Donors Offer Afghanistan $16B

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai gestures as heads of delegations gather for a group photo session prior to the opening of the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan in Tokyo on July 8, 2012. The world conference aimed at charting a course for Afghanistan once foreign combat forces leave in 2014 got under way in Tokyo.      AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI        (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Donors from around the world pledged $16 billion in development money to Afghanistan on Sunday to show they’re serious about keeping ties with the country. There was one string attached, however, the donors said—the Afghan government had to show that the distribution of the funds was not tainted by corruption. Responding to news of the donations, which came from international donors from more than 70 countries or charitable organizations, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “Afghanistan has made important progress, but the gains are fragile.” Three roadside explosives killed 18 people in Afghanistan on Sunday, including women and children.

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