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Afghan Taliban signal growing strength with key district capture

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KABUL Taliban fighters have captured the strategic district of Sangin in the southern Afghan province of Helmand after security forces pulled out, leaving the district centre to the insurgents, officials said on Thursday. | Video

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Violence, corruption threaten Afghan progress in getting kids to school 23 Mar 2017

KABUL/KANDAHAR, Afghanistan Afghanistan's progress in educating its children is under threat, as growing insecurity and corruption shut more schools and reduced international funding undermines a system struggling to cope.

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Russia may be helping supply Taliban insurgents - U.S. general 23 Mar 2017

WASHINGTON The top U.S. general in Europe said on Thursday that he had seen Russian influence on Afghan Taliban insurgents growing and raised the possibility that Moscow was helping supply the militants, whose reach is expanding in southern Afghanistan.

Afghan Taliban signal growing strength with capture of key southern district 23 Mar 2017

KABUL Taliban fighters have captured the key district of Sangin in the southern Afghan province of Helmand after security forces pulled out, leaving the district centre to the insurgents, officials said on Thursday.

India eyes deal to repair Afghan aircraft, deepening military ties 22 Mar 2017

KABUL India is considering whether to pay for repairs to grounded helicopters and transport planes from Afghanistan's air force, signalling a willingness to step up military assistance for Kabul that has irked Pakistan in the past.

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Barber-turned-rapper crowned 'Afghan Star' in talent show 22 Mar 2017

KABUL A barber-turned-rapper has been crowned the winner of an Afghan talent show that offered its audience some relief from daily stories of insurgents and suicide bombs. | Video

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Barber-turned-rapper crowned 'Afghan Star' in talent show 22 Mar 2017

KABUL A barber-turned-rapper has been crowned the winner of an Afghan talent show that offered its audience some relief from daily stories of insurgents and suicide bombs. | Video

Afghanistan housing project underlines China's growing role 22 Mar 2017

KABUL Afghan authorities expect work on the first phase of a multimillion dollar housing project financed by China to begin within months, as Beijing continues to raise its development profile in the region.

U.S. drone kills militant blamed for attack on Sri Lanka cricket team in Pakistan 21 Mar 2017

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan A U.S. drone air strike in Afghanistan has killed a Pakistani militant accused of involvement in a deadly attack on a bus carrying Sri Lanka's cricket team in 2009, Pakistani security sources and Islamist militants said.

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Afghan music contest pits first female finalist against rapper 20 Mar 2017

KABUL An 18-year old female novice singer and a 23-year old barber-turned-rapper are the unlikely finalists of a televised talent contest providing Afghans a welcome distraction from the daily bloodshed in their country.

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