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 Feature: More Afghan women join police


KABUL: Despite traditional barriers in the war-torn Afghanistan, more and more women are now joining the police to secure their future. "I joined the Afghan National Police (ANP) to defend my country. I want to help my war-weary people. They have been suffering from war and conflicts over the...

 Afghans See Their Army Woo Them With Piety


Chawke, Afghanistan: Dozens of local herders waited on the cold concrete steps of an abandoned school building, warily watching the Afghan soldiers gathered nearby. The tribesmen had been searched twice already, their shawls unraveled and turbans probed for weapons. Days earlier, a local mull...

 Beneath Afghanistan's education advances, a host of school woes


Salang: There is not an ounce of fat on the wiry frame of Abdul Wahid, and no wonder. After he finishes his morning work shift, he walks 10 miles down mountain trails in northern Afghanistan to the first road, where he catches a bus for the last couple miles to the teacher training institute ...

 Trailblazing Afghan Female MP Forced To Take Shelter


Noorzia Atmar is the human face of women's rights in Afghanistan, her unbridled and open enthusiasm now bruised and sheltered from the public eye. As one of the country's first female lawmakers, she was a vocal and active force in carving out a bigger role for women in a society that had suf...

 Taliban-style edict for women spreads alarm in Afghan district


One of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's main religious advisers will not overturn a decree issued by clerics in the north re-imposing Taliban-style curbs on women, in another sign of returning conservatism as NATO forces leave the country. Just days after the United States launched a $200 mill...

 Lawyer: Soldier in Afghan case took malarial drug


SEATTLE: The lawyer for the American soldier who killed 16 Afghan civilians says Staff Stg. Robert Bales used a controversial malarial drug linked to paranoia, hallucinations and psychosis while on a previous deployment in Iraq. The Seattle Times reports (http://tinyurl.com/krppxrk) that it's...

 'US shares India's view on Afghanistan-led peace process'


Washington: Calling India "an essential partner" in Afghanistan, the US has said that it shares New Delhi's view about an Afghan-led peace process that results in a democratic, peaceful, and stable Afghanistan. During his first trip to India starting Monday, US Vice President Joe Biden will ...

 Two School Girls Kidnapped and Raped in Baghlan, Family Blames ANCOP


Two school girls were kidnapped and then raped by unidentified gunmen in the Hasarak district of Baghlan province 20 days ago. The kidnappers shot dead one of the girls and the other still remains in their custody. The family of the two girls claimed that their daughters were kidnapped by so...

 Lighting rural India


Out of the gloom Villagers enjoy sunlight after dark FLY by night over Uttar Pradesh in northern India, the country’s most populous state, and its cities appear as dazzling islands. In between, however, lies an inky sea. Perhaps two-thirds of Uttar Pradesh’s 200m people have no regular electr...

 U.S. shells out millions for bum construction in Afghanistan: Report


A $3 million U.S.-contracted schools project in Afghanistan remains grossly unfinished more than four years after the start of construction because the Army Corps of Engineers did not hold the contractor accountable for the work it has been paid to do, a new report by a U.S. government watchdog ...

 Rifts Over Fees and Taliban Sour Afghanistan Exit


KABUL, Afghanistan: If the ease of the American exit from Afghanistan is based on the supply of Afghan good will, it has been a troubling and potentially very costly week for the United States. Even as a top aide to President Hamid Karzai unleashed a new round of hostile talk on television th...

 Commander Cautions Against Full Afghan Pullout


U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford Calls Talk of 'Zero Option' Unhelpful KABUL: The U.S.-led coalition's commander in Afghanistan cautioned against withdrawing all troops from the country next year, arguing that discussions of the so-called zero option, gaining currency in Washington and ...

 How to turn tricks on TV


Invited on a panel? Going for a TV debate? No time to prepare? Don’t have much to say because you’re not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree (or brightest colour this Holi)? No matter. Read this on your way to the studio and you’ll be fine. Here are six easy-to-use tricks for TV debates. 1...

 Media in the spotlight


THE two-member media commission’s recommendation for consultations on the review of all media laws and codes could not have been more timely. The fact is that lately a lot of concern has been expressed vocally by discerning observers about the damage the media is inflicting on our society. Any ...

 Drug Addiction on the Rise in Afghanistan


A recent study conducted by one of the addiction treatment centers revealed that over 1, 20,000 women and around 60000 children are categorized as being drug addicts in the country. The study was followed with a warning by an official from the treatment center that the possibility of increase...

 Flow of U.S. military gear across Afghan borders halts amid dispute


An escalating dispute between the Afghan government and the United States over customs procedures has halted the flow of U.S. military equipment across Afghanistan’s borders, forcing commanders to rely more heavily on air transport, which has dramatically increased the cost of the drawdown, acco...

 Malala Yousafzai and the White Saviour Complex


When Malala Yusufzai was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen simply because she wanted to gain an education it sent shockwaves around the world. Straight away the Western media took up the issue. Western politicians spoke out and soon she found herself in the UK. The way in which the West reacte...

 Will Afghan women bear brunt of international pullout?


Afghan politicians are already preparing themselves for a less-progressive country once international forces pull out, a female Afghan parliamentarian told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday. “They are preparing themselves for a new situation, post-2014,” Fawzia Koofi said from Kabul, “and ...

 Afghan jailer helps NATO soldier's killer escape


Fugitive shot dead a Slovakian soldier and injured several others last week in apparent insider attack An Afghan soldier who shot dead a NATO soldier and injured several others last week has fled a military jail with the help of the officer in charge of prison security, Afghan and NATO offici...

 Child sex abuse rampant in Afghanistan, documentary shows


Documentary raises questions about why it has taken 5 years to complete investigation into allegations that officers told soldiers to ignore cases of sex abuse against boys in Afghanistan. U.S. Marine Maj. Bill Steuber, like most people in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, knew that l...


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