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Go beyond the headlines for the latest in Afghanistan news.

'People treat you like a celebrity, but also as an infidel'
Al Jazeera
September 15, 2019
Kabul, Afghanistan - A pair of eyes, painted on a mural on the National Directorate of Security's wall, looks on to the streets of downtown Kabul. "I'm watching you. Corruption is not hidden from God or the people's eyes," the message next to it reads.
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After Fleeing From War-Torn Afghanistan And Landing In Hollywood, Azita Ghanizada Has A New Battle To Fight
Forbes
September 14, 2019
A political refugee, Azita Ghanizada arrived in Hollywood against all odds. As a baby, her family fled Afghanistan and gained asylum in the U.S. thanks to her father's position within the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. But Azita did not descend on Hollywood until after
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As Peace Talks With The Taliban Collapse, Afghan Women Demand To Be Heard
Buzzfeed News
September 11, 2019
KABUL, Afghanistan — On the 16th day that Parwaneh was locked in her room, a group of armed men visited her, banged on the door, and demanded she followed their orders. It was 2016, and Parwaneh had been taken hostage after she refused to marry the man to whom her father had promised her
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18 Stunning Portraits Of Women In Kabul
Buzzfeed News
September 11, 2019
Before the recent peace negotiations suddenly broke down — when President Donald Trump announced that he had canceled secret talks with the Taliban — women had been almost entirely sidelined from the conversation about the future of their country.
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UN: It’s Imperative to Commence Afghan-Taliban Talks
Ariana News
September 11, 2019
The UN Special Representative for Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto said Tuesday that the conflict of Afghanistan can only be resolved by direct talks between Afghan people.
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The Empowering and Dangerous Work of Harm Reduction in Afghanistan
Filter
September 10, 2019
Idris Azizi speaks softly when he relates how, as a person living with HIV, he was told to sit in the trunk of a car, with the door open, when traveling to a 2017 Global Fund committee meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan. The two doctors from the Ministry of Public Health with whom he was traveling sat in the car cabin.
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Heartening video of kids celebrating Afghanistan’s Test win goes viral
Hindustan Times
September 10, 2019
Afghanistan created history by beating Bangladesh in what was their first ever away Test. Needing four wickets to win the one-off Test on the final day, Afghanistan got just 18 overs in the third session to finish the job with much of the rest of the day washed off by rain.
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With U.S.-Taliban peace talks canceled, Afghan president is on the hot seat
The Washington Post
September 10, 2019
KABUL — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has fretted on the sidelines of history for months, excluded from American negotiations with the Taliban and fending off pressure to postpone an election that could provide him with a fresh mandate to lead his war-battered country to peace.
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We're Not Going To Abandon The Women Of Afghanistan
September 9, 2019
Stephen welcomes former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
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Without Afghan Women, There Can Be No Peace
Ms Magazine
September 9, 2019
The Afghan Women’s Network, comprised of 125 Afghan women’s organizations, has been protesting the exclusion of Afghan women from these talks from the beginning. They also have objected to the exclusion of the democratically elected government of Afghanistan. These sham negotiations did not include the Afghan government and Afghan women, two groups who are vitally needed to resolve the conflict.
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‘Our children will eat fruit from our own trees’
WFP
September 8, 2019
In Wakhan, one of Afghanistan’s most remote regions, natural disasters and a lack of livelihoods were the biggest threats to families’ food security. Here, the World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners started projects that placed women in charge.
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Afghanistan peace talks: Lasting peace is impossible without women at the negotiating table
USA TODAY
September 3, 2019
The talks with the Taliban, and the decision by the Trump administration to maintain a presence of just 8,600 troops, however, have also sparked enormous fear among Afghans — especially among Afghan women.
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Peace must not return Afghan women to the dark ages
FINANCIAL TIMES
September 3, 2019
Many fear, with good reason, that the return of the Taliban could threaten the progress made by women over two decades to secure equal rights to education, employment, and political participation.
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US-Taliban Negotiations: How to Avoid Rushing to Failure
Atlantic Council
September 3, 2019
We strongly support a negotiated peace in Afghanistan, a limited force drawdown as part of getting peace negotiations going, and the substantial force drawdown later that peace would allow.
