News President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto

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

'I loved About Time and wished there were more light films of this type': Pam Ayres

Cultural life: Pam Ayres, poet

'I loved About Time and wished there were more light films of this type'

Italy boat wreck: Hundreds of migrants feared dead after ship sinks off Lampedusa coast

Migrants were crammed into small vessel that caught fire close to the coast of Italy

Switzerland has decriminalised marijuana possession

Switzerland changes law to decriminalise marijuana possession

Anyone caught with up to 10 grams of the drug will be let off with a CHF 100 (£68) fine and it will not go on their criminal record

Ivory tusks seized in anti-smuggling operations are displayed by the Hong Kong Customs

Hong Kong seizes 189 elephant tusks in clampdown on smuggled products from endangered species

The illegal ivory haul has estimated street value of $1.5m

Michaella McCollum (left) and Melissa Reid (right) were caught carrying cocaine hidden inside food packets

Peru drug smugglers: Prosecutor to ask for a new hearing to give Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid a chance to offer more complete confession

Guilty pleas entered by two women caught attempting to smuggle cocaine out of Peru will be contested by prosecutors who claim the pair have stuck to an “unbelievable story”.

Second British woman faces death penalty for 'trafficking drugs into Indonesia'

Andrea Ruth Waldeck was arrested in April after authorities found 1,472 grams (52 ounces) of methamphetamine crystals in her hotel room

Theresa May pledges to help Pakistan in 'fight against terror and violent extremism'

Home Secretary Theresa May has pledged support to Pakistan in its “fight against terror and violent extremism” on her third visit to the country.

A suspected asylum seeker vessel is intercepted and escorted by the Australian Navy

Australia restricts news of arriving 'boat people' in attempt to foil smugglers

Australia’s newly elected conservative government has ordered a clampdown on releasing information about the arrival of asylum seekers.

Interior minister Manuel Valls with some of the drugs haul

Record 1.3 tonne cocaine haul seized on Air France plane to Paris

The drugs were reportedly destined for the Calabrian Mafia

Cigarette ban for prisons will go up in smoke

This move has little to recommend it, and lots that could go wrong

Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid could be allowed to serve prison sentences in the UK if they plead guilty to drug trafficking

Peru 'drug mules' face six years in prison even if they plead guilty prosecutors warns

Prosecutor warns that the pair would also not be eligible for parole

Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid could be allowed to serve prison sentences in the UK if they plead guilty to drug trafficking

Peru ‘drug mules’ Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum could serve jail sentences in UK

Two women charged with drug trafficking in Peru could be allowed to return to serve their sentences in UK prisons if they plead guilty, prosecutors confirmed.

Tony Abbott with his wife Margie and daughters Frances, Louise and Bridget, and Governor-General Quentin Bryce (far right) after his swearing-in ceremony at Government House in Canberra

One female cabinet member, ironing housewife jibes... now Australia's new PM, Tony Abbott, gives himself ministerial responsibility for women’s issues

The new premier has raised eyebrows by claiming he is qualified for the job

Is it a boy or a large amount of cocaine? Nine of the most bizarre drug-smuggling techniques

In the umpteenth depressing example of how pawns take the fall for drug kingpins, a woman who attempted to fly out of Bogota wearing a fake pregnancy bump stashed with two kilograms of cocaine has been arrested by Columbian authorities. If there's anything positive to say here, at least the exposure of this novel, inventive approach to smuggling will have wised-up customs officials worldwide. Other than the 'cocaine pregnancy', though, how else have cartels tried to ship their product to middle America and beyond?

Police track vigilante in 'blonde wig' killing Mexican bus drivers in Ciudad Juarez

'Diana' said to be seeking to avenge sexual abuse of women

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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

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, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
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
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

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

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
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

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
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