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Afghan doctors remove extra head from baby girl

Surgeons in Afghanistan have carried out a life-saving operation on a baby girl born with an extra head, doctors and relatives said Thursday. The girl — named Asree Gul (new flower) and one of a pair of twins — was admitted to a hospital in the eastern city of Jalalabad…

Female Afghan police chief Nigar dies after being shot in the neck

The top policewoman in Afghanistan’s restive south died Monday after being shot by assassins, just months after her predecessor was gunned down, in the latest attack to highlight the threat to women in public life. Nigar, who only used one name, was shot on the street in Lashkar Gah, the…

Attack on U.S. consulate in Afghanistan kills one

Members of the Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing near the U.S. consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, that killed one person, the Associated Press reported Thursday night. The attackers also reportedly got into a firefight with security forces near the building. The city is in Afghanistan’s western region, where…

A complete U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014? Don’t count on it

A US envoy on Tuesday dismissed suggestions that Washington would withdraw all troops from Afghanistan after next year, saying that both countries wanted to preserve a smaller force. Aides to US President Barack Obama earlier this year openly mulled the so-called “zero option” of a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan once…

UN report: Afghan insurgents use marijuana fields as hiding places

The amount of Afghan farmland planted with cannabis fell by nearly a fifth last year after one province launched a fierce eradication campaign, but a bumper crop meant that actual production rose compared with 2011, according to the UN. Officials in southern Uruzgan province, which borders Kandahar and Helmand, largely…

U.S. returns stolen cultural treasures and archaeological artifacts seized at Newark Airport to Afghanistan

The United States returned a Roman wine pitcher and five gold artifacts to Afghanistan on Monday in the fourth official repatriation of stolen Afghan cultural treasures in eight years. Kabul’s ambassador to Washington, Eklil Hakimi, accepted the objects from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency during a ceremony…

Afghan Taliban attack U.S. base near Pakistan border

Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen dressed as Afghan police attacked a US base near the Pakistani border on Monday, sparking a shootout that left all three assailants dead, officials said. No member of the US-led NATO mission in Afghanistan was killed in the assault on the base in Nangarhar province,…

Judge considers giving alleged Ft. Hood shooter more time for self-defense

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – An Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009 could learn on Tuesday whether a judge will grant him more time to prepare as he represents himself in the military trial. Major Nidal Hasan,…

Afghan interpreters fight for right to stay in Britain

Lawyers for three Afghan interpreters who served with British forces fighting the Taliban in southern Afghanistan have launched a legal challenge to a government decision not to let them settle in Britain, they said Friday. The three argue they should be entitled to the same treatment as interpreters with British…

U.S. will spend $6 billion to remove military equipment from Afghanistan by 2014

Huge numbers of weapons and vehicles and tense relations with nearby countries make task more daunting than Iraq pullout Fighting wars is expensive, but so is winding them down. As the US prepares to ship most of its weapons, vehicles and other equipment home after more than a decade in…

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