Afghanistan

U.N: Europe Must Stop Locking Up Thousands of Stateless People

By Emma Batha LONDON, Dec 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – European countries must stop locking up stateless people like criminals, human rights campaigners said, describing their detention as “a preventable tragedy” that risks being worsened by the migrant crisis. Thousands of stateless people are being held in immigration detention centres across Europe even though they

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Afghan Bank Governor Says Migrants Create Strain on Currency

By Robert Birsel and Mirwais Harooni KABUL, Nov 24 (Reuters) – An exodus of people seeking a better life in Europe has put pressure on Afghanistan’s currency, already weakened by a sharp reduction in foreign funds and sliding confidence in the country’s prospects, the central bank governor said on Tuesday. Nearly 150,000 Afghans have left

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Afghan Activist Who Defied Taliban Calls For More Female Teachers

By Emma Batha LONDON, Nov 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When the Taliban banned girls’ education in Afghanistan, six-year-old Shabana Basij-Rasikh started dressing as a boy and for five years risked her life to attend a secret school. Today, 14 years on, she runs Afghanistan’s only boarding school for girls, aiming to foster a new

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Afghan Troops Defect To Taliban

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Nov. 14 – At least 65 Afghan soldiers have defected to the Taliban, taking their weapons and equipment with them and 88 have been killed in days of heavy fighting in the volatile southern province of Helmand, the local provincial Governor said on Saturday. The latest losses underline the heavy toll being

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Afghan Hazara Step Up Protest after Beheadings

KABUL (NOV. 11) Thousands of members of Afghanistan’s Hazara ethnic minority demonstrated on Wednesday against government inaction over the killing of seven members of their community by Islamist militants who dumped their partially beheaded bodies. The mainly Shia Hazara have long faced persecution in Afghanistan, with thousands massacred by the Taliban and al Qaeda in

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Earthquake in Afghanistan kills at least 100 people including its neighbors

Reuters 10/26/2015 KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan – A powerful earthquake struck a remote area of northeastern Afghanistan on Monday, shaking the capital Kabul and killing at least 24 people while 76 were killed in neighboring Pakistan, officials said. The death toll could climb because communications were down in much of the rugged Hindu Kush mountain range area where the

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