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The Afghan 'peace' deal will not bring peace to the Afghan people
Al Jazeerq
September 3, 2019
While rushing to strike an agreement with the Taliban ahead of the 2020 election, Washington is ignoring Afghan demands.
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NATO Will Support Afghan Forces After Peace Deal: Envoy
The Heart of Asia Post
August 29, 2019
NATO Senior Civilian Representative for Afghanistan, Nicolas Kay, said that international forces will remain in Afghanistan even after a peace agreement in order to support the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.
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Taliban 'must accept the Afghanistan of 2019', says Afghan ambassador to US
France 24
August 28, 2019
In an interview with FRANCE 24, Roya Rahmani, Afghanistan's ambassador in Washington, discussed the ongoing peace talks between the US and the Taliban. Rahmani, who is Afghanistan's first female envoy, also shared her thoughts on the status of women in her country, something she called "a matter of national security". She said the Taliban must accept present-day Afghanistan, which "lives with different values and in a democratic environment".
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Kabul’s Iron Woman Champions Afghanistan’s Mineral Resources
Bloomberg
August 28, 2019
Nargis Nehan is trying to reform a troubled ministry and get the country’s vast mineral resources out of the ground.
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UK Reaffirms Support to Media, Information Freedom in Afghanistan
ATN News
August 28, 2019
The British Government has announced an amount of £250,000 to support media and Information freedom in Afghanistan, the UK Embassy in Kabul said.
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Afghanistan- Tackling Corruption in Mining: Gov't Signs Agreement with Afghan-German Cooperation
MENAFN
August 27, 2019
(MENAFN - Wadsam) Acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum, Nargis Nehan, signed the implementation agreement for the next phase of the program for promoting good governance in Afghanistan's extractive sector (MinGov) on Sunday.
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Saudi Arabia gives Afghanistan $100m in aid
The Heart of Asia Post
August 27, 2019
Saudi Arabia has pledged $100 million in assistance for building schools and a ring road in Afghanistan, the Presidential Palace said on Monday.
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Young Afghan women barely remember Taliban but fear a return
AP News
August 26, 2019
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two yellow burqas are on display at a television station in Kabul, bright versions of the blue ghostlike garments some women in the capital still wear. For the young women at Zan TV they are relics, a reminder of a Taliban-ruled past that few of them can recall.
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SOCIAL COHESION ESSENTIAL FOR PEACE AND SECURITY, SAY GHOR COMMUNITY LEADERS
UNAMA
August 26, 2019
Government officials, religious scholars and civil society activists gathered at a UN-backed symposium in eastern Ghor to strategize on ways to foster social cohesion in the interest of advancing peace, locally and nationally.
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Doing Business in Afghanistan: Making It Easy With 3 Simple Steps
BACCI
August 25, 2019
LONDON: Afghanistan currently ranks at number 167 at the World Bank Ease of Doing Business index for 2019, a slight improvement from its rank at 183 in 2018 but not good enough to change the destiny of the nation.
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Aloe vera processing plant inaugurated in Herat
The Heart of Asia Post
August 25, 2019
A factory of aloe vera processing was inaugurated in Herat on Friday which can process at least 10 tons of the plant on a daily basis. At least $2 million has been invested in the plant which is located in the industrial park in the city of Heat, owner of the company said.
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The Orphanage (2019)
ETERNALITY TAN
August 24, 2019
Only her second feature, the film is deceptively straightforward, but upon a deeper analysis, it is really about political history. Knowing a bit of Afghanistan’s historical context (particularly of the early ’90s) might allow you to better appreciate it,
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'I want to break the tradition that women can't drive'
Al Jazeera
August 23, 2019
Smiles, cheers and expressions of shock - these are the reactions, says Mahjabin, when people in Afghanistan's capital see women like her behind the steering wheel.
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Scientists use DNA fingerprinting to gauge the spread of modern wheat in Afghanistan
CIMMYT
August 22, 2019
Despite the severe social and political unrest that constrain agriculture in Afghanistan, many farmers are growing high-yielding, disease resistant varieties developed through international, science-based breeding and made available to farmers as part of partnerships with national wheat experts and seed producers.
