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Afghanistan’s toxic cocktail of drugs, graft, mafia

It’s below freezing, but the Afghan lies rigid in the snow of Kabul. He doesn’t move. His arms and legs are bare. He has overdosed on heroin. He only lives to see another day because of a charity. “Every night I feel I’m going to die. I sleep in the…

Kabul’s poor demand attention

KABUL (Reuters) – Kabul’s residents have called on delegates at next week’s international talks on Afghanistan in Bonn to put their needs on the agenda, saying the government is not doing enough to alleviate poverty and hunger in the Afghan capital. Those living in Kabul’s poorest quarters are at the…

Afghan police laugh while forcing cross-dresser to strip

Video of Afghan police laughing while forcing a cross-dressing man to strip has gone viral, being viewed over 44,000 times in just one day. Filmed near Kabul earlier this month and uploaded to LiveLeak.com Saturday, the eight-minute video shows Afghan National Police humiliating the man nearly to the point of…

Panicked Afghans nearly collapse Kabul Bank after loan corruption scandal

Branches of Kabul Bank across the country were crowded as anxious depositors joined hundreds of thousands of government employees queuing to collect their salaries, which were being paid through the bank on Saturday. The privately-owned bank has been the subject of reports alleging large-scale corruption by executives, though the government…

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