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 Regimental Combat Team 7 Rolls Up Its Flag In Afghanistan


At the peak of fighting in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, there were 20,000 Marines battling the Taliban. Now there are 8,000. And more are heading home every month. Among the latest to pack up was Regimental Combat Team 7. At their mission's recent closing ceremony, several hundred Marin...

 Uncertain future for Afghan businesswoman as West leaves


KABUL: The United States and its allies have put promoting women's rights at the core of their 12-year mission in Afghanistan and Liza Ghausi Nooristani has profited nicely from their intervention. Nooristani is one of the few women in conservative, male-dominated Afghanistan to set up and ru...

 From classrooms to suicide bombs: children's lives in Afghanistan


Child casualties in Afghanistan are rising, among them children recruited as suicide bombers by the Taliban – often with their parents' blessing. But education is the way ahead At the juvenile detention center in Kandahar there are two sets of children. The first are riotous and loud, arrested...

 Can Farming Provide a Solution to Climate Change?


Farming is one of the few human activities that can pull CO2 from the atmosphere and store it safely When the heavy rains came to Iowa this spring, corn farmer Dave Miller tilled the rolling portions of his 255-hectare plot. Cutting into the soil slows runoff and, particularly, prevents water f...

 Relocation of Alaska's sinking Newtok village halted


Setback for tribal communities threatened by climate change as government freezes funding over local political dispute An Alaskan village's quest to move to higher ground and avoid being drowned by climate change has sputtered to a halt, The Guardian has learned. Newtok, on the Bering Sea coas...

 Scandal in South Korea Over Nuclear Revelations


SEOUL, South Korea: Like Japan, resource-poor South Korea has long relied on nuclear power to provide the cheap electricity that helped build its miracle economy. For years, it met one-third of its electricity needs with nuclear power, similar to Japan’s level of dependence before the 2011 disas...

 The 10 most oil-rich states


Ten states accounted for roughly 94% of all onshore U.S. reserves as of the end of 2011, with roughly a third of this in Texas alone — just over 7 billion barrels. In many of these states, the oil industry is a major part of their economies. Based on the U.S. Energy Information Administration's ...

 Afghan Militants Kill 9 Near Indian Consulate


KABUL, Afghanistan : Armed with assault rifles and an explosives-laden vehicle, three men tried to attack an Indian consulate in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing at least nine people and offering a brutal reminder that tensions beyond this country’s borders threaten to fuel the conflict ...

 Intercepts suggest Pakistan's ISI hired 'assassins' to attack Indian envoy in Kabul


New Delhi: The killing fields of Afghanistan have again taken center-stage. India has warned its ambassador to Kabul, Amar Sinha, of a plot by Pakistan-based bombers to assassinate him, and has recommended that he not leave home without a bullet-proof jacket nor travel in a convoy of less than t...

 India blame outside forces for attack on Jalalabad consulate


The government of India on Saturday condemned deadly attack on Indian consulate in eastern Jalalabad city of Afghanistan and blamed outside forces for the attack that left at least 9 people dead and 23 others injured. Suicide bombers detonated an explosives-packed car, killing nine civilians...

 Attack on Indian mission in Afghanistan raises specter of regional struggle


JALALABAD, Afghanistan: Insurgents attacked the Indian consulate in Afghanistan's eastern capital on Saturday, killing nine people and reinforcing fears that a bloody regional power struggle will be played out in the country once most foreign troops leave. Twenty-three people were wounded whe...

 Afghan troops in the lead ahead of 2014 — or are they?


Achin, Nangarhar Province , Afghanistan : Positioned on a hilltop overlooking plowed farm fields dotted with mud-walled compounds, U.S. soldiers trade fire with gunmen across a shallow valley. A second platoon of soldiers moves off to flank the enemy. When they arrive, they find the gunmen hav...

 Army officer convicted in shooting deaths of 2 Afghans


Last summer, days into a new assignment leading a platoon in a volatile patch of southern Afghanistan, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army asked one of his soldiers to open fire on two Afghan men on motorcycles. The fatal shots set in motion an extraordinary criminal investigation that unfol...

 Cultural awareness plus high walls, barbed wire lead to drop in insider attacks in Afghanistan


CAMP GARMSER, Afghanistan: When Marine Maj. Chris Bourbeau walked alone into an Afghan base last spring, he left behind his helmet, bulletproof jacket and rifle. Given the deadly insider attacks that had rocked U.S.-Afghan relations, he was putting his trust — and his life — in the hands of the ...

 Afghans Yield in Dispute With U.S. Over Stiff Fines for Cargo Shipments


KABUL, Afghanistan: Faced with the possible loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in American aid, Afghanistan abruptly backed off a threat to impose steep fines on the NATO-led coalition over missing paperwork for cargo shipments, Afghan and coalition officials said on Thursday. On the su...

 Altaf Hussain, the notorious MQM leader who swapped Pakistan for London - Owen Bennett Jones


Pakistan's most vibrant, vivacious and popular 24-hour news channel, Geo TV, generally has little difficulty recruiting staff. Its headquarters are in Karachi, Pakistan's so called "city of dreams" – a massive, sprawling conurbation with 20 million residents seeking a better life. And yet there ...

 Guards Are Sexually Assaulting Me, Says The Last Briton In Guantanamo Bay‏


Shaker Aamer, who is on hunger strike after being detained by US for 11 years, tells of brutal daily cell searches  The last British resident in Guantanamo Bay claims he is being assaulted, sometimes sexually, during prison searches as he continues a hunger strike against his unlawful detenti...

 Afghanistan’s next conflict: India vs. Pakistan


Analysis: As the Obama administration flubs peace talks, the risk is rising of proxy war between South Asia’s two nuclear rivals NEW DELHI, India: As 2014 approaches, the Obama administration is busy trying to keep its promise of extracting most US troops from Afghanistan. So far, the U...

 Afghan Province Upset At Being Left Out Of Touted Rail Network


KABUL: Residents of a remote northeastern Afghan region are adamant that they won't let go of their chance of becoming a future economic hub. For the past week dozens of officials and tribal leaders of the northeastern Konduz Province have been in the Afghan capital, Kabul. They have one ...

 Pentagon Sees Support for Afghans After 2014


Washington: Following reports in recent weeks that the White House is considering a full withdrawal from Afghanistan when the NATO-led mission ends in December 2014, a Pentagon assessment released Tuesday says significant foreign military assistance and financial support for Afghan security forc...


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