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 Afghan Taliban warn voters to stay away from polls


KABUL, Afghanistan : The Taliban threatened voters Monday and warned they will "use all force" possible to disrupt Afghan presidential elections next month, posing a crucial test for the country's security forces seeking to show they can bring stability as the West prepares to end its combat mission...

 News Analysis: Marshal Fahim's death could affect Afghanistan's political, security landscape


KABUL: Vice President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, one of the most powerful political figures in Afghanistan, passed away in his home on Sunday. Fahim's sudden death has raised questions among the ethnically divided Afghans, especially in the political and media circles, as to whether his passing w...

 Is Afghanistan really impossible to conquer?


Kandahar, Afghanistan: It's 25 years since the Soviet Union pulled its troops out of Afghanistan. The US is due to remove most of its forces at the end of the year. So what have these and other Afghan campaigns taught us? Last Ramadan I drove through the badlands outside Kandahar to see the house wh...

 Ed Miliband visits British troops in Afghanistan


Ed Miliband has said he would support British military intervention in future conflicts if it was "in the national interest". On a visit to Afghanistan, the Labor leader said maintaining strong armed forces were "an absolute commitment". But, he declined to rule out further military spending cuts, s...

 Leading Afghan women honored on the eve of Int’l women’s day


France and Germany for the first time honored two competent and leading Afghan women on the eve of international women’s day. The two women received ‘competent woman of the year’ award which was given jointly by France and Germany, after they received votes from jury for their activities. Sharifa Da...

 Afghanistan election front-runner: 'Sacrifices of British troops have led Afghanistan from dark ages


Abdullah Abdullah, who is running in the April 4 election, condemns President Karzai’s tirades and tells Rob Crilly in Jalalabad he will sign a deal with America Jalalabad : A front-runner in Afghanistan’s elections has criticized President Hamid Karzai for his incendiary claim that NATO forces were...

 Warlord Who Tamped Conflicts as Afghan Vice President Dies


KABUL, Afghanistan: Vice President Muhammad Qasim Fahim of Afghanistan, a formidable power broker and former warlord who played a crucial role in ousting the Taliban and shaping the political order that followed, died on Sunday, less than a month before Afghans are to elect a new leader. Mr. Fahim, ...

 Afghanistan: Fahim's death leaves void


Why the demise of the Afghan warrior-turned-politician will affect the country's future.The death of Afghanistan's first Vice President, Marshal Mohammed Qassim Fahim, is a loss to the country, and it will affect the ethnic Tajik community at this critical juncture. Less than a month before Afghans ...

 Vice President Marshal Fahim Praised By Many


The sudden death of Afghan Vice President Marshal Muhammad Qasim Fahim on Sunday from a heart attack came as a shock to many. But news of the untimely departure of one of Afghanistan's most prominent political figures was soon overwhelmed by an outpouring of praise for the man from friends, colleagu...

 Taliban Threatens Afghan Voters


ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgency has warned Afghans against participating in the April 5 presidential election and ordered its fighters to use “all force” possible to disrupt the election. The Islamist group's statement marks its first formal threat of violence to prevent the election pro...

 Afghan Hazaras Emerge as Power Brokers in President Elections


Major Candidates Courting Votes of Important Ethnic MinorityKABUL: Afghanistan's once-persecuted ethnic Hazara minority, which has made strong economic and political gains since the U.S. ousted the Taliban in 2001, has emerged as a formidable power broker in the April presidential election. The most...

 How Pakistan moves against Taliban could complicate Afghan ties


Pakistan’s military is set to launch a major military operation in North Waziristan, AP reported this week, after weeks of hesitation over its strategy of negotiating with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Yet although the expected operation follows the killing of 23 Pakistani soldiers last month by ...

 Frustration in Afghan women's rights struggle


KABUL, Afghanistan: In 2009, the United States gave Wazhma Frogh the International Woman of Courage award for her women's rights activism in Afghanistan. Prominently displayed in Frogh's office is a picture of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton granting her the award as First Lady Michelle Obam...

 China says to work with Afghanistan to fight terrorism


Beijing: China said on Saturday that it will work with Afghanistan to fight terrorism, after it blamed a deadly train station attack on extremists from its western Xinjiang region, which shares a short border with the war-torn nation. Beijing has become increasingly concerned about security in resti...

 Indonesian volcanic eruptions may cause southern China drought, expert says


Climate scientist says recent volcanic activity caused recent dry spell in Malaysia, SingaporeRecent unusually dry weather in Malaysia and Singapore is probably the result of recent volcanic eruptions in Indonesia, says a Hong Kong earth scientist. And the same volcanic activity may cause a severe d...

 Despite Massive Taliban Death Toll No Drop in Insurgency


WASHINGTON: Afghan police and army units are killing an average of 12 Taliban fighters every day but according to experts the high death toll is having little effect on Taliban recruitment efforts or the group’s ability to stage attacks. Fighting that led to the initial collapse of the Taliban’s Isl...

 Bangladesh's Home Truth


DHAKA, Bangladesh: It’s fine to call yourself a feminist in Bangladesh. In fact, it’s even encouraged.The title, earned through the work of a generation of women who heralded the independence of Bangladesh in 1971 with promises of a transformed nation, has not yet accrued the complicated history tha...

 Why USA cannot treat Russia like Iraq?


A.Top World Powers in terms of deploy-able Nuclear firepower: 1 Russia2 United States3 UK4 France5 ChinaThese five are also the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council - they are the only nations that posses both thermonuclear weapons and the ICBMs to deliver them anywhere on earth in minutes...

 Man survives first week with artificial heart after world-first operation


A 75-year-old Frenchman was feeding himself and chatting to his family more than a week after becoming the first person to be fitted with an artificial heart, one of his surgeons said."He is awake, feeding himself and talking with his family. We are thinking of getting him up on his feet soon, proba...

 Treasures of ancient Afghanistan arrive for Sydney exhibit at Art Gallery of NSW


Scores of ancient artifacts that survived the destruction of war in Afghanistan have been brought to Sydney for a new exhibit. The pieces were saved from the National Museum in Kabul in the late 1980s by staff concerned at the risk posed by the civil war that broke out in Afghanistan in the wake of ...


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