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Jan 18, 2012

A Minute With: Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – The Sundance Film Festival kicks off on Thursday, starting ten days of movie screenings and providing the launching pad for some of the world’s top low-budget features and documentaries at the largest U.S. gathering for independent filmmakers.

The 117 movies to be screened at the festival held in the ski resort of Park City, Utah were selected from 4,042 features submitted, including 24 in competition.

Jan 3, 2012

“Descendants,” “Artist” gain producers guild nods

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “The Descendants,” starring George Clooney as a family man, and the silent black and white movie “The Artist,” were among 10 movies earning Producers Guild Award nominations Tuesday.

“Midnight in Paris,” Woody Allen’s cinematic bow to the French capital, and the surprise summer box office hit “The Help,” which tells of black maids in Mississippi dealing with racism, also built upon their nods from other major film awards as the Hollywood awards season gathers momentum.

Nov 28, 2011

Troops exit adds pressure to reducing Afghan opium – U.N.

KABUL (Reuters) – The looming exit of foreign troops from Afghanistan will force the United Nations to take a larger role fighting poppy cultivation in Afghanistan and trafficking into neighboring countries, the top U.N. anti-narcotics official said on Monday.

But Yuri Fedotov, the head of the UN Office of Drugs and Crime also highlighted rare, and increasing cooperation on anti-narcotics work between Afghanistan and its neighbours Iran and Pakistan, who have troubled relationships marked more often by distrust than cooperation.

Nov 28, 2011

Troops exit adds pressure to reducing Afghan opium

KABUL (Reuters) – The looming exit of foreign troops from Afghanistan will force the United Nations to take a larger role fighting poppy cultivation in Afghanistan and trafficking into neighboring countries, the top U.N. anti-narcotics official said on Monday.

But Yuri Fedotov, the head of the UN Office of Drugs and Crime also highlighted rare, and increasing cooperation on anti-narcotics work between Afghanistan and its neighbours Iran and Pakistan, who have troubled relationships marked more often by distrust than cooperation.

Nov 25, 2011

Montgomerie replaces bullets with golf balls in Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) – Colin Montgomerie has helped transform soldiers’ firing ranges into driving ranges on a trip to Afghanistan to support foreign troops and promote golf in a country with plenty of checkpoints, but few fairways.

The 48-year-old Scot gave golf lessons and donated equipment to troops and Afghan children on a three-day trip this week where he travelled from the main British military base in Helmand, one of the country’s most violent regions, to foreign troops’ headquarters in the capital city Kabul.

Nov 25, 2011

Afghan opium production to expand after troops exit

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s former anti-drug czar has warned that opium poppy cultivation will dramatically increase as foreign combat troops head home, with farmers and insurgents taking advantage of a withdrawal set to be complete by the end of 2014.

Insecurity in poppy growing regions in Afghanistan — the world’s leading producer of opium — and the expectation among insurgents and farmers that the country will be under the full control of Afghan forces within years is driving production, ex-counter-narcotics minister General Khodaidad said.

Nov 23, 2011

Law protecting Afghan women has “long way to go”: U.N.

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan authorities are failing to enforce the law to protect women from murder, beating, rape and other violence and being sold into marriage and prostitution, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) revealed in a report that only a small number of cases of violence against women have been prosecuted under the Elimination of Violence Against Women law, passed more than two years ago.

Nov 22, 2011

U.S. visa programme for Afghan allies comes up empty

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghans who have spent years working for U.S. troops, diplomats or agencies say their lives are at risk for that service as soldiers head home, and fear a visa programme that promised an escape for those facing serious threats has failed them.

The Afghan Allies program was approved two and half years ago for Afghans who have worked for the U.S. government. Since then, of the 2,630 who have so far applied, 48 have been rejected and one has received an interview.

Nov 22, 2011

Visa program for Afghan allies comes up empty

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghans who have spent years working for U.S. troops, diplomats or agencies say their lives are at risk for that service as soldiers head home, and fear a visa program that promised an escape for those facing serious threats has failed them.

The Afghan Allies program was approved two and half years ago for Afghans who have worked for the U.S. government. Since then, of the 2,630 who have so far applied, 48 have been rejected and one has received an interview.

Nov 15, 2011

Afghans tentatively seek a voice after 30 years of conflict

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Reuters) – After three decades of occupation, civil war, Taliban rule and a NATO-led military campaign, ordinary Afghans remain powerless and without a unified voice.

Many are too afraid to talk. The few that do speak out are barely able to share ideas with each other, much less address authorities.

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