Adulterated Cooking Oil Flooding Nigerian Markets

The Nigerian government has raised alarm over the recent rise in contaminated palm oil into which middlemen are allegedly adding dye, transformer oil or other harmful substances to increase their profit. Such products can cause severe health complications such as cancer, diabetes, heart diseases and even death.

US Sanctions Target Dodik Family Network in Bosnia

The U.S. sanctioned on Tuesday two individuals and a network of companies that have been enriching Bosnian Serb nationalist leader Milorad Dodik and his family, saying he has robbed his own people for years while threatening their safety with his constant rhetoric about a secession of the Bosnian Serb controlled part of the country.

India Approves Prosecution of Award-Winning Novelist Under Terrorism Law

India will be prosecuting award-winning novelist Arundhati Roy for saying 14 years ago that Kashmir has never been part of India. The move is being criticized by the opposition as an “atrocity” and an “abuse of power” by the government of recently re-elected right-wing leader Narendra Modi.

West Africa Plans to Fight New Synthetic Drug Epidemic

Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau have authorized a Swiss-based civil society organization to facilitate chemical testing of a drug that is wreaking havoc in West Africa and has prompted the president of Sierra Leone to declare a national emergency.

Report: Rise of Synthetic Drug Presence in Europe

Europe is facing a growing threat from potent synthetic substances, new drug mixtures, and evolving usage patterns, particularly after the Taliban imposed a ban on opium poppy cultivation, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) warned in its latest report published on Tuesday.