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Mar 20, 2014

Gunmen attack major hotel in Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) – Gunmen fired shots inside a luxury hotel on Thursday in the centre of the Afghan capital Kabul, police said, but the scale of the attack and the number of casualties was unclear.

Security sources told Reuters that two or three gunmen armed with pistols entered the Serena hotel by a back door. Two people had been wounded, they said. There were no details on the nationality of those hurt.

Mar 20, 2014
Mar 20, 2014

Afghan presidential hopeful Abdullah warns supporters over fraud

CHARIKAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Grizzled Afghan mujahideen commanders erupted into yells as their presidential candidate, a dapper man in a scarf and neatly trimmed beard, stepped towards the microphone.

“Victory awaits us!” Abdullah Abdullah, a senior aide to an anti-Taliban militia leader during the civil war, told a campaign rally on Thursday.

Mar 19, 2014
Mar 18, 2014

Afghan president picks new VP, bomb kills 15

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai nominated a new vice president on Tuesday, a moderate politician from the same ethnic group as an opposition candidate contesting next month’s presidential election.

Mohammad Younus Qanuni replaces Marshal Mohammad Fahim Qasim, who died following an illness last week. Both men are Tajiks, Afghanistan’s second largest ethnic group.

Mar 12, 2014
Mar 12, 2014

Little-known group claims killing of Swedish journalist in Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) – A little-known militant group on Wednesday claimed responsibility for killing a Swedish journalist in the Afghan capital, saying he was a spy for British intelligence.

Nils Horner, 51, who worked for Swedish Radio and had dual British-Swedish nationality, was shot dead outside a restaurant one Kabul’s most heavily guarded districts on Tuesday, underscoring growing insecurity threatening next month’s elections.

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      "Began my media career with Japanese TV (NHK) ten years ago in Islamabad where I had moved following the civil war in Afghanistan. I returned to Kabul in early 2002 and later joined Reuters as a correspondent. I cover the insurgency, the politics, and Afghan society from across the country."
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