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With New President, Economic Optimisim Returns To Afghanistan

For most of 2014, Afghanistan was suffering from economic paralysis as its presidential election teetered on the brink of collapse. The inauguration of President Ashraf Ghani eased tensions and buoyed optimism that business will turn around.
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Photographers Capture The Sorrow And Pain Of Global Girls

For the International Day of the Girl Child, we wanted to bring to light issues that are often hidden from view. So we turned to five photographers who devote much of their time to girls' issues.
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Breaking The Chains That Bind The Mentally Ill

In low-income countries, a person with schizophrenia might be chained to a tree or to a hospital bed. On World Mental Health Day, WHO is urging an end such practices.
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Female Heads Of Household (And Hair) Reveal Afghanistan's Drug Use

A new study of drug use in Afghanistan, relying on information from female heads of households and confirmed by lab tests, shows that 1 in 20 Afghans are using prescription or illicit drugs.
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Norway Is Great For Older Folks — And So Are Bolivia And Rwanda

In a survey of 96 countries on how their over-60 citizens fare, some rankings were completely predictable: Norway was first and Afghanistan was last. In between, there are a number of surprises.
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With New Security Agreement, U.S. Mission In Afghanistan Continues

Despite President Obama's assertion that the combat mission in Afghanistan would be over by the end of 2014, the new agreement means that 10,000 U.S. troops will still be in harm's way.
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Afghanistan Signs Deal Allowing 10,000 U.S. Troops To Remain

The Bilateral Security Agreement, approved by newly inaugurated President Ashraf Ghani, will keep some U.S. forces in Afghanistan past the end of the year.
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Afghanistan's New President: 'Hold Me Accountable'

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai takes over from Hamid Karzai after a disputed election that forced a unity government with rival candidate Abdullah Abdullah.
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Refugees Find Afghanistan Less Than Hospitable

Currently, there are about 100 refugees living in Afghanistan. But the country has no asylum laws, and the refugees are fighting for legal status or resettlement elsewhere.
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3 Afghan Army Officers, Who Had Gone Missing, Detained At Canadian Border

The men are described as senior Afghan army officers who were vetted before being allowed to participate in training exercises. They are not considered a threat, officials say.

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