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La Prensa, Jan. 11, 2015

"Horrified!" Monday's front page of Mexican daily La Prensareads,quoting White House reaction to the Rolling Stone"s interview — by actor Sean Penn — with the world's most prominent drug trafficker, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Mexican authorities started U.S. extradition proceedings late Sunday against the Mexican drug kingpin, who was recaptured Friday in northwestern Mexico after a manhunt lasting several months. Guzman had escaped last July from a maximum-security prison in Mexico.

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said he was "horrified" by El Chapo's comments to the Rolling Stone, in which he boasted of supplying "more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world" and having "a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats." McDonough called the arrest "very good news."

Penn said the interview, which took place in October, was coordinated by Mexican actress Kate del Castillo. Mexican authorities, who want El Chapo to face U.S. justice for the tons of drugs he has exported across the border, say they also helped plan the meeting, Reuters reports.

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Colombia Celebrates Its Beloved Drug For The Ages, Coffee

This essential morning drink for millions worldwide was once considered an addictive menace, earning itself a ban on pain of death in the Islamic world.

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BOGOTÁ — October 1st is International Coffee Day. Recently it seems as if every day of the calendar year commemorates something — but for Colombia, coffee is indeed special.

For almost a century now we have largely tied our national destiny, culture and image abroad to this drink. Indeed it isn't just Colombia's star product, it became through the course of the 20th century the world's favorite beverage — and the most commonly used drug to boost work output.

Precisely for its stimulating qualities — and for being a mild drug — coffee was not always celebrated, and its history is peppered with the kinds of bans, restrictions and penalties imposed on the 'evil' drugs of today.

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