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 After Pakistani church bombing, Sharif gives up on Taliban peace talks


ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called off plans for unconditional peace talks with militant insurgents after a series of deadly terrorist attacks that culminated in Sunday’s suicide bombing of a church, which killed 83 people. “We had proposed peace talks with the Taliba...

 Afghan interpreter in danger of having US visa revoked, fears Taliban revenge


The Afghan interpreter who finally received a visa for a new life in the U.S.could have it revoked after only two weeks -- and has gone into hiding amid fears he and his family have become targets of the Taliban. Janis Shinwary already had quit his job as a translator for the U.S. military s...

  Suicide bombers sexually abused in training camps: NDS


Suicide bombers are sexually abused and raped while they are trained on how to carry out suicide attack and terrorist activities, in training camps, Afghan intelligence officials said. Afghan intelligence — National Directorate of Security (NDS) following a statement on Monday said that the s...

 Small firms seek to move in on Afghanistan's vast mineral wealth


KABUL :Few companies showed up to Afghanistan's fresh appeal for investment in its vast mineral wealth on Sunday, apparently deterred by trouble plaguing two of its largest projects and allowing small firms to emerge as the main contenders. The Mines Ministry pleaded to a handful of local and...

 "PAIWAND"- First Social Media Summit Held in Kabul


Afghanistan's leading government and private-sector organizations have come together to hold the country's first social media summit titled- "Paiwand," meaning "connection" in Dari. The participants at the summit said that over 2.4 million Afghans have access to the internet, and among them over...

 The Women in Afghanistan: In the News for the Wrong Reasons


Imagine you woke up tomorrow and heard on the news that a prominent woman MP here in Britain had been kidnapped along with her two daughters. It would be utterly shocking. Now imagine it’s a few weeks later and you hear that another female parliamentarian, a member of the House of Lords for e...

 Environmentalists dismayed by deforestation in Bangladesh


DHAKA, Bangladesh (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – At a time when climate change scientists and activists are calling for large-scale forest protection and reforestation to counter the impacts of climate change, the government of Bangladesh is cutting down large areas of forest to clear land it sa...

 Pollution control plan to slash PM2.5


Reducing coal consumption, utilizing low-sulfur fuel at heart of program Hebei and Shandong provinces and the municipalities of Beijing and Tianjin will cut their combined coal consumption by 83 million metric tons by the end of 2017, according to a new air-pollution control plan. The plan, rele...

 China Eases on Coal, to Hike Prices of Clean Fuel to Urge Higher Output


China has set to increase the prices of cleaner fuel  before the year ends, making its intent clear in cleaning up its air by easing out on its coal usage. The country's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) on Monday said it approached state domestic refiners to hasten the improvem...

 Army proposes keeping 200 troops in Helmand after 2014


Military leaders are pushing a plan to keep up to 200 British troops in Helmand after the pullout of NATO combat forces from Afghanistan next year, The Telegraph has learnt. The proposal is the first official acknowledgment that Britain could keep forces in the province where nearly 450 troo...

 Afghan lawmaker says Taliban abduction left her 'even braver'


KABUL, Afghanistan : The Taliban kidnappers moved her to at least 13 homes, made her sleep on the ground, and kept asking where she'd been, what she'd done and whom she knew. Every few days, she would be given a chance to call her family. Still, the militants would push her only so far — they...

 My life of hell in an Afghan harem


Naive and in love, I married a man from Kabul — only to discover the horrible life of a fundamentalist Muslim wife. Phyllis Chesler, 72, is a feminist scholar and a professor emerita of psychology and women’s studies at City University of New York. In her 14th book, “An American Bride in Kabul...

 Afghanistan: Afghan Women Face Growing Threats


Afghanistan: Analysts say a spate of attacks on high-profile Afghan women has heightened fears that the limited gains for women’s rights will be reversed after NATO forces withdraw next year. Fariba Ahmadi Kakar, who represents the southern province of Kandahar in the Afghan parliament, was f...

 Pakistan releases top Afghan Taliban prisoner in effort to boost peace process


Afghanistan's government says it hopes former Taliban deputy leader Abdul Ghani Baradar can play important role in talks Pakistan has released its highest-ranking Afghan Taliban prisoner in an effort to jump-start Afghanistan's struggling peace process. The Afghan government has long demand...

 Taliban using internet in propaganda war


KABUL: Taliban militants fighting Afghan government and NATO-led forces to regain power in the militancy- plagued Afghanistan, contrary to the past, have been enormously using the internet in the propaganda war, a change of mind unthinkable 12 years ago. The armed outfit which was dethroned b...

 A Young Army Ventures Out Alone


Pvt. Abdul Waheed, an Afghan bomb-squad leader with eight years of experience, was killed this summer by an insurgent device he was attempting to defuse. "It takes a special person to walk down to something designed to kill you," said U.S. Army Lt. Preston Gentry, who mentored Pvt. Waheed. "A...

 U.S. general sees problems, progress in developing Afghan air force


NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland: The U.S.-led effort to train the Afghan air force faces big challenges ranging from security threats to possible repercussions from a new review of infrastructure and equipment projects, the U.S. general in charge said. "This is a hard deal. We're far from 100-perce...

 A rare glimpse inside the world of an ex-jihadist Afghan warlord


KABUL, Afghanistan: Recalling his battlefield days, ex-jihadist warlord Haji Mohammad Almas Zahid offers up a grisly tour of his scars, souvenirs from a life spent fighting. "I've got a lot of bullets in my body," the former mujahedeen fighter and Afghan army commander says with spine-chillin...

 Tab for bringing gear home from Afghanistan: $3 billion


Washington: A year from now, the Pentagon plans to have shipped home, sold or scrapped virtually every weapon, truck and rucksack it has sent to fight the war in Afghanistan. It's an enormous task. About 1.5 million pieces of equipment ranging from armored trucks and ammunition to radios and ...

 SIGAR Worried About Embezzlement of US Aid


John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), in a report that was made public on Wednesday said that huge amounts of the US aid money in Afghanistan have been either embezzled or wasted. Mr. Sopko warned the US authorities against the possibility of more e...


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