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General Dostum is welcomed by supporters in Faryab. (photo: Courtesy of General Dostum's office)
General Dostum is welcomed by supporters in Faryab. (photo: Courtesy of General Dostum's office)
General Dostum is welcomed by supporters in Faryab. (photo: Courtesy of General Dostum's office)
Politics:

Anti-Taliban hero criticised for not being completely motivated by patriotism

Waheed Orya
Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum is being praised for his heroic fight against the Taliban in the north. But, as his critics, point out, his motivations may not be as pure as many locals wish they were.
4.09.2015
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In Kandahar, couples turn to mosques or tribal elders to divorce

Kandahar couples wanting to divorce are shunning the official court system and turning to mosques or tribal elders to dissolve their marriages. They say the court system is too slow.
31.08.2015
To get to the immigration authorities in Kuala Lumpur, young migrant labourers must often sleep in a queue for several days. To get to the immigration authorities in Kuala Lumpur, young migrant labourers must often sleep in a queue for several days. To get to the immigration authorities in Kuala Lumpur, young migrant labourers must often sleep in a queue for several days.
Society

Dreams of bright future in Malaysia shatter for workers from Afghanistan, Pakistan

Aftab Ahmad
Delayed wages, harassment, sleeping 20 to a room These are just some of the things migrant workers put up with. It's in sharp contrast to what recruiters told them they would get out of Malaysia's vibrant economy.
28.08.2015
Ready for a virus: The Infectious Diseases Hospital in Kabul.
Ready for a virus: The Infectious Diseases Hospital in Kabul.
Ready for a virus: The Infectious Diseases Hospital in Kabul.
Society:

Ministry of Health reports outbreak of deadly virus in Afghanistan

There have been eight deaths in Afghanistan as a result of the Congo virus. The Ministry of Public Health says they are raising awareness of the deadly disease before it kills more people.
28.08.2015
Most of the swimming spots in this district are restricted for men, but because of healing properties of this spring, women are allowed to swim here. (photo: Tahera Husaini ) Most of the swimming spots in this district are restricted for men, but because of healing properties of this spring, women are allowed to swim here. (photo: Tahera Husaini ) Most of the swimming spots in this district are restricted for men, but because of healing properties of this spring, women are allowed to swim here. (photo: Tahera Husaini )
Entertainment

Dipping Into Healing Waters at Sholgara's 'Spa'

Tahera Hussaini
Locals believe that if they take a dip in a certain Sholgara district spring, they won't fall sick. The small oasis draws dozens of visitors.
3.09.2015
Gallery

Afghans celebrate 96 years of independence

Asghar Noor Mohammad and Wisal Yousafzai
Colorful celebrations on 19 August commemorated 96 years since Afghanistan gained independence through the Anglo-Afghan Treaty of 1919.
21.08.2015
Plastic shopping bags hang on display at a shop in Peshawar. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province lacks facilities for their recycling, which poses an environmental hazard for the community. (photo: Abdur Razzaq) Plastic shopping bags hang on display at a shop in Peshawar. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province lacks facilities for their recycling, which poses an environmental hazard for the community. (photo: Abdur Razzaq) Plastic shopping bags hang on display at a shop in Peshawar. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province lacks facilities for their recycling, which poses an environmental hazard for the community. (photo: Abdur Razzaq)
Environment

Pakistan province bans plastic shopping bags

Abdur Razzaq
As trash heaps mount in the crowded capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the provincial government is taking steps to halt the use of polythene bags, with potential fallout for regional industry.
19.08.2015
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New ID system centralizes demographic data

Zafar Shah Rouyee
A controversial electronic card system aims to improve the transparency of elections.
17.08.2015