New currency for Afghanistan

AFGHANISTAN - Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday said his government would replace its troubled afghani currency with new banknotes in a bid to bring stability to volatile exchange markets.

The new currency, which will still be called the afghani, will be worth 1 000 of the current currency, Karzai said.

Two planeloads of the new notes have already been flown into Kabul after being printed in Germany, and the exchange with the old notes will begin soon.

"People will be proud that they