Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan dropped 19 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to figures from the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. A recent uptick in violence across the south, however, will worsen once the poppy crop is harvested in coming weeks and the extremists deploy gunmen to protect their vast smuggling empire, officials, analysts and diplomats are predicting.
England’s Danny Willett won the 80th Masters at Augusta National on Sunday in Augusta, Georgia for his first major title. He was trailing defending champion Jordan Spieth by five strokes around the turn, but stormed down the back nine to overhaul the American. Willett is the first Englishman since Nick Faldo 20 years ago to win the Masters and only the second all-time.
Drivers are competing in NASCAR’s top series, the Sprint Cup Series, at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Driving a Toyota, Kyle Busch won the Duck Commander 500 on April 9, 2016.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Icelandic Parliament building this week, demanding Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson step down after news broke on Sunday that he had hid his assets in an offshore shell-company whose existence was revealed by the Panama Papers.
The annual cherry blossom festival on Yeouido island in central Seoul runs from April 1-10.