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Afghanistan- All Ministry of Mines & Petroleum Sections Computerized
MENAFN
August 21, 2019
(MENAFN - Daily Outlook Afghanistan) KABUL - Ministry of Mines andPetroleum (MoMP) officials say all systems of the ministry have been computerised to ensure transparency, accountability, speedy administration and reduce corruption.
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In Afghanistan, weaving ancient industry back into global market
CS Monitor
August 21, 2019
The scene has barely changed for centuries: Afghan women sit at looms strung tight with twine, working slowly and meticulously to turn bundles of brightly colored wool thread into fine carpets.
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Website gives women platform to amplify concerns about peace process
Salaam Times
August 21, 2019
A number of computer science students at Herat University have developed a website and an application entitled "Women and Peace" aimed at giving Afghan women an opportunity to share their views about ongoing efforts for peace in the country.
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AFGHAN CYCLES
Film Threat
August 21, 2019
Heartbreaking and inspiring. Two female bicycling clubs in Afghanistan and their struggles to continue to participate in the sport they love in the face of insurmountable intimidation, discrimination, and abuse. Freshman filmmaker Sarah Menzies explores the joy and horror of young women struggling to attain a level of autonomy under a repressive society.
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Women 'absolutely terrified' of Donald Trump giving Afghanistan deal to the Taliban
USA TODAY
August 20, 2019
The freedoms won for Afghan women, though far from perfect, hang in the balance. Sensitive to the issue, the Taliban have offered assurances this year that their views on women have softened and that rights will be respected.
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IN AFGHANISTAN, MORE WOMEN ARE ABLE TO GIVE BIRTH SAFELY
Premiere Urgence
August 20, 2019
Afghanistan is a country with one of the lowest female life expectancy, despite one of the highest fertility rates in the world. Maternal mortality is one of the main causes of death among women in Afghanistan.
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Breakthroughs in Agricultural Research Multiply Harvests in Bamyan Province
The World Bank
August 20, 2019
The research on soybean took three years and resulted in seed varieties that are adapted to local conditions. “The soybean research on soil and climate is completed,” says Mohammad Sarwar Arian, 30, Research Director for Soybeans. “Two of the soybean varieties created are a perfect match for the soil and climate in Bamyan.”
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Teaching Yoga in Afghanistan: Meet Fakhria Momtaz
Yoga International
August 18, 2019
When Fakhria Ibrahimi Momtaz was born in 1977, Kabul was a midsize mountain town, considered by many European tourists as an “exotic” and inexpensive stopover on the overland “hippie trail” route to India.
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Away from better known sports in cricket and football, war-hardened kids in Afghanistan find a new sport: Rugby
First Post
August 14, 2019
"I love the tackles and passes of rugby," said 16-year-old Lutfullah Kazemi, a high-school student who previously had been a football fan. He was drawn to the game largely because of its novelty, but stuck with it and now dreams of an international career.
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Afghanistan Finishes Fourth In CAFA U-19 Championship
Tolo
August 14, 2019
Afghanistan’s U-19 National Football Team finished fourth in the 2019 CAFA U-19 Championship after losing its last match 2-0 to Iran on Tuesday.
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US troop drawdown complicated by Afghanistan’s resurgent Taliban
Financial Times
August 13, 2019
Long-running talks between the US and the Taliban over the terms of the withdrawal ended this week without a deal. Yet if, and when, American forces do fly home, the task of confronting the resurgent Islamist movement would be left to the government in Kabul.
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Americans in Afghanistan: Ignoring Lessons of the Soviet Intervention
Valdai
August 13, 2019
Eighteen years after the U.S. went to war, the parallels with Russia’s experience seem obvious. Not least of them is the difficulty of leaving Afghanistan. Donald Trump promises American troops will be gone by November of 2020.
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In Afghanistan, no deal is better than a bad deal
The Washington Times
August 13, 2019
"To trust the Taliban would be naive and foolish" Afghanistan is often called America’s longest war. It would be more accurate to say that Afghanistan is the longest battle in the very long war being waged against America and the West by a motley crew of Islamic supremacist groups and regimes.
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US soldiers in Afghanistan are patrolling like never before with these awesome pocket-sized spy drones
Business Insinder
August 12, 2019
US Army soldiers with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division deployed to Afghanistan last month with Black Hornet personal reconnaissance drones, game-changing technology that offers greatly-improved battlefield situational awareness at the squad level.
