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Kabul boasts between 500 and 600 gyms
Kabul boasts between 500 and 600 gyms
Ghazal Golshiri

KABUL — You see the images everywhere in the streets of Kabul: bare-chested men posing with their protruding and pulsating muscles. Scattered across the Afghan capital, the posters are eye-catching in there own right, but stand out even more in a place where men typically sport the traditional long trousers and puffy shirts known as shalwar kameez.

In Kabul and in other Afghan cities, fitness studios have been mushrooming for a few years, as men embrace bodybuilding in growing numbers. You could call it an unexpected passion in a war-torn country where insecurity is rampant. According to a United Nations report published in July, the number of civilian victims has reached a new high in Afghanistan in the first six months of 2017, with 1,662 deaths and 3,581 injured.

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How Millennials And Boomers See Putin's Nuclear Threats Differently

Baby boomers who grew up under the threat of nuclear armageddon warn against a nuclear escalation of the war in Ukraine. But the younger generations are not cowed by Putin's blackmail. And that’s a very good thing.

Anti-nuclear bomb activists protest during Hiroshima Day Action in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 2020.

Peter Huth

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BERLIN — It is a sentence that no German Chancellor had ever had to utter before. “I am doing everything I can to prevent an escalation that would lead to World War III. There must not be a nuclear war,” said Olaf Scholz.

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