News President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto

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

Chinese 'baby flesh' capsules prompt customs crackdown in South Korea

South Korea is planning to step up its customs inspections after the discovery of thousands of Chinese-made capsules filled with what officials said was powdered human flesh.

South Korea cracks down on sale of human flesh capsules

South Korea said it is strengthening customs inspections in a crackdown on the smuggling of Chinese-made capsules filled with powdered human flesh.

Three in court on drugs charges after terror raids

Three men arrested during a counter-terrorism investigation into a network suspected of smuggling a banned drug out of the UK appeared in court yesterday charged with conspiracy.

Site was 'like a concentration camp' claims alleged victim in traveller servitude case

A family of travellers forced some of the most vulnerable men in society to work for them on a site "like a concentration camp", a court heard today.

Man jailed over cocaine in peppers

A drug trafficker has been jailed for attempting to smuggle cocaine-stuffed peppers into the UK.

Heroin seized by Navy warship in Indian Ocean

Heroin with an estimated street value of £14 million has been seized from a dhow on the Indian Ocean by a Royal Navy warship, the MoD said today.

Thousands of displaced Syrians cross to Turkey as time runs out

Witnesses say the fighting is so close that bullets are landing in Turkey

Prime Minister David Cameron during a reception at 10 Downing Street yesterday. Former Labour minister Jack Straw said the Tories were prepared to evade rules stating that donors must be registered to vote in the UK

Matthew Norman: How much must the PM have to offer if he's worth £250,000 a pop?

At his age, the shock might have killed him. Straight up, Rupert Murdoch could have gone out like a light on learning that the rich and powerful can buy access to a Prime Minister. So praise be that his naive heart survived the epiphany, sparing him to confide his thoughts on the latest demi-scandal bedecked with the scintillatingly fresh suffix of "-gate". "What was Cameron thinking?" he tweeted. "No one, rightly or wrongly, will believe his story."

Matthew Norman: Surely Cameron is in line for a Michelin star?

If the PM's genius is worth £250,000 a pop, he must make Heston Blumenthal look like the Crossroads chef

Album: Esperanza Spalding, Radio Music Society (Heads Up/Decca

After the charming acoustic set Chamber Music Society, and just-pipping Bieber to a Grammy for Best New Artist, bassist, singer and composer Spalding tries to breathe new life into the dead form of smooth jazz-fusion.

Luxury bunker: architect Rainer Mielke in his penthouse in Bremen

Built by forced labour, but Nazi bunkers are now trendy homes

Rainer Mielke, a German architect, lives in a luxurious, light-filled penthouse atop a Nazi bunker in which his elderly neighbours remember sheltering during the Second World War. A pioneer of the art of converting grim structures into living or working spaces, his work is set to increase as Germany ramps up sales of these above-ground forts, originally designed as air-raid shelters.

Mexican mass grave brings ancient tribe to life

The remains of 167 people found in a cave in southern Mexico are part of an ancient burial ground approximately 1,300 years old – not 50 years old as previously thought.

The French reporter Edith Bouvier

Wounded French journalist Edith Bouvier leaves Beirut 

Two French journalists who had been smuggled out of Syria flew to France today, a week after one of them suffered injuries in the restive central Syrian city of Homs, officials said.

22 years for drug'n'fish smugglers

Two men have been jailed for trying to smuggle cocaine into Britain in bags of live tropical fish.

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