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'War Rugs' Reflect Afghanistan's Long History With Conflict

Afghanistan has suffered through decades of war. The modern history of violence has seeped into the nation's ancient art of rug making — rugs now feature imagery of tanks, AK-47s and U.S. drones.

The Woman Who Sold Her Baby For $435 To Buy Firewood

It happened last week in Afghanistan. It is illegal. But the mother felt she had no other way to support her family. It is the fourth recorded case of baby-selling there in the past year.

U.S. Report On Spending In Afghanistan Classified For First Time

The latest quarterly report on U.S. spending in Afghanistan was released on Thursday. Conspicuously missing were figures on how more than $50 billion is being spent on training and equipping Afghan military and police forces. Those figures have been classified for the first time in years of such reporting and the general who ordered keeping them secret says it's to keep enemies from sharpening their attacks. Key senators disagree.

Gunman Reportedly Kills 3 U.S. Contractors In Attack At Kabul Airport

Three Americans who were working as contractors in Afghanistan died in a gunman's attack at Kabul's international airport complex Thursday, according to the AP.

Pakistan Pressures Afghan Refugees To Go Home

Authorities are responding with draconian measures following the massacre of more than 130 students in Pakistan. Officials are focusing on Afghan refugees, even though the killers were Pakistani.

Donating A Single Rollerblade Is Not Going To Help Disaster Victims

Yet that's what someone gave after the Haitian earthquake. A staffer at one nonprofit offers a plan to discourage unuseful donations from individuals and corporations and get what's really needed.

Courted By The U.S. And Russia, Uzbekistan Ignores Critics

Uzbekistan has been a key partner for the U.S. in the Afghan war. Now that the U.S. role in that war is winding down, will Uzbekistan's poor human rights record become more of an issue?

Afghans Take The Stage At Kabul's Emerging Rock Scene

In his final postcard from Afghanistan, NPR's outgoing Kabul correspondent Sean Carberry, a former professional musician, dives into the underground music scene.

Hundreds Of Syrian Migrants Abandoned On Ship Off Italy

The vessel, carrying about 450 people trying to reach Europe, has been taken under tow after smugglers jumped ship.

After Years Of Conflict, U.S. Mission Shifts In Afghanistan

With the start of the new year, the more than 10,000 American troops remaining there will take on more of a supporting role. But Afghan forces will still need help fighting the Taliban.