August 18th, 2010
06:05 PM ET

'Alarming' rate of drug use among women, children

KABUL — The 18 women sit cross-legged on metal beds, wearing long, loose dresses and nightgowns, their heads completely covered with shawls. They do not want us to see them. Some of them are holding babies in their laps.

They are addicted to heroin and opium, products of Afghanistan's richest and cruelest crop, poppies. Some of their infants are addicted, too. FULL POST

August 18th, 2010
05:20 PM ET

4 presidents, 1 resort, multiple issues

The presidents of Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan held a quartet meeting in Russia's southern Black Sea resort of Sochi Wednesday, where they discussed the international battle against terror and the war on drugs, as well as economic issues, according to the Kremlin.

Earlier in the day, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev held bilateral talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, the Kremlin said on its website.

(Photo above: Three of the four presidents — Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Afghan leader Hamid Karzai.) FULL POST

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August 18th, 2010
09:45 AM ET

U.N. sees increase in humanitarian workers targeted

Calling for the protection of humanitarian workers in Afghanistan, the United Nations says there have been 47 incidents of direct intimidation of U.N. staff and aid workers in the first six months of this year.

In addition, 19 U.N. staff members and aid workers have been attacked, 63 U.N. staff members and aid workers have been abducted and seven U.N. staff members and aid workers have been killed. FULL POST

August 18th, 2010
09:44 AM ET

Makeshift Taliban prison found

Security forces in southern Afghanistan found 27 shackled Afghan men in a makeshift Taliban prison compound, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said on Wednesday. FULL POST

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