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Afghanistan: Southern poppy-growing province of Helmand falls to Taliban control after heavy fighting (Helmand produces most of the world’s opium)

The Associated Press

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — An important district in Afghanistan’s southern poppy-growing province of Helmand has fallen to Taliban control after heavy fighting that killed or wounded up to 20 police officers, an official said on Saturday. 275 more words

Still; life?

Two journalists covering the mire in Afghanistan have been killed in a shelling attack. Their US National Public Radio colleague, Ali Shapiro, described photo-journalist David Gilkey as having “a slow, gentle energy”. 87 more words