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Iwao Hakamada, 82, spent nearly five decades on death row — thought to be the world record — for a quadruple murder that evidence suggests he did not commit. A prosecutor appealed the ruling that freed him in 2014 and Hakamada could return to death row if he loses his appeal before the Japanese Supreme Court.
Decriminalization of the poppy trade in Mexico's Guerrero state may alleviate the catastrophic violence related to drug cartels vying for territory. But some say the plan does not have the best interests of poppy growers at heart.