Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has reached a new record level UN figures show. Over 200,000 hectares of land is being used to grow poppies, a third more than a year ago.
Dozens of war-weary Afghans took part in the near 700-kilometer trek across the country. The peaceful protest was launched after a deadly car bombing in Helmand in March and ended amid fresh Taliban attacks.
A German citizen thought to be a military advisor to the Taliban in Helmand province has been detained by Afghan officials. The man appears to be part of the Taliban's elite "Red Unit."
The UN's children's agency, UNICEF, has said at least 3.7 million children in war-torn Afghanistan cannot go to school. Girls are at a particular disadvantage, it added.
District governors and officials in Afghanistan are increasingly falling victim to insurgent attacks in the war-ravaged nation, highlighting the challenges they face as they strive to represent Kabul in contested areas.
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