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Cocaine production hit new record in 2017: UN report

Global cocaine production reached an all-time high in 2017, breaking the previous year's record by 25 percent, the UN drugs and crime agency said Wednesday in its annual report, as production soars in post-conflict Colombia.New remote fields and criminal gangs boosted production in the world's top supplier, despite efforts to steer rural communities away from coca cultivation following a peace deal with FARC rebels."Of course it's bad news every time. It's bad news for the producing countries... What is happening in Columbia is worrisome," said Angela Me, chief of research of the Vienna-based United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify publicly before Congress on July 17 after Democrats issued subpoenas to compel him to appear, the chairmen of two House committees announced.

Where are the world's stateless people?

An estimated 10 to 15 million people are not recognised as nationals by any country, often depriving them of basic rights most of the world takes for granted such as education, healthcare, housing and jobs.An international conference opening in The Hague on Wednesday will assess progress on a United Nations campaign called #Ibelong which aims to end statelessness by 2024.Here are some examples of stateless populations:

US, North Korea in behind-the-scenes talks over third summit: Moon Jae-in

Moon called for the North to scrap the "passive stance" it has presented since the Hanoi summit and take action on its past promises.

Big plastic user Japan fights waste ahead of G-20 summit

In a country where cleanliness and neat packaging have long been considered good service, almost everything, from single bananas to individual pieces of vegetables, pastries, pens and cosmetics is sold plastic-wrapped. But as world leaders descend on Osaka for the two-day G-20 summit that starts Friday, Japan will attempt to become a leader in environmental policy at the same time it plays catch-up with countries that already have well-defined goals in place.

This French restaurant has been named the best in the world

France's Mirazur restaurant -- whose Argentine chef Mauro Colagreco draws inspiration from the sea, the mountains, and his own garden -- was crowned the world's best by an influential trade list, beating contenders from Denmark and Spain.In pic: Italian-Argentinian chef Mauro Colagreco poses for a photo session in the 'Mirazur' restaurant on the French riviera city of Menton.

North Korea says it won't surrender to US-led sanctions

North Korea said Wednesday it won't surrender to U.S.-led sanctions and accused Washington of trying to ``bring us to our knees.'' The statement is yet another reminder that North Korea keeps mistrust of the U.S. though its leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump recently exchanged letters.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixty seconds for answers, a television audience of millions and, for some candidates, a first chance to introduce themselves to voters.

MIAMI (AP) — Ten presidential candidates, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, will converge on the debate stage on Wednesday on the first night of Democratic debates to offer their pitches to voters and attempt a breakout moment for their campaigns.

WASHINGTON (AP) — It took last-minute changes and a full-court press by top Democratic leaders, but the House passed with relative ease a $4.5 billion emergency border aid package to care for thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied children detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

How Mr.“U-turn” Khan totally neglected Pakistan’s socio-economic development

How Mr.“U-turn” Khan totally neglected Pakistan’s socio-economic development

The education budget allocation remains well below the prescribed 4% of GDP and poor education planning results in supply and demand mismatches. Nearly 22.5 million children are out of school in Pakistan.

Here’s how climate change is viewed around the world

Here’s how climate change is viewed around the world

In many countries, climate and the environment has become a political battlefield on which elections are increasingly being fought.

Mueller to testify publicly before House committees July 17

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify publicly before two House committees after Democrats issued subpoenas to compel him to appear, the chairmen of the two committees announced Tuesday.

House passes emergency funding bill for migrant care crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — It took last-minute changes and a full-court press by top Democratic leaders, but the House passed with relative ease Tuesday a $4.5 billion emergency border aid package to care for thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied children detained after crossing the U.S.

The Latest: House approves $4.5 billion bill to aid migrants

8 p.m. Democrats have whisked a $4.

Correction: Election 2020-Student Debt story

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story June 24 about legislative proposals to cancel all student debt, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Sen. Bernie Sanders' College For All Act would cost $2.2 billion. It would cost $2.2 trillion.

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