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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 - 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    US anger as Afghanistan releases 65 alleged Taliban fighters from Bagram prison

    Posted Feb 13th 2014, 02:48pm by AFP

    ... should face justice in the Afghan courts,” the US force said in a statement late Wednesday. US fury over releases Plans to free the men have enraged US officials and become a focus point ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1427119/afghanistan-prepares-free-jailed-insurgents
  6. 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
  7. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    US-Afghan deal falters as Karzai says he could walk away from pact

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 03:56pm by Agence France-Presse in Kabul

    ... to stay focused on concluding the deal. “We’ve made progress, but these kind of negotiations are complex with any country,” deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said. “We always expected there would be sticking points and bumps in the road... We need to really be focused on this agreement and get it done soon.” President Barack Obama this week said he would consider a limited US ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1327139/us-afghan-deal-falters-karzai-says-he-could-walk-away-pact
  8. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Top female Afghan police officer shot dead

    Posted Jul 04th 2013, 07:09pm by Agence France-Presse in Kandahar

    ... signed up for the salary and for the love of her country. Women’s rights are a key focus of international efforts in Afghanistan, with foreign diplomats often pointing to more female school ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1275413/top-female-afghan-police-officer-shot-dead
  9. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Afghan roadside bomb kills 13 civilians

    Posted May 13th 2013, 07:58pm by AFP

    ... into civil war after Nato military operations cease. The “residual” US force, ranging from about 2,500 to 12,000 troops, is likely to stay in Afghanistan to focus on al-Qaeda militants and further ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1236939/afghan-roadside-bomb-kills-13-civilians
  10. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    US soldier accused of Afghan killings to appear at pre-trial hearing

    Posted Apr 23rd 2013, 05:32pm by Reutes in Seattle

    ... Defense lawyers have focused on Bales’ mental state, which likely will be a theme during proceedings on Tuesday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, near Tacoma. Last month, doctors began a medical review ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1221540/us-soldier-accused-afghan-killings-appear-pre-trial-hearing

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