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  • n  the leaves of the shrub Catha edulis which are chewed like tobacco or used to make tea; has the effect of a euphoric stimulant

  • Never mind the social effects of an entire nation addled by the narcotic leaf khat, growing the plant could leave the country short of drinking water.
  • Once largely a social pastime, the ancient practice of chewing khat is taking on troubling dimensions.
  • We see wily corsairs in ragged clothing swarming out of their elusive mother ships, chewing narcotic khat while thumbing GPS phones and grappling hooks.

  • Ali Mohammed in Reuters South Africa
    We don't want the khat to be stopped, we don't want an al Shabaab administration,demonstrator Ali Mohamed told Reuters.
  • Sharif Sheik Ahmed in BBC News
    From today onwards we have banned khat in the areas we control,Mr Ahmed said. "Dealers found in possession of khat will pay 7 million Somali shillings ($5,000) and the khat will be burned. This substance is badly influencing our people."
  • Ali Abdullah Saleh in Bloomberg
    Khat is the whiskey of Yemen,said Saleh Amid Qalan, a 32-year-old government employee, standing in a passage next to the seventh century Great Mosque, the country's oldest.

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