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Iran's new threat against Europe: drug trafficking
Iranian authorities warn that if the West continues to threaten Tehran's nuclear programme, Iran might stop fighting drug smuggling.
Kandahār massacre making ‘political solution’ in Afghanistan more urgent
Yesterday’s suicide bombing in southern Afghanistan kills more than 100 people. Analysts say it is urgent to open a dialogue with ‘moderate’ Taliban and find better ways to rebuild the country and co-ordinate international missions.
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UN report warns of growing opium production Myanmar and Laos
Since 2006, opium production has doubled in Southeast Asia. The lack of security, political stability and sustainable development is the main reason for farmers to turn to the drug trade. The average price for opium in Myanmar jumped from US$ 305 per kilogram in 2010 to US$ 450 per kilogram this year. Thai model is a positive alternative to opium.
Afghanistan’s future in mining, not opium
The country is a treasure trove of minerals and precious metals. However, exploiting deposits is a high-risk job because of the danger of attacks. India and China are trying to take a leading role in developing the sector. The Taliban want instead to stop any alternative economic development to maintain their hold on the opium trade.
As he is endorsed President, Ahmadinejad calls for the suppression of weapons of mass destruction
"I hope to remove the seals and resume activities [in the Isfahan facilities] today," says Iran's National Security Council spokesman Ali Agha Mohammadi.
Education, health care and social assistance to fight terrorism
Another international conference is underway to discuss ways to stabilise Afghanistan and fight terrorism. Expectations are high because Iran is represented. Experts tell AsiaNews that what is needed is more money to fight indigence and poverty, not more money to build up the military.
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