FLORA AND FAUNA: The mountain slopes in the east connect to the forest area of the Himalayas: on the lower slopes oaks and acacias, somewhat higher cedars and finally pines and spruces. Agricultural crops: wheat (in many varieties), maize, barley, rice, cotton, sugar beet, sugar cane, apples, pears, apricots, almonds, grapes, subtropical fruits, mulberries, date palms and fig trees. Animal world. In the wild: wolf, fox, jackal, bear, panther, snow leopard, wild donkey, gazelle, wild sheep, ibex, deer, porcupine. Of the birds, the bearded vulture must be mentioned. Press and radio. There is no free press, a government news service selects the news. In 1970 there were 18 dailies (4 in Kabul) with a total circulation of approx. 100,000. There are also 70 weekly and monthly newspapers. Radio Kabul broadcasts eight hours a day. There are about 400000 radio receivers. See listofusnewspapers for Afghanistan Culture and Mass Media.