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Afghan streets get overdue facelift

KABUL — On an ordinary weekday, the streets of Kabul are choked with traffic, fetid with clogged drains, and crammed with carts displaying potatoes or used sweaters. Shoppers, school children, and commuters on bicycles dodge and dart through the hazardous maze, often taking their lives in their hands.

As bad as that is, the ordeal just got much worse.

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