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Afghan Government Says Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Is Dead

The Afghan government said Wednesday that Taliban leader Mullah Omar "died in April 2013 in Pakistan." The news comes just as peace talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban are due to resume.
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Afghan Government Says Mullah Omar 'Died In April 2013'

Reports of the death of the Taliban's spiritual leader have swirled in the past and have been unreliable. The Afghan government said according to "credible information," Omar died in Pakistan.
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Vietnam War Study Raises Concerns About Veterans' Mental Health

A federally mandated study shows that almost 300,000 Vietnam veterans still struggle with daily health problems linked to the traumas they experienced more than 40 years ago during the war.
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The Seldom-Seen Faces Of The 'Humans Of Kabul'

When Boston photographer David Fox moved to Afghanistan, he began to share pictures and stories about the day-to-day life that rarely gets covered by the press.
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Afghan Court Commutes Death Sentences In Mob Killing Of Woman

Four men were sentenced to death in May for their roles in the attack that killed a 28-year-old woman who was falsely accused of burning the Quran.
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Memoir Tells Of Daring Medevac Rescue In Afghanistan's Valley Of Death

Renee Montagne talks to helicopter pilot Erik Sabiston and medic Julia Bringloe, former medevac crewmembers, about a nerve-racking rescue mission they did in Afghanistan's Valley of Death in 2011.
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David Rohde Details Taliban Kidnapping In 'A Rope And A Prayer'

The White House is changing its policy about negotiating with terrorist groups which hold Americans hostage. Renee Montagne talks to David Rohde, a journalist who was held by the Taliban for months.
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Afghan Schools: Is The Success Story Exaggerated?

Afghan officials reportedly inflated the number of students to make the education system appear more successful than it has been, according to the U.S. inspector for Afghanistan's reconstruction.
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Buddha Statues Return To Afghanistan's Bamiyan Valley

In 2001, the Taliban destroyed the statues with explosives. A Chinese couple used a 3-D holographic projector to recreate the Buddhas in the cliff faces where they had stood for centuries.
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A Gender Revolution Hits The Streets, Two Wheels At A Time

On one ride, a guy knocked one of the girls off her bike. But it didn't discourage these Afghan teens from cruising around Kabul every Friday and challenging the view that woman shouldn't bike.

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