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America has responsibility to pick winners and losers in Afghanistan
The Hill
August 12, 2019
In the “survival of the fittest” environment of Afghanistan, corruption and crime is both a major cause of the conflict and a terrible form of conflict resolution.
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Taliban say latest talks end on US's Afghanistan withdrawal
New Hersey Herald
August 12, 2019
The eighth round of talks in the Gulf Arab nation of Qatar concluded after midnight and was "long and useful," Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement. He made no statements on the outcome of the talks.
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Only Donald Trump has a policy for Afghanistan
The Hill
August 10, 2019
What does Lindsey Graham understand that Gen. Miller does not? It’s that the American people are OK with a mission in Afghanistan if only someone would explain what it is. “Counterterrorism” people understand. “Conditions-based” whatever-whatever? The officers spouting that don’t know what it means either, but they’ll know it when they see it!
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Boys With Brides: Afghanistan's Untold Dilemma Of Underage Marriages
RadioLiberty
August 9, 2019
"I don't want to be married," the young Afghan boy is said to have pleaded with his mother. "I just want to play soccer and cricket. I want to go to school."
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Lindsey Graham tries to talk Trump out of Afghanistan pullout by 2020
AXIOS
August 5, 2019
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told me yesterday that he’d advised President Trump it would be a huge mistake, substantively and politically, to withdraw all U.S. military members from Afghanistan by the 2020 election.
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US, Taliban push for peace deal in new round of Doha talks
Al Jazeera
August 4, 2019
A Taliban source told AFP news agency that efforts were under way to organise a direct meeting between US envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar, who heads the movement's political wing.
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Trump wants to pull all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by 2020 election, officials say
NBC News
August 3, 2019
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has told his advisers that he wants to pull all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by the November 2020 presidential election, according to five current and former administration and military officials.
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Reaching Peace in Afghanistan and the Pakistan Factor
The Globe Post
July 31, 2019
When Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan returned home last week after his 3-day trip to Washington, he received a hero’s welcome. It was as if he had just won the cricket World Cup. But given the relatively poor state of U.S.-Pakistan ties, there were concerns the meeting would not end so well.
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Afghanistan National Museum: Experts work to restore lost legacy
Al Jazeera
July 30, 2019
Many of its pre-Islamic artefacts were destroyed by the Taliban 18 years ago. Artists are working to restore them, hoping it will turn the page on a dark chapter of the country's past.
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UN Demands Fair Election Campaign In Afghanistan
Tolo News
July 29, 2019
The United Nations mission in Afghanistan in a statement on Monday called on all candidates and their supporters to engage in a fair campaign as outlined in the Election Law, the Independent Election Commission’s Code of Conduct for the candidates and regulations enacted by the Independent Election Commission.
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Uzbekistan Focused on Developing Trade with Afghanistan
The Diplomat
July 29, 2019
Tashkent is set to become a dominant trade partner to Afghanistan as the two sides continue to negotiate on major projects.
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No Govt Employee Can Campaign For Candidates: Abdullah
Tolo News
July 29, 2019
Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, who also runs for president, at the Council of Ministers meeting on Monday said no government official can campaign for a certain candidate as the election campaigning began on Sunday.
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An Afghan Candidate Wrote His Will, Then Survived a Suicide Squad
The New York Times
July 29, 2019
As a former Afghan intelligence chief who is staunchly anti-Taliban, he had been near the top of the militants’ list for a long time. But now there was an added reason for targeting him: He was about to launch his campaign as the running-mate of President Ashraf Ghani in his September re-election bid.
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Afghan Women Need To Have A Responsibility In Future Speaks, Activist Describes UN
Afghanistan Mirror
July 28, 2019
“Afghan women should be capable to meaningfully take part in decisions that affect them,” she told a meeting of the UN Security Council on July 26, speaking from Kabul through a video link.
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The Afghanistan Exit Strategy
The National Interest
July 28, 2019
There is a chorus of doubters concerned about the Trump administration giving away too much, too quickly—even as the insurgents slaughter Afghan soldiers across the country.
