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  1. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    China boosts diplomatic efforts in Afghanistan as Nato troops withdraw

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

    ... by the end of the year to step up their fight. The Afghan presidential hopeful, Abdullah Abdullah, who is leading a partial count of the first round of voting to replace Hamid Karzai, said he would ... with terrorism, which he called a common threat. "As for China's position in the region, China has friendly relations with Pakistan, thus China can exert influence in promoting a better ...

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

    Ex-British Army captain Mike Martin says ministry tried to block book

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 08:46pm by AFP

    ... of a book criticising the campaign in Afghanistan's Helmand province. Dr Mike Martin said on Wednesday that he was commissioned by the ministry to research the conflict in Helmand, where British forces sustained the vast majority of their losses during the 13-year conflict. But when he turned the doctorate study into a book, the ministry blocked its publication, saying its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1474118/ex-british-army-captain-mike-martin-says-ministry-tried-block-book
  3. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Afghanistan's children suffer as US pull-out leaves deadly firing ranges

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 11:55pm by WASHPOST

    ... Sayed Sadeq, heard a boom and ran on to the range, where he spotted his son's bloodied torso. "The left side of his body was torn up. I could see his heart. His legs were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1474113/afghanistans-children-suffer-us-pull-out-leaves-deadly-firing-ranges
  4. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

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

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

    ... a policeman walked up to the car, yelled “Allahu Akbar” – God is Great – and opened fire with his AK-47 rifle. He then surrendered to the other police and was arrested. The Taliban claimed ... back. Indeed, Taliban attacks were muted during Afghanistan’s first election in 2004, when Karzai obtained a mandate for a presidency he had held on an interim basis since 2002. By early 2005, ...

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

    The top contenders for the Afghan presidency

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 10:27pm by LYNNE O'DONNELL

    ... fighter in the war against the Soviets. He ran for president in 2009 and blamed his defeat on ballot fraud. He was the foreign minister for the military front, the Afghan Northern Alliance. After ... to topple the Taliban. Ghani, 65, won about four per cent of the vote in 2009 after serving as finance minister from 2002 to 2004. A former official at the World Bank and the United Nations, he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/article/1465076/top-contenders-afghan-presidency
  6. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Defiant Afghans vote in presidential election despite Taliban threats

    Posted Apr 05th 2014, 05:30pm by AP

    ... voting by an hour. "We have already sent ballot papers to wherever needed," he said. Karzai voted at a school near the presidential palace. "Today for us, the people of Afghanistan, is a very vital day that will determine our national future," he said, After nearly 13 years of war, the country is so unstable that the very fact the crucial elections are being held ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1465567/defiant-afghans-vote-election-despite-taliban-threats
  7. 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

    ... In failed states, he and co-author Clare Lockhart say, ordinary people have no stake in their country's past, present or future. What little they do have can be stolen at any time. There is a shadow state within the state that is capturing the economy RESEARCHER JAVED NOORANI Ghani's running mate, Abdul Rashid Dostum, fits the warlord description. He deploys a personal militia, ...

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

    Associated Press pays tribute to photographer killed in Afghanistan

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 06:50pm by AP

    ... commander named Naqibullah walked up to the car, yelled “Allahu Akbar” – God is Great – and opened fire on them in the back seat with his AK-47. He then surrendered to the other police ... laugh that we will always remember.” “Anja is the 32nd AP staffer to give their life in pursuit of the news since AP was founded in 1846,” he wrote. “This is a profession of the brave ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1464828/associated-press-pays-tribute-photographer-killed-afghanistan
  9. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Explosions, gunfire near Afghan presidential candidate’s home

    Posted Mar 25th 2014, 06:28pm by Reuters

    ... “The attack was on an election office next to Dr Ashraf Ghani’s house. His house was also hit by the attackers. He is not at home but his family is there,” said the aide. The interior ministry ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1457046/explosions-gunfire-near-afghan-presidential-candidates-home
  10. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    Marjan, the lion, now pride of Afghanistan’s Kabul zoo

    Posted Mar 19th 2014, 09:35pm by AFP

    ... him down last October. "We found him in a very dire condition," vet Abdul Qadir Bahawi said on Tuesday. "He was almost dead. He couldn't move, he couldn't even raise his head. "We were not sure that he would survive. But our efforts paid off, and he is much better. Now he loves to play with us. I think he loves us a lot." Marjan is named after ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1452633/marjan-lion-now-pride-afghanistans-kabul-zoo

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