Iran tries to block Afghanistan’s opium boom

In this Sunday, June 1, 2014 photo, an Iranian border guard patrols Iran's Dogharoun border with Afghanistan, near Taibad in eastern Iran. In the face of Afghanistans unprecedented boom in opium production, neighboring Iran is trying to baton down its border to slow down smuggling, building moats, walls and other large-scale projects. Iran spent more than $26 million last year alone on the border projects which also include large embankments, new border posts and lengths of barbed wire along parts of its 2,000-kilometer (1,200-mile) border with Afghanistan and Pakistan. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

TAIBAD, Iran (AP) — In the face of Afghanistan’s unprecedented boom in opium production, neighboring Iran is trying to baton down its border to slow down smuggling, building moats, walls and other large-scale projects.

Obama boosting America’s military effort in Europe

U.S. President Barack Obama and Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski make statements and meet with U.S. and Polish troops at an event featuring four F-16 fighter jets, two American and two Polish, as part of multinational military exercises, in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — President Barack Obama pledged Tuesday to boost U.S. military deployments and exercises throughout Europe, an effort costing as much as $1 billion to demonstrate American solidarity with a continent rattled by Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.

Bergdahl’s hometown cancels celebration of release

Flags and balloons marking the release from captivity of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl adorn the sidewalk outside a shop today in the soldier’s hometown of Hailey. The exchange for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo and the still-murky circumstances of how Bergdahl came to be captured nearly five years ago have prompted a fierce debate in Washington and across the country.

HAILEY (AP) — The hometown of released captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has canceled plans for a celebration later this month, citing security concerns after it was inundated with negative emails and angry phone calls.

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