Cuban Bus Fares Go Astray

Drivers have informal “conductors” to collect cash to supplement their wages.

"Shameless thieves!" Adís shouted at the Havana bus driver and his companion collecting money from passengers. "Not in your pockets. That isn’t allowed."

Adís was angry because she suspected the cash was being siphoned off by the “conductor” to share with the driver. Fare collection was abolished in Cuba in 2007, and since then passengers have dropped the money into boxes located next to the bus doors.

Education Link to Afghan Insurgency

Taleban footsoldiers are typically the least educated members of society, Farah residents say.

Farah province in western Afghanistan is the kind of place that provides the Taleban with plenty of recruits, according to speakers at a recent discussion event. The reason, they said, was because so few people have had proper schooling.

The provincial education department in Farah says only 18 per cent of a population of around 700,000 can read and write.

Armenia Grapples With Economics of Union

As President Sargsyan stresses economic benefits of joining Russian-led bloc, others fear they are signing up to political union as well.

As Armenia finalises arrangements for joining the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union, analysts say many practical obstacles remain before membership can benefit the country.

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