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  1. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Hong Kong-based journalist Nils Horner shot dead in Kabul attack

    Posted Mar 11th 2014, 05:37pm by AFP

    ... said Johan Nylander, a Swedish freelance journalist based in Hong Kong. "For many years he didn't even have an apartment. Hong Kong was the first place he put down his suitcase for half a decade. He'd been covering Southeast Asia for several years and had moved to Hong Kong a couple of months ago." The Foreign Correspondents' Club in Hong Kong, of which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1446115/hong-kong-based-journalist-nils-horner-shot-dead-kabul-attack
  2. 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 ...

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

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

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

    ... land — which is almost twice the size of Hong Kong — could take up to five years. US military officials say they intend to clean up the ranges, but because of a lack of planning, officials say, ... The Washington Post in Kabul US military pull-out leaves combined area twice Hong Kong;s size littered with deadly munitions Firing ranges claim Afghan young As the US military withdraws ...

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

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

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

    ... 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 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
  5. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

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

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

    ... prepares to stand down after 12 years in power.   “This is how people vote to say death to the Taliban,” one Afghan wrote on Twitter, posting a photograph that showed his friends holding up one ... Barakzai, a member of Afghanistan’s parliament On Sunday there was a palpable sense in Kabul, the capital, that perhaps greater stability is within reach after 13 years of strife since the Taliban’s ...

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

    Defiant Afghans vote in presidential election despite Taliban threats

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

    ... democratic transfer of power. As Afghans embarked on a major transition nearly 13 years after the US-led invasion toppled the rule of the Taliban, the excitement over choosing a new leader ... Associated Press in Kabul Men and women flock to polling centres in defiance of the Taliban to elect a new president to replace Hamid Karzai after 13 years in power Long lines as Afghans ...

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

    ... years in Afghanistan covering the conflict and the people there,” said AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll in the AP report. “Anja was a vibrant, dynamic journalist well-loved for her ... at the interior ministry in Kabul on Wednesday. Security was tight across Afghanistan ahead of the vote to elect a president to take over from Karzai, who is constitutionally barred from standing again. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1464696/two-female-western-journalists-shot-afghanistan-one-dead-police
  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

    ... by international advisers. Mining has been more troubled. It was clear that Afghanistan's mineral wealth was up for grabs five years ago when the United States accused then mining minister, Mohammad ... the accusation, but soon lost his job. The MCC deal gave the Chinese company a 30-year lease on one of the largest copper mines in the world- 5.5 million tonnes at Mes Aynak near Kabul. The Afghan ...

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

    Associated Press pays tribute to photographer killed in Afghanistan

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

    ... photographer, was killed instantly, according to an AP Television News freelancer who witnessed the shooting. Kathy Gannon, the AP correspondent who for many years was the news organisation’s ... personnel. “Anja and Kathy together have spent years in Afghanistan covering the conflict and the people there. Anja was a vibrant, dynamic journalist well-loved for her insightful photographs, her ...

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

    The top contenders for the Afghan presidency

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

    ... Lynne O'Donnell For the first time in Afghanistan's history, the outcome of today's presidential election is a mystery. President Hamid Karzai cannot serve a third four-year term, and there has been no front runner among the people vying to replace him. For weeks, the major candidates- Abdullah Abdullah, Ashraf Ghani and Zalmai Rasoul- have criss-crossed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/article/1465076/top-contenders-afghan-presidency

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