In addition to its other financial woes, Ireland is facing a €324 billion shortfall in its pension plan. That massive amount — two and a half times the Irish national debt — is a result of increases in the country’s pension obligations that have been left unfunded.
In other news, the Taliban destroyed a heavy-transport NATO helicopter parked at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Three Afghan service members were killed in the attack, and several NATO personnel were wounded.
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