Saturday, April 19, 2014


News and Features from Afghanistan and Pakistan

UNICEF Staff Kidnapped In Pakistan

Police in Pakistan say gunmen have kidnapped two local employees of the United Nations' Children's Fund, UNICEF, in the southern city of Karachi.
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Three Taliban Escape From Afghan Prison

Three Taliban insurgents have escaped from a prison in northern Afghanistan, using pistols and grenades smuggled into the facility.
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Afghan President's Phone Secured

The telephone conversations of the Afghan president and his ministers have been secured from eavesdropping.
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Girls Schools Closed In NW Pakistan

Questions over the closure of girls' schools in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province sparked angry debate in the region's parliament.
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Fire Breaks Out At Pakistani Weapons Depot

A fire broke out at a military weapons depot overnight on April 18 in Pakistan's Khyber district near the border with Afghanistan.
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Video Interview: Ghani Says 'All Walks Of Afghan Life Will Be Represented'

Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani says that, if elected, he will do all in his power to promote "genuine reconciliation." He spoke to RFE/RL about what he will do if he doesn't win the first round, and what his plans are should he be elected president.
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Video Afghanistan's Ghani Pledges ‘Reconciliation'

Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani says if elected he will form a national unity government that will include some of the country's controversial former warlords.
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SCO Discusses Afghan Withdrawal

Members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) have met in the Tajik capital to discuss regional security in the wake of the withdrawal of most foreign combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
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Pakistan Taliban Wants Talks, Not Cease-Fire

The Pakistani Taliban says it wants to continue peace negotiations with the government – but they will not extend a cease-fire.
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Interview: 'We Were Tackling The Symptoms Of The Disease'

In her new book, "The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014," "New York Times" journalist Carlotta Gall lays bare the extent of Pakistan's involvement in Afghanistan, accusing Islamabad of cynically driving the violence there and writing that "Pakistan, not Afghanistan, has been the true enemy."
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