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  1. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    UN reports soaring civilian casualties in Afghanistan as violence deepens

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 09:44pm by AFP

    ... in Afghanistan is changing in 2014 with an escalation of ground engagements in civilian-populated areas," warned Jan Kubis, the United Nations mission chief in Afghanistan. "The impact on civilians, including the most vulnerable Afghans, is proving to be devastating." In the first six months of this year, the mission documented 4,853 civilian casualties- up 24 percent over ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1550552/un-reports-soaring-civilian-casualties-afghanistan-violence-deepens
  2. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Taliban launch audacious attack on Kabul airport as Afghan poll audit starts

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 12:20pm by Associated Press in Kabul

    ... had been involved. “The last insurgent has just blown himself up, because he knew the ANSF (Afghan National Security Forces) were on the way to capture him,” he said. A separate police ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1555553/gunmen-attack-kabul-airport-says-afghan-official
  3. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    Amazement in Afghanistan as Kerry brokers deal for audit to settle presidential poll

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 04:19am by AFP

    ... with the winner to be declared the country's next president. The victor will immediately begin to form a national unity government. The details of that are yet to be worked out. The first ballots ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1553429/amazement-afghanistan-kerry-brokers-deal-audit-settle-presidential-poll
  4. 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

    ... 2016. Kerry was to meet on Saturday first with Abdullah and then with Ghani, US officials said. Under a proposal put forward by the United Nations, the country’s elections commission would audit ...

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

    800 Taliban clash with Afghan troops in five-day battle, say officials

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 11:00pm by AFP

    ... government and Nato officials insist that the national army and police are increasingly effective. Yesterday, the interior ministry confirmed the scale of the fighting in Helmand but insisted ... over the last few days. "We are reinforcing Afghan national security forces and have suffered no major loss of territory. About 100 Taliban have been killed so far." Siddiqi said 18 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1540558/800-taliban-clash-afghan-troops-five-day-battle-say-officials
  6. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    Resentment grows as freed US captive Bowe Bergdahl is called a deserter

    Posted Jun 03rd 2014, 08:47pm by Reuters

    ... are accusing him of walking away from his unit and prompting a massive manhunt they say cost the lives of at least six fellow soldiers, including Andrews' 34-year-old son, Darryn, a second ... the night he disappeared. By contrast, Bergdahl's home town in Hailey, Idaho, is treating him like a hero, planning a June 28 rally in support of him. Colonel Tim Marsano, of the Idaho National ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1524686/resentment-grows-freed-us-captive-bowe-bergdahl-called-deserter
  7. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah calls election fraudulent

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 10:22pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Kabul Abdullah slams election as fraudulent Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has accused senior election officials of serious fraud, opening a dispute over the vote count that could threaten a smooth transition of power. The United Nations had called on candidates to give officials time to conduct the count and investigate fraud ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1534263/afghan-presidential-candidate-abdullah-abdullah-calls-election-fraudulent
  8. 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 kill them, to elect their next president. It will be an unprecedented democratic leadership transition for the troubled ...

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

    Afghan election front runner Abdullah Abdullah survives assassination attempt

    Posted Jun 07th 2014, 01:25am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Kabul Six die in second attempt on life of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah Poll front runner survives blasts Afghan presidential front runner Abdullah Abdullah escaped an assassination attempt when two blasts hit his campaign motorcade in Kabul, killing at least six people just ahead of a hotly contested run-off election. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1527103/afghan-election-front-runner-abdullah-abdullah-survives-assassination
  10. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    Afghan government protests against US deal to free Taliban prisoners

    Posted Jun 02nd 2014, 05:29pm by Reuters

    ... that the Taliban are the ones that named the people to be released.” he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” As the Obama administration sought to counter the criticism, Bergdahl was flown to Landstuhl ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1523868/afghan-government-protests-against-us-deal-free-taliban-prisoners

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