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 Afghan Who Agreed to Trade His Daughter to End a Debt Says It Was Paid


KABUL, Afghanistan: After the publication of an article in The New York Times on Monday about an Afghan man who had agreed to give his 6-year-old daughter in marriage to pay off his debt to another man, the father called The Times and said the debt had been paid nearly a month ago by an anonymous do...

 More Afghans Seek Asylum as Troops Prepare to Withdraw


KABUL, AFGHANISTAN: For decades, some Afghans have fled insecurity at home by taking a risky journey abroad to claim asylum. As worries grow about what will happen after foreign troops withdraw in 2014, more people are considering taking a gamble on a future far from home. Afghans know there are per...

 Oily ducks found following Arkansas oil spill


MAYFLOWER, Ark: The environmental impacts of an oil spill in central Arkansas began to come into focus Monday as officials said a couple of dead ducks and 10 live oily birds were found after an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured last week."I'm an animal lover, a wildlife lover, as probably most of the peo...

 Global warming mystery: Are North and South really polar opposites?


Two studies, one about plants covering previously frozen landscapes in the Arctic, the other about expanding winter sea ice in Antarctica, appear to say different things about global warming.The amount of land in the high Arctic covered by trees and upright shrubs could increase by as much as 52 per...

 9/11: Illegitimacy of US Government‏


New York City asks: What happened to the 1,116 missing 9/11 victims?- More than 11 years after the catastrophic destruction of the World Trade Center, New York City’s government is finally asking: What in the world could have happened to the missing 1,116 victims? In every building collapse in hist...

 Regime Change Begins at Home


Charles Derber's book by that title says it's the only way to free America from corporate rule. It transformed America from "we the people" to what CEOs say goes.It put monied interests in charge. Presidents, legislators, and high level bureaucrats serve them. Whatever they want they get. Institutio...

 News Analysis: Tension over cross-border shelling between Islamabad and Kabul could derail peace process


ISLAMABAD: The tension between Pakistan and Afghanistan over alleged cross-border shelling could disrupt the Afghan peace process which relies on cooperation between the two neighbors to progress as the 2014 pullout of NATO forces from Afghanistan is drawing near. Afghan officials claimed that Pak...

 Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University (ACKU) Officially Opens Doors Of Cutting-Edge Library And Research Center In Kabul


Singular Collection of Documents on Afghanistan's History and Culture Preserved by Louis and Nancy Hatch DupreeBooks and Information-Sharing to Help Support Foundation for Development in Afghanistan NEW YORK /PRNewswire/: The Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University (ACKU) officially opened the doors...

 Afghans warned: the taxman is coming after you


KABUL :One of Afghanistan's most surprising success stories lies tucked away on a potholed street notorious for suicide bombings and lined with rusting construction equipment. The work of the country's top tax collector is more inspiring than the view from his office in Kabul. Taxes and customs ra...

 Hope for Talks With Taliban Sends Karzai to Qatar


KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived Saturday in the Gulf emirate of Qatar, on a trip that Afghan officials have billed as an effort to kick-start a faltering peace process with the Taliban. Mr. Karzai, who is traveling with his top policy advisors, is due to meet Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifah...

 NATO alarm over Afghan army crisis: loss of recruits threatens security as handover looms


Thousands of recruits are quitting the newly formed Afghan police and armed forces every month, raising fears over their ability to protect the emerging democracy when coalition troops leave the country in less than two years' time. For every 10 new soldiers recruited to the Afghan National Army (AN...

 Climate risk to nest egg


If you insulate your home, why not insulate your money too?Your carbon footprint comprises emissions from household energy use, transport, food, shopping and waste. But is that all?A new social media campaign called The Vital Few argues there's something we've overlooked: ''Are you accidentally inve...

 How global warming is making allergies worse


DENVER:  There may be different opinions about the causes of climate change, but experts say there is no denying its existence - and the effects are nothing to sneeze at.Researchers say global warming is leading to larger plants, earlier and more robust pollination and, as a result, worsening allerg...

 Female host deals with family issues on radio show in Afghanistan


FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan: There’s no crackle of static or catchy radio jingle to be heard. Squeezed into a cramped plywood room adorned with Afghan flags and stacked with electronic equipment, the two women could be speaking among themselves. But they are speaking to a much ...

 Nebraska kebab-maker now top U.S. adviser in Afghanistan


KABUL: The man who once owned the only Afghan restaurant in Omaha is known for a different distinction here: He’s one of the longest-serving Americans at NATO’s military headquarters and the only person to have advised the last seven U.S. commanders. Gen. John R. Allen called Abdullah Amini “my me...

 Trading of Women Rife in East Afghanistan, Report Claims


The sale and exchange of women as goods is rampant in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province with as many as two women traded per day, according to the findings of a sociology researcher. In a report obtained by TOLOnews, researcher Assadullah Ahmadi stated that he found some women had been trad...

 How Afghanistan is Beginning to Deal with Workplace Sexual Harassment


Kabul: As the razor wire, the blast walls and the security checks around Kabul’s presidential palace clearly suggest, Afghans employed by the government have a lot to be concerned just by walking to the office. But for Afghan women employees there is an additional hazard: the security officers there...

 New Afghanistan Commander, Gen. Joseph Dunford: 'We're Here to Win'


In his first television interview since taking control of the international force in Afghanistan, Gen. Joseph Dunford told ABC News' Martha Raddatz that while he expects Afghanistan's insurgency to continue beyond the U.S. drawdown next year, he feels hopeful about the direction of the country. "I...

 Hamid Karzai, confused by the U.S.


Stephen Biddle is a professor at George Washington University and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Michael O’Hanlon is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Both were in Afghanistan this month on a trip sponsored by the U.S. and NATO military commands. For most...

 U.N. Investigates Report of Fraud at Kabul Office


KABUL: The United Nations will review new allegations by international monitors of fraud at the Afghanistan office of the world body's refugee agency, the top U.S. official in Kabul said on Wednesday. The Monitoring and Evaluation Committee, an anticorruption group of Afghan and international offi...


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