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Afghan Amputee Swimmer Aims for International Success

By Josh Smith KABUL, June 14 – It took a pair of landmines that severed Malek Mohammad’s legs for him to find his life’s passion for swimming in land-locked Afghanistan. He was 11 years old when he stepped on the mines as he gathered firewood in a vacant lot in Kabul, a city still trying

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Huge Bomb Blast Kills Dozens, Wounds Hundreds in Afghan Capital

By Mirwais Harooni and Josh Smith KABUL, May 31 – A powerful bomb exploded in the morning rush hour in the centre of the Afghan capital on Wednesday, killing or wounding hundreds of people and sending clouds of black smoke into the sky above the presidential palace and foreign embassies. The explosion, one of the

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Pakistan Reopens Afghanistan Border Crossing After Deadly Clash

KABUL, May 28 – Pakistan reopened a major border crossing with Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said, more than three weeks after several people were killed when troops from both sides exchanged fire for hours. The Chaman crossing into Afghanistan’s Kandahar province was reopened on “humanitarian grounds” after Afghan officials submitted a request, according to a

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Dozens of Afghans Deported from Germany Arrive in Kabul

By Mohammad Aziz KABUL, Dec 15  – A group of 38 Afghans arrived in Kabul from Germany on Thursday, the first to be deported under an agreement reached between the two countries this year, following the rejection of their applications for asylum. Thousands of Afghans joined asylum-seekers from the Middle East and elsewhere entering Europe

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Kabul Security Gates in Storage as Afghan Officials Trade Accusations

By Hamid Shalizi KABUL, Dec 15  – A set of giant security gates financed by China and intended to protect Kabul from large bombs and drug smuggling lie stored in a warehouse more than five months after they arrived, while Afghan authorities bicker over who should install them. Intended for the four main entry points

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Ties Between Russia and the Taliban Worry Afghan, U.S. Officials

By Hamid Shalizi and Josh Smith KABUL, Dec 8  – Afghan and American officials are increasingly worried that any deepening of ties between Russia and Taliban militants fighting to topple the government in Kabul could complicate an already precarious security situation. Russian officials have denied they provide aid to the insurgents, who are contesting large

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German Police Arrest Iraqi Rape Suspect, Leaders Warn Against Backlash

BERLIN, Dec 6 – German police have detained an Iraqi migrant for suspected rape only days after an Afghan refugee was held in a separate rape and murder case, and the government warned against a political backlash to such crimes. The two cases threaten to fan anti-migrant sentiment in Germany, which saw a record 890,000

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Afghan Taliban Offer Security for Copper, Gas Projects

KABUL, Nov 29  – The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday offered to protect major government projects, such as the mining of a big copper deposit and an international natural gas pipeline project, to allow them to get off the ground after years of delay. The Taliban have been behind much of the violence over the last

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Kabul Police Raid Shisha Cafes in “Debauchery” Crackdown

KABUL, Nov 27  – Afghan police and health officials raided cafes and restaurants in Kabul on Sunday, confiscating shisha water pipes and paraphernalia in a campaign to halt “debauchery and vulgarity”. Critics say the campaign will only distract police from the Afghan capital’s deteriorating security situation, while doing little to change the pervasive smoking culture

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