Haji Janan and his family grow poppies used to make illegal drugs such as opium and heroin. Despite government efforts to eradicate the poppy fields, farmers in Kandahar Province are starting this year's harvest.
New figures from the United Nations show a 43-percent increase in the production of opium in war-ravaged Afghanistan. Eradication rates have plummeted over the past year as a result of the Taliban insurgency.
Across Europe, fields of red poppies bloom in summer. It's a breathtaking sight but these common, beautiful weeds have also held deep meaning throughout human history.
The Indian coast guard, apparently tipped-off by intelligence agencies, intercepted a drug-laden vessel off the Gujarat coast. The street value of the heroin is estimated at almost $550 million.
Iranian lawmakers have amended the country's strict laws on narcotics, making it harder to put people to death for drug-related crimes. The law could affect hundreds of inmates on death row in the conservative country.
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