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A farmer harvesting coca leaves in the department of Cauca, Colombia. The UN report estimated that enough coca was grown to produce 1,379 tonnes  of cocaine – up 31 per cent on 2016. Photograph: Luis Robayo/AFP/GettyImages)

Colombia is desperate to shed its reputation as a nation dogged by the drug trade, but new figures from the United Nations show that it continues to b(...)

Migrant Ahmad Shakib at the entrance of a derelict customs warehouse in Belgrade, Serbia. Photograph:  Marko Djurica/Thomson Reuters Foundation

In the dead of night, as wild animals howled nearby, Syrian migrant Aras Mahmoud clung to his children as they slept on damp grass in the Bulgarian mo(...)

Dr Fiona Ginty Principal scientist in the Life Sciences and Molecular Diagnostics Organization at GE Research Center (GRC) in NYC, working on a cure (...)

Thailand’s deputy police spokesman Songpol Wattanachai during a news conference in Bangkok. Police had not received warnings about Isis activity from any other foreign intelligence agency, he told reporters.  Photograph: Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters

Ten Syrians linked to Islamic State entered Thailand in October to attack Russian interests, Thai police said in a leaked document citing information(...)

Critics of the proposals emanating from a UN agency have dubbed them the “Irish model law” because of the alleged role of an official from the former Irish Medicines Board  in drafting them

The Irish medicines regulator has been dragged into an international row over proposals to tackle counterfeit drugs. Critics of the proposals emanat(...)

An Afghan army soldier walks through a poppy field  in the Maiwand district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Files/Reuters.

Afghan opium cultivation has hit a record high as international forces prepare to leave the country, the United Nations said today, with concern that (...)