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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

    ... not be known for months if there's a run-off- will be expected to wean the country off its dependence on international aid and make it economically independent. Some experts believe that the next government will struggle to control the country's substantial resource assets as it manoeuvres around political patronage and corruption at many levels. As with the former Soviet Union ...

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

    Defiant Afghans vote in presidential election despite Taliban threats

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

    ... for the first time appeared to overwhelm the fear of bloodshed in many areas. The turnout was so high that some polling centres ran out of ballots. The head of the Independent Election Commission said ... to tackle entrenched poverty and corruption. Men and women waited in segregated lines at polls under tight security. At a Kandahar hospital-turned-polling station, the men's line stretched from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1465567/defiant-afghans-vote-election-despite-taliban-threats
  3. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Third journalist shot dead in Afghanistan in four weeks by gunman in police uniform

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 04:30pm by AFP

    ... assault, a charity’s guesthouse has come under attack, along with offices of the Independent Election Commission (IEC). Most recently, six police officers were killed in a suicide bombing ... system. Whoever wins the race to succeed Karzai faces a testing time maintaining stability as Afghan forces take on the fight against the resilient Taliban insurgency without the aid of Nato ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1464696/two-female-western-journalists-shot-afghanistan-one-dead-police
  4. 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 the murder of its leader, Ahmad Shah Massoud, two days before the September 11th 2001 attacks against the United States, Abdullah helped broker the group's co-operation with US-led forces ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/article/1465076/top-contenders-afghan-presidency
  5. 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 ... contents contravened the Official Secrets Act, he claimed. Martin, 31, who served 10 years in the army and the part-time territorial army, has now resigned his commission and plans to go ahead ...

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

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

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

    ... of the independent Afghan Analysts Network, says that, for now, the insurgency does not appear to be winning, though the Taliban might argue it has already exhausted the US’ will to fight. In a report ...

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

    Foreigners escape Taliban attack on guesthouse

    Posted Mar 29th 2014, 01:31am by Reuters

    ... in recent weeks with almost daily explosions and gunfights around the country. Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen attacked an election commission office in Kabul on Tuesday. Last week nine people ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1459975/foreigners-escape-taliban-attack-guesthouse
  8. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    AFP reporter, family among 9 civilians killed in Taliban attack on Kabul hotel

    Posted Mar 21st 2014, 04:49pm by AFP

    ... “just got out of Serena hotel safe. Horrible few hour with furniture against my door.” The attack comes a week after a gunman shot dead a Hong Kong-based journalist in central Kabul. Taliban ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1454052/journalist-and-family-among-nine-killed-taliban-attack-kabul-hotel
  9. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Nato airstrike kills five Afghan soldiers

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 04:18pm by AP

    ... their response and to conduct a further investigation into the incident. The airstrike is likely to draw another verbal attack from President Hamid Karzai against US and Nato soldiers in his country. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1441874/nato-airstrike-kills-five-afghan-soldiers
  10. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Bowe Bergdahl a conundrum for US as Afghanistan conflict winds down

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 09:00pm by AP

    ... with their ideas that are wrong." The e-mails could not be independently authenticated. Bergdahl's family has not commented on the allegations of desertion, according to Colonel Tim Marsano, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1439522/bowe-bergdahl-conundrum-us-afghanistan-conflict-winds-down

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