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 Missing Malaysia flight MH370: Search will be affected by climate change, say scientists


The effects of climate change will have hampered efforts to find Mayalsian Airlines flight MH370, which, along with its 239 passengers and crew, has been missing since 8 March, according to climate change scientists. Data modelers, who have been tasked with mapping regional air and water currents to...

 Afghanistan Elections: The Irreversible Journey of Afghan Women


Afghans turned out in strong numbers for the presidential and provincial council elections on April 5, with an estimated seven million people casting their votes for the candidates of their choice. The presidential election is Afghanistan's first ever democratic transition of power, with current Pre...

 Pakistan says to work with new Afghan gov't to boost ties


ISLAMABAD: As tensions heightened between Pakistan and Afghanistan in recent weeks over cross-border shelling, Islamabad said on Thursday it will work with the new Afghan government to improve relationship. Vote counting is underway in Afghanistan after the April 5 landmark presidential and provinci...

 Citizen Monitoring Comes to Light, Officials Promise to Honor Vote


New evidence has come to light indicating that across the country average citizens took it upon themselves to help prevent electoral fraud during last weekend's vote. Meanwhile, at a press conference on Wednesday, election officials openly conceded that there was a significant amount of irregulariti...

 Is India on a Totalitarian Path? Arundhati Roy on Corporatism, Nationalism and World's Largest Vote


AMY GOODMAN: Voting has begun in India in the largest election the world has ever seen. About 815 million Indians are eligible to vote over the next five weeks. The number of voters in India is more than two-and-a-half times the entire population of the United States. The election will take place in...

  Experts: Afghan turnout boosted by social media


Activists and experts say that social media campaigns were among the factors behind an unprecedented high turnout in the Afghan elections. An estimated seven million Afghans went to the polls, despite Taliban threats. The Taliban launched a series of attacks, focused mainly on the capital Kabul, jus...

 NATO forces in southern Afghanistan ‘often made conflict worse’


A Territorial British Army captain has said that the NATO forces “often made the conflict worse” in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. The British Army captain, Mike Martin studied Helmand for six years and completed an Army-funded PhD at King’s College in London. He is due to publish a book ...

 Ghani Says Election Showed Afghanistan's Transformation


Vote Sent Out Positive Images of Country KABUL: Presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, a former Afghan finance minister, has seen a transformation in the April 5 elections. The former technocrat is now a formidable politician able to muster large crowds at campaign rallies around the country. Mr. Ghan...

 Afghan Presidential Candidate Abdullah Satisfied With Election


Says He is Confident of a Strong ShowingKABUL: Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister who came second after President Hamid Karzai in 2009 elections, said he is very satisfied with his showing in Saturday's presidential vote. A former anti-Taliban Northern Allianc...

 Afghanistan's voters needed patience more than protection


When polling day finally dawned in Afghanistan, it was mostly peaceful – even a flawed election is better than noneI woke early on election morning with a grim sense of foreboding. I had set my alarm clock not to catch the first voters, but in readiness for the first suicide bombers, who Afghan and ...

 Afghan elections: Great start with risks ahead


Afghanistan experienced yet another defining moment as millions of Afghans braved suicide attacks, roadside bombs, intimidations and even unexpected stormy weather conditions on Saturday, to take part in the presidential (and provincial council) elections - expected to produce the country's first de...

 After ’09 Fraud, Afghanistan Reports a Cleaner Election


KABUL, Afghanistan: The Afghan presidential election on Saturday appeared to be substantially cleaner than the widely discredited 2009 election, according to complaint figures released Tuesday by the authorities here. None of the leading candidates have said so far that they would dispute this year’...

 At people’s doorstep


KHALID, who lives in Shikarpur, suffers from end-stage kidney failure. His ailment was diagnosed at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation, Karachi. I met Khalid at SIUT, Sukkur, where he was on dialysis. He is fortunate to have a donor — his younger brother. But Khalid has to wait for a...

 Would You Risk Your Life to Vote? It Looks Like 7 Million Afghans Did.


In November 2012, U.S. voter turnout was 58 percent. And on Saturday, Afghan turnout was about the same—in the face of dire threats and violence. What does that say about our democracy? What would you be willing to risk in order to vote? Would you cast a ballot if it meant your finger might be cut o...

 Observers Call 2014 Elections 'Transparent'


Observers who monitored polling centers around the country on Saturday have said this year’s elections were more transparent than the 2009 election. The elections held on Saturday, marking the start of Afghanistan's first democratic transition of power in modern history, have been heralded around th...

 News Analysis: What Lessons Have Been Learned From Afghanistan's Elections?


KABUL: U.S. President Barack Obama hailed the Afghan vote as "another important milestone in Afghans taking full responsibility for their country." UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Afghans "braved threats and intimidation" and "sent a powerful message that the perpetrators of violence cannot wi...

 Rivals cry foul as early results put Abdullah ahead in Afghan capital


KABUL: Preliminary tallies from Afghanistan's presidential election showed former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah leading in parts of Kabul on Monday but, with ballot counting likely to last weeks, it was far too early to predict a winner. The two other frontrunners complained of fraud in the Apr...

 Tony Blair 'Knew All About CIA Secret Kidnap Programe'


Former British PM was 'fully briefed' on CIA's interrogation program after Sept 11 attacks "The Telegraph" - - Tony Blair knew in detail about the CIA’s secret kidnap and interrogation program after the September 11 attacks and was kept informed “every step of the way” by MI6, a security source has ...

 Afghanistan runs out of ballot papers as election turnout surprises


KANDAHAR/KABUL : Afghanistan's landmark election on Saturday was marred by a shortage of ballot papers that left many voters still queuing to cast their vote with polling due to close, as the organizers appeared unprepared for a high turnout. The Independent Election Commission ordered voting to be ...

 Next Afghan president will face a battle for control of nation’s mineral wealth


Whoever Afghans elect to lead them must wrest control of nation's mineral wealth from warlordsKabul: Millions of Afghans are expected to queue at makeshift polling booths today, defying Taliban threats to kill them, to elect their next president. It will be an unprecedented democratic leadership tra...


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