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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
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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
بسیاری از خانواده های افغان شام روز استقلال را در باغ بابر با رقص و پایکوبی سپری نموده و به آهنگ های که توسط هنرمندان مشهور کشور اجرا شد گوش فرا دادند. (photo: اصغر نور محمد) بسیاری از خانواده های افغان شام روز استقلال را در باغ بابر با رقص و پایکوبی سپری نموده و به آهنگ های که توسط هنرمندان مشهور کشور اجرا شد گوش فرا دادند. (photo: اصغر نور محمد) بسیاری از خانواده های افغان شام روز استقلال را در باغ بابر با رقص و پایکوبی سپری نموده و به آهنگ های که توسط هنرمندان مشهور کشور اجرا شد گوش فرا دادند. (photo: اصغر نور محمد)
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
Printed in Pashto, Dari and English, the new electronic IDs will store citizens' biometric data. (photo: Courtesy photo) Printed in Pashto, Dari and English, the new electronic IDs will store citizens' biometric data. (photo: Courtesy photo) Printed in Pashto, Dari and English, the new electronic IDs will store citizens' biometric data. (photo: Courtesy photo)
Government

New ID system centralizes demographic data

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

Public hopes dwindle as peace talks disintegrate

A spate of attacks following the announced death of the Taliban's leader Mullah Omar has strained Afghan-Pakistani relations. In this context, Afghan youth are giving up on the prospect of peace and stability.
15.08.2015
The Pakistan Army has built trenches along a 400-kilometer stretch of the Durand Line. (photo: Wisal Yousafzai) The Pakistan Army has built trenches along a 400-kilometer stretch of the Durand Line. (photo: Wisal Yousafzai) The Pakistan Army has built trenches along a 400-kilometer stretch of the Durand Line. (photo: Wisal Yousafzai)
Opinion

Af-Pak relations back at square one

Farhad Peikar
After the last spate of deadly terrorist attacks, Kabul’s demands for Islamabad to either produce Taliban leaders for peace talks or crack down on their safe havens may fall on deaf ears in Pakistan.
13.08.2015
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Taliban's 'human shield' tactic ruins livelihoods in Kunduz

In the aftermath of the bloody clash between government forces and the insurgency in the northern province of Kunduz, thousands of residents have lost not only their agricultural yields, but also their homes.
12.08.2015