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  1. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

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

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

    ... 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 ... 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, ...

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

    China boosts diplomatic efforts in Afghanistan as Nato troops withdraw

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

    ... 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 ... not before," he said. China has a US$700 million agreement to drill for oil in the Amu Darya Basin and a US$3 billion deal to develop the Aynak copper mining project. But insiders say security ...

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

    ... business, industry and trade opportunities in what some experts term the economy's criminal capture. By abusing political and military power to accumulate personal wealth, Afghan strongmen ... Afghanistan has around US$3 trillion in natural resources, a third of it in minerals, including copper, iron ore, gold, silver and a range of minor metals and rare earths, as well as gems. It also has ...

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

    China’s MCC turns back on US$3b Mes Aynak Afghanistan mine deal

    Posted Mar 20th 2014, 09:27pm by LYNNE O'DONNELL

    ... Lynne O'Donnell State-owned giant trying to renegotiate the terms of US$3b contract it signed in 2007 to mine copper deposit and build infrastructure Chinese firm turns back on Afghan ... Kabul's plans to use revenue generated by its mineral resources to bankroll development. MCC has a US$3 billion deal to mine and process copper south of Kabul. With copper prices falling ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1453375/chinas-mcc-turns-back-us3b-mes-aynak-afghanistan-mine-deal
  5. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

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

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

    ... that the Taliban deliberately chose to lat low to give the impression of improving security in order to hasten the exit of US troops and gain more ground later. They certainly managed to launch a wave ... 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
  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 ... 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 ...

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

    The top contenders for the Afghan presidency

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

    ... 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
  8. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Associated Press pays tribute to photographer killed in Afghanistan

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

    ... US-led invasion. Niedringhaus, who also covers sports events around the globe, has received numerous awards for her works. She was part of an AP team that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in breaking ...

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

    ... forces. The US-led coalition is due to withdraw its 53,000 combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year. ...

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

    Foreigners escape Taliban attack on guesthouse

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

    ... Reuters in Kabul Foreigners escape attack by Taliban on guesthouse Taliban gunmen stormed a Kabul guesthouse used by a US-based aid group and held four foreigners hostage for several hours ... Osmani, the country manager of US aid group, Roots of Peace, which used the guesthouse, confirmed the four hostages were safe. The attack was a chilling reminder to Afghan voters and foreigners ...

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

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