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  1. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Next Afghan president will face a battle for control of nation’s mineral wealth

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 10:18pm by LYNNE O'DONNELL

    ... Lynne O'Donnell in Kabul Whoever Afghans elect to lead them must wrest control of nation's mineral wealth from warlords Democracy undermined Millions of Afghans are expected to queue at makeshift polling booths today, defying Taliban threats to ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1465078/next-afghan-president-will-face-battle-control-nations-mineral-wealth
  2. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Kerry warns that legitimacy of Afghanistan election ‘hangs in balance’

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 01:37pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Kabul Top US diplomat will urge rival presidential candidates to agree to review of fraud claims Afghan election's legitimacy hangs in balance: Kerry US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday Afghanistan's transition to a self-reliant state hung in the balance after a contested presidential election and urged Afghan officials to focus on auditing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1551833/us-secretary-state-arrives-afghanistan-meet-presidential-candidates
  3. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    US secretary of state pushes plan to ‘clean up’ disputed Afghan vote

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 05:02pm by Agence France-Presse in Kabul

    ... Kerry was focusing on two tracks, a senior US administration official said. “One is cleaning up the tally, so to speak, to the extent possible so that the process is more credible. But two, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552771/us-secretary-state-pushes-plan-clean-disputed-afghan-vote
  4. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Freed Afghan war prisoner Bowe Bergdahl arrives in US for medical treatment

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 06:10pm by Reuters

    ... process. There is no timeline for this process. Our focus remains on his health and well-being,” Kirby said. Bergdahl was handed over to US forces in Afghanistan on May 31 in exchange for five ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1531728/freed-afghan-war-prisoner-bowe-bergdahl-arrives-us-medical-treatment
  5. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    Five American soldiers killed by coalition air strike in Afghanistan

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 10:03pm by AFP

    ... for the Nato force since five British soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash on April 26. Nato forces have officially stepped back from frontline fighting to focus on training Afghan soldiers, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1529473/five-american-soldiers-killed-coalition-air-strike-afghanistan
  6. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    Concerns in US military as CIA plans to shut spy bases in Afghanistan

    Posted May 09th 2014, 09:36pm by NYT

    ... said. The agency is increasingly focused on threats in Syria, Yemen and parts of Africa as al-Qaeda has morphed into regional affiliates that are seen as more dangerous to the US and its allies. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1508483/concerns-us-military-cia-plans-shut-spy-bases-afghanistan
  7. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    China boosts diplomatic efforts in Afghanistan as Nato troops withdraw

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 09:24pm by Reuters

    ... The two countries are connected by a narrow mountainous corridor that is almost impassable, which meant Beijing could focus on mining and mineral deals in Afghanistan as Western forces battled ... expert at a government-backed think tank, the China Institute of International Relations in Beijing. "Now with the US strategic focus shifting, neighbouring countries cannot just let ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1483058/china-boosts-diplomatic-efforts-afghanistan-nato-troops-withdraw
  8. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    US soldiers say still focused on Afghan mission

    Posted Oct 12th 2012, 03:27pm by Agence France-Presse at Forward Operating Base Shank

    ... Agence France-Presse at Forward Operating Base Shank As the US soldiers returned fire during an insurgent attack, an old man walked towards the platoon. According to initial reports, one of the soldiers put a hand on his shoulder to encourage him to move ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1059545/us-soldiers-say-still-focused-afghan-mission
  9. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Smooth-running Afghan election raises questions about Taliban’s strength

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 07:12pm by Reuters in Kabul

    ... major towns or engage in frontal battles. “So far, they have rather focused efforts on hit-and-run attacks, among other asymmetric tactics, which can bleed the enemy but usually not enough ... in the region told Reuters last month that the Taliban from both countries had secretly agreed to focus on carrying out operations in Afghanistan. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1467118/smooth-running-afghan-election-raises-questions-about-talibans-strength
  10. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    US$300m in new aid initiatives unveiled for Afghanistan

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 09:19pm by AFP

    ... universities. This went into force on January 1. The third initiative worth some $120 million will support Afghanistan's agriculture sector, focusing especially on areas such as wheat ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1425316/us300m-new-aid-initiatives-unveiled-afghanistan

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