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Four-nation meeting in Kabul seeks to revive Taliban talks

1 / 2<p>Afghan Taliban fighters look on as they listen to Mullah Mohammad Rasool Akhund (unseen), the newly appointed leader of a breakaway faction of …

Afghans seeking asylum buy fake Taliban threat letters

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Threatening letters from the Taliban, once tantamount to a death sentence, are now being forged and sold to Afghans who …

Afghanistan

Comfort in Japanese Style: Kotatsu Heated Tables

Winter days are coming and you know how important is to stay comfy inside the house when it’s cold outside. Japanese people perfectly know how to …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. There's a big shake-up coming in Yahoo's media unit, and CMO Kathy Savitt is out of the company.</b> She was one of CEO Marissa Mayer's first big hires.<p><b>2. Early Twitter investor Chris Sacca says that the company's largest shareholders support the idea of Jack Dorsey as the new CEO.</b> Sacca also …

Jack Dorsey

Top 10 Underappreciated Parks

From vast wilderness to varied history, from swamp to desert, these places should be more famous.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>The 10 Best of Everything—National Parks</i><p>Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon deserve the appreciation they receive, but the National Park System includes nearly 400 units, …

Afghan ISIS leader killed in drone strike - intel agency

The Afghan intelligence agency has confirmed that the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS,ISIL) leader in Afghanistan was killed in a drone strike in …

A solar-powered motorbike, to empower Afghans

When Mustafa Mohammadi told his parents he wanted to spend tens of thousands of afghanis and several weeks building a solar-powered motorbike, they thought he was delusional.<p>"There's no guarantee the thing will work," his father told him.<p>His mother worried that the endeavor would call unwanted …

Afghanistan's Female Sons

In Afghanistan, there are girls, there are boys, and then there are the <i>bacha posh,</i> a temporary third gender for girls who live as boys. The practice …

Shakeela Ebrahimkhil on Twitter: "سكوت را بشكنيد و براي رهايي ٣١ گروگان كاري كنيد ! همه چشم به راه اند . http://t.co/7g2z7nUEwR"

Former Blackwater gets rich as Afghan drug production hits record high

Opium poppy cultivation is up in Afghanistan despite the infamous mercenary firm formerly known as Blackwater being paid $569m by the Pentagon to stop it<p>In a war full of failures, the US counternarcotics mission in Afghanistan stands out: opiate production has climbed steadily over recent years to …

Afghan leaders head to Washington ahead of fighting season

1 / 3<p>Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, shown in Kabul on March 19, 2015, is heading to Washington this weekend with his Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah<p>…

Exclusive: U.S. likely to delay planned closure of two Afghanistan bases

By Arshad Mohammed, David Rohde and Phil Stewart<p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military bases in Kandahar and Jalalabad are likely to remain open …

Prince Harry will train with Australian army next month before ending military career

Prince Harry will be embedded in Australian army units on the north, west and east coasts of the country during the British royal's hectic four-week secondment to the Australian defence forces next month before he ends his decade-long military career, officials said Tuesday.<p>Air Chief Marshal Mark …

Want to be a CIA spy? Be careful on Facebook.

Oversharing on Facebook is posing a unique challenge for the CIA's recruitment of future spies.<p>Every year, the agency has to drop five or six stellar candidates because of things they said on social media networks like Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR) and LinkedIn (LNKD), the CIA's top recruiter said …

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RT @GermanyinAFG: Atifa Mansoori received FrancoGermanAward "Afghan Woman of the Year" for outstanding achievements in business sector. http://t.co/pmAgZqZsaa

Endgame: Afghanistan

I have been working in Afghanistan for the better part of four years, documenting the American experience there through photography and writing. Rather than taking a strictly hard news-oriented approach, I have sought to read between the war’s lines and there I have found relentless absurdity and …

Employees raid Afghan bank and flee with cash

Staff at a branch of Afghanistan's central bank in southern Kandahar province may have got away with as much as $1.4m, when they robbed their own bank and escaped, an official said.<p>Security cameras showed the bank's vault had been cleaned out, but investigators were waiting to gain access before …

Afghanistan

Awash in opium, Afghan 'wild west' slips from Kabul's grasp

1 / 8<p>Drug addict smokes heroin inside a cave in Farah province<p>A drug addict smokes heroin inside a cave in Farah province February 4, 2015. …

2014 was the deadliest year on record in Afghanistan

Nearly 4,000 Afghan civilians died in 2014, making it the deadliest year yet in the conflict, and 2015 has started badly<p>Last year was the deadliest yet in <b>Afghanistan</b> since the United Nations began tracking civilian casualties in 2009.<p>A total of 3,699 Afghan civilians were killed and almost 7,000 …

Bangladesh takes early wickets and easily beats Afghanistan at Cricket World Cup

Afghanistan's much-heralded first Cricket World Cup match ended in defeat on Wednesday when Bangladesh took three early wickets for three runs on the way to beating the fledgling side by 105 runs.<p>Afghanistan thrilled thousands of flag-waving expatriates at Manuka Oval earlier in the day by making a …

Dressmakers bring touch of old Afghanistan to Pakistan

1 / 5<p>Morid Khawas, a former Afghan Dari literature lecturer, decorates a mannequin at his bridal dress shop in Islamabad<p>Morid Khawas, a former Afghan …

13 photos of people living life to the fullest

TO ME, living life to the fullest means being outside on some sort of adventure. For others that means clinging to the side of a cliff, skiing a …

Hiking

عزیز رویش، معلم افغان، یکی از بهترین‌های جهان شد

یک معلم افغان نامزد جایزه برترین معلم یک بنیاد خیریه بین‌المللی شده است. عزیز رویش، بنیان‌گذار مکتب خصوصی معرفت در کابل است و بنیاد بریتانیایی "وارکی جمز" او را درمیان ۱۰ معلم برتر جهان قرار داده.<p>اسماعیل شهامت از کابل گزارش می‌دهد:<p>در صورت وجود مشکل در دیده شدن این ویدئو، می‌توانید به کانال بی‌بی‌سی …