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US air-raid kills over 100 civilians in Farah 

 Dr Atiqullah, a resident of the village, told they had so far retrieved 123 dead bodies from beneath the debris of the destroyed homes by using tractors.

Ahmad Qureshi

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April 20, 2009

The dragon in the Hindu Kush: China's interests in Afghanistan


It appears that China is forging closer ties with post-Taliban Afghanistan. Afghanistan, meanwhile, is also undoubtedly interested in Chinese investment as it seeks to diversify its international relations away from the West. However, China's increasing interest in Afghanistan creates a host of implications - within Afghanistan, China and the region as a whole.

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April 19, 2009

Rights Watchdog: Ban Warlords From Afghan Election

KABUL (Reuters) -- Afghans accused of human rights violations over three decades of war should be barred from running in the August 20 presidential election, a commissioner of the state-appointed rights watchdog said.

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Controversy Over Afghan Election Delay Puts Constitution To Test

An Afghan man shows his thumb marked with ink and his voter's pass after registering to vote in the country's presidential poll, now scheduled for August 20.

February 03, 2009
By Abubakar Siddique
Just days after announcing the postponement of Afghanistan's presidential election, the country's Independent Election Commission finds itself amidst a storm of controversy.

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AFGHANISTAN: Winter crisis averted in north?

Photo: Akmal Dawi/IRIN
Aid agencies have delivered food assistance to thousands of vulnerable households in the north of the country this winter
KABUL, 2 February 2009 (IRIN) - Prompt distribution of food aid, improved coordination among aid agencies and a relatively mild winter have prevented mass displacements in the drought-stricken northern provinces of Afghanistan, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said.

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"This year there was, in general, much better coordination between relevant government bodies and UN agencies, particularly with WFP [UN World Food Programme] as a key player. The other factor that really matters is that people in the areas most affected by drought are not facing such a harsh winter as last year," Dusan Vukotic, an ICRC official in Kabul, told IRIN.

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