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Afghanistan faces chaos - Russia Beyond

Click to enlarge the cartoon. Drawing by Niyaz Karim<p>On January 1, 2015, Afghanistan will say goodbye to the occupational armies of the United States and NATO, and once again will become a sovereign state, though the goals of the Afghan War, which began in reply to the terrorism of 9/11, have not …

Why I'm Optimistic About the Future for Women in Afghanistan

A couple of months ago I went back to my native Afghanistan after a year living in Britain. From the sedate surroundings of York University I've …

How Youth, Motivation and Social Entrepreneurship Principles Can Create Positive Change in Afghanistan

Social entrepreneurship, a field which has gained solid traction as a component for socio-economic development in areas such as Africa and South America, will soon play a critical role in creating a positive future for Afghanistan. Not surprisingly, the move to embrace social entrepreneurship is …

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What is Driving Change in Afghanistan

The most important thing in Afghanistan has been necessity, economic hardship and the fact that women have to work.<p>Women have to teach and most …

The Shrinking “Oil-Spot Strategy”

When push came to shove for the U.S.-led military efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq, some experts urged the adoption of a so-called “oil-spot strategy” …

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Yorkshire-educated woman becomes first female Hamas spokesperson

Isra al-Modallal, 23, who spent three years at school in Bradford, becomes public face of Hamas government in Gaza<p>A woman who spent part of her school years in the UK is to become a public face of the Hamas government in Gaza following her appointment as its first female spokesperson.<p>Isra …

Israel strikes Russian weapons shipment in Syria

Israeli warplanes have attacked a shipment of Russian missiles inside a Syrian government stronghold, officials say, a development that threatened to add another volatile layer to regional tensions from the Syrian civil war.<p>The revelation came as the government of President Bashar al-Assad met a …

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Israeli air strikes hit Syrian military base

Israel has launched air strikes against a Syrian airbase in the northern province of Latakia, according to media reports and officials.<p>A US official confirmed that "there was an Israeli strike" on Thursday but gave no detail on the location or the target, according to the AFP news agency.<p>Citing …

UN Syria envoy says no peace talks without opposition

DAMASCUS - Agence France-Presse<p>United Nations Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi (C) returns to a hotel after meeting Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the …

Brahimi: No Geneva talks without Syria rebels

UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has said that a proposed Geneva peace conference to end the war in Syria cannot be held without the participation of the opposition.<p>"If the opposition does not participate there will be no Geneva conference," Brahimi said at a news conference in Damascus on …

Israel Radio anchor slams US for disclosing Israeli strike on Syria

There's a lot of anger at the United States in Israel this morning, because the Obama administration has once again <b>told the world that Israel is</b> …

UN estimates 9.3 million Syrians need aid

The UN estimates that about 9.3 million people in Syria, or about 40 percent of the population, need humanitarian assistance owing to the country's ongoing civil conflict.<p>Valerie Amos, the UN humanitarian chief, told the 15-member Security Council on Monday that 9.3 million people now need outside …

Russia says Iran must join Syria peace talks

MOSCOW - Agence France-Presse<p>Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. AFP Photo<p>Russia insisted on Tuesday that Iran must be invited to peace …

Syria crisis: Diplomats meet over peace talks delay

<b>Talks are being held in Geneva between UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and US and Russian diplomats to try to pave the way for a Syria peace summit.</b><p>Attempts to set up a conference to end the Syrian conflict have been going on for months amid disputes over who should attend and its agenda.<p>Mr …

Middle East

Iran buries Guards commander 'killed in Syria'

<b>A funeral has been held in south-eastern Iran for a Revolutionary Guards commander who was reportedly killed by rebel forces in Syria.</b><p>Brig Gen Mohammad Jamali-Paqaleh was buried with full honours in Kerman.<p>He had volunteered to "defend the Syrian people against terrorists" and "protect the [Shia] …

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Indications suggest Syria may attempt to hide chemical stash, U.S. official says

The United States is reviewing intelligence suggesting Syrian President Bashar Assad's government may try to keep some chemical weapons instead of …

US checking accuracy of Syrian arms document

The US is sceptical about Syria's declaration of its chemical weapons to an international watchdog and is still checking its accuracy, according to a senior US diplomat.<p>Syrian President Bashar al-Assad agreed to destroy all his banned chemical arms by mid-2014 as part of a Russia-US deal that …

No date agreed for Syria peace conference

The UN-Arab League envoy to Syria has said that peace talks between the Syrian government and rebel groups will not go ahead as planned in November.<p>Lakhdar Brahimi however said on Tuesday that diplomats were "still striving to see if we can have the conference before the end of the year".<p>The …

Elusive Syria peace talks delayed by rivals' divisions

GENEVA - Agence France-Presse<p>United Nations Peace Envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi speaks during a news conference after a meeting in Beirut November …

Syria Kurds oust jihadists from Turkey border area

BEIRUT - Agence France-Presse<p>A member of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) prepares his weapon on a pickup truck near the city of Ras …

Arafat polonium report delivered to the PA

From Gulf News:<p>Palestinian authorities have received the reports of Swiss and Russian forensic investigations into the 2004 death of Yasser Arafat, …

Netanyahu meets Kerry in Jerusalem, says concerned over progress of peace talks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday peace talks with the Palestinians had failed to make real progress and he hoped U.S. Secretary of …

Shin Bet, Police, close down Hamas offices in J'lem

The Shin Bet working in coordination with the Israeli Police, closed down offices in Jerusalem which were being used for activities of the Hamas …

Syrian army pushes back after rebels take large arms depot

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fought rebels in a small town 100 km (60 miles) north of Damascus on Thursday after …