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  • May 1, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    5 children injured in mortal shell blast
    PAN: Five children, playing cricket, were injured when a mortar shell landed near them in eastern Kunar province on Sunday, residents said. The incident took place in the Manogi district in the evening, resident Yar Pacha told Pajhwok Afghan News. He said it was not known from which where direction and who fired the shell.      Full news...

  • May 1, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pregnant woman’s body found in Samangan
    PAN: The dead body of a 40-year-old pregnant woman was found in northern Samangan province on Sunday morning, a police official said. The corpse was recovered in the Shahid Andkhoi Aibak neighbourhood, the acting crime branch, Capt. Asadullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News. Asadullah said the woman’s body had been transferred to the Aibak Civil Hospital. Her address is yet to be ascertained.      Full news...

  • April 30, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Plunder goes on across Afghanistan as looters grow ever bolder
    The Guardian, December 13, 2003: It was meant to be a rare success story. According to the Afghan minister of culture, the small mound of soft yellow earth at Bazy-Kheil, 20 miles east of Kabul, was one of the country's few protected archaeological sites. But as Mohammed Zakir, one of Afghanistan’s five archaeologists, puffed to the top, he saw something was badly wrong.      Full news...

  • April 28, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    488 inmates escape from Afghan prison
    Los Angeles Times: The great escape from Sarposa prison began with a knocking beneath the floor. A 25-year-old Afghan recounted in a telephone interview Wednesday how three inmates at the prison in the southern city of Kandahar were expecting the knock. When it came about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, they knew what to do. They knocked back.      Full news...

  • April 27, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul Bank’s corrupt shareholders named
    PAN: Governor of Da Afghanistan Bank Abdul Qadir Fitrat on Wednesday named some of Kabul Bank shareholders who were allegedly involved in misusing clients’ deposits. Despite risks, the stakeholders were named to resolve the crisis, Fitrat told the Wolesi Jirga -- the lower house of the Parliament, which summoned him to explain the story of Afghanistan’s largest private bank.      Full news...

  • April 26, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Guantanamo secret files show U.S. often held innocent Afghans
    McClatchy Newspapers: Naqibullah was about 14 years old when U.S. troops detained him in December 2002 at a suspected militant’s compound in eastern Afghanistan. The weapon he held in his hands hadn’t been fired, the troops concluded, and he appeared to have been left behind with a group of cooks and errand boys when a local warlord, tipped to the raid, had fled.      Full news...

  • April 26, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Virginity-related penalties “extremely unfair”
    IRIN: The penalties that Afghan women suffer whenever allegations of pre-marital sex and loss of virginity emerge, including death, are extreme, discriminatory and not in the penal code, activists said. “I saw a woman who was publically humiliated and tortured because she had allegedly lost her virginity before her wedding night,” said Suraya Subhrang, a women’s rights commissioner at the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC).      Full news...

  • April 24, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Thousands march in Germany against NATO war in Libya and Afghanistan
    The Nation: German peace and church groups as well as labor unions have planned numerous anti-war campaigns over the Easter holidays in major German cities and towns, including Berlin, Dortmund, Bremen Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Nuremberg, Duesseldorf and Stuttgart. German peace and church groups as well as labor unions have planned numerous anti-war campaigns over the Easter holidays in major German cities and towns...      Full news...

  • April 23, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UNAMA: 8,832 Afghan civilians killed in four years
    Catholic San Francisco: Recent reports have raised concern about the impact of the war in Afghanistan on civilians in Afghanistan and in Pakistani border areas that have been the focus of drone strikes targeting Taliban leaders. In Afghanistan, the first two months of 2011 saw a dramatic deterioration in the security situation for ordinary Afghans, the International Committee for the Red Cross said March 15.      Full news...

  • April 23, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Civilians among 13 dead in Kapisa fighting
    PAN: More than a dozen people, including six civilians, have been killed in an ongoing firefight between insurgents and NATO-led soldiers in the Alasai district of central Kapisa province, officials said on Saturday. “With the clash still in progress, seven insurgents and six ordinary people have so far been killed, and there are fears of more casualties,” Alasai district chief, Mullah Mohammad, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • April 22, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ISAF airstrike kills road workers in Khost
    PAN: Three road workers were killed during an airstrike by foreign troops in the southeastern province of Khost, a private construction company official said on Friday. A fourth worker was wounded during the overnight air raid by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the Sperai district, Faqir Mohammad Zadran told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • April 21, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan women killed by foreign forces in operation
    AFP: TWO Afghan women were killed in an operation in eastern Afghanistan that also left 17 insurgents dead, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said today. Local officials had previously said that two women and a child died in the fighting late Tuesday in the Dangam district of Kunar province. “The security forces returned fire, killing the insurgent and what turned out to be two women he was hiding behind,” an ISAF statement said.      Full news...

  • April 21, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Ethnic Militias Fuel Tensions in Northern Afghanistan
    The Wall Street Journal: Government officials in northern Afghanistan are building up their own ethnic-based militia groups to expand their influence and keep the Taliban at bay. But the spread of mostly Tajik and Uzbek militias is aggravating tensions with local Pashtuns—the country’s largest ethnic group but a minority in the north—some of whom say they are being driven to turn to the Taliban...      Full news...