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BRICS Foreign Ministers reiterate support to Afghan-owned, Afghan-led peace process
Khaama Press
July 27, 2019
The Ministers reiterated support for international and national efforts to achieve an ‘Afghan-led, Afghan-owned’ peace and reconciliation process and to build a peaceful, secure, united, stable, prosperous and inclusive country that exists in harmony with its neighbors.
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EU Envoy Vows Support To Afghanistan’s Trade Development
The Heart of Asia Post
July 27, 2019
Officials from the Afghan government, the European Union delegation in Kabul and private sector attended a meeting on the ‘Advancing Afghan Trade’ project, which is facilitated by the International Trade Center.
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Is "Jirga" a white savior movie about Afghanistan? "We have a lot to feel guilty about"
Salon
July 26, 2019
A pre-title sequence depicts a military raid on an Afghan village where Mike Wheeler (Sam Smith in a compelling performance) kills a man during his mission. Cut to three years later, when Mike returns to Kabul on another mission—to return to the village and seek forgiveness from the widow and child of the man he killed.
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PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN IN PUBLIC LIFE NECESSARY FOR AFGHANISTAN’S DEVELOPMENT
UNAMA
July 26, 2019
"Empowering women must be a priority of the Afghan Government," said Alina Ghyasi, Director of the Badakhshan Department of Women Affairs, one of 30 prominent women representing civil society, media, electoral and provincial authorities who came together to discuss the rights of women.
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Uzbek Oil Refinery To Deliver Up To 1Mln Tonnes Of Oil Products Per Year To Afghanistan
UrduPoint
July 25, 2019
Indonesia-based PT Trans Asia Resources company plans to deliver up to 1 million tonnes of petroleum products a year to Afghanistan from the Uzbek Fergana Oil Refinery starting from 2020, a spokesman for the oil refinery told Sputnik on Wednesday
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Canada grants financial support to 5 Afghan organizations to advance women rights, democracy, security
Khaama Press
July 25, 2019
The Embassy of Canada in a statement said Wednesday it has granted financial support to Afghan Women Association for Rehabilitation and Development (AWARD),
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Grading System in Afghan School Changes to Boost Morale of School Students
Reporterly
July 24, 2019
In the old exam system, students were graded as first, second, third, and till the last failing ones who would lose their confidence. In addition, it leaded to many other challenges which the new system seeks to solve.
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Letterbox campaign helps Afghans cope with silent war of mental health
Reuters
July 24, 2019
KABUL (Reuters) - Hundreds of Afghans, weary of war and unsure of the future, have joined a letter-writing campaign to share their feelings with the powerful few who will decide on peace with the Taliban and, with it, the fate of their country.
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In Norway, I finally found out what it means to be a truly independent woman
The Guardian
July 24, 2019
My life story might be summed up like this: I’ve travelled from one of the worst countries in the world for women to one of the best countries. I am an Afghan refugee in Norway.
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People Power Can Boost the Afghan Peace Process
USIP
July 23, 2019
After nearly a decade, I recently visited Afghanistan for the first time since serving at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul from 2009-2011 as an officer with the State Department. When I was last there, the fighting between Taliban insurgents and Afghan and international forces was intense and peace seemed far off.
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Roya Rahmani says Pakistan can benefit from a stable and thriving Afghanistan
CNN
July 22, 2019
As the prospect of peace in Afghanistan grows on the horizon, the groundwork we have laid and the progress that has brought us to this moment stand to improve the lives of not only Afghans, but of millions in the region.
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Hopes of Peace in Afghanistan Push Pakistan and U.S. to Mend Fences
WJS
July 22, 2019
The U.S. and Pakistan have had a rocky relationship, but now President Trump is leaning on Prime Minister Imran Khan to help facilitate peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan
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Afghanistan’s first all-girls robotics team continues to spread hope in their country
Assembly
July 22, 2019
The team members, who call themselves the Afghan Dreamers, have travelled to Mexico, Estonia and Germany, won awards at Robotex International and FIRST Robotics World Championships, and rubbed shoulders with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands.
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The 3 keys to peace in Afghanistan
The Hill
July 21, 2019
The Taliban’s military leaders believe the group should continue its military struggle and buy time because American withdrawal is imminent. They’re also adamant that the movement’s formal name, the Islamic Emirate, be preserved to signal their objective of restoring a sharia-compliant regime.
