The New York Times International Edition in Print for Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021

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    Italian law enforcement officers seized 14 tons of captagon, about 84 million pills, at the port of Salerno last year.
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    On Syria’s Ruins, a Drug Empire Flourishes

    Powerful associates of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, are making and selling captagon, an illegal amphetamine, creating a new narcostate on the Mediterranean.

     By Ben Hubbard and

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      Mon Laferte’s “Seis” delves into vintage Mexican regional styles. Several months after it came out, she released “1940 Carmen,” which embraces Southern California folk-pop.
      CreditGabriela Bhaskar/The New York Times

      Mon Laferte Wants to Give You Goose Bumps

      The Chilean songwriter released two very different albums in 2021 and is nominated for four Latin Grammy Awards on Thursday night.


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      CreditAlexandr Kulikov/Associated Press

      Guest Essay

      The Pandemic Is Beating Putin

      The virus has starkly revealed the limits of the president’s power.



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