  • April 21, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans suffer from heavy air pollution
    Xinhua: Air pollution in Afghan big cities particularly the capital city Kabul has reached alarming point as head of National Environment Directorate, Mustafa warned last Sunday of dire consequences if air pollution is not checked. “Living condition would become impossible within the next seven years if the status quo of air pollution continues in Kabul and other major towns,” Zahir said...      Full news...

  • April 21, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US atrocities reach all time high in Afghanistan
    Media Monitors Network: “The purpose for which Afghanistan was invaded — to secure safe passage for a gas and oil pipeline from Central Asia and lay hands on the rich mineral deposits of Afghanistan — has not been achieved so far. Yet there is growing anxiety among ordinary Americans over the extended military mission that has nearly bankrupted America.      Full news...

  • April 19, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan MP Unveils Western Forces’ Involvement in Drug Trafficking
    FNA: An Afghan lawmaker disclosed on Monday that the foreign forces deployed in Afghanistan are involved in the production and trafficking of illicit drugs in the country, adding that the British troops have even trained a number of experts for opium cultivation. “As long as foreign forces are present in Afghanistan, the cultivation, production and trafficking of drugs will continue in the country,” Nasimeh Niazi told FNA.      Full news...

  • April 18, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The War in Afghanistan: A Burden Taxpayers Can’t Afford
    The Huffington Post: On this Tax Day, many Americans are likely taking a moment to consider the costs associated with funding the public services that, among other things, keep our air and water clean, create educational opportunities for our children, and provide financial security to our most vulnerable fellow citizens. Although no one likes to pay taxes, most Americans understand that our country is stronger because we collectively fund our national priorities and promote the common good.      Full news...

  • April 17, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Violence against women on the rise: AIHRC
    PAN: With violence against them increasing, 75 women committed self-immolation last year, Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said on Sunday. A total of 2,765 cases of violence against women and girls were reported to the rights watchdog from different parts of the country, AIHRC official Latifa Sultani told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • April 17, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Private firm caught in 560m USD land scam
    PAN: At least 140 acres of government-owned land in the Rahman Mina neighbourhood of Kabul, where a township is being built, has been grabbed by the private Onyx Construction Company. The area that has been converted into residential plots by Onyx was surveyed in 1979 and classified as state property meant for a green belt, shows documentary evidence provided to Pajhwok Afghan News by the Kabul Municipality.      Full news...

  • April 17, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Impoverished Afghans shouldering burden of health care
    Reuters: Afghanistan’s government and foreign donors spend barely 10 USD a person on health, despite pointing to it as key to winning back support against a worsening insurgency that has dragged on for nearly a decade, a study said Sunday. The other 31 USD per person that makes up the country’s meager health spend comes from Afghans themselves, many of whom struggle to provide doctors and drug care for their families...      Full news...

  • April 16, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    10-Year Old Afghan Girl Claims She Was Raped
    PAN (Translated by RAWA): A small girl, present in the administration of the Women’s Affairs of Sar-e-Pul, claimed she was raped by two of her uncles, but health officials say it has not been confirmed yet and further medical examinations are needed to prove the claim. 10-year old Nazanin, claimed that one year back her two step uncles raped her, and her paternal grandparents tortured, beat and poured hot oil on her.      Full news...

  • April 15, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.N.: 7 million Afghans will go hungry without aid
    Reuters: The United Nations warned on Friday of a looming food aid shortage in Afghanistan that could leave more than 7 million people hungry unless it received urgent cash donations of over 250 million USD to buy more supplies. Most of those who will go short of food are women and children, but overall those at risk make up nearly a quarter of the country's population of around 30 million...      Full news...

  • April 15, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Corruption in Afghanistan: The elephant in the room
    Global Post: Just ask Vice President Joe Biden about corruption in Afghanistan. During a now-famous dinner with Hamid Karzai during the 2008 U.S. election year, then-Sen. Biden questioned the Afghan president about corruption in his government. Karzai assured him that reports had been overblown by the Western media. Biden threw down his napkin and walked out.      Full news...

  • April 13, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Herat Addicts Rise to Over 70,000 The number of drug addicts in the western Herat city has risen to over 70,000, provincial officials say. Herat addicts mainly include jobless youths most of whom have returned from Iran. They were addicted to drugs while living in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Governor of Herat said.      Full news...

  • April 12, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    58 incidents of violence on journalist occurred last year
    PAN: Fifty-eight incidents of violence against journalists have been registered in Afghanistan over the past one year, the Media Watch said on Monday. “Government officials are involved in 26 incidents of violence on journalists, unknown men in 18, NATO-led ISAF soldiers in 9, media people in three and Taliban fighters in two,” Siddqullah Tawhidi, told a press conference in Kabul.      Full news...

  • April 11, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban-style dress code for Afghan weddings
    Guardian News & Media: When plans to regulate Afghanistan’s booming wedding industry were announced earlier in the year, the government said it merely wanted to curb the country’s mania for lavish weddings that drag people into debt. But according to drafts of the law it is also aiming to introduce various public morality provisions in yet another sign of the casual erosion of the small freedoms women have won since 2001. And in an echo of the Taliban regime, which used to police weddings ...      Full news...

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