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New Afghan mining law lacks transparency, say experts

Afghanistan has a new mining law that aims to tap the potentially lucrative sector to fund the country's post-war development but which critics say falls short of international standards and could encourage further conflict and corruption.

Afghanistan has a new mining law that aims to tap the potentially lucrative sector to fund the country's post-war development but which critics say falls short of international standards and could encourage further conflict and corruption.

23 Aug 2014 - 1:47AM
Rights advocates fear rollback of women’s gains in Afghanistan

Parwan Wafa is headmistress of a school for 1,800 girls between seven and 17 years old in a rural region of Afghanistan that has been terrorised by Islamist insurgents for more than a decade.

Parwan Wafa is headmistress of a school for 1,800 girls between seven and 17 years old in a rural region of Afghanistan that has been terrorised by Islamist insurgents for more than a decade.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
The top contenders for the Afghan presidency

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 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.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
Next Afghan president will face a battle for control of nation’s mineral wealth

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 country.

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 country.

5 Apr 2014 - 1:46AM
China’s MCC turns back on US$3b Mes Aynak Afghanistan mine deal

Chinese state-owned mining giant MCC has been renegotiating a huge copper contract with the Afghan government to reduce its exposure to the war-torn country in a move that threatens Kabul's plans to use revenue generated by its mineral resources to bankroll development.

Chinese state-owned mining giant MCC has been renegotiating a huge copper contract with the Afghan government to reduce its exposure to the war-torn country in a move that threatens Kabul's plans to use revenue generated by its mineral resources to bankroll development.

21 Mar 2014 - 4:47AM
Subsidies prop up Kabul's property market as troops prepare to withdraw

Behind Kabul's airport a new city is taking shape: a gated community where apartments are fetching top dollar under a government plan to subsidise purchases and infuse the emerging middle-class with confidence in the future of their war-torn country.

Behind Kabul's airport a new city is taking shape: a gated community where apartments are fetching top dollar under a government plan to subsidise purchases and infuse the emerging middle-class with confidence in the future of their war-torn country.

28 Nov 2013 - 5:12PM
Twelfth men

A camaradarie born of adversity characterises the Afghan cricket team and, despite being ranked last among the 12 nations taking part in the Twenty20 World Cup, which begins this week, they are beginning to give the big boys a run for their money. Lynne O'Donnell reports. Pictures by Siddharth Siva.

A camaradarie born of adversity characterises the Afghan cricket team and, despite being ranked last among the 12 nations taking part in the Twenty20 World Cup, which begins this week, they are beginning to give the big boys a run for their money. Lynne O'Donnell reports. Pictures by Siddharth Siva.

16 Sep 2012 - 2:36AM
Can David Cameron parlay Britain into staying in EU?

Cameron bowed to political pressure last week when he delivered a speech he said he had waited 20 years to make. He pledged that in 2017 - halfway through his next term in office, presuming he hangs on - he will hold the referendum.

Cameron bowed to political pressure last week when he delivered a speech he said he had waited 20 years to make. He pledged that in 2017 - halfway through his next term in office, presuming he hangs on - he will hold the referendum.

2 Feb 2013 - 4:02AM
Taken for a ride

Believed extinct for a millennia, the Caspian horse was rediscovered and revived only to be forced back to the brink by Iranian bureaucracy and global recession. Lynne O'Donnell ponders the future of the tiny steed with the big heart.

Believed extinct for a millennia, the Caspian horse was rediscovered and revived only to be forced back to the brink by Iranian bureaucracy and global recession. Lynne O'Donnell ponders the future of the tiny steed with the big heart.

5 Dec 2012 - 5:01PM
China digging into Afghanistan's treasure trove

China is establishing an economic and strategic foothold in Afghanistan, as the nation prepares for the end of a decades-long war by touting itself as the new Mecca of mineral wealth. Demand for raw materials to maintain China's growth rates has long outstripped domestic production, making Afghanistan an attractive ally as a source of resources.

China is establishing an economic and strategic foothold in Afghanistan, as the nation prepares for the end of a decades-long war by touting itself as the new Mecca of mineral wealth. Demand for raw materials to maintain China's growth rates has long outstripped domestic production, making Afghanistan an attractive ally as a source of resources.

15 Mar 2013 - 2:19AM
Buried treasures

Artefacts being unearthed at a future Chinese copper mine in Afghanistan are shedding light on the relationship between the spiritual, economic and political concerns of ancient Buddhist societies. As Lynne O'Donnell reports, they may also offer useful pointers for the future of the troubled country.

Artefacts being unearthed at a future Chinese copper mine in Afghanistan are shedding light on the relationship between the spiritual, economic and political concerns of ancient Buddhist societies. As Lynne O'Donnell reports, they may also offer useful pointers for the future of the troubled country.

27 Apr 2013 - 10:54PM
Afghanistan's plan to jumpstart economy with Chinese mining investment under threat

Afghanistan's dream of using profits from its vast mineral resources to fund post-war development is fading after China signalled its intention to undo a multi billion-dollar agreement that had been underpinning Kabul's plans for creating a mining industry.

Afghanistan's dream of using profits from its vast mineral resources to fund post-war development is fading after China signalled its intention to undo a multi billion-dollar agreement that had been underpinning Kabul's plans for creating a mining industry.

20 Sep 2013 - 3:29AM