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Opium cultivation declines in Afghanistan in 2015

According to an annual joint survey by the United Nations and Afghan government, opium cultivation in Afghanistan has dropped for the first time in six years in 2015. The survey showed a 19% decrease in cultivation to 452,200 acres, down

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UN appeals for USD 406mn in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

The United Nations (UN) has asked for USD 406mn in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan to help meet the most acute needs of Afghans this year. Head of the UN office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Afghanistan, Mark

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Businessman sold golf ball finders as bomb detectors in £50m global scam

A court heard the Advanced Selection Equipment devices had no scientific basis and were based on a £13 American novelty A millionaire businessman conned buyers around the world into thinking novelty golf ball finders were bomb detectors. Jim McCormick, 56,

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Special Report – Stalking the Taliban in Afghan currency markets

By Mathew Green-(Reuters) Haji Khairullah Barakzai is the ultimate Afghan success story: illiterate village boy makes a fortune thanks to a lifetime of hard work, unerring street smarts and God’s favour. But to the U.S. Treasury Department, he is one

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China urges world to act on promises to Afghanistan

UNITED NATIONS: The peace reconstruction process in Afghanistan is now at a crucial juncture, a Chinese envoy said, calling on the international community to fulfill its commitments to the Central Asian country. Wang Min, China’s deputy permanent representative to the

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UN Sacks LOTFA Officials over Mismanagement of Funds

The United Nations fired three officials running its $1.4 billion Afghanistan police trust fund as the first step in what is expected to be a broader shake-up at the programme currently facing an internal investigation of mismanagement, according to UN

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