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 Taliban-Linked Provincial Candidates Worry Ghazni Officials


Ghazni Deputy Governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi on Monday raised concerns about a number of candidates from his province who were approved by election officials yet are affiliated with Taliban insurgents. His comments come after the Independent Election Commission's (IEC) release of the final list...

 Presidential Names Ordered for Ballot


The 11 Presidential candidates who made the Independent Election Commission's (IEC) final list last week gathered in Kabul for a meeting with elections officials on Monday regarding the ordering of names on ballots to be used in the April vote. The final list was published last week and saw t...

 Just Ignore Karzai and Press On


Uncertain signals from the Obama administration have sapped Afghans' confidence in the future. Just as U.S. and Afghan negotiators reached an agreement to keep U.S. forces in Afghanistan through 2024, Afghan President Hamid Karzai blinked. Mr. Karzai now wants the agreement signed after the 20...

 Candidates' Silence on BSA Rebuked


Civil society activists have criticized Presidential candidates for not weighing in on the debate surrounding the Kabul-Washington security pact. As the accord is expected to be a major factor in the coming years, the lack of clarity and input from those who wish to succeed Hamid Karzai has frus...

 Uganda: Arabica Coffee Vulnerable to Drastic Weather Changes


Arabica coffee, one of Uganda's flagship exports, could easily be wiped out unless something is done to help it withstand drastic weather changes. A report assessing Uganda's vulnerability to climate change has indicated that the country is facing a lot of challenges as a result of climate vari...

 Battling Flames in Forests, With Prison as the Firehouse


PRESCOTT, Ariz.: The men cluster in a tight pack, identities obscured by fire-resistant Nomex clothes, each one anonymous except for the color of his helmet: red for corrections officers, blue and yellow for inmates. When the air was hot and the woods were parched last summer, the peak of the w...

 Are gassy cattle a bigger problem than US government thought?


Cattle generate twice as much methane as the EPA supposed, according to a new report. The study's findings may also change assumptions about the safety of extracting natural gas, which consists primarily of methane. The gassy rumblings of ruminating cattle, along with the hisses and sloshes a...

 A North Atlantic Mystery: Case of the Missing Whales


Endangered North Atlantic right whales are disappearing from customary feeding grounds off the U.S. and Canadian coasts and appearing in large numbers in other locations, leaving scientists to wonder if shifts in climate may be behind the changes. Every summer and fall, endangered North Atla...

 Penny Lane: Gitmo's other secret CIA facility


WASHINGTON: In the early years after 9/11, the CIA turned some Guantanamo Bay prisoners into double agents then sent them home to help the U.S. kill terrorists, current and former U.S. officials said. The CIA promised the prisoners freedom, safety for their families and millions of dollars fro...

 What future does security pact give Afghanistan?


Afghanistan's Loya Jirga - grand traditional assembly - of 2,500 delegates on Sunday endorsed a crucial security agreement with the US and urged President Hamid Karzai to sign it by the end of this year. The bilateral security agreement between the US and Afghanistan is one of the most import...

 Mixed Pakistani reactions to US-Afghan deal


An assembly of Afghan tribal leaders has endorsed a deal to enable some US troops to operate in the country beyond 2014. Experts say the decision is a setback for Pakistan, which was hoping to regain influence in Kabul. After four days of deliberations in the Afghan capital Kabul, the Loya J...

 Why Hamid Karzai won't sign a popular U.S.-Afghanistan security pact


The U.S. and a council of Afghan elders are in agreement. What's Karzai's problem? In the 1980s, the Soviet Union learned that it's much easier to invade Afghanistan than to leave on your own terms. And nearly 25 years after the Russians left the country defeated; the U.S. is learning the sa...

 Are We Stupid? ‏


The following is the text of the address I made to the Seek, Speak and Spread Truth Conference in London on 23 November. Its main thrust is about the need for citizens to become politically engaged to make democracy work (before it’s as dead as the two-state solution for Israel-Palestine) in ord...

 IEA: China, India increasingly drive global energy demand as US moves to self-sufficiency


China and India are increasingly driving world energy demand as the United States’ production boom puts it on track to become independent of the global market, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday. China is close to becoming the world’s largest oil importer, while India will turn into th...

 Snow season shrinking by 11 days/decade: Study


SHIMLA: While tourist places like Manali and Dalhousie have witnessed early snowfall this year resulting into tourism boom, Shimla is still awaiting season's first snowfall. warming has not only resulted in rise in temperature, but has also affected snow and rain pattern in the region. Temperatu...

 Activist sits in Russian jail; family waits, worries


Dima Litvinov and other Greenpeace activists were arrested while protesting oil drilling in the Arctic. For his sister, the situation is depressingly familiar. The irony is cruel for Lara Litvinov. Nearly half a century ago, she and her brother, Dima Litvinov — children in a family with a lo...

 Clock ticks on authority for Guantanamo as terror suspects remain in limbo


The Authorization for the Use of Military Force law, or AUMF, is what allows the U.S. to keep the al-Qaida and Taliban militants at the terrorist detention center. But will it still be valid if U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan at the end of 2014? GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba: A persi...

 The Long Goodbye in Afghanistan


From his first campaign for the White House, President Obama has vowed to end more than a decade of war, bring the troops home and put America on a less militaristic footing. He has reduced the forces in Afghanistan from about 100,000 in 2010 to about 47,000 today and has promised that all Ameri...

 Why Pakistan fears foreign pullout from Afghanistan


Islamabad: Pakistan’s role in the war in Afghanistan appears to have come full circle, with many quarters now hoping for a drawn-out, "phased" withdrawal of Western troops from the region instead of an immediate one. This reflects a change of perception within the Pakistani establishment whi...

 Afghan Loya Jirga Endorses Security Pact With U.S., But Karzai Demurs


A four-day gathering of Afghan elders has ended in Kabul amid confusion over whether President Hamid Karzai will sign a key security deal with the United States. At the conclusion of the so-called Loya Jirga, Karzai conditioned his signing of the deal on an end to international raids on Afgha...


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Opinion

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