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Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Ukraine Among World's Most Dangerous Countries

A new study has listed Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Ukraine among the world's 10 most dangerous countries. More

Amnesty International recorded a 25 percent increase in the number of death sentences issued worldwide in 2014. (file photos)

Amnesty Says 'Alarming' Spike In Death Sentences

Amnesty International says the number of death sentences issued worldwide increased sharply during 2014 as governments used capital punishment in a "flawed attempt" to fight crime, combat terrorism, and quash internal instability. More

Former FBI Agent Sentenced To 10 Years In Afghan Corruption Case

A former FBI agent accused of trying to derail an investigation into alleged corruption by a U.S. defense contractor in Afghanistan has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. More

Attack On Afghan Lawmaker Kills 3

A suicide bomber targeting an Afghan parliamentary deputy has killed three people in the capital, Kabul. More

AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus laughs as she attends a swimming event at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Afghan Ex-Cop Jailed For Murder

Afghanistan's Supreme Court has ruled that the police officer convicted of murdering Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding AP correspondent Kathy Gannon almost one year ago should serve 20 years in prison. More

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The Black Flag South Of The Amu-Darya

The black flag of the Islamic State (IS) militant group has reportedly been raised in areas of northern Afghanistan, just south of the border with Central Asia, and Ashgabat, Tashkent, and Dushanbe have taken notice. More

Extremists Flourish South Of Turkmenistan

n some of the areas adjacent to Turkmenistan it appears militant groups hold as much, and possibly more, territory than the Afghan government can claim to have under its control. And what is worse, there seems to be at least three extremist groups now present in districts just south of the Turkmen border. More
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Features & Commentary

Farkhunda's Lynching Hits Nerve In Afghanistan

The lynching of an innocent young woman in front of a Kabul shrine has cast unprecedented attention on women's rights in Afghanistan.

U.S. Reassesses Central Asia Strategy

The State Department says it has completed a review of U.S. policy toward Central Asia at a time of economic and political uncertainty in the region.

Haunted By The Bamiyan Buddhas

For two farmers forced to take part in the Taliban-orchestrated demolition of the ancient Bamiyan Buddhas, the missing statues stand as a monument to their remorse.

Flocking Home Amid Claims Of Intimidation, Harassment

Tens of thousands of Afghan refugees have returned home from Pakistan in recent months, but it is far from a storybook ending. Many say they were harassed and intimidated into leaving and say conditions are not right for their return to Afghanistan.

Video Afghanistan Celebrates Historic Cricket Win

Afghans are whooping it up after their team's first-ever win in the Cricket World Cup against Scotland.

Mass Abduction Of Hazaras In Afghanistan Raises Fears Of Islamic State

The kidnapping of dozens of Hazaras in southern Afghanistan by unidentified militants has heightened fears about the presence of the Islamic State group.

Afghanistan Wakes Up To Islamic State Threat

When Islamic State militants announced their arrival in Afghanistan, skeptics questioned whether they could gain a foothold in a crowded militant scene. But recent moves show that Kabul is beginning to take the threat very seriously.
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