NYT: The multibillion-dollar trade has survived previous bans. Now, the Taliban are going after solar-powered water pumps to try to dry up poppy crops in the middle of a national economic crisis. Click here to read more (external link).
Bloomberg: Afghanistan will build its first 20-megawatt solar power plant in a bid to meet rising energy demand in a country that imports most of its electricity. The project in the capital will be funded by the Asian Development Bank, which is providing $45 million, according to a statement emailed on Sunday. It will be built in