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Coke enters Kabul :

KABUL: Afghan president Hamid Karzai presided over the official opening of a new Coca-Cola plant in Kabul on Sunday, more than 10 years after the previous Coke facility in the capital was destroyed in the country’s deadly civil war. Karzai praised the plant’s developer, Habibullah Gulzar, for investing $25 million to build the facility, which has provided 350 jobs and can annually produce 15 million 24-bottle cases of the soft drink.