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Pakistan, Afghanistan Meet to Discuss Restarting Peace Talks With Taliban

By Kay Johnson ISLAMABAD, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – The leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan met in Paris on Monday to discuss ways to resurrect peace talks with Taliban insurgents and to improve relations between the neighbours that soured earlier in the year after a string of militant attacks in Kabul. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s

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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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I Am Not Malala: Author Launches Book Against Nobel Laureate

ISLAMABAD Nov. 12: The All Pakistan Private Schools Federation (APPSF) launched a book titled ‘I Am Not Malala’ as a rebuttal to the autobiography of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, a  young Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban in October 2012, reported The Nation on Nov. 11. “‘I am not Malala, I am Muslim, I am Pakistani’ is a story of

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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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Amid Floods, Pakistan’s Kalasha People Fear For Their Way of Life

By Rina Saeed CHITRAL, Pakistan, Nov 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) For Akram Hussain, unprecedented monsoon floods that drenched his Hindu Kush mountain valley this year were a danger to more than just homes and crops. His 4,000-strong Kalasha people, who live in three remote valleys in northwest Pakistan, preserve an ancient way of life, including

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