UN survey: Afghanistan opium poppy cultivation up 7 percent in 2014

November 12, 2014 8:15 AM

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UN survey: Afghanistan opium poppy cultivation up 7 percent in 2014

Afghan children recite the Quran, Islam's holy book, at a local Madrassa, or seminary, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Islamic seminaries in Afghanistan are generally considered a source of education for poor families and children whose families could not afford expensive fees of formal schools. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) (The Associated Press)

KABUL, Afghanistan – The United Nations says opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan his risen by seven percent this year, hitting a record high despite costly U.S.-led efforts to cut production.

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