Wednesday, March 04, 2015


News and Features from Afghanistan and Pakistan

Afghan Refugees Flock 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.
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Top Indian, Pakistani Envoys Meet To Mend Ties

Pakistan and India have held their first high-level talks since New Delhi called off talks last year aimed at easing the regional rivals' many disputes.
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HRW Report Slams Afghan 'Rights Abuses'

Human Rights Watch has released a report that calls on new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his government to prosecute officials and commanders "whose serious human rights abuses have long gone unpunished."
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Suicide Attack Kills Afghan Soldiers, Civilians

Afghan officials say at least seven people were killed in the southern Helmand Province when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden vehicle near an army base.
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Pakistan Detains Parents For Refusing Child Polio Vaccination

Authorities in northwestern Pakistan have arrested hundreds of parents they say refused to allow their children to receive polio vaccinations.
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Top Indian, Pakistani Officials To Meet

Pakistan and India have held their first high-level talks since New Delhi called off talks last year aimed at easing the rivals' many disputes.
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Afghanistan Hangs Reputed Mafia Boss

A man described as one of Afghanistan's most notorious mafia bosses was hanged on February 28.
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Obama To Host Afghan Leaders

The White House said in a statement on February 27 that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah will hold talks with U.S. President Barack Obama on March 24.
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Extreme Weather Kills More Than 220 In Afghanistan

The UN says the death toll from days of severe weather that caused avalanches and flooding across central and northeastern Afghanistan has jumped to at least 229 people.
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Pakistani Inmates Accused In Tourist Killings Escape From Prison

Two militants facing trial for slaying a group of climbers have broken out of prison in northern Pakistan.
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