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Afghanistan, the drug addiction capital

<b>Afghanistan produces 90% of all opiate drugs in the world, but until recently was not a major consumer. Now, out of a population of 35 million, more than a million are addicted to drugs - proportionately the highest figure in the world.</b><p>Right in the heart of Kabul, on the stony banks of the Kabul …

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Hermit caught after 27 years in Maine woods

A man who lived as a hermit for decades in a makeshift camp in the woods and may be responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries for food and other …

AQ Khan, father of the Islamic bomb, says North Korea is not 'trigger happy'

The Pakistani metallurgist who passed nuclear technology to North Korea says Kim Jong-un’s regime is not “stupid” enough to use atomic weapons in its increasingly tense stand-off with the US.<p>AQ Khan, who lives amid intense security in the Pakistani capital, said the country’s leadership was not …

Iraqi al-Qaeda and Syria militants announce merger

BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaeda's branch in Iraq said it has merged with Syria's extremist Jabhat al-Nusra, a move that shows the rising confidence of radicals within the Syrian rebel movement and is likely to trigger renewed fears among its international backers.<p>A website linked to Jabhat Al-Nusra …

In a Secret Drone War, Immoral Kill Deals Will Always Tempt Us

Killing targets simply because foreign governments want them dead carries a high potential for blowback.<p>Reuters<p>Critics of America's drone war have long insisted that the secrecy surrounding it all but guarantees abuses. How could it be otherwise? CIA agents are permitted to operate as international …

Is China Covering Up an Outbreak of the Bird Flu?

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>One more person in China died from the H7N9 strain of bird flu on Tuesday, bringing the total …

In pictures: the Russian city of Samara being 'eaten alive' by sinkholes - Telegraph

Egypt's Coptic pope criticises Islamist president over sectarian violence

The head of Egypt's Coptic church has strongly condemned the country's Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, for failing to deal properly with last …

Earthquake hits near Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant

At least 30 people were killed by an earthquake in Iran that struck close to the Bushehr nuclear power station, although operations at the plant were not affected.<p>Some 800 were also injured as the magnitude 6.3 quake, as well as several aftershocks, devastated small villages in the area. The Red …

Afghan women imprisoned for 'moral' crimes

Lost and alone in a strange city Mariam called the only person she knew, her husband's cousin. She had left her home in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province, fleeing her husband's relentless and increasingly vicious beatings. The man promised to help, but too busy to come himself he sent a friend …

China’s longest river is running out of fish

Overfishing, pollution and infrastructure projects are quickly depleting the amount of fish in China’s Yangtze River, according to Chinese environmental officials. The consequences are environmental and economic–without enough fish the river’s eco-system could collapse, threatening industry and …

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A Look Back at a Decade of Conflict in Iraq

Iran Announces Plans For 2 Uranium Plants Days After Negotiations With Western Parties Fail

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that "Iran is currently a nuclear country and nobody can stop its atomic progress," according to …

Hamas Is Shaving the Heads of Young Long-Haired Men in Gaza

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>In the past week or so, police in Gaza City are cracking down on what they believe is a scourge of …

13 More South Korean Firms Stop Work At Kaesong As Pyongyang Blocks Access

Pyongyang has barred South Koreans from entering the Seoul-funded Kaesong Industrial Complex just over the border since Wednesday as tensions have risen to their highest level in years.<p>With no additional personnel, fuel or other materials allowed into the estate, nine firms suspended production …

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As value soars, digital currency Bitcoin attracts offline attention

During the depths of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, an engineer decided to rethink one of the fundamental cornerstones of the modern economy.<p>He envisioned a brand new decentralized digital currency, where payments went directly from one user to another – no central banks, …

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Anonymous Hits Israel with a Massive Cyber Attack, Israel Attacks Back

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>To ring in this year's Holocaust Memorial Day, the classy hackers at Anonymous took down a bunch of …

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North Korea tells Britain to consider evacuating Pyongyang embassy

North Korea told the Foreign office this morning that it should consider evacuating the British embassy in Pyongyang.<p><b>North Korea missile threat: latest</b> <b><br>China 'shifts position' on North Korea</b> <b><br>North Korea: Kim Jong-un steps up security detail</b><p>"We can confirm that the British Embassy in Pyongyang …

Human rights groups fear impact of draft Egypt law restricting their work

Egypt's parliament is close to passing a law that campaigners say will severely restrict the activity of human rights groups and other …

North Korea warns embassies over safety following missile threat

North Korea has warned foreign embassies in Pyongyang that it cannot guarantee their safety from the threat of conflict after 10 April, and has …

Guam eager to receive U.S. missile defense system

Previous plans for a different missile defense system were mothballed in 2010.<p>HAGÅTÑA, Guam — As North Korea has become increasingly bellicose, telling foreign embassies Friday that they might want to evacuate its capital and claiming its military has approval to launch a nuclear attack, the U.S. …