-Nieto was sworn in

A sex worker activist attends a demonstration with prostitutes against a proposal to scrap sanctions on soliciting and instead punish prostitutes' customers with fines, Paris

In pictures: France debates prostitution bill as protests spread outside the parliament

French lawmakers are debating one of Europe's toughest laws against prostitution and sex trafficking. Local movie stars have signed petitions, political parties are split, and sex workers complain the government is doing them out of a living. France is divided over a bid to crack down on prostitution.

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.

Never mind government U-turns, the decision on plain packaging for cigarettes is the right one

Evidence from Australia indicates that uniform packs leave addicts likelier to consider kicking the habit

Police guard the flats being investigated in connection with an alleged slavery case

London 'slaves' case: Couple arrested ran Communist sect in the 1970s

Both were arrested last week, accused of keeping three women as domestic slaves

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.

Malaysia's notorious 'Lizard King' Anson Wong is back in business - to dismay of wildlife campaigners

Undercover investigation finds he is still smuggling endangered animals despite his licences being revoked

A bumper to bumper queue of vehicles trying to enter Spain from Gibraltar in August

Spain’s controversial Gibraltar border controls are legal, EU rules

Spain did not violate European Union rules by imposing additional border and customs checks at its crossing point with Gibraltar, despite complaints by Britain that the move was “politically motivated”, the European Commission has ruled.

Elephant tusks smuggled into Thailand from Kenya. Thailand is yet to implement a legal framework to tackle the ivory trade

US to destroy entire six-ton stockpile of ivory in message to poachers – but experts say it could just make problem worse

There are fears destruction just increases value of remaining stockpiles on illegal markets

Warren was jailed for 13 years in 2009

UK drug baron Curtis Warren ordered to pay £198m or face further 10 years in jail

50-year-old former Interpol target number one had agents, fixers and alliances across drug-dealing world to become one of the key figures in the global trade

Five women rescued as police raid suspected brothels in Birmingham

Two women and three men arrested following late-night raids

£35bn in tax not collected

Figure is £1 billion higher than in the previous period

Cigarette companies accused of supplying black market in Britain

MPs says Treasury is being cheated by firms that deliberately flood European markets

The Home Secretary, Theresa May

UK e-Borders scheme: 'Catalogue of chaos' as 649,000 border alerts about possible drug and tobacco smuggling deleted

Home Secretary, Theresa May, accused of presiding over a 'catalogue of chaos' at ports and airports

Officers of the new National Crime Agency participating in a training exercise

Volunteers top most wanted list for 'Britain's FBI' as National Crime Agency is launched

Britain's elite new police force launches today with appeal for private sector to fill its skills gap

Curtis Warren is thought to have netted tens of millions of pounds from drug smuggling

Notorious drugs baron Curtis Warren freed – but faces ban on using phone boxes

Trafficker accepts court restrictions because he wants ‘a quiet life’

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One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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