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Afghanistan poppy cultivation declines; opium production rises

The White House in a statement, issued on February 7, 2020, released the results of the annual estimate of the US Government assessing the ‘poppy cultivation’ and ‘potential opium production’ in Afghanistan, 2011 through 2019. The estimate indicates that the poppy cultivation decreased in 2019 than that of 2018. The …

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Woman’s body found beheaded in Sar-e-Pul

The body of a woman has been discovered decapitated in northern Sar-e-Pul province, a local official said, Saturday. Zabehullah Amani, a spokesman for the provincial governor told Ariana News that the body was found at Kork Arabia in the Sar-e-Pul-Jawzjan highway, Thursday evening. “The victim yet to be identified. The …

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Avalanches in Turkey leave 38 dead, 53 injured

At least 38 people have been killed and dozens are trapped after two avalanches hit Bahcesaray district of Turkey’s eastern Van province, Turkish news agencies reported. According to the Turkish Anadolu Agency, the first avalanche occurred Tuesday evening. The second avalanche came down at around midday, Wednesday, burying rescue teams. …

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Afghan gov’t should implement access to information law: Amnesty International

  The Afghan government should respect, protect and fulfill the right to information, Amnesty International said, Wednesday. In Afghanistan, 30 different media organizations have called on the government to effectively implement the Afghan Access to Information Law, including providing information on key human rights issues. “Afghanistan’s journalists are among the …

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