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 Mellissa Fung returns to Afghanistan, 5 years after abduction


Journalist Mellissa Fung, who was abducted in 2008 in Kabul, Afghanistan, and held hostage, recently returned to the city, five years after the attack. "I have returned to a place that has both haunted and changed my life," she says. Fung says that someone who experiences a life-altering e...

 Afghanistan sees 28 percent rise in child rape cases


The Independent Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan (AIHRC) announced Saturday that rape cases of children have increased by 28 percent this year. AIHRC released its annual report on Children condition in Afghanistan and said that the main motive behind increased rape of children in the c...

 Afghan parliament reject reserved seat for Hindu/Sikh minority


The parliament of Afghanistan on Saturday rejected President Hamid Karzai’s decree for the reservation of a seat for the Hindu and Sikh minority in the parliament of Afghanistan. The presidential decree was placed for the endorsement in the parliament house by legislative commission on Saturd...

 A Karzai Impersonator Finds Fame and Misfortune


KABUL, Afghanistan: The two men share no obvious resemblance. One is regal, with a trim white beard and impeccable sartorial taste. The other wears Coke-bottle glasses, smells of sour tobacco and has little money for fashion or grooming. One is the president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai. The ...

 Poppy Farming Doubled in Nangarhar This Year


The Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MoCN) admitted that poppy cultivation, despite eradication efforts, has doubled in scope in 2013. Officials blamed militant networks, the Taliban and Al-Qaeda and poverty as the main factors behind the rise. The eastern province of Nangarhar is counte...

 From fertilizer to Zyklon B: 100 years of the scientific discovery that brought life and death


It's 100 years since Fritz Haber found a way to synthesize ammonia – helping to feed billions but also to kill millions, and contributing to the pollution of the planet Several hundred scientists from across the globe will gather in Ludwigshafen, Germany, next week to discuss a simple topic: "...

 A Fight Over Vineyards Pits Redwoods Against Red Wine


In the California wine mecca of Sonoma County, climate change is pitting redwood lovers against red wine lovers. This Friday morning, a coalition of environmental groups are in a Santa Rosa, Calif., courtroom fighting to stop a Spanish-owned winery from leveling 154 acres of coast redwoods and Do...

 Climate, invasive species affect ecosystem


National Park was created by slow changes in geothermal conditions, but now it's being reshaped by rapid changes in climate and human pressures, according to a new report. After enduring for almost 150 years, Yellowstone National Park is changing under human pressures as documented in the 2013 i...

 Extreme weather deepens crisis for Kashmir's nomadic tribes


JAMMU, India: Some half a million nomads in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir are losing the battle to maintain their way of life amid conflict, scarce development opportunities and a changing climate. Every year, as winter gives way to spring in the Jammu region, the nomads of the Bakarwal ...

 Human-Caused Climate Change May Have Worsened Syrian Unrest


SAN FRANCISCO: Drought was a key factor contributing to unrest and civil war in Syria, and the severity of the drought was probably a result of human-caused climate change, new research presented here Monday (Dec. 9) at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union suggests. The study an...

 Three Ways U.S.-China Conflict Is Helping on Climate Change


The state-run air quality monitoring station in Beijing isn't new. It has been operating since 1974. But last year for the first time, it began to make public hourly pollution data across the 6,500 square miles of China that the station covers, readings that often have spelled bad news for the 2...

 Historical Judgment on Gays: SC Judgment safeguards Nature


After wavering on live-in relationship, which was a blow to family, today Supreme Court has pronounced a verdict that would safeguard the natural sexual relationship of men and women. It has set aside the Delhi High Court ruling that sought to decriminalize homosexuality. This is indeed a histor...

 China's coal emissions responsible for 'quarter of a million premature deaths'


Hundreds of thousands of children still at risk from dangerous levels of air pollution as poisonous smog fills cities, study says Emissions from coal plants in China were responsible for a quarter of a million premature deaths in 2011 and are damaging the health of hundreds of thousands of Chi...

 Where the Torture Never Stops‏


Status Quo at Gitmo It was shortly after five o’clock on a Saturday morning last April. The prisoners in the communal cellblock at Camp 6 in Guantanamo Bay Prison had just gathered for morning prayers. Suddenly the overhead lights went out; the cell doors slammed shut and tear gas canisters ex...

 US turns its back on Afghan interpreters


Washington: The Taliban views interpreters who served the US military as traitors. Thousands of translators now fear for their lives at home in Afghanistan, while they wait in vain for residence visas promised to them by the US. The prospect of death bound their fates together. First, an Afgh...

 U.S. Taps Elite Afghan Units Ahead of Exit


Military Trains Special Teams to Carry Out Targeted Raids Against Insurgent Havens, Mirroring Tactics Used in Vietnam MEHTAR LAM, Afghanistan: U.S. commanders are turning to elite Afghan police and military units to pursue insurgents deep into their sanctuaries, in an echo of tactics that Ameri...

 US wants India to push Karzai to ink security deal


With Hamid Karzai stonewalling every US effort to conclude a bilateral security agreement, the Obama Administration is pinning its hopes on India to persuade the Afghan President to sign the deal and end the current political imbroglio on the issue. A top Obama administration official has des...

 Afghanistan: muzzling the media to win the war


The public loses out when the army is allowed to dominate the information battlefield. When Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced a formal end to the ADF's commitment in Afghanistan during a whistle-stop trip to Tarin Kowt on October 28, 2013, he observed that ''Australia's longest war is ending, ...

 MP, Traffic Cop Win 'Honest Man' Award


Civil society groups and the Afghan Anti-corruption Network declared this year's winners of the "Honest Man" award MP Dr. Ramazan Bashardost and a traffic officer Abdul Saboor. The "Honest Man" award is given annually to praise certain individuals for the integrity of their work, often focusi...

 Salang Roads Could Go Bad to Worse in Winter


According to Salang commuters, the roads are in horrible condition and are constant trouble for drivers. However, with the winter weather setting in, many fear things may only get worse, posing a major hazard to public safety. "Salang roads are in a very bad condition; there is no water drain...


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