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Peru, U.S. plan new anti-narcotics push

Peru’s new government plans a fresh push against rising cocaine production in the world’s No. 2 producer, betting on U.S. support to slash coca crops and catch narcotics at ports, officials said on Wednesday. Peru has failed to cut cocaine output since 2000 despite some $330 million in U.S. aid. The Andean nation’s coca output jumped almost 40 percent last year and many coca fields are no-go areas for police, as Shining Path guerrillas holed up in the jungle offer protection for drug traffickers. Full Story

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