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Taliban threaten Afghan poll safety

Taliban threaten Afghan poll safety

The Taliban are very much in control in large parts of south Afghanistan. Before nationwide elections they’ve promised “strong punishment” for anyone who votes, leading to a ratcheting up of security. Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr reports from Kandahar.

Global Recession – Shaved prices for Egypt’s carpenters

The Egyptian port city of Damietta has long been known for manufacturing furniture.

Recently, however, due to the increasing prices of wood, many workshops have gone bust as they are unable to afford the basic component of their industry.

They cannot raise the price of what they make as the economic slowdown is affecting people’s purchasing power.

Latin America’s struggle to cut drug route to US

Mexico’s battle to stop drug gangs using the country as a trafficking route is nothing new in the Americas – in the 1970s, cocaine was exported to the US from Colombia.

With Washington’s help, Bogota was eventually able to weaken the cartels but not stop the trade, now focused on Mexico, home to the most powerful drug cartels, where the fight continues.

Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman reports from Bogota, Colombia’s capital, on the battle against drug trafficking.

Global Recession – Business flying low in Luton

Our case study in Europe is the town of Luton, near London: population approx 185,000. Job losses here are connected to the faltering car industry. A downturn in international travel could also affect business at Luton Airport, a key UK international gateway. The equivalent of the whole of one of the city’s districts is now unemployed and claiming benefit. Figures show that unemployment has increased by 37 per cent in the last year.