Afghanistan expects $4 billion in aid pledges at July conference

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KABUL (Reuters) - Donor nations are likely to pledge a total of $4 billion in civilian assistance for Afghanistan at an aid conference in Japan next month, President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday in a national speech aimed at curbing corruption in his country. "Such an amount, more or less, will be pledged for the Afghan economy at the Tokyo conference," Karzai said during a specially convened session of parliament, indicating the support would come after most foreign combat troops left in 2014. ...