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Afghanistan to top agenda at Trump-Khan summit
Financial Times
July 21, 2019
For Mr Khan, co-operation with the US could potentially unlock financial assistance and military aid. For Mr Trump, Pakistan’s facilitation of peace talks in Afghanistan is crucial to ending the US involvement in the conflict ahead of his 2020 re-election bid.
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Peace Process Should Involve All Afghans: UN Official
Tolo News
July 21, 2019
The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, who is visiting Kabul, at a press conference on Sunday said the peace process in Afghanistan is not inclusive as it should be and that it should reflect aspirations of all Afghans with women at the center of the process.
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Why Afghanistan peace talks between the Taliban and U.S. have promise — but more potential pitfalls
NBC News
July 17, 2019
The Korean War is sometimes called America’s forgotten war — but that title really now belongs to the Afghanistan conflict, soon to be 18 years old. Several hundred thousand Americans have served there since October 2001; more than 2,000 have died.
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Inside Afghanistan’s Democracy
MS Magazine
July 17, 2019
Afghanistan… has the highest number of women in decision-making positions” in its history, she notes. “Four cabinet ministers, four ambassadors, over 25 percent [representation] in Parliament [and] dozens of deputy ministers......
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Oxford to Kabul: Freshta Karim’s Dream of Redefining Afghan Childhoods
The New Leam
July 13, 2019
Freshta Karim’s initiative of starting a bus-library in war-torn Afghanistan is bringing back smiles on the faces of hundreds of children, lifting them from the miseries of unhappy childhoods
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Why fashion is doing business in Afghanistan
Vouge Business
July 12, 2019
Brands from Burberry to Amélie Pichard are doing business in conflict zones as craftsmanship declines in the Western world.
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Future Intra-Afghan Dialogues Will Be Result-Oriented: MoFA
Tolo News
July 11, 2019
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Thursday said that any future dialogue between Afghans will be inclusive, vital and result-oriented.
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Building resilience and new skills in rural Afghanistan
WFP
July 11, 2019
A partnership between WFP and ACTED has helped more than 10,000 people to improve their food security and withstand weather extremes.
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Women’s Economic Participation in Afghanistan
George W. Bush Institute
July 11, 2019
Women’s exclusion is holding Afghanistan back economically. Research has shown that women spend more of their income on food and human capital investments for their children than men. In turn, this supports long-term economic growth and reduces poverty levels. A focus on women’s economic empowerment is not only good for women; it is important for Afghanistan’s future.
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NATO Will Not Leave Afghanistan Until The Job Is Done: Kay
Tolo News
July 10, 2019
Acting Defense Minister Assadullah Khalid and NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative Nicholas Kay on Wednesday visited Ghazni to assess the security of the central province.
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British Museum to return Buddhist heads looted in Afghan war
The Gaurdian
July 9, 2019
Fourth-century Buddhist terracotta heads probably hacked off by the Taliban and found stuffed in poorly made wooden crates at Heathrow are to be returned to Afghanistan where they will be star museum exhibits.
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EU hails success of Intra-Afghan Dialogue in Doha
New Europe
July 9, 2019
The European Union praised in a statement the success of the Intra-Afghan Dialogue that concluded on 8 July in Doha, saying it “marks an important step towards achieving the peace the people of Afghanistan deserve and have long demanded”.
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Marathon talks between Taliban and prominent Afghans conclude with positive — if vague — peace ‘road map’
The Washington Post
July 9, 2019
A marathon two-day meeting between Taliban officials and a range of influential Afghans concluded Monday night in Qatar with a strikingly positive joint resolution that included an eight-point “road map for peace,”
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Afghan Movie Wins Best Screenplay Award At SAARC Film Festival
Tolo News
July 8, 2019
Afghan filmmaker Roya Sadat’s “A Letter To The President” won the Best Screenplay award at SAARC Film Festival in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Sunday, July 7. A Letter to the President, the 90-minute, full-length movie, took two years to complete.
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Saffron Fields Cover 70 Hectares Of Land In Balkh
GAAM News
July 8, 2019
Saffron cultivation has turned into good business for farmers in the northern Balkh province, especially for women who make 40 percent of those who are busy in cultivation of the spice to support their families economically.
