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More Hillside Collapses Possible After Deadly Afghan Landslides

As many as 2,500 people are feared dead after two landslides in northeastern Afghanistan on Friday. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to the Wall Street Journal's Yaroslav Trofimov for the latest.

Saving The World's Babies Simply Starts Before Birth

There has been great progress in improving the health of most young kids, but newborns have not seen the same success. Researchers know the main causes of death. The challenge now is combating them.

Afghan Landslide: Search For Survivors Ends; Thousands Feared Dead

More than 2,000 people are believed to be dead after a hillside collapsed on part of a remote village in Afghanistan. Heavy rain prompted the landslide, which enclosed hundreds of houses in mud.

Landslide In Afghanistan Reportedly Leaves Hundreds Missing

Officials say scores of people are missing and presumed dead after the slide buried a village in the mountainous northeastern province of Badakhshan.

Afghan Female Cyclists: Breaking Away, And Breaking Taboos

There's one women's cycling team in Afghanistan. Free-form traffic and open-mouth stares are just a couple of the things they encounter as they pedal the country's mountainous, potholed roads.

Istalif Potter Hopes Next Afghan President Will Serve The Country

The small village of Istalif is known for its cobalt blue pottery. Years ago, Morning Edition co-host Renee Montagne befriended one family in particular, that of master potter Abdul Wahkeel.

In Afghan Spring, Violence Rises — But So Do Recruiting Numbers

In Afghanistan, as the winter snows melt, Taliban violence heats up. This year, there will be even fewer foreign troops in Afghanistan to prop up Afghan forces, who suffered record casualties in 2013 as they took the lead for security. While U.S. officials feared that could hamper recruiting efforts for the Afghan Army, Afghan officials say they have a surplus of volunteers.

An Afghan Village Of Drug Addicts, From Ages 10 to 60

Afghanistan is not just a world leader in producing drugs. It's also a leading consumer. Drug users addicted to heroin, and more recently crystal meth, are everywhere in the western city of Herat.

Ancient Form Of Poetry Captures Afghan Women's Lives

From drone strikes to the songs of the ancient caravans, the type of poem called landay reflects Afghan life. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Eliza Griswold, translator of Afghan women's landays.

Afghan Election Heads Toward Runoff; Women Cast 36 Percent Of Votes

Preliminary results show Afghanistan's former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah leading the field in a presidential election that saw a relatively high turnout among women voters.