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May 10, 2012

Afghan women fade from White House focus as exit nears

WASHINGTON/KABUL, May 10 (Reuters) – Shortly after sending
U.S. troops to Afghanistan in October 2001, President George W.
Bush focused so intently on freeing Afghan women from the
shackles of Taliban rule that empowering them became central to
the United States’ mission there.

More than a decade later, as his successor Barack Obama
charts a way out of the unpopular war, Afghan girls are back in
school, infant and maternal survival rates are up and a quarter
of the parliament’s seats are reserved for women who at least on
paper have the same voting, mobility and other rights as men.

May 8, 2012

Afghanistan no longer worst place for mothers: report

KABUL (Reuters) – Better healthcare and more girls attending school have knocked Afghanistan from its position as the worst place on earth to be a mother, Save the Children said in a major report on Tuesday, but stressed the precarious nature of any gains.

“More mothers are surviving and fewer children are dying and this is something we need to be celebrating,” said Rachel Maranto, Advocacy and Mobilisation senior Manager at Save the Children in Kabul.

May 4, 2012

Stress of war prompts soldiers to take Afghan dogs home

KABUL (Reuters) – Spot made the clandestine journey from the Afghan Taliban stronghold of Helmand to the capital Kabul, where he is undergoing medical treatment before moving to the United States to live with the family of the Marine who rescued him.

His ears clipped and tail severed from his days as a fighting dog, the surprisingly docile ginger and white mutt is one of hundreds being adopted in increasing numbers by foreign soldiers, who pay vast sums to take their new pets home.

May 4, 2012

Besieged Afghan media appeals to Karzai for protection

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s media representatives are appealing to the government to protect the rights of journalists who are facing a growing number of violent threats in what they see as an undeclared campaign against media freedom.

War and an atmosphere of impunity make Afghanistan one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. The Taliban often regard reporters as their enemies and many officials are suspicious of a prying press.

Apr 24, 2012

CORRECTED: Insight: Russia says no to West’s way with HIV

MOSCOW (Reuters) – In 2010, President Dmitry Medvedev said heroin was a threat to Russia’s national security. This year, Russia pledged to finance programs to reduce the harm done by drug use, including an HIV crisis that is one of the most severe in the world.

But even though the number of new HIV infections in Russia jumped 10 percent over 2011, health workers and global HIV authorities say Moscow has not honored that promise. This is not due to a lack of cash – Russia is doubling its budget for HIV in 2012 from 2010 levels. At issue is how it will use the funds.

Apr 24, 2012

Corrected – Insight – Russia says no to West’s way with HIV

MOSCOW (Reuters) – In 2010, President Dmitry Medvedev said heroin was a threat to Russia’s national security. This year, Russia pledged to finance programmes to reduce the harm done by drug use, including an HIV crisis that is one of the most severe in the world.

But even though the number of new HIV infections in Russia jumped 10 percent over 2011, health workers and global HIV authorities say Moscow has not honoured that promise. This is not due to a lack of cash – Russia is doubling its budget for HIV in 2012 from 2010 levels. At issue is how it will use the funds.

Apr 24, 2012

Russia says no to West’s way with HIV

MOSCOW, April 24 (Reuters) – In 2010, President Dmitry
Medvedev said heroin was a threat to Russia’s national security.
This year, Russia pledged to finance programmes to reduce the
harm done by drug use, including an HIV crisis that is one of
the most severe in the world.

But even though the number of new HIV infections in Russia
jumped 10 percent over 2011, health workers and global HIV
authorities say Moscow has not honoured that promise. This is
not due to a lack of cash – Russia is doubling its budget for
HIV in 2012 from 2010 levels. At issue is how it will use the
funds.

Apr 19, 2012

Haqqani network behind Afghan attacks: U.S. envoy

KABUL (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said on Thursday there was “no question” that the Haqqani network, one of the most feared insurgent groups in the country, mounted coordinated attacks on Kabul and other areas over the weekend.

Ryan Crocker also called on Islamabad to crack down on what he called Haqqani safe havens in Pakistan, reiterating a long-standing demand that has strained ties between the strategic allies.

Apr 17, 2012

Afghan leader challenges Taliban “brothers” over attacks

KABUL (Reuters) – President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday coordinated Taliban attacks in Kabul and three provinces had only prolonged a foreign presence in Afghanistan and he challenged the insurgents to do more for the good of the country.

The weekend attacks on the parliament and Kabul’s diplomatic quarter had caused only Afghan deaths and worked to hurt economic and security confidence, Karzai said.

Apr 15, 2012

Multiple attacks on Kabul, Taliban claims “spring offensive”

KABUL (Reuters) – Gunmen launched multiple attacks in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, assaulting Western embassies in the heavily guarded, central diplomatic area and at the parliament in the west.

Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the assault, one of the most serious on the capital since U.S.-backed Afghan forces removed the group from power in 2001.

    • About Amie

      "Based in Kabul, Amie reports on the NATO-led war in Afghanistan. She was previously based in Moscow, where she reported across the former Soviet Union for almost five years, covering energy, politics and lifestyle stories. For over two years there, she focused on the Islamist insurgency in Russia's Muslim North Caucasus. She has also reported in Greece and Britain."
      Joined Reuters:
      September 2006
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