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Intra-Afghan dialogue – end of war more likely than ever
DW
July 6, 2019
Zalmay Khalilzad, the US envoy for Afghanistan, on Saturday said the latest round of talks with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, has been the "most productive" so far.
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'We're in crisis': The high price of deforestation in Afghanistan
Al Jazeera
July 4, 2019
Climate change has changed Afghanistan and people know very little about its effects, they just know they can cut the trees and sell to Pakistan. Because local people don't invest time to replant the trees, we are in a crisis.
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In Afghanistan, experts work to restore a trove of Buddha figurines smashed by the Taliban
The Washington Post
July 3, 2019
A figure was beginning to take shape — a Buddha sculpted in ancient times, one of an estimated 2,500 such objects that were destroyed or damaged by the country’s Taliban rulers nearly two decades ago.
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Germany, Qatar To Co-Host Intra-Afghan Talks Next Week
Tolo News
July 2, 2019
As part of their efforts to support the peace process in Afghanistan, Germany and Qatar will convene an Intra-Afghan Dialogue Conference to be held in Doha on 7 and 8 July, 2019, Germany's Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Markus Potzel, said in a statement on Tuesday.
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Trump calls Afghanistan “the Harvard of terrorists,”
Vox
July 2, 2019
President Donald Trump wants to get out of Afghanistan. But he says he’s worried that the country has become the “Harvard of terrorists” — so even if the US does end up leaving, he says he plans to keep a US intelligence presence behind to monitor the situation.
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AFGHANISTAN'S STUNNING NEW SUCCESS STORY: SPORTS
OZY
June 30, 2019
For four decades, Afghanistan has been a nation torn apart by successive wars and invasions, terrorism and sectarian conflict. Now, stunning sporting successes — from cricket and soccer to martial arts and wrestling — are helping the country dream of a new identity, while also offering hope of a better future to the younger generation.
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What Do the Taliban Want in Afghanistan? A Lost Constitution Offers Clues.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
June 28, 2019
KABUL, Afghanistan — There was an air of expectation on both sides as the Taliban and American diplomats gathered to meet for the latest round of peace talks on Saturday.
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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani arrives in Pakistan for key talks
Al Jazeera
June 27, 2019
Islamabad, Pakistan - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has arrived in the Pakistani capital to hold talks with Prime Minister Imran Khan, less than a week after Pakistan hosted opposition leaders for a conference to discuss ending the 18-year war in Afghanistan.
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A School With No Heat or Computers but Many College-Bound Students. Mostly Girls.
The New York Times
June 27, 2019
YAKAWLANG, Afghanistan — The girls began appearing about seven in the morning. Seen from a distance, they made up thin blue lines snaking across the barren tan mountainside along narrow trails traced in the dirt, converging from....
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‘End Forever Wars’ is a Sound Bite, Not a Security Policy
Defence One
June 26, 2019
Bernie Sanders has a “vision for ending America’s endless wars.” That’s what the press release says, anyway. Sanders this week rolled out an article in the respected journal Foreign Affairs explaining his position.
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Taliban threatens media in Afghanistan 'over enemy collusion'
Al Jazeera
June 25, 2019
The Taliban has said that Afghan media organisations should stop spreading what they call "anti-jihad and Taliban sentiments" or be targeted as enemies. The armed group issued a statement that gave "television, radio and other publishing media"...
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MPs Agree On New Faces To Run For Parliament Speaker
Tolo News
June 24, 2019
After 35 days of turmoil over the election of new speaker for the parliament, lawmakers on Monday agreed on two new candidates to contest for the position of the speaker so that the current crisis in the house comes to an end.
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Islamabad Vowed Shift In Its Afghan Policy: Politicians
Tolo News
June 24, 2019
Senior Afghan politicians who attended a two-day peace conference in the Pakistani city of Murree on Monday said Pakistan has assured to talk to the Taliban leadership to engage in intra-Afghan talks and agree on a ceasefire.
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Women are Critical to Ending Wars—and the Trump Administration Agrees
Defence One
June 24, 2019
A new law should kickstart long-overdue efforts to include more women in peace and security leadership roles.
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