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 NATO leaders say Afghan troops need more training


MUNICH: Afghanistan's police force and army still need more training to handle the country's security on their own, making it critical for a new security agreement to be signed to allow international forces to remain after 2014, NATO's top two leaders said Saturday. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has...

  Afghanistan's presidential campaign to begin


KABUL, Afghanistan: The posters are printed. The rallies are organized. A televised debate is planned. Campaign season for Afghanistan's presidential election kicks off Sunday, and the stakes are high for the 11 candidates vying to succeed President Hamid Karzai and oversee the final chapter in a NA...

 Campaigning starts for Afghan presidential election


Kabul : Afghanistan's election campaign kicks off Sunday as the killing of a presidential candidate's aides highlighted the threat surrounding the poll to succeed Hamid Karzai, with NATO combat troops due to withdraw by year end. Gunmen shot dead two aides of Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign mini...

 World's cities face big extreme weather risk


Extreme weather poses one of the biggest risks to the global economy, experts warn, with some of world's largest cities in danger of being caught off-guard.In its recent Global Risks report for 2014, the World Economic Forum (WEF) ranked extreme weather events – such as floods, storms and fires – at...

 How Much Is U.S. to Blame for “Made-in-China” Pollution?


Air pollutants generated in China during the manufacture of goods destined for export travel across the Pacific, contributing to U.S. smog.China has some of the dirtiest air in the world, but a large share of the country's pollutants are generated during the manufacture of goods destined for countri...

 ‘Pakistan worst affected by climate change’


KARACHI: Agriculture is extremely vulnerable to climate change globally and in Pakistan, which is the one of the worst hit countries of climate change, agriculture is badly affected, said climate change experts and nature conservationists on Saturday. Addressing a conference on climate change organi...

 Polar Bears ‘More Resilient’ To Climate Change Than Thought, Can Survive Ice Melt By Modifying Diet


Polar bears are regularly thought of as being among the animals most burdened by climate change, often described as starved creatures floating aimlessly on shrinking icebergs. But new research is depicting the Arctic’s greatest predator as one that can actually adapt well to a changing climate, at l...

 Battered Britain: More wet weather... and there's still no sign of leadership


The Government braced itself for a further onslaught of storms and flooding last night, as the Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, promised that "everything possible" was being done to help potential flood victims and prepare for the further storms and tides forecast to hit the UK today. Mr Paters...

 War on weather


Generals and admirals around the world with long experience of planning military operations are taking the threat of climate change seriously. They have seen what can happen when a river running across borders or disputed territory begins to dry up. They are also aware of an emerging need to defend ...

 Tybee weighs turbine's effects on birds


Endangered piping plovers blend into the background of sandy beaches like Tybee’s, where these small shorebirds are known to visit.First decimated by the use of their feathers in women’s hats in the late 1800s, plovers have since suffered from having to compete with humans for beach space. Now only ...

 Water scarcity heightens caste tensions in India


KATHUA, India: The sleepy village of Rasooh in Jammu and Kashmir is surrounded by arid, rocky hills, denuded of trees. But its placid air belies generations-old tensions between caste groups - tensions which are being exacerbated by a scarcity of safe drinking water, threatening the health of the mo...

 Some deaths are more equal than others


Asim Qureshi, who met one of the Woolwich attackers, writes about how the case reveals much about how we value human life. With the Woolwich trial now over, there are some important questions that need to be asked in relation to the value our societies give to lives lost both in the East and the Wes...

 Restoring childhood


 WHEN Khalil Gibran, the Lebanese-American poet, wrote his famous poem Pity the Nation he probably could not in his wildest dreams imagine the excesses a nation can commit against children, whose souls, according to him, “dwell in the house of tomorrow”. Had he sensed man’s brutality towards his own...

 The Linchpin Lie: How Global Collapse Will Be Sold To The Masses


In our modern world there exist certain institutions of power.  Not government committees, alphabet agencies, corporate lobbies, or even standard military organizations; no, these are the mere “middle-men” of power.  The errand boys.  The well paid hitmen of the global mafia.  They are not the strat...

 VOA Exclusive: Report Shows Afghans Overwhelmingly Against Taliban Rule


A study obtained by VOA shows that Afghan citizens overwhelmingly oppose Taliban rule and believe their living conditions have improved over the last 10 years. The study, conducted by the Kabul-based ATR (Assess, Transform and Reach) consulting firm, surveyed more than 4,200 Afghans from 11 province...

 Obama giving up on Afghanistan?


With one word, “if,” President Obama this week raised the fear that America’s gains in Afghanistan will go down the drain, as they did in Iraq. True: Afghanistan is no Iraq. After all, as Obama’s told us time and again, the latter was a terrible blunder while the former was “the good war.” That’s wh...

 USAID hides Afghan corruption, financial risks from Congress, watchdog says


Afghanistan's government can't handle U.S. money without serious risk of waste and corruption, the U.S. Agency for International Development found, but agency officials hid that information from Congress and asked a top federal watchdog to keep the information secret as well. USAID did share its ass...

 After billions in U.S. investment, Afghan roads are falling apart


SAYEDABAD, Afghanistan: They look like victims of an insurgent attack — their limbs in need of amputation, their skulls cracked — but the patients who pour daily into the Ghazni Provincial Hospital are casualties of another Afghan crisis. They are motorists who drove on the road network built by the...

 Report Says Afghanistan Can’t Be Trusted to Prevent Misuse of U.S. Aid


KABUL, Afghanistan: With billions of dollars in American aid increasingly flowing straight into Afghan government coffers, the United States hired two global auditing firms three years ago to determine whether Afghanistan could be trusted to safeguard the money. The findings were so dire that Americ...

 Karzai behavior blasted as 'reckless,' could threaten US-Afghan cooperation


WASHINGTON: The already chilly relationship between Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai and the United States could be headed for a deep freeze as his erratic behavior threatens to undermine military cooperation in that country as the war winds down. Karzai has lashed out several times in recent months, most...


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