The drought has broken in Afghanistan, bringing easier times for farmers. Although wheat and corn are common crops, they are distinctly less lucrative than opium. The war-torn country produces about 85% of the world’s illicit opium supply.
President Ghani's current term in office is due to end next week — four months ahead of the next presidential elections. His opponents are calling for a caretaker government, but Ghani is refusing to step down.
The recent murder of a prominent female journalist has once again shown how precarious life is for women in Afghanistan. There's little hope of the situation improving anytime soon.
The US military has said that the NATO mission in Afghanistan is no longer collecting data on how much of the country is controlled by military insurgents. Violence has increased even amid peace talks with the Taliban.
Afghan police have launched a manhunt for the ex-husband of murdered Afghan journalist Mina Mangal. She was shot to death on her way to work by unknown gunmen on Saturday; her parents suspect he is behind the killing.
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