Feature / Analysis

 Afghans Say New Bodies Have Been Found Near a Former U.S. Base


Kabul, Afghanistan: Soon after family members found what they believe are the bodies of the last three people still missing out of 17 Afghan men detained by an American Special Forces team in Wardak Province, another tragedy found them: they said one person was killed and another was critically ...

  US: Taliban Inflicting Heavy Losses on Afghan Troops


BRUSSELS: The U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General Joseph Dunford, says Taliban insurgents are inflicting heavy losses on Afghan national security forces as the Afghans assume the lead. U.S. Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford spoke to reporters on the sidelines of a gathering where U.S. De...

 Growing Up An Afghan Warlord's Son


Renee Montagne recently returned from a reporting trip to Afghanistan. While there, she talked to young Afghan men, who are the sons of former warlords. The men, who spent their youths fighting the Soviets on the battlefields of Afghanistan, sent their sons to universities abroad. RENEE MONTA...

 Afghan interpreters' UK resettlement package 'completely inadequate'


Package announced by defense secretary Philip Hammond attacked for exposing those left behind to Taliban attack Defense officials said Tuesday that up to 3,000 Afghans, including families, are expected to resettle in Britain as part of a £60m package of measures to help interpreters who provide...

 Video of German drone closing in on passenger jet in Afghanistan amplifies calls for anti-collision technology


The unmanned aircraft came within about 6 feet of the Ariana Afghan Airlines plane. Supposedly classified video from 2004 that shows a German drone flying dangerously close to a passenger plane with 100 people aboard has renewed concerns that the unmanned aircraft should be fitted with anti-c...

 UK's fleet of Merlin helicopters to return home from Afghanistan


Merlins are no longer needed in Helmand because number of British outposts has declined from 137 in 2010 to 11      Britain's fleet of Merlin helicopters, deployed to ferry troops around bases in southern Afghanistan are returning home in the first clear, visible, sign of the rundown of the UK's...

 Afghans lay groundwork for 2014 election


KABUL: Voter registration is underway, the presidential election date is set for April 5, and politicians are forming coalitions to discuss platforms, policies and candidates. But despite these signs of democracy in action, one nagging question lingers in the air like a dark, persistent cloud. I...

 Pentagon weighs larger post-2014 force in Afghanistan


The Pentagon is weighing a proposal for a larger, temporary US force to remain in Afghanistan after most NATO combat troops withdraw in 2014, a spokesman said Monday. Officials had previously suggested President Barack Obama’s administration was considering a smaller force of up to 8,000-12,0...

 Italy shivers through 'cursed spring' of relentless rain


June normally heralds the arrival of summer heat, but 2013's capricious weather is fuelling new meteorological obsession As the breeze swept in under the cafe's parasols and the sky darkened over Rome, waiter Apu Haq exchanged commiserations with a customer nursing an espresso and a scowl. "T...

 As Glaciers Melt, Alpine Mountains Lose Their Glue, Threatening Swiss Village


GRINDELWALD, Switzerland: Marco Bomio recalls that bright Sunday morning in June 2006 as if it were yesterday. Mr. Bomio, 59, a school principal and mountain guide, attended a religious service on a high mountain meadow to mark the founding of a local guide group. “Suddenly we saw this immense...

 Can Pakistan survive climate change?


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Inside Syed Mujtaba Hussain's office, the future of Pakistan's ability to withstand climate change seems bright. The lighting is dingy, the walls are faded and the desk is well-worn. But the proud green sign outside the building reads "Ministry of Climate Change." Few develo...

 Warmer seas could lead to more dolphin deaths in South Australia


Washing up of thousands of dead fish earlier this year might be a foretaste of future impact of climate change, expert warns Dead dolphins and rotting fish could become a frequent feature on South Australian beaches due to warming seas. Record high sea surface temperatures from summer to April...

 Brother’s Search Comes to a Grim End in Afghanistan


KABUL, Afghanistan: For more than seven months, Naimatullah hunted for his two brothers. He agitated with the American and Afghan authorities over their disappearances, dug fruitlessly around the outskirts of a former American Special Forces base where they were last seen after being taken into ...

 When Obama says, 'Force alone cannot make us safe'


We must attack the roots of extremism. But can the president reverse our national security priorities? One of the most important parts of President Obama's landmark speech on May 23 at the National Defense University is receiving little attention. It is his call for "a strategy that reduces the...

 Afghan students flock to India's universities


New Delhi: Upon arriving in India, the first place Arif Ahmady visited was the Taj Mahal. But it was hope for a better future that enticed Ahmady to leave his home in Kabul, Afghanistan last February. The second place he visited was Delhi University. Now he is busy scouting graduate schools to...

 Eastern Afghanistan struggles for power


Being supplied with electricity in Jalalabad requires both political and grid connections. Jalalabad, Afghanistan: It's hot in Jalalabad in June. Temperatures top 40 degrees Celsius and this weather hangs round all summer in this eastern Afghan city. In the center of town, Abdul Hadi is m...

 Leasing The Sun: Solar Panels For The Rest Of Us


The same pathway that has put many in the seat of a new car — the lease — is taking off as a financial vehicle for homeowners who don't have tens of thousands of dollars sitting around to buy a rooftop solar-panel system outright. And in Connecticut, a mixture of subsidies, high energy prices an...

 Disaster preparedness is rare, but better and cheaper than after-the-disaster remedies


In the last decade, almost 1 million people have been killed and trillions of dollars have been lost in natural disasters worldwide. As climate change threatens to increase the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, the prospect of even bigger disaster-related losses alone would make ...

 Global majority faces water shortages 'within two generations'


Experts call on governments to start conserving water in face of climate change, pollution and over-use The majority of the 9 billion people on Earth will live with severe pressure on fresh water within the space of two generations as change, pollution and over-use of resources take their tol...

 How to pack for your Business trip


When you have a business trip to look forward too, you cannot take things lightly. Your demeanour can make or break a deal. Wearing the right clothes and dressing smartly with good conduct is the key to get a deal cracking. This is the best way to impress your colleagues. However, packing for a ...


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