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Jan 21, 2012

Afghan Taliban say recruited soldier who killed French

KABUL (Reuters) – The Afghan Taliban said on Saturday they had recruited an Afghan soldier who shot dead four French soldiers a day earlier, raising fears the militant group had managed to deepen its infiltration of the country’s struggling security forces.

The killings prompted France to threaten an early pullout from the NATO-led war.

Jan 21, 2012

Afghan Taliban say recruited soldier who killed French troops

KABUL (Reuters) – The Afghan Taliban said on Saturday they had recruited an Afghan soldier who shot dead four French soldiers a day earlier, raising fears the militant group had managed to deepen its infiltration of the country’s struggling security forces.

The killings prompted France to threaten an early pullout from the NATO-led war.

Jan 13, 2012

Afghan academy seeks to ease pain of war with music

KABUL (Reuters) – A cacophony ranging from Asian string instruments to the delicate cadences of classical piano pours out of a two-storey building in central Kabul.

Here, at Afghanistan’s sole music academy, students are taught music with the hope it will bring comfort in the face of war and poverty, bringing back cellos and violins to revive a rich musical legacy disrupted by decades of violence and suppression.

Dec 21, 2011

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.

Dec 21, 2011

Russia says no to West’s way with HIV

MOSCOW, Dec 21 (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.

Dec 10, 2011

Russians stage mass protests against Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people took to the streets across Russia on Saturday to demand an end to Vladimir Putin’s rule and a rerun of a parliamentary election in the biggest opposition protests since he rose to power more than a decade ago.

Protesters waved banners such as “The rats should go!” and “Swindlers and thieves – give us our elections back!” in cities from the Pacific port of Vladivostok in the east to Kaliningrad in the west, nearly 7,400 km (4,600 miles) away.

Dec 10, 2011

Russians stage mass protests against Putin, polls

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people took to the streets across Russia on Saturday to demand an end to Vladimir Putin’s rule and a rerun of a parliamentary election in the biggest opposition protests since he rose to power more than a decade ago.

Protesters waved banners such as “The rats should go!” and “Swindlers and thieves – give us our elections back!” in cities from the Pacific port of Vladivostok in the east to Kaliningrad in the west, nearly 7,400 km (4,600 miles) away.

Dec 4, 2011

Election cyber attack cited on Russia media

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Two liberal Russian media outlets and an election watchdog said their sites had been shut down by hackers intent on silencing them over allegations of violations in a parliamentary vote on Sunday.

One publication accused state bodies of interference.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s ruling United Russia party could see its vast parliamentary majority cut back in the vote, which is widely viewed as a test of his popularity ahead of an expected return to the presidency early next year.

Nov 23, 2011

Insight: In Greece, loan sharks compound the pain

ATHENS (Reuters) – For self-made businessman Dimitrios, the threats began with a phone call from a man who said they knew where his daughter was.

At first the 57-year-old window installer kept quiet about the calls. When his car was torched in front of his house, he hid the blackened metal shell from his family.

Nov 23, 2011

In Greece, loan sharks compound the pain

ATHENS, Nov 23 (Reuters) – For self-made businessman
Dimitrios, the threats began with a phone call from a man who
said they knew where his daughter was.

At first the 57-year-old window installer kept quiet about
the calls. When his car was torched in front of his house, he
hid the blackened metal shell from his family.

    • 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."
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