Poppies bloom across Afghanistan as drought eases

Afghanistan is the world’s top grower of opium, and the crop accounts for hundreds of thousands of jobs. Farmers grow poppies with impunity, as both Taliban and government officials often profit from the lucrative trade.

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Here’s the latest for Friday April 12th: Julian Assange lawyer vows to fight US charges; Remains of 3 Marines returned to US from Afghanistan; Federal agents, suspects have shootout in Phoenix; Huge crowds attend Nipsey Hussle procession in Los Angeles.

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Fallen firefighter-marine honored in New York

New York City firefighters on Tuesday honored Christopher Slutman, a 15-year FDNY member who was among three American service members killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on Monday. (April 10)

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Marinekilled was a decorated NY firefighter

A U.S. Marine killed in Afghanistan was a decorated member of the Fire Department of New York. Christopher Slutman, a 15-year FDNY member, was among three American service members killed by a roadside bomb on Monday. (April 9)

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Pompeo warns ICC staff about visa revocations

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court personnel who attempt to investigate alleged abuses committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere. (March 15)

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Victims of Kabul blast arrive at hospital

Victims of a mortar attack on a large ceremony attended by Afghanistan’s chief executive and other leading government figures arrive at hospital. The Kabul attack killed three people and injured 22 others and represents a major security breach and marks a resumption of violence in the capital after weeks of calm amid ongoing peace talks between the US and Taliban in Doha. IMAGES of victims being taken to the hospital

Victims in hospital as blasts rock Afghanistan’s Jalalabad

Victims are treated at a hospital after multiple blasts rattled Afghanistan’s Jalalabad, killing at least three people, as militants appeared to target a private company near the city’s airport. IMAGES

Taliban encouraged about latest round of talks

Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen said in Doha on Tuesday that the withdrawal of foreign forces is a core issue in the talks aimed at ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan. (Feb